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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 Jan 13th.  First full weekend in January and 2017.  Happy new year to all our low country followers. Be careful and safe this 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. 

It's okay to still be celebrating Clemson's incredible come from behind victory over Alabama on Monday night. Go Tigers! National Champs for 2016.

The 2017 Charleston Marathon takes place on Saturday. Marathon and Half Marathon course features scenic water views, the Battery, and historic King Street. Shrimp and Grits 5k run through historic Park Circle in North Charleston. Runs kick off at 8am. Entry cost ranges from $ 18.75 - $ 67.50. For more info 1-800-432-6111.

The Charleston Build, Remodel & Landscape Expo takes place this Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Exchange Park in Ladson. Learn the latest trends in design, product offerings, maintenance tips, and more on everything to do with kitchen and bath remodeling, roofing, flooring, home security, water conditioning, insulation, windows, exterior products, and much more. Discover the latest landscaping options and strategies.  Open 10-7pm Sat & 10-5pm on Sun. Tickets $5 with kids 17 & under free.

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association hosts Charleston Restaurant Week Wednesday, January 4th through Sunday, January 22nd (yes, that means Restaurant "Week" is actually 19 days long).For those unfamiliar with the culinary celebration, diners spend the week sampling the varying cuisine of the Lowcountry. Participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus, discounted prices, or other specials throughout the "week.

Charleston Music Hall is alive this weekend. On Friday night CMH & The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art are tickled to team up once again for the 5th installment of The Groundhog Day Concert at 8pm. We all know Groundhog Day as the day in which the sleepy groundhog rises out of his hole, looks at his shadow, and thus decides if winter is almost over. Little did you know that Groundhog Day is also the un-official day for music celebration in Charleston. Due to the schedules of musicians, they have to celebrate Groundhog Day a little early this year, but we shall celebrate with the fervor of 1,000 suns to wake the Groundhog from his burrow and bring Summer all the quicker. Bill Carson will lead an amazing ensemble of musicians in a night of musical magic, fantasy, lore, and craftsmanship. Tickets $15-$25.  On Saturday night come out as NS2, Emporium & CMH present The Black Jacket Symphony:Queen's A Night at the Opera. Tickets $25 & $30. Visit the box office at 37 John Street or call 843-853-2252.

On Saturday local restaurants compete in the annual Charleston’s Best Fried Chicken Challenge. The events takes place 1-6pm at The Grove at Patriot’s Point 40 Patriots Point Rd in Mt. Pleasant. Festival Entry, Live Entertainment, Children’s Area Access, VIP Area Access, Open Bar & 10 Tasting Tickets. Advance Ticket General Admission $20 & VIP $75. Tasting Tickets: $2 each.

Justin Willman a magician & comedian known for his regular appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Conan, Food Network, and @Midnight, will bring his show to Charleston Saturday night. Willman's 'Fake Believe Tour' show is 8pm at Sottile Theatre 44 George Street. Tickets are $35. For more call 843-889-3713. Proceeds benefit the Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary.

The North Charleston Coliseum complex is busy this weekend. The annual Monster Jam Truck show returns to the coliseum Friday & Saturday night. Show times are 7pm with tickets beginning at $15. Next door at the Charleston Area Convention Center it's the SCACA Gun & Knife Show on Saturday & Sunday. Doors open 9am both days. Tickets ADULTS: $8.00, (12 YRS & UNDER: FREE WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT). $6 for military with ID. Visit the coliseum box office or call 800-745-3000 for more. Call Stingrays @ 843-744-2248

MUSC present the film 'Les Saisons' Friday at the Basic Science Auditorium off Ashley Ave. The mesmerizing Seasons does for beasts of the land what the directors' Winged Migration and Oceans did for the air and sea. At the end of the Ice age 80,000 years ago, the landscape metamorphosed, the cycle of seasons was established, and the beasts occupied the forests. It was a world of life and survival, of astonishing beauty. Then humans appeared to share this habitat and to alter and sometimes devastate other forms of life. English subtitles. Friday 7pm. Tickets $5. Call (843) 235-6447 for more.

The Poe / Sullivans Island Library 1921 Ion Ave on Sullivans Island host Harry Potter VIII Read-Aloud Series Saturday 12:30 – 1:30pm.

Enjoy Unplugged at Palmetto on Saturday. Palmetto Brewery Opens at noon Food Truck: TBA Music from: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Palmetto Brewing, 289 Huger St, Charleston.

The Johns Island Farmers Market 3546 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island is open Saturdays 10-2pm.The founders want the market to be a one-stop-shop for everything on your shopping list to be sourced locally. Johns Island Farmers Market holds a mission of bringing interactive ways to educate your community on the health and environmental benefits of making sustainable choices. Visit their site to check out an array of vendors.

CSU men's basketball team plays host to UNC Asheville on Saturday. The Bulldogs are in a three-way tie atop the league at 4-1. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Downtown the College of Charleston men's basketball team host the fellow CAA opponent William & Mary 4pm at TD Arena. For tickets call 843-953-COFC or vist the arena box office.


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. We are so fortunate to have our good friend Jacki join us this Friday to present some wines from the large holding of Jackson Family estates. Plus weekly wine tastings. 



Carolina Opry a Calvin Gilmore Theatre in Myrtle Beach has a full array of shows for the new year. Calvin Gilmore produces and directs many of the show with his usual award-winning flair for production. 




Flowertown Players in Summerville present 'All In the Timing' at the James F. Dean Theatre. What do three philosophical monkeys, a made up language, and a dating disaster have in common? They’re all a part of David Ives’s hilarious and poetically poignant masterpiece, All in the Timing. Six short plays take Flowertown’s stage in what Time Magazine calls, “theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart.” This collection of one-acts slays audiences with wit, charm, and comedic wordplay. Weekends show Jan 13-22nd. Nightly at 8pm with 3pm Sunday matinees. Tickets $15-$25. Call 843-875-9251.

Charleston Theater & Threshold Rep Co. present 'Mine'. As a first-time mother about to have a home birth, Mari is certain of one thing: She can't wait to hold her baby. The next morning, she's certain of something else. The baby in her arms is not her baby. A contemporary thriller with age-old roots, MINE explores an unseen world where doubt and certainty blur and madness vies with reality. Weekend shows run Jan 12-29. Nightly at 7:30pm with select 3pm matinees on Sunday. Tickets $15-$25. All shows at 84 1/2 Society Street. Call 843-277-2172 for more.

Dock Street Theatre 135 Church Street host 'Harriet's Return' this Saturday. The Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman was rescheduled after Hurricane Matthew led to MOJA cancellations. The play is based on the life of Tubman and was created by Karen Jones Meadows and will be performed by Charleston Black Theatre. Tickets $21-$36

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.

Isle of Palms coolest hangout is, Morgan Creek Grill. Every January Morgan Creek hosts 3 nights of original music by local and regional songwriters on the Upper Deck. There will be 3 nights with 3 songwriter’s each night on stage together sharing stories and original songs. Friday, Jan. 13, 20, 27, from 7-10pm each night. This Friday enjoy Brad Wells, Tommy Huffman,  Steve Flether, and  Shelly Waters. Come out for Saturday oyster roasts during the season!  The roasts start at 4pm and go until supplies last so get here early! $20 all you can eat oysters,  chili, and more.  Lauren Hall Band plays 4-8pm Saturday.  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 comedy this weekend. Friday 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! $12 for 8pm show. Saturday come out for The Have Nots beginning at 8pm.  The longest running show in Charleston!  With 18 years and over 1,400 shows together, The Have Nots! (founders of Theatre 99) are ready for your audience suggestions.  No scripts!  All improv! Come see what all the talk is about! Tickets $14. Late night it's Amazing Grace. A study of the awkwardly absurd world of Jason, there are lots of laughs to be had in the weird little quirks of life and all the characters that you could run into at any moment or never come across in a million years...maybe a very polite and respectful R&B artist? $10 for 10pm show. And enjoy Laugh For A Lincoln ($5) every Wed night 8pm. Located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details. 

At the world famous Windjammer Friday it's The Louie D. Project. $5 for 9pm start. Saturday night it's Americana alternative music from Charleston band Wentworth Underground. $5 tickets.  Come on out. Front beach Isle of Palms. Check their website for updates. For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8948



At the Music Farm on Friday night it's Joe Russo's Almost Dead. Tickets $30. Saturday night it's the Coast Records Winter Jam featuring Tyler Boone, Chris Wilcox, Tom Mackell, The Give & the Take, and Katie Rose. Tickets $10 for all ages show that starts at 8pm.  Sunday night Lettuce & Jaw Gems perform at 9pm. Tickets $20 & $23 for 16 and older show. Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House Friday night it's Long May You Run a tribute concert to Neil Young featuring local artists including Jordan Igoe and Guilt Ridden Troubadours with 9:30pm start. Poho Family Funk Revue play the deck for free Friday at 4pm.  Saturday night come out for the 40th anniversary salute to The Last Waltz W / special guests Eric Daubert and Greg Hester $  $10 advance & $13 DOS.  Dallas Baker & Friends plays the deck Saturday for free beginning at 4pm. Sunday during the day enjoy Downward on the Deck Poho Yoga.  Also on Sunday come out for the11-3pm Sunday Brunch Farmer's Market as Mike Quinn presents Kanika Moore and the Motown Throwdown 1pm-4pm. FREE LIVE Gospel-Soul-Funk w / Pour House. 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.


Every Saturday from 12-4pm Deep Water Vineyard 6775 Bears Bludd Road Charleston are proud to offer food and music to entertain all of our visitors. It's hard to find food on Wadmalaw Island and we understand! We want to make sure you enjoy your tastings with some food in your stomach, while you eat you can listen to musicians and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the vineyard.  Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your smile - you're bound to have a great time. For more call (843) 559-6867.

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.

New at the box office this weekend include 'The Book of Love'. Henry (Jason Sudeikis) is a widowed architect who strikes up a friendship with Millie (Maisie Williams), an independent but troubled teen. Rated PG13. Also new, 'Sleepless'. Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) finds himself caught in a high-stakes web of corrupt cops, internal affairs and murderous gangsters. Rated R. And for the family there is 'Monster Trucks'. Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town with a most unlikely friend. Rated PG.

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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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