Weekend Buzz: Fun Things To Do In Charleston This Weekend

By Jeff Walker, Entertainment Writer

Happy new year from Holy City Sinner. Welcome to the Weekend Buzz on Holy City Sinner. Here's what's happening the third full weekend of January 2019. The following is a list of just a few events and happenings you might want to take part in during the weekend. Consider the list a cornucopia of happenings around the low country of Charleston. Something for everyone. As the year progresses more will be taking place at different times so be sure to check the Weekend Buzz out on Holy City Sinner. Thanks!

The Taste of Folly 2019 takes place Friday & Saturday. This event will showcase everything Folly with a special emphasis on Folly’s eclectic culinary scene. The festivities will kick off on Friday night with the Cannon Distillery Cocktail Competition, featuring craft cocktails from Folly establishments. On Saturday, the restaurants will take to Center Street to serve up their best dishes and exhibit their skills through live demonstrations. Enjoy a Street Festival, cooking demos, a hot dog eating contest, chili cook off, oyster shucking contest, server Olympics, live music and a kids area. More at VisitFolly.com

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association wraps up Restaurant Week in greater Charleston. From fine to casual dining, participating restaurants will feature special menu items, promotions and discounts. Visit  https://restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com/city/charleston/ for full details.

Plenty of oyster roasts to get you ready for the Low Country Oyster Festival later this month. Come out to the Charleston Visitor Center & Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St Friday 6-9:30pm for 8th Annual Shuck-A-Rama. Proceeds benefit the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. The Oyster Roast will include, oysters (of course!), chicken and white bean chili, and live music! Come on out to support and enjoy the festivities! Info at 803-731-9823.

Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Road is the host location for Fields to Families Oyster Roast Fundraiser. Event takes place Sunday 2-5pm. What's better than supporting a wonderful local non-profit at a cool place with delicious food, great music and fun people on a beautiful day? Nothing, so we will plan to see you there! Music from Mark Jackson. BYOB, coolers welcome. Bottled water provided. Tickets $25. Call 843-473-7554 for more.

Join East Cooper Meals on Wheels for its sixth annual Oyster Roast 1-4pm Sunday at Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for everything but oysters and $10 for children (children 4 years and under are free). Guests will be required to pay the park admission fee ($2 per person; free for Gold Pass members and children 2 and under). . The oyster roast is a family-friendly event with plenty of oysters, barbecue, live music, bounce houses, and other activities for the family. Info at

On Sunday 1-6pm enjoy the 3rd Annual Oyster Fest at Roost Bar 'N Grille, 825 Savannah Hwy in West Ashley. There will be an outside bar, oyster shooters, and live music. There will also be a charity cornhole tournament to benefit Veterans. Details at 843-718-2285.

The Dinner Detective - America's Largest, Interactive, Murder Mystery Dinner Show takes place 6pm Saturday the Embassy Suites Convention Center in North Charleston. The Dinner Detective is an experience unlike any other! We offer an amazing murder mystery show paired with a fantastic four-course plated dinner. From the very beginning, we will hide actors in the audience that are not dressed in costume. Anyone in the room can end up being part of the show, including YOU! Dinner & show $59.99. Call (866) 496-0535 to reserve.

The Charleston Music Hall is busy this Sunday. CMH presents 'Women's Adventure Film Tour' on Sunday with show time at 7pm. The world is blessed with some amazing, female adventurers, but recently their stories were rarely seen on the big screen with adventure film festivals dominated. Tickets $12 advance and $15 DOS. The Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street downtown Charleston. Call 843-853-2252 for more info.

The North Charleston Coliseum complex is busy this weekend. Your SC Stingrays play host to the Orlando Solar Bears all weekend. The puck drops at 7pm Friday & Saturday night and 3pm Sunday afternoon. Visit the box office or call 800-745-3000 for more.

Also on Saturday 2-4pm at the coliseum it's time for the 5th Annual Deputy Joe Matuskovic Memorial Hockey Game. On September 8, 2014, Charleston County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Matuskovic was killed in the line of duty. The Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3, in partnership with the South Carolina Stingrays, continue to honor his memory. The Charleston Enforcers will play the Charleston Patriots. For more call 843-744-7255.

Sea Kayak Carolina, 118 May Lane Mt. Pleasant will host a 13.5 Mile Ashley River One Way Trip on Saturday beginning at 11am. They will launch from Remleys Point Public Boat Landing and paddle under the Ravenal Bridge around the Charleston Peninsula/Rainbow Row and up the Ashley river landing at WO Thomas Jr Boat Landing. Paddlers will leave their cars in at the launch parking lot and shuttle transportation will be provided back to the launch after the trip. Info at 843-352-2267.

Several local wine shops offer wine tastings on Friday night to kick off TGIF. Over in Mt. Pleasant join Des at Crushed Fine Wine at 716 S Shelmore Blvd from 5-7pm as he hosts locals and samples some of the finest wines from around the world and different regions of America. They request $10 for the tasting. $5 of which will be rebated on any bottles purchase. For more call (843) 856-1156.

Charleston Stage Co. present 'Number The Stars' this weekend only. As German troops begin to “relocate” all the Jews of Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend Ellen Rosen. Through Annemarie’s eyes, audiences watch the Danish resistance help almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark—more than 7,000 souls—escape across the sea to Sweden. Shows Saturday at Sunday at 3pm. Tickets $30.75. Call 843.577.7183 for more.

Woolfe Street Playhouse at 34 Woolfe Street present 'All About You- A True Story'. The Village Rep is pleased to present this world premiere production, All About You by Liz Butler Duren, based on her award winning memoir. Directed by Keely Enright. At fifteen, Liz learned a long-held secret about her life. She was adopted.The discovery shatters her sense of self and family and propels Liz on a 30-year journey to find the mother who gave her away. Like a master detective, she deciphers decades-old agency documents to decode the truths within. Fraught with dead ends and disappointments, her journey threatens to reveal secrets that have long defined the lives of her loved ones. Liz herself will share her story on stage with heart, humor and bittersweet reflections of a South Carolina girlhood. Weekends Jan 4th-20th. Nightly at 7:30pm with 3pm Sunday matinees. Tickets $15-$25. Call 843-856-1579 for more.

Pure Theatre open their run of Sam Shepard's 'True West'. Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee's trashy Western tale. This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Weekend performances Jan 11th - Feb 2nd. Nightly at 7:30pm with 3pm Sunday matinees. Tickets $35. All shows at Cannon Street Arts Center, 134 Cannon Street downtown Charleston. For more call 843-723-4444.

34 West Theatre Co. at 200 Meeting Street present 'She Drives Me Crazy'. Last summer’s 3 month sellout returns! A five-story walkup is overrun with love, angst, and the pursuit of better coffee. It’s Friends meets Seinfeld in this new romantic-comedy, with tunes from Celine to Spin Doctors. Prepare for a hilarious '90's night out! A menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, sodas and savory snacks are available. Select performances on Tuesdays, and Thurs-Sat at 8pm. Tickets $35. For info call (843) 901-9343.

The Black Fedora 164 Church Street downtown, offers clean comic whodunit shows most evenings, featuring volunteer audience participation and a la carte appetizers, desserts, and drinks. One-half block off the City Market. $24. A variety of audience participation mysteries that will delight all ages. Among the shows being offered up include 'Sherlock's Other Brother by a Southern Mother', 'Murder Aboard the Starship Fed Ora', 'Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery', and 'Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun, and Gin Club'. Black Fedora is a nice place to be entertained, enthralled, & sit back and enjoy food & drink. Shows rotate throughout the season. For more details call (843-937-6453).

If you love to laugh than Theatre 99 is the place to go. This weekend 99 joins in the annual Charleston Comedy Festival. Theatre 99 and Charleston City Paper are proud to present the 16th Annual Charleston Comedy Festival January 16 - 19. It's going to be 4 nights packed with hilarious improv, stand up and sketch comedy from around the country in 5 different venues. Tickets range from $10-$14 for shows on Friday & Saturday at 99. Wednesday & Thursday night at 99 it's Laugh For A Lincoln. 3 acts of hilarious improv comedy for just $5. Yes, just 5 bucks! Theatre 99 is located at 280 Meeting St. above the Bicycle Shop. Call 843-853-6687 for more. Visit their site for more. http://theatre99.com/

The world famous Windjammer on the Isle of Palms is rocking this weekend. Friday night it's The Louie D. Project. Tickets $5 for 9pm show. On Saturday at the Jammer it's Spunjwurthi. Tickets are $5 at the door….Doors 9PM Show is 10ish The Windjammer is front beach 1008 Ocean Blvd. on IOP. Call (843) 886-8596.

The Music Farm is happening this weekend. On Friday night come out for Badfish: a Tribute to Sublime with Ballyhoo! and Little Stranger. Tickets $14 for all ages show beginning at 8pm. And on Saturday at the Farm it's Alice’s Rave Wonderland featuring BEAR GRILLZ. Tickets $25 for 8pm show. The Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. For more call 843.577.6969.

The Charleston Pourhouse is hopping this weekend. On Friday night it's CBDB w/ Marvelous Funkshun. Tickets $10 adv & $12 DOS. Music kicks off at 9pm. The Poho Family Funk Revue play the deck for free at 4pm. Saturday night come out for The Grateful Ball w/ Travellin McCourys's & Jeff Austin Band. Tickets $25 adv & $30 dos. Holy City Heaters play the deck for free at 4pm Saturday. Sunday during the day at the House come out as Evolve Holistic Health and Fitness & the Pour House present: Downward on the Deck Poho Yoga at 10am. Plus enjoy a SUNDAY BRUNCH FARMERS MARKET 11am - 3pm. Nocturnal Kernalz perform at 4pm Sunday for free on the deck. Sunday night at enjoy the music of Dallas Baker w/ W / Fuller Condon David Vaughan, Dennis Ware, Wallace Mullinax, & Aaron Firetag. Tickets $5 for 9pm show. The Pour House is located at 1977 Maybank Highway James Island. Info at (843) 571-4343

New at the box office this weekend includes 'The Last Man'. Fearing the end of the world, a war veteran with PTSD feels compelled to begin building an underground shelter. Stars Hayden Christensen & Harvey Keitel. Rated R. Also new 'Glass'. David Dunn tries to stay one step ahead of the law while delivering vigilante justice on the streets of Philadelphia. His special talents soon put him on a collision course with the Beast -- the psychotic madman who has superhuman strength and 23 distinct personalities. Stars  Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, & Samuel L. Jackson. Rated PG13.

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