13 Beautiful Summer Event Venues in Charleston

Charleston street in the summer

Make your summer event in Charleston one to remember by choosing the perfect venue. Whether you’re hosting a black-tie corporate event, an intimate garden party, or a dazzling oceanfront wedding, Charleston has beautiful backdrops that will elevate your event. 

To bring you the best of Charleston, Duvall Catering & Events has hand-curated these top venues so your summer event is simply spectacular!

Top Summer Event Venues in Charleston

Charleston has it all: historical homes, romantic plantations, craft breweries, cultural hotspots, and waterfront backdrops. In the summertime, outdoor and oceanfront venues truly shine, though any of our preferred venues are top-tier picks for this season. 

Venues With Ocean & Harbor Vistas


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1. Alhambra Hall

Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC

Overlooking Charleston Harbor, Alhambra Hall is a stunning space with southern charm. Here you’ll find hardwood floors, a wrap-around porch, and vaulted ceilings. Guests can enjoy gorgeous rustic rafters and sunset views over the water. 


2. The Citadel Beach Club

Location: Isle of Palms, SC

Right on the water’s edge, The Citadel Beach Club has a stunning front lawn and a wrap-around porch that’s perfect for soaking in the ocean views. With a modern ballroom and high ceilings, this venue is a captivating pick.  


3. Edmondston-Alston House

Location: Historic Charleston, SC

This charming historic house is located on the tip of historic Charleston. With unparalleled views of the harbor from the piazza, this venue is ideal for an intimate cocktail hour or dinner. 


4. Harborside East

Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC

With rolling green lawns and bridge vistas, Harborside East is a radiant summer venue. Enjoy modern furnishings and a waterfront terrace that looks especially divine at night.


5. The Sandcastle

Location: Kiawah Island, SC

This oceanfront clubhouse has impressive views and modern rooms, including a beautiful veranda and pool deck. Just on the outskirts of Charleston, the Sandcastle offers a dreamy space.


6. South Carolina Aquarium

Location: Downtown Charleston, SC

Centrally located in downtown Charleston, the South Carolina Aquarium has a picturesque view of Charleston Harbor and eye-catching indoor spaces such as the Great Ocean Tank. 


Historical Riverside Venues


7. Cooper River Room

Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC

At the foot of the iconic Arthur Ravenel Bridge, the Cooper River Room offers true southern charm. With a back porch, Lowcountry murals, and a rustic lawn, this venue is lovely in the summertime. 


8. The Island House

Location: Johns Island, SC

Perched on a private island, the Island House has a coveted view of the Stono River. With breezy southern glamor, this historic home and lawn sit right on the water’s edge. 


9. Quarters K at Riverfront Park

Location: North Charleston, SC

Located on the banks of the Cooper River, Quarters K is an historic building on the old naval base with a Southern allure. The outdoor patio and green lawn space is particularly charming for small-scale events.


10. Runnymede Plantation 

Location: Charleston, SC

Located on a picturesque plantation, Runnymede has a romantic, old southern feel. Plan a summer event among Spanish moss, magnolia trees, and the Ashley River. 


On-the-Water Boat Venues


11. The Carolina Girl

Uniquely stunning, The Carolina Girl can wow your guests with up-close waterway views and on-board white-glove service. 


12. Charleston Harbor Tours

A city favorite, Charleston Harbor Tours hosts on-the-water summer events with picturesque views of the Charleston skyline.  


13. SpiritLine Cruises

SpiritLine Cruises bring together striking sunset views, southern-style waterfront dining, and attentive luxury service.


Book Your Summer Event Venue in Charleston, SC

These breathtaking venues in Charleston may be exactly what your party or wedding needs to become a knock-out event. You can learn more about each venue on the listed websites – or ask our Duvall team for recommendations. After all, we have extensive experience working with these venues!

Once you have picked your venue, it’s time to plan your event’s catering, bar, floral, and decor. Get in touch with Duvall Catering & Events to find out how we cater to your needs.

Contact us online or call us at 843-886-1626 for more helpful event planning tips!