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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 31st.  First weekend in August of 2015. June 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.

On Saturday Dancefx will host their Seventh Annual Cancer Benefit Concert entitled “Swing”. This year’s concert will be a collaboration of lowcountry performance artists including dancers, choreographers, musicians, singers celebrating Swing in Charleston! Dancefx aspires to bring art lovers from all over the Charleston area under one roof for one goal: to be active in the fight against cancer. Event takes place at the Charleston Music Hall. Doors Open: 7:00 PM | Silent Auction 7:30 | Show Starts: 8:00 PM. Tickets $15 ADV | $20 DOS. Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street downtown. Call 853-2252 for more.

Charleston County Library hosts Charleston Heals Through Art Workshop this Sunday 2-4:30pm at 68 Calhoun Street. The group, Hearts Mend Hearts, will hold informal, drop-in art sessions on Sunday. There is no age limit and no art experience is needed. Art materials are being provided for the free sessions. Registration is not required.  For more call 870-7236.

The annual Citadel Lady Bulldogs Football 101 takes place Friday beginning at 4:30pm at the Citadel 171 Moultrie street. Ladies learn more about the game of football. Each attendee will receive a Goody Bag with a Football 101 t-shirt, 2 free tickets to the first Citadel football game, football knowledge notebook plus other goodies. Enjoy wine & cheese party, participate in drills on the field, and have a catered dinner with silent auction.  Wear cool comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. Tickets $55 or 2 for $50 each and 3 for $45 per person. Funds this year support a new supplemental nutrition program for football players during spring and summer practice to ensure players are eating enough to perform their best. Call 412-8755 for more.

Here Be Books in Oakbrook of Summerville host Game Night this Saturday beginning at 6pm and running til midnight. Come join us for Game Night at Here Be Books & Games. Make new friends, socialize and have some fun. You can learn a new game or play an old favorite; either way you're sure to have a good time. Free for first time guests. All others $5. Call 695-1498 for more.

Charleston Men’s Chorus proudly sponsors The All-American Boys Chorus in concert In the Summertime Sunday 4:00 p.m. Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street, downtown Charleston. The All-American Boys Chorus has been entertaining, uplifting and inspiring audiences around the world for 45 years. From the California sounds of the Beach Boys to Broadway selections from The Lion King & West Side Story plus hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s by “Chicago,” “The Jackson 5,” “The Mamas and the Papas” and more.  There will also be a stirring tribute to the men and women of the USA armed forces. Tickets $15 (a nominal convenience fee will apply). Call 953-6340 for more.

Good Music. Good Vibes. The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series features traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. Bring your chairs or blanket. It’s Irie. Concert will at James Island County Park this Friday night beginning at 7:30pm. Food, beverages, and souvenirs will be available for purchase on-site. ID is required to purchase alcohol. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited. Tickets $10. For info call 795-4386.

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.

Summer is and full swing, and that means it’s time for the Belle Hall Annual Summer Outdoor Movie Series! Join them every Saturday, July 11th – August 1st, at DUSK near the pond for a free family friendly movie. This week it's the Fan's Favorite. Go to their facebook page to vote.

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. Louie D. Project play oldies, jazz, hip hop, rock & soul 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  On Saturday Crushed celebrates their 7th anniversary. Please join then to celebrate the occasion at Crushed Fine Wine! They will have a great wine tasting, lots of nibbles and, surprises!

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

Flowertown Players in Summerville begin their run of West Side Story this weekend. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Weekend performances thru Aug 16th. Nightly at 8pm with 3pm Sunday matinees. Tickets $20-$25. Call 875-9251 for more.

Join Woolfe Street Playhouse and Village Rep Co. in the World Premiere presentation of Derek Ahonen’s The Transcendents. the story of Roger, a mysterious drifter arriving in the underbelly of Los Angeles in search of the infamous and elusive band The Transcendents. Dealing with a whole host of issues from childhood trauma, suppressed memories, substance abuse, intellectual property, murder and the value of artistic integrity, The Transcendents unfolds as a modern day mystery, with unfathomable discoveries and revelations abound. For mature audiences. Weekend performances thru Aug 8th. Tickets $25. Call 856-1579.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, CATS, will be brought to life by the talented young people of Midtown Productions’ YOUTH Musical Theatre Master Class. Performances run thru this Saturday. Tickets: $12.50 - $16.50. All shows at Midtown Theatre 2816 Azalea Dr North Charleston. For more call 557-1163 or visit

Pure Theatre 477 King Street present 'Bad Jews'. Hailed by the New York Times as “THE BEST COMEDY OF THE SEASON,” Bad Jews is a fierce, biting comedy about family, faith, and what you choose to believe . . . when you’re chosen. Weekend performances July 17 - Aug 8th. All evening performances 7:30 pm. Aug 1st show 3pm. Tickets $25. Call 723-4444 for more. Read our review,

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 will soon be elevating from their location after renovations are complete. 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 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 $12 for 8pm show. Friday late night it's Nameless Numberhead: Regular Comedy for Insane People Charleston's sketch comedy darlings are at it again. Fresh off their run at the Piccolo Fringe Festival, Nameless Numberhead dives right into their new show: Regular Comedy for Insane People.  You'll get wacky characters, you'll get silly scenario's, you'll get moments of quiet reflection, and just maybe - you'll learn something about yourself. $10 for 10pm show. Saturday come down for 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.

This Saturday late night enjoy Veteran Theatre 99 company members Tim Hoeckel and Andy Rider and The Tim & Andy Happy Hour. Give 'em an hour and watch in awe as they use their irresistible charm to showcase hilarious stand-up and sketch comedy. Trust this: Happy Hour never went down so smoooothe! Show starts 10pm with $8 admissionTheatre 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 Jammer hosts Sol Slam 2015 featuring Sol Driven Train. Shows Friday and Saturday. Individual tickets $15 or $30 for weekend pass. Shows 9pm Friday night and and all day jam Saturday beginning at 2pm. $20 for just the all day Saturday event or $5 day and $15 for show beginning at 8pm. Zack Seemiller The Hardest working Musician in Key West plays the deck out back from 6-8pm on Friday night. Free admission. 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  on Friday night it's Jeff Austin Band (formerly of Yonder Mountain String Band) featuring Danny Barnes, Ross Martin and Eric Thorin  w/ RODEO CLOWN:A String Band Tribute to the Grateful Dead. Doors open 8:30pm for 9:30pm start. Ticket $17 advance and $20 DOS. Come out Saturday night Saturday for the JERRY GARCIA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION w/RECKONING performing 8.1.73 The Grateful Dead – Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ. Tickets $10 for 9:45pm start. On the deck it's THE DEER CREEK SHARP SHOOTERS - 2:30pm followed by the HUNGRY MONKS PLAY JERRY - 6:00 pm.  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 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

Park Circle Films is hosting a curtain call. After a nearly seven year run, the Park Circle Film Society is winding down operations. One last informal social event will be held on August 1st at 7:00pm at the Olde Village Community Building in North Charleston. All patrons, volunteers and members of the community are encouraged to attend this free event. PCF is partnering with Charleston Music Hall for two final film screenings in downtown Charleston: MY PRAIRIE HOME, part of Charleston Pride, on July 28th at 7:00pm and I AM BIG BIRD on August 5th at 8:00pm. For information and tickets, visit Olde Village Community Bldg.4820 Jenkins Ave North Charleston.

New to the box office this weekend include is a 2015 update of 'Vacation'. The next generation of Griswolds is at it again—and on the road for another ill-fated adventure. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World. Rated R.  Also new 'Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation'. Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Stars Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner. 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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