8 of the Best Memorial Day Weekend Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer in the South Carolina Lowcountry! If you are spending the holiday at the beach, then you’ll find a variety of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Memorial Day weekend events to attend.

Read on to start planning the best summer vacation yet! And, if you are looking for more ways to take advantage of everything Charleston’s Sea islands offer, then take a look at our free Sea Islands Vacation Guide.

The vacation guide is full of recommendations for historic sites, shopping, boat tours, and more, so you can spend less time planning and more time having fun with the people you love!

Memorial Day Weekend Events on Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island

Memorial Day on Kiawah Island

Every year, Charleston’s sea islands kick off Memorial Day weekend with live music, great food, poolside parties, and more.

With excitement for the unofficial start of summer, here are a few of our islands’ summer traditions and festivities!


The Sunset Raw Bar at The Ryder Cup Bar | Kiawah Island

The Ryder Cup Bar hosts raw bar events throughout the year. However, their Memorial Day week event is always a spectacular occasion. Traditionally, The Ryder Cup Bar hosts raw bar events on Thursday evenings.

The restaurant has offered live jazz guitarists and a full selection of raw bar specialties on the ocean view veranda. Fresh oysters on the half shell, shellfish shooters and ceviche, and craft cocktails are the restaurant’s specialty!

Thursdays at Jasmine Porch | Kiawah Island

Jasmine Porch always cooks up great dishes for the summer! The restaurant welcomes Memorial Day week with a carefully crafted menu. Last year, Jasmine Porch featured bone-in prime rib, slow cooked for 12 hours.

If you are unable to attend this year’s Memorial Day week event, you can still look forward to dining specials every Thursday throughout the summer.

Loggerhead Grill | Sanctuary Hotel: Kiawah Island

Loggerhead Grill at The Sanctuary

Open Daily | 11 am – 5 pm

Kick off the summer with a weekend of fun at Loggerhead Grill! Join us on Thursday evening with live music from Holy City Steel. Friday night is perfect for families with our Dive-In Movie featuring a viewing of The Incredibles. The fun continues on Saturday evening with live music from Chris Dodson! In addition to its full menu, the Loggerhead bar will serve a specialty cocktail themed just for the Memorial weekend holiday.  

Night Heron Poolside Grill and Bar | Kiawah Island

Are you looking for a family-friendly party this Memorial Day weekend? Head to Night Heron Grill & Bar. Each year, the restaurant celebrates the holiday weekend with a poolside party! Enjoy live music and entertainment on the deck.

You can look forward to a menu of delicious wraps, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and craft cocktails. This party also features a “build your ultimate ice cream sundae station.” What a sweet way to welcome summer!

Mingo Point Oyster Roast | Kiawah Island

Oyster roasts at Mingo Point are a beloved Lowcountry tradition, and Memorial Day weekend is always a special treat! This popular family outing features an all-you-can-eat buffet, live entertainment, a kids’ “cool zone,” and educational exhibits about Kiawah Island’s wildlife.

In addition to roasted oysters, you can indulge in Southern dishes, including ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and more. Watch the dolphins swim and play while enjoying dinner, drinks, music, and fun.

Seabrook Island Artist Guild Show | Freshfields Village

The Seabrook Island Artist Guild hosts a Memorial Day Weekend Show on Sunday, May 26th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Head over to the Village Green in Freshfields Village and enjoy works by local artists. Watercolor paintings, pastels, abstract oil paintings, and an array of mixed media on display. Find your Lowcountry inspiration through the work of these talented artists.

Memorial Day Weekend Concert Series | Freshfields Village

Every year, Freshfields Village welcomes the summer season with two evenings of live music at the Memorial Day Weekend Concert Series. Live music begins on Friday evening and continues on Saturday afternoon. These concerts are free. Remember to bring a beach chair or blanket!  There are some great take-out dining options in the Village.  Have a picnic and enjoy some great music for Memorial Weekend at Kiawah and Seabrook Island!

Marsh Kayaking | Kiawah Island

Marsh Kayaking
9 am – 11am
Calling all adventurers! Nothing compares to paddling the tidal creeks and rivers surrounding Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Hear the oysters cluck, and catch a glimpse of our local dolphins meandering through the brackish waterways.

This trip uses single kayaks. Moderate physical ability required. $65/person. Resort guests and KICA Members: $60/person. All participants 8 – 11 years old: $50/person. Please call the Nature Center for reservations at 843.768.6001.

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