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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 Aug 1st.  First full weekend in August. Can you believe 2014 is more than 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.

Sink Your Teeth into Shark Week hosted by the SC Aquarium August 1-Aug 10th. Fun awaits you around every corner during Shark Week. You’ll be an expert on the ocean’s apex predators after visiting the shark education stations throughout the Aquarium. And before you leave, don’t forget to take a #FishFace photo in the massive jaw of a Megalodon. For more info or tickets call 577-FISH (3474).

Plan to attend Dark Blue: The Official Shark Week Kickoff Party. Throw your fins in the air, it’s time to party! On July 31, from 7 – 11 p.m., be part of the official kickoff party for the Aquarium’s Shark Week celebration. Local bands Moxie, Jordan Igoe and Brave Baby will be putting on live music as you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and libations provided by Charleston Harbor Fish House, High Cotton, Victor Social Club and Palmetto Brewing Company. Tickets are $35 each or $30 for Aquarium members.Must be 21 years of age to attend. This indoor event is rain or shine.

The Gullah Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival takes place this weekend in Charleston. Thae event celebrates the Gullah Geechee heritage and kicks off with a salute at Joe Riley Stadium home of the Riverdogs on Friday night. The celebration continues on Saturday noon til 7pm at the Charleston Maritime Center with Reunion Day with arts & crafts, demonstrations, music and much much more being showcased. Tickets run $7-$10 with events in several locations. For more visit

Your Charleston RiverDogs return to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park from Thursday through Sunday. This four-game homestand includes a visit from the Hagerstown Suns while the RiverDogs celebrate a veritable cornucopia of festive events and celebrations. It is ISHPI Red Shirt Friday, presented by 103.5 WEZL. Fans that wear red to the game can save $1 off their ticket purchase at the box office or donate that dollar to Canines for Veterans and Folds of Honor. Gullah Heritage Night will be celebrated, featuring an official Gullah Heritage proclamation before the contest along with Gullah Heritage displays on the concourse. Evening ends with fireworks display. Saturday is Rainbows Day is on tap, presented by Charleston Pride and Dudley’s on Anne. The RiverDogs will turn back the clock to the 1980s when the team’s nickname was the Rainbows (for Charleston’s famed “Rainbow Row”) by wearing retro uniforms that will also be auctioned off during the contest. Social Media Saturday invites fans to use Facebook and Twitter to send the RiverDogs requests for songs, promotions and other ballpark features. The homestand closes on Sunday with another CCPRC and Crews Subaru Kids Club Sunday, sponsored by Y102.5. All members of Charlie’s Kids Club get free admission to the contest. Parking is free, and all children (age 12 & under) will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a fountain drink and chips for Kids Eat Free from Pepsi. The RiverDogs will host a Holiday Celebration, honoring a different holiday during each inning of the ballgame. Santa Claus and the Salvation Army will be on the main concourse. Game times are 7pm Friday, 6pm on Saturday & 5pm on Sunday. For more or tickets call 577-3647.

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.

The Charleston Music Hall CMH Film Series presents 'Stop Making Sense', A Psycho Killer of a concert documentary. Jordan Cronenweth, best known for Blade Runner, and director Jonathan Demme, best known for Silence of The Lambs and Philadelphia, have a blast with Talking Heads in Stop Making Sense: arguably the greatest live music documentary of all time. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! HOW CAN ALL OF THESE PEOPLE BE IN ONE THING?! The documentary, which features classic Talking Heads songs such as “Psycho Killer”, “Burning Down The House”, and “Take Me to the River” is a gorgeous display of musicality and filmography.  David Byrne’s valiant return to the Charleston Music Hall may not be him in the flesh, but it is him at his peak. Doors open at 7pm with 8pm start. Tickets are $7. Call the CMH at 853-2252 or visit box office at 37 John Street.

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

Footlight Players open their season with 'Don't Dress For Dinner' at 20 Queen Street. Get ready to enjoy a delightful evening with the madcap farce of mistaken identities and outrageous infidelities in Don’t Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti and directed by Jo Ellen Aspinwall. Weekend performances run thru August 17th. Shows nightly at 8pm with Sunday matinees at at 3pm on August 10th & 17th. Tickets range from $20-$30. Call the box office at 722.4487 or visit their website for more.

Flowertown Players kick off the 2014-15 season with 'Hairspray'. Follow the beat! It's 1962 and teenagers Tracy Turnblad and Penny Pingleton are obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. When the chance to dance on the show arrives, Tracy quickly takes the opportunity and her skills attract not only Corny Collins, but also the teenage heart throb, Link Larkin. When scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos. Tracy decides it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins show once a month. With the help of Penny, her parents, and her new friends Seaweed, Link, and Motormouth Maybelle, she's determined to integrate the show... without denting her 'do! *This show contains mild suggestive content and some language. It is suitable for most audiences. Weekend shows thru August 17th. Shows at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are $25. Call 875-9251 or drop by their box office at 133 S. Main Summerville.

Threshold Rep Company present 'Romeo & Juliet' opening this weekend.  In another tragic turn in the ongoing feud between the houses of Capulet and Montague, Tybalt, cousin of Juliet Capulet was slain in a sword fight by Romeo Montague in what appears to be revenge for the murder of Mercutio. How will this fair with poor Juliet, love of Romeo? How will Romeo pay for his crime? Find out all answers to this biting love story at Threshold Repertory Theatre July 31st through August 17th. Our intimate 99 seat black box space will transport you to fair Verona at the height of the Italian Renaissance. THURSDAY-SATURDAY @ 8:00PM.LAST TWO SUNDAYS @ 3:00PM. GENERAL ADMISSION $15. Call the theatre 277-2172 or visit box office @ 84 1/2 Society Street.

Pure Theatre end 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.

Isle of Palms coolest hangout is, Morgan Creek Grill.  Friday it's Derrick Dorsey  Duo @ 4pm & Rene Russell playing @ 7:30pm.  Saturday come out for Soulfish Duo 4pm & Bil Krauss 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 Smackdown   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. Tickets are $10 for 8pm 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 'Laugh For A Lincoln'. 2 to 3 acts of hilarious improv comedy for just $5. Yes, just 5 bucks!. Show time is 10pm.  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 Weird Science  performs. Tickets are $8 with doors open at 9pm. Friday afternoon come out for Charleston native McKenna Andrews on back deck. Admission is free. On Saturday night enjoy Seven Handle Circus & Folk Soul Revival. 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 'Sign Painters'. We see them almost every day without a second thought. Weathered by time, distinct characteristics shining through, hand-painted signs are a product of a fascinating 150 year-old American history. What was once a common job has now become a highly specialized trade, a unique craft struggling with technological advances. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country.  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 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. Stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper. Rated PG13.  Also new 'Get On Up'. In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in 'Get on Up.'  Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul. Costars Dan Ackroyd and Viola Davis. 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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