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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 Aug 28th.  Last full weekend in August of 2015. Fall is around the corner. 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.

Charleston Home + Design magazine host the Charleston Home + Design Show: Fall Edition in North Charleston at the Charleston Area Convention Center plus a special presentation by South Carolina Native Miller Gaffney on Friday and Free Antiques Appraisals on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets may be purchased online at, over the phone by calling 577-7652, or at the event for $25 per person. Saturday and Sunday—bring an antique for PBS Antiques Road Show Appraiser Miller Gaffney to evaluate! Doors open 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM. For more click

CofC hosts "Rhythm Is My Beat" a Collaborative Event. The Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI), a project of the College of Charleston's (C of C) School of the Arts, Arts Management Program, in partnership with the Jazz Studies Program, Department of Music, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, and other sponsors, announce a series of events Thursday - Saturday to kick off the national book tour of author Alfred Green, the son of Charleston native and renowned rhythm guitarist, Freddie Green. For more information, go to,, call 953-5474 or 953-6301 or email Dr. Karen Chandler at Complete details click

Want to satisfy your sweet tooth and contribute to a good cause? Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina is offering just that at Death By Chocolate: A Chocolate and Champagne Affair, an annual event celebrating decadent chocolate and plenty of bubbly, as well as the opportunity to support Girl Scouts in your area. The event will be at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday night. The evening will feature chefs and vendors from the surrounding area area, each creating a chocolate entrée, drink or dessert. Chef Tanya Holland, from the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, will be our celebrity guest judge! Details

Irvin~House Vineyards’ Annual Grape Stomping Festival is Saturday from Noon until 5:00 p.m.The public is invited to join in the yearly harvest and stomping of the grapes at  Charleston's only winery, Irvin~House Vineyards, located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to picnic on the expansive lawn, but no coolers please. The highlight of the Grape Stomping Festival is the Lucy Look-A-Like Contest, where "I Love Lucy" Fans will get their chance to don their best Lucy costume and reenact the famous 1956 episode of "I Love Lucy" when Lucy takes a job in a vineyard and stomps grapes. Tickets $10 per car.

Flowertown Players in Summerville host  Wedding Song / A Murder Mystery Dinner Show Saturday 6:30pm. Enjoy an evening of Interactive, Murder-Mystery Dinner Theatre at a wedding. Jenna Montevelle & Sonny Brookes request the pleasure of your company at the celebration of their union, until someone dies! Dinner catered by Palmetto Flats. $35.00 per person. For more call 875-9251 or click

Your Charleston Riverdogs play host to the Asheville Tourists over the weekend (Sat-Mon). It is their final home stand for 2015. Saturday is MUSC Cancer Awareness Night. They will be raising awareness for all types of cancer found in men and women. Gates open at 5:00PM with first pitch at 6:05PM. Sunday is Family & Faith Night at the Joe. Pregame testimonies and between inning games. Charleston County Parks Kids Club Sunday presented by Y102.5 Gates open at 3:30PM, testimonies begin at 3:45PM and first pitch at 5:05PM. Also enjoy FREE PARKING & KIDS EAT FREE courtesy of Pepsi Then stick around after the game for FREE team autographs! The Dogs wrap up the series on Monday. Head up to the Ashley View Pub for $1 Dogs and $1 Draft Beers! Dogs With a Cause this week is the Charleston & Dorchester Mental Health Center. Gates open at 6:00PM with a start time of 7:05PM. For tickets call 577-3647.

The annual SC Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival takes place Sunday beginning at noon at Magnolia Plantations & Gardens. Live  Musical Performances by International Reggae and Soca Artist Kenne Blessin, and Charleston's own Dubplates, Wine Presentation, Promo video in the theatre, Jerk Cook-off or Jerk Demonstration, Domino Tournament, Ludo Game. South Carolina Wine tasting. Tickets $25. $15 entry for designated drivers.

On Friday & Saturday nights the Charleston Music Hall host the New Music Confab Showcase, featuring Weaving The Fate, Lost Element, Ben Fagan & the Holy City Hooligans, Danielle Howle, Volcanoes in the Kitchen, and Hermit’s Victory all on Friday night. Saturday's lineup include Jordan Rager, Brooke Eden, Taylor Centers, Shelly Waters, Tyler Boone, and Chris Wilcox. Shows begin at 7:30pm. Daily tickets $12 ADV | $16 DOS. On Sunday night you're in for a special treat as singer songwriter and musician Keb Mo performs his bluesy Americana style at the Music Hall. Doors Open: 7:00 PM | Show Starts: 8:00 PM. Tickets $39.50. CMH is located at 37 John Street downtown Charleston. Call 853-2252 for more or etix 800-514-3849.

El Galeón, the breathtaking historically accurate reconstruction of a 170 foot 16th Century Spanish galleon, has arrived at the Charleston Maritime Center. The El Galeón tour is a self-guided walking tour of the ship. Once aboard, visitors are free to roam above and below the decks, talk to the current crew members, and absorb dozens of interactive exhibits, videos, historical documents and displays. There is no time limit for the tour, and photos are welcome. Tickets are available online and onboard. $10 for adults ages 12+; $5 for children ages 5-12; and children 5 and under are free.

The brand new Field & Stream store in North Charleston opens behind Tanger Outlet this weekend. Huge sales, promotions, and prize giveaways all weekend long. Captain Wild Bill star of  DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S "DEADLIEST CATCH will be on hand Friday 4-7pm with NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth stopping by 11am-1pm on Saturday with Pro Angler Captain Jot Jones available all day Saturday and Sunday. Come out and see the new store and get an autograph. Location is 4956 Centre Pointe Drive.

The town of Mount Pleasant and Cinebarre host Movies in the Park at Memorial Waterfront Park (under the bridge). Residents and visitors bring blankets and chairs, sit back to enjoy an incredible sunset and watch an outdoor movie on Cinebarre’s giant movie screen with the beautiful Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop.  Movies begin at sunset.  Free admission & parking! Food and beverage available for purchase. This week enjoy 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. 884-8517 for info.

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.

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.

The Summerville Antique Gallery @ 901 N. Main Street will host a Summer Celebration on Saturday from 1-3:30pm. Come out and shop for antiques and uniques from over 100 vendors while enjoying live music from Sweetgrass Revival with refreshments.

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. Shrimp City Slim play oldies, blues, & beach favorites this weekend. Food, fun, & music abound at Freshfields Village

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 37 Woolfe Street present 'Lungs On Woolfe'. A regional premiere helmed by the co-founding artistic director of acclaimed NYC Fiasco Theater Co., Noah Brody, this production is a riveting theatrical experience like none other. In a time of global anxiety a young couple want a child but are running out of time…. Mary Fishburne (The Explorer’s Club, The Girl Singer) and Will Haden (Bloody bloody Andrew Jackson) star in this beautiful and intimate tale of love and sacrifice. Weekend shows thru Sept 12th. Tickets $20-$30. Call 856-1579 for more.

Midtown Productions present 'Intimate Apparel'. Intimate Apparel introduces us to Esther, an African-American seamstress who sews luxurious lingerie for wealthy white socialites and prostitutes in 1905 New York. At age 35, Esther agrees to marry a Barbadian immigrant, whom she has never met, but has communicated with through a series of letters. Her true heart, however, belongs to the Orthodox Jewish Tailor who supplies her fabric – a man forbidden to her because he is bound by his religious beliefs - and an arranged marriage of his own. Thurs - Sun shows thru Sept 13th. For tickets and info call 557-1163. All shows at Midtown Theatre 2816 Azalea Dr off Cosgrove @ I-26 in North Charleston. Tickets $15-$20 by phone or

Charleston Stage Company present Mel Brooks' 'The Producers'. Max and Leo are back with their hair-brained scheme to make a fortune by deliberately mounting a Broadway flop. The tables are turned when their outrageous "Springtime for Hitler" becomes a hit. One of the funniest musical comedies ever. This musical contains adult language and situations and may not be appropriate for all ages. Please check Parent Guide on their site for more info. Weekend performances thru Sept 20th. Nightly at 7:30pm with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets range from $27-$62. For more call 577.5967. All shows at historic Dock Street Theatre.

Charleston Performing Arts Center on Folly Rd. on James Island present 'Summer Lovin' an original dance musical featuring all your favorite summer and beach-themed songs from the 1970s to the 1990s, from the West Coast to the East, this musical journey will take you back to those Endless Summer Nights full of love, laughter and carefree times. If you lived through the 80s, you’ll love this entertainment treasure! (Approx. 90 minutes in length). Weekend performances July 3rd – September 5th. For tickets and info call 991-5582.

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. 
Music has been restored to Morgan Creek!!!! It's been ten long months, but live music returns to The Creek this weekend! Friday 4-7 Rene Russell. Saturday FULL MOON PARTY 6:30-10 with Age Old Trade Band. 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 Jam. This fast paced show takes your audience suggestions and spins them into hilarious scenes.  You never know what's going to happen, but you can be assured that it will make you laugh. $12 for 8pm show. Stay late 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. Free for 10pm show.  Saturday enjoy 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 for 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. $7 for 10pm show. Theatre 99, guaranteed to make you laugh or half off twice the price. Laugh For A Lincoln ($5) every Wed night 8pm. 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 come out for SC's own Edwin McCain. Tickets $20. Show 9pm.  Saturday night at the Jammer it's The Three Sheets Island Band playing Jimmy Buffett music. Tickets $8 for 9pm start. The Jammer is front beach Isle of Palms.  For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8596. 


At the Music Farm on Friday it's TBA. Saturday at the Farm come out for The Dirty Guv'nah's Farewell Tour. Tickets $13.00 - $15.00 for 16 and older show. Doors at 8pm with 9pm start. 
The Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  on Friday it's Deer Creek Sharp Shooters & Rodeo Clown w/ Grateful Dead tribute. Tickets $5. Music starts 9:45 w/ doors @ 9pm. On the deck at 4pm its the Poho Family Funk Review. On Saturday Machine Funk present a tribute to Widespread Panic. Showtime 10 pm. Tickets $8. Enjoy Contraforce on the deck at 4pm. Sunday come 11-3pm out for the Sunday Brunch Farmer's Market as Mike Quinn presents Kanika Moore and the Motown Throwdown 1pm-4pm. FREE LIVE Gospel-Soul-Funk. Blackalicious  & the New Breed Brass Band perform Sunday night. Tickets $20 & $23 for 8:30pm start. 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.


 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

The College of Charleston men’s soccer team will officially kick off their 2015 campaign hosting the Nike/Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic Fri-Sun at Patriots Point.  The classic brings in Seton Hall, Furman, and N.C. State to Patriots Point for a full weekend of soccer. The Cougars will open the season with the 5th annual Friday Night Futbol event Friday at 7:30 p.m., against the Seton Hall Pirates and take on N.C. State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the classic finale.Single-game tickets for the 5th annual Friday Night Futbol event will be $7 for adults. Kids can receive a free ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket at the CofC ticket office.

New to the box office this weekend include 'No Escape'. In Southeast Asia, a newly relocated American businessman (Owen Wilson) and his family look for a safe haven during a violent political uprising. Costars Lake Bell & Pierce Brosnan. Rated R.  Also new 'We Are Your Friends'. Young Cole Carter (Zac Efron) dreams of hitting the big time as a Hollywood disc jockey, spending his days and nights hanging with buddies and working on the one track that will set the world on fire. Opportunity comes knocking when he meets James Reed, a charismatic DJ who takes the 23-year-old under his wing. 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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