Summertime Fun on Daniel Island

May 31, 2012

As May comes to a close and schools wrap up their lessons for the year, a new season has arrived: It’s summertime in the Lowcountry! It’s a good thing the days are getting longer, because the calendar is packed this year with special events, concerts and more, all summer long. And if you live on Daniel Island, you don’t have to travel far to find some of the most exciting events in Charleston this season. Here are our top picks for things to do on Daniel Island this summer:

Attend Sundown on the Wando: A Riverfront Concert Series on Daniel Island
June 1, July 3, July 27
Children’s Park
Mix and mingle at this free family-friendly concert series taking place on the banks of the Wando River. Pack a picnic and bring friends and family to enjoy live music as the sun sets. The action takes place from 6-9 pm.

Give Back: The Rotary Charity Duck Race
June 2
Children’s Park
Join the Rotary Club of Daniel Island, along with other area Rotary Clubs, for this annual charity duck race that raises money for local non-profit organizations, scholarships and Rotary programs. The “owners” of the first 25 ducks to cross the finish line with be awarded cash prizes ranging from $100 to $15,000!


Photo by Tom Pich (with permission from the Philip Simmons Foundation)

Remember a Friend: Philip Simmons’ 100th Birthday Celebration
June 7
Daniel Island Real Estate Sales Center
June marks the 100th birthday of Master Blacksmith Philip Simmons, who spent the first part of his childhood on Daniel Island. The Daniel Island Historical Society is marking the occasion with a special event featuring jazz, wine and light appetizers, and a drawing for special prizes. A commemorative, limited edition poster of Jonathan Green’s painting “Memory Dreams” will be available for purchase, and Mr. Green will also in attendance to sign posters.


Cast a Line: Daniel Island Kids’ Fishing Tournament
June 16
Smythe Park
This annual Father’s Day weekend event is sponsored by Daniel Island’s Inshore Fishing Club and takes place on the banks of the lake at Smythe Park. Island children ages 5-15 are eligible to enter and cast for large-mouth bass, bream, mullet and red drum (all catch and release). Prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be provided.



Challenge Your Kids: The Daniel Island Kids’ Triathlon
June 23
Pierce Park
More than 100 kids ages 7-14 are expected to participate in this annual competition, featuring running, swimming and bicycling in Charleston’s island town. Each athlete receives a race bag and t-shirt, along with a finisher’s medal. The top three finishers in each age division will receive 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize medals.


Experience Latin Culture: Siempre Mujer Music Festival
June 16
Family Circle Stadium
This celebration of hispanic culture features free daytime events and an evening concert. During the day, enjoy live latin music, salsa & rumba dancing, inspiring seminars, appearances by your favorite hispanic celebrities and much more, As the sun sets, Grammy-winning Salsa legend Gilberto Santarosa and the young Urban/Tropical duo from Venezuela, Chino y Nacho, will take the stage. The night will conclude with a performance by five-time Latin Grammy winner Los Tigres Del Norte.


Celebrate America’s Birthday: Independence Day Events on Daniel Island
July 3-4
Various Island Locations
Two days of festivities are planned to celebrate our nation’s birthday, ranging from a riverfront music concert to a family entertainment show featuring popular performers such as Gregg Russell and Mark Lippard followed by the annual 4th of July Parade. Residents and their guests are invited to wrap up the celebrations at Pierce Park for an afternoon of swimming, games and fun.



Get Your Groove on: The Last Summer on Earth Tour
July 14
Family Circle Stadium
Catch the Wando River breezes from Family Circle Stadium in this mid-summer concert featuring live performances by the Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Cracker. Gates open at 6 pm; the show starts at 7. Get your tickets early before it’s too late!


Shop Local: Daniel Island Farmer’s Market
Through September
Island Park Drive
The Daniel Island Farmer’s Market takes place Thursday evenings from 3-7 pm during the spring and summer months. Local farmers and vendors set up shop on Island Park Drive, offering the freshest local fruits, vegetables and more for island residents and visitors.



Get Your Kicks: Charleston Batter Soccer
Regular Season Through September
Blackbaud Stadium
Cheer on Charleston’s professional soccer team at their state-of-the art home stadium on Daniel Island. Battery soccer games are great fun for the entire family. Check the calendar to see when they’ll be in town next!