June events and programs in your Charleston County Parks!

Reggae Nights Concert Series: Ras Bonghi Reggae All Stars

Friday, June 1, 7:30 – 11 p.m.

James Island County Park

The kickoff of this year’s Reggae Concert Series will feature Ras Bonghi Reggae All Stars! 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 p.m. and music begins at 8:30. Admission is $10; free for ages 12 & under and Gold Pass Holders.

Splash Island and Whirlin’ Waters Waterparks Open Daily!

Starting June 2

Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park and Whirlin’ Waters at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park are now open daily starting June 2! Splash Zone waterpark’s operations schedule is still being determined while a new attraction completes construction. Visit CharlestonCountyParks.com for hours, fees, and an operations schedule for Splash Zone waterpark.

Friday Night Boogie

Friday, June 8, 7 – 11 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Pier

For ages 21 and up. The Mount Pleasant Pier will be rockin' with the sounds of DJ Jim Bowers as he plays a variety of line dancing hits, unforgettable oldies, and beach music classics! Beverages, food, and snacks will be available for purchase on-site. Advance purchase is recommended. Photo ID is required. Fee: $8/$10 on-site (if available).

Shaggin' on the Cooper: The Coppertones

Saturday, June 9, 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 The Coppertones. 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, June 9. Movie begins around sunset

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.

Moonlight Mixer

Friday, June 15, 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

Cast Off Fishing Tournament

Saturday, June 16, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mount Pleasant 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. Adult chaperone required for ages 15 and under. Fee: $10/$8 Senior & ages 3-12/$5 Fishing Pass Holder

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series: Race 2

Sunday, June 17, 7 a.m.

James Island County Park

This five-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. Fees and registration options vary. Visit CharlestonCountyParks.com for details.

Solstice Yoga: Salute the Solstice

Thursday, June 21, 5 – 8 p.m.

James Island County Park

As the sun rises to the highest point in the sky, Charleston will gather to Salute the Solstice, celebrating our connection and the light that is within each of us. This gathering is an opportunity to practice with teachers from Charleston's vast and eclectic yoga studios. Experience meditation, 108 Sun Salutations, safe hands on adjustments, live music, and the sweetness of moving in nature. Kids’ yoga will be offered concurrently. Admission: $25 in advance/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder/Free ages 11 and under/$30 on-site

Reggae Concert Series: NDKA

Friday, June 22, 7:30 – 11 p.m.

James Island County Park

Relax and enjoy traditional live reggae from NDKA in this 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: $10; free for ages 12 and under and Gold Pass holders.

Special Needs Swim Night

Saturday, June 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark (North Charleston)

People with special needs and their families are invited to an unforgettable night! Enjoy the lazy river, race down slides, and take a dip in the pool. To avoid the line, advanced purchase is recommended. A paid chaperone is required for all participants. Fee: $9; 2 & under free

Cast Off Fishing Tournament

Saturday, June 30, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Folly Beach Pier

Join us for tournament season at the Folly Beach Pier! Enter this spring 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 and Youth ages 3-12/$5 Fishing Pass Holder.

Uncle Sam Jam

Wednesday, July 4, 7 – 11 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Pier

Get your tickets early! Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Mount Pleasant Pier! Dance to Carolina beach and party music performed by Ellen Drive, at an excellent venue for viewing fireworks displays throughout the Lowcountry. Beverages will be available for purchase. Outside alcohol, beverages and coolers are strictly prohibited. Tickets are $10 and are limited; advance purchase is recommended.

June 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

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Fitness: Gentle yoSUP

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, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 8 -9 a.m.

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

Fee: $8/Free Move IT! Pass Holder

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: June 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 8:30 -11:30 a.m.

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Fee: $10/Free for Gold Pass Holder and 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, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 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, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 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.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Fitness: Power yoSUP

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, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 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, June 3, 10, 17, 24 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.

H2O Moves with Tot Palmetto Islands County Park

This adult focused fitness class builds aerobic capacity and strength while you exercise in the water with your toddler (12-36 months). Instructors keep it fun with playful, functional movements that use the water's natural resistance and buoyancy to tighten and tone muscles, shape the core, and ease joint and muscle pain. Get exercise without sacrificing time with your toddler. One adult and one child registration required.

Mondays and Wednesdays, June 4-27 8:30 -9:15 a.m.

Meets at: Splash Island Age: 18 & up

Fee: $64/$43 Move IT! Pass Holder/Free: Toddler for full session

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: June 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 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: June 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 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

H2O Moves Wannamaker County Park

Take your workout to the water with this total-body aerobics class that focuses on form, flexibility, strength, and balance.

Mondays and Wednesdays, June 4-27 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Meets at: Whirlin' Waters Age: 16 & up

Fee: $40/$32 Move IT! Pass Holder for full session

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: June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 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.

H2O Moves Palmetto Islands County Park

Take your workout to the water with this total-body aerobics class that focuses on form, flexibility, strength, and balance.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5-28 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Meets at: Splash Island Age: 16 & up

Fee: $40/$32 Move IT! Pass Holder for full session

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, June 6, 13, 20, 27 12-5 p.m.

Meets at: James Island County Park Fee: $12

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, June 7, 14, 21, 28 Thu 5 -10 p.m.

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

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

Daily Programs

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. Pre-registration required.

June 2 Sat 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56439

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

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

Alligator Adventure

Search for alligators as we separate fact from fiction on this journey to learn why these large reptiles carry the special title of “keystone species.” A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

June 2 Sat 9 -11 a.m. Course # 56236

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center Age: 9 & up Fee: $9/$7 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. Pre-registration required.

June 2 Sat 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56413

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

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

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intermediate SUP - Level 2

Take the next step in SUPing. We'll practice increasing our ability to move on the board, improve stroke technique, and learn more safety skills. Pre-registration required.

June 2 Sat 1 -3 p.m. Course # 56425

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 will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required.

June 2 Sat 1 -2 p.m. Course # 56350

June 2 Sat 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Course # 56351

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 10 & up (Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Fee: $15

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. Pre-registration required.

June 3 Sun 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56433

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

Fee: $48/$38 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 will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required.

June 3 Sun 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Course # 56352

June 3 Sun 1 -2 p.m. Course # 56353

June 3 Sun 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Course # 56354

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 10 & up (Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Fee: $15

Poetry at McLeod - Exploring Race in America: Marilyn Nelson

“I am one of the poets who believe poetry can make something happen, that it does matter.” Marilyn Nelson, Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006, will read from her works that include “Faster than Light” winner of the 2013 Milton Kessler Poetry Award. In 2012 she received the Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America's most prestigious award. Free with regular park gate admission.

June 3 Sun 2 -4 p.m. Course # 56234

Meets at: McLeod Plantation Historic Site Free with regular park gate admission

How to Belay

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

June 3 Sun 6 -8 p.m. Course # 56196

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

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

Dry Land Fishing - How to Catch a Slippery Lizard

Lizards are notoriously quick and slick! Learn about these elusive reptiles while safely capturing, handling, and releasing them. While we're at it, we'll collect some valuable scientific data too. A registered and paid chaperone is required for ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

June 5 Tue 9 -10:30 a.m. Course # 56346

Meets at: Johns Island County Park Age: 9 & up

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

Summer Entertainment Series: Magic by Chaz

Chaz joins us from Minnesota with his magic show, mystifying all in attendance. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged due to limited seating.

June 6 Wed 10 -11 a.m. Course # 56001

Meets at: James Island County Park Edisto Hall

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

Summer Entertainment Series: Magic by Chaz

Chaz joins us from Minnesota with his magic show, mystifying all in attendance. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged due to limited seating.

June 7 Thu 10 -11 a.m. Course # 56002

Meets at: Wannamaker County Park Cypress Hall

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

Starlight Yoga

The moon and stars enhance this flowing yoga class. Open to all fitness levels. Sand serves as the classroom floor and crashing waves as the soundtrack. Rain date: Thursday, June 14. Photo ID required. No refunds issued.

June 7 Thu 7:30 -8:30 p.m. Course # 55917

Meets at: Folly Beach County Park Age: 12 & up Fee: $5/Free Move IT! Pass Holder/$8 on-site

Folly Beach Bird Walks: Folly Beach County Park

This walk focuses on the southern shoreline of Folly Beach. We hope to see a variety of shorebirds and seabirds such as American Oystercatchers and Wilson's Plovers. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

June 8 Fri 8:30 -10:30 a.m. Course # 56071

Meets at: Folly Beach County Park Age: 12 & up

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

Alligator Adventure

Search for alligators as we separate fact from fiction on this journey to learn why these large reptiles carry the special title of “keystone species.” A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

June 9 Sat 9 -11 a.m. Course # 56237

Meets at: James Island County Park Age: 9 & up

Fee: $9/$7 Move IT! Pass Holder

Family Fun Hikes

Family Fun Hikes combine spirited exercise with short activities to explore and protect nature. Each hike investigates forests or salt marshes and introduces Leave No Trace practices, how to use a map, and important ways to respect wildlife. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

June 9 Sat 9 -10:30 a.m. Course # 56477

Meets at: Laurel Hill Age: 7 & up

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

The Roaring 20s at McLeod

This decade was an exciting time for people of means - jazz, prohibition and blind tigers, and the “Charleston.” For the McLeods, it was a time to participate in the creation of the “Plantation Myth” with an architectural makeover of the house, Mina McLeod's involvement with the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals, and the demise of Sea Island cotton. Pre-registration required.

June 9 Sat 9 -10 a.m. Course # 56160

Meets at: McLeod Plantation Historic Site Age: 13 & up

Fee: $20

Sea Kayak Instructional Classes: ACA Kayak Quickstart

Learn about the fun-filled sport of kayaking. During this 2-hour hands-on informal program, our experienced guides will show you how you can enjoy the local waterways and wildlife from a sea kayak. Pre-registration required.

June 9 Sat 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56445

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

Fee: $25/$20 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. Pre-registration required.

June 9 Sat 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Course # 56414

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 will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required.

June 9 Sat 1 -2 p.m. Course # 56355