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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 June 24th.  Fourth full weekend in June. Summer is here. Hit the beach. 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.

As part of the 9-day Victory in the Valley series of events, Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, and Samaritan’s Feet International are hosting a foot-washing and shoe distribution event for 2,000 children on Saturday, beginning at 8:00am. The event will take place at Buist Academy School (103 Calhoun St. Charleston.

“Prayer Quilts for Mother Emanuel” Exhibit is on Display at 85 Calhoun Street Saturday June 18 through Thursday, June 30. Also on display at 85 Calhoun Street is an exhibition of selected prayer quilts and other items gifted to Mother Emanuel AME Church from around the world in the last year.

Party at the Point kicks off their summer series with live music at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina on Patriots Point. Sibling Rivalry with The Blue Dogs w/ Whiskey Run perform. This is the ultimate TGIF happy hour party. Enjoy food and drink while listening to great music as the sun sets over Charleston. Admission is $7.

The 2016 Charleston Carifest Celebration & Parade, a Caribbean Carnival celebration in honour of Caribbean American Heritage Month takes place Saturday 4pm at Brittlebank Park culminating in four days of food, fun, music, and costumes submerged in education and culture.  This is the creative and artistic expression of Caribbean people. Join in and embrace Unity in Diversity. Live music from the Dubplates. Admission is $10. Call 843-557-6258 for more.

It's back! The 6th annual Lowcountry Blueberry Festival on Sunday from noon until 7 pm at Blue Pearl Farms. Pick blueberries, mingle with local artisans, and treat yourself to the best lowcountry blues by the stage at Cypress Pond with the return of the Blueberry Jam. A special tribute to the blues is on the schedule as Smoky Weiner returns to the Lowcountry with the Hot Links, featuring Nature Boy Nik on guitar, John Picard on bass, and Stevie Kent on drums, followed by Momma's Blues Palace Review with Rhonda "Momma" Wall, lead guitarist James "Papa Dupree" Wall, and JoJo Wall on bass, backed by High Gravity with Eddie Phillips on guitar, Juke Joint Johnny playing harmonica, and John Picard on drums.  Great food, local artists and artisans, fun activities for kids, honey tasting, the world of bees and beekeeping, blueberry management, and more are part of this all ages festival, and everyone is welcome.  Please leave your pets at home. Bring a blanket or chairs to set up next to Cypress Pond. No outside alcohol or coolers; food, cold drinks, beer and wine available. $10 for adults & children 15 and under are free. Gates open at 11am.  Proceeds help benefit Fresh Future Farm and its work.

Come out to Sullivan's Island this Saturday 10-4pm and take part in Carolina Day, the annual commemoration of an important part of United States, South Carolina and Sullivan's Island history - the Battle of Sullivan's Island on June 28, 1776. Event takes place at Fort Moultrie. Admission is $1 - $3. Call 843-883-3123 for details.

Enjoy Rum Runners Saturday beginning at 6pm at Memminger Auditorium. Rum Runners brings together the hottest global rum distilleries with Charleston's top chefs to create one-of-a-kind paired cocktails & dishes. Pay homage to the spirit that gave the Rum Runner its name, pirates, and all the best flavors of the West Indies. This event is limited to 750 tickets so act now. There are 325 VIP preview tickets. VIP Preview 6:00pm - 7:30pm. General Admission 7:30pm. This event is for adults age 21+ only! Contact Rebecca @ 843.819.5947.

Legare Farms is hosting its first ever BrewMoo. Sample beers from eight different breweries from around the area. The  festival will take place on the farm, whose cows eat the leftover grain those breweries don't use. Food will be supplied by Brooks barbecue and the farm. There will even even be laser skeet shooting. Featured breweries include Palmetto Brewing, Holy City Brewing, Tradesman Brewing Co., Freehouse Brewery, Fat Pig Brewing Company, Oak Road Brewery, Low Tide Brewing, The Frothy Beard Brewing Company, and Snafu Brewing Company. $25 advance and $35 DOS. Call 843-559-0788 more.

The Hearts & Plugs annual Summer Shindig takes place Saturday beginning at 5pm at the Royal American 970 Morrison Drive downtown. On tap are Brave Baby, Susto, ET Anderson, The High Divers, Grace Joyner, Hermit's Victory, and Johnny Delaware.  Admission is $20.

Riverside Sports 547 Long Point Rd in Mount Pleasant is hosting a 'Zumbathon' beginning at 6pm on Saturday. Cost to participate is $20. Call 843-406-3999 for complete details.

The Cargo Hold is hosting its first ever trunk show/sale of retired and sample jewelry items including some items from our Southern Gates lines as well as many other sterling silver pieces. All items will be discounted 50% ($10-$300). The event will be June 25th from 10am - 4pm in the Grand Bohemian Ballroom at 55 Wentworth St. Call  800-845-6964 details.

Charleston Parks & Recreation host Reggae Nights Summer Concert with Ras Bonghi Reggae All Stars on Saturday night at the James Island County Park. Good Music. Good Vibes. The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series features traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. Bring your chairs or blanket. It’s Irie. Time Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; music begins at 8:30 p.m. Gates close at 10:30 p.m., and concerts end at 11 p.m. Admission is $10 adult ages 13 and up. 12 and under free. No outside alcohol or coolers.  Call 843-795-4386 for more.

On Sunday Gaillard Center presents 'Pink Martini'. Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Visit the box office at 95 Calhoun Street or call (843) 242-3099. Tickets range from $38-$56.

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!  Starting June 4, all three waterparks are open every day through Aug. 12!

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.

Every Saturday from 8am-1pm come out to Summerville and take part in their Farmer's Market. 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. Enjoy live music in the Market Café from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Join Palmetto Brewery 289 Huger Street downtown for their Loading Dock Concert series. Free concerts featuring local and regional artists. Great beer. Food trucks. Family friendly. Come on down and join us every Friday night! Please see our Facebook Events Page for band and food truck details! 6pm-10pm

Kiawah and Seabrook Islands any  Friday enjoying shopping, dining, and a complimentary wine tasting from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday & Saturday.  This week's Friday night Music on the Green features  Chris Crosby Band. 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. Every now and then you come across great wine at a spectacular price.  This is one of those times. We offer up Francois Millet, Sancerre, Blanc, 2015, Francois Millet, Sancerre, Rose, 2015, Gueguen, Chablis, 2015, Dom. Gauthier, Morgon, 2014, Chat Trebiac, Bordeaux, 2011, and Chat Noblesse, Bandol, 2013. With all this great early summer 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. During the week catch a performance of 'Time Warp' a Good Vibrations Production featuring great songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. It will take you on a Top 40 thrill ride. 'The TCO Show' has for nearly 30 years been thrilling Myrtle Beach visitors. The award-winning show blends two hours of high-energy music, comedy and dance! Check out 'Thunder & Light'. This entirely new live production stars the nationally renowned clogging group All That!, combined with a multi-million dollar laser light show and featuring the magical illusions of Brandon and Hannah Wagster. And if you love lasers and great music, be sure to catch 'Light'. You have to see a show like this to believe it. The blaze of color and movement from the lasers, when coupled with music in a themed production, creates a moving and unforgettable experience. Show times vary thru out the season. Visit the website for more.

Back by popular demand at Pure Theatre 477 King Street it's Constellations by Nick Payne. “Let’s go for a drink. I don’t know what I’m doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.” Nick Payne’s gorgeous two-hander explores love, free will, and friendship through quantum multiverse theory and—well, honey. June 16, 17, 18 & June 23, 24, & 25. All performances at 7:30 pm. Tickets $22. Call 843.723.4444 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 'The Old Guys'. George can't see, Henry can't hear. A whimsical memoir of life, love, and hip replacements.  It's "The Carol Burnett Show" meets "Grumpy Old Men" featuring 34 West co-founders Jeff Querin and Stephen Wayne. Performances wrap up this weekend. Perfect for groups! Tickets are $25 or $22.50 for groups of eight or more. For more info call 843-901-9343.

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.  Pinkerton & Brinks play Saturday afternoon. Sunday come out for the Flying Buganskis 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. It's Improv Smackdown on Friday. 50% game show! 50% sporting event! 100% good times! That's Improv Smackdown in a nutshell. It's the hit improv show at Theatre 99 where you, the audience, are the judge! It's hilarious, exciting and based entirely on your audience suggestions. $12 for 8pm show. 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! Tickets $12 for 8pm show. Stay late for Laugh For a Lincoln. Just $5 for 10pm start. Laugh For A Lincoln ($5) every Wed night 8pm. Located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details. 

At the world famous Windjammer Friday night it's The Follywood Summer Tribute, featuring Burnt Wood – Grateful Dead & JGB Tribute Taco Donkey – Rolling Stones Tribute. Much much more. $8 for 10pm start. Local teen McKenna Andrews plays the deck 6-9pm. Saturday night come out for the rhythm and blues party music of The Distinguished Gentlemen. $10 for 9pm start.  On Sunday the Budweiser Bikini Bash follows on Sunday.  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 Tim Heidecker & Neil Hamburger play the Farm. Tickets $25 or $20 standing. All ages show opens doors at 8pm for 9pm start. Saturday it's TBA. Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  on Friday Mike Quinn Presents: “Dance to the Music”, A Sly and the Family Stone Tribute W / AARON LEBOS REALITY. Showtime is 9:30pm. Tickets $12 adv - $15 dos. POHO Family Funk Review play the deck Friday for free at 4pm. On Saturday drop as The Charleston Pour House and Pabst present A Summer Solstice Celebration w/ Roosevelt Collier Band and Friends. Party kicks off at 10pm. $12 adv - $15 dos. Burnt Wood play a free show on the deck 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 Gin playing Phish music for free at 9pm.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.


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 to the theater this weekend include 'Independence Day: Resurgence'. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale.  Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet.  But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Maika Monroe. Rate PG13. Also new 'The Phenom'. A major-league rookie pitcher (Johnny Simmons) can't find the plate and is sent down to the minor leagues. He begins sessions with an unorthodox psychologist (Paul Giamatti) who uncovers conflict from his past. In 'Free State of Jones' Matthew McConaughey stars in this epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. 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 ...
- 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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