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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 22nd. Third weekend in May of 2015. Happy Memorial Day weekend and a big shout out to all our low country veterans and military this 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.

The world renowned Spoleto Arts Festival kicks off Friday running over three weekends. 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 in its 39th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. Visit their site for complete details on shows and performances.

During the same 17 day period Piccolo Spoleto is off and running. Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of Spoleto Festival USA, its parent festival, and its 500 events in 17 days transforms Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts. Piccolo Spoleto’s traditional program offerings include visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film. Visit for more.

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story will be offered up at Threshold Theatre Co. during Spoleto. Tickets are $23 thru Piccolo Spoleto website. Shows May 28 at 7pm, May 29 at 9pm, May 30 at 7pm, May 31 at 5pm, June 2 at 8pm, June 5 at 9pm at 84 1/2 Society Street. Also at Threshold and back by popular demand for the 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Festival 'The Exonerated' put on by Midtown Productions. Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. Adult themed. Performances May 30th - 3:00 pm, May 31st - 2:00 pm, June 3rd - 7:00 pm, June 4th - 7:00 pm, June 6th 7:00 pm & June 7th - 3:00 pm. 

The 9th annual First Flush Festeaval takes place this Sunday at the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island. National recording artist Sheryl Crow headlines a day of music, food, drink, and fun activities. THE FIRST FLUSH FESTEAVAL IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY DAY CELEBRATING THE FIRST HARVEST OF THE SEASON.  THIS YEAR'S 9TH ANNUAL EVENT WILL CONSIST OF LIVE MUSIC, LOCAL ARTISAN VENDORS, A KIDS AREA. Local bands include Dangermuffin, Tyler Boone, Gaslight Street, and Stoplight Observations and a host of others on two  stages.  Tickets are $40 advance.

Party at the Point is a great way to kick start the weekend at Patriots Point. Your weekend starts at Party at the Point on  Friday with U2 by UV (U2 cover band). A concert experience. The gates open at 5:30 pm, and the bands start at around 6:30. Bring cash for admission and for the bar … and bring your friends too! PATP is the perfect TGIF party. Friday events run thru June 26th.

The Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street is alive this weekend. On Friday night come out for the Youth Music Festival. This is a free event with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus performing at 2pm. The Treblemakers of Porter-Gaud Schools perform at 3pm. At 5pm the Charleston Academy of Music Young Performers take the stage. And at 7pm enjoy the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra. All performances part of Piccolo spoleto. Visit their site for more. Visit the box at 37 John Street or call 853-2252.

Join Palmetto Brewery 289 Huger Street downtown for the 2015 Loading Dock Concert Series. Live shows every Friday and Saturday through May. Every Friday night from 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Awendaw Green brings in bands with strong local followings to play on Palmetto’s former loading dock turned concert stage. In addition, a different food truck parks out front of the brewery each week. Palmetto pints are $5/each, and tours are offered every hour on the hour. While it’s still cold, the loading dock is filled with space heaters for added warmth. It’s kid/family-friendly, and dog-friendly.

Charleston County Waterparks Open Weekends Only! Starting Saturday  May 2nd Splash Zone Waterpark at James Island County Park, Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park, and Whirlin’ Waters at Wannamaker County Park are now open weekends only in May. For more call 795-4FUN.

Come out to Newtique Boutique every Saturday from 10-4pm and take part in their weekly 'garage sales'. They have a overrun 'Man Cave' out back and are making great deals. Since moving next door at 1051 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant they now have not only a larger space to display their unique items but an open area in back with a roll open door overlooking Crickentree Village. Come on out for big saving inside and in their garage. You'll find a bevy of crafts, decor, hand made jewelry, a big man cave area, one of a kinds, and Heirloom Traditions Chalk-like Paints. For more call them at 971-1231.

The City of Charleston hosts the Farmer's Market every Saturday from 9-2pm. Come out and see what's growing around the low country. The CFM is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers, growers, prepared/packaged food, artisans, crafters and live performers. We offer a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans.Entertainment & food trucks often visit. Up in Summerville just off the downtown green the town hosts their own Farmer's Market with local vendors, food trucks and more every Saturday 8am-1pm. Over on Johns Island the city host a Farmer's Market 10-2pm on Saturday at 3546 Maybank Hwy. Enjoy local produce, arts & crafts.

The RiverDogs return home on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th for special 6:35 p.m. start against the Rome Braves. Along with the special start time will be a special post-game fireworks show to round out the opener of the three-game home stand.

Your Charleston Battery soccer team host the Charlotte Independence on Saturday night 7:30pm at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Fun for the whole family. kids Zone. Beer Garden for adults. Come witness professional soccer right here in the low country. For tickets and info call 971-GOAL. For chance to win tickets to Battery games click

Enjoy Music On The Green  beginning Memorial Day weekend Fridays 6-9pm at Freshfields Village outside entrances to Kiawah & Seabrook Islands. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs for the event. Hot Sauce kick off the series May 22nd with Coast Runner on Saturday the 23rd for the holiday weekend. Food, fun, & music abound at Freshfields Village. 

On Monday Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women who have died serving in the United States military.  The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. aboard the USS YORKTOWN

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. Our good friend Bruno will be joining us tomorrow for a selection of wines from Washington State and Italy. Come in, enjoy some great wines at affordable prices.  Call 856-1156 for details.  Weekly wine tastings 

Carolina Opry a Calvin Gilmore Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a full array of shows for the entire family running throughout the year. Two of the hottest shows on the Grand Strand in 2015 include Time Warp a Good Vibrations show celebrating some of the best songs from the 60's, 70', & 80's. Also 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

Flowertown Players in downtown Summerville continue their run of 'Little Shop of Horrors'. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name. A down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! Tickets $20-$25. Weekends at 8pm with 3pm shows Sunday 24th & 31st. Call 875-9251 for more.

Charleston Performing Arts continue their run of 'Charleston The Musical' this weekend. Inspired by the sold-out production of The Charleston that premiered in 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, co- writers Sprinkles & Pfeiffer have created a heart-warming musical that depicts the perseverance and unity  of Charlestonians after years of destruction and devastation from war, hurricanes, and earthquakes during  the 1800s. The story depicts the essence of Charlestonians and tells the true story behind the world’s most  infamous dance, “the Charleston”, ending in electrifying lavish dance productions of the 1920s! Starring the amazing vocals of Joy Gregory. Weekend shows thru June 7th. Tickets $25-$45. CPA Theatre is located @ 873 Folly Rd James Island. Info 991-5582

Woolfe Street Playhouse and Village Rep Co. present 'The Explorer's Club'. From the people who brought you last year’s smash SPAMALOT comes a utterly ridiculous comedy. London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Weekend shows thru May 23rd. Tickets $15 & $30. Call 856-1579 for more.

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 'My Name is Ruth'. A young Minnesota widow finds a job, and a little more, in a 1950's big-city department store. WINNER of the 2010 Overall Excellence in Playwriting award at the NY International Fringe Festival. Select shows thru out the week with performances running thru June 21st. 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 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. 
Rene Russell will be playing at Morgan Creek Grill Friday in the Marina Room Bar from 5-8pm! Make your reservations now. They will be OPEN on Monday, May 25 for both lunch and dinner, and of course happy hour from 4-7 pm.For details call Morgan Creek Grill at 886-8980

Come out to Theatre 99 for a dose of comedy. 99 opens their theatre to Spoleto shows with most being $16 to attend.  Enjoy The Complete History of Charleston for Morons. Over 300 years of Lowcountry history in 60 minutes!  A comedy history lesson accessible enough for morons to enjoy -- forever answering the hard to ask questions like:  Can you still perform in black face?  What took Mel Gibson so long to join the Continental Army? May 22 at 8:00 p.m., May 23 at 3:00 p.m., May 24 at 4:00 p.m., May 31 at 6:30 p.m. and June 4 at 6:00 p.m. Also on tap during Spoleto, '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. Adult audiences. Shows, May 22 at 9:30 p.m., May 23 at 10:00 p.m., May 24 at 9:30 p.m., May 25 at 6:00 p.m., May 26 at 8:00 p.m. and May 27 at 7:00 p.m. Also being performed at Theatre 99, 'One Man Star Wars', 'Melachomedy' and Charleston's own 'the Have Nots', along with '1 Man Lord of the Rings', and 'The Slipknot'. Check for more. Theatre 99, guaranteed to make you laugh or half off twice the price. 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. Buddy Roes 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.

At the world famous Windjammer Local guitar god Eddie Bush plays the Jammer on Thursday nights in the Landshark Acoustic Series. Local teenage country sensation McKenna Andrews performs Friday 6-8pm. On Friday night come out for Weird Science playing your favorite 80's music. Tickets $8 for 9pm show. On Saturday night Cracker perform with Whiskey Gentry. Tickets $15 advance & $20 DOS. Matt Mackelan plays the acoustic deck series on Saturday afternoon beginning at 6pm. Sunday night the Piedmont Boys w/ Sunflowers & Sin perform at the Jammer. Tickets $10 for 9pm show. Get ready Charleston this weekend kicks off the Budweiser Bikini Bash at the Jammer. Come out Sunday afternoons and see the hottest girls in the low country compete for weekly cash prizes all building up to an end of summer finals. The Jammer is front beach Isle of Palms.  For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8596. 


At the Music Farm on Saturday night come out for the 6th Annual Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships. All ages show. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets $10. The Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  on Friday come out for Josh Roberts & the Hinges with Susto and Jordan Igoe. Music at 9pm. Tickets $10 advance & $12 DOS. The Poho Family Funk Review play the deck at 4pm. Saturday the Soul Rebels play the House. Tickets are $15 for 9:30pm show. Don Merkle plays the deck at 4pm. Sunday night Fritz & The Lee Boys play with Runaway Gin playing Phish covers on the deck. 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.


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.


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 this weekend.  Located at 6775 Bears Bluff Rd Wadmalaw Island. Call 559-6867 for more. 

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

Park Circle Films is quiet this weekend.Cost $6. Show time 7pm Saturday night at Olde Village Community Bldg. 4820 Jenkins Ave N.Chas.

New to the box office this weekend. From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Rated PG. Also new a remake of 'Poltergeist'. Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. 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 ...
- 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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