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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 April 18th.  The low country is festival happy this weekend. 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. 

The 2014 Miss & Miss Teen South Carolina International Pageant will take place this weekend at historic Charleston Music Hall. Preliminary show on Friday night with the finals taking place on Saturday evening. Tickets range from $7.50 - $20.00 Doors open at 6:30pm with shows at 7:30pm. Visit the box office at 37 John Street or call 853-2252 for more.

Horror film fans your time has arrived. Crimson Screen Film Fest presents South Carolina's First & Only Horror Film Festival this weekend. The festival will take place at Sterett Hall Auditorium, 1530 7th Street and Hobson Avenue, North Charleston on the site of the old Navy Base in N. Charleston, from 10:00am- 8:00pm on April 19th and from 10:00am-6:00pm on April 20th.  Meet the filmmakers, actors, and other artists and vendors at the exciting two day event.  See 39 of the best independent horror films from all over the globe, including a special spotlight for South Carolina produced films and filmmakers.   All films featured in the festival will be competing for a "CRIMMY" award in many categories including "Best Feature", "Best Short", "Best Director", "Best Actor" and more! Come dressed in costume!  We want to see zombies, monsters, or whatever you can think of! Visit for complete details.

The Charleston RiverDogs return to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park and host a three-game homestand against the Rome Braves this week. This series, which runs from Thursday thru Saturday is packed with fun, fireworks, and fitness! It's Red Shirt Friday, Wear red to the game and save $1 off your ticket purchase at the box office, or donate that dollar to the Canines for Veterans and Folds of Honor charities. The RiverDogs will don special red jerseys and honor a military family for every Friday home game this season. It’s also $3 Aluminum Pint Night in the Ashley View Pub from Miller and Coors. Following the game, make plans to stay at The Joe for another spectacular postgame fireworks display over the scenic Ashley River. Come out Saturday for the 11th Annual “Run, Forrest, Run” 5K. Packet pick-up for the 5K will be on Friday from noon to 5:00 pm at Fleet Feet Sports. The race begins at 4:00 pm on Saturday afternoon and finishes at home plate at The Joe. Participants can enjoy a post-race dinner provided by Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and lucky honorees will be recognized in a pregame awards ceremony. In addition to the 5K, the RiverDogs are hosting a Run-In-Place Marathon during the game as select fans will be chosen to try and cumulatively take 52,400 steps before the end of the contest. Kids will also have the opportunity to run around the bases after Saturday’s game.

The Charleston Battery takes on Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls reserves on Friday night at Blackbaud Stadium; kick off is set for 7:30 PM.  As part of the continuing partnership between USL PRO and Major League Soccer Friday’s match will count in both the USL PRO standings and in the MLS Reserve league standings. Friday’s game is presented by MUSC Sports Medicine and the first 2,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive a free pair of MUSC sunglasses.  Tickets are available starting at just $10; to purchase tickets or for more information please call 971-GOAL (4625) or visit  The Charleston Battery has teamed up with Kelly Tours to give fans a chance to win a cruise to the Bahamas starting at this Friday nights game versus Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls reserves. At half-time of each Charleston Battery USL PRO game this year three Battery fans will have the chance to kick a soccer ball through a Kelly Tours Bus Target on the stadium field.  If the contestant successfully makes the shot he or she will be entered into a grand prize drawing of a free five day cruise to the Bahamas.

The South Carolina Stingrays battle  the Wheeling Nailers in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, in the opening round of the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs beginning Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. The puck drops at 7pm. Game two in the series is 7pm Saturday night at the coliseum. For tickets stop by the coliseum box office or call 744-2258. Go Rays!

The famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids visit the SC Aquarium ending their ten day run this weekend. Three performances this Saturday at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm. Included in your general admission ticket price will be photo opportunities, workshops, and dress up stations for kids. Call 577-3474 for more info.

Scrappy invites the dogs of Charleston to bring their owners out to Patriots Point for 'Paws At The Point' Saturday from 10-2pm. All families who bring a dog to the event will receive free admission for 1 adult and 1 child to Patriots Point. That includes touring areas of the USS YORKTOWN with your four-legged friend! And don’t worry about lunch! Sticky Fingers will be on site with some corn dogs, hotdogs, etc. Activities will benefit the Charleston Animal Society. They will also bring adoptable dogs, and those who adopt that day will earn a year’s family pass to Patriots Point. All dogs MUST be on leashes, and NO retractable leashes are permitted. Free admission to adult and child with their dog.

In honor of Record Store Day, Monster Music in West Ashley and Cat's Music in Summerville will host live music, storewide sales, prizes and more. Food trucks will provide refreshments and Pet Helpers will have animals available for adoption. Pet food and human food donations will be accepted to benefit Pet Helpers and the Lowcountry Food Bank. Over 450 limited, exclusive vinyl releases will be available, including the Flaming Lips, Drive-By Truckers, Notorious B.I.G., Devo, Green Day, Neil Young & more. Stores open at 8am Saturday. Call  571-4657 for more.

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

Pure Theatre 477 King Street continue their run of 'Other Desert Cities' by Jon Robin Baitz. After a six -year absence, Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her parents, brother, and eccentric aunt. When Brooke announces her decision to publish a memoir revealing a devastating family secret, the holiday reunion is turned upside down. This battle of reality and perception opens old family wounds as memories are tested and the Wyeth clan learns some secrets cannot stay buried forever. With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Other Desert Cities is hailed as “one of the best plays of the decade.” Weekend shows thru April 30th. Nightly at 7:30pm. 2pm Saturday matinee on April 19th. Tickets range from $15-$30. Call 723-4444 for more.

Charleston Stage continue their classic salute in 'Gershwin on Folly'. Featuring Dozens of George Gershwin Melodies, Including; "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Fascinating Rhythm", and, of Course, the Immortal "Summertime". Scenery by Acclaimed Artist Jonathan Green! Nightly performances at 7:30pm with 3pm matinees on Sundays. Weekend shows run thru April 26th. Tickets range from $22.50 to $57.50. Call 577.5967 for complete details.

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

Coliseum Liquors on International Boulevard next to Starbucks behind the North Charleston Coliseum complex holds wine tastings each and every Friday night from 5-7pm. Kick off TGIF sampling some of the best wines from around the region, the country, and around the world. Call 277-2274 for details.

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 plays from 4-7pm Friday on the Upper Deck. Soulfish Duo play the Grill on 4pm Sunday. 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 at 8pm it's 3 on 3 Long Form Improv Tournament Prelim Round. Each prelim round will feature six teams with 3 members each.  Each team will perform for 8 minutes and after all groups have performed, the audience will vote on the top 2 teams that will move on to the next round. Tickets are $10. Saturday night 8pm it's 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 $12.50.  Stay late for Underwear Comedy Party  a monthly show in Atlanta. It's overwhelming success encouraged founder Joe Pettis to take the show on the road. Tickets are $15. Guaranteed to make you laugh!  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.  Come out Sunday for Ronnie & Dale playing acoustic favorites beginning at 7pm. 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.  On Saturday night it's live music with Chris Sullivan. 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. 

Join fellow karaoke fans at the Upper Deck 353 King Street from 9pm til 2am on Sunday.  It's been rated as one of the best destination to have fun in the lowcountry.  Upper Deck provides a wide variety of songs to choose from.

At the world famous Windjammer this Friday it's
The ClubBullies. An all around rock club party. Free admission. Saturday night come out and enjoy for Sunny Ledfurd w/ The Boatmen. Tickets are $10. The Windjammer is Charleston's oldest night club.The Jammer is front beach Isle of Palms. Every Tuesday come out to the Jammer for Oyster Night with music by Larry David Project. For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8596.  

At the Music Farm  on Friday it's GRiZ, Power in Numbers Spring Tour 2014 featuring Michal Menert & Late Night Radio. Tickets are $15 & $20 for this 16 and older show.  Saturday night it's AER featuring Ground Up and DJ Smiles. Tickets are $15 & $18 for all ages show. Doors at 8pm with show at 9pm.  The Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  Friday on the Main Stage it's the  DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND + THE LAST WALTZ ENSEMBLE (a set for Levon). Tickets $17 & $20. Doors open at 8pm for 8:45pm start. The Jim Landry Band play the deck at 4pm.  Saturday  come out for BULLY PULPIT EP release w/ Cusses Dumb Doctors & Fiasco. Tickets just $10 for 9:30pm show.  The Schema Reunion Show play the deck 1-5pm during Food Truck social.   Sunday enjoy a Phunday with Runaway Gin  beginning at 4pm. Sunday night it's the Jerry Garcia Cover Band at 9pm. Tickets are $8. The House is located at 1977 Maybank Highway. 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.

Charlestowne's Landing 1500 Old Towne Road West Ashley will conduct a Musket Demonstration this weekend. During the early years of the settlement, the Charles Towne colonists faced several threats, especially from their primary enemy and colonial rival, the Spanish. The Spanish fleet at St. Augustine, Florida was within three days travel of the fledgling English colony. Charles Towne, "here settled in the very chaps of the Spaniard," was a direct challenge to the claim of this disputed land. Following a review of Charles Towne's fortifications and defenses, the program will culminate with a demonstration of 17th century small arms. The park is open 9-5pm. For more call 852-4200.

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.

The Charleston Museum launched a new fashion exhibition series, Fashion Flashback, in the foyer case of the Historic Textiles Gallery. The series, a journey backwards through time with a decade-by-decade look at clothing styles, begins with an exploration of the 1970s. Fashion Flashback: 1970s, on exhibit runs January 18 – April 27, showcasing everything from flower power patterns and paisley prints to the structured polyester leisure suit. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 kids 4-12, and free under 3 years of age. Call 722-2996 for more.

 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 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!!!

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.

College of Charleston Baseball welcomes James Madison to Patriots Point this weekend for another CAA series. The Cougars are currently in first place in the conference by a half-game over William & Mary.

Park Circle Films present 'Grand Piano'. Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die." Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper's motives and look for help without anyone realizing. Stars John Cusack & Elijah Wood. Rated R.  Saturday at 7pm. Tickets $5. Park Circle Films is located at 4820 Jenkins Ave in North Charleston. Check their site for more.

New at the theater include  'Heaven Is For Real'. Inspired by the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, 'Heaven is for Real' brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience. Stars Greg Kinnear, Connor Corum, and Thomas Haden Church. Rated PG.  Also new 'Transcendence'. A brilliant innovator in the field of Artificial Intelligence becomes the bridge in the gap between man and machine in this sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp. Costars Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman. Rated PG13.  Also new 'Authors Anonymous'. After a dysfunctional group of unpublished writers with the motto "all for one" accept Hannah Rinaldi (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) into their fold, the last thing they expect is her overnight success -- but that's exactly what they get. Costars Chris Klein. Rated PG13.  And finally Disney presents 'Bears'. In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure 'Bears' showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs.

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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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