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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 29th. Fourth full weekend in April. Spring is in full swing. 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 City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department proudly presents the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest. This annual nine-day event highlights national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, theatre, music, film media, and visual & literary arts. For over 30 years, the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience nearly 100 free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances by professional groups and Tri-county schools, children's activities, a food truck rodeo, and fireworks over the Cooper River. Free & ticketed events at various venues. April 29-May 7, 2016. For more visit http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=6308
The Charleston In-Water Boat Show takes place this Saturday & Sunday at the Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston. Meet Wicked Tuna's Capt. Dave Carraro. The region’s major boat dealers present this annual event. There will be additional displays, features and exhibits at the Brittlebank Park. This annual event will present an opportunity for boat dealers to highlight and sell all size boats, as well as display the latest offerings in marine related products and services. Admission is $10 with 12 and under free.
Take part in Stiletto Saturday at Long Grove Clubhouse featuring Live Music | Free Makeovers | Fashion Vendors | Headshot Photography | Refreshments | Prizes. Kick-off the weekend with a luxurious glam session followed by fashion styling, shopping and a free photoshoot. Then relax and enjoy some refreshments while you listen to live music. All attendees will receive a swag bag full of goodies along with the chance to win some major prizes! Tickets are $15 each and include a $15 certificate credit for selective vendors along with gift bags valued at over $20 each. *Tickets must be ordered in advance. Entry will not be permitted without a reservation. Reserve your time spot today for this exclusive experience! Non-transferrable. No refunds permitted. More visit http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=6312
On Saturday and Sunday Charleston Home + Design Magazine will host the fifth Charleston Home + Design Show at the Volvo Car Stadium. In addition, the Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour, which will benefit the Lowcountry chapter of the American Red Cross, will be held on Saturday. FREE Admission & Parking plus 1,000s of Custom Home Products and Services and a chance to win a $5,400 Home and Garage Organizing Makeover. Enjoy happy hour 5-8pm with live music, vendor displays and food trucks on site.
The 7th annual Bed Race Charleston is set to take place on Sunday, May 1 at the MUSC Health Stadium (formerly Blackbaud Stadium) on Daniel Island. This annual event brings the Charleston community together by racing beds to raise money for childhood cancer through the non profit organization, Camp Happy Days. The Bed Race will begin with a grand parade of decorated beds at MUSC Health Stadium at 12pm with the race to follow. Beds will race two at a time for the distance of approximately two blocks. At the end of the race, awards will be given out. For more information about the 7th Annual Charleston Bed Race and Camp Happy Days, please visit CharlestonBedRace.com or find them on Facebook at Camp Happy Days. http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=6304
The Stingrays are back home in playoff action this weekend. The club has advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs, and will play the Adirondack Thunder starting this weekend on home ice. Game 1 is this Friday and Game 2 will be this Saturday. Both contests will be played at the North Charleston Coliseum with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. Tickets are on sale at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and online via Ticketmaster.
Your Charleston Battery are back this weekend at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island. The Battery play host to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in exciting professional soccer action. Gate open at 6pm with Punts & Pints on tap this Saturday with the Battery hosting craft beers with area food trucks on site. Plenty of fun for the whole family at a Charleston Battery game. Advanced tickets $15. For info visit the stadium box office or call 843-971-GOAL.
Blue Point Brewing Company is bringing its laid-back east coast flair to The Grove at Patriot’s Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant Saturday as part of its national Toasted Tour. The action-packed outdoor event takes parking lot partying to a whole new level with an afternoon of live music, seafood demos with Celebrity Chef Paula DaSilva, and of course, Blue Point beer! The event will help support The Humane Society, the country’s largest animal protection organization, and will feature, Celebrity Chef Demo: Season Five Hell’s Kitchen Runner-Up Chef Paula DaSilva will lead interactive demonstrations on Seafood & Beer Pairings and Cooking with Beer Recipes, music from Vacationer and Marcus King Band, Brewer Session: Learn how to Tap a Firkin with Blue Point Brewing Company Brewmaster Dan Jansen, Blue Point Bingo: Fill up your Blue Point Bingo card and win great prizes by competing in challenges, playing games and sampling great Blue Point beers. Call 612-618-8046 for more.
The Charleston Music Hall NS2 & CMH present Dave Rawlings Machine and Punch Brothers 8pm Friday night. Tickets $39.50. Saturday comedian Paula Poundstone performs at the Hall. Tickets $29.50 Tier 2 | $39.50 Tier 1. Read pre-concert interview. http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/npps/story.cfm?nppage=45026. Visit the Music Hall box office at 37 John Street or call 843-853-2252 or ETix at 800-514-3849.
'42nd Street' the musical wraps up Friday night at the PAC. The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42ND STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”. Show time is 7:30pm. Visit the box office or call 800-745-3000 for more.
ART IN THE BARN will take place at the Ruby Ranch, located at 1556 Tacky Point Road on Wadmalaw Island, on Saturday & Sunday. The two-day event will bring together a select group of celebrated local and visiting artisans from around the Southeast. These talented potters, painters and wood turners, along with accomplished textile, floral and jewelry designers are sure to create an eclectic array of options for all attendees. The weekend will kick off on Saturday 11-6pm. Hors d’oeuvres and complimentary cocktails, provided by our sponsor Fat and Juicy Cocktail Mixers, can be enjoyed starting at 3pm. Live music from bluegrass band, Triangle Bluegrass, will be played from 2 to 4pm. Festivities will continue Sunday from noon to 4pm. Info call Emily Bates at 321/230-4387.
During the month of May, men all over Charleston can fuel their need for competition as part of the second annual Month of Man. Whether it’s playing video games, paintball, fishing or a ninja obstacle course, men can earn their “man card” and engage in some healthy competition. Month of Man was started in 2015 by Ben-Jamin Toy, founder of On Purpose Adventures, a Charleston-based adventure event planning company that believes the body craves adventure and the soul needs purpose. Throughout the month, men can sign up to participate in a variety of competitions designed to foster camaraderie while raising money and awareness for local charities. More http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=6301
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.
A Spring-fling Pub & Appetizer Crawl continues tours through 5-31-16. Crawl with them through Historic Charleston during the most beautiful time in the city. Visit the French Quarter, stop at several pubs along the way to dine on a variety of hors d'oeuvres as we sip southern libations and sample delicious local beer. This spring-themed pub crawl visits quaint courtyards, English Taverns, and former speakeasies while hearing tales about Charleston from local guides. Tantalize your taste buds and treat yourself to an afternoon or evening of local flavor and fun as we live by King Charles II's famous motto, “Eat, drink, and be merry!” Cost is $30 per person. Departs at 4pm and 7pm daily. Reservations required. (800) 979-3370 or (843) 577-5535. Cheers!
Join Palmetto Brewery 289 Huger Street downtown for their 'unplugged series' every Saturday from 5pm – featuring local acoustic musicians, Charleston’s best food trucks and our famous Palmetto pints. Stop in and set for a spell. You’ll be glad you did! Food Truck TBD onsite 11-3pm. Music kicks off 6pm.
Love oysters! Ellis Creek Fish Camp have Saturday Oyster Roasts. Join them every Saturday this oyster season at Ellis Creek Fish Camp for oysters and beer! Our new deck overlooking the marsh and creek provides the perfect backdrop. Outdoor fun with corn hole and other games. Saturdays 2-5pm. $13/bucket - bring an oyster knife if you have one. 1243 Harbor View Rd James Island. For more call (843) 297-8878.
If you're out at Freshfields Village any Friday enjoying shopping, dining, and a complimentary wine tasting from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
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.
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. We are so happy to welcome Matt Compton owner and winemaker at Spindrift Cellars, Oregon this Friday. With all this great spring weather come by and pick some up just a sampling of what's to come!!. http://www.crushedfinewine.com/events/
Carolina Opry a Calvin Gilmore Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a full array of shows for the entire family running throughout the year. On tap is Thunder & Light, and incredible laser, dance, & magic show featuring All That. If you're vacationing in Myrtle Beach or just up for the weekend check out all the action at http://www.thecarolinaopry.com/myrtle-beach-shows/
Midtown & Sheri Grace Productions present 'End of the Rainbow'. Judy Garland returns to London in 1968 to prepare for a comeback concert at the Talk of the Town nightclub. Accompanied by her new, young fiancé Mickey Deans and her loyal pianist, Anthony, Garland is struggling to stay sober and afraid to perform without drugs and alcohol. As the stress builds and her demons reappear, Garland must decide for herself the best way to get through the ordeal. End of the Rainbow is a two-act play that includes performances of famous Judy Garland tunes. The show features a four-person cast and offers audiences an insight into the iconic superstar's life behind the scenes as well as to the performer onstage. Songs include “The Man That Got Away,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Weekend performances April 28 - May 15th. Tickets $15-$25. Call 843-557-1163 for more.
Footlight Players 20 Queen Street continue their run of 'Lend Me A Tenor'. It’s the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Unfortunately, Tito Merelli, a renowned tenor about to make his North American premiere, is incapacitated by a series of calamities and someone is forced to impersonate him. What follows is a chain reaction of mistaken identity, mixed signals and absurd plot twists that are as funny as they are ridiculous. Weekend performances April 22 - May 2nd. Nightly at 8pm with 3pm matinees on Sunday. Tickets $20-$30. Call 843-722-4487 for more.
The Charleston Performing Arts Center 873 Folly Road present FEVER, a tribute to the generations of legendary pop divas who harnessed their sexual power and paved the way for women to express themselves. We'll pay homage to Peggy Lee, Etta James, Marilyn Monroe, Donna Summer, Madonna, Cher, Olivia Newton-John, Lady Gaga, and many more. Tickets $25-$45. For info call (843) 991-5582.
Pure Theatre 477 King Street begin their run of '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. Shows April 22 - May 14th. Tickets $30. Call 843.723.4444 for more.
Threshold Rep. Co & Charleston Theater play host for 'The Dayporch'. Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina brings back a highly acclaimed comedy with a Hitchcock twist, The Dayporch, by award-winning playwright, Ceille Baird Welch. The play is about the revival of three depressed, elder Southern ladies and their recently divorced nurse after a new chaplain begins to visit them. The hilarious comedy/thriller involves four women, forgotten by their families living in a group home deep in the countryside of South Carolina. They blossom under the care of this delightful man, but the play takes a mysterious turn when the chaplain is not what he appears to be. Weekend shows April 21st-May 7th. Tickets $15-$22. Call 843-277-2172. Threshold Theatre is at 84 1/2 Society Street.
Flowertown Players in residence at the James F. Dean Theatre in Summerville present 'I Hate Hamlet'. Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Love, duels and ghosts without a soliloquy in sight. Performances run April 15th-24th. Nightly at 8pm with 3pm Sunday matinees. Tickets $20 - $25. Info call 843-875-9251. Review, http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/npps/story.cfm?nppage=45534
Charleston Stage and Dock Street Theatre continue their run of 'Mary Poppins'. Enchantment takes flight in this full-scale adaptation of Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins. There's dancing on the ceiling, flights of fancy and other magic when no-nonsense Mary Poppins alights at 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Based on the beloved Disney film this dazzling new Broadway version features the magic of the movie plus additional clever scenes from P.L. Travers's beloved children's books. Featuring such classic songs as "A Spoon Full of Sugar" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," Mary Poppins will sing and dance its way into your heart. Weekend shows April 8th - May lst. Call (843) 577-7183, for more and times
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 'Runaround Sue'. Enjoy the sounds of yesteryear in this musical theatre presentation sure to have your foot tapping. Perfect for groups! Select shows thru out the week with performances running thru May 13th. 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 https://www.charlestonmysteries.com/ 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. Shelley Waters Duo plays Saturday afternoon. Sunday come out for Gary Alexander Group at 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. Friday 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. Guaranteed to make you laugh! $12 for 8pm show. Theatre 99's Long Form Improv Tournament in April continues during late night series. Each semi-final round will feature up to 6 teams that received the most votes in the prelim rounds. Each team will perform for 12 minutes and after all groups have performed, the audience will vote on the top 2 teams that will move on to the next round. $7 for 10pm show. Saturday night it's the Theatre 99 Long Form Improv Tournament Finals. Tickets $12 for 8pm show, followed by Laugh For A Lincoln ($5) at 10pm. Laugh For A Lincoln ($5) every Wed night 8pm. Located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details.
At the world famous Windjammer on Friday Mike Veal Band perform. Admission is $5. Saturday night it's Carolina Children's Charity Benefit from 2pm til 1am. Tickets $5. Come out for food, fun, & music at the Jammer for a good cause. For complete info visit www.the-windjammer.com/music.html or call the Jammer @ 886-8948
At the Music Farm on Friday night Styles & Compete play the Farm with Tye Dye & Sparkbox. Tickets $1w advance & $15 DOS for 18 & older show. On Sunday Post Malone plays at the Farm. Doors at 8pm with 9pm start. Tickets $25 & $28 and open to all ages. Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at http://www.musicfarm.com/about-us/contact/
Over at the Charleston Pour House on Friday Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band play the House. Tickets $11 adv & $13 DOS. Poho Family Funk Review play the deck for free on Friday 4pm. Saturday night 9:30pm come out for Cosmic Charlie. Tickets $10 adv & $12 DOS. Graham Whorley plays the deck for free Saturday 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. 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.
The College of Charleston baseball team returns home following a five-game road stretch to host James Madison in CAA play. Friday’s contest is designated as Hawaiian Shirt Night with prizes being handed out to the fans wearing the best outfit. The Wounded Warrior Game will take place on Saturday with a Wounded Warrior softball game being held prior to the 2:30 p.m. contest. It is also Bark in the Park day as fans can bring their furry friends the game. More information is listed below. The CofC track and field program will also host a silent auction during the game. All games at Patriot Point complex.
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 http://www.royallanes.net/
New in theaters this weekend include 'Mother's Day'. Intertwining stories revolve around a television host (Julia Roberts), a divorcee (Jennifer Aniston) looking for love and a woman (Kate Hudson) who wants to strengthen her relationship with her mother. Rated PG13. Also new 'Keanu'. Recently dumped by his girlfriend, slacker Rell (Jordan Peele) finds some happiness when a cute kitten winds up on his doorstep. After a heartless thief steals the cat, Rell recruits his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to help him retrieve it. Rated R. Family fun can be found at 'Ratchet and Clank'. A CG-animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game. Rated PG. And in 'The Family Fang', an actress (Nicole Kidman) and her brother (Jason Bateman) investigate the mysterious disappearance of their pare