Have you decided to visit Charleston this upcoming Labor Day weekend? If so, you’ve made a smart choice!
Below are just a few suggested ways to spend this Labor Day weekend in the sunny city of Charleston, SC (these ideas include Charleston Labor Day events, tours, and more):
1. Watch a RiverDogs ballgame at the Joe Riley Stadium
- Friday, August 30 at 7:05pm (Enjoy $2 Miller Coors Aluminum Pints in the Ashley View Pub + fireworks after the game)
- Saturday, August 31 at 6:05pm (it’s Roller Derby Night at the Joe + enjoy a selection of craft beers on tap)
- Sunday, September 1 at 5:05pm
- Monday, September 2 at 6:05pm (This is the last season game at The Joe, which means $1 hot dogs and $1 draft beers of Keystone Light + fireworks at the end of the game).
2. Embark on a Sunset Craft Beer Tasting Cruise
Taking place on Friday, August 30 at 7pm aboard Charleston’s only authentic paddlewheel riverboat, The Carolina Queen, Charleston Harbor Tours will be hosting an epic Sunset Craft Beer Tasting Cruise. During this 2-hour craft beer cruise, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful art of beer tasting. Taste several outstanding ales and lagers as you enjoy live music provided by highly acclaimed local artists.
We’ve partnered with Lee Distributors for this unforgettable cruise, where they will serve up delicious brews to the sounds of live music, hosted by The Bridge at 105.5–Charleston’s local source for the best music, happenings and events. Quality rock, true variety … they are the sound of Charleston!
We have also partnered with Charleston’s best food truck three years running, Roti Rolls. They will be serving up delicious eats prepared using some of the brews and local fare! Roti Rolls’ food will be available for purchase on board.
3. Visit one of the many beautiful beaches of Charleston
Boasting some of the most magnificent beaches on the east coast, Charleston is a haven for sun worshipers, surfers, kite boarders, and ocean lovers. There are three main beaches to choose from, including Isle of Palms (great for families), Sullivan’s Island (usually has a younger crowd, but still mild), and Folly Beach (younger crowd with an eclectic town within walking distance for great food and drinks; approximately a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston but could be more during Labor Day weekend due to traffic). No matter which beach you choose to spend your day at, make sure to get there early so you can find a parking spot and avoid traffic getting on to the beach.
4. Get your groove on at the Moonlight Mixer on Folly Beach
For a fun-filled night of dancing, drinks, and great eats, head over to Folly Beach where they’ll be hosting their Moonlight Mixer on the Folly Beach Pier. This is a great event for the whole family! The event takes place on Friday, August 30 at 7pm and ends at 11pm. Click here for ticket information.
5. Enjoy a Sunset Blues & BBQ Cruise
Each Thursday we host our famous Blues & BBQ Sunset Cruise, but in celebration of Labor Day weekend, we will be hosting a special Blues & BBQ Cruise on Friday, August 30 at 7pm (instead of Thursday) aboard The Carolina Belle.
During this 2-hour Charleston sunset cruise around Charleston harbor, you’ll enjoy a tasty BBQ buffet (catered by Home Team BBQ), plus live Lowcountry blues music from the famous Shrimp City Slim.
6. Spend the evening at one of Charleston’s premier restaurants
Make your reservations now for one of Charleston’s top restaurants. There are SO, SO many to choose from, but some of our favorite downtown Charleston restaurants include Leaf Café + Bar, La Fourchette, 39 Rue de Jean, Taco Boy, Fuel, Cru Café (super small so definitely make sure to make a reservation well in advance!), SNOB (Slightly North of Broad), Carolina’s, Blossom, Husk, Poogan’s Porch, and the list literally goes on and on . . .
7. Attend the Lowcountry Jazz Festival
The North Charleston Coliseum will be hosting the Lowcountry Jazz Festival from August 30 – September 1. There will be a variety of big names performing at this event, including Dave Koz, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, Karen Briggs, and many more!
For event information and to purchase tickets, click here.
8. Stroll through the downtown Charleston Farmer’s Market
Each Saturday the Francis Marion Square hosts an exciting farmer’s market, where visitors can enjoy tasty local bites as they peruse the rows of vendors in the square. Featuring everything from homemade jams and honey to fresh pasta and handcrafted jewelry to fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables, everything offered at the Charleston Farmers Market is made or grown locally and is unique to Charleston.