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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 29th.  Last weekend in August is Labor Day Weekend. Can you believe 2014 is more than half over. 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.

What to do in Charleston Labor Day Weekend? Shrimp and Grits Charleston gives you the best value for $30 in Downtown Charleston. Amazing food, spirits, wine and beer, live music all included with the price… Show more of admission! Find easy, cheap parking at the Charleston Visitor's Center. Enjoy the pet talent show, sponsor booths, and a chance to meet Nathalie Dupree of Food Network and Brys Stephens while they sign cookbooks from 7-8 pm. 15 elite chefs will face off to create the best shrimp and grits in Charleston, while guests enjoy food, drink, live music, and a pet talent show. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Charleston Animal Society. Eat, Drink, and Be a JUDGE at the Shrimp & Grits Cookoff in Downtown Charleston! Event takes place Saturday from 7-10pm at Visitor's Center on Meeting Street.

Dockside Restaurant and Lounge, The Town of Edisto Beach, and the Edisto Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the Music and Shag Fest on Friday & Saturday. The event will be located at Bay Creek Park, Edisto Beach, SC. This year there will be four of the best beach music bands in the country. There will be continuous entertainment every day. Saturday events begin at 10:00 a.m. including an arts and craft fair and food vendors. DJ Jim Bowers will play music from 10:00 till 2:00 pm. Steve Craig and The Out of Towners Band will perform from 2:00 pm through 6:00 pm. The East Coast Party Band will perform from 7:00 pm through 11:00 pm. An amateur shag competition for everyone will begin at 9:00 pm. For more call 869-3867.

Teen sensation Austin Mahone performs Saturday night at Family Circle Stadium on Daniel Island. Girl group Fifth Harmony open the show which starts at 7pm. Gates open at 6pm.. Tickets range from $21-$61. For more info visit the stadium box office or visit their website.

The Charleston Music Hall and Vince Fabra cordially invite you to attend Marriage: A Comedy Show on Friday night at 9:30pm. The show gets its name because the very next day, comedian Vince Fabra will be saying “I do”, marrying his lovely fiancée, Lindsay. “My goal for Marriage: A Comedy Show is to entertain our wedding guests and strangers alike, while not saying anything to ruin the wedding weekend,” says Vince. Tickets are just $10. For tickets visit the box office at 37 John Street or call 800-514-3849 or 853-2252.

The 2014 LOWCOUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL takes place this weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The festival opens up Thursday night with blue-eyed soul singer Bobby Caldwell, a 30-year musical icon whose recent performance of “What You Won’t Do for Love” had everyone on their feet at the 2013 Soul Train Awards. Friday also will showcase the Smooth Side of Soul with saxophonist Najee. Other performers on tap over the weekend include Brian Culbertson, Norman Brown, Peter White, and Euge Groove, and Rick Braun. Sunday  concludes with one of the most successful instrumental artists of our time, Boney James. The festival, repeatedly named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. For tickets or info visit the coliseum box office or call 800-745-3000.

Your Charleston Battery host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in exciting professional soccer action Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium. Fun for the whole family. Tickets begin at $15. Match begins at 7:30pm. For more call the box office at 971-4625 (GOAL).

Friday nights are rocking at Freshfields Village (Kiawah & Seabrook entrance) with the Music on the Green weekly free concerts on the Village Green, from 6 to 9 p.m. Groove Town perform July 18th @ Freshfields. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or towel, and food and beverage will be available for purchase.

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

Charleston Stage Co. open their season 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 34 Woolfe Street & Village Rep Co. present 'The Lyons'. Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can’t figure out how to redesign her living room. Tickets range from $20-$30. For more call 856-1579.

Midtown Productions & Sheri Grace present 'The Exonerated'. What effect does it have on a person to have their freedom and self-respect stripped away and then, ostensibly, returned years later after decades of incarceration?  Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, THE EXONERATED tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. Presented in first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it. DISCLAIMER: PG-13 due to adult language and content. Tickets range from $16 - $20. Call 795-2223 or visit etix online for more. Click for review


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 Jason Connelly @ 4pm & Rene Russell playing @ 7:30pm.  Saturday come out for The Masker Band 4pm & Brent Lundy 7:30pm. FB3 Trio plays 4-7pm Sunday enjoy the music of Bil Krause 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 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.Admission is $10 for 8pm show.

.Saturday night 8pm come out 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! Tickets $12. Stay late Duncan Trussell is a stand-up comedian who currently stars on Syfy channel's "Joe Rogan Questions Everything".Admission is $15. 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 Atlas Road Crew performs with guest Dallas Baker & Friends. Tickets are $8 with doors open at 9pm. On Saturday night enjoy Drivin' N Cryin'. Tickets are $15 with doors open at 9pm. Sunday night Trial By Fire cover Journey music. Tickets are $10. 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 night come out for Chucktown Gets Down featuring a local music and art show with Hubcap Annie. Show time is 8pm for all ages concert. Tickets $5. Saturday at the Farm it's the TBA. Doors open at 8pm. 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 the Bloodkin w/ Sam Holt. Tickets are $10 & $12 DOS, with doors open at 9pm. BYOG on deck at 4pm. Saturday night come out for Zoogma w/ Tauk.  Doors open at 9pm.  Tickets are $13 & $15.  Deer Creek Sharp Shooters and Hungry Monks play the deck beginning at 3pm. Sunday night Sol Driven Train w/ Travelin Kine play  the House at 9:45pm. 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. 

The College of Charleston men’s soccer team is set to begin its 40th season of competitive soccer with the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic which will draw CofC, No. 18 UC Santa Barbara, Seattle and Furman to Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island for a fully-slated Labor Day weekend. Game tickets will be $7 per game for adults and $5 for youth, but any kid wearing a soccer jersey will get in free. It is also Military/First Responder Night sponsored by Army ROTC. Tickets will be $3 for all military personnel and first responders. A student bus will be run from the Stern Center starting at 6 p.m. The first 300 students in attendance will receive a shirt, and the first 100 will receive free food.

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 'Endless Summer' on Saturday night. Join us for an Endless Summer Party in honor of the 50th anniversary of this world-famous and enduring surfing documentary! Vendors, food trucks, live music from Tape Waves, games and cool prizes begin at 5 p.m. outside the theater! Come party with PCF and our friends from the Carolina Surf Film Festival before the movie! (All proceeds from this event benefit PCF and CSFF.) Movie time is Saturday at 7pm. Not rated. 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 'The Congress'. More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. Rated R.  Also new 'November Man'. Code named ‘The November Man’, Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). 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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