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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 28th. Last full weekend in October. Fall is here. Hit the beach. 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. Now that Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, it's time to get out and have some fun.

The 5th-ranked Citadel football team returns to Johnson Hagood Stadium this week in the first of back-to-back home games. The Bulldogs host ETSU on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3. For tickets, visit or call The Citadel Athletic Ticket Office at 843-953-DOGS (3647).

The Charleston County Library host 'Moving Star' Photography Exhibit'. Local photographer Ron Rocz has been documenting 19-year-old Lamar Hunter's evolution as a freestyle dancer for a decade. This exhibit features a series of photographs Ron has taken of Lamar dancing at various historical sites around Charleston, including many places with deep ties to local African American history. In conjunction with MOJA Festival.  4pm Friday. Call 843-805-6930 for more.

The annual Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch October fest continues this weekend. The holiday spectacular is the South Carolina Lowcountry's most popular fall festival family fun event.  Features a petting zoo, family friendly hayride, two of the largest jump pillows in the state, three story slide tower, playground fun, inflatables, corn maze, games, retail tent, and of course, plenty of pumpkins. $10 for ages 3 and up. 2 and under free. Monday - Saturday 9-6pm. Sun 11-6pm. Event runs thru October. Call 843-884-4371 for details.

Legare Farms host the 2016 Pumpkin Patch & More Festival. Open weekends thru October. Open Fridays 5-8, Saturdays 10-8. and Sunday 1-6. $1.00 per person at the gate (age 2 and up). Hayride to feed the cows $3 for everyone 2 and up. Horse rides $3. Scarecrow Factory $10. Gem Mine $2 and $12 per bucket. Fish & Turtle Feeding fish feed $5 and $2. Haunted House, trail of terror, and haunted hayride- One weekend only. October 21st and 22nd. Call 843-559-0788 for more.

Charleston’s Favorite Haunted Pub Crawl runs thru Oct 31st. Spooky stories, odd tales, legends and unique personalities fill the hallowed streets and alleyways of the Holy City. Come hear about haunts and haunts, duelist and dreamers on our Haunted Pub Tour. Come along, (if you dare) to learn about swamp witches and ghosts and troublesome poltergeist as we visit some great Charleston pubs and bars. You will be able to purchase local craft beer or cocktails as we visit three to four locations. We provide some light appetizers and your guide entertains with local history and haunts. Your licensed guide will share some local history as well as spooky and scary stories from Charleston’s past.

The Charleston Music Hall is busy this weekend. Friday night NS2 & CMH present Willie Watson & Aoife O’Donovan. If you love American folk music than this is your show. $25 for 8pm start. On Saturday the Jazz Artists of Charleston present Charleston Jazz Orchestra: Jazz on the Screen II  Hits from the Small Screen to the Silver Screen. Two shows 5pm & 8pm. Adults: $40 – $55 | Seniors (65+): $35 – $50 | Students: $10. For more you can reach CJO Box Office # 843-641-0011. Sunday night at the CMH it's Rusted Root w/ Devon Allman Band. Tickets $25 - Tier 2 | $35 - Tier 1. Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street. Call locally at (843-853-2252) or Etix @ 800-514-3849. 

The SC Aquarium host  Under Water Pumpkin Carving. Daily Dive Show is transformed into an Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest! Guests will get to judge which divers’ jack-o-lantern is the best and watch as the animals in the Great Ocean Tank enjoy a fun and stimulating enrichment experience! Opens 11am daily. Call 843-577-3474 for details.

Highland Park Baptist Church on Murray Drive in Hanahan host their annual Fall Festival Saturday 11-1pm. Fun and games for children. Please join them to help celebrate the community. Info (843) 797-1100.

Mount Pleasant Towne Center host their annual Fall Festival Noon to 4pm on Saturday. Enjoy  day of festivities, including trick or treating, jump castle, face painting, balloon animals, train rides and more family fun. Art-vark Palette, a local Mount Pleasant art studio, will be offering a fun, free art activity to all the kids: a hand print animal drawing – you will be amazed at all the animals that can be made out of a child's hand print! Snacks will be available from Burtons Grill, Holy City Homemade Italian Ice, Dave N’ Dubs Hot Dogs, TCBY and Qdoba.Train rides are $4 per person.

The SC Aquarium host 'BricksAlive'. Join them as creativity and imagination come to life with more than 250,000 colorful LEGO® bricks. BricksALIVE will feature a collection of 12 life-sized animal sculptures throughout the Aquarium’s second floor. These amazing and complex figures will represent species that call South Carolina home. Requiring five months of construction time, these incredible sculptures will be designed and built by the Aquarium’s exhibits team and will include a bald eagle, a sea turtle, a river otter and an 8-foot dolphin. Contribute your own personal touch at an interactive building station, where a coral reef built of LEGO® bricks change with each guest’s contribution. Open 9-5pm. Now available The Sea Turtle Hospital Tour. Daily tours at noon and 2 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. Call 843-577-3474 for more.

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina host Bazaar At the Point Sunday. Lots of eclectic venders, kids activities, live music, live bee hive exhibit, corn hole, hermit crab races, & much more. Open and free to the public every fourth Sunday of the month. Pets welcome. 843-284-7022 for more info.

Fishermen & fisherwomen take note. Charleston County Parks & Recreation's Cast Off Fishing Tournaments begin Saturday marking the first 2016 Cast Off Fishing Tournament of the year! This 8-tournament series kicks off at the Mount Pleasant Pier this Saturday with some "reel" competition for all ages of anglers. Did we mention the prizes? Because there WILL be prizes. Learn more @

The Charleston Farmer's Market runs April 9th - Nov 26th 2016. thru Join them every Saturday 8am-2pm in beautiful Marion Square and peruse the aisles, where you will enjoy a wide variety of 100+ Local Vendors, including; Farmers & Growers, Sweet & Savory Food Concessions, Artisans & Crafters, Live Music, Fun Activities, Community Groups & So Much More! Family-Friendly & Fun for ALL ages! You are sure to have a great time, whether you are swinging by to grab a quick bite to eat, getting your grocery shopping done for the week or even looking for a gift for that special someone. Bring your favorite picnic blanket and relax while enjoying live music on what we like to call, the largest outdoor dining patio in all of Charleston, SC.

Every Saturday from 8am-1pm come out to Summerville and take part in their Farmer's Market. 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. Enjoy live music in the Market Café from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Keep in mind the City Market alongside Market Street between East Bay and Meeting Streets now stays open late on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy a stroll thru the historic venue while you're downtown enjoying dinner or a show in the area.

The James Island Artist Market brings local artists and crafters every Thursday evening to Brick House Charleston, 1575 Folly Road, James Island. Live local music and free admission. 6pm - 10pm weather permitting. 843-509-6799 Dogs welcome on leash.


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. Italian wines on display this Friday. Plus 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. During the week catch a performance of 'Time Warp' a Good Vibrations Production featuring great songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. It will take you on a Top 40 thrill ride. 'The TCO Show' has for nearly 30 years been thrilling Myrtle Beach visitors. The award-winning show blends two hours of high-energy music, comedy and dance! Check out 'Thunder & Light'. This entirely new live production stars the nationally renowned clogging group All That!, combined with a multi-million dollar laser light show and featuring the magical illusions of Brandon and Hannah Wagster. And if you love lasers and great music, be sure to catch 'Light'. You have to see a show like this to believe it. The blaze of color and movement from the lasers, when coupled with music in a themed production, creates a moving and unforgettable experience. Show times vary thru out the season. Visit the website for more.

Charleston Stage Company present 'Dracula, King of Vampires' at historic Dock Street Theatre. The classic tale with the Prince of Darkness not only lusting for blood but after world domination as well.  In Julian Wiles’s original, sweeping and imaginative retelling, we follow Count Dracula as he journeys from his Transylvania castle, to a ghostly shipwreck on England’s shore, to Dr. Seward’s famed asylum for the insane and to a romantic masquerade ball where he meets the luminous Mina Harker. Weekend performances Oct 21st - Nov 6th. Nightly at 7:30m with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets $26-$64. Call 843.577.7183 for more.

South of Broadway Theatre Company end thier run of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson. In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, Emilie du Châtelet, genius and lover of Voltaire, defends her life and loves. Shows Thurs, Fri, & Sat at 7:30pm. Call 843-745-0317 for more. All shows at SOBT 1080 E. Montague North Charleston.

Woolfe Street Playhouse and Village Rep Co. present 'Corpse'. Corpse! is set in London in 1936, and tells the story of twin brothers, one of whom plots to murder the other in the most unusual circumstances. Corpse! is not so much a whodunnit as a whodunnit to whom! Weekend shows Oct 21st - Nov 5th at Woolfe Street Playhouse 34 Woolfe Street. Nightly at 8pm. Tickets $15-$28. Call  (843) 856-1579 for more.

Flowertown Players present 'Talk Radio', the story of Barry Champlain, a Cleveland-area shock jock, on the eve of his radio show’s national syndication. Barry is on the air doing what he does best: insulting the pathetic souls who call in the middle of the night to sound off. Tomorrow, Barry’s show is going into national syndication and his producer is afraid that Barry will say something that will offend the sponsors. This, of course, makes Barry even more outrageous. Weekend shows Thur - Sat 8pm this weekend and next. Tickets $12. Call 843-875-9251. Flowertown Players located at 133 S. Main St. Summerville.

Footlight Players 20 Queen Street present 'The Brain That Wouldn't Die!' The fiancee of a brilliant surgeon is decapitated in a car accident. He keeps her head alive while he searches for a body in time for their wedding, with hilarious results! ADAPTED FROM THE 1962 B-MOVIE CLASSIC NEW DATES - WORLD PREMIERE OCTOBER 12-17. Five performances over the weekend with two shows on Saturday. Tickets begin at $25. Call box office @ 843-722-4487 for more.

Threshold Rep Co. theatre & What If Productions present 'EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICIAL'. This campy, bloody musical based on the 1980's Evil Dead film trilogy follows 5 college kids to a cabin in the woods where the just happen to accidentally unleash an unspeakable evil force from hell. Hilarious and bloody beyond belief, Evil Dead: The Musical unearths the old familiar story: a guy and his friends take a weekend getaway at an abandoned cabin in the woods, while trying to get lucky they unleash an ancient evil spirit, guy's friends turn into Canadian Demons as he fights for his own survival. This campy, hilarious horror romp features not only buckets of blood (check out our Splash Zone seating!) and dismembered body parts, but also some of the best musical theatre song titles you're ever going to hear, including: What the F@#k Was That?, Look Who's Evil Now and All the Men In My Life Keep Getting Killed by Canadian Demons. To call this show the bloodiest good time you will have in Charleston this October is both an understatement and the literal truth! Weekends Oct 6-29th. Great timing with Halloween. Tickets Adult $30, Senior (55+) $25, Student/Military $20 Splash Zone +$3. All show 84 1/2 Society St. Call (843) 277-2172 for more. Review

34 West Theater present 'Moonshine County Line'. O’ Brother, we got trouble!  A group of local riffraff help save a small town from financial woe and one dimwitted gangster. Careening around the lives and loves of three misfits, this exuberant and hilarious tale is jam-packed with popular tunes from Cash to Cline.  From the creators of last years RADIO HITCHCOCK comes a funny, and possibly tear-inducing, musical. Tickets $25. Call 843-901-9343 for more. Snacks available as well as wine, beer & soft drinks. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. $25, discount given to groups. For tickets, visit the website listed or call 843-901-9343.

South of Broadway Theatre present 'Voltaire’s feisty lover, La Marquise du Châtelet visits Charles Towne'. Forget adjectives describing her beauty, charm and wit -- all of which were no doubt true. This lady’s fascination stems from her accomplishments as a mathematician and scientist whose name has been linked to the works of Leibniz, Newton, Maupertius, Koenig, and the infamous Voltaire. All performances are at South of Broadway Theatre: 1080 E. Montague Ave. in Park Circle. Tickets $25. Show runs wknds October 13-29th at 7:30:PM with Sunday matinees October 16 and 23 at 3:00PM.  Call 843-745-0317. More

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present a dance concert, "Safe Harbor," directed by Gretchen McLaine and choreographed by the College’s dance faculty, select students, and guest artist John Zullo. The cast is comprised of more than thirty dance majors and minors. Performances run Oct. 20-23, and will take place at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Show times are 7:30 p.m., except the performance on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. only. Tickets are $20; $15 for senior citizens, CofC employees and non-College of Charleston students; and $12 for College of Charleston students. Tickets and season subscriptions can be purchased online at, by emailing, or by calling (843) 953-6306. More @

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

Isle of Palms coolest hangout is, Morgan Creek Grill. Friday night it's Grey Alley Duo. Saturday come out for Grey Alley Trio during oyster roast. Sunday it's the Bam Jazz Trio. Show times 5:30-8:30  Saturday Oyster Roast times are 4-8pm. 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 kicks off with 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. Stay late for comedian Shane Mauss. Unlike a typical stand-up act that is 45 minutes of set-up, punch, repeat.  This is an hour and a half show that is part stand-up, part storytelling, and part Ted Talk. $15 for 10pm show. 8pm Saturday it's another round of Improv Riot. Tickets $12. Saturday late night at 99 it's The Ruckus Room Stand-Up Show. Local comedians and longtime Theatre 99 company members Tim Hoeckel and Jessica Mickey like f*cking with their friends, so they decided to create a local stand-up comedy series where they can do just that. $8 for 10pm start. 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 night  Dorado formerly Chasing Crazy W/ Sarah Hunnicutt perform. Admission is $5 for 9pm start. On Saturday come out for Irritating Julie, one os SC's best cover bands. Now showing every NFL on Sunday at the Jammer.  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 and Saturday night it's TBA. Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House   The Keller Williams KWahtro. $25 adv/dos. Limited 2 night package tickets available - $44 (Keller Williams play solo on Thursday night). Poho Family Funk Review play the deck 4pm for free Friday.  Saturday night come out for MARCO BENEVENTO + ERIC KRASNO BAND. Tickets $20 & $25 DOS. CHALI 2NA ( founding member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli) & NAUGHTY PROFESSOR play the deck at 4pm for $5. 10am Sunday 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. Mandolin Orange w/ Dead Horses play Sunday night. Tickets $15 & $17.  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 'Inferno' from director Ron Howard. Famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. 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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