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.


Can't Miss Charleston Events in May


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 22 - June 7, 2020 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.

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 22 - June 7, 2020, don't miss it!

Charleston Beer Week

The 8th Annual Charleston Beer Week takes place May 1 – 10, 2020 and will highlight 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 you wouldn't normally find on your calendar.


Kiawah Island & Seabrook Island May Events


Mother's Day Brunch on Seabrook

A brunch honoring all Mother's will take place May 10th, 2020. Please contact the Seabrook Island Club for reservations at 843.768.2500.

Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament

The first leg of the Governor's Cup Billfishing Series, held May 6-9, 2020.

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!