Summer Nights in Your Charleston County Parks

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - Summertime, and the living is easy…, especially in your Charleston County Parks! For those looking to soak up great music and good vibes, once the sun has set, there are some very special events that deserve a spot on your summer calendar.

The 2022 season of the Dancing on the Cooper series debuts on April 23 and continues on a variety of Saturday nights throughout the summer. Dancers of all ages can shag, shimmy, sway, and shuffle across the Mount Pleasant Pier, cooled by river breezes and spotlighted by the moon and stars. Listen to local bands jamming on tunes from your favorite genres, including beach music, Motown, country, rock, alternative, and the greatest hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Not so light on your feet? Unfold your lawn chair, grab a cold brew, and kick back to watch the dancers spin and the bands play. On July 4, a special holiday edition of Dancing on the Cooper—the Uncle Sam Jam!—doubles as your front-row seat to a spectacular fireworks show over Charleston Harbor. Advance tickets to each dance party are just $8, so dust off your dance shoes and break out your best moves!

If a mellow evening is more your jam—but a weekend getaway to Jamaica isn’t in the budget—escape to the Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series. Beginning June 3, these Friday night outdoor concerts at James Island County Park present traditional old-school roots reggae with a new school attitude. Invite friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers, even your dog (on a leash, please) to chill out and unwind at the end of a long week. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome at the all-ages reggae shows, which Gold Pass holders and kids under 12 attend for free.

There’s no cooler way to spend a hot summer night!