Lifeguarded Beaches

 Isle of Palms County Park is lifeguarded on weekends beginning May 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning May 26, the lifeguards are on duty every day through August 18 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 12 through June 28, 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.,

MAY 2018

Music in the Park

 Saturday, May 5, Isle of Palms Recreation Department hosts this family-friendly, live music extravaganza. Open to the public. iop. net/recreation, 843.886.8294

Wild Dunes Memorial Day Family Fun Run/Walk

 Join in on the Resort’s annual Beach Fun Run, Saturday, May 26, 8 a.m. Pre-registration required by calling 866.320.5102. The cost is $25 per person, including t-shirt.

 Migratory Bird Walk

 On May 12, join the Center for Birds of Prey’s experienced birding guides to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with 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 takes over Charleston. Plays, operas, dance and music of all types fill the streets, churches and outdoor spaces. Runs from May 25 through June 10., 843.579.3100

JUNE 2018

 Floppin’ Flounder 5K Run/Walk

 This community-wide group run hosted by the Charleston Running Club and Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Department has had a faithful following for 25 years. It takes place Saturday, June 2 at 8 a.m. and starts in front of the Sullivan’s Island Fish Fry Shack, 1459 Hennessy St. April 1-June 2: registration is $30; registration the day of is $35.

Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Contest

 June 9 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.

Sullivan’s Island Fire and 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 23, 5 to 8 p.m.

Carolina Day

 On June 23 and 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 242 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.

 Charleston Battery Summer Kick Off Party

 See Charleston’s very own professional soccer team in action June 23 vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at this special event featuring a dunk tank, photo booth, balloon animals and face painting. MUSC Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive Charleston, SC 29492. Tickets are 4 for $40, game kick-off is at 7 p.m.

Summer Reading Programs

The Edgar Allan Poe Branch Library sponsors fun summer reading promotions for the young and old alike. Visit the branch or ccpl. org to discover the line-up of programs and activities. 1921 I’on Avenue, Sullivan’s Island, 843.883.3914

 JULY 2018

 4th of July Golf Cart Parade

 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 Wild Dunes’ 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 21 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


US Coast Guard Lighthouse Day

The grounds and boathouse at the historic US Coast Guard District on Sullivan’s Island will be open to the public with family friendly activities on August 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lighthouse interior will not be open). The event is free. The historic US Coast Guard District is located at 1815 I’On Avenue, Sullivan’s Island.

Half Rubber Tournament

 This annual tournament takes place at IOP Recreation Center on August 18. Three and 4 person teams, $25 per person. Check In/ Captain’s Meeting at 7:30 a.m., games begin at 8 a.m.


 Shaggin’ On The Cooper

 The popular Shaggin’ on the Cooper series continues September 8 at the Mount Pleasant Pier with live music. Advance tickets are $8; tickets sold on-site are $10. 843.795.4386 or

Photography on the Wild Side

On September 16 an exclusive opportunity offered by the Center for Birds of Prey to photograph live birds of prey outside of their enclosures both while perching and in free flight. Space is limited to optimize the photographic experience, which begins at 8:30 a.m. $36 for member photographers; $45 non-member photographers. 4719 Highway 17 North.

IOP Community Wellness Fair

On September 21, 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 local residents including cholesterol screenings and lipid profiles at the Recreation Center, 24 28th Ave. This is a free event, IOP., 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 6, 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 in October at Sullivan’s Island Fire House, 2050 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island.


On October 27, bring the children to The Center For Birds of Prey for a family-friendly day of owls in the Center’s first ever Owl-O-Ween. 4719 Highway 17 North.

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 19, 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



 The Center for the Birds of Prey hosts the Southeast’s most comprehensive migrationfocused birding festival, November 29 through December 1. Featuring on and offsite bird walks, speaker and special programs. For more information, and to register visit


 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 1 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 will host the 35th annual Charlie Post Classic 15K & 5K January 26. The race 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 9. Held at the Fish Fry Shack, 1459 Hennessy St. from 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 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. recreation, 843.886.8294

Southeastern Wildlife Expo

SEWE is a three-day showcase of everything we love about wildlife and nature. Various locations, downtown Charleston, February 15 through 17.

Hope on Goat

 This annual fundraiser held on Goat Island benefits a different charity each year, this year’s event is hosted by and takes place Saturday, February 23, 2019 and is the only opportunity for the public to visit this secluded island. Admission is $55, tickets go on sale in January, visit Goat-Island-Gatherings.

MARCH 2019

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 2, 12 to 4 p.m., 843.886.8294

 St. Patrick’s Day Party in the Park

 The Town of Sullivan’s Island hosts a familyfriendly event starting at 10 a.m. till 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 at Stith Park on Middle Street.

 Isle of Palms Annual Yard Sale

March 30 residents of Isle of Palms sell their old and gently used items in an island-wide yard sale just outside the IOP Recreation Center. Visit or call 843.886.8294 for exact date.

APRIL 2019

Run For Adela

 April 13, 8 a.m., 9th Annual 5K beach walk / run on Sullivan’s island.

 Isle of Palms Easter Egg Hunt

 April 20, 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.

IOP Exchange Club Easter 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 20 from 6:50 a.m. to 10 a.m. Easter morning at the Exchange Club, 201 Palm Blvd.