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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 Dec15th.   Third full weekend in December 2017. Happy Holidays to all in the low country. Be careful and safe this 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. 

The beloved Holiday Festival of Lights returns to James Island County Park for its 28th year! Featuring an estimated two million shimmering lights, Charleston’s most popular holiday event. More than four million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, which is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at James Island County Park. The event has received many awards and mentions in publications throughout the country, and the three-mile driving tour delivers more excitement every year. The event will be open nightly starting at 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2018. Enjoy marshmallow roasting, light display, Santa's Sweet Shoppe, walking trail, gift shops, and more. Call 843-795-4386 for more.

Celebrate The Season is back for a 7th year sponsored by Santee Cooper. Enjoy the animated light displays that wind through the Old Santee Canal Park and Santee Cooper's headquarters - benefits charities serving Berkeley County. Nov. 24–Dec. 30, 2017. Seven days a week, 6–9:30 PM, closed Dec.24, 25 & 26. $5 per vehicle. Info call 843-761-8000 ext. 5314.

The North Charleston Coliseum is busy on this weekend. The D.L. Hughley & Friends Tour drops into the Performing Arts Center for a Saturday night show. Tickets range from $34-$44 for an 8pm start. Check out North Charleston Coliseum site for more or call 800-745-3000 or visit the coliseum box office.

At the Charleston Music Hall this weekend. This weekend begins the run of the annual Charleston Christmas Special presented by Brad & Jennifer Moranz. All new for 2017! Producers Brad and Jennifer are bringing back audience favorites while creating entirely new musical performances and comedy sketches — all with a holiday theme. Running Dec. 8-23 at the Charleston Music Hall, The Charleston Christmas Special is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Tickets range from $18 kids to $40. Senior and military rates $37. Nightly shows at 7pm with matinee performances 2pm on Saturdays and 3pm Sundays. Purchase a Dinner & Show Ticket for a night out on the town. This ticket is $68 per person and includes one adult/senior ticket The Charleston Christmas Special and a pre-fixe dinner menu at Vincent Chicco’s located next door to the Charleston Music Hall. Dinner reservations required. Check the site for all times and dates listed. Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street. Visit the box office or call 843-853-2252 for more. Read review.

December 15-25th, Pegasus Charters offers the "Original" Charleston Sleigh Ride. Started in 2008, they depart from the Ripley Light Marina and cruise for 1.5 hours listening to Christmas music and stories about Charleston's Christmas traditions. They provide hot chocolate to enjoy during the trip. Feel free to bring along a cooler with your own beverages and/or snack, make a picnic of it. Perfect for couples and families looking for a festive holiday outing. Adult $35.00 - $45.00 / Child (5 - 12 yrs) $25.00 - $35.00 / Toddler (1 - 4 yrs) free. Info call 843-276-4203.

Woolfe Street Playhouse at 34 Woolfe Street host A Holly Jolly Cabaret on Woolfe Sunday 7-10pm. Celebrate the holidays with a festive night of cabaret. Some of the finest voices in Charleston come together for an evening of holiday music! Want to sign up to sing? They would love to have you! Email with your info. $5.00 tickets. Beer Wine and Champagne bar will be open! More call 843-856-1579.

The CSO’s Annual Holiday Pops happens Saturday 7-9pm at the Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street. Festive fun for the whole family! Join the CSO and the CSO Chorus for our annual holiday celebration! Principal Pops Conductor, Yuriy Bekker, leads this family-friendly holiday tradition that will feature “White Christmas,” “Klezmer Nutcracker,” “Ave Maria,” “12 Days of Christmas” (CSO-style), Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and many more sing-along favorites. The Charleston Children’s Chorus joins us, as well as special surprise appearances. Tickets start at $26. Call 843-724-5212 for more.

On Sunday 4-5:30pm the CSO perform same holiday pops show at Lightsey Chapel at Charleston Southern University. Adult/Senior $20, Child/Student (3-18 years old) $12.50, 2 and under free, seated on parent's lap. Info call (843) 863-7000

Sunday 4-6pm join with friends, family and Charlestonians of all religions and backgrounds for the annual Chanukah in Marion Square extravaganza, sponsored by the Norman J. Arnold Foundation. Chanukah in the Square is the largest annual Jewish event in the state of South Carolina, and is a wonderful, family-friendly way to come together as a community. Bring an appetite and your dancing shoes. There will supply the hot food, live music, and the festive atmosphere!

Runners take note the O2 Fitness Cocoa Cup 5K at Nexton takes place 7-12pm Saturday at Parks at Nexton Clubhouse, 2000 Front St. in Summerville. The 5K racers will receive a hoodie (yes, a warm, fluffy Nike® hoodie) commemorating the annual event. Plus, a free cocoa mug and other goodies. For more call (843) 606-2546.

St. John the Beloved Catholic Church at 28 Sumter Ave in Summerville host a Concert Series featuring The Charlestones this Sunday beginning at 4pm. For more call 843-873-0631.

Several communities will be offering Movies Under The Stars this fall including Hanahan, Moncks Corner, Daniel Island, and Goose Creek. Most kick off around 6pm. In Hanahan it's at the amphitheater off Maybeline Road. In Moncks Corner you can see them at the Regional Rec Center at 418 E. Main. On Daniel Island at the MUSC Health Stadium (Battery Soccer home) and in Goose Creek at the Municipal Center 519 Goose Creek Blvd. All are free except $5 entry on Daniel Island. Family friendly events with appropriate films and food trucks. Check city or community websites for more.

Ready to laugh. Ms. Rose's Fine Food & Cocktails is excited to announce the return of their highly popular Comedy Hour series featuring regional and local comedians. The show will take place on Saturday with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show starting promptly at 8 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets are $10 per person. Dinner menu and full bar available. Call 843-766-0223 for more.

The Charleston Night Market opens this Friday night at the Charleston Market. Spend your weekends at the market with more than 50 artisans, music, and artists! Open Friday and Saturday nights through December.

Charleston Cars & Coffee takes place Saturday mornings from 7:30-10:30 at Mt. Pleasant Towne Center. A bunch of car and motorcycle enthusiasts that meet up every Saturday around 8AM at the MTP Towne Centre in front of Atlanta Bread Company.

The Charleston Farmers Market is up and running for the season. Join them every Saturday 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! 9am-2pm. Family friendly event.

The Summerville Farmer's Market is open every Saturday, April through December. Browse fresh local produce, meats, seafood, baked goods and more! The market is located in the First Citizens Bank parking lot behind Town Hall at 200 South Main Street, Summerville. While your shopping, enjoy live music in the Market Café from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m."

The Johns Island Farmers Market 2024 Academy Drive, Johns Island is open Saturdays 10-2pm. New location is at Charleston Collegiate School. The founders want the market to be a one-stop-shop for everything on your shopping list to be sourced locally. Johns Island Farmers Market holds a mission of bringing interactive ways to educate your community on the health and environmental benefits of making sustainable choices. Visit their site to check out an array of vendors.


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. New world vs old!! Washington st. vs Bordeaux!! with John Riddick. They now request $10.00 for the tasting. $5.00 of which will be rebated on any bottles purchased. Plus weekly wine tastings. 



Carolina Opry a Calvin Gilmore Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a full array of shows for the new year. Calvin Gilmore produces and directs many of the show with his usual award-winning flair for production. 




Pure Theatre at 477 King Street continue their run of 'Fully Committed'. Weekend performances Dec 8th thur Dec 22nd. This devastatingly funny one-act follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number-one restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, histrionics—a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a prime reservation, or the right table. Tickets $25 for 7:30pm nightly show Thurs - Sat. For more call 843-723-4444.

Midtown Productions & Theatre inside Duvall Event Catering 2816 Azalea Dr. in North Charleston present 'Plaid Tidings'. This truly heaven-sent holiday musical features classic holiday tunes + favorites from the 1950s sung in perfect harmony: Sh-Boom, Winter Wonderland, Mambo Italiano, Jingle Bells, Stranger in Paradise and many more. This wholesome holiday treat is perfect for the entire family!  Weekend performances Dec 1-17th. Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Call 843-557-1163 for more. Tickets $15-$29 Review,

What If Productions? present 'Feathers & Teeth', running Thurs - Sun Dec 8th thru Dec 17th. Nightly at 7:30pm and Sundays at 6pm. Home-sweet-home turns into a haunted house for thirteen-year-old Chris when Carol—her father’s new fiancée—moves in. Struggling with the recent death of her mother, Chris is convinced Carol is evil, but she just can’t persuade Dad. When a mysterious, potentially dangerous but kind of cute creature is found in the family’s backyard, Chris assumes it’s a sign from above to eliminate Carol once and for all. This imaginative, bone-chilling, and wildly funny play brings the notion of dysfunctional family drama to sensationally scary heights. All shows at 84 1/2 Society Street. Tickets: $22 - Adult / $20 - Senior / $15 - Student/Military. Call 843.737.6059 for more.

Footlight Players 20 Queen Street continue their run of the timeless favorite 'Annie'.  With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. Weekend shows Dec 1st-17th. Nightly at 7:30pm with 3pm Sunday matinees. Opening night 8pm show. Tickets $15-$35. For info call 843-722-4487.

Up in Summerville at the James F. Dean Theatre the Flowertown Players are performing 'A Christmas Story'. Based on the classic motion picture, A Christmas Story delights audiences with 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s quest to secure the genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. “You’ll shoot your eye out” becomes a consistent chant from Ralphie’s parents; but Ralphie is determined. December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16 @ 8PM December 3, 10, & 17 @ 3PM. Tickets $15-$25. For more call 843-875-9251.

Charleston Stage Co. bring back a timeless classic for the holidays as they present 'A Christmas Carol'. Charleston Stage’s acclaimed musical adaptation of Dickens's returns to the Dock Street Theatre. Weekend shows Nov 29th-Dec 20th. Tickets $26-$68. Shows nightly at 7:30pm with Sunday some matinees at 3 & 5pm. Call  843.577.7183 for more info.

South of Broadway Theatre at 1081 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston present two performances of A Christmas Carol with George Younts. Ticket $12 & $6 (youth) for 7pm Saturday or 3pm show Sunday. General Admission seating. There is free parking on the street and in the lot behind the theatre. There is a cash donation bar for beer, wine, soda and water. Visit their site or call the Box Office (843) 745-0317 for more.

The Charleston Performing Arts Center 873 Folly Rd. James Island present A Folly Jolly Christmas Spectacular! A dazzling display of dynamic singers and dancers, hundreds of lavish costumes, and Santa with his reindeer and elves! All of this excitement creatively packaged in an intimate setting that will warm your heart. This show is sure to energize the child within us all. Prices $35-$45 with group rates available for more call 843 991 5582.

34 West theatre group present Holiday Road.  Arden High's faculty Christmas party whirls with mixtapes and heartbreaks in this NEW musical-comedy.  It's an '80's Christmas to the max! Shows runs Nov 21st - Dec 31st. Check their site for specific dates and times. Tickets $35. A  menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, sodas and savory snacks are available. Call (843) 901-9343 for more.

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


Isle of Palms coolest hangout is, Morgan Creek Grill. This Friday it's TBA.  The Flying Buganskis play Saturday during afternoon Oyster Roast.   Morgan Creek will host Oyster Roasts every Saturday 4-8pm.  All shows 5:30-8:30pm 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 comedy this weekend. On Friday and  Saturday night 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! $14 for 8pm start. Stay late Friday for Dusty Slay. Dusty has a smooth southern style that will make you feel so comfortable you have to laugh. $12 for 10pm show. Stay late Saturday for late night rendition of The Funny Bucket. Funny improv games in a bucket can only mean one thing - Hilarity!!. $10 for 10pm start. Laugh For A Lincoln ($5)  Guaranteed to make you laugh! Wed night 8pm. Located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details. 


At the world famous Windjammer this weekend. Friday night it's the Joshua Hughett Holiday Ho-Ho-Hoedown from 8pm-midnight with free admission. It's TBA Saturday night. Sundays watch the NFL at the Jammer. Tuesdays enjoy Oyster Night with Larry/David Night. For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8948



At the Music Farm this weekend. Friday Rage Stars Presents The Mothership with Dubloadz, R3x0R,and Airo. Event is 16 & older crowd. Tickets $20 - $25 GA * $35 VIP with 8:30pm start. On Saturday Music Farm Productions presents The Infamous Stringdusters & Dangermuffin. $25 for 8pm show.  Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at



Over at the Charleston Pour House on Friday night it's Sol Driven Train w/ special guest Motown Throwdown. Tickets $12 adv & $15 DOS for 9:30pm start. Poho Family Funk Review play the deck at 4pm. On Saturday come out for The Super Deluxe Funky Christmas. Tickets $7 $ $10 DOS for 9pm show. On the deck stage Saturday afternoon it's Heather Gillis Band. Also on Sunday come out for the 11-3pm 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 with Poho Food Truck serving food.  The House is located at 1977 Maybank Hwy James Island. Call 571-4343 for more.

Live at Rusty Bull 3005 W. Montague Ave North Charleston this weekend it's live music from Becca Smith Friday 7-10pm. Rolled Quesodillas food truck at 5pm.  Saturday Fusion Jonez performs at 7pm. Herd Provisions Food Truck 5-9pm Saturday. Enjoy corn-hole tournament leagues every other Wednesday at the Bull. Signature locally brewed ales in a relaxed, friendly, & safe environment just off I-26 on W. Montague.

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.


At the Banana Cabana front beach Isle of Palms enjoy live acoustic music on the patio weekly during the spring and summer months on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Great food & drink at IOP's most laid back dining destination. 1130 Ocean Blvd. Call (843) 886-4361.

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.

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 $20 per lane per hour 9-11pm. Late niters might enjoy Cosmic Bowling 11-2am for just $18 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.


New at the box office this include 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. Stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver. Rated PG13. Also new, 'Ferdinand' a young bull who escapes from a training camp in rural Spain after his father never returns from a showdown with a matador. Adopted by a girl who lives on a farm, Ferdinand's peaceful existence comes crashing down when the authorities return him to his former captors. Animated film is rated PG.  In 'The Ballad of Lefty Brown', a merciless cowboy sets out on a dangerous journey across the frontier, determined to do whatever it takes to avenge his longtime partner's brutal murder. Stars Bill Pullman and Peter Fonda. Rated R.

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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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