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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 26th.  Last full weekend in July. Summer still in full swing. 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.

The Charleston Fall Home Show runs Friday - Sunday at the Gaillard Center.  Win a Dream Backyard Makeover, Free Design and Consultation. Meet Miller Gaffney at the Antique Home Show, Attend the Home Show Party and talk with Charleston's Top Home Professionals! Open Fri 11-10pm, Sat 10-6pm, & Sun 11-5pm. HOME SHOW ADMISSION Friday: FREE (Regular Show Hours: 11am-6pm) Kitchens, Baths + All That Jazz Home Show Party: $15 in Advance, $20 at the Door. Saturday and Sunday:  $7 per Person, or $2 per Person after 2pm (Children Ages 12 and under Admitted Free)

Enjoy Movies in the Park this Friday. Mount Pleasant residents and visitors bring blankets and chairs, sit back to enjoy an incredible sunset while listening to local musicians, and then watch an outdoor movie with the beautiful Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop.  Movies begin at sunset (8:00 - 8:30 p.m.)  Free admission & parking! Music begins at 6:30 weekly and food and beverage will be available at that time also. This Friday it's Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the East Cooper Baptist Church Orchestra. Admission is free.

The Charleston Music Hall is busy this weekend. SS Productions & Charleston Music Hall host the 2nd annual New Music Confab Showcase #2. Featuring music from Stop Light Observations, Death Valley Dreams, A Fragile Tomorrow, Falling Through April, and June Divided on Thursday night beginning at 7:15pm. Tickets $20 Advance | $25 Door.

The three day event kicks off Thursday with What is the New Music Confab? The New Music Confab brings music industry professionals from all areas of the Artist Development process: radio, record labels, managers, agents, festival and concert promotion, sound and video production, social media, and of course, New Music Artists, to discover and learn from each other. Day: More than 50 Music Industry professionals will be giving you invaluable insight into the “business” and answering your questions during 10 New Music Confab Panel discussions.

Night: Check out artists at 7 different showcases at 3 of Charleston’s most popular music venues, Charleston Music Hall, Music Farm, and The Royal American. On Friday it's the New Music Confab “Change The Conversation” Showcase featuring Kelleigh Bannen, Runaway June, Christina Taylor and Haley Mae Campbell. Tickets $12 - Advance | $17 - Day of Show for 7:15pm start.

On Sunday night CMH Film Series presents The 4th Annual Lebowski Bash. There are two different ticket levels – it is like a choose your own Lebowski adventure – but all include a viewing of the classic movie at Music Hall and a FREE White Russian at The Alley afterwards. There will also be a costume contest to win FREE Music Hall tickets and Alley prizes – winners will be chosen at the after party. Movie only – Enjoy the film at Music Hall and the after party at The Alley – Just $10. Movie starts at 6PM. Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street. Call locally at (843-853-2252) or Etix @ 800-514-3849.

MUSC Health Stadium began a movie series during the summer of 2016. The series includes twelve movies ranging from Toy Story to Top gun. Films on the Field runs from July 8th through October 27th. For a full schedule, visit This Friday night come out for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Movie starts at 7:30pm.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Saturday by offering a special $2 admission fee – the cost of a ticket in 1976.  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the museum will showcase many of the new exhibits and technological upgrades that have been added over the last several years.  They also plan to launch a new animation series featuring the USS YORKTOWN’s beloved mascot, Scrappy. Call 843-881-5984 for more.

The Charleston Battery's next home game will take place on Saturday and will be LEXUS Night. The Battery host the Charlotte Independence at 7:30pm at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island. Fans can enjoy a variety of free activities on the grounds presented by LEXUS. In addition, the Battery will honor its 1996 Championship team with a special presentation during halftime. Fun for the whole family. Tickets begin at $10. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling the Battery ticket hotline at 843- 971-GOAL (4625).

The 14th Annual Ballpark Festival of Beers takes place this Saturday at  Joe Riley Stadium. The Joe and the annual Ballpark Festival of Beers have been synonymous with Lowcountry fun for more than a decade.  The festival, presented by The Kickin’ Chicken, will continue to offer some of the finest beers on earth while also capturing the enthusiasm for local food trucks. The event will feature live music by The Blue Plantation Band and Midnight City, food trucks, interactive games and beer sampling. The first 2,500 people through the gates will receive a commemorative sampling glass. Advanced general session tickets are $30 or $60 for VIP tickets and may be purchased at any area Kickin’ Chicken location while supplies last. Advanced and day of general session tickets are $35 or $60 for VIP tickets at the RiverDogs Box Office or online at or  The Ballpark Festival of Beers is rain or shine and a 21 and over event only. For more information, please call the RiverDogs at 843/577-DOGS (3647).

Magnolia Plantation 3550 Ashley River Rd is the host site for the annual Reggae Jerk Wine Fest noon until 7pm on Sunday. Live  Musical Performances by International Reggae artist, and a Reggae Band, Wine Presentation, Promo video in the theatre, Jerk Taste off and Jerk Demonstration, Domino Tournament, Ludo Game. ARTS & CRAFT MARKETPLACE, DELICIOUS JERK FOOD VENDORS. Admission is General $25, Designated Driver $15, Young Adults $15 with    Kids Ages 12 and under Free. Day of Event general tickets $35.

The SC Aquarium host 'BricksAlive' on Friday. 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. Regular admission rates apply. Call 843-577-3474 for more.

The Charleston Museum and The Powder Magazine host the Taking of Thomas Heyward on Saturday @ 9:45am at the Exchange Building 122 East Bay St. On August 27, 1780, Thomas Heyward Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, was taken from his Charles Town home by British troops and detained in the Old Exchange Building. This event is FREE and open to the public!

The 17th Annual Race For The ARK 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run takes place Saturday beginning at 7:45am. Providing support services to families and people living with alzheimers. Event takes place St. Lukes Lutheran Church 206 Central Ave Summerville. Admission is $10-$30 depending on participation. Call 843-832-2357 for details.

Missed your chance to volunteer during our Spring Women Build? No problem! Join Women Build Thurs-Sat for our Fall Women Build! For three days in August, women will take over our construction sites to help build homes, learn construction skills and become advocates of decent, affordable housing for all. Whether you’ve never swung a hammer or you’re a remodeling pro, Women Build provides an exciting opportunity for team-building and empowerment to the organizations and individuals who volunteer. For this special initiative, we are inviting ladies to join us on site for $25 per person, with the added benefit of lunch and a t-shirt. Grab your co-workers or friends and reserve a day for YOUR group! If you are interested in joining this initiative, please contact Nancy Kuhne at to find out how you can get involved with our Women Build program.

Backporch Storytellers is a non-profit organization serving as a support group for adult storytellers and listeners. It is a resource group for people interested in oral literature. The mission of the organization is to preserve and perpetuate the ancient art of Storytelling, and to preserve the multi-cultural stories of the Old South, which includes Sea Island and Gullah tales and stories. The Storytellers meet Sunday 3pm at the Red Cross Building 3434 City Hall Lane North Charleston. Admission is free. Call 843-860-4999 for details.

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 @

Cool fun awaits kids (and adults) of all ages at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s three area waterparks - Splash Zone, Splash Island and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark!  With school back the parks are open weekends thru Labor Day weekend.

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.

Join Palmetto Brewery 289 Huger Street downtown for their Loading Dock Concert series. Free concerts featuring local and regional artists. Great beer. Food trucks. Family friendly. Come on down and join us every Friday night! Please see our Facebook Events Page for band and food truck details! 6pm-10pm

Kiawah and Seabrook Islands any  Friday enjoying shopping, dining, and a complimentary wine tasting from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday & Saturday.  This week's Friday night Music on the Green features Travis Allison Band. Their wide selection include originals and crowd favorites. The concert is free and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets.

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. We are very excited to have Cappie Peete-Chapman with us this Friday to take us through the wonderful world of German Rieslings. 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.

34 West Theater present 'Addicted to Love'. The Class of '83 have gone footloose in this totally tubular musical-comedy where the men are at work and the girls just wanna have fun! "Best theatre to attend on the east coast! Where the actors are friendly and the shows put on by a strong and talented cast" Devane Trigiani, repeat patron. A menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, coke floats and savory snacks are available. Performances Tues 7pm, Thurs-Sat 8pm, select Sun 3pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. $25, discount given to groups. For tickets, visit the website listed or call 843-901-9343.

Woolfe Street Playhouse 34 Woolfe Street & Village Rep Co present '1984'. Oceania; a Nation perpetually at war, where cameras watch every move and Thought Police roam the streets. A place Winston Smith calls home. By day, Winston is an editor at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history to align the past with the radical political agenda of the ruling party and it’s illusive leader, Big Brother. By night, Winston pursues a forbidden love affair with the mysterious Julia in an attempt to rebel against the oppressive regime set down by the party and maintain some control over his otherwise totally controlled life… Weekend performances Aug 26th-Sept 17th. Tickets range $20-$32. Call 843-856-1579 for more.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts open its 2016-17 season with a unique interpretation of "Romeo and Juliet.” One of William Shakespeare’s best-known and most-loved works, "Romeo and Juliet" is the timeless story of two doomed lovers who come from two families embroiled in a bloody feud. Productions run at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11-13, 18-20, Sept. 1-3; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays Aug, 14, 21, and Sept. 4. A talkback will occur after the show on Thursday, Sept. 1. Performances will take place at the Chapel Theatre, 172 Calhoun St. Admission is $15 for general public; $10 for senior citizens, College of Charleston students and employees.

Charleston Performing Arts & Cabaret Theater present an encore presentation run of 'Dream Girls'. Celebrating girl groups the show features music from the Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, the Pointer Sisters, and more classic songs like “I Met Him on a Sunday,” “Lollipop,” “Please Mr. Postman,” and “My Boyfriend’s Back.” Performances run Thurs-Sat July 29-Aug 28. Tickets $18-$45. All shows at 873 Folly Road. Call 843-991-5582 for more.

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.

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 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 has been restored to Morgan Creek!!!! . Rene Russell  plays Friday at 5pm.  Michael Justis  plays Saturday afternoon. Sunday come out for All & 1 6pm. Join Morgan Creek this Saturday for all you can eat Pig Roast & drink specials at Creekside Bar. $20 for adults and $1- for kids 12 & under. Roast begins at 6pm. 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.  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.Guaranteed to make you laugh! Tickets $12 for 8pm show. Stay late for free Blast Off show beginning at 10pm. Saturday night it's another dose of 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. $12 for 8pm show. Late night 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. $10 for 10pm show. Laugh For A Lincoln ($5) every Wed night 8pm. Located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details. 

At the world famous Windjammer on Friday night it's Top Jimmy. $5 for 9pm start.  Zachk Seelier plays the deck 7-9pm Friday. Saturday party at the Jammer with Glamnation : 80's Hair Band Tribute. $10 for 9pm start.  Come on out. Front beach Isle of Palms. For complete info visit   or call the Jammer @ 886-8948



At the Music Farm on Friday and Saturday night the Farm join forces with the New Music ConFab presentation at neighboring Charleston Music Hall. Live bands both nights. Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. Contact the Farm at

Over at the Charleston Pour House  on Friday it's One For Hagg / Tribute to Merle Haggard. $10 for 9:30pm start. Poho Family Funk Review play the deck 4pm for free Friday. Saturday Town Mountain play the House. Tickets $13 & $15 adv/dos for 9:30pm start.  Southern Flavor Bluegrass play the deck for free at 4pm.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. Sunday at 4pm on the deck it's Sunday Phunday w/ Runaway Gin playing Phish music for free at 6pm.  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 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

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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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