Lifeguarded Beaches

 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.

Oyster Roasts

 Two IOP establishments, Morgan Creek Grill, 80 41st Ave. and The Dinghy, 8 JC Long Blvd., host oyster roasts throughout the fall.,

‘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

MAY 2017

 Honey Bees

 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,

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.

Spoleto Festival

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.

Memorial Day Wild Dunes Fun Run/Walk

 Saturday, May 27, 8 a.m. $25 per person, including t-shirt. Register at 843.886.7008.

JUNE 2017

 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.

 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.

Carolina Day

 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.

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.

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.

JULY 2017

 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.

 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., 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


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.

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.

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.


 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,

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, 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.

 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 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.

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., 843.886.8294

Gingerbread Making

The Town of Sullivan’s Island hosts a gingerbread house party around Dec. 15 at the Fire Station. Check website for exact date.


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., 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.


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.

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.

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.

 MARCH 2018

 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., 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.

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.

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 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.

APRIL 2018

 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., 843.886.8294

Run for Adela

April 14, 8 a.m., 9th Annual 5K beach walk / run on Sullivan’s island.