Summertime can be a tough time for puppy parents.

When the mercury starts to creep up to the 90- and 100-degree mark, it really limits how long dogs can safely be outside, which in turn minimizes their exercise time.

That's why events like Yappy Hour offer the perfect opportunity for pets and their parents to get out and have a little fun.

One of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission's most popular events, the next Yappy Hour will be Thursday evening.

From 4-8 p.m., you and your pup are invited to enjoy an evening of socializing, live music and more at James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive.

Held in the off-leash dog park, owners can enjoy live music by The Bill Show and sip on adult beverages, which will be available for purchase on-site, while their dogs run around and play.

Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited and pets must be leashed outside the dog park.

For more info, call 795-4386 or go to

Third Thursday

Summerville DREAM (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management) is inviting folks to their "Shaggin in the Streets"-themed Third Thursday.

The June installment of the monthly event, which highlights downtown Summerville businesses, restaurants and more, will feature a variety of music for attendees to dance to.

The Ambler Hall Band will perform behind Guerin's Pharmacy and the Charleston Hot Shots will be in front of People, Places & Quilts. Jenni and the General will be stirring up some excitement on Short Central while Single Smile Cafe will host Alan Bibey and Susan Riddle, and the Vistas.

In addition to the music and dancing, attendees will be able to check out a variety of vendor booths set up around Hutchinson Square.

Third Thursday takes place from 5-8 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, go to

Party at the Point

Billed as Charleston's "premier happy hour concert series," the long-running annual summer concert series Party at the Point continues its 14th season on Friday.

Held at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant, gates open at 5:30 p.m. with bands playing from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5-$7. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5. The event features $2 draft beers while they last as well as a variety of food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and fish tacos.

This week's show will feature a performance by The Kopecky Family Band with Luke Cunningham.

For more, go to

Music on the Green

Another music event taking place on Friday, this one at Freshfields Village, is the annual Music on the Green concert series.

From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music from the Coconut Groove Band. The five-piece group prides themselves on playing "feel good music," so expect to hear a little of everything, from island and soul to R&B and funk to blues and easy listening.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. For more information, go to

Party in the Park

Another round of Party in the Park comes to a close on Tuesday.

Presented by the town of Mount Pleasant, WEZL 103.5 FM and Colonial Life, the show will take place following the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.

An official after-party will be held at Red's Ice House on Shem Creek.

This week's concert will feature performances by Craig Campbell and Blackjack Billy.

Music will start at 6 p.m. at the rain-or-shine event. In addition to the tunes, Party in the Park will feature food and beer vendors.

Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted, but organizers ask that dogs, coolers, umbrellas and tents be left at home.

For more info, go to