First Day Festival

Celebrate a New Beginning at the First Day Festival - Charleston, SC Bridge DrawingJoin us on Sunday, August 18 for the 2019 First Day Festival!  

Every August, the City of Charleston welcomes thousands of students and their families from the region to the First Day Festival, where children receive school supplies, discover student support services, learn about healthy snacks, and enjoy Festival entertainment!

The goal is to provide families with a fun day together so that the children start the school year off excited to learn!  Admission to the SC Aquarium is FREE during the hours of the festival, and boat rides are offered on a limited basis at no cost to attendees as well. The Festival is made possible through contributions from individuals and businesses alike. The First Day Festival is a wonderful way to unite the community around an important cause.

For more information on the Festival, contact Mindy Sturm at 843-965-4190.

Support our Students, Host a School Supply Drive 

Please join us in collecting School Supplies for the event! We pack 4,000 bags of supplies and appreciate every donation!

For more information, visit the First Day Festival website at