So many reasons to head to a Charleston County Park this May!

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - Get ready for an a-MAY-zing time at Charleston County Parks! No matter who you are or what you are into, you will find lots of exciting activities happening this May. Yappy Hour is back! Have some Cheers on the Pier or take part in Sunrise Yoga. Get out and skateboard or watch others kick it at the SK8 Charleston Hawaiian Luau & Bowl Jam. Get in on Race #1 of the Sprint Triathlon Series, take a swim, listen to poetry or bring your loved ones to the inclusive Superhero dance party or swim night. And of course don’t forget to check out the many on-going or single day programs. Wow! Are we lucky to have all these opportunities in our own backyard!

MAY 2022 EVENTS

Yappy Hour - Wannamaker County Park – Dog Park - Thursday, May 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy the Wannamaker Dog Park with your furry friend! Enjoy live music from a local Charleston performer and spend some quality time with your pup in the great outdoors. Alcohol will be available for purchase, and a valid ID is required. No outside food or alcohol permitted. Admission is free with park admission fee. Open to all ages.

Cheers on the Pier - Mount Pleasant Pier - Thursday, May 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wrap up your workday on the Mount Pleasant Pier with live music, craft beer, good friends and a gorgeous sunset. No admission fee. Blankets and chairs are welcome, as seating is limited. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited. Beer, made-to-order sandwiches, ice cream, fruit smoothies and more will be for sale in the River Watch Cafe and Gift Shop. Free to attend and open to all ages.

Sunrise Yoga - Folly Beach County Park - Saturday, May 7, 7- 8 a.m. Stretch your body, awaken your mind, and fuel your spirit in this uplifting, intention-setting yoga class to enhance your day ahead. Inclusive and open to all abilities and fitness levels.

Cast Off Fishing Tournament Mount Pleasant Pier Saturday, May 7, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year, anglers of all ages and experience levels are invited to catch fish, fun, and prizes at the Mount Pleasant Pier’s Cast Off Fishing Tournament series. The pier is built on pilings from the old Silas N. Pearman Bridge, which have become a haven for many types of fish including red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder and sheepshead. Cost is $10 ages 13 and up, $9 for members of the military, $8 seniors and ages 12 and under, and $5 fishing pass holders. Open to all ages but chaperones are required for ages 15 and under.

West County Aquatic Center Open for the Season - West County Aquatic Center, Hollywood, SC - Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Opening day at West County Aquatic Center will feature a DJ and Food Trucks from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join us for lunch and enjoy Hollywood’s 6,000 sq. ft outdoor pool. The Charleston County Parks Foundation will be onsite with more information about the Genesis Swim Safety Project. Fee is $2 and open to all ages.

Inclusive Superhero Dance Party - Cooper River Room, 99 Harry Hallman, Jr. Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC - Wednesday, May 11, 6 – 8 p.m. People with disabilities and their families and friends are invited to an unforgettable night! Come dressed as your favorite superhero! Advance registration available by calling 843-795-4386. Fee is $4 and open to all ages.

Yappy Hour - James Island County Park – Dog Park - Thursday, May 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy the James Island County Park Dog Park with your furry friend! Enjoy live music from a local Charleston performer and spend some quality time with your pup in the great outdoors. Alcohol will be available for purchase, and a valid ID is required. No outside food or alcohol permitted. Event is free with park admission.

Starlight Yoga - Johns Island County Park - Thursday, May 12, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. The moon and stars enhance this flowing yoga class. Inclusive and open to all abilities and fitness levels. Live music provided. Participants will receive a special glow in the dark prize. The cost is $10 and open to individuals 12 and up.

Dancing on the Cooper: Shem Creek Boogie Band - Mount Pleasant Pier - Saturday, May 21, 7 – 10:30 p.m. Enjoy scenic views of the Charleston Harbor while dancing to live classic oldies and beach music from Shem Creek Boogie Band. Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 and open to ages 4 and up.

SK8 Charleston Hawaiian Luau & Bowl Jam - SK8 Charleston, 1549 Oceanic St., Charleston, SC 29403 - Saturday, May 21, 5 – 8 p.m. Sponsored by Parrot Surf & Skate Shop, Sector 9, and ProTec, the SK8 Charleston Hawaiian Luau & Bowl Jam features contests, Mex 1 Coastal Cantina food truck, and live music from Chuck Treece & McRad. $3 to skate, free to spectate.

Inclusive Swim Night - Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark - Saturday, May 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. People with disabilities, their caregivers, and families are invited to an unforgettable evening at the waterparks! Enjoy the lazy river, race down the slides, and take a dip in the pool! Fee: $9, free for 2 and under, free for Super Splash Pass Holders

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series Race #1 - James Island County Park - Sunday, May 22, 7 – 11 a.m. This landmark, five-race series includes a 600-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K run. Registration includes one t-shirt for the series. For information and to register visit //charlestoncountyparks.com/csts. Spaces are limited and event is expected to sell out. Open to all abilities and fitness levels. Fee is $66 pre-registration. Ages 12 and up.

McLeod Poetry Series - McLeod Plantation Historic Site - Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. In this innovative series, African American poets reclaim the plantation landscape by exploring the past, present, future, and the imagined in their own voices. Often representing pain, suffering, survival, and perseverance, these poets confirm that plantations are places of conscience. One poet recalled, “Reading poems where my ancestors where was a return. On their behalf I was returning with power. It belongs to them. I would be a part of reclaiming it.” Free to attend and open to all ages.

Inclusive Swim Night - Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark - Saturday, May 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. People with disabilities, their caregivers, and families are invited to an unforgettable evening at the waterparks! Enjoy the lazy river, race down the slides, and take a dip in the pool! Fee is $9, free for 2 and under, free for Super Splash Pass Holders.

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