June is one of our favorite months. We don’t know why. Maybe it’s the start of the unrelenting heat that makes for perfect pool and beach days? Or is it the official start of summer? This year, we’ve got the World Cup to look forward to as well. But one thing’s for sure, whenever our fave month rolls around, we always spend a little more than we had planned. Good thing we’ve got these free events to help us out.
Monday Jump on the summer reading train and join Book on Downtown at any of the Charleston County Public Libraries.
If you think you’ve got the best potato salad around, prove you’re top spud by entering Southern Season‘s potato salad contest.
Shuffle ball change your way to the Charleston Library Society for Sploeto USA Festival’s Conversations with: Dorrance Dance.
Tuesday Artist Jonathan Green stops by the Colonial Candle store to display some of his work.
Reap the harvest – and others’ hard work — at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market.
Test your trivia knowledge at Cutty‘s.
Wednesday We know, we know, everything to do with the ’20s has been played out — thanks, Gatsby — but we still love the era, particularly the dancing and the music. Head to Prohibition for some free swing dance lessons. We won’t even judge if you pretend to be Daisy Buchanan.
Spoleto season can be tough on the wallet, which is why we love Piccolo Spoleto’s free art exhibits in Marion Square.
Thursday Feeling crafty? Yea, us neither. Thankfully, the Pour House has a makers market so we can buy other people’s crafty goods.
Is there anything more sophisticated than listening to poetry in the courtyard of Dock Street Theatre?
Few things get us as excited as ice cream. Free ice cream would definitely be one of them. And you can get a free scoop at the opening of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
Friday Sip on wine while checking out the new art during First Fridays.
And while you’re down that way, mosey on over to Robert Lange Studio for Karen Ann Myer’s newest exhibition, Sparkle.
Saturday Build a sand version of the Taj Mahal during Piccolo Spoleto’s annual sand sculpture contest. charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/sand-sculpting-competition/Event?oid=4918410
Then head back downtown to bid farewell to Piccolo Spoleto during the free finale celebrations at Hampton Park.
Sunday The best way to beat the heat during Second Sunday? Stopping off at every establishment for a little browse or refreshment. http://charlestoncitypaper-staging.newspackstaging.com/charleston/second-sundays-on-king-street/Event?oid=2342609
Show off your six-pack at the Budweiser Bikini Bash.
Or have yourself a Sunday Funday with some jazz music and eats from Chef BJ Dennis at Republic Reign’s Brunch Day Party. Admission is free; the food is not.
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