09/12/2021 to 08/14/2022
Enjoy one of the top ten great streets in America, at one of Charleston’s favorite monthly events.
It’s 2nd Sunday on King Street, and it’s finally back after a pandemic-induced hiatus.
This beloved event began way back in October of 2010. It fast became a must-do in the Lowcountry, drawing between 12,000 and 18,000 people at a clip.
A big part of King Street downtown is closed off to vehicular traffic - allowing pedestrians and canines only - on the second Sunday afternoon of each month, from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.
They cordon off the area where King crosses Calhoun Street at Marion Square, all the way down to where it meets Queen Street.
Local restaurants set up tables on the street, there are plenty of street musicians, booths, food and other vendors all along the way. It’s an ideal way to stroll safely, savor downtown, people- (and dog-) watch, nosh and shop as you go along.
2nd Sunday on King officially relaunches on Sunday, September 12th. Upcoming dates potentially include Sunday, October 10th; November 14th; December 12th; January 9th, 2022; February 13th; March 13th; April 10th; May 8th; June 12th; July 10th; and August 14th. Stay tuned to their website for exact dates and for special events, which they often do around the holidays.
Read more about what makes King Street so great in this blog.
Insider Tip: 2nd Sunday Parking
Parking downtown can be a challenge. Fortunately the City of Charleston makes it a bit more convenient. A smart option is to use one of their many parking garages around town. They allow you to park your car in the shade, unless you park on the top level. As a nice bonus, the City has offered two hours of free parking in most of their garages during 2nd Sundays with a voucher. They often post downloadable vouchers online right before each event. You can also find free parking paper vouchers available on a first-come, first-served basis at the official 2nd Sunday booth along King Street.
The City of Charleston’s parking garages include the Midtown Garage at 588 King Street, the South Carolina Aquarium, Concord and Cumberland, Camden Exchange at Hutson Street, 93 Queen, Prioleau Street, 34 St. Philip Street, Majestic Square, the Visitor Center, and Wentworth Street at St. Philip.