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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 Oct 24th.  First full weekend in October. 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.

If you love mac n' cheez don't miss The 5th Annual Charleston Mac Off scheduled for Saturday from 2pm to 7pm at the Grove at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. Isn't your mouth watering already? A warm & cushy event that gives tribute to our love of this versatile cheesy dish and are seeking to crown The Best Mac and Cheese in Charleston!  Jared Blake from NBC’s The Voice will be performing, along with local country rock band Adalya. Other local food vendors and national drink sponsors will be present as well. General admission is $10.

Are you ready for Stingrays Hockey. The Rays kick off the 2014-15 home schedule with Opening Night 7pm Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum hosting Wheeling Nailers! Join them for a preseason Stingrays Alumni Game featuring all of your favorite Hall of Fame players from throughout the team's 21-year history! Puck drop is at 2:00 p.m. at the Coliseum and admission is FREE with your ticket to Opening Night! Advance Tickets $24, $22, $18, $16, $13, & $8 (plus applicable fees). visit the coliseum box office or call 744-2248 for more.

The Ronald McDonald House is hosting their 1st ever Red Shoe Walk. The Red Shoe Walk was created in order to help raise the necessary funds for this expansion project. Each participant walking in the walk was challenged to raise $1,600, which is the cost of running 32 bedrooms for 1 night at the House.  Each walker will receive their very own pair of the Big Red Shoes and will in fact be walking in the shoes the day of the walk! We will convene this Saturday 10am in Hampton Park for a walk like you have never experienced before!  We invite the entire Charleston community to come out Saturday morning and support our walkers. There will be food, family and fun!

At the Charleston Music Hall 37 Johns Street this Friday it's Steve Canyon. The unforgettable signature style features the informal Canyon standing while playing a custom designed 9ft. grand piano.  Fans will witness Steven Canyon and his world class flute, sax and violinist take the stage with a large orchestra, awe inspiring projection and lighting, for an unforgettable evening of uplifting, beautiful music.Come hear the music that inspires the imagination as Steven Canyon performs some of the largest, most fully orchestrated music of today. Tickets are $24. Doors open at 7pm for 8pm start.  Saturday at the CMH come out for Swingelectric Set 1 & 2. Maestro Charlton Singleton leads the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Holy City’s resident twenty-piece big band, in its final regular season two-set concert of its electrifying sixth season. CJO’s SWINGELECTRIC challenges the meaning of swing, presenting a show dedicated to the contemporary sound of a term coined in the 1960s as “jazz fusion.” First set 5pm with doors at 4pm. Second set 8pm with doors open at 7pm. Tickets range from $30-$40. For more on CJO call 641-0011. Sunday night @ the Hall Grammy-nominated folk artists The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz, with Alex Hargreaves, Samson Grisman, and Nathaniel Smith, offer a very special evening of collaborative performance in front of one microphone. Tickets are $30.00 Advance $35.00 Day of Show. Doors open @ 7pm for 8pm start. Call 853-2252 for more or visit

Charleston’s original zombie run is back! The 3rd annual rUNdead Charleston 5K returns Saturday to North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, and registration is now open.Presented by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission and On Purpose Adventures, rUNdead takes place on the winding trails of Wannamaker just before sunset. The 5K course takes runners through woods and clearings, over bridges, across creeks, along ponds, and of course, through a maze of blood-thirsty zombies. For more click

Love a little bluegrass music than a trip to Edisto is on tap for the Mostly Bluegrass Festival. Enjoy the best of Americana music Saturday 11-9pm while savoring local farm-fresh food and spectacular views of the North Edisto River - all for the benefit of four EDISTO ISLAND non-profit conservation, educational and historic associations: The Edisto Island Preservation Alliance, The Edisto Island Open Land Trust, Edisto United and the Edisto Island Museum. Event takes place at historic West Bank Plantation on Clark Road. Tickets are $40 advance & $50 gate.

The City of North Charleston host the North Charleston Harvest Festival & Block Party Saturday 4-8pm in Park Circle and the Olde Village. Fall fun for all ages! Enjoy kid’s activities and ghost stories by the Backporch Storytellers (4:00-6:30pm), an artist market featuring booths by members of the North Charleston Artist Guild, exhibits of student artwork and work by the City’s new Artist-in-Residence, Alexandra Roberts, costume contests for children, adults, and pets (6:45pm), trick-or-treating for kids 12 & under, and live music by The V-Tones, HoneySmoke, and Juke Joint Jonny. For more

The College of Charleston perform 'Enchantment:Tales of the Supernatural' Friday at 7:30pm. The CofC opera program and musical blends together scenes from Hansel and Gretel, Camelot, The Magic Flute, Wicked, Cinderella, and more. Program takes place at the Recital Hall @ Simons Center For Arts. Tickets $10 & $5 for students.

The annual Boone Hall Fright Nights continue this Friday running weekends thru Nov 1st. Live actors. state of the art technology, and elaborate sets combine to ramp up the scare factor at South Carolina's largest multi-attraction haunted event. Be prepared be scared. Experience Zombie Town, Twisted Terror in a 3-D, the Wicked Woods Hay Ride and much much more. Tickets are $8-$12 with $27 for all you dare passes.

The St. Joseph Craft Show featuring over 40 Unique Vendors, featuring all hand made crafts, including food, & fun for all ages. Join St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Saturday 9-3pm in this family day celebration at 1695 Wallenberg Blvd West Ashley.

For the second consecutive year, the College of Charleston men’s and women’s basketball teams will tip-off the upcoming season with the Charleston Basketball Block Party slated for Sunday from 6-8 p.m. on George Street (between Glebe and Saint Philip Streets).The event, sponsored by Papa John’s, is free and open to the public. Don’t miss your chance to meet and greet with both teams and first-year head coaches Earl Grant and Candice M. Jackson. Come celebrate a fun-filled evening of entertainment with the Cougars under the Spanish moss-covered live oaks and DJ Natty Heavy spinning his tunes. Fans of all ages are also welcome to enjoy face painting, photo booths, a bounce house, giant Cornhole, Skee-Ball, Pop-A-Shot and much more.
Giveaways include free pizza for CofC students along with koozies and wristbands for all in attendance. Free snacks and refreshments will also be available.

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

Threshold Repertory Theatre is proud to announce its Season 5 opener, The Sunset Years by, Thomas and Judy Heath, our 2014 award-winning Playwrights-in-Residence. With the tagline, “Sometimes adult children just won’t leave the nest.” you just have to be curious about this family comedy. Performances Oct 23rd thru Nov 16th at 83 1/2 Society Street. Tickets are Adults $25/Seniors $20/Students $15. All shows 8pm with 3pm matinees on select Sundays. Call 277-2172

South of Broadway Theatre Company present 'Fences' by August Wilson. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and The New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Fences is the story of a responsible yet otherwise flawed black garbage collector in pre-Civil Rights America who, in August Wilson’s hands, rises to the level of an epic hero. Weekend shows Thurs-Sun thru Nov 1st. Shows 7:30pm with 3pm Sunday matinees. Tickets are $20. Call 745-0317 or visit box office at 1080 E. Montague North Charleston.

Charleston Stage Company present 'Young Frankenstein'. IT'S ALIVE! A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' s classic comedy movie masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein ("that's Fronkensteen") as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a new corpse to life. Weekend performances run thru Nov 1st. Nightly at 7:30 pm with select Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets range from $22-$57. Call 577.7183. All shows at Dock Street Theatre.

Also Charleston Stage present 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'. Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Have you ever gotten halfway to school or work and then spilled juice or coffee on your white shirt? Have you ever had a bad day? Chances are that you answered YES to all of these questions. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day focuses on a similar story where everything goes wrong for a young man named Alexander. This musical for young people based on the acclaimed children's book by Judith Viorst, is sure to tickle your funny bone and teach the important lesson that some days are just like that. Weekend shows Oct 25th & Nov 1st at Dock Street Theatre. Shows at 11am & 3pm on Saturdaya. Tickets $22.50. Call 577.7183

Woolfe Street Playhouse & Village Rep. Co. continue their run of 'Macbeth'. Shakespeare’s swift and relentless tragedy uncovers the terrifying consequences of blind ambition. In medieval Scotland, a savage world of ghosts, witches and bloody battlefields, a dark prophecy leads a warrior and his wife past the point of no return. Directed by Shakespeare Project co-founder  Evan Parry and featuring an all- star cast of regional actors. Weekend shows thru Nov 1st. Tickets $20-$30. Call 856-1579 or visit the box office 34 Woolfe St.

Crabpot Players 1137 Johnnie Dodds in Mt. Pleasant end their run of 'Cinderella'. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Tickets range from $20-$25. For info call 888-303-0763.

Charleston's all new 34 West Theatre at 200 Meeting Street performs 'Speakin' Easy' this weekend with nightly shows Thurs - Sun. The Acme Hot Air Balloon Company is whirling with lovesick receptionists and one dimwitted gangster in this glitzy new comedy from award-winning 34 West Theater, featuring timeless melodies from the 1920s and 30s. 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.  Friday it's Age Old Trade @ 4pm & Eric Dove playing @ 7:30pm.  Saturday come out for Jeff Liberty Band @ 4pm. Enjoy Oyster Roast 4-8pm Sunday enjoy the music of Sweetgrass Acoustic. 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 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. Tickets $10 for 8pm show. Late night 10pm come or stay for The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will bring its brand-new show to Theatre 99 as part of a 50 State Tour. Tickets $12 for 10pm 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! 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 80's all over with Weird Science, with doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $8. Saturday night national recording act Cowboy Mouth perform at 9pm. Tickets are $20. 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 Ana Sia with Chapper Up, Liam Michaels & Ned Mower. Tickets are $12 & $15 for this 16 and older show. Doors 8pm with 9pm start.   Saturday Red Bull Sound Select Featuring Run The Jewels, Baby Baby, The Outfit, & TX. Tickets are free with RSVP or $10 at the door. Concert is 18 and older. Doors at 8pm with 9pm start.  The Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  it's the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (formerly of the Black Crowes) performing Friday, Saturday, & Sunday nights at 9pm. Single tickets are $20 and $25 with weekend packages for $54. Jim Landry & Friends play the deck on Friday at 4pm with the Reckoning playing Dead music on Saturday at 4pm. 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.


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 host the Harvest Festival Open House this Saturday. During the City of North Charleston's Harvest Festival, PCF will open its doors to the public! Join us for some fun Halloween-themed animated shorts, our new hot apple cider, free candy for the kids and maybe a spooky game or two! We will have concessions available for purchase and free popcorn, as always. You'll also have a chance to learn more about volunteering, memberships and other ways to support PCF. This event is FREE and sure to be a boo-last for all! Not rated. Show is 7pm Saturday night. Park Circle Films located in Olde Village Community Bldg 4820 Jenkins Ave North Charleston.

New at the theaters include 'John Wick'. Legendary assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) retired from his violent career after marrying the love of his life. Her sudden death leaves John in deep mourning. When sadistic mobster Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) and his thugs steal John's prized car and kill the puppy that was a last gift from his wife, John unleashes the remorseless killing machine within and seeks vengeance. Rated R. Also new, 'Ouija'. A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Rated PG13. Finally '23 Blast', based on the amazingly true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his
optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. 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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