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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 July 25th.  Third full weekend in July and summer officially is in full swing. Can you believe 2014 is half over. Plays and concerts abound this weekend as well as Independence Day festivities.. 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.

National recording act O.A.R. makes their annual return to Charleston playing the Family Circle Stadium on Daniel Island Friday night. 2012 American Idol winner Philip Phillips is also on the bill with the Saints of Glory opening the show. Concert is rain or shine. Gates open at 5:30pm with music beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets range from $20-$42. For more visit

Over at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center two blues rock legends perform on Friday night. John Hiatt performs with his combo with Robert Cray Band opening the show. Doors open at 6:30pm with concert slated to start at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $39-$59. Call 800-745-3000 or visit the coliseum box office.

Johns Island Water Festival a premier water and land festival located at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island takes place Saturday 1-7pm. Organized by Trophy Lakes  and A Snappy Event, the festival focuses on an array of watersports, including wake boarding, kayaks, paddle boards, waterslides, dragon boats, and the best gourmet food trucks in Charleston.  On the ground activites include disk golf and a climbing wall.  Air adventures try a tour from form Charleston Helicopters. Live music from Ben Fagen and the Holy City Hooligans, DJ Louis Skye, The Shutterdogs, Regina Ferguson, and DJ Luigi. Plenty of food & drink available.  Admission is $10 and includes access to all free activities.

Mount Pleasant and Cinebarre present Movies In the Park this Friday night. Local residents and visitors bring blankets and lounge chairs, sit back to enjoy an incredible sunset, and then watch an outdoor movie on Cinebarre’s giant movie screen with the beautiful Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop! Free admission & parking! Food and beverage available for purchase. This Friday enjoy the 2010 release 'Alice In Wonderland'. Movies begin at dusk.

Friday nights are rocking at Freshfields Village (Kiawah & Seabrook entrance) with the Music on the Green weekly free concerts on the Village Green, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Business  perform July 18th @ Freshfields. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or towel, and food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Come out this Saturday night to The Barbeque Joint in the Olde Village of North Charleston on East Montague for a night of BBQ BINGO, TRIVIA & COMEDY! FREE. Great food, great fun, and a whole lot of laughs, from 6-8pm. Call 747-4567 for more.

Charleston's Harbour Club is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a Luau Party on Saturday. Cost is $60 per person. Ticket price includes DJ, Dancing, Photo Booth, Food Displays, Open Bar & additional surprises!  Contact the Club for reservations by calling 723.9680. Guests are welcome.

Another Taking Flight Comic Show hosted by The Sparrow 1078 E. Montague and Park Circle Comics takes place this Saturday from noon til 5pm at The Sparrow. The sixth version of this event will feature meet and greets with artists, comics for sale, drink specials, and more. The show is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. The proceeds will benefit Engaging Creative Minds and their mission to help students succeed through imagination and innovation. The organization also tries to build stronger communities and a more capable workforce. Holy City Brewing has donated some of their Wash Out Wheat beer for the show. One-hundred percent of those beer sales will go to Engaging Creative Minds.

Your Charleston Battery  host  Arizona United SC on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium. Great fun for the whole family. Kids activities and plenty of food & drink. All the action begins at 7:30pm. For tickets and info call 971-GOAL.

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

Musical Theater Center presents HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR live at the Woolfe Street Playhouse. Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on the Woolfe Street Playhouse stage in Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR.! Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. Four shows only, 2pm & 7pm Saturday and 2pm & 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15. Call 856-1579 for more info.

Charleston Stage Co. present Seussical Jr. Each Summer, over 90 students spend three weeks learning the magic and discipline of performing in a musical. At the end of the camp, students present their own full-scale musical complete with sets, lights and costumes on stage at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. This July, Charleston Stage's SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp will present Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza. Tickets range from $20-$50. Call 577.7183 to purchase by phone.

Karaoke Smackdown is back for another fun-packed round Saturday at 8pm at Threshold Theatre 84 1/2 Society Street. The theme this time? Teen Idols, so get ready to step back in time to relive the teen idols of yesterday, while enjoying some of today's best artists. Get your tickets today at today.

Pure Theatre continue their run of 'Folly Beach, The Play'. Being Best Man can be stressful. Being Best Man days after you get divorced can lead to an existential crisis. The hilarious new comedy from PURE playwright-in-residence David Lee Nelson examines the ins and outs of marriage, divorce, and friendship as a group of friends converge on Folly Beach for their friend’s second wedding. Weekend shows thru August 2nd. All shows at Pure Theatre 477 King Street.  Call 723.4444 or Ovation Tix 866.811.4111

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', and 'Heist, Heist Baby'. Shows change thru out the seasons. 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.

In celebration of their first year in business The Green Goat 1300 Savannah Hwy is throwing a birthday bash from noon til 2am on Saturday. Come out and enjoy food & drink, cornhole tournament, a raffle for free burger Tuesday for one full year, a Greek Chicken Dinner with proceeds benefitting Arthritis Foundation, and music from Plane Jane and DJ Nostalgia. For more info call 787-0820.

Isle of Palms coolest hangout is, Morgan Creek Grill.  Friday it's Leigh Glass Duo @ 4pm & Kelly Eldridge  @ 7:30pm.  Saturday come out for Leigh Glass Duo 4pm & Greg Ally 7:30pm. Sunday Sweetgrass Acoustic plays 4-7pm. In June & July we have Live Music 7 Days a Week! Mon.-Thurs.  4:00-7:00. Fri. & Sat.- 2 shows each night and Sundays- 4:00-7:00. 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 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 just $10 for 8pm show.  Stay late for  'Blast Off'. Members of the Theatre 99 company are always creating new shows.  This is the showcase for them to try out these new shows in front of a crowd. Free admission 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! Tickets $12. Saturday late come out for 'Man Without A Country'. Inaugural Charleston Comedy Competition winner and Chucktown native Billy Anderson returns to Theatre 99 for one night only. $8 Tickets for 10pm show.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 JJ Lawhorn performs. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 DOS, with doors open at 9pm. Saturday night come out for 80's tribute band, The Breakfast Club. Tickets are $10 with doors open at 9pm. The Jammer is front beach Isle of Palms. Every Tuesday come out to the Jammer for Oyster Night with music by Larry David Project.  The Jammer revs up on Sunday as it presents the world famous Bikini Contests in the afternoon. For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8596.  

At the Music Farm  on Friday night it's TBA. Saturday night it's TBA. 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's Zach Deputy. Tickets are $12 advance and $15 DOS, with doors open at 9pm. On the deck at 4pm it's BYOG. Saturday & Sunday nights come out for 2 nights w/ GROUNDATION w/ THE RESOLVERS. Doors open at 9pm.  Tickets are $18 & $22 DOS. American Hologram play on the deck at 4pm Saturday with Sunday Phunday on Sunday at 4pm. The House is at 1977 Maybank Hwy James Island. Reach them at 571-4343.


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 'The Anonymous People'. Recovery is OUT - to change the addiction conversation from problems to SOLUTIONS. An independent feature documentary about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions. Park Circle Films located in Olde Village Community Bldg 4820 Jenkins Ave North Charleston.

On Wednesday night 7:30pm Park Circle Films host a comedy stand up series. The sponsors at The Sparrow continue to host the latest installment of the monthly Cinema Stand-up series, where good comics pick on bad movies and everyone has a good time. Admission is a $5 donation, or FREE for Film Society members. Proceeds help pay for ongoing Film Society programming. The Sparrow is located at 1078 E. Montague Ave.

New at the theaters include 'Hercules'. Though he is famous across the ancient world for his larger-than-life exploits, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), the son of Zeus and a human woman, is haunted by his tragic past. Now, he fights only for gold as a traveling mercenary, accompanied by a band of loyal followers, including Amphiarus (Ian McShane) and Autolycus (Rufus Sewell). Rated PG13.   Scarlett Johansson stars in 'Lucy', an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Costars Morgan Freeman. Rated R.   And finally there's 'And So It Goes'. There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas), and that's just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet -- until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down. Co-stars Diane Keaton. 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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