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Where To Watch The Sunset On Kiawah Island?

Spectacular Lowcountry sunrise and sunset views are part of Mother Nature’s perfect package when you vacation on the South Carolina coastline. Charleston is famous for its romantic sunsets but if you’re looking to escape the urban vibe and reconnect with nature, there’s nowhere quite like Kiawah Island. 

Situated only a 45 minute drive from Charleston, Kiawah Island is a small barrier island with an incredible ecosystem of maritime forests, saltwater marshes and Atlantic coastline abounding in wildlife, birdlife and friendly bottlenose dolphins. The east-west orientation of Kiawah Island makes it a prime spot to capture sunrises and sunsets …. in fact, the best sunrises and sunsets you’ll ever experience! 

Kiawah Exclusives have 40+ years of local knowledge which we love to share with our guests. While every sunset on Kiawah Island is a must-see there are a few extra special places that top the charts as the best sunset spots on Kiawah Island.

Atlantic Ocean Sunset at Beachwalker Park

Nothing beats a day on the wild, natural and uncrowded beaches of Kiawah Island. Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island is ranked one of the Top 10 Beaches in America by Dr. Beach and, no matter the season, a beach day never disappoints. Kiawah’s 10 miles of uninterrupted shoreline are idyllic for low tide walks, bike riding, calm ocean dips, and spectacular sunset views. As daylight turns to dusk, the serenity of the waves crashing, wildlife roaming the dunes, and the sun sinking below the horizon makes for a breathtaking sunset over the Atlantic Ocean at Beachwalker Park! 

Kiawah Island’s beaches are uncrowded and secluded, but the amenities are amazing. Island Beach Services will set up your chairs and umbrellas for the day and Surfscooter Bike Rentals will drop off beach bike rentals for the entire clan before you even arrive – tons of hassle-free fun and picture-perfect Atlantic sunsets from the beach.

Sunset View Towers over Kiawah Island’s Waterways

Hop back on your bikes and ride the nature trails for a solitary sunset from Kiawah Island’s observation towers. Biking around Kiawah Island takes you through lush maritime forests, tranquil marshlands, and magnolia lined avenues to the most beautiful sunset spots on the island. 

Pedal the Kiawah Island Parkway trail to Marsh View Tower in West Beach for 360-degree sunset views over Cougar Point Golf Course or bike the trails to Vanderhorst Plantation. The bike trail winds along Governor’s Drive to the Marsh Island Park View Tower and Blue Heron Pond observation tower overlooking vast marshlands abounding in birdlife, wildlife and sun-kissed skies. The sunset views from Kiawah Island’s observation towers are incredible!

Kiawah River Sunset at Mingo Point

Mingo Point is famous for its Lowcountry Oyster Roasts … but is also one of the best spots for a sunset on Kiawah Island. Situated along the banks of the Kiawah River on the west end of the island, Mingo Point is a tranquil riverfront setting for a sunset picnic – or amp up the adventure level and launch a kayak to fish and explore the Lowcountry waterways. 

October to May is peak oyster harvest and roasting season! If you’re yet to experience Kiawah Island’s longest running tradition, plan your stay for the Thanksgiving Mingo Point Oyster Roast – a double whammy of a flavorful Lowcountry oyster roast and spectacular fall sunset.

Sunset Dolphin Cruise or Solitary Sunset Paddle

Kiawah Island is known for its wide variety of eco-friendly nature tours with activities for every age and adventure level to experience a Lowcountry sunset from the water. Whether you’re seeking an intimate sunset sail, a family sunset dolphin cruise, or a solitary paddle – exploring the Lowcountry waterways at dusk is a wonderful way to wildlife watch and catch the sunset on Kiawah Island

Our Kiawah Exclusives Guide includes a list of recommendations for local guides, boat rentals, charters, paddle tours and dolphin cruises alongside our friendly resident pods. 

The Best Lowcountry Sunsets at Bohicket Marina

Nestled along Bohicket Creek between Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island, Bohicket Marina is one of the Lowcountry’s best marinas for boating and fishing charters … and delivers one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Charleston sea islands. 

Get out on the Kiawah Island creeks and rivers or savor fresh seafood and sundowners from a waterfront restaurant as the captivating cotton candy skies and fishing boats cast silhouettes over the marina. Local favorites include the famous Salty Dog Café and Fisher’s Sports Pub & Grill – no reservations required.

Fun Sunsets at Freshfields Village

Add an extra dose of fun to chasing sunsets at Freshfields Village, only a short bike ride away! Located next to Bohicket Marina, Freshfields Village is a fabulous open air center with upscale stores, local services (banks and business hubs), and loads of spots for sundowners, dinner and a fun sunset! 

The options are endless – Freshfields Shag Night on the Dock, wine tastings and live music at FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen, barrel tastings at Kiawah Spirits, lakeside cocktails and jazz at the Porch Bar, or a fun family picnic on the Village Green – all with incredible sunset views. 

On Island Waterfront Dining

Kiawah Island has many on-island waterfront dining options for feasts of fresh seafood, steak, sushi and classic Lowcountry cuisine, paired with panoramic ocean sunsets. Dress up for alfresco sunset dining at the award-winning Sanctuary Hotel Ocean Room or on the famous fairways of Kiawah Island’s PGA Ocean Course. Sip specialty cocktails on the verandah of the Ryder Cup Bar as the glow of the dipping sun settles on the greens – followed by fine dining in the Atlantic Room, Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s signature seafood restaurant. (Reservations essential).

Secluded Sunsets From Home

With each new sunset comes the promise of a new day and an opportunity to reset – often best done in the quiet of home. Whether you’re seeking sunset views of rolling fairways, wildlife and waterways, or golden sands – secluded sunsets from home are easy when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives. Our hand-picked portfolio of 100+ Kiawah Island vacation rentals include vacation villas, condos, cottages, and lavish Lowcountry homes with furnished patios for sunset dining, private beach boardwalks, and luxury amenities for indulging in secluded sunsets without leaving home!

Top 10 Attractions for Kids on Kiawah Island

Our kids are inundated with tech gadgets, gaming devices, and a constant stream of stimulation, day in and day out. Why not skip the bustling boardwalks lined with amusement, arcades and kid-centric attractions and spend your family vacation immersed in nature on Kiawah Island?

Kiawah Island is a secluded barrier island and luxury resort community only 25 miles from Charleston, SC. Arriving on Kiawah Island is like stepping back in time to the days we knew as kids! Miles of beaches and bike trails without the crowds, nature activities and grubby hands, family picnics under the stars, and a slower pace of life to unwind, relax and spend quality time with family. 

Great news for parents! The island is small (only 10 miles long x 1.5 miles wide) and the top things to do with your kids on Kiawah Island are merely a bike ride or short walk away from wherever you choose to stay.

1. Kick Off With a Classic Beach Day

Kiawah Island boasts 10 miles of beautiful beaches ranked among the best in the world! There are no noisy carnival games or oceanfront arcades – just miles of uncrowded and wide natural beaches with gorgeous white sands, rolling dunes, and gentle waves for a classic beach day with the kids. Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker Park is lifeguarded for safe swimming during season with beach gear rentals, rest rooms, a snack bar, outdoor showers, and all you need for a family beach day

Spend the day playing in the sun, sand and surf, beachcombing for treasures, building sandcastles, and switching to island time on Kiawah’s family-friendly beaches. You can watch the sunrise and sunset from the beach on Kiawah Island too, perfect for early beach walks, family bike rides, or sunset picnics with the kids.

2. Bike the Kiawah Island Trails

Kiawah Island has tons of trails (30+ miles) connecting the island and you can ride your bike everywhere! Touring the island on two wheels is a fun way to get outdoors, burn off energy, bond as a family, take in the scenery, and hunt for wildlife on the trails and in the scenic marshes and lagoons along the way. 

Surfscooter have been in the Kiawah bike rental business since 1981 and offer a wide range of bike sizes for every age, chariots and baby seats for little ones, and tag-a-long rentals to ride tandem – with a 5% discount for Kiawah Exclusive guests. We hope to see you and the kids on the trails soon!

3. Plan Nature Activities at Night Heron Park

Whether you’re traveling with a tenacious toddler or a fearless teen, Night Heron Park will satisfy their need for adventure. Night Heron Park lies in the heart of Kiawah Island and offers activities for all ages, unique Lowcountry tours, a calendar full of family-friendly events, and lessons for literally everything!

The kids get to learn about local wildlife at the Heron Park Nature Center, take an art class at the Turtles Nest Art Studio, bike the shaded nature trails, play basketball, disc-golf, and archery, and take their pick of unique ways to experience Kiawah island! Night Heron Park has an activity to match every family’s level of adventure.

4. Take the Kids Fishing & Crabbing

Most kids love to chase little critters, catch crabs, and feel the thrill of a fish on the end of their line. Fishing and crabbing are aged old traditions in the Lowcountry, and Kiawah Island is full of coastal lagoons, ponds, rivers, tidal creeks and estuaries teeming with fish and tasty Atlantic blue crab. 

Plan a family adventure of your own at the Bass Pond Fishing Dock or crabbing dock at Blue Heron Pond or experience the best of the coastal Lowcountry on a family-friendly fishing charter or crabbing excursion on the Kiawah River. The chances are you’ll be returning home with a fresh catch for a fish BBQ or classic Lowcountry Boil.  

5. Sign Up For The BEST Kids Camp Ever!

You’ll feel no guilt dropping the kids off at kids camp on Kiawah Island, in fact they’ll be asking to return! Kiawah Island’s unique kids programs are simply outstanding with Kamp Kiawah (ages 3-7), Camp Xtreme (ages 8-15), and a seasonal Adventure Camp (ages 8-15) with morning, afternoon, or full day programs and super fun counselors. 

Situated in Night Heron Park, the kids get to explore local wildlife, go scavenger hunting, play sports and team building games, paddleboard the waterways or learn to surf! If a night of romance is on the vacation itinerary, sign the kids up for Kid’s Night Out (ages 5-12) and make a reservation for an evening of wine tasting and fine dining on Kiawah Island.

6. Get the Kids Gaming

No, we’re not talking about online gaming! Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of the top golfing destinations and tennis resorts in the world with first-class facilities and professional instruction programs for the whole family to get in the game! Kiawah Island’s famous Ocean Course is ranked one of the toughest golf courses in the US, perhaps too tough for little golfers, but perfect for dad to play while the kids are at camp. Osprey Point, Cougar Point, Turtle Point and Oak Point Golf Course all offer family tee times or sign up for golf instruction with a PGA-certified pro at the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center. 

If you’d rather reconnect on the courts, the Roy Barth Tennis Center has award-winning tennis clinics, fun parent-child doubles round robins, and fantastic fast-paced pickleball programs for the whole family to play together.

7. Hang out at Freshfields Village

Freshfields Village is the hub of the Kiawah Island community and a fun place for the whole family to shop, dine, and hangout! Create your own scented candles at the Palmetto Scent Studio, sip old-fashioned soda floats at Vincent’s Soda Fountain, browse the farmers market for unique souvenirs, and check out cool classic cars at the monthly Cars & Coffee. 

Freshfields Village hosts endless family-friendly events throughout the year with Shag Night on the Docks in spring, live music on the Village Green in summer, Sidewalk Saturdays, and classic Lowcountry festivals. It’s the perfect destination for a family outing and you can ride the Kiawah Island bike path all the way to Freshfields!

8. Reserve a Spot at the Mingo Point Oyster Roast

The Mingo Point Oyster Roast is the island’s longest running event and a unique Lowcountry experience to share with the kids. The famous Lowcountry cookout takes place on the banks of the Kiawah River with a feast of fresh seafood and oysters, BBQ specialties, a Lowcountry Boil and loads of laid-back island-style family fun!  There’s arts, crafts, reptile shows, plenty of space for the kids to roam free, live music and dancing, and the best sunsets on Kiawah Island!

9. Take a Scenic Day Trip to Charleston

On Kiawah Island you’ll immediately feel worlds away, yet you’re only 25 miles from historic Charleston, the #1 City in the USA! A trip to Charleston with kids will entertain, educate and spark their imagination at every turn. Take a tour of charming Charleston in a classic horse-drawn carriage or aboard a pirate ship, catch the ferry for a history lesson at Fort Sumter, play with the critters in the touch tanks at the South Carolina Aquarium, and spark their imaginations on a self-guided tour of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Charleston is packed with kid-friendly activities and attractions, and bucket-list experiences for your whole tribe.  

10. Make Memories with Kiawah Exclusives

At Kiawah Exclusives we know that many of your vacation memories are made in the comfort and privacy of home and our exclusive collection of Kiawah Island rentals are perfectly appointed for memory making moments. Whether you’re looking to stay in a luxury oceanfront home with a pool, a family golf villa on the award-winning fairways, or steps from the kid-friendly action in Night Heron Park, you’ll find the best family vacation rentals, service with a smile, and family memories of a lifetime with Kiawah Exclusives.

Top 10 Reasons To Spend Autumn On Kiawah

Summer may be the most popular time to visit the South Carolina barrier islands, but Kiawah Island’s sub-tropical climate is perfect for a quieter fall vacation. The heat and humidity have faded, and summer crowds have dispersed, but Kiawah Island’s natural attractions, outdoor recreation, beautiful scenery, abundance of wildlife, and friendly local community welcome visitors to the island year-round. 

Nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, just 25 miles south of Charleston, Kiawah Island is one of the most eco-friendly tourist destinations in the US. Temperatures on Kiawah Island stay in the warm upper 60’s and 70’s well into November and while you may not be topping up your suntan on the sand, it’s the perfect season to switch to island time, get the whole family outdoors, and enjoy a slower pace of life on Kiawah Island.

 1. Beach Days & Bike Rides

The Atlantic Ocean may (or may not) be too chilly but fall visitors to Kiawah Island have easy access to 10-miles of uncrowded, hard-packed sand perfect for beach picnics, building sandcastles, long beachcombing walks, and fun family bike rides along the coastline. Beachwalker Park ranks among some of the best beaches in the world and wherever you stay on Kiawah Island, you’re only a short walk or bike ride away.

 2. Eco-Tours & Excursions

It may be too chilly to get in the water, but the weather is perfect to paddle the Lowcountry waterways and explore the diverse ecosystem of Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island has year-round guided nature programs for every age and ability from kiddie crabbing adventures, fishing charters, and active kayaking excursions to tranquil birdwatching tours and majestic sunset cruises along the Kiawah River.

Pick up a rental and adventure alone from Mingo Point or book a guided tour for an eco-adventure through the saltwater marshes, rivers, creeks and natural splendor of Kiawah without the summer crowds. 

3. Undisturbed Birdlife & Wildlife Viewing

Kiawah Island’s 10 miles of pristine shoreline, 3,000+ acres of tidal salt marshes, and ancient maritime forests are home to over 290 species of birds, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 30+ species of mammals including armadillos, bobcats, raccoons, white-tailed deer, and Kiawah’s famous Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. 

Whether you’re strolling the shoreline, bike riding the Kiawah Island trails or embarking on an eco-adventure at Night Heron Park you’re highly likely to encounter wildlife during your stay on Kiawah Island. In the fall, visitors to Kiawah can catch the tail end of South Carolina’s sea turtle season, witness the unique phenomenon of dolphin strand feeding at Captain Sam’s Inlet, and ride the bike paths at dawn or dusk for the best wildlife viewing on Kiawah. 

4. Book a Beach & Golf Combo

Kiawah Island is a famous golfing destination, known around the world for incredible championship courses designed (and played) by the biggest names in golf. Spring and fall are the most popular times of year to play golf on Kiawah Island with cooler temperatures, gentle ocean breezes, and tempting late fall golf deals.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort boasts seven award winning courses including five public golf courses – Oak Point by Clyde Johnson, Cougar Point by Gary Player, Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus, Osprey Point by Tom Fazio and the legendary Ocean Course by Pete Dye. Each course has its own 19th hole clubhouse, driving range, and pro shop or you can up your game with a PGA-certified pro at the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center at Turtle Point. Be sure to book your Kiawah Island tee times and golf vacation villa well in advance.

5. Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

Skip the bustling boardwalk attractions and opt for old-fashioned finger lickin’, foot-stompin’ family-fun on Kiawah Island this fall. Get lost in a giant corn maze, pick your own pumpkins for jack-o-lantern carving, load up for a family hayride, play in the petting zoo, or even build your own scarecrow. That’s only the beginning! Fabulous feasts, foot stompin’ bluegrass bands, craft fairs, and farmers markets await at Kiawah Island’s authentic Lowcountry fall festivals.  


  • Annual Pumpkin Patch on weekends at Legare Farms on Johns Island


6. Spooky Halloween Celebrations!

It’s the spooky season and there’s Halloween celebrations and haunted happenings all over town! Throw a dress-up Halloween party with friends and family at home, go trick-or-treating around your local neighborhood, take a ghost tour of Charleston (one of the most haunted destinations in the US!), or pick up a Fear Pass to South Carolina’s largest haunted event, Fright Nights at Boone Hall Plantation in nearby Charleston.

7. Tour Charming Charleston

The historic city of Charleston is voted “#1 City in the US” and is situated only 25 miles from Kiawah Island! Take a scenic drive and soak up the autumn scenery, book a city sightseeing tour (on foot, bike, segway, or even by horse-carriage), hop on a harbor cruise, shop ‘til you drop on King Street, and savor a taste of world-class Lowcountry cuisine at Charleston’s hidden foodie gems. Charleston’s fall foodie festivals to note are Charleston Restaurant Week and Charleston Beer Week

For a unique Charleston experience save a spot on your fall vacation itinerary for the Falls Tours of Charleston in October to explore the gardens, private porches, piazzas, and historical architecture of some of Charleston’s finest buildings and homes. Another fall favorite is a leaf peeping adventure at Magnolia Plantation, one of America’s most beautiful gardens. Charming Charleston will capture your heart in fall.

8. Lowcountry Oyster Roasts

Oyster Roasts are one of our favorite Lowcountry traditions and whether you like them steamed, roasted, grilled or fresh from the raw bar, there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in oysters on Kiawah Island. Oyster season on Kiawah Island kicks off late September and lasts through the fall. 

Make a day of it and throw your own oyster roast at home, snack on chilled oysters on the half shell at the famous waterfront Salty Dog Café or indulge in southern oysters Rockafeller-style at The Atlantic Room, Kiawah Island’s signature seafood restaurant. Plan your fall getaway to Kiawah over Thanksgiving and feast on fresh oysters on the banks of the Kiawah River at the annual Thanksgiving Mingo Point Oyster Roast. It may be the beginning of a new Kiawah Island fall family tradition of your own!

9. Shopping & Spa Days

The fall season is much quieter than summer on Kiawah Island so it’s the perfect time to snag a seat at your favorite restaurant, save on an off-season shopping deal, or find an open time slot to spoil yourself with a pampering spa treatment. Freshfields Village is situated just off the island and is easily accessible on the bike paths for a day of retail therapy and spa treatments, or indulge with luxury shopping and a signature massage at The Spa at the Sanctuary. 

10. Switch to Island Time

It’s easy to switch to island time when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives. We represent a collection of 110+ of the most exclusive vacation rentals on Kiawah Island with quiet retreats on the tranquil Kiawah River, golf villas and homes on the lush fairways, family cottages in the heart of Night Heron Park, and luxury oceanfront homes with all the bells and whistles!

Fall is the perfect season to plan a family vacation or long-term stay on Kiawah Island – escape the cold, work from the beach (if you must!) and live a luxurious Lowcountry lifestyle without the summer crowds! Thinking long-term? Our selection of luxury Kiawah Island monthly rentals are available from mid-October to mid-March for an extended stay.

2024 Summer Event Calendar for Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is a stunning barrier island nestled on the South Carolina coastline that offers visitors the opportunity to engage in endless adventures and activities, or simply do nothing at all! Summer is a season of fun on Kiawah Island and each day brings new adventures, unique recreational experiences, and exciting summer events focused on the Lowcountry lifestyle and old-fashioned fun for the whole family! 

Spend your days soaking up the sun at Beachwalker Park, exploring Night Heron Park’s trails and activities, kayaking the serene waterways, shopping our quaint summer farmers markets, honing your skills on Kiawah’s famous golf courses, and celebrating summer at Kiawah Island’s festive summer events & festivals. 

Summer is the perfect season to stroll the farmers’ markets, pick up fresh produce and preserves for tasty homemade feasts, delicious desserts (go ahead – you’re on vacation!), and unique gifts and souvenirs of your Kiawah Island vacation. Our local farmer’s markets are traditionally Lowcountry and worth a visit during your summer stay on Kiawah.



LOCATION: Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island 

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES: View all events and activities HERE 

RESERVATIONS: Call (843) 768-6001 for event and activity reservations 

Night Heron Park abounds in natural beauty and is the epicenter of fun on Kiawah Island. The Night Heron Park Nature Center offers an exciting selection of eco-tours & adventures, cruises and charters, unique Kiawah Island experiences, and endless activities every day of the year, with an extra dose of fun in the summer season! If you need a little summer inspiration, here’s our top pick of Night Heron Park nature activities to add to your summer bucket-list adventures on Kiawah Island!

  • Kayaking & SUP Excursions
  • Coastal, Reef, Creek & Shark Fishing Charters
  • Eco Tours & Shelling Expeditions along the Kiawah River
  • Sunrise Yoga & Fitness Classes on Sanctuary Beach
  • Sunset Cruises & Dolphin Encounters
  • Unique Kiawah Wildlife & Alligator Adventures
  • Birdwatching Walks with a Naturalist
  • Learn to Surf Camps & Lessons
  • Turtles’ Nest Art Studio Creative Programs
  • Charleston Harbor Cruises & Sightseeing Tours

Cars & Coffee

Freshfields Village Cars & Coffee is a popular Kiawah Island event that runs throughout the year on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Classics, collectibles, and super cool cars and motorcycles line the Village Green, car enthusiasts network and share stories of their classics, and delicious coffee, pastries & breakfasts are served at Java Java in Freshfields Village.

LOCATION: Freshfields Village Green

DATE: 3rd Saturday of each month year-round  

TIME: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Music on the Green

Freshfields Village Music on the Green kicks off with a special two-night series on Memorial Day weekend and ends with a grand finale on Labor Day weekend. Throughout the summer locals, families, and visitors to Kiawah Island gather on the Village Green with blankets, chairs, and picnics to enjoy a night of local music on the stage. Freshfields Village Music on the Green is free, family-friendly, and a not to be missed Kiawah Island summer tradition with good, laid-back island vibes!

LOCATION: Freshfields Village Green

DATE: Friday – Memorial Day to Labor Day

TIME: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM



Summer Oyster Roast

You can’t visit Kiawah Island without attending an oyster roast on the banks of the Kiawah River – the beautiful setting alone is enough to make your mouth water! It’s the best way to sample the flavors of the Lowcountry and, while it’s a celebration of our fresh local oysters, you’ll find everything from BBQ ribs and pulled pork, traditional southern side dishes and delicious desserts, coupled with live music, exquisite sunsets, and loads of family fun.

LOCATION: Mingo Point, 876 Kiawah Island Parkway 

May 25th
June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 31st

NEW for 2024:
Each Mingo Point date includes two seatings for guests to choose from when purchasing tickets: 5:00pm – 7:00pm and 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

  • No walk up ticket purchases will be allowed or honored
  • Limited capacity is available for each seating – once a seating is sold out, that date or time will no longer be available to book online
  • Tickets must be purchased by 9am the day of the event
  • All attendees must have a ticket regardless of age
  • There are no physical tickets, you will be emailed a receipt as your confirmation
  • All purchases are final – no refunds will be issued in the event of inclement weather

Reserve your Mingo Point tickets HERE!

Salute from the Shore

Salute from the Shore is a 4th of July flyover of F16s, Military C17s, and vintage planes that stretches the entire length of the South Carolina coastline! Beachgoers head down to the 10 miles of coastline on Kiawah Island adorned in red, white, and blue to salute and honor America’s armed forces from the shore. Support the cause by purchasing your Salute from the Shore swag, record and share your salute (#salutefromtheshore) and be part of a 13-year Independence Day tradition on Kiawah Island.

LOCATION: Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island

DATE: July 4, 2024

TIME: Fly-Over Schedule

Fourth of July on Kiawah

DATE: July 4, 2023

The Fourth of July is a weeklong celebration on Kiawah Island! It’s our favorite time of year and Kiawah Island goes all out to celebrate the birth of our nation. Independence Day celebrations on Kiawah Island include a traditional Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ on the Kiawah River, a patriotic bike parade led by local firemen down Sea Forest Drive, followed by family festivities at Night Heron Park with pool parties, jumping castles, carnival games, and loads of summertime fun! The evening ends with Independence Day fireworks at Sanctuary Beach.

Weekend Wine Down

Deep Water Vineyard on Wadmalaw Island is the Charleston area’s only vineyard, producing some of the best home-grown wine in South Carolina. Nestled amidst the marshlands and historic oaks on Wadmalaw Island, Deep Water Vineyard offers daily self-guided tours and tastings, private tastings and special events by reservation, and an annual Weekend Wine Down all summer long! The weekend wine downs happen rain or shine every Saturday from 10AM-5PM.

LOCATION: 6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island

DATE: All summer long!

TIME: 10 AM to 5 PM

TASTINGS: Offered every hour on the hour, $15 gets you a tasting of 6 samples of wine and a souvenir stemless glass.

DRINKS: The outdoor patio bar offers lots of fun libations, wine by the glass/bottle/flight, wine slushies, an ever-rotating draft meads, samples of our still meads, bloody marys made with our jalapeño wine, and mimosas!

Local’s Tip: Ocassionally they’ll throw a curveball in there just to keep it interesting too!

FOOD TRUCKS / LIVE MUSIC: They offer a food truck and live music every wine down, check out the info below for who is on today.

DOGS / KIDS: Go ahead, have a glass of wine with your 4-legged pal! Kids are also welcome, they may be asked to sit away from the bar if we are full of adult tasters (but they’ll still be within eyeshot).  Also offered for the whole family: swurfer/swing, cornhole, and other lawn games.

MORE INFO: Well behaved owners with their leashed dogs are permitted everywhere on property, including our tasting room. Please note that they do have a number of animals (rabbits, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, and a miniature brahma cow).

Connect to their Facebook page for events schedule and tickets! 

Spoleto Festival USA

Kiawah Island is only 25 miles from historic Charleston, a city of endless celebrations, festivals, and events. There are many Charleston sightseeing tours and cruises from Kiawah Island and most of our guests choose to set a day aside on their Kiawah vacation to explore the historic sites, old-world charm, and top attractions of Charleston. 

If you’re visiting Kiawah Island in the late spring – early summer season, the Spoleto Festival USA is not to be missed and Kiawah Island makes an idyllic basecamp! The Spoleto Festival USA is the American version of the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto Italy and features hundreds of events centered around the arts in several venues including Charleston’s historic theaters, churches, and open spaces.

LOCATION: Various locations in Charleston, SC 

DATE: May 22 – June 9, 2024



View the Full Schedule of 2024 Performances HERE!


Summer is the perfect season to stroll the farmers markets, pick up fresh produce and preserves for tasty home-made feasts, delicious desserts (go ahead – you’re on vacation!), and unique gifts and souvenirs of your Kiawah Island vacation. Our local farmers markets are traditionally Lowcountry and worth a visit during your summer stay on Kiawah.

Freshfields Village Farmers Market

Freshfields Village Green | Mondays – June, July & August | Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Freshfields Village offers an upscale shopping experience on Kiawah Island with over 30 high-end stores, eateries for Lowcountry dining, fun events and a fantastic weekly summer farmers market. There are several unique vendors with organic produce, sweet & savory foods, fresh caught seafood, and Lowcountry arts and crafts. Pick up a southern style BBQ dinner to share from the comfort of your vacation home – or stop by one of the many restaurants at Freshfields Village for a night out on the town.

Sea Island Farmers Market

Charleston Collegiate Campus, St Johns Island | Every Saturday | Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The Sea Island Farmers Market is on the Charleston Collegiate Campus grounds, a short drive from Kiawah on the scenic road to Charleston. It’s a true community market with local vendors selling their farm produce, local food stands, and unique arts and craft creations. It’s the perfect place to pick up tasty supplies for a picnic under the ancient Angel Oak Tree in nearby Angel Oak Park.



Kiawah Island is geared for family vacationers! Your kids won’t be clinging to the door handle feeling betrayed by mom and dad – they’ll be begging to go to Kiawah Island’s unique summer kids camps. Fun and dedicated counselors are assigned to engage your kids in island adventures (land and water!) that will send them home with lots of epic back-to-school stories.

Kamp Kiawah is designed for kids ages 3-7 with themed adventures, games, beach treasure hunts, arts & crafts, and interactive and educational nature activities in Night Heron Park. Camp Xtreme, Adventure Camp, and Kids Night Out (seasonal) are geared for older kids ages 8-15 with Xtreme fun, competitive sports games, team building activities, ninja warrior courses, adventures on the water, and nighttime fun twice a week at Kiawah’s seasonal Kids Night Out.


Kiawah Exclusives offers an exclusive collection of Kiawah Island condos, villas, cottages, and private vacation homes in West Beach, East Beach, and the luxury Vanderhorst gated community.

Each of Kiawah Island’s luxury villa communities is unique! Choose classic Lowcountry views on the Kiawah River, lagoon & wooded views in the maritime forests, golf course views on Kiawah’s famous fairways, or panoramic Atlantic Ocean views from the oceanfront dunes.

You can customize your stay to suit your style even further with a choice of cozy condos, luxury villas, and private free-standing cottages – all with easy access to Kiawah Island’s 10 miles of beautiful beaches. Our exclusive selection of Kiawah Island vacation rentals also includes spacious and private Kiawah family homes with swimming pools & spas, indoor & outdoor entertainment areas, private beach boardwalks, and all the essentials (and life’s little luxuries!) for a quintessential summer vacation on Kiawah Island.

With 30 miles of interconnected trails and bike riding allowed on Kiawah Island’s beaches, wherever you choose to stay on Kiawah Island you’re in close proximity to the top summer events & festivals, and the best places to play on Kiawah Island.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival 2024

Imagine a five-day epicurean celebration that transforms the historic streets of Charleston and the charming coastal sea islands into a culinary wonderland! The annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a vibrant showcase of the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary flavors, vibrant wine scene, and warm southern hospitality all rolled into one epic event! 

DATE: MARCH 6th – 10th, 2024

Founded in 2005 by a group of visionary community leaders, the festival’s mission is “to celebrate, educate, enrich, and promote the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary + hospitality community through world-class experiences.” The Charleston Wine + Food Festival has placed the greater Charleston area on the map as a top culinary destination. This highly-anticipated event features over 100 unique experiences in a destination where food, culture, and fun converge. 

The events and experiences at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival aren’t just about food and beverages, they’re an invitation to experience the culinary and cultural heritage and traditions of the Lowcountry in some of Charleston’s most celebrated bars and eating establishments. * Please check the Charleston Wine + Food Festive Schedule of Events for current availability. Some events may be SOLD OUT!


What we love most about the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is the world-class events and experiences it brings to our guests on Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. While the festival itself is a culinary treat, there’s an added layer of luxury and relaxation when you retreat to your private vacation home on Kiawah-Seabrook Island. From lavish beachfront villas to marsh-view mansions and modern condos, you’ll find a soulful sanctuary to complement your Lowcountry soul food with Kiawah-Seabrook Exclusives.

Rioja Rumble @ FortyEight | FRIDAY 4:30 PM – 6 PM | $75

Venue: FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen, Freshfields Village

The bar takeover at FortyEight Wine Bar and Kitchen in Freshfields Village features wines from the Rioja and Cigales regions of Spain. Join wine importer, Rich Scelfo, and certified sommelier, Matt Williams, for an evening of fine wines, light bites, and good conversation only a short drive or scenic bike ride from your Kiawah Island – Seabrook Island vacation home. 

A Five Star Lineup | FRIDAY 7 PM – 10 PM | $1,375

Venue: The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island

Be prepared for an unforgettable evening as the Charleston Wine + Food Festival showcases the Five Star Lineup, the ultra-luxe dinner collaboration of the 2024 festival. This exclusive event at the award-winning Ocean Room at The Sanctuary features two Forbes Five-Star chefs, wines from the Sanctuary’s exclusive Wine Library, and delicacies from the Ocean Room’s Executive Pastry Chef. You can walk home to your ocean view villa in Kiawah Island’s East Beach Village


Historic Charleston is only 25 miles from Kiawah Island and definitely demands a top spot on your list of things to do on Kiawah Island. Whether you’re a history buff, romantic or family with kids, you’ll find plenty of ways to play in Charleston. Walk the cobblestone streets, take a fun segway tour of Charleston’s historic attractions, or rent an electric bike on Charleston’s bike sharing program and adventure at your own pace.

The Angel Oak Tree

The ancient Angel Oak Tree in Angel Oak Park is worth the stop on your way to Charleston. The ancient live oak is rumored to be over 400-500 years old and is the largest live oak east of the Mississippi. Over 400,000 people visit the Angel Oak each year to picnic in the shade of this magnificent Lowcountry treasure measuring 65-ft tall, 25.5-ft wide and providing over 17,000 sq ft of shade.

South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium is located in Charleston’s Liberty Square on the Cooper River waterfront and features 9 galleries with over 100 exhibits and over 6,000 aquatic animals! Exhibits include the Piedmont Region of South Carolina, a Mountain Forest, Coastal Plains, a Saltmarsh Aviary, an interactive Touch Tank, and North America’s deepest tank, the Great Ocean Tank.

The South Carolina Aquarium is also home to the Sea Turtle Care Center with a hospital and learning center for visitors to discover the journey of the loggerhead sea turtle from rescue, rehab and recovery to release back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Fort Sumter

Located next to the aquarium is the Fort Sumter Visitor Center with interpretive and visual exhibits, and a regular ferry service for history buffs to visit one of the guardians of Charleston Harbor and the site where the American Civil War began, the Fort Sumter National Monument. The Fort Sumter National Monument is set on an island in Charleston Harbor and is only accessible by boat.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

If you’re planning a family vacation to Kiawah Island, add the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry to your fun activities in Charleston. The museum is designed to encourage family time and stimulate the curiosity and imagination of young minds with interactive zones, organic gardens, pirate ships, and so much more!


Why not experience the best of both worlds – the cultural and culinary festival experiences in Downtown Charleston, and the charm of a coastal home and beach walks before you start to explore the Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Downtown Charleston is located roughly 23 miles from the crossroads to Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Sit back and relax with black car service to Charleston by local company, Island Transportation Services, or designate a driver!  If you’re driving, we highly recommend carpooling as parking availability is limited in Charleston. There are several parking lots and garages near the Charleston Visitor Center & Bus Shed shuttle location, and metered parking is available on King, Calhoun, and Meeting Streets.


City of Charleston Wine + Food Street Fest | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8 PM | FREE

One of the highlights of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is the free, family-friendly block party on King Street. King Street is one of the most iconic streets in Charleston! This historic street is lined with upscale shops, top-notch restaurants, bustling bars, and all the charm of Charleston! With  Lowcountry specials, food trucks, live music, family activities, and a festive Beer + Wine Garden, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is the best time of year to experience Charleston’s King Street.

* Please note that all other Charleston Wine + Food Festival events are 21+, and a valid ID is required.


Culinary Village | FRIDAY – SUNDAY 1 PM – 5 PM | $169-$295

The heart and soul of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival lies within the Culinary Village at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. With a fantastic line-up of Lowcountry cooking demos, wine, beer, and spirit sampling, meet and greets with culinary experts, immersive experiences, live music, and so much more, this weekend-long event is the ultimate sampling experience of wine + food + fun in Charleston. Tickets are available for individual days or enjoy the ultimate experience with the Weekender Pass starting at $750. 

Culinary Village Shuttle: The Culinary Village Shuttle operates daily from 11 AM – 6 PM between the Charleston Visitor Center in downtown Charleston to Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Shuttles to Riverfront Park depart every 30 minutes starting at the top of the hour. Return shuttles are scheduled every 30 minutes following the event start time. A daily round-trip ticket costs $35 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Book soon – early bird pricing ends January 31st! 


Opening Night | WEDNESDAY 7 PM – 9:30 PM | $185-$275
Downtown Venue: Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston

Catch of the Day | THURSDAY 2 PM – 4:30 PM | $155
Folly Island Venue: Bowens Island Restaurant

The Lowcountry High Life | THURSDAY 4 PM – 6:30 PM | $145
West Ashley Venue: Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing

iSabor: A Taste of Spain! | SATURDAY 2 PM – 4:30 PM | $155
Mount Pleasant Venue: The Lawn at Embassy Suites

The Day Party | SUNDAY 11 AM – 1:30 PM | $145
Mount Pleasant Venue: The Lawn at Embassy Suites

The Finale | SUNDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $145-$225
Downtown Venue: Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston


Baguette Magic(al) Pastry Brunch | THURSDAY 10 AM – 12 PM | $145
James Island Venue: Baguette Magic

Welton’s + Raf’s Spring Brunch | THURSDAY 10 AM – 12 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Welton’s Tiny Bakeshop

Basic Kitchen Wellness Brunch | THURSDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Basic Kitchen

Beautiful South Baijiu Lunch | THURSDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Beautiful South

The Darling Oyster Bar Beer Lunch | THURSDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: The Darling Oyster Bar

Mex 1 Tacos + Tequila | THURSDAY 2 PM – 4 PM | $145
West Ashley Venue: Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Burwell’s Wine Lunch | FRIDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill

Cleats, Cocktail Lunch | FRIDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Cleats at The Refinery

The Longboard Cocktail Brunch | FRIDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Sullivan’s Island Venue: The Longboard

Rappahannock Oyster Bar Wine Lunch FRIDAY 12 AM – 2 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Rappahannock Oyster Bar

Post House Ham + Eggs Bubbly Brunch | SUNDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $175
Mount Pleasant Venue: The Post House


Vern’s + Friends Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 5:30 PM – 9 PM | $350
Downtown Venue: Vern’s

Gabrielle Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $225
Downtown Venue: Gabrielle

HERD Provisions Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: HERD Provisions

Kultura Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $225
North Charleston Venue: Paradiso

Maya Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: Maya

Millers All Day Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: Millers All Day

Pink Bellies Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: Pink Bellies

Palmira Barbeque Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 7 PM – 9:30 PM | $195
West Ashley Venue: Palmira Barbeque

The Grocery Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: The Grocery

Unique Meal: The Root of it All | THURSDAY 6 PM – 9 PM | $275
Secret Venue: Address privately announced to guest

A Five Star Lineup | FRIDAY 7 PM – 10 PM | $1,375
Kiawah Island Venue: The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary


The Vinyl Party Bar Takeovers | WEDNESDAY 9 PM – 12 AM | $85
Downtown Venue: Coterie

Chemical Attractions | THURSDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $115
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

Soak in Sonoma | THURSDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $125
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

Basque In It | THURSDAY 4 PM – 5:15 PM | $115
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

The Next Wave of Craft Whiskey | THURSDAY 4 PM – 5:15 PM | $125
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

The Vermouth Hour with Eric Asimov | THURSDAY 5 PM – 6:30 PM | $75
North Charleston Venue: Stems & Skins

Spanish Wine Vanguard | FRIDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $175
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

Rioja Rumble @ FortyEight | FRIDAY 4:30 PM – 6 PM | $75
Kiawah Island Venue: FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen, Freshfields Village

Discover the Art of Blending | SATURDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $125
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

The New Face of American Wine | SATURDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $125
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

Oysters + Champagne | SUNDAY 2 PM – 3:15 PM | $250
Downtown Venue: Rappahannock Oyster Bar


Rooted: Indigenous Foodways Excursion | THURSDAY 9 AM – 3 PM | $425 

Back to the Dock with Backman Seafood | FRIDAY 2 PM – 8 PM | $575 

A “Mess of Fish” | SATURDAY 9 AM – 3 PM | $575 Field to Fork | SUNDAY 9 AM – 3 PM | $425


Whether you’re a seasoned foodie, a wine aficionado, or just eager to explore the dynamic culinary and cultural scene of the Lowcountry, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival promises a week of unforgettable experiences. The big bonus! With easy transportation from the coastal beaches of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island, you can seamlessly balance relaxation on the South Carolina coastline with indulgence in Charleston’s culinary excellence. 

Browse our collection of luxury vacation rentals on Kiawah-Seabrook Island or call our team at (843) 768-0808 – we’re always happy to assist in the vacation planning process!

7 Scenic Spots to Sip a Cocktail on Kiawah Island

Looking for a place to enjoy a crisp cocktail? Dress up and slip into a seat for a classy beverage at the five-star Sanctuary Hotel or head straight from the beach in flip flops for live music and laid back island vibes on the waterfront – you can have it all while vacationing on Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island has no shortage of scenic spots to sip a cocktail, craft beer, or ice cold chardonnay – all boasting pristine coastal views, salty ocean breezes, and the warm southern charm and hospitality of the South Carolina sea islands. Whether you’re looking for a romantic setting to grab a cocktail before dinner or biking and bar hopping on the island, check out our favorite scenic spots to sip a cocktail on Kiawah Island.  

Where To Have a cocktail on kiawah island?

The Lobby Bar

Address: Sanctuary Hotel, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 768 6301 

Hours: Open Daily – 2 PM to 11 PM Live Music: Live Piano on Friday & Saturday from  7 PM to 10 PM

Surrounded by southern elegance and Lowcountry charm, you’ll be sipping specialty cocktails in style at the intimate Lobby Bar, located in Kiawah Island’s award-winning Sanctuary Hotel. Despite being drenched in southern elegance, The Sanctuary Lobby Bar is anything but snobby and offers a romantic and relaxing “resort casual” environment with indoor and outdoor seating to share a cocktail, or two! The food menu is light with a choice of charcuterie and cheese plates, shrimp cocktail, Pimento Cheese Dip, and a small selection of desserts – because here at The Lobby Bar, the focus is on signature cocktails and South Carolina craft beers. 

The Lobby Bar is known for its signature “Walk & Talk” and “Sit & Sip” cocktails with classic combos of top-shelf spirits and flavorful fruit or coconut fat-washed infusions. They also offer a selection of wines by the glass and bottle, craft beers from local SC breweries, spirits & mixers, and mocktails or “nearly beer” (less than 0.5% alcohol) for non-drinkers. Friday and Saturday evenings come with a side of soothing piano music from 7 PM to 10 PM. 

Local Tip: Round off your cocktail with casual dining at the Sanctuary’s Lowcountry Jasmine Porch or fine dining at the Ocean Room, Kiawah Island’s Forbes Five-Star rated signature steakhouse with gorgeous ocean views if you reserve before sunset! Dinner reservations may be made by contacting the concierge at (877) 683-1234. And, you can always return to the Lobby Bar for a nightcap!

Salty Dog Café

Address: Bohicket Marina Market, 1882 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island 

Phone: (843) 952 7335 Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner – 11 AM to 10 PM

A signature cocktail at the iconic Salty Dog Café on the Bohicket Marina waterfront is a must-do during your stay on Kiawah Island. Your cocktail comes complete with breathtaking views of the Lowcountry creek, waterfront firepits, live weekend music, and magical sunsets casting shadows over the boats bobbing in the marina. If you’re dreaming of relaxing dolphin watching with southern-style seafood from the docks and a cocktail in hand, this is the spot! 

The Salty Dog Café spans two stories with an indoor bar area and big screen TVs, a wraparound waterfront patio and upper-level deck for alfresco sunset cocktails, and a lawn area with Adirondack chairs to watch the boats (and dolphins) cruise by. It’s casual and kid-friendly with a laid-back island vibe. Sip on signature Salty Dog draughts brewed locally or pick a handcrafted cocktail from a local Charleston distillery. Seating is on a first come, first served basis! Local Tip: Salty Dog Café has happy hour every day from 4 PM to 7 PM. Gather up your friends and family and get down to Bohicket Marina for the most legendary waterfront dining experience in the Lowcountry.

Ryder Cup Bar

Address: Ocean Couse Clubhouse, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 266 4085 Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner – 11 AM to 9 PM

Overlooking the 18th hole of the world-famous PGA Ocean Course and the calm Atlantic Ocean beyond, the setting of the Ryder Cup Bar is simply sublime! The Ryder Cup Bar is not only for golfers and families are welcome, making it a perfect option for cocktails with the kids. Order some share plates, sand “wedges’, or a hearty entrée from the modern pub menu, set the kids up with some finger food to keep them smiling, and settle in for cocktail hour with the most iconic view on Kiawah Island

Whether you’re celebrating a round of golf, or simply soaking up the view, a 19th Hole Cocktail is a must! Or perhaps you started your golf round with an Ocean Course Bloody Mary? The cocktail selection is interesting with options like spicy Gator Bites with green chili vodka, and Sweet Tea Mojitos, or choose from a selection of wines by the glass and bottle, domestic and international beers, or an American Pale Ale brewed locally at Low Tide Brewing on Johns Island. The Ryder Cup Bar operates on a first come first serve basis and does not require reservations. Local Tip: The Ryder Cup Bar boasts the BEST sunset views on Kiawah Island from the classic Lowcountry verandah. Enjoy front row seats to a spectacular sunset and follow it up with ocean to table fine dining at the Atlantic Room, Kiawah Island’s signature seafood restaurant. Call (843) 266-4085 for reservations.

Porch Bar & Grill

Address: Freshfields Village, 300 Farm Lake View Rd, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 793 6050 

Hours: Open Daily – 4 PM to Close Live Music: Live Jazz Thursday from 6 PM to 8 PM

The Porch Bar at Freshfields Village is perfect for date night or a gathering of friends. The interiors are elegant and inviting with plush lounge seating and accent chairs surrounding a soaring stone fireplace, elegant chandeliers draping from the ceilings, long tables for large groups, intimate spaces that allow for romance, and a vibrant atmosphere that attracts a bevy of locals and visitors to Kiawah and Seabrook Island. The outdoor porch seating offers the perfect perch for sunset cocktails with views over Freshfields Village Andell Lake. 

The Porch Bar only offers light fare with a small choice of cheeses, chicken sliders, and gourmet flatbreads to pair with upscale handcrafted cocktails like the Charleston Nippitaty (local organic gin, cucumber, and crackled black pepper), the Kiawah Sparkler (Bombay Sapphire, Chambord, prosecco, and lemon) or the Seabrook Manhattan (rye whiskey, black walnut, and brandied cherries). Classic Lowcountry cocktails that may have you returning for a second serving, with some light jazz! Local Tip: Looking for live music on Kiawah Island? Every Thursday night, The Porch Bar entertains patrons with the soul-stirring sounds of live jazz from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Cantina 76 

Address: Freshfields Village, 219 Farm Lake View Rd, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 737 4607 

Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner

Sunday to Thursday – 12 PM to 9 PM         Friday & Saturday – 12 PM to 10 PM

For mouthwatering hand-crafted margaritas and imaginative Mexican-inspired cuisine in a casual setting, head to Cantina 76 situated next to The Porch Bar in Freshfields Village. In fact, from here on you can even do a little happy hour hopping! This family-owned taqueria and bar is casual and upbeat with a vibey indoor dining area and an outdoor patio overlooking Andell Lake to gather with friends, family, or your four-legged fur babies!   

Whether you’re after a quick cocktail or a night out on the town, Cantina 76 hits the spot! The Mexican-inspired menu includes a selection of starters, share plates, and entrees made in house daily, and all types of tequila for handcrafted and made-to-order margaritas – you can even order a skinny margarita without the calories! If you’re starting early, check out their selection of brunch drinks including mimosas and bloody marys. 

Local Tip: From September through March, Cantina 76 has weekday happy hour specials from 4 PM to 7 PM – half price off house margaritas, $2 for Tecate & PBR cans, $2.50 for domestic and imported beers, $3 for craft beers, sangria, and house liquors, and $4 for house wines!

King Street Grille

Address: Freshfields Village, 679 Freshfields Dr, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 768 5444 Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner – 11 AM to 10 PM

Voted “Best Sports Bar” for 7 years running, the award-winning King Street Grille in Freshfields Village is an upscale neighborhood sports bar with “great food, great beer, great atmosphere” and an epic daily happy hour (4 PM to 7 PM) if you’re 21+ and seated at the bar! It’s located across from Cantina 76 so you can even pick your vibe for a lakeside cocktail! 

The King Street Grille has a classic indoor sports bar area with multiple big screen TVs and a pet-friendly patio overlooking Andell Lake for alfresco cocktail vibes. Snack on scratch-made menu items or indulge in a hearty homestyle meal while savoring King Street Grille’s selection of creative and colorful cocktails that’ll savor your sweet tooth, or deliver a kick. 

Local Tip: Freshfields Village is super pet-friendly with many dog-friendly patios, including King Street Grille! If you’re looking for pet-friendly vacation rentals, you’ll find the pawfect home for Fido in our selection of pet-friendly homes on neighboring Seabrook Island – where the beaches are dog friendly year round too!

FortyEight – Wine Bar & Kitchen

Address: Freshfields Village, 547 Freshfields Dr, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 768 2245 

Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner

Monday to Saturday – 11 AM to 9:30 PM         Sunday – 12 PM to 9:30 PM

While sipping your way through Freshfields Village, wine lovers must make a stop for a unique sommelier experience at FortyEight Wine Bar + Kitchen. Why FortyEight? Here you’ll find 48 wines available by the glass, 48 local craft beers, 48 fabulous food options, and a seasonal cocktail list of old-school classics and innovative specialties. 

The Wine Bar operates on an innovative smartcard system, that you can reload as you taste! Choose from 48 wines from around the world with three tasting sizes (1 oz, 3 oz, or 6 oz), and an expert sommelier team on hand to guide you. All wines are available to purchase by the bottle to take home. Kitchen classics to pair range from share plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, and mix-and-match charcuterie boards to flatbreads and entrees, including their famous Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Filet Mignon! 

Local Tip: Take your local wine tasting experience to the next level by reserving a spot at one of FortyEight’s exclusive wine pairing dinners featuring award-winning wineries and exceptional cuisine.

You can serve it shaken or stirred when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives! Sip cocktails oceanfront at Beachwalker Park or perhaps poolside overlooking the lush fairways, tranquil lagoons, ancient maritime forests, and natural seclusion Kiawah Island is known for.  

Kiawah Island Summer Events Calendar for 21+

If you’re planning a couples weekend, golf getaway, friends trip, or romantic rendezvous on Kiawah Island (or simply a fun night out without the kids) it’s sometimes nice to have some adults only options. Kiawah Island has a classic collection of fine dining restaurants, elegant clubhouse bars, and exclusive summer events for the over 21’s vacationing on Kiawah. Read on to learn about our favorite events geared towards a more mature crowd.


Located in Freshfields Village, the Porch Bar is the place to find a space for sunset cocktails and live jazz on a Thursday evening. The Porch Bar overlooks Andell Lake with an upscale indoor bar area, outdoor porch, light fare and flatbreads, signature cocktails, and the summer soundtracks of smooth live jazz every Thursday night.

LOCATION: 300 Farm Lake View Rd, Kiawah Island 

DATE: Every Thursday 

TIME: Open from 4:00 PM – Live Jazz from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Indulge in an evening of fine dining and live music at The Sanctuary Hotel, the Grand Dame of Kiawah Island. Dine on superior steaks at the Ocean Room or succulent Lowcountry seafood on the Jasmine Porch, followed by a nightcap and live piano in the intimate and elegant Lobby Bar at The Sanctuary.

LOCATION: 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island 

DATE: Every Friday & Saturday 

TIME: Open from 2:00 PM – Live Piano from 7 PM to 10 PM

Kiawah Spirits Barrel Select Tasting (21+)

Kiawah Spirits in Freshfields Village is Kiawah Island’s only liquor store and features over 110 small batch bourbon and ryes, over 100 single malt scotches, and barrel selects bottled exclusively for Kiawah Spirits. Join their expert sommeliers every Friday & Saturday for barrel-select tastings from local Charleston distilleries and select distilleries across the USA.

LOCATION: 615 Freshfields Dr, Kiawah Island

PHONE: (843) 718-1978 

DATE: View the full events calendar HERE

Wine Tasting at FortyEight (21+)

Wine lovers are in for a treat at Kiawah Spirits sister establishment – FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen. The restaurant is open for indoor and patio dining and features interactive WineStations with three pour-size options (1, 3, or 6 ounces) from a selection of 48 unique wines. Simply purchase a WineStation SmartCard and sip and savor as you please. They’ve got the beer drinkers covered too with a choice of 48 local and regional craft beers from micro-breweries in Charleston, North Carolina, Virginia, and more! Reservations recommended.

LOCATION: 547 Freshfields Dr, Kiawah Island

PHONE: (843) 768-2245


Monday – Thursday | 11 AM to 9 PM |

Friday – Saturday | 11 AM to 10 PM

Sunday | 12 PM to 9 PM


Monday – Wednesday 5 PM to 9 PM

Friday – Sunday 12 PM to 9 PM


The FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen hosts wine events throughout the year from Wine Bingo, Wine Tastings, and Blending Seminars to private 5-course dinners paired with exclusive, handcrafted wines from different regions across the US. 

LOCATION: 547 Freshfields Dr, Kiawah Island

PHONE: (843) 768-2245

DATE: View the full events calendar HERE


Kiawah Exclusives offers an exclusive collection of Kiawah Island condos, villas, cottages, and private vacation homes in West Beach, East Beach, and the luxury Vanderhorst gated community.

Each of Kiawah Island’s luxury villa communities is unique! Choose classic Lowcountry views on the Kiawah River, lagoon & wooded views in the maritime forests, golf course views on Kiawah’s famous fairways, or panoramic Atlantic Ocean views from the oceanfront dunes.

You can customize your stay to suit your style even further with a choice of cozy condos, luxury villas, and private free-standing cottages – all with easy access to Kiawah Island’s 10 miles of beautiful beaches. Our exclusive selection of Kiawah Island vacation rentals also includes spacious and private Kiawah family homes with swimming pools & spas, indoor & outdoor entertainment areas, private beach boardwalks, and all the essentials (and life’s little luxuries!) for a quintessential summer vacation on Kiawah Island.

With 30 miles of interconnected trails and bike riding allowed on Kiawah Island’s beaches, wherever you choose to stay on Kiawah Island you’re in close proximity to the top summer events & festivals, and the best places to play on Kiawah Island.