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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 Oct 17th.  First full weekend in October. Hopefully college football will go better for local fans. NFL & college football games on in your favorite sports bar on tap.  Plays and concerts abound this weekend. When you're not watching the game you could 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.

Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to Charleston at the North Charleston Coliseum! Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with its newest skating spectacular. Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Weekend performances Thurs - Sat at the North Charleston Coliseum. Tickets range 45.00, $35.00, $25.00, & $15.00 (plus applicable fees) Children 2 yrs and above will need a ticket. Group ticket rates call 529-5007. For more visit the coliseum box office or call 800-745-3000

At the Charleston Music Hall 37 Johns Street this Saturday it's The 6th Annual Jen Jendershott NPC Big Shott Classic & All Women’s Weekend showcasing bodybuilding and fitness competitions. For Info Contact, Jen @ 336-261-7274  On Sunday night at the CMH come out for Nick & Knight featuring music from Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block. Tickets are $55 - Orchestra | $45 - Gallery. Doors open at 7pm for 8pm start. Call 853-2252 for more or visit

The annual Boone Hall Fright Nights continue this Friday running weekends thru Nov 1st. Live actors. state of the art technology, and elaborate sets combine to ramp up the scare factor at South Carolina's largest multi-attraction haunted event. Be prepared be scared. Experience Zombie Town, Twisted Terror in a 3-D, the Wicked Woods Hay Ride and much much more. Tickets are $8-$12 with $27 for all you dare passes.

Zombies will return to Park Circle for the fourth annual Pint of Hope Zombie Pub Crawl, benefiting Lowcountry AIDS Services. Presented by Holy City Brewing, this fall fundraiser is 5-11 p.m. Saturday at restaurants and bars in North Charleston’s Park Circle area. Attendees are invited to dress in their best zombie costume and join the apocalypse for a pub crawl like no other. Teams of one to four visit the bars and restaurants in Park Circle, filling their scorecard at each stop. Participating bars/restaurants include Sesame Burgers and Beer, The Barbecue Joint, EVO Pizza, DIG in the Park, The Mill, Madra Rua Irish Pub, The Brew Cellar, Fratello’s and The Sparrow. At the end of the evening, teams enter their scorecard into a grand prize drawing. For more visit

Kiawah presents the Eighth Annual Dogtoberfest. Dogs, Dine and Wine takes place on Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. at Freshfields Village near Kiawah Island. This free event brings together pet rescue organizations from around the Lowcountry and includes food & drink, live entertainment, pet costume contest, wine tasting, and more. Visit

The 3rd annual Iron Brew ingredient reveal party takes place this Saturday 2-6pm at Holy City Brewing 4155 Dorchester Road North Charleston. Enjoy live music and food from the Mellow Mushroom. Admission is $10.

Entering into its 7th year, Follypalooza, an annual street festival on Folly Beach, has been successful in raising over $30,000 for local cancer patients through its carnival-themed event on Center Street. To date, the funds raised have helped 22 individuals alleviate financial stress caused by impeding medical bills. This year, Follypalooza Cancer Benefit & Street Festival will feature live music by The Travelin’ Kine, Jamisun, Don’t Mess with The Tiger, Hick Child Soup & more bands on on Center Street. In addition to live music, other attractions include a dunk tank, children’s games and activities, arts and crafts, food vendors, a silent auction. Visit their Facbook page or call 475-9787 for more.

Girls Rock Charleston is hosting its first ever Volunteer + Supporter Showcase on Saturday 7-10pm at Redux Contemporary Art Center 136 St. Philip Street. The event will feature live performances from 8 bands comprised entirely of volunteers and supporters of GRC. The event is all ages and open to the public. In addition to rocking performances, the event will feature a silent auction. Admission is $5-15.

The CSU Buccanneers host the Presbyterian this Saturday in Big South college football action at CSU Field. Kick off is at 3pm for this homecoming game. Tickets still available. For tickets and info visit

The Citadel Bulldogs host Chattanooga in SoCon football action with kickoff at noon Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Tickets available by calling 953-DOGS (3647) or visting

The best 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. Come in, enjoy some great wines at affordable prices.  Call 856-1156 for details.  Weekly wine tastings

The historic Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach continue their shows early in the season with the regular Carolina Opry show on weekends and the ever popular Good Vibrations show starting back up in February. If you're in the grand strand area for business or pleasure be sure to take in a show. They offer nightly and matinee performances throughout the year. Call them at 800-843-6779 or visit their site

South of Broadway Theatre Company present 'Fences' by August Wilson. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and The New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Fences is the story of a responsible yet otherwise flawed black garbage collector in pre-Civil Rights America who, in August Wilson’s hands, rises to the level of an epic hero. Weekend shows Thurs-Sun thru Nov 1st. Shows 7:30pm with 3pm Sunday matinees. Tickets are $20. Call 745-0317 or visit box office at 1080 E. Montague North Charleston.

Charleston Stage Company present 'Young Frankenstein'. IT'S ALIVE! A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' s classic comedy movie masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein ("that's Fronkensteen") as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a new corpse to life. Weekend performances run thru Nov 1st. Nightly at 7:30 pm with select Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets range from $22-$57. Call 577.7183. All shows at Dock Street Theatre.

Woolfe Street Playhouse & Village Rep. Co. begin their run of 'Macbeth'. Shakespeare’s swift and relentless tragedy uncovers the terrifying consequences of blind ambition. In medieval Scotland, a savage world of ghosts, witches and bloody battlefields, a dark prophecy leads a warrior and his wife past the point of no return. Directed by Shakespeare Project co-founder  Evan Parry and featuring an all- star cast of regional actors. Weekend shows thru Nov 1st. Tickets $20-$30. Call 856-1579 or visit the box office 34 Woolfe St.

Footlight Players end their run of 'Wait Until Dark'. Suzy Hendrix may be legally blind but with the help of the little girl who lives in the apartment above her the mismatched pair will fend off three con men looking to recover a doll full of narcotics that Suzy‘s husband innocently transported home. Murder and deception are just two pieces to the puzzle in this dark mildly terrifying tale of human survival. This perfectly timed seasonal thriller runs weekends thru Oct 19th. Nightly at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 3pm on 12th & 19th. Call 722-4487 for tickets and info. 2 for 1 tickets available for both Thursday shows. Click for review,

Midtown & Sheri Grace Productions conclude their run of 'Brooklyn Boy'. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies (Dinner With Friends) surprises and delights in this wonderfully funny and moving tale of a novelist thrust into the limelight when his book becomes a bestseller and is about to be made into a Hollywood movie. But when his father’s health brings him back to the rowdy Brooklyn neighborhoods of his childhood, he realizes the need to face his past before he can move on with his future. Weekend shows 8pm Thur-Sat thru Oct 18th. 3pm Sunday matinee on Oct 12th. Tickets $16-$20. Call 795-2223 for more or visit their site

Charleston's all new 34 West Theatre at 200 Meeting Street performs 'Speakin' Easy' this weekend with nightly shows Thurs - Sun. The Acme Hot Air Balloon Company is whirling with lovesick receptionists and one dimwitted gangster in this glitzy new comedy from award-winning 34 West Theater, featuring timeless melodies from the 1920s and 30s. 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 from the Oscar Rivers Trio 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.  Friday it's Tom Mackell @ 4pm & Rene Russell playing @ 7:30pm.  Saturday come out for Leigh Glass Band @ 4pm. Enjoy Oyster Roast 4-8pm Sunday enjoy the music of Will Newhouse Duo. Make your reservations now. For details call Morgan Creek Grill at 886-8980


Come out to Theatre 99 for a full weekend of comedy.  Friday night enjoy The Improv Jam. This fast paced show takes your audience suggestions and spins them into hilarious scenes.  You never know what's going to happen, but you can be assured that it will make you laugh. Tickets $10 for 8pm show.

Late night 10pm come or stay for Charleston Stand Up Prelim.  There are 4 exciting prelim rounds this fall for the Charleston Comedy Festival Stand Up Competition.  Each prelim will featuring 14 stand ups performing five minute sets each.  The audience will vote with ballots for their top four favorites and they will move on to the next round. Tickets $7 for 10pm show.  Saturday night 8pm come out for 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! Late night enjoy Laugh For A Lincoln. Stupid Time Machine and Rude. present The Self-Titled Comedy Tour. Just $5 with 10pm start. Theatre 99 guaranteed to make you laugh. Theatre 99 is located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details.


Tired of the non stop top forty college night spots. BuddyRoes, East Cooper's favorite spot for great food & drink on Ben Sawyer Blvd is also a great place to enjoy live entertainment on the weekends. BuddyRoes caters to folks 35 and older who love old time rock, country classics, and beach music. Ronnie Johnson & Dale Baker play an all electric show 9:00 til close.  Live music Thurs - Sun at Charleston's Best Kept Secret. Enjoy a great music with your meal. Call 388-5270 for details.


Drop in LG's By The Creek in Tanner Hall Plantation Hanahan for music and karaoke with DJ Randy Friday nights.  Live music on Saturdays. Great food, drink & fun at LG's By The Creek. Come early and enjoy corn hole on the patio. Just off North Rhett at Tanner Hall Boulevard. Trivia every Wednesday night.  Call 553-8046. 



At the world famous Windjammer Friday night it's Fiftywatt Freight Train with doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $5. Saturday night is TBA. The Jammer is front beach Isle of Palms. Every Tuesday come out to the Jammer for Oyster Night with music by Larry David Project. For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8596.  

At the Music Farm  on Friday it's Rock Yacht Revue. Doors open at 8pm for 9pm show. 18 and older show. Tickets are $10 & $12.  Saturday it's Delirium the Farm. This event is 16 and over with 9pm start time. Tickets are $10 & $17 DOS. The Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  9pm Friday on the Main Stage it The Mantras w/ Stooges Brass Band.  Admission is $10 & $12 DOS, with doors open at 9pm. Jim Landry & Friends play the deck at 4pm.  Saturday night come out for Nahko & Medicine For The People w/ Dustin Thomas.  Doors open at 9pm.  Tickets are $18 & $23 DOS. Come early for entertainment on deck at 4pm. Sunday night it's Captain Green with free show at 10pm.  Music begins at 6pm with $10 admission advance & $12 DOS. The 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.


Come out to Ocean Cowboys (the low country's rockin' country music club) 192 College Park Road (college Park @ I-26) for a country music. 96.9 FM The Wolf hosts ladies night on Friday . Enjoy line dance lessons with the latest country music from DJ Randy Swan. Saturday night enjoy live entertainment at  Ocean with plenty of drink specials. If you're looking for country music in lively joint you need to drop in Ocean Cowboys. Just minutes from everywhere in Charleston off I-26 at College Park Road. Call 569-6000 for more. 

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.


The all new Pugs Tavern in Summerville presents Saturday Night Comedy with today's funniest comedians! Just off I-26 at Exit 199. Doors open at 8pm. Call 261-2121. Come early and enjoy some of the best food served in the low country.

 Head out to Irvin House Vineyards for wine tastings on Saturdays from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., for Sippin' Saturday. Each Saturday, the winery will serve up a different local food vendor and musical group to entertain locals and visitors.  Live music weekends. The famous Irvin~House Vineyards Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio and Irvin~House Vineyards wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle and enjoyed outside. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin~House Vineyard winery are only $6.00 to taste 6 of 24 flavors of Firefly spirits and $4.00 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets to picnic under the oaks and relish in the Lowcountry beauty. Located at 6775 Bears Bluff Rd Wadmalaw Island. Call 559-6867 for more. 

The City Market of Charleston host Evenings in the Market on Friday & Saturday nights. The weekly event, designed to showcase local artists, food vendors and designers, is from 6:30-10:30 pm every Friday and Saturday from March through December.

The Charleston Farmer's Market returns Saturdays from 8am - 2pm. Come on down to Marion Square each Saturday from April 12th - December 20th to get a taste of what the Lowcountry has to offer! We will have a larger variety of produce and plants than ever before!!! Stroll the market while choosing from the Lowcountry’s  freshest local produce, seafood, meats, plants, herbs and cut flowers. Arts & crafts available as well with occasional food vendors. Open Saturday, 8am to 2pm. See you there!!!

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 Summerville Farmer's Market runs Saturdays April 12th thru Dec 20th. Shop for fresh local produce, meats, seafood, baked goods and more! The Summerville Farmers' Market is located in the First Citizens Bank parking lot behind Summerville Town Hall at 200 South Main Street. Open 8am-1pm.

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. 

Enjoy bowling with your friends or family on Friday or Saturday night at Royal Lanes Goose Creek. Charleston's largest bowling and fun center offers all you can bowl for $15 per lane per hour starting at 9pm til midnight. Come later and enjoy Cosmic Bowling for just $12 per hour from 12am - 2am. Can you sing, come out Friday night for Karaoke Night. A DJ playing dance music on Saturday nights. Royal Lanes has the largest arcade, a lounge with pool tables, darts, big screen TV's to catch all the games. Enjoy a weekend night and bowl at Royal Lanes 106 Central Ave in Goose Creek. Open for parties and large groups. Call 572-2695.

Park Circle Films present

Not rated. Show is 7pm Saturday night. Park Circle Films located in Olde Village Community Bldg 4820 Jenkins Ave North Charleston.

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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 ...
- Posted By: Robinini 10/22/2011 10:04:31 AM
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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