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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 17th.  Second weekend in April of 2015. Happy Easter to all.  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 Walterboro Wings-n-Wheels takes place this Saturday. The event will feature an air show where aviators display aerobatic flying and piloting skills. These daring aerobatic maneuvers will thrill spectators young and old. The 7th annual Walterboro Wings-n-Wheels, a family-friendly, fun-filled event showcasing over one hundred aircraft and show cars with amazing craftsmanship, innovative designs, and creative concepts. Come taste delicious food, view beautiful cars, see amazing planes, talk with owners and pilots, and enjoy a day of outdoor entertainment with family and friends at the Walterboro Wings-n-Wheels. Call Roger at 549-2549 for more information.

The 20th edition of Charleston Race Week happens Thursday - Sunday. This is the biggest one-design gathering in the country with 280-plus boats on the water and nearly 2,500 sailors competing.  Two-time America's Cup winner Ed Baird will be on hand offering post-race commentary and analysis illustrated by the aerial videography of Keith Brash (all courtesy of Quantum Sail Design Group). On Friday evening, renowned photographer Brian Carlin of Team Vestas Wind will present a firsthand account of the grounding earlier this winter in the Volvo Ocean Race. And on Saturday evening, America's Cup commentator Tucker Thompson will offer a presentation on the 35th America's Cup. See y'all at the event.

Boone Hall Plantation host their annual Strawberry Fields Forever festival. The Lowcountry's Largest Spring Festival. Over 30 Great Attractions and Rides. NEW THIS YEAR - K-9's IN FLIGHT - ACROBATIC DOG SHOWS, ROCKIN' A RANCH PETTING ZOO - PIG RACES RETURN, Largest Jump Pillows In The State - Inflatables - Three story slide tower, Interactive games about farming presented by SCDA Playground fun - Contests, and Costume characters. Plus live music. Fun for the whole family. One Day All You Can Ride Wrist Bands - $20 Each. Regular non all day pass admission, $7 - Ages 12 and up, $5 - Ages 3-11 and Children 2 and under admitted FREE with accompanying adult.

The Charleston In-Water Boat Show takes place this weekend at the Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston. The Charleston In-Water Boat Show is the largest of its' kind between Annapolis, Maryland and Tampa, Florida. This event attracts a wide variety of boat lines and types, from small fishing boats to grand yachts. It features a majority of powerboats with some sailboats as well. Open noon til 7pm Friday, 10-7pm Saturday & 11-5pm Sunday. Tickets $8 for one day or $12 for two day pass.

Come out to Riverfront Park North Charleston this Saturday for Charleston County's 16th Annual Earth Day Festival from 11-4pm. The purpose of the festival is to educate Lowcountry residents about environmental issues in a celebratory atmosphere. The festival is a hands-on science-based interactive experience, designed to encourage participants of all ages to develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues. Call 720-7111 for more.

CofC host "Chapel Moves!" an innovative dance concert comprised entirely of original dances by some of the most talented students at the Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. The production will take place Thursday thru Sunday, at the Chapel Theatre, inside the Calhoun Annex, 172 Calhoun St. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m, except the Sunday show, which will take place at 3:00 p.m. only. Tickets are $15 for general public and $10 for CofC students, faculty/staff, and senior citizens. Call 953-5604 or online @

The North Charleston Coliseum complex is alive and kicking this weekend.  Your South Carolina Stingrays take on the Reading Royals in the opening round of the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs in a best-of-seven series starting Friday, April 17 at 7pm at the North Charleston Coliseum. Game two in the series is scheduled for Saturday night at 7pm. For ticket visit the coliseum box office or call 744-2248. A true music and folk rock pioneer performs this Friday night at the PAC. Legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan performs with his band at 8pm Friday. Tickets range from $60-$90. On Saturday the PAC hosts Brew HaHa. Laughs and Crafts will be on tap for the first ever Brew HaHa, A Celebration of Charleston Craft Beer & Comedy. The event will feature beer tastings from all Charleston area breweries, live music provided by Awendaw Green, various food vendor options, samples from Charleston homebrewers in the Shroom Homebrewer Garden sponsored by Mellow Mushroom, Pretzel Necklace Station sponsored by Yelp, as well as comedy shows by Dusty Slay and Jason Groce. Doors open at 5pm with event running til 10pm. Tickets $40 advance & $45 DOS. Visit the box office or call 800-745-3000.

Your Charleston Battery host the New York Red Bulls II Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Saturday's match with New York will be the visitors' fourth game of the season -- and first-ever road test. That's twice in three matches the Battery have faced an MLS-owned team making its road debut. They've got more than 100 kids from Berkeley County YMCA coming out for a prematch clinic on the field with our players, so we're opening our gates at 5 p.m. instead of 6.Also: It's Peace Love and Hip Hop Night. That means a high -energy halftime show with the young dancers from the Daniel Island dance school. Always a hit! Call 971-GOAL for more. To win Battery tickets click

The popular East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival returns with something outdoors-y for every age and interest on April 17-19 at James Island County Park.This year’s festival will be bigger and better! Kick off the weekend with a special springtime edition of the Reggae Nights Concert Series, live in the park on Friday, April 17. The concert is open to the public for $10, or free for festival registrants. On Saturday, join us to compete or just watch amazing climbing action at the annual Palmetto Pump Climbing Competition at the Wall! These are just a few of the many weekend activities taking place at James Island County Park. For more

On Saturday the 3rd Annual Spring Jam Music Fest, presented by 105.5 The Bridge and Rick Hendrick BMW, will bring an entire day of fun and entertainment to The Grove at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. The festival will feature a full line-up of live music and performance art throughout the day, as well as the Arts & Goods Village chock full of vendors and the Art Walk Exhibition. The 2015 lineup will include musical performances by: Leftover Salmon, Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project, Delta Spirit, Milo Greene, Lefty at the Washout, The Travelin’ Kine, The High Divers, and Sol Black, as well as special performances by The Music Battery, The Missing Links, Glitterhoopz, and Holy City Cirque. For more visit

Come out this Friday night to Threshold Rep 84 1/2 Society for An Evening of Words and Actors II.Threshold Rep welcomes back veteran writing team, Thomas and Judy Heath for our Playwrights-in-Residence program in 2015. The talented duo will act as mentors for the Young Playwrights Program, a playwriting workshop for high school students this fall. “We are thrilled to have the Heaths returning with us. A two night event kicks off this collaboration, April 17th and 18th with An Evening of Words and Actors - II, featuring new works by the Heaths. The evenings include the premiere of their short play Hostage Bride, a dark comedy about fairytale weddings, as well as featured work from one of our 2014 young playwrights. An audience Q&A with the writers and actors will top off the evening and provide essential feedback for the creative process. General admission tickets are available now for $25. For more call 277-2172.

Join Palmetto Brewery 289 Huger Street downtown for the 2015 Loading Dock Concert Series. Live shows every Friday and Saturday through May. Every Friday night from 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Awendaw Green brings in bands with strong local followings to play on Palmetto’s former loading dock turned concert stage. In addition, a different food truck parks out front of the brewery each week. Palmetto pints are $5/each, and tours are offered every hour on the hour. While it’s still cold, the loading dock is filled with space heaters for added warmth. It’s kid/family-friendly, and dog-friendly.

It's back, the Charleston Farmer's Market on Marion Square. Located in Marion Square at the heart of historic downtown Charleston, the CFM is open each Saturday, from April through November, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with additional Sundays during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in May and June as well as Saturdays and Sundays during Holiday Magic in December. The CFM is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers, growers, prepared/packaged food, artisans, crafters and live performers. We offer a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans.

This week will be a busy one at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.  Thursday is the 70th anniversary of the attack that earned the USS Laffey its nickname “The Ship That Would Not Die”.  April 16th, 1945 the destroyer survived an attack from 22 Japanese kamikaze planes while stationed off the coast of Okinawa during the battle. To commemorate the anniversary of the Laffey’s attack and the battle of Okinawa, we will have a memorial service starting at 11:00 a.m. Thursday on the destroyer.  South Carolina Rep. James E. Smith, Jr. will be the guest speaker.  The service will be followed by a 1:30 p.m. “Meet & Greet” with WWII veterans, many of whom live here in the Palmetto State.  Friday, is our symposium on the Vietnam War Battle of Ia Drang Valley.  The same battle that was portrayed in the Mel Gibson movie We Were Soldiers.  This symposium, featuring men of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 7th Calvary and Medal of Honor recipient Col. Walter J. (Joe) Marm, Jr., will begin at 7:30 p.m. onboard the USS YORKTOWN. Normal admission rates apply.

Come out to Newtique Boutique every Saturday from 10-4pm and take part in their weekly 'garage sales'. Since moving next door at 1051 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant they now have not only a larger space to display their unique items but an open area in back with a roll open door overlooking Crickentree Village. Come on out for big saving inside and in their garage. You'll find a bevy of crafts, decor, hand made jewelry, a big man cave area, one of a kinds, and Heirloom Traditions Chalk-like Paints. For more call them at 971-1231.

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. Our good friend Bruno will be joining us tomorrow for a selection of wines from Washington State and Italy. Come in, enjoy some great wines at affordable prices.  Call 856-1156 for details.  Weekly wine tastings 

Woolfe Street Playhouse & Village Rep Kids Troupe present Xanadu Jr. This TONY Award-nominated hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, Xanadu JR. is hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired. Shows Saturday 1pm & 4pm and 1pm Sunday. Tickets $15 & $20. Call 856-1579 for more.

Pure Theatre 477 King Street present 'Marie Antoinette'. How’s a queen to keep her head in the middle of a revolution? Marie Antoinette delights and inspires her French subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture. But times change and even the most fashionable queens go out of style. In the humorous and haunting Marie Antoinette, idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demanding liberté, égalité, fraternité! Shows run weekends thru May 9th. Tickets $30. For tickets or info call 723-4444.

Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre continue their run of 'Catch Me If You Can'. This high-flying, splashy Broadway musical, inspired by the film starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, and with a score from the creators of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can: The Musical tells the true story of Charleston's own Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., who as a teenager conned his way into cockpits, operating rooms and courtrooms across the country. Abagnale impersonated pilots, doctors, lawyers and more, changing his identity and forging documents as a youthful charlatan. Soon the FBI was hot on his trail and in this musical production, Frank, Jr. is on the run trailed by dancing stewardesses, adoring nurses and FBI agents. Weekend shows thru April 26th. Tickets $22-$57. Call 577-5967 for more. Read review,

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 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals'. The Fitser Sisters chase after happiness in this bubbly musical about life, love, and bombshells. Set in the sentimental era of Rosie the Riveter and departing troops, 34 West transforms their intimate 60-seat theater into a burgeoning USO hall. Featuring timeless tunes, made popular by contemporaries of The Andrews Sisters, Eddy Howard, Bing Crosby and more. Select shows thru out the week with performances running Feb 17 - April 25. Perfect for groups! Tickets are $25 or $22.50 for groups of eight or more. For more info call 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 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. 
January kicks off the Wintertide Music Series. Wintertide is an acoustic, listening room environment where people come together to listen and support original music by talented songwriters.  It is modeled after the famed Bluebird Cafe songwriter's circle. Rene Russell will be playing at Morgan Creek Grill Friday in the Marina Room Bar from 5-8pm! Make your reservations now. For details call Morgan Creek Grill at 886-8980

Come out to Theatre 99 for a dose of comedy.  Friday it's 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 $10 for 8pm show. Friday late night enjoy T99 Prelims. Each prelim round will feature six or seven teams.  Each team will perform for 10 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 $5 for 10pm start. Saturday night 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. Tickets $12 for 8pm start. Late night it's Laugh for a Lincoln. Great comedy for just $5 at 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. Buddy Roes 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.

At the world famous Windjammer Friday night it's Seven Handle Circus. Tickets $7. 9pm show.  Saturday 9pm it's Radio Birds. Tickets $7. 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 The Revivalists with The Pimps of Joytime, People's Blues Of Richmond. Tickets $15 & $18 for 16 and older show. 9pm show. Saturday & Sunday are TBA.  Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  on Friday come out for KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH BAND + ASSEMBLY OF DUST W/ BEN CAMERON.  Tickets $15 for 9:30pm start.

The Poho Family Funk Review play the deck at 4pm. Saturday come out for Bloodkin w/ Sam Holt & Vince Herman. Show is 9:30pm.  Tickets $12 advance. Jonathan Scales Fourchestra play the deck.  Sunday night  Willie Watson & Mothers. Tickets $15 for 8:30pm start. Sunday Phunday with Runaway Gin playing the deck 4pm. Sunday night PGrass play the House at 8:30pm.  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.


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. 

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.


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 this week offer up music by McKenna Andrews, food by Stono Cafe'. Located at 6775 Bears Bluff Rd Wadmalaw Island. Call 559-6867 for more. 

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

Park Circle Films present the She Makes Comics telling the little­ known story of women in comics, highlighting the contributions they have made to the medium since the turn of the 20th century. It features interviews with such prominent figures as historian Trina Robbins, Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, underground comics artist Joyce Farmer, and former DC Comics publisher Jenette Kahn, among dozens of others.Saturday 7pm. Tickets $6. PCF is located at Olde Village Community Bldg.4820 Jenkins Ave. North Charleston.

New at the theaters this weekend include Paul Blart:Mall Cop 2. After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart (Kevin James) has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. Rated PG.  Also new Child 44. In 1950s Soviet Russia, secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) loses everything when he refuses to denounce his wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace) as a traitor. Finding themselves exiled to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with Gen. Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to capture a serial killer who preys on young boys. 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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