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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 19th.  Second full weekend in Sept. Hopefully college football will go better for local fans. NFL & college football games on in your favorite sports bar on tap.  Plays and concerts abound this weekend. When you're not watching the game you could stroll along the Battery or thru the market.  Be a tourist in your own home town. Check out our many fine golf courses around the lowcountry. Get out and be social and help boost the economy.  Downtown Charleston and the entire low country will be buzzing this weekend.

The Independence Fund is pleased to announce that Lt. Dan Weekend 5 (LDW5) featuring a benefit concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will remain in the South Carolina Lowcountry. This year’s event is set to begin at 6:00pm at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday. Doors open at 5:00pm. This will be the sixth time Mr. Sinise performs pro bono to raise money for the Independence Fund, a 100% volunteer nonprofit organization supporting our nation’s most severely injured Veterans, and his first time performing at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The Charleston Music Hall Film Series present 'The Last Waltz' on Friday night at 8pm. Join us in viewing Scorcese’s masterpiece The Last Waltz in its entirety. Enjoy the film with a state of the art sound system in a theatre where you can close your eyes and imagine that you are transported back to Thanksgiving Day, 1976. Don’t miss this epic collaboration with The Band, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Dr. John, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Ringo Starr and many more! Tickets are ADV - $7 | DOS - $8 with General Admission seating. Call 853-2252 or visit the box office at 37 John Street.

On Saturday night at the Music Hall come out as Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents Buena Vista Set 2.  Charleston’s own resident big band, continues its 6th Anniversary Season on Saturday, September presenting Buena Vista, CJO’s annual Latin Night performance. CJO presents at the band’s House of Swing, the Charleston Music Hall, Downtown Charleston at 37 John Street. Two sets will be performed, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., with no intermission. Adult tickets $30-$45. Senior tickets $25-$40. Seniors qualify at 65 years of age. Student ticket rates vary. All student and discounted tickets must be purchased in person. On-site box office sales the day of the show begin at 12 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall. Tickets are available online at and by telephone, 641.0011

The Charleston Scottish Society presents the 48th Annual Scottish Games on Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Event takes place at Boone Hall Plantation. Enjoy live music, entertainment, Scottish games, Scottish Heavy Athletics, Scottish Country Dancing and Highland Dancing, Childrens Activities, Border Collie Demonstrations, Irish Hurling and Rugby, Beer Garden and Celtic Nations Tent, Tartan Ball, and Whiskey Tasting. Admission is $18 adult, $15 for military & seniors and $5 for kids 6-12. Parking is $5.

The Sam Adams Oktoberfest takes place Friday night 7:30-11pm at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed 375 Meeting Street. The annual celebration of German culture, food and beer in the form of a large scale fun fair in one of Charleston's coolest event venues. Sample 6 different Sam Adams' beers including their famous Oktoberfest. Every ticket includes a souvenir tasting mug! The festival will feature German style food by popular restaurants like the Bay Street Biergarten, Coleman Public House, Bohemian Bull, and desserts by Baked By Rach. Try your luck at Oktoberfest games like stein hoisting, keg bowling, and a German costume contest. For more call 442.4480.

Local college football fans might like to catch the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern as they play host to the Citadel Bulldogs. Last season the Bucs stole the game at Johnson Hagood. It is the first time CSU has hosted the rivalry. Now with lights the CSU game is set to kickoff at 6pm at Buc Field. For tickets visit

Dare to run the Running Scared Zombie 5K this Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation. Running Scared is a 5k-ish course that ventures into the Zombie Infested Woods of Boone Hall Plantation where elaborate scenes have been constructed for Fright Nights. Runners will venture into these woods with 3 life flags hanging from their waste band and one goal: to reach the end of the course with at least one life flag left; because throughout the course, Zombies are awaiting and hungry to take them away. However; runners will be able to gain additional life flags by successfully completing challenge stations throughout the course. This is not a hard core mud run; however, runners will face obstacles and other challenges as they flee the attacking Zombies while attempting to successfully cross the finish line. Then all will join the Ultimate Zombie Bash Party where a bounty of prizes will be awarded through a raffle system for all participants. Visit for more.

The Carolina Green Fair takes place this Sunday from noon until 5pm.  The event features conservation education through fun and inventive demonstrations, interactive play and music, and education shared by experts in their field. Come celebrate "being green" while enjoying beer, food, music, and artisans from the Lowcountry! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers, outside food, or beverages permitted. This festival is FREE with your admission fee to James Island County Park ($1 per person)! For more call 795-7275.

The best way to kick off the weekend is by enjoying a TGIF Friday night Wine Tasting at Crushed Fine Wine in Shelmore Village in Mount Pleasant. Owner and wine master Des is your host from 5-7pm each and every Friday. Come in, enjoy some great wines at affordable prices.  Call 856-1156 for details.  Weekly wine tastings

The historic Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach continue their shows early in the season with the regular Carolina Opry show on weekends and the ever popular Good Vibrations show starting back up in February. If you're in the grand strand area for business or pleasure be sure to take in a show. They offer nightly and matinee performances throughout the year. Call them at 800-843-6779 or visit their site

Pure Theatre 477 King Street open their season with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. Shows run weekends Thurs-Sat thru Oct 4th. Nightly at 7:30pm with select 3pm matinees on Saturdays. Tickets are $30. For more call 723-4444 or visit their website.

What If Productions continue their run of 'Kate & Sam'. Kate & Sam (What If? newcomers Giulia Dalbec and Michael David Wilson) are Hollywood's hottest young couple starring in the wildly popular fantasy romance film series Ghost Forest. When media speculation erupts after they announce they are breaking up, their fanbase begins to dissolve, one desperate man (Randy Risher, The Practice Child) takes matters into his own hands. Kidnapped by the fan-boy-from-hell and a mysterious internet buddy (Eden Teichman), the pair have a choice to make - rekindle their long dead relationship, or face the dire consequences. Weekend shows thru Sept 20th. All shows at Threshold Theatre 84 1/2 Society Street. Tickets are $20, $18 senior and $15 student w/ID. Call 225.0119 or visit their site for more.

Charleston Stage Co. continue with 'You Can't Take It With You' at the Dock Street Theatre. Alice's family is a little eccentric—Dad is making fireworks in the basement, Grandpa hasn't paid his income taxes in years, Mom is writing plays because a typewriter was delivered to her by mistake and Alice's 40-year-old sister has decided to become a ballerina. When Alice's Wall Street boyfriend and his straight-laced family arrive for dinner on the wrong night—the fireworks begin. Weekend shows run thru Sept 21st. Nightly at 7:30 pm with select Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets range from $22.50-$53.50. Call 577.7183 to order by phone.

Charleston's all new 34 West Theatre at 200 Meeting Street performs 'Doo Wops & Beauty Shops' this weekend with nightly shows Thurs - Sun. Shboom! Sally's going to the chapel but Ed's all shook up. Don't miss this doo wop extravaganza that'll have you rockin' around the clock! Tickets are $25 or $22.50 for groups of eight or more. For more info call 901-9343.

Woolfe Street Playhouse and Village Rep Co. host Carnivalesque this Friday & Saturday. Your favorite carnival folks will be there performing burlesque, aerial arts, shocking stunts, acrobatics, and weapons displays, along with some very special guest stars! Tickets $25, available for purchase by following the link above. After party included in ticket price, to follow the show. Meet the cast and grab a drink from the bar! Show is for 18 and older crowd. 8pm shows. Call 856-1579 for more.

Crabpot Players in Mount Pleasant end their run of 'Greater Tuna' a hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna -- men, women, children and animals. Tickets range from $16-$20. All shows at 1137 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Mt. Pleasant. 7pm shows Friday & Saturday.  For more call 888-303-0763


Black Fedora 164 Church Street, Charleston's only mystery theatre present a variety of murder and whodunit type audience participation theatre shows. Among their regular performances are 'Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery', 'Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery', 'Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Yoo-Hoo: A Pirate Show', and 'Heist, Heist Baby'. Shows change thru out the seasons. Visit their site for up to date info or call 937-6453

Wine down the week at 3 Lockwood Drive home of The Wine Shop’s Friday Tastings.  Sip some of the best and most affordable wines while enjoying views of the Ashley River. Wine Education is Fun!  4:30 - 6:30  For more details call 577-3881.

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.  Friday it's Rene Russell @ 4pm & Bill Krausd playing @ 7:30pm.  Saturday come out for Justin Mackie 4pm & Will Newhouse 7:30pm. FB3 Trio plays 4-7pm Sunday enjoy the music of CharlyHorse Duo. Make your reservations now. For details call Morgan Creek Grill at 886-8980


Come out to Theatre 99 for a full weekend of comedy.  Friday night enjoy 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 Admission is $10 for 8pm show.  Friday late night stay for Blast Off.  Members of the Theatre 99 company are always creating new shows.  This is the showcase for them to try out these new shows in front of a crowd. Every rocket doesn't make it to space, but they all can try. 3, 2, 1.? Free admission for 10pm start. Saturday night 8pm come out for The Have Nots.   The longest running show in Charleston!  With 18 years and over 1,400 shows together, The Have Nots! (founders of Theatre 99) are ready for your audience suggestions.  No scripts!  All improv! Come see what all the talk is about! Admission is $12.50. Theatre 99 guaranteed to make you laugh. Theatre 99 is located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details.


Tired of the non stop top forty college night spots. BuddyRoes, East Cooper's favorite spot for great food & drink on Ben Sawyer Blvd is also a great place to enjoy live entertainment on the weekends. BuddyRoes caters to folks 35 and older who love old time rock, country classics, and beach music. Ronnie Johnson & Dale Baker play an all electric show 9:00 til close.  Live music Thurs - Sun at Charleston's Best Kept Secret. Enjoy a great music with your meal. Call 388-5270 for details.


Drop in LG's By The Creek in Tanner Hall Plantation Hanahan for music and karaoke with DJ Randy Friday nights.  Live music on Saturdays. Great food, drink & fun at LG's By The Creek. Come early and enjoy corn hole on the patio. Just off North Rhett at Tanner Hall Boulevard. Trivia every Wednesday night.  Call 553-8046. 



At the world famous Windjammer Friday night it's The Breakfast Club. Tickets are $10 with doors open at 9pm. On Saturday night enjoy Glamnation a salute to 80's hair bands. Tickets are $8 with doors open at 9pm. 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 TBA.  Saturday I'M SHMACKED PRESENTS COUGAR BOOZER FEATURING ZAXX. This event is 18 and over. Tickets range $27-$75 Doors open at 8pm for 9pm show. The Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  9pm Friday on the Main Stage it's The Face Funk Family Jam.  Admission is free with doors open at 9pm. Saturday night come out for The New Orleans Suspects w/ Big Something. Doors open at 9pm.  Tickets are $13 & $15 DOS.  Sunday night it's Feel Free at the House. No cover charge. Sunday Phunday on Sunday at 4pm with Runaway Gin. Sunday night it's TBA.  The House is at 1977 Maybank Hwy James Island. Reach them at 571-4343.


Come out to Red's Ice House on scenic Shem Creek for live music on Friday & Saturday night.  Relax and watch the sun go down at Red's, Mount Pleasant's, a nice place to chill. Great food & drink at 98 Church St. Call 388-0003 for complete details.


Come out to Ocean Cowboys (the low country's rockin' country music club) 192 College Park Road (college Park @ I-26) for a country music. 96.9 FM The Wolf hosts ladies night on Friday . Enjoy line dance lessons with the latest country music from DJ Randy Swan. Saturday night enjoy live entertainment at  Ocean with plenty of drink specials. If you're looking for country music in lively joint you need to drop in Ocean Cowboys. Just minutes from everywhere in Charleston off I-26 at College Park Road. Call 569-6000 for more. 

Enjoy great roasted coffee, desserts, and finger foods while listening to great singer songwriters from 7-9pm every Friday at Coastal Coffee Roasters (CCR) in Summerville. Singer songwriters every Friday night. Bring your own guitar and your music, and your crowd for an evening of music, coffee & camaraderie.  CCR is located at 108 E.3rd North Street Summerville. For more call 376-4559.


The all new Pugs Tavern in Summerville presents Saturday Night Comedy with today's funniest comedians! Just off I-26 at Exit 199. Doors open at 8pm. Call 261-2121. Come early and enjoy some of the best food served in the low country.

 Head out to Irvin House Vineyards for wine tastings on Saturdays from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., for Sippin' Saturday. Each Saturday, the winery will serve up a different local food vendor and musical group to entertain locals and visitors.  Live music weekends. The famous Irvin~House Vineyards Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio and Irvin~House Vineyards wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle and enjoyed outside. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin~House Vineyard winery are only $6.00 to taste 6 of 24 flavors of Firefly spirits and $4.00 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets to picnic under the oaks and relish in the Lowcountry beauty. Located at 6775 Bears Bluff Rd Wadmalaw Island. Call 559-6867 for more. 

The City Market of Charleston host Evenings in the Market on Friday & Saturday nights. The weekly event, designed to showcase local artists, food vendors and designers, is from 6:30-10:30 pm every Friday and Saturday from March through December.

The Charleston Farmer's Market returns Saturdays from 8am - 2pm. Come on down to Marion Square each Saturday from April 12th - December 20th to get a taste of what the Lowcountry has to offer! We will have a larger variety of produce and plants than ever before!!! Stroll the market while choosing from the Lowcountry’s  freshest local produce, seafood, meats, plants, herbs and cut flowers. Arts & crafts available as well with occasional food vendors. Open Saturday, 8am to 2pm. See you there!!!

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 Summerville Farmer's Market runs Saturdays April 12th thru Dec 20th. Shop for fresh local produce, meats, seafood, baked goods and more! The Summerville Farmers' Market is located in the First Citizens Bank parking lot behind Summerville Town Hall at 200 South Main Street. Open 8am-1pm.

The Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises are back by popular demand. Enjoy this two hour harbor cruise with a delicious buffet from Home Team BBQ. 7:00-9:00 pm Event features live blues from well-known Blues Bands. Cruises leave from the Charleston Maritime Center 10 Wharfside St. For info or tickets call 888.224.5037. 

Enjoy bowling with your friends or family on Friday or Saturday night at Royal Lanes Goose Creek. Charleston's largest bowling and fun center offers all you can bowl for $15 per lane per hour starting at 9pm til midnight. Come later and enjoy Cosmic Bowling for just $12 per hour from 12am - 2am. Can you sing, come out Friday night for Karaoke Night. A DJ playing dance music on Saturday nights. Royal Lanes has the largest arcade, a lounge with pool tables, darts, big screen TV's to catch all the games. Enjoy a weekend night and bowl at Royal Lanes 106 Central Ave in Goose Creek. Open for parties and large groups. Call 572-2695.

Park Circle Films present 2014 Shorts Festival on Saturday & Sunday. Kickoff Saturday at 12:00pm Things End, Things Begin (97 minutes), 3:00pm Bad Guys and Buffoons (104 minutes), 7:00pm Love Stories? (110 minutes). Come back Sunday at 3:00pm Determination (88 minutes, family-friendly, all English or silent) followed by 7:00pm Appearances Can Deceive (97 minutes). Ticket prices per film block: General Admission -- $10, Film Fan members -- $7, Green Room members -- $5  (Green Room members also receive one free block of their choice), Red Carpet members -- Free!, and Full Festival Pass -- $35. Park Circle Films located in Olde Village Community Bldg 4820 Jenkins Ave North Charleston.

On Wednesday night 7:30pm Park Circle Films host a comedy stand up series. The sponsors at The Sparrow continue to host the latest installment of the monthly Cinema Stand-up series, where good comics pick on bad movies and everyone has a good time. Admission is a $5 donation, or FREE for Film Society members. Proceeds help pay for ongoing Film Society programming. The Sparrow is located at 1078 E. Montague Ave.

New at the theaters include 'This Is Where I leave You'. When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother (Jane Fonda) and a collection of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Costars Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. Rated R. Also new, 'A Walk Among The Tombstones'. Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels the movie stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. Rated R. And finally their is 'The Maze Runner'. When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.  This sci-fi thriller is 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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