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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 Sept 23rd. Fourth full weekend in Sept. Fall 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.

If you are a foodie than this is your weekend. The annual Taste of Charleston takes place Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation.  This year will mark the 36th anniversary of the Lowcountry’s culinary event of the year, the Taste of Charleston, hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc (GCRA).  A 2-day event showcasing taste-tempting delights served by Charleston restaurants with the Taste on Sunday 10-5pm and a kick off Iron Chef event Friday night.This year, the Charleston Restaurant Foundation, Inc. has continued their partnership with the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) to present the Taste:  Iron Chef.  We are excited to host the Iron Chef at the newly renovated Charleston Gaillard Center.  The event showcases some of the Charleston’s best local chefs with an affiliation to the SCHA teaming up with local chefs with the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association.  There will be two teams (one team will consist of a hospital chef & a restaurant chef) battling it out to see who can produce the best dishes including the secret ingredient. Guests will view the competition while enjoying beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres all while being entertained with some special folks! Friday 6-9pm. For more visit

Music Farm Productions presents the Chucktown Ball over Friday & Saturday at Riverfront Park North Charleston, featuring Umphrey's McGee, Moon Taxi, The Floozies, Dangermuffin, Dead 27's, and The Hip Abduction on Friday night beginning at 4:30pm. On Saturday the Ball features Umphrey's McGee, The Floozies, Dangermuffin, and The Hip Abduction. Music begins at 4pm. Gates open one hour prior to each start time. Tickets $47 for one day and $77 for two day pass. All ages show. Check out for complete details.

The Charleston Music Hall is busy this weekend. The Soggy Bottom Boys play the Hall Friday night. Tickets $35 Tier 3 | $45 Tier 2 | $55 Tier 1. Show time is 8pm. On Saturday 5pm Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents CHARLESTON SWINGS! Jazz Favorites from Lowcountry Vocalists. This is the first ever CJO concert featuring a line-up of Charleston’s vocal all-stars.  Enjoy performances from Lindsay Holler, Calvin Taylor, Starr Acheson, and Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers. Led by music director and conductor, Charlton Singleton, CHARLESTON SINGS! is set to entertain guests with a lively and diverse repertoire of songs from the American Songbook spanning multiple musical genres including jazz, R&B, classical and spirituals. Enjoy songs made famous by such great vocal celebrities as Nat King Cole, James Brown, Brook Benton, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Butler and Judy Garland with a special a capella segment honoring indigenous songs of the Lowcountry. Tickets Adults: $40 – $55 | Seniors (65+): $35 – $50 | Students: $10. Repeat performance at 8pm. Sunday 3:30pm come out for Kidz Bop : Life of the Party Tour. The launch of the Life Of The Party tour kicks off KIDZ BOP’s year-long birthday celebration. Fans will enjoy the ultimate pop star party experience at this family-friendly live concert, which will feature the biggest songs of the year, brand new choreography, and more fun surprises. Tickets $29.50 Tier 2 | $35 Tier 1 | $100 VIP Meet & Greet Package. Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street. Call locally at (843-853-2252) or Etix @ 800-514-3849.

The Little Mozart Circus is Coming to Town! The event takes place Saturday 8:30 - 1:30pm at Marion Square. Join us for a free outdoor family event showcasing music educational opportunities in Charleston.  Enjoy the various student ensemble performances, browse various informative tents hosted by arts organizations, schools and music teachers, play games, win prizes and try instruments at our ever-popular “instrument petting zoo!”  Presented in conjunction with the Charleston Farmer’s Market.

The 6th Annual Edisto Shrimp Fest takes place at Bay Creek Park, Edisto Beach on Saturday 11am - 10pm. If you love shrimp this is your party. Live music from DJ Jim Bowers followed by Shem Creek Boogie Band, plus arts & crafts and more. Free admission until 5pm. $5 after. Under 12 admitted free. For more call 843-369-3867.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra present Cirque de la Symphonie, a new production formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall at Gaillard Center. It is an exciting adaptation of artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas everywhere. Artists include the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world—aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. Each artist's performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces in collaboration with the maestro. Two performances. A family concert at 2pm and main show 7:30pm. Call 843-723-7528 for more.

The Southern Women's Show is FINALLY coming to Charleston! The three day weekend event is all about great shopping, creative cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy fashion shows and great celebrity guests. Plus, learn about travel destinations, home decor and improvement ideas, business opportunities and register to win fabulous prizes. It all happens at the Charleston Area Convention Center at the coliseum complex. Open Friday & Sat 10am, and Sun 11am.

Your Charleston Battery play host to the New York Red Bulls II this Saturday in their final regular season game. Kick off is 7:30pm at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island. The regular Charleston Battery season comes to a close Saturday, September 24th with the last home game of the year. Come cheer on the Battery as they take on the Eastern Conference Champions, Red Bulls II, in the most anticipated game of the season. ?Be one of the first 500 fans through the gates and receive a free pair of thundersticks courtesy of Hendrick Lexus Charleston. In addition, it's MUSC Night and they'll be giving away tons of awesome giveaways to early arrivers and promoting the benefits of healthy living. Make sure to stay 'til the end - you won't want to miss the spectacular fireworks display to close out the 2016 season! Fireworks are brought to you by Marriott International. For tickets and info call 843-971-GOAL.

The SC Aquarium host 'BricksAlive'. Join them as creativity and imagination come to life with more than 250,000 colorful LEGO® bricks. BricksALIVE will feature a collection of 12 life-sized animal sculptures throughout the Aquarium’s second floor. These amazing and complex figures will represent species that call South Carolina home. Requiring five months of construction time, these incredible sculptures will be designed and built by the Aquarium’s exhibits team and will include a bald eagle, a sea turtle, a river otter and an 8-foot dolphin. Contribute your own personal touch at an interactive building station, where a coral reef built of LEGO® bricks change with each guest’s contribution. Open 9-5pm. Now available The Sea Turtle Hospital Tour. Daily tours at noon and 2 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. Call 843-577-3474 for more.

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina host Bazaar At the Point Sunday. Lots of eclectic venders, kids activities, live music, live bee hive exhibit, corn hole, hermit crab races, & much more. Open and free to the public every fourth Sunday of the month. Pets welcome. 843-284-7022 for more info.

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 @

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

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. Jesse has selected some very interesting French wines from her Curated Portfolio. Some of the selections will have very special pricing!! Plus weekly wine tastings. 


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.

Pure Theatre open up their season with 'The Christians'. Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church’s belief. Weekend performances September 16–October 8. Tickets $32. Theatre located at 477 King Street. Visit their website, box office or call  843.723.4444 for more.

Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score, Hairspray returns in an all new production to launch Charleston Stage’s 39th Season. Set in the rousing rock’n roll 60’s, Hairspray, from the creators of Catch Me If You Can, follows Tracy Turnblad, the incorrigible teen who opens the door wide for big girls and big hair and takes on Baltimore’s bullies and bigots with her big heart. Weekend performances Sept 8th-25th. All shows at Dock Street Theatre. Tickets range from $25-$67. Call 843.577.7183 for more.

A new international hit comedy is making its way to Footlight. The Footlight Players will perform “Bakersfield Mist” from Sept. 9-25 at Footlight Theatre, 20 Queen St. This hilarious and thought-provoking new comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art – and people – truly authentic. Performances are 8 p.m. on Sept. 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 and at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11, 18 and 25. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for military/seniors and $20 for students. Order tickets online at or by calling the box office at 843-722-4487. Review,

34 West Theater present 'Addicted to Love'. The Class of '83 have gone footloose in this totally tubular musical-comedy where the men are at work and the girls just wanna have fun! "Best theatre to attend on the east coast! Where the actors are friendly and the shows put on by a strong and talented cast" Devane Trigiani, repeat patron. A menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, coke floats and savory snacks are available. Performances Tues 7pm, Thurs-Sat 8pm, select Sun 3pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. $25, discount given to groups. For tickets, visit the website listed or call 843-901-9343.

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.

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 w/ PJ Brunson  play Friday at 5pm.  The Wicked Salad Band  plays Saturday afternoon. Sunday come out for The Gino Castillo Quartet 6pm.  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.  Friday it's The Funny Bucket. Funny improv games in a bucket can only mean one thing - Hilarity!! Theatre 99's newest show takes all of your favorite improv games and draws them randomly for a night guaranteed to make you laugh. Tickets $12 for 8pm show. The Charleston Stand Up Prelims continue late night Friday. There are 4 exciting prelim rounds this fall for the Charleston Comedy Festival Stand Up Competition.  Each prelim will featuring 14 stand ups performing five minute sets each.  The audience will vote with ballots for their top four favorites and they will move on to the next round. $8 for 10pm show. On Saturday night enjoy 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! $12 for 8pm show. And enjoy Laugh For A Lincoln ($5) every Wed night 8pm. Located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details. 

At the world famous Windjammer Diversity perform Friday night at the Jammer. Tickets $5 for 9pm start. On Saturday it's everyone's favorite cheesy '80's party band, Weird Science. Tickets $8 for 9pm start. Now showing every NFL on Sunday at the Jammer.  Come on out. Front beach Isle of Palms. For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8948



At the Music Farm on Friday night come out for the Back to School Bash with music from Madam Adam, Action City Blackout, Drunk Couples, and Orange Doors. Tickets $10 for all ages show at 8pm show. Saturday is TBA. 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 The Suffers with guest Jakubi. Tickets $10 advance & $12 DOS. Poho Family Funk Review play the deck 4pm for free Friday. Saturday night on the main stage spend an evening with The Marcus King Band. Just $10 for 9pm start. Come out during the day on Saturday day come out for the Terraphonics, on the deck for free at 4pm. 10am Sunday enjoy Downward on the Deck Poho Yoga. Also 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 6pm. Deslondes & Mechanical River perform Sunday night at 9pm. Tickets $10 & $12. 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.

Hollywood is looking for a better weekend than last as 'Bridget Jones' Baby' didn't topple 'Sully'. New this weekend include a remake of 'The Magnificent Seven' with an allstar cast. Looking to mine for gold, greedy industrialist Bartholomew Bogue seizes control of the Old West town of Rose Creek. With their lives in jeopardy, Emma Cullen and other desperate residents turn to bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) for help. Chisolm recruits an eclectic group of gunslingers to take on Bogue and his ruthless henchmen. With a deadly showdown on the horizon, the seven mercenaries soon find themselves fighting for more than just money once the bullets start to fly. Costars Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt & Vincent D' Onofrio. Rated PG13. Also new the animated feature 'Storks'. Storks deliver babies -- or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company's top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl. Rated PG.

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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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