Posted By Alan Donald @ May 1st 2020 12:05pm In: Events

May is the last month of Spring and the month in which we celebrate Cinco de Mayo (5th), Mother's Day (10th), Armed Forces Day (16th) and Memorial Day (25th) as well as many other fun and sometimes wacky holidays (click here and here for more).  As we navigate these dynamic and unusual times brought upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic, many Charleston area events and activities that had been scheduled for May have been cancelled or postponed.  Thanks to many creative minds, a slew of virtual events and activity suggestions have taken their place.  And now, with the gradual easing of some protective restrictions on access, mobility and operations, we are also beginning to see some "in person" events and activities emerge again, albeit with restrictions.  As you look over the list below and re-visit our April list (click here) to find what might interest you, please be sure to confirm their status on the websites and Facebook pages of the venues and operators.  And, as you plan your month, please take a moment to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire (you can start here) and to register to vote (by May 10th, click here) in the SC primary election still scheduled for June 9th.  Above all, please stay healthy and safe!

Some Local Events Happening In-Person (as of 4/30/20 and subject to change):
Tuesdays: Essential Farm Goods Market, Moultrie Middle School, Mount Pleasant
Saturdays: Summerville Essential Goods Farmers Market, Summerville Town Hall parking lot
Saturdays: U-Pick strawberries at Bugby Plantation on Wadmalaw Island
Nightly: Terrace Theatre Drive-in, James Island
5/29: The Mavericks World Tour, Charleston Music Hall, downtown Charleston
5/30: 2020 Charleston SC Virtual Team Hope Walk for Huntington's Disease

Some Outdoor Recreation Facilities Now Open Again (as of 4/30/20 and subject to change):
From 4/17- : SC's public boat ramps & landings, subject to social distancing
From 4/21- : SC's public beaches, subject to local jurisdictions & social distancing
From 5/1- : SC State Parks as well as select Charleston County parks , most City of Charleston parks (for exercise only) and Mt. Pleasant's public parks, all on a limited basis

Some Virtual Events & Activities:
Aviation Conservation Center's Online Videos
Bulldog Tours of Charleston
Charleston Music Hall's 'Listen, here, There, Anywhere' Series
Charleston Symphony Channel
Drayton Hall from Home
Gibbes Museum of Art's Explore the Gibbes and "Illustrator Chats"
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art's Young Contemporaries 2020
Middleton Place's Plugged in to History
Museum from Home with the Charleston Museum

One Charleston's Things To Do
Preservation Society of Charleston's Preservation Month

Gyms/fitness studios with online classes - Click here

Thursdays: Online Trivia Nights with the Charleston County Public Library
Saturdays: Gracie & Lacy Virtual Concerts
5/1: New Work from Miles Purvis, Miller Gallery
5/1-5/2: Livestream event to benefit The Royal American (free, accepting donations)
5/8: 2020 Homeless to Hope Benefit Telethon (free, accepting donations)

... and many more - Click here

Some Opportunities to Donate, Support Local Businesses & Volunteer:
Donate blood with The Blood Connection
Lowcountry Food Bank
MUSC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
Post & Courier and United Way's Tri-County COVID-19 Response Fund
Support local farmers - Click here
Support restaurants & their out-of-work staff - Click here
... and many more - Click here and here

Some Other Ways to Help & Get Help:
Essential resources - Click here
Front line workers' resources - Click here 
Gift card purchases online - Click here
Grocery delivery online - Click here
Pharmacies with delivery - Click here
Restaurants with delivery - Click here and here
Restaurants with take-out/pickup - Click here and here