August Special Events

Splash Island, Splash Zone and Whirlin’ Waters Waterparks open daily through Aug. 17!

Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park, Whirlin’ Waters at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, and Splash Zone waterpark are now open daily! Weekends-only operations start Aug. 18. Visit CharlestonCountyParks.com for hours, fees and further details.

Reggae Concert Series: Mystic Vibrations

Friday, Aug. 3, 7:30 – 11 p.m.

James Island County Park

Relax and enjoy traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in the beautiful outdoor setting. Bring your chair or blanket and rock the night away! Food, beverages, and souvenirs will be available for purchase. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited. Band is subject to change. Gates open at 7:30 pm and music begins at 8:30 pm. Admission is $10; free for ages 12 & under and Gold Pass Holders.

Cast Off Fishing Tournament

Saturday, Aug. 11, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Enter this tournament with prizes awarded for the three largest catches in the Big Fish category. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. Tournaments held rain or shine. An adult chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $10/$8 Senior & ages 3-12/$5 Fishing Pass Holder

Shaggin' on the Cooper: Vinyl Daze

Saturday, Aug. 11, 7 – 11 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Pier

Join us on the Mount Pleasant Pier for some Shaggin’ on the Cooper! Enjoy scenic views of the Charleston Harbor while dancing to live classic oldies and beach music performed by Vinyl Daze. Beverages and food will be available for purchase on-site. Outside alcohol, beverages and coolers are strictly prohibited. Photo ID required to gain entry. Advance purchase is recommended. A registered chaperone is required for ages 15 and under. Fee: $8/$10 on site (if available)

Wannamaker Movie Series

Saturday, Aug. 11. Movie begins around sunset (8:15 p.m.)

Wannamaker County Park

Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket, and join us for a movie night under the stars. Free with park entry of $2 per person. Movie begins just after sunset - about 8:15 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase at the snack bar. No outside food, alcohol or coolers. Socialized dogs on a short leash are welcome. For movie listings, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series Championship

Sunday, Aug. 12, 7 a.m.

James Island County Park

This race series includes a .3-mile swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K run. Participants are divided into the following categories: Open/Elite, Age Group and Masters, Clydesdale (men 200 pounds+ or under age 40), Masters Clydesdale (men 200 pounds + over age 40), and Athena (women 150 pounds or greater). Participants must be comfortable swimming 600M in open water and riding a bicycle on roads open to traffic. Visit CharlestonCountyParks.com for details.

Moonlight Mixer

Friday, Aug. 17, 7 – 11 p.m.

Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Shag the night away under the stars at the Folly Beach Pier, where DJ Jim Bowers will be spinning the hottest oldies and beach music for you all night long. Beverages, food, and snacks will be available for purchase on-site. Outside alcohol, beverages, and coolers are prohibited. Advance purchase is recommended. A paid chaperone is required for ages 15 and under. Fee: $8 in advance//$10 on site

Special Needs Prom

Saturday, Aug. 18, 6 – 8 p.m.

R.L. Jones Center, Mount Pleasant

People with special needs, their families, friends, and caregivers are invited to a spectacular prom-themed celebration! Beverages, food, and snacks will be available for purchase on-site. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Photo ID is required to gain entry. A registered chaperone is required for ages 15 and under. Registration is available by calling 843-795-4386. Fee: $4/$5 on site; free for chaperones and ages 3 and under.

Dog Day Afternoon

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Splash Island Waterpark

Waterpark season is over, but on this special day, dogs will have free rein at Splash Island Waterpark! Select pool areas will be open for dogs only; owners will not be allowed in the water. All dogs must be current on vaccinations for entry. Tickets are limited; advance purchase is recommended. Each dog should be registered to one adult/chaperone and pets must be kept in control and at close hand. Fee: $8/$10 on-site (if available).

Dog Day Afternoon

Sunday, Sept. 9, 12 – 5 p.m.

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark

Waterpark season is over, but on this special day, dogs will have free rein at Whirlin’ Waters! Select pool areas will be open for dogs only; owners will not be allowed in the water. All dogs must be current on vaccinations for entry. Tickets are limited; advance purchase is recommended. Each dog should be registered to one adult owner/chaperone and pets must be kept in control and at close hand. Fee: $12/$15 on-site (if available).

August Programs

Many programs require advance registration or that a minimum number of participants be met. Call 843-795-4386 or visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com to register.

Ongoing Programs

Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw

Our trek through many distinct habitats will allow us to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies, and other organisms. A paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Registration is not required.

Ongoing: Wednesdays and Saturdays: Aug. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 8:30 -11:30 a.m.

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Fee: $10/Free for Gold Pass Holder and Move IT! Pass Holder

College Days at the Climbing Wall

Climbing is a fun way to get into shape and to meet new people. It is also a great social activity. Students with a current ID will receive a free harness and shoe rental with the regular price of admission. Registration is not required.

Ongoing: Wednesdays, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 12-5 p.m.

Meets at: James Island County Park

Fee: $12

Walk and Restorative Yoga at James Island County Park

Join us for an invigorating walk mixed with relaxing and rejuvenating yoga in an incredibly beautiful setting. It is the perfect way to start your day in a positive and restoring way. Open to all levels, including mothers with children in strollers.

Ongoing: Mondays and Thursdays: Aug. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 9:30 -10:30 a.m.

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI

Walk and Restorative Yoga at Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Yoga professionals lead participants along short walking loops through the breathtaking natural habitat of Caw Caw. Practice gentle and restorative yoga techniques to build strength, flexibility, and balance.

Ongoing: Mondays and Thursdays: Aug. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 9:30 -10:30 a.m.

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI

Creekside Yoga

Experience yoga with the sights and sounds of Horlbeck Creek in the background. Certified yoga instructors will guide you through a flowing series of yoga postures that focus on alignment and breath to build flexibility and strength. Open to all levels.

Ongoing: Tuesdays and Thursdays: Aug. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 8:30 -9:30 a.m.

Meets at: Palmetto Islands County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT! Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI.

Night Climbing

Enjoy an evening under the stars at The Climbing Wall! Try your favorite route from a different perspective. Equipment is not included in climbing fee. Bring your own headlamp/flashlight. Registration is not necessary.

Ongoing: Thursdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 5 -10 p.m.

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $12/$9 Move IT! Pass Holder

Gentle yoSUP: Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Fitness

SUP meets yoga on the lake, a beginner-friendly setting with no current or tide. Calm water allows participants to focus on poses to stretch and strengthen the torso, hips, and legs while quieting the mind and creating a state of ease through breath and relaxation. Open to all levels.

Ongoing: Saturdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 8 -9 a.m.

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT! Pass Holder

Pilates Mat

Using movements that focus on challenging the core, participants will experience a full body workout that emphasizes balance, stretch, strength, and control. Classes are a blend of Classical Pilates exercises and variations that use props and light weights. Open to all levels.

Ongoing: Saturdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 9:30 -10:30 a.m.

Meets at: Move IT Office Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT! Pass Holder

Tai Chi

For adults experiencing muscular tension, fatigue, arthritis pain, and intestinal distress, Tai Chi has proven effective as part of a holistic approach to wellness. With a focus on stability and balance, Tai Chi may help reduce or prevent falls commonly associated with aging.

Ongoing: Saturdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 4 -5 p.m.

Meets at: Move IT Office Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT! Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI.

Power yoSUP: Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Fitness

Prepare to work up a sweat in this fitness-based approach to yoga on the paddle board. Participants flow from one pose to another using breath as an anchor to increase strength, flexibility, and calorie burn. Yoga and paddleboarding experience preferred.

Ongoing: Saturdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 4 -5 p.m.

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT! Pass Holder

Yin Yoga

Balance your job, gym workouts, and even other styles of yoga practice with yin yoga. Yin promotes stress release and improves connective and fascia tissue by holding poses for up to 4 minutes. Open to all fitness levels.

Ongoing: Sundays, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 5 – 6:15 p.m.

Meets at: Move IT Office Age: 16 & up

Fee: $10/Free Move IT Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes for a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI.

Daily Programs

Summer Entertainment Series: Wo'Se of Charleston

A visit to West Africa with stories, songs, and drumming. Come learn about the true Africa, as Queen Atterberry shares her experience of living in traditional and modern African culture. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged due to limited seating.

Aug. 1 Wed 10 -11 a.m. Course # 56015

Meets at: James Island County Park Edisto Hall

Fee: $4/Free: ages 2 and under/$5 on-site (if available)

Summer Entertainment Series: Wo'Se of Charleston

A visit to West Africa with stories, songs, and drumming. Come learn about the true Africa, as Queen Atterberry shares her experience of living in traditional and modern African culture. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged due to limited seating.

Aug. 2 Thu 9:30 -10:30 a.m. Course # 56016

Aug. 2 Thu 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56022

Meets at: Wannamaker County Park Cypress Hall

Fee: $4/Free: ages 2 and under/$5 on-site (if available)

Challenge Course Open Day

Join the fun on the High Challenge Course. Experience the excitement of walking across our team challenges suspended by cables and exiting down our tandem zip line. Participants must show up between 4 -6:30 p.m. in order to participate. This is not a drop-off program; an on-site chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

Aug. 2 Thu 4 -8 p.m. Course # 55868

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 10 & up

Fee: $20/$25 on-site (if available)

Team Charleston Competitive Programs: Informational Session

We invite you to join the coaches of Team Charleston for a pre-season question and answer session. Team Charleston Competitive Climbing Teams are perfect for both the young climber who wants to take climbing to the next level and for youth seeking non-traditional sports options.

Aug. 2 Thu 6 -7 p.m. Course # 56206

Meets at: CCPRC Headquarters Age: 7 & up

Fee: Free

Wee Wild Ones: Curious Clams

Discover hidden clams and other creatures in the sand using supplied shovels and strainers. Come have fun with us while learning at one of your county beach parks. Chaperones required to attend, but not required to register. Pre-registration required.

Aug. 3 Fri 10 -11 a.m. Course # 55921

Meets at: Isle of Palms County Park Age: 1-5

Fee: $10

SUP the Surf Zone

Surf SUP! Enjoy the sun, sand, and surf in this popular and historic pastime. Join a trained professional and learn fundamental surfing skills, important wave/ocean dynamics, board/paddle design, etiquette, and safety. You'll come away with a basic understanding of surfing that will give you the confidence to continue catching waves and growing as a SUP surfer anywhere you choose to go.

Aug. 4 Sat 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56435

Meets at: Folly Beach County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $48/$38 Move IT! Pass Holder

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intro to SUP - Level 1

This fun and relaxed class will get you started with instruction on safety and the proper paddling technique that will allow you to progress comfortably at your own pace.

Aug. 4 Sat 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56422

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Walk-up Instructional Classes

This 1-hour quick start class is taught by ACA-certified instructors. You will learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, from proper stance and form to safety. Class taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Aug. 4 Sat 1 -2 p.m. Course # 56395

Aug. 4 Sat 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Course # 56396

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 10 & up

Fee: $15

Kayak the Surf Zone: Beginner Short Boat Surf Kayaking

Treat yourself to some summer fun by learning to ride the waves in a kayak. We'll provide whitewater (short boats) and sit-on-top kayaks, along with instruction in safety and technique.

Aug. 5 Sun 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56441

Meets at: Folly Beach County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $48/$38 Move IT! Pass Holder

Canoe Programs: Intro to Canoeing

Get into canoeing and learn to paddle in a fun and relaxing environment with a partner or on your own. This is the perfect craft for exploring the Lowcountry's natural and cultural history. This class will cover basic strokes, safety, and technique in a relaxing and enjoyable environment.

Aug. 5 Sun 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56431

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Walk-up Instructional Classes

This 1-hour quick start class is taught by ACA-certified instructors. You will learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, from proper stance and form to safety. Class taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Aug. 5 Sun 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Course # 56397

Aug. 5 Sun 1 -2 p.m. Course # 56398

Aug. 5 Sun 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Course # 56399

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 10 & up

Fee: $15

Team Adventure Challenges: Couple's Challenge

Enjoy an afternoon with your sweetheart, taking your relationship to new heights. Face obstacles together, walk across a suspended cable at heights, help each other over obstacles, and enjoy racing down our 200 ft. zip line. Pre-registration recommended.

Aug. 5 Sun 2 -5 p.m. Course # 55897

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder/$30 on-site (if available)

How to Belay

Learn to belay in this abbreviated version of our popular Introduction to Climbing class.

Aug. 5 Sun 6 -8 p.m. Course # 56198

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 14 & up

Fee: $15/$12 Move IT! Pass Holder

Remembering Ancestors: African Burial Grounds in Charleston

What is an appropriate memorial for the people buried near Anson Street and uncovered during construction at the Gaillard Center? The Gullah Society wants to talk with you. Join them for another Community Conversation at McLeod Plantation Historic Site. Pre-registration required.

Aug. 6 Mon 6 -8 p.m. Course # 56221

Meets at: McLeod Plantation Historic Site

Fee: Free

Sprint Tri Swim Tune Up

Train on the actual Charleston Sprint Triathlon swim course with a Blue Sky Endurance certified triathlon coach. Participants will leave with an in-depth knowledge of the swim course and insider tips to gain confidence, increase efficiency, and improve times.

Aug. 6 Mon 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Course # 54854

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $15/Free Move IT! Pass Holder

How to Belay

Learn to belay in this abbreviated version of our popular Introduction to Climbing class.

Aug. 7 Tue 6 -8 p.m. Course # 56190

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 14 & up

Fee: $15/$12 Move IT! Pass Holder

Summer Entertainment Series: Illusionist Howard Blackwell

Howard Blackwell is an Illusionist specializing in timeless magic with a modern twist. He has been performing magic for 25 years and has performed in over 19 different countries. Howard will wow his audiences with fun stage magic for all ages. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged due to limited seating.

Aug. 8 Wed 10 -11 a.m. Course # 56017

Meets at: James Island County Park Edisto Hall

Fee: $4/Free: ages 2 and under/$5 on-site (if available)

Kayak Interpretive Programs: Interpreting Tea Farm Creek

Paddle by one of the only naturalized understory of tea plants in the country and through abandoned rice fields, now turned back into salt marshes, to witness firsthand how human history has impacted the landscapes around us.

Aug. 9 Thu 8 -10:30 a.m. Course # 56444

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center Age: 16 & up

Fee: $48/$38 Move IT! Pass Holder

Summer Entertainment Series: Illusionist Howard Blackwell

Howard Blackwell is an Illusionist specializing in timeless magic with a modern twist. He has been performing magic for 25 years and has performed in over 19 different countries. Howard will wow his audiences with fun stage magic for all ages. Pre-registration is encouraged due to limited seating.

Aug. 9 Thu 9:30 -10:30 a.m. Course # 56018

Aug. 9 Thu 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56023

Meets at: Wannamaker County Park Cypress Hall

Fee: $4/Free: ages 2 and under/$5 on-site (if available)

Folly Beach Bird Walks: Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve

This walk focuses on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Hopefuls include Wilson's Plover and Painted Bunting. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

Aug. 10 Fri 8:30 -10:30 a.m. Course # 56073

Meets at: Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Age: 12 & up

Fee: $7/$5 Move IT! Pass Holder

Homeschool in the Parks: Cash in the Colony - Middle School

The colony of South Carolina was one of the richest in the new world. In this program we learn about the people, crops, and trade that contributed to the state's early wealth though fun activities. Chaperones welcome to attend but not required.

Aug. 10 Fri 10 -11:30 a.m. Course # 55938

Meets at: McLeod Plantation Historic Site Age: 10-13

Fee: $5

Homeschool in the Parks: Cash in the Colony - Elementary

The colony of South Carolina was one of the richest in the new world. In this program we learn about the people, crops, and trade that contributed to the state's early wealth though fun activities. Chaperones welcome to attend but not required.

Aug. 10 Fri 10 -11:30 a.m. Course # 55939

Meets at: McLeod Plantation Historic Site Age: 7-9

Fee: $5

Canoe Programs: Long Savannah Interpretive Canoe Tour

From Bulow Boat Landing, we'll paddle through woodlands and the old rice fields that once covered the area. With its remoteness and help from our interpretive guide, this trip will surely offer some wonderful wildlife sightings.

Aug. 11 Sat 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Course # 56432

Meets at: CCPRC Headquarters Age: 16 & up

Fee: $48/$38 Move IT! Pass Holder

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intro to SUP - Level 1

This fun and relaxed class will get you started with instruction on safety and the proper paddling technique that will allow you to progress comfortably at your own pace.

Aug. 11 Sat 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56423

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Walk-up Instructional Classes

This 1-hour quick start class is taught by ACA-certified instructors. You will learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, from proper stance and form to safety. Class taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Aug. 11 Sat 1 -2 p.m. Course # 56400

Aug. 11 Sat 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Course # 56401

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 10 & up

Fee: $15