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Bill Murray Polar Plunge

  • calendar01-01-2024 @ 1:00 pm
We will pay homage to one of Charleston’s funniest residents, Bill Murray! The Polar Bear Plunge will round out a weekend of festivities of Folly Beach including the Flip Flop Drop & Fireworks on New Year’s Eve. The event will include a costume contest, commemorative t-shirts, and of course, a plunge into the Atlantic! All attendees are encouraged to come in costume, especially as your favorite Bill Murray character, and be ready to ‘freeze your bills off’.

Folly Beach, SC

Charleston Marathon

The Charleston Marathon celebrates its 12th anniversary in 2022! Race through historic Charleston, celebrate with Shrimp and Grits, and explore everything the #1 City in the U.S. has to offer!

Charleston, SC - info@charlestonmarathon.com

Taste of Folly

  • calendar12-01-2024 @ 12:00 am
This favorite event showcases everything Folly with a special emphasis on Folly’s eclectic culinary scene. In addition to local restaurants, other Folly-based food vendors will be doling out delicious fare left and right. Other highlights include a chili cook-off, hot dog eating contest, “Best In Show” vendor competition, a silent auction, local art vendors, Server Olympics, and live music.

Center Street, Folly Beach, SC

Charleston Restaurant Week

This culinary dream is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area. It is an opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

For a full list of participating restaurants, please visit the website provided and continue to check for updates upon the start of the week.

Charleston, SC
September 9 – 19, 2021
January 13 – 23, 2022

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeast Tourism Society. Highlights include live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a Children’s Area and a “Food Court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste.

Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Rd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Save the Light Half Marathon & 5K

Run along the city streets of Folly Beach, South Carolina, just outside the historic tourist destination city of Charleston, the Save the Light Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk takes a few hundred runners and walkers each year along a seaside tour of gorgeous beach homes, oceanfront vistas and more.
The race is run to benefit Save The Light Inc., a nonprofit organization that is raising money to restore and prevent the Morris Island Lighthouse (located near Charleston & Folly Beach, S.C.) from being lost to the sea.

2022 Date To Be Announced
Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach, SC

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

SEWE is a celebration of the great outdoors through fine art, live entertainment and special events. It’s where artists, craftsmen, collectors and sporting enthusiasts come together to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and connect through a shared passion for wildlife. The largest event of its kind in the U.S., SEWE promises attendees unforgettable experiences every February in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston, SC

Sea & Sand Festival

  • calendar24-02-2024 @ 12:00 am
A day of fun in the sun, the Sea & Sand Street Festival will include up to 70 arts, crafts, and fashion vendors, a silent auction, live music from some of Charleston’s top bands, kid areas with lots of kiddo activities, and of course, our awesome Folly restaurants serving up some great food.

Center Street, Folly Beach, SC

Folly Beach Farmers Market

  • calendar01-03-2024 @ 12:00 am
(Mar – Oct)
The Folly Beach Farmers Market is a very family, dog, and “Folly” spirited event! Listen to free live music, buy some locally grown vegetables, check out handmade arts and crafts, grab a snack from one of the food trucks, and just relax! Folly’s community loves to support local organic farmers and artisans as well as educate the importance of sustainability. Even if you do not purchase anything to take home it’s worth just perusing the vendor booths. As a visitor or a local it is a wonderful way to give back and support our Folly Beach Community!

Folly Beach, SC

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Charleston Wine + Food is a cultural entity that champions the region’s unique foodways through world-renowned culinary experiences. Fueled by a contagious passion for the people and places that make Charleston worth celebrating, the annual festival infuses homegrown flavor with top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe for a five-day event that spans the first full weekend each March.

Charleston, SC

Cooper River Bridge Run

The Cooper River Bridge Run is a world-class 10K run/walk with an inspirational mission to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. The scenic course takes participants through Mount Pleasant, over the Cooper River Bridge with its breathtaking views and through picturesque historic downtown Charleston.


Volvo Car Open Tennis Tournament

The Charleston Open, also known as the Volvo Car Open and formerly the Family Circle Cup, is a WTA Tour-affiliated professional tennis tournament for women, held every year since 1973. It is the oldest professional all-women's tournament in America.

Volvo Car Stadium
161 Seven Farms Drive
Charleston, SC 29492

Lowcountry Cajun Festival

Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is a full-day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, kids activities, and all around ragin’ Cajun fun! Savor the tastes of authentic Cajun and Creole fare - jambalaya, alligator, etouffe, andouille sausage, and crawfish. Also enjoy Lowcountry favorites like seafood and Southern barbecue. For those who prefer a tamer menu, we’ll serve up ample portions of festival foods like hot dogs, sno cones, and more.

James Island County Park 871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
2022 Date To Be Announced

High Water Festival

A celebration of music, food, and libations curated by band Shovels & Rope.

2022 Date To Be Announced
Riverfront Park
1061 Everglades Ave
N. Charleston, SC 29405

ESA-SSC Surf Events

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) is dedicated to the sport of amateur surfing, to the operation of a program of amateur competition for surfers of all ages and abilities, and to the establishment and preservation of free access to a clean shoreline and ocean environment. The Southern South Carolina district holds contests at Folly Beach, primarily at the Washout and occasionally at the Folly Beach pier.

2022 Dates To Be Announced
Folly Beach, SC

Charleston Race Week

This three-day event is one of the largest keelboat regattas in the Americas.

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
20 Patriots Point Rd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Cast Off Fishing Tournaments

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert angler, join the fun and enjoy a little friendly competition at the Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach Piers’ Cast-Off Tournament series! The Folly Beach Pier stretches out 1045 feet into the ocean and common catches include blue fish, sheepshead, spotted sea trout and whiting.

2022 Date To Be Announced
Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach, SC

Spoleto Festival

For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.

Charleston, SC

Southeast Crab Feast

SouthEast Crab Feast events started in 2010 as a gathering of family, friends & associates who reside in the city, but enjoyed the coastal heritage of eating ocean fresh seafood such as Blue Crabs and Fish. SouthEast Crab Feast events has grown into multi-cities due to the demand of perfectly seasoned fresh blue crabs and fish offered in a family friendly environment. Event tickets are limited and historically sellout quickly.

Wannamaker County Park
8888 University Blvd
N. Charleston, SC 29406
2022 Date To Be Announced

Folly Beach Wahine Surf Classic

The Folly Beach Wahine Classic is a super fun, all-girls surf contest with divisions in shortboard, longboard, bodyboard, SUP, one design, and prize money divisions - Pro Shortboard & Pro Longboard. The mission of the FBWC is to empower surfer girls of all ages with a weekend of surf competition, camaraderie, and fun, while raising awareness and money for water-related non-profit organizations.

Folly Beach, SC
2022 Date To Be Announced

Surfer’s Healing Event

Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we've been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn't a 'cure', or even 'traditional' therapy. It's a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we've seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it's all about what their kids can do.

2022 Date To Be Announced
Folly Beach, SC

Lowcountry Jazz Festival

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s premier annual Smooth Jazz event, returns to the Charleston Gaillard Center with some of the world’s best musicians, great dining options, sophisticated shopping, and rich history.

Charleston Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
2022 Date To Be Announced

The Victory Cup Polo Match & Hot Air Balloon Festival

What is The Victory Cup all about? Enjoying a gorgeous day of green grass, majestic horses, heart pounding polo, dozens of food and alcohol partners, great views from our helicopter and the big and beautiful hot air balloon giants on property! With events throughout the United States, The Victory Cup has become known as “America’s Polo Match!” Beyond horses, the helicopter rides and Hot Air Balloon rides are one of the Victory Cup’s top attractions and should be purchased in advance.

Johns Island County Park
2662 Mullet Hall Rd
Johns Island, SC 29455
2022 Date To Be Announced

MOJA Arts Festival

The MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for many years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more. Nearly half of the events are admission-free, and the remainder are offered at modest ticket prices.

Charleston, SC
2022 Date To Be Announced

Mermaids & Mateys Street Festival Weekend

Ahoy, friends! October 2021 will be the first-ever Folly Beach Mermaids & Mateys Event! Round up the buccaneers and strap on a tail (if that’s your thing) and come celebrate the sea and all its treasures with us. You may apply online to become an official Mermaid or Matey, or volunteer.

Folly Beach, SC
2022 Date To Be Announced


  • calendar21-10-2023 @ 12:00 am
Not only is this annual music festival a rockin’ good time, it’s also an event you can feel good about patronizing. The FollyPalooza Cancer Benefit raises money for local cancer patients and Folly residents in need of medical care. In the last year alone, Follypalooza paid over $17,000 in local cancer patients bills, including a significant contribution to give one local a much-needed new roof. Follypalooza has paid $80,000+ inpatient bills for over 40 people in the Folly community. Past attractions include a dunk tank, carnival games, and other activities for kids like jump castles, face painting, balloon animals, and more. The all-day event features local, live music.

Center Street, Folly Beach, SC
2022 Date To Be Announced


  • calendar02-11-2024 @ 12:00 am
A beloved and free music festival on Folly Beach. Guests are encouraged to wander through the streets and neighborhoods and enjoy performances by local musicians who will be set up on porches and in yards throughout the area.

Folly Beach, SC
2022 Date To Be Announced

Tree Lighting at Folly River Park

  • calendar26-11-2023 @ 7:00 pm
Stop by the park for the annual Folly Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. These lights will surely get you in the holiday spirit.

Folly River Park
58 Center St
Folly Beach, SC
2022 Date To Be Announced

Folly Beach Christmas Parade

  • calendar09-12-2023 @ 12:00 am
Line up along Center Street as floats, marching bands and community associations show their holiday spirit, visitors and locals are all welcome! During the parade, knock-out some of your holiday shopping at the Arts & Crafts Show at the Community Center. Join Santa at Folly River Park to receive goodies after the parade!

Center Street, Folly Beach, SC
2022 Date To Be Announced

New Year’s Eve Flip-Flop Drop and Fireworks

  • calendar31-12-2023 @ 11:59 pm
The famous Folly Beach Flip-Flop Drop will take place on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31st. Center Street will close to traffic at 10pm as revelers enjoy local restaurants and family-friendly festivities. At 11:59, the huge, sparkly flip-flops will descend to mark the stroke of midnight and the beginning of 2020. A spectacular fireworks over the beach will follow immediately!
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