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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 28th.  Last full weekend in April 2017. Be careful and safe this weekend. 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. 

The 2017 Charleston In-Water Boat Show takes place this weekend Fri-Sun at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park, Lockwood Boulevard. The show attracts a high-end visitor and due to the unique location is able to attract a wide variety of boat lines and types, from small fishing boats to grand yachts. It features a combination of power boats and sail boats. Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Adults: $10.00 Two Day Pass: $15.00 VIP Tickets: $35.00 Children 12 & Under: Free.

The 2017 Colleton County Rice Festival happens Friday & Saturday at Washington Street and Hampton Street in Walterboro. The event features arts and crafts, food, fireworks, music and other entertainment. Come enjoy a fun-filled week of family activities in the warm Carolina sun. Central to the festival is an arts and crafts area with a wide array of handcrafted items. The queen of the Rice Festival is crowned in a special pageant and she takes her rightful place of honor in the Rice Festival Parade as it meanders through downtown as a kickoff event to the festival. A 5K run, rated one of the top races in South Carolina, is another signature event for the festival. Sprinkle in activities such as fireworks, music and other entertainment, and you've got an event sure to please the entire family. (Friday 10 AM – 10 PM, Saturday 10AM – 6 PM). Admission is free.

Friday night the Charleston Visitor Center & Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St is the host site for the 2017 Lowcountry Wingapalooza. The food & fun event brings together some of Charleston’s best wing restaurants in one place where event attendees can sample and vote for their favorite wings in the Lowcountry. Wingapalooza will feature live entertainment from Bootless, a hot wing eating contest, a mechanical bull, and corn hole. This event is family friendly and is open to all ages! Eight local restaurants takking part. Friday 7 PM - 10:30 PM. Visit their site for more or tickets.

The annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival happens this Sunday beginning at 11am at the Mt. Pleasant Pier. The 30th annual festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! The festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music, craft show and lots of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop! Admission and activities are free!

On the other side of downtown Charleston it's time for the annual Taste of James Island 2017. Event takes place Saturday 11-3pm at the First Baptist Athletic Complex at 2051 George L. Griffith Boulevard. Children's activities, live music, raffles, and incredible food! Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to support the pantry of the James Island Outreach.

The North Charleston Coliseum is busy this weekend. Friday night come out to the coliseum for 'I Love The 90's' The inaugural edition of I Love The ’90s Tour invites attendees to reminisce about the trend-setting decade with some of the most iconic, indelible names in rap, hip hop and R&B. Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa with Spinderella, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc and Young MC compose this year’s revolving line-up of iconic ’90s artists. General admission begins at $45 with VIP tickets available. Saturday night at the PAC the North Charleston Pops present UNDER THE BIG TOP! - CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE. Tickets $15-$35. Visit the coliseum box office or call 800-745-3000 for more.

Charleston Music Hall is busy this Saturday as they present 'Charleston Live: Diaspoura, Contour, and Mechanical River'. This series will be a bi-monthly series showcasing the city and region’s best bands and musicians. Each artist will play a 30-minute set with a short Q and A after their set with a community leader. This series seeks to present a unique experience to the audience, as we build a conversation about what inspires the bands and artists to create. Show kicks off at 8pm. Tickets $15 - Individual | $10 - Student (Box Office Only). Dinner & Show option available for an additional $32. Call for reservations after purchasing Dinner & Show option.
Dinner at Vincent Chicco's - (843) 203-3002 or Virginia's on King - (843) 735-5800, Visit the box office at 37 John Street or call 843-853-2252.

Ready to laugh. Ms. Rose's Fine Food & Cocktails is excited to announce the return of their highly popular Comedy Hour series featuring Carolina's Comedy Club house MC Chris Wooley as headliner, Dave Ugly as the featured guest and hosted by the hilarious Drew Howard. The show will take place on Saturday with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show starting promptly at 8 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets are $10 per person. Dinner menu and full bar available. Call 843-766-0223 for more.

One of the most popular fundraising events of the year, the 10th Annual Chef’s Potluck takes place Sunday 4-7pm at beautiful Middleton Place 4300 Ashley River Rd.  Sixteen participating chefs are paired with local farmers, fishermen and ranchers to bring attendees the freshest, local ingredients in Charleston! Tickets are all inclusive. Enjoy live music, local libations, tastings from each chef and some of the most beautiful views at America’s oldest landscaped garden at Middleton Place. Tickets are non-refundable; event is rain or shine.

Get ready for summer, Shaggin’ on the Cooper is back! This popular live beach music and shag dance event series returns Saturday to the Mount Pleasant Pier.  Celebrate the arrival of warmer weather with some dancing at Shaggin’ on the Cooper! Local bands perform live at the end of the Mount Pleasant Pier throughout the season. Dance to the Sugarbees this Saturday. Gates open at 7 p.m. for all events, and tickets are $10 per person ($8 in advance for Charleston County residents). Space is limited, so advance purchase is recommended. 843-795-4386 for more info.

Your Charleston Battery are back home this Saturday night. The first place Battery takes on Ottawa Fury FC during MUSC Get Fit Night. Take a tour through our fitness village on the north concourse featuring local gyms and health studios. Participate in fitness challenges and win prizes! Check out the Hendrick Lexus virtual reality experience under the video board and stick around after the match for post-game fireworks on the field with the team! Gates open at 5:30 PM, kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Tickets begin at $15. Call 843-971-GOAL or visit the box office on Daniel Island.

Dog lovers take note. The 2nd annual Fido Fest happens Saturday Mount Pleasant Towne Center from noon to 3pm on Palmetto Grande and Belk Drive. Bring your family and your furry friends (on leashes please!) for a day of fun. Activities will include a Fido Marketplace with exhibitors such as Hairy Winston Pet Boutique, K9 Warriors, Lowcountry Dog Magazine, Bark West Dog Spa, Meow Bark & Board, Riley's Place Pet Retreat, East Cooper Animal Hospital, Chi on Wheels, Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant, Camp Bow Wow and Love and a Leash. Plus, a Fido Play Area, arts & crafts with Art-Vark Palette, DJ and photobooth provided by Complete weddings + events, face painting, balloon animals, contests and much more.  Wine & Design Mount Pleasant will be on hand with Paint your Paw - only $10 per canvas with 50% of the proceeds donated to Pet Helpers. 843-216-9900 for more.

The Charleston Farmers Market is up and running for the season. Join them every Saturday 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! 9am-2pm. Family
friendly event.

The Johns Island Farmers Market 2024 Academy Drive, Johns Island is open Saturdays 10-2pm. New location is at Charleston Collegiate School. The founders want the market to be a one-stop-shop for everything on your shopping list to be sourced locally. Johns Island Farmers Market holds a mission of bringing interactive ways to educate your community on the health and environmental benefits of making sustainable choices. Visit their site to check out an array of vendors.


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. Southern Italy with Kelly. We will now request $10.00 for the tasting. $5.00 of which will be rebated on any bottles purchased. Plus weekly wine tastings. 


Carolina Opry a Calvin Gilmore Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a full array of shows for the new year. Calvin Gilmore produces and directs many of the show with his usual award-winning flair for production. 





Woolfe Street Playhouse 34 Woolfe Street present 'An Act of God'. After conquering Broadway, the King of the Universe is coming to Charleston for the first time ever! God takes human form in An Act of God, the sinfully funny and critically acclaimed new play direct from Broadway. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight…and He’s not holding back! Don’t miss this hilarious 75-minute comedy written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”). Weekends April 28th - May 20th. Nightly at 7:30pm with select 5pm matinees on Sunday. Tickets range $20-$30. Call 843-856-1579 for more.

Footlight Players present 'Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean'. Take a trip back in time to a small town five-and-dime store where members of all-female James Dean fan club gather to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the actor’s death. All performances at 20 Queen Street and run April 21 to May 7. Nightly at 8pm with select Sunday matinees at 3pm. This play contains mild adult themes and may not be suitable for children. Tickets range $10-$30. Call 843-722-4487 or visit their site. Review,

Charleston Theatre Co. and Threshold Rep. Co. present 'The Jacksonian'. Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender, and his now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, THE JACKSONIAN brims with suspense and dark humor and unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism." Shows at 84 1/2 Society Street. APRIL 22nd - MAY 7th. Nightly at 8pm with select Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets $15-$25. Call 843-277-2172 for more. Play review,

South of Broadway Theatre Company present Disney's The Lion King Jr. - Youth Musical. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Performances April 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7pm and April 23,30 at 3pm. Tickets: adult $12, youth $6. All shows at 1080 E. Montague Ave in North Charleston. Call 843-745-0317 for more.

Charleston Stage continue their run of 'Sister Act' at Dock Street Theatre. Based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Weekend performances thru April 30th. Shows 7:30pm with select 3pm Sunday matinees. Prices: Adults $30.00 - $67.00, Seniors (60+) $28.00 - $67.00, Students (Ages 3-25) and Active Military $25.00 - $67.00. Call  843-577-7183 for more.

Pure Theatre 477 King Street begin their run of "Father Comes Home From The Wars'. An explosively powerful drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love, with all three parts seen in one night. Weekend performances April 21-May 13th. Tickets $32. Call them at 843-723-4444 or visit their site for more.

34 West theatre group present 'Stayin' Alive'. A smooth-talking soap star fights for love, bellbottoms and disco fever in this outrageous 70's musical. Shows run thru May 20th at 200 Meeting Street venue. Check their site for specific dates and times. Tickets $30. A  menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, sodas and savory snacks are available. Call (843) 901-9343 for more.

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.

Isle of Palms coolest hangout is, Morgan Creek Grill. This Friday enjoy the music of Tyler Boone in the Marina Room bar beginning at 5pm.  Jameson Alley Trio plays 4-8pm Saturday.  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  and 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.  Guaranteed to make you laugh! $12 for 8pm show. Stay late Friday for presentation of Nameless Numberhead, a sketch comedy duo out of Charleston, South Carolina. With backgrounds in professional theatre, music, and comedy, Maari Suorsa and Henry Riggs weave a tapestry of artistic insanity. The two are both comedic partners and a couple in real life which makes for moments of natural chemistry and wonderful awkwardness. $8 for 10pm show. And enjoy Laugh For A Lincoln ($5)  Guaranteed to make you laugh! Wed night 8pm. Located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details. 


At the world famous Windjammer Friday Slippery When Wet “The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute"perform. Tickets $10 advance and $12 DOS for 9pm start.  On Saturday come out for the Ethen Richardson Foundation Benefit. PARTY WITH A PURPOSE at the Windjammer on April 29th!! Join us for the fourth annual Hope Jam. The amazing music line-up includes Weird Science, Muddy Kings, Danny May, and Bateman’s Stud Farm. Two of the low country’s favorite on-air personalities Rob Fowler and Josh Marthers will be on hand to help keep things rolling along. There will be auction items, raffles and lots of free door prizes. This is going to be a fun filled night and the best part is – you can have a great time, party with a purpose, and help children that are fighting big battles. 7pm-1:30am. Tickets $20 advance, $25 DOS and $10 after 10pm. Check their website for updates. For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8948



At the Music Farm Friday night the Farm presents Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. $15 & $18 for all ages show beginning at 9pm. Saturday night at the Farm it's Hybrid Mutants with Hearts on Fire, Sex Wax, Alert The Media, and Loded Diper. Tickets $10 for all ages show at 8:30pm. Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House on Friday it's Fritz & the Nocturnal Kernalz. Tickets $19 for 9:30pm start. Poho Family Funk Revue play the deck for free Friday at 4pm. Saturday night it's Face Funk 9. Tickets $10 $ $12 with 9:30pm start. Face Funk 9 play deck at 4pm Saturday. C Brown Band on the deck Sunday for free at 4pm. Sunday during the day 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 with Poho Food Truck serving food.  The House is located at 1977 Maybank Hwy James Island. Call 571-4343 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.


At the Banana Cabana front beach Isle of Palms enjoy live acoustic music on the patio weekly during the spring and summer months on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Great food & drink at IOP's most laid back dining destination. 1130 Ocean Blvd. Call (843) 886-4361.

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.

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 $20 per lane per hour 9-11pm. Late niters might enjoy Cosmic Bowling 11-2am for just $18 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.

New at the box office this weekend include 'The Circle'. Mae Holland (Emma Watson) seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world's most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company's founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity. Rated PG13.

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- Posted By: Sherry 9/26/2012 8:45:43 AM
Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Thea... – Hi, Jeff! I wanted to mention that The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre is now running shows several days a week -- Thursdays through Sundays and some Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All are fun whodunits, with lots of laughs and audience interaction! My...
- Posted By: amradich 2/4/2012 2:51:41 PM
Theatre 99 is also a great thing... – Theatre 99 can best be described as Charleston's home for improv comedy! Nothing is scripted! it's all pure improv! If you've never been I recommend going on a Wednesday night (it's only $5) and/or trying to catch a The Have Nots! Show. Each show is ...
- Posted By: Robinini 10/22/2011 10:04:31 AM
Folly Palooza – Didn't,t see mention of the Folly Palooza festival. From 11 to 5 there will be several stages and 10 bands playing. Crafts for sale, great people watching. Gorgeous day to be out!
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