May is a busy time in historic Charleston, full of events and annual festivals.

When the weather starts to warm, a trip to the beach provides the perfect snapshot of the Lowcountry in bloom. Temperatures are mild, days are long and tons of fun's a brewin'.

Read on for some of the best events Charleston has to offer in May.


What is the Weather in Charleston SC in May?


In May, the temperatures start to reach the high 70s and low 80s, and summer is in the air. You may even have a day in the early 90s by May, and even the lows are nice and warm. While you always want to prepare for cooler temperatures when visiting the Carolina Coast, be sure to pack your beach gear and plenty of warm weather attire. And don’t forget the sunscreen and bug repellent this time of the year.

This time of the year is perfect for being outdoors, whether that’s near the water or exploring the many historic attractions and activities throughout the Lowcountry.


Things to do in Charleston SC in May


Visit Middleton Place

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and considered to be America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. In addition to the 65 acres of ornate gardens, Middleton Place boasts a museum and restaurant and hosts regular guided tours of the gardens, museum, and historic livestock breeds that still reside on the property.

Bike Kiawah Island’s Bike Paths & Trails

Kiawah Island has 30 miles of paved trails and 10 miles of hard-packed beach trails to explore. This time of the year is near perfect for biking, and there are plenty of spots to dip into the water if you break a sweat. Biking on Kiawah is perfect for all ages and skill levels, and you can spend an hour or an entire day on the trails here.

Book a Fishing Charter

The Charleston Coast is perfect for anglers of all experience levels. There are dozens of fishing charters throughout the Charleston area that offer a wide variety of chartered trip options that include nearshore, inshore, surf fishing, deep sea, and more. Fishing charters are a great way to get out on the water with a local expert who knows the waters and where to find fish based on season and conditions.

Get Aboard a Charleston Boat Tour

Prefer not to cast a line while you’re out on the water? No problem. Charleston and the coastal islands offer boat tours to watch a stunning sunset, see dolphins in the wild, go birdwatching, or view Charleston’s iconic landmarks from the water. Take a scenic trip out to Morris Island, Fort Sumter, Sullivan’s Island, and more!


Can't Miss Charleston Events in May


2021 PGA Championship on Kiawah Island

Held at the beautiful Kiawah Ocean Course, the Kiawah Island PGA Championship will be held May 17-23, 2021. The PGA announced as of March 29, 2021, that 10,000 fans will be allowed to attend each day for this iconic tournament.

Spoleto Festival USA

Every May, Spoleto takes over the Holy City for 17 days and nights, shining a spotlight on internationally renowned and emerging artists. The celebrated performing arts festival takes place May 28 - June 13, 2021 throughout multiple venues in Charleston featuring music, dance, and theatre performances. Started in 1977 by Gian Carlo Menotti, this highly attended 2 week festival was inspired by the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and is now America’s leading performing arts festival.

Charleston RiverDogs

Book your ticket now to attend the Charleston RiverDogs’ opening game. May marks the start of the season with the first home game of the year. If you’ve never been to a game at “The Joe,” there’s no better time to root for the home team.

Piccolo Spoleto Festival

Running simultaneously with the Spoleto Festival, this performing arts sister festival focuses on local talent and regional performers, particularly from the southeast. Witness some of the edgiest, most provocative performances. May 28 - June 13, 2021, don't miss it!

Charleston Beer Week - POSTPONED

The Annual Charleston Beer Week typically takes place in May, highlighting a wide variety of craft beer brands enjoyed in the Holy City! The Charleston craft beer scene has blown up over the last decade. We now have over 30 breweries, pubs and craft-beer focused restaurants. Charleston Beer Week offers locals and visitors alike, the opportunity to get outside and enjoy a wide variety of unique events. In 2021, event organizers are optimistic the event will still go on, but dates have not yet been announced.


Kiawah Island & Seabrook Island May Events


Mother's Day Brunch on Seabrook

A brunch honoring all Mothers will take place May 9th, 2020. Please contact the Seabrook Island Club for reservations at 843.768.2500.

Kick it - at - Bohicket

From Memorial Day until Labor Day come on out to Bohicket Marina every Tuesday night, 6:30 - 9 pm. Take in the beautiful views of Bohicket Marina along with live music and great fun for the kiddos! From one end of the marina to the other there are fun activities for the kids to enjoy and work out that last little bit of energy for the day! Included: Free entry, face painting, balloon artist, photo booth, sand art bracelets & corn hole!

Kids Fish @ Bohicket Marina

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, a fishing tournament just for kids ages 4-14! Two rounds of fishing at 9 am & 10 am, arrive at least 15 minutes before your desired round. It’s only $7 per participant which includes all bait and fishing rods, no experience needed. Every tournament produces 3 winners which will receive an awesome tournament shirt, bait bucket, & bragging rights! For questions call 248-719-0076!

Hermit Crab Races

Every Thursday night through August at Bohicket Marina. Check in begins at 6:30 and races start at 7! Don't have your own hermit crab? Rent one for the race for only $2! For questions call Todd at 248-719-0076.

Beach Memorial Day Kiawah Seabrook

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.

Every year, Charleston’s sea islands kick off Memorial Day weekend with live music, great food, poolside parties, and more. Click Here for a few of our islands’ summer traditions and festivities!