Isle of Palms County Park is lifeguarded on weekends beginning May 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day, the lifeguards are on duty every day through mid-August and weekends mid-August through the last weekend in September.
Sullivan’s Island Farmers Market
Enjoy local produce, prepared food and arts and crafts, every Thursday, 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 6 through June 29, 1921 Ion Ave., Sullivan’s Island. facebook.com/sifarmersmarket
Two IOP establishments, Morgan Creek Grill, 80 41st Ave. and The Dinghy, 8 JC Long Blvd., host oyster roasts throughout the fall. morgancreekgrill.com, dinghyiop.com
‘Build a Better World’ at the Library
The Edgar Allan Poe Branch of the Charleston County Public Library has summer reading incentives for all ages from babies to adults, kick off is June 5 at 12:30 p.m. For children, the branch hosts special performances on Fridays at 10:30 a.m., games or crafts on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., a Toddler Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and a family Pajama Storytime on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Contact the library for more details. 1921 I’on Avenue, Sullivan’s Island. 843.883.3914
Diana Rouse from Bee Cause discusses honey bees, their life and their vital role in ours, at Battery Gadsden Cultural Center, Ion Avenue, Sullivan’s Island, batterygadsden.com.
Migratory Bird Walks
On May 20 and 27, join The Center for Birds of Prey’s experienced birding guides for an introduction to the Painted Bunting and other colorful migrants that frequent the Center’s campus each spring. 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. $15 for current members; $20 for non-members. Thecenterforbirdsofprey.org
For 17 days and nights the arts take over Charleston. Plays, operas, dance and music of all types fill the streets, churches and outdoor spaces. Runs from May 25 through June 12. Spoletousa.org
Memorial Day Wild Dunes Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, May 27, 8 a.m. $25 per person, including t-shirt. Register at 843.886.7008.
Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Contest
June 3 at 9 a.m. head to Isle of Palms beach for a stunning display of sand-sculpting prowess. The event is part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, which runs May 25 through June 12. piccolospoleto.com
Floppin’ Flounder 5K Run/Walk
This community-wide group run hosted by the Charleston Running Club and Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Department takes place Saturday, June 3 at 8 a.m. starting in front of the Fish Fry Shack, 1459 Hennessy St. Registration is $30; day of $35.
Sullivan’s Island Fire & Rescue Fish Fry
Enjoy freshly fried fish served with a smile. One of the three major fundraisers to support the volunteer rescue operations on Sullivan’s. Held at the Sullivan’s Island Fish Fry Shack, 1459 Hennessy St., Saturday, June 24, 5 to 8 p.m. sullivansisland-sc.com
On June 24 celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island (June 28, 1776), with special programs at Fort Moultrie, 1214 Middle Street. Explore the life of a soldier 241 years ago with musket drills and firing demonstrations at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and enjoy other free activities all weekend. nps.gov/fosu
Sea Turtle Project
June 21, Mary Pringle talks about the islands’ sea turtle project and the role of the Turtle Ladies at Battery Gadsden, Ion Ave., Sullivan’s Island. batterygadsden.com
Vacation Bible School
Step back in time to explore Rome, the life of the Apostle Paul and what life was like in the first century. 9 a.m. to 12 noon, June 12 through June 16, First United Methodist Church, Isle of Palms. Call 843.886.6610 to register.
4th of July Golf Cart Parade on Sullivan’s
Deck out your golf cart or bicycle for this annual parade celebrating America’s independence. Start at the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, end at Stith Park. Meet at 8:30 a.m. This is a free event.
4th of July Fireworks on Sullivan’s
Fireworks and music in Stith Park on Middle Street start at 4 p.m., fireworks at dusk.
4th of July Fireworks on IOP
The Isle of Palms hosts a 4th of July fireworks display over the ocean near 14th Avenue beginning at 9 p.m. Open to the public. iop. net/recreation, 843.886.8294
Wild Dunes Family Fun Run/Walk
July 4 at 8 a.m. $25 per person, including t-shirt. Pre-registration required: 843.886.7008
Wild Dunes Watermelon-Eating Contest
Come enjoy waterslides and more on the lawn next to Palm Cove pool, July 4 from 11 a.m. from 2 p.m. $10 per person. Watch or compete in the watermelon-eating contest at 12 p.m. wilddunes.com
Isle of Palms Beach Run
On July 15 choose from a Youth Fun Run, 5K or 10K run on the beach. Start at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. IOP, at 8 a.m. Registration is $30 before June 15. Race day registration & packet pick-up begin at 7 a.m.; race starts at 8 a.m. iop.net/recreation, 843.886.8294
Shaggin’ On the Cooper
The popular Shaggin’ on the Cooper series continues July 15 at the Mount Pleasant Pier with live music by The Counts. Advance tickets are $8; tickets sold on-site are $10. 843.795.4386 or charlestoncountyparks.com.
U.S. Coast Guard Lighthouse Day
The grounds and boathouse at the historic U.S. Coast Guard District on Sullivan’s Island will be open to the public with family friendly activities on August 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lighthouse interior will not be open). Free, 1815 I’On Avenue, Sullivan’s Island. nps.gov/fosu
Half Rubber Tournament
This annual tournament takes place at IOP Recreation Center on August 12. Three and 4-person teams, $25 per person. Games begin at 8 a.m. halfrubber.com
Get Eclipsed on IOP
Total Solar Eclipse viewing event on August 21 from 11:30 - 4:30 p.m. Free admission. Front Beach Isle of Palms. iop.net/recreation.
Beach Sweep at Fort Moultrie
Come out and pick up trash from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Sullivan’s Island as part of the annual South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Beach Sweep event, held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup on September 16. Sign-up in, 843.883.3123, nps.gov/fosu
IOP Community Wellness Fair
On September 22, from 7 to 11 a.m. the IOP Recreation Department teams up with the East Cooper Medical Center to offer flu shots and blood work for residents including cholesterol screenings and lipid profiles at the Recreation Center, 24 28th Ave. Free, iop.net/ recreation, 843.884.7031
Isle of Palms Connector Run & Walk
Fundraising event for the Isle of Palms’ Exchange Club’s programs for the healing and prevention of child abuse takes place October 7, IOP Connector, 8 a.m. Registration is $35 or $40 on the day of the race. ioprun.com
Fire Prevention Celebration
Look for a SI/IOP parade of engines October 12, at Sullivan’s Island Fire House, 2050 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island.
Ghostly Tide Tales
Bring a blanket, flashlight, chairs and friends for spooky stories by bonfire light on the beach at Isle of Palms, 28th Ave Beach Access. This event is free. October 27, 6:30 p.m. iop.net/recreation
IOP Halloween Carnival
Enjoy games for all ages at the annual carnival on October 31, IOP Recreation Department, 24 28th Avenue, from 5 to 7 p.m. Costume contest at 5:30 p.m. This event is free. iop. net/recreation, 843.886.8294
Sullivan’s Island Tree Lighting
Light up the night at the Sullivan’s Island Fire Station, 2050 Middle St. December 1, 5:30 p.m. Enjoy carols, hot cocoa and visits with Santa. sullivansisland-sc.com
Holiday Street Festival
Join the Isle of Palms’ mayor as he lights the 22-foot holiday tree on December 2 from 2 to 7 p.m. Visit with Santa, enjoy carnival rides and more on Front Beach. Free admission. iop.net/recreation, 843.886.8294
The Town of Sullivan’s Island hosts a gingerbread house party around Dec. 15 at the Fire Station. Check website for exact date. sullivansisland-sc.com
Dunleavy’s Polar Bear Plunge
“We’re freezin’ for a reason.” Jump into the chilly waters of the Atlantic on January 1. Meet at 2213 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island at 2 p.m. dunleaveyspubpolarplunge.com, 843.795.5316
Charlie Post Classic 15K/5K
The Charleston Running Club hosts the race January 27, 2018. Starts at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Sullivan’s Island Fire Department, 2050 Middle St. charlestonrunningclub.com
Sullivan’s Island Fire & Rescue Oyster Roast
Enjoy all you can eat oysters, hot dogs, and fish stew and support local firefighters on February 3. Held at the Fish Fry Shack, 1459 Hennessy St., 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 day of. sullivans-sc.com
Doggie Day at the Rec
A dog show, including cutest puppy, most attractive, and most ear’resistable, caps off this annual celebration of all things canine, held on February 3, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. iop. net/recreation, 843.886.8294
Southeastern Wildlife Expo
SEWE is a three-day showcase of everything we love about wildlife and nature. February 16 through 18. sewe.com
Hunley Memorial Event
Confederate Heritage Trust hosts a memorial to the Civil War-era Hunley submarine February 17, beginning with a parade to Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 3222 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Front Beach Fest
This annual party on Front Beach celebrates the start of the season with local musicians, food vendors, jump castles, and other entertainment. Free admission. March 3, 12 to 4 p.m. iop.net, 843.886.8294
Together SC Summit
March 5 to 7, in Hilton Head, SC. South Carolina’s Nonprofit Summit is the state’s largest conference for SC’s nonprofit sector. Nonprofit professionals and businesses that support charitable organizations are encouraged to attend. togethersc.com
St. Patrick’s Day Party in the Park
The Town of Sullivan’s Island hosts a family friendly event starting at 10 a.m. till 12 p.m. on March 17 at Stith Park on Middle Street. sullivansisland-sc.com
Hope on Goat
This annual fundraiser on Goat Island benefits a different charity each year, this year’s event is hosted by Barrier Island Eco Tours and is the only opportunity for the public to visit this secluded island. Admission is $55, tickets go on sale in January, visit facebook.com/Goat-Island-Gatherings I
Isle of Palms Easter Egg Hunt
March 31 come hunt eggs and get your photo with the Easter Bunny at 10 a.m. sharp! Jump castles, face painting and balloon artists round out the fun at the Isle of Palms Recreation Center, 24 28th Ave. This is a free event. iop.net/recreation
Isle of Palms Exchange Club Easter Sunrise Breakfast
Enjoy homemade pancakes, sausages, eggs, grits, coffee and beverages courtesy of the Exchange Club members who serve up this hearty breakfast for free April 1 from 6:50 a.m. to 10 a.m. Easter morning at the Exchange Club, 201 Palm Blvd.
Isle of Palms Annual Yard Sale
Every year, residents of Isle of Palms sell their old and gently used items in an island-wide yard sale just outside the IOP Recreation Center. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on April 21. iop.net, 843.886.8294
Run for Adela
April 14, 8 a.m., 9th Annual 5K beach walk / run on Sullivan’s island. runforadela.com