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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 July 3rd.  First weekend in July of 2015. June is around the corner. Happy and safe holiday 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.  Downtown Charleston and the entire low country will be buzzing this weekend.

The annual, Charleston-based, sunset party is back with the best “music for your summer” on Friday. Solust music festival will feature country duo Love and Theft in addition to several local acts. The event will take place at The Grand Lawn at Family Circle Stadium beginning at 5 pm and is open to all ages. Early-Bird General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at Early bird tickets are $20, and after they are $25 each. For info call 805.3074.

The City of North Charleston is once again hosting the July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park on July 4, 2015 from 3:30 PM – 9:45 PM. This year’s event features exciting musical guests, children activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and the Lowcountry's largest 4th of July fireworks show.

Enjoy the July 4th Blast celebration at Patriots Point. Enjoy a professional fireworks display and shore side party with a beach music band. This year, two different Flight Deck ticket options are available. For $100, visitors can purchase a VIP ticket. This ticket will include complimentary drinks from a full service bar, a barbecue meal served by the museum’s official caterer TOP SHELF Catering, and access to a special area at the ship’s bow where chairs and tables will be provided. The second ticket package is priced at $35. It will include access to the Flight Deck starting at 6:00 p.m., where food and beverages will be available for purchase and two live bands will provide entertainment. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs.

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 (see schedule below), and the dance floor is open for all ages. 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. This Saturday Uncle Sam Jam event with Permanent Vacation play for the holiday celebration. For more call 795-4386.

Join Circa 1886 for an Independence Day celebration from 6-7 p.m. with music, lawn games, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. At 7 p.m. the festivities will move inside with libations and a delicious 3-course “Grill Dinner”. After dark, guests head to the  cupola with a glass of champagne to watch Charleston’s fireworks. For more details call 853.7828.

On the nation’s birthday, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will celebrate Lowcountry history and culture during the 3rd Annual History Fair. The History Fair will showcase 24 historic organizations and institutions. Presenters include well-known groups in education, religion, social services, the arts and tourism, including Fort Moultrie, the site of America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War. The History Fair – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – is free.

Your Charleston Battery host the Rochester Rhinos in exciting professional soccer Friday night at Blackbaud Stadium. Fun for the whole family. Gates open at 6pm for 7:30pm start. Tickets start at $10. Enjoy kids zone, beer garden and more at Blackbaud  on Daniel Island. Call 971-GOAL for more. To win tickets to upcoming games to

Your RiverDogs return home and open a nine-game homestand on Saturday, July 4 against the Rome Braves. Tickets are on sale for the remainder of the RiverDogs 2015 season. For more information, please contact the Riley Park Box Office at 577-DOGS (3647) or online at If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away worldwide on and locally on 1250 WTMA, the RiverDogs' radio home. Win tickets to Riverdogs games by clicking here,

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. This Saturday catch Becca Bessinger w/ Daniel Patrick play music beginning at 6pm.

Charleston County Waterparks are open seven days a week now thru mid August.  Splash Zone Waterpark at James Island County Park, Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park, and Whirlin’ Waters at Wannamaker County Park are open and waiting for you to enjoy lots of water park fun. For more call 795-4FUN.

Come out to Newtique Boutique every Saturday from 10-4pm and take part in their weekly 'garage sales'. They have a overrun 'Man Cave' out back and are making great deals. 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.

The City of Charleston hosts the Farmer's Market every Saturday from 9-2pm. Come out and see what's growing around the low country. 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.Entertainment & food trucks often visit. Up in Summerville just off the downtown green the town hosts their own Farmer's Market with local vendors, food trucks and more every Saturday 8am-1pm. Over on Johns Island the city host a Farmer's Market 10-2pm on Saturday at 3546 Maybank Hwy. Enjoy local produce, arts & crafts.

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is a gathering place for locals and visitors to leisurely explore the market's treasure trove every Tuesday through September. Open every Tuesday 3:30pm til 7pm on Coleman Blvd @ Moultrie Middle School. For more call 884.8517.

Music on the Green takes place on Friday nights at the entrances to Kiawah & Seabrook Islands. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs for the event. Swingin Richards play oldies pop & rock favorites this weekend. Food, fun, & music abound at Freshfields Village

The North Charleston Performing Arts Center will host its annual “Select Your Seat” open house party on Monday from 5 - 7PM. Current and prospective Best of Broadway season ticket holders are invited to come out and “select their seats” for the 2015-2016 season! The Open House party features Broadway music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a wine tasting and backstage & on-stage tours. Season ticket packages start at just $172.

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 

Carolina Opry a Calvin Gilmore Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a full array of shows for the entire family running throughout the year. Two of the hottest shows on the Grand Strand in 2015 include Time Warp a Good Vibrations show celebrating some of the best songs from the 60's, 70', & 80's. Also 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

Woolfe Street Playhouse & Village Rep Co. present Red, White and Cash a musical tribute to the man in black. Johnny Cash is back!! Join us for a flag waving, rip roaring good time as we celebrate the life and music of “the man in black” himself, Johnny Cash. Featuring an all star cast and top notch band this feel good musical celebration will have you up and dancing! Featuring Michael Easler, Dusty Bryant, Kathy Summer and Jenna Brinson. Weekend shows thru July 3rd. Tickets $15-$30. Call 856-1579 for more. All shows at Woolfe Street Playhouse 34 Woolfe St.

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 'Groovy Kind of Love'. A small town flips when a mod rockster helps a shy outcast find her groove.  This musical-comedy features 1960's tunes from Motown to the Beach Boys, and everything in-between. Select shows thru out the week with performances running thru Sept 26th. 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. 
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 night it's The Funny Bucket. Funny improv games in a bucket can only mean one thing - Hilarity!! Theatre 99's newest show takes all of your favorite improv games and draws them randomly for a night guaranteed to make you laugh. Tickets are $12 for 8pm show. On Saturday the theatre is closed. Theatre 99, guaranteed to make you laugh or half off twice the price. 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 this Friday night it's Stoplight Observations. Tickets are $15 advance & $18 DOS. Music starts at 9pm. Eddie Bush plays acoustic series 7-9pm on Friday. The Bluedogs w/ Connor Christian & Southern Gothic play on the 4th. Tickets are $15 & $20 DOS. The Budweiser Bikini Bash at the Jammer. Come out Sunday afternoons and see the hottest girls in the low country compete for weekly cash prizes all building up to an end of summer finals. The Jammer is front beach Isle of Palms.  For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8596. 


At the Music Farm on Friday & Saturday it's TBA. The Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  this weekend (Fri-Sun) it's The Head Appreciation Weekend featuring The Gathering of The Dead Fare The Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead. Doors open 7pm each night. Admission is free. Bring Your Own Belly play the deck on Saturday afternoon. Sunday come 11-3pm out for the Sunday Brunch Farmer's Market with Runaway Gin playing on the deck. 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.


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 weekend.  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

New to the box office this weekend include 'Magic Mike XXL'. It's been three years since Mike Lane's (Channing Tatum) retirement from stripping, but the former dancer misses the excitement and feeling of being on stage. Most of all, though, he misses the best friends that he ever had, the crew known as the Kings of Tampa. Opportunity comes knocking when the guys look him up as they travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a stripper convention. Rated R.  Also new 'Terminator:Genisys'. When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. 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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