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Fun Things To Do In Charleston SC | This Weekend | Weekend Buzz

Find fun things to do in Charleston SC this weekend, If It Happens In the Lowcountry

By Jeff Walker, Entertainment Writer

Here's some of what's taking place the weekend of May 27th.  Final full weekend in May. Summer is drawing near. Have a safe Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. Stroll along the Battery or thru the market.  Be a tourist in your own home town. Check out our many fine golf courses around the lowcountry. Get out and be social and help boost the economy.  Downtown Charleston and the entire low country will be buzzing this weekend.

In case you're new to Charleston the annual Spoleto USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals kick off this weekend. For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. Now approaching its 40th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. Shows vary as well as prices for events with several free options with Piccolo. For events visit for Piccolo visit

The Charleston Music Hall & NS2 & CMH Present Piccolo Spoleto Concert Series present Delta Rae w/ Liz Longley. Doors at 7pm for 8pm start. Tickets $25. Piccolo Spoleto Ticket Hotline: (866) 811-4111. On Sunday night come out for Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band w/ Indianola as part if Piccolo Spoleto. End up the holiday weekend with Jerry Douglas w/ Red Cedar Review on Monday night. Tickets $25 & $35 for this Piccolo Spoleto hosted event. Visit the CMH box office at 37 John Street or call 843-853-2252 or ETix at 1-800-514-3849

Redux Contemporary Art Center (Redux) located at 136 St. Philip St hosts another Rip City Comedy event this Friday beginning at 9pm. Rip City is an underground comedy show that features original sketches, music, solo characters, and more. Tickets $5. Call 843-722-0697 for more.

The Charleston County Parks & Recreation host 'Shaggin on the Pier' Friday night 7-11pm. Shag the night away at the Folly Beach Pier, where DJ Jim Bowers will be spinning the hottest oldies and beach music classics. Not just your typical wooden pier, this breathtaking landmark stretches out 1045’ into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and offers spectacular views. Tickets $10. Call 843-795-4386 for more.

The Charleston Riverdogs and 'the Joe' host the Legends in the South Friday night at 'the Joe'. Former major league greats from the New York Yankees (Riverdogs affiliate team) take on greats from the Atlanta Braves at Joe Riley Stadium. Come out for this family fun night at 'the Joe'. For lineups and ticket info visit

Your Charleston Battery host Louisville City FC at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island this Saturday night. Game time is 7:30pm. Bring the whole family out for exciting professional soccer action. Visit their box office, online or call 843-971-GOAL for more.

Old Santee Canal Park host a Reptile Program Saturday 1pm-2pm. Alligators, snakes, and turtles, oh my! These beautiful and sometimes misunderstood animals are valuable inhabitants of Biggin Swamp. Using our live collection, we will discuss the characteristics and dispel the myths that surround these beautiful creatures. You will learn how a snake moves, smells, hears. Find out firsthand what makes a turtle shell. Ever touch an alligator before? Now’s your chance to learn all about these fascinating and important animals! Event free with park admission. Call 843-899-5200 for more.

Fishermen & fisherwomen take note. Charleston County Parks & Recreation's Cast Off Fishing Tournaments begin Saturday marking the first 2016 Cast Off Fishing Tournament of the year! This 8-tournament series kicks off at the Mount Pleasant Pier this Saturday with some "reel" competition for all ages of anglers. Did we mention the prizes? Because there WILL be prizes. Learn more @

Cool fun awaits kids (and adults) of all ages at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s three area waterparks - Splash Zone, Splash Island and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark!  All three waterparks open officially for the season on Saturday May 7th, for weekend operations until after Memorial Day.

Start your summer off right at Bohemian Bull's Summer Kick-Off Party on Saturday. Enjoy live music all day and night by two bands, great drink specials from Sweetwater and Baron Samedi, frozen alcoholic desserts for the grown-ups from SnoBar and so much more! There will also be a silent auction and raffle, benefiting local charity Surfer's Healing. Event takes place 3pm-midnight.

During the month of May, men all over Charleston can fuel their need for competition as part of the second annual Month of Man. Whether it’s playing video games, paintball, fishing or a ninja obstacle course, men can earn their “man card” and engage in some healthy competition. Month of Man was started in 2015 by Ben-Jamin Toy, founder of On Purpose Adventures, a Charleston-based adventure event planning company that believes the body craves adventure and the soul needs purpose. Throughout the month, men can sign up to participate in a variety of competitions designed to foster camaraderie while raising money and awareness for local charities. More

The Charleston Farmer's Market runs April 9th - Nov 26th 2016. thru Join them every Saturday 8am-2pm in beautiful Marion Square and peruse the aisles, where you will enjoy a wide variety of 100+ Local Vendors, including; Farmers & Growers, Sweet & Savory Food Concessions, Artisans & Crafters, Live Music, Fun Activities, Community Groups & So Much More! Family-Friendly & Fun for ALL ages! You are sure to have a great time, whether you are swinging by to grab a quick bite to eat, getting your grocery shopping done for the week or even looking for a gift for that special someone. Bring your favorite picnic blanket and relax while enjoying live music on what we like to call, the largest outdoor dining patio in all of Charleston, SC.

A Spring-fling Pub & Appetizer Crawl continues tours through 5-31-16. Crawl with them through Historic Charleston during the most beautiful time in the city. Visit the French Quarter, stop at several pubs along the way to dine on a variety of hors d'oeuvres as we sip southern libations and sample delicious local beer. This spring-themed pub crawl visits quaint courtyards, English Taverns, and former speakeasies while hearing tales about Charleston from local guides. Tantalize your taste buds and treat yourself to an afternoon or evening of local flavor and fun as we live by King Charles II's famous motto, “Eat, drink, and be merry!” Cost is $30 per person. Departs at 4pm and 7pm daily. Reservations required. (800) 979-3370 or (843) 577-5535. Cheers!

Join Palmetto Brewery 289 Huger Street downtown for their 'unplugged series' every Saturday from 5pm – featuring local acoustic musicians, Charleston’s best food trucks and our famous Palmetto pints. Stop in and set for a spell. You’ll be glad you did! Food Truck TBD onsite 11-3pm. Music kicks off 6pm.

If you're out at Freshfields Village near entrance to Kiawah & Seabrook Islands any  Friday enjoying shopping, dining, and a complimentary wine tasting from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.  Join them this weekend as they kick off the summer season with two evenings of live music during the Memorial Day Weekend Concert Series. On Friday, May 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm get ready to party with Swingin Richards, a high energy band playing great hits from every decade. The concert is free and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets.

Keep in mind the City Market alongside Market Street between East Bay and Meeting Streets now stays open late on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy a stroll thru the historic venue while you're downtown enjoying dinner or a show in the area.

The James Island Artist Market brings local artists and crafters every Thursday evening to Brick House Charleston, 1575 Folly Road, James Island. Live local music and free admission. 6pm - 10pm weather permitting. 843-509-6799 Dogs welcome on leash.


A great way to kick off the weekend is by enjoying a TGIF Friday night Wine Tasting at Crushed Fine Wine in Shelmore Village in Mount Pleasant. Owner and wine master Des is your host from 5-7pm each and every Friday. Weekly wine tastings. With all this great spring weather come by and pick some up just a sampling of what's to come!!. 

Carolina Opry a Calvin Gilmore Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a full array of shows for the entire family running throughout the year. On tap is Thunder & Light, and incredible laser, dance, & magic show featuring All That. If you're vacationing in Myrtle Beach or just up for the weekend check out all the action at

In conjunction with Piccolo Spoleto Threshold Theatre Co. 84 1/2 Society St. present 'Fully Committed'. This devastatingly funny 90 minute ride follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the high demand reservation line at Manhattan's top restaurant. Coercion, threats, and bribes are all in a day’s work for Sam as he’s bombarded by scheming socialites, egomaniacal bosses, and fickle celebrities. While juggling desperate callers who will stop at nothing to land a premier reservation and zany restaurant employees, can he manage to look out for himself? Fully Committed has forty wildly diverse characters designed to be played by a single versatile. Show times during Spoleto May 28th @ 8pm May 29th @ 7:30pm, June 2nd @ 8pm, June 4th @ 3pm & 8pm, June 5th @ 3pm, and June 11th @ 3pm.  Full list of shows at Threshold!2016-piccolo-spoleto/p01qn

Woolfe Street Playhouse & Village Rep. Co. present 'Rock of Ages'. Set in L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, ROCK OF AGES tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. Rock of Ages is the five-time Tony nominated self-referential smash, packed with 30 electrifying hit songs from Journey, Foreigner, Styx, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi and many more, that will transport you back in time to the heady days (and nights) of the 80’s on the Sunset Strip! Weekend performances May 6th-29th at 34 Woolfe Street. Tickets $25-$35. Call 843-856-1579 for more or visit their box office. Review

The Footlight Players will host the Piccolo Spoleto production of “Nunsense” from May 28 to June 11 at Footlight Theatre, 20 Queen St. The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. “Nunsense” features star turns, tap and ballet dancing, fun songs, an audience quiz, and many comic surprises. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on May 28, May 29, June 3, June 5, June 10 and June 11. Tickets are $26 for adults; $21 for seniors/military; $15 for students. Purchase tickets at

The Charleston Performing Arts Center 873 Folly Road present FEVER, a tribute to the generations of legendary pop divas who harnessed their sexual power and paved the way for women to express themselves. We'll pay homage to Peggy Lee, Etta James, Marilyn Monroe, Donna Summer, Madonna, Cher, Olivia Newton-John, Lady Gaga, and many more. Tickets $25-$45. For info call (843) 991-5582.

Late niters if you like authentic Greek food or just like good food try the nice guys from Platia Food Truck offering up their tasty tibdits late nights on the weekend. Platia sets up from 6:30pm til 3am at 35 Woolfe Street across from the Woolfe Street Playhouse. That's somewhere between King & Meeting.

Charleston's all new 34 West Theatre at 200 Meeting Street present 'Runaround Sue'.  Enjoy the sounds of yesteryear in this musical theatre presentation sure to have your foot tapping. Perfect for groups! Select shows thru out the week with performances running thru May 13th. Perfect for groups! Tickets are $25 or $22.50 for groups of eight or more. For more info call 901-9343.

Black Fedora 164 Church Street, Charleston's only mystery theatre present a variety of murder and whodunit type audience participation theatre shows. Among their regular performances are 'Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery', 'Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery', 'Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Yoo-Hoo: A Pirate Show', Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun, and Gin Club Mystery and 'Heist, Heist Baby'. Shows change thru out the seasons. Family friendly with something for everyone in your party. Visit their site for up to date info or call 937-6453

Wine down the week at 3 Lockwood Drive home of The Wine Shop’s Friday Tastings.  Sip some of the best and most affordable wines while enjoying views of the Ashley River. Wine Education is Fun!  4:30 - 6:30  For more details call 577-3881.

Pence's Liquor and Wine Shop at 334 East Bay Street (near Calhoun) offers wine tastings every Friday from 5-7pm. Join Randy and friends as they sample wines from around the region, the country, and the world. Great way to jump start the weekend if you live or work downtown

How Art Thou Cafe, Juice & Wine Bar offers up live jazz music every Friday & Saturday night 8:30-11:30pm. Come grab a good wine and meat and cheese plate and get your Chicago & New York style jazz fill. How Art Thou located at 1956 Maybank Hwy James Ilsand. Call 793-2231 for more.

Isle of Palms coolest hangout is, Morgan Creek Grill. 
Music has been restored to Morgan Creek!!!! . Rene Russell plays Friday at 5pm.  Louis D Project plays Saturday afternoon. Sunday come out for Shelley Waters Duo 5pm. Drop in for food or weekday happy hour 4-7pm. Make your reservations now. For details call Morgan Creek Grill at 886-8980


Come out to Theatre 99 for a dose of comedy this weekend. 99 and Piccolo Fringe present 'The Magic Negro and Other Blackness'. Using comedic sketches, improv, and character pieces, this one-man show from the mind Mark Kendall (Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta) examines the representation of black males in the media. Show times this weekend, May 27 at 7:30pm, May 28 at 9:30pm, May 29 at 5pm Tickets $16. Call (866) 811-4111
for info.  Friday  late night it's Improv Riot. Shows at Theatre 99 are improv parties where audience members laugh until it hurts.  Come loaded with suggestions for the quick witted Theatre 99 ensemble members who will take your suggestions...and rock out hilarious unscripted scenes.  Guaranteed to make you laugh! $12 for 10pm show. Saturday come out for The Complete History of Charleston for Morons at 4:00 p.m., May 29 and June 5 at 3:00 p.m., June 1 at 7:00 p.m. and June 11 at 6:00 p.m. Over 300 years of Lowcountry history in 60 minutes!  A comedy history lesson accessible enough for morons to enjoy. Tickets $16. Saturday at 6pm it's the Reformed Whores. If Tenacious D and Dolly Parton got drunk and had a baby it would be the musical comedy duo Reformed Whores! Southern bred, but NYC based, Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame deliver hilariously dirty country tunes with a wink and a smile. Also June 3 and 4 at 6:00 p.m., May 29 at 9:00 p.m., May 31 at 7:30 p.m. and June 1 at 8:30 p.m. The Have Nots perform Saturday at 7:30pm. No scripts!  All improv!  This high-energy comedy improv show is entirely based on your audience suggestion so every show is different and has been running for 21 years. Tickets $16. Late night it's another round of The Magic Negro. Laugh For A Lincoln ($5) every Wed night 8pm. Located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details. 

At the world famous Windjammer on Friday it's The Distinguished Gentlemen.  Admission is $10. Saturday night Spazmatics play the Jammer. Tickets are $10. Music at 9pm. On Sunday the Budweiser Bikini Bash kicks off the summer. For more than 25 years, the Windjammer Budweiser Bikini Bash has showcased some of “Charleston’s finest bikini-clad ladies". Every Sunday thru first week of August. Come on out.For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8948



At the Music Farm on Friday night it's TBA. Saturday night The Holy City Beard & Moustache Society Presents, the 7th Annual Southeastern Beard & Moustache Champions. Doors open at 7pm for 8pm for all ages event. Tickets $10. Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  on Friday it's Passafire w/ Hip Abduction. Tickets are $10 & $12 DOS for 9:30pm show. Poho Family Funk Review play a free show at 4pm on the deck. Saturday and Sunday night spend an Evening With Perpetual Groove.  $22 advance or $25 DOS, or $40 for two night pkg, with music at 9pm. Tropidelic & Reggae Low play the deck Saturday at 4pm. On Sunday come out for the11-3pm Sunday Brunch Farmer's Market as Mike Quinn presents Kanika Moore and the Motown Throwdown 1pm-4pm. FREE LIVE Gospel-Soul-Funk w / Pour House. Sunday at 4pm on the deck it's Sunday Phunday w/ Runaway GinThe House is located at 1977 Maybank Hwy James Island. Call 571-4343 for more.

Come out to Red's Ice House on scenic Shem Creek for live music on Friday & Saturday night.  Relax and watch the sun go down at Red's, Mount Pleasant's, a nice place to chill. Great food & drink at 98 Church St. Call 388-0003 for complete details.


North Charleston's late night location for cold beer, alcohol, and live music is The Sparrow, located at 1078D East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village just down from Park Circle. A good mix of local musicians, singer songwriters,  and electrifying bands to liven up your weekend. For more call 744-7753 or visit their Facebook page.

Enjoy great roasted coffee, desserts, and finger foods while listening to great singer songwriters from 7-9pm every Friday at Coastal Coffee Roasters (CCR) in Summerville. Singer songwriters every Friday night. Bring your own guitar and your music, and your crowd for an evening of music, coffee & camaraderie.  CCR is located at 108 E.3rd North Street Summerville. For more call 376-4559.


Every Saturday from 12-4pm Deep Water Vineyard 6775 Bears Bludd Road Charleston are proud to offer food and music to entertain all of our visitors. It's hard to find food on Wadmalaw Island and we understand! We want to make sure you enjoy your tastings with some food in your stomach, while you eat you can listen to musicians and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the vineyard.  Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your smile - you're bound to have a great time. For more call (843) 559-6867.

HomeGrown, John's Islands farmer's market is open every Saturday 10 am thru 2 pm at 3546 Maybank Hwy. Proud to be Charleston's only year round market!  We have everything on your shopping list, sourced locally. For info call 336-601-0605.

The Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises are back by popular demand. Enjoy this two hour harbor cruise with a delicious buffet from Home Team BBQ. 7:00-9:00 pm Event features live blues from well-known Blues Bands. Cruises leave from the Charleston Maritime Center 10 Wharfside St. For info or tickets call 888.224.5037.  

Remember how much fun bowling is than come out this weekend to Royal Lanes 106 Central Ave Goose Creek. Every Friday & Saturday night bowl for just $18 per lane per hour 9-11pm. Late niters might enjoy Cosmic Bowling 11-2am for just $14 per person. Every Friday enjoy Karaoke at 8pm. With 36 lanes Royal is the biggest center in Charleston. Food, drink, arcade, music, 20 TVs throughout with 2 big screens in smoke free lounge. Darts, billiards, and cornhole as weather permits. Enjoy affordable fun at Royal Lanes. Ideal for groups, couples or date night. Call 572-2695 for more. Visit their site for more

New in theaters this weekend include 'Alice Through The Looking Glass'. Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. Rated PG.  Also new, 'The Lobster'. In a dystopian society, single people must find a mate within 45 days or be transformed into an animal of their choice. Stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. Rated R.  And 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Rated PG13.

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- Posted By: Sherry 9/26/2012 8:45:43 AM
Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Thea... – Hi, Jeff! I wanted to mention that The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre is now running shows several days a week -- Thursdays through Sundays and some Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All are fun whodunits, with lots of laughs and audience interaction! My...
- Posted By: amradich 2/4/2012 2:51:41 PM
Theatre 99 is also a great thing... – Theatre 99 can best be described as Charleston's home for improv comedy! Nothing is scripted! it's all pure improv! If you've never been I recommend going on a Wednesday night (it's only $5) and/or trying to catch a The Have Nots! Show. Each show is ...
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Folly Palooza – Didn't,t see mention of the Folly Palooza festival. From 11 to 5 there will be several stages and 10 bands playing. Crafts for sale, great people watching. Gorgeous day to be out!
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