Weekend Buzz: Fun Things To Do In Charleston This Weekend

By Jeff Walker, Entertainment Writer

Welcome to the Weekend Buzz on Holy City Sinner. Here's what's happening the final full weekend of May 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 Lowcountry of Charleston. Something for everyone. The year heats up with events, so be sure to check the Weekend Buzz out on Holy City Sinner. Thanks! Lots happening in Chuck-town this weekend. If you love comedy, plays, sports, food & festivals, you'll find something to do this weekend.

From Holy City Sinner have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend. 

Two of the biggest festivals of the year kicks off this weekend. It's time for the annual Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals. Both kick off at noon on Friday with the opening ceremony at the corner of Meeting & Broad Streets at City Hall. For 17 days and nights (May 24 - June 9) each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. Now approaching its 43rd season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. For info call (843) 579-3100 or https://spoletousa.org/

The more budget worthy Piccolo Spoleto Festival covers the same time frame. The Piccolo Spoleto Festival annually presents a varied program that includes visual arts exhibitions, performances of classical music, jazz, dance, theater, and choral music, as well as cultural events and community celebrations, poetry readings, children’s activities, craft shows, and film screenings. Piccolo Spoleto prioritizes accessibility for both artists and performers, presenting professional work of the highest standard, while ensuring that nearly half of Piccolo’s events are admission-free, with the balance offered at affordable ticket prices. Call (843) 724-7305 or visit http://www.piccolospoleto.com/

In conjunction with Spoleto there will be a Craft Show at Wragg Square 342 Meeting Street on Friday & Saturday. Check out all sorts of artisans in metal works, leather, pottery, ceramics and more. Just down the street at Marion Square there will be an Outdoor Art Festival. The art fest runs thru June 8th.

Your Charleston Riverdogs host the Columbia Fireflies Saturday thru Monday. A tribute to the Military on Saturday and Sunday is Family Day at the Joe. MUSC Health Family Sunday. Kids eat free, run the bases after the game, and everyone parks free. Game times 7pm, 6pm, & 5pm respectively. Monday is Dog Day at the Park with $1 beers. For tickets visit Joe Riley Stadium or call box office at (843) 577-3647.

Your Charleston Battery play host to the Atlanta United 2 on Saturday night at MUSC Health Stadium. Kick off begins at 7pm. Come join the family friendly fun, and enjoy exciting professional soccer on Daniel Island. For tickets and details call 843-971-GOAL.

The Charleston Music Hall is busy this weekend. Friday & Saturday night the Mt. Pleasant Performing Arts Company presents 'Cinderella'. An all time favorite for all ages, this is the story of a beautiful young girl who is at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. With the help of her 3 fairy Godmothers, Cinderella wins the heart of the handsome young Prince and lives happily ever after. Friday 7pm & Saturday 1pm.  $30 Adv & $35 DOS. The Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street downtown Charleston. Call 843-853-2252 for more info.

Charleston Parks & Recreation host Moonlight Mixer Friday night on the Folly Beach Pier, where DJ Jim Bowers will be spinning the hottest oldies and beach music for you all night long. Tickets $10, children three & under admitted free.  Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase inside the event, and food, snacks, and beverages are available in the gift shop. No pets, coolers, outside alcohol or food allowed. Call 843-795-4386 for more.

At the North Charleston Coliseum complex this weekend.   Friday night the PAC host'Southern Soul Express', featuring Sir Charles Jones & Friends (Lacee, Lenny Williams, Theodis Ealey, Klass Band). Tickets start at $63 for 8pm show. Country singer Granger Smith performs at the PAC on Sunday night. Flagship artist on BBR Music Group's Wheelhouse Records, Smith broke onto the national scene with Remington, an album that garnered him the No. 1 smash "Backroad Song." Smith was also awarded a BMI Country Award for writing, producing, publishing and performing "Backroad Song" and followed it with the Top 5 hit, "If The Boot Fits." Tickets $26-$32. Visit the coliseum box office or call 800-745-3000 for more.

The Madeira Sunset Cruise departs Sunday at 6:30pm from 10 Wharfside Street for two hour cruise. Join them as your guide introduces you to the popularity of Madeira in 18th- and 19th-century Charleston and invites you to taste and compare distinctively delicious examples of what is known as the "immortal wine." $65 per person. Call 843-849-8687 for more or visit sandlappertours.com

Your Charleston County Waterparks are open this weekend. They include Whirlin' Waters at Wannamaker in N. Charleston, Splash Island at Palmetto Island County in Mt. Pleasant, and Splash Zone at James Island County Park. The three parks will open daily at the end of May and beginning of June. For full details visit the Charleston County Parks & Recreation website or call 843-795-4386 for more.

The Summerville Farmers Market brings local farmers, artisans, food trucks with live music to the historic downtown. The weekly event runs every Saturday from April to November. 8AM-1PM. Located behind Town Hall in historic downtown.

The Charleston City Night Market is an exciting showcase of more than 100 talented artists and craftspeople that occurs every Friday and Saturday evening from March - December. The Night Market runs from 6:30 - 10:30pm and is a free event that is open to the public. Enjoy live entertainment and a festive atmosphere. You'll love being outdoors at twilight and strolling through our three block-long market. All vendors are 100% local with 100% locally-made items for sale. If you are looking for a uniquely Charleston souvenir or piece of artwork, this is the place to be!

The Sound of Charleston, the city's longest running musical production, has been performing continuously since 2010. The shows feature the music of Charleston's history, from gospel to Gershwin, including spirituals, Civil War camp songs, Gullah, jazz, Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Porgy and Bess", composed locally on Folly Beach, and light classics of the St. Cecelia Society, one of America's foremost social and cultural organizations. Shows at the Circular Congregational Church 150 Meeting Street. For tickets & times call 843.270.4903. Adults $28; Seniors $26; Students $16; Children 12 and under FREE.

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.

Woolfe Street Playhouse present ALL ABOUT YOU- Piccolo Spoleto Performance at Threshold Repertory Theatre 84 1/2 Society Street. The acclaimed new work commissioned by Village Rep and based on the award winning memoir of the same name starring Liz Butler Duren. May 24-June 2. Tickets $26. Visit http://www.piccolospoleto.com/ for details.

Flowertown Players at the James F. Dean Theatre in Summerville present 'Hands on a Hardbody'. Under a scorching Texas sun, 10 determined Texans know a new lease on life is right beneath their fingertips. Hope, humor, and hunger drive this group to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. This hilarious contest is inspired by true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name by S.R. Bindler. There can only be one winner. Who will drive away with the American Dream? Performances May 24, 25, 30, 31, June 1, 6, 7, & 8, 2019 @ 8pm May 26, June 2, & 9, 2019 @ 3pm. Adults $30, Seniors/Military/1st Responders $ 26, Students $22. Call 843-875-9251 for more.

Weekends April 26th - May 18th Woolfe Street Playhouse & Village Rep Co. present Hollywood. In 1922, famed director William Desmond Taylor is found murdered in his home. The celebrity suspects mount as the headlines explode with lurid reports of love triangles, hush money and deception. Enter Will Hays, Hollywood’s newly appointed moral watchdog, determined to silence the scandal and purify this increasingly corrupt city. Based on the true story of Taylor’s unsolved murder, Hollywood is a noir thriller set in the Golden Age of movies. Tickets $20-$30. Theatre at 34 Woolfe St. Call 843-856-1579

34 West Theatre Co. at 200 Meeting Street present 'Power of Love'. America's sweetheart hires the city's worst detective agency. It's Moonlighting meets Parks and Recreation in this charming NEW comedy, with music from the 80's to Motown! A menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, sodas and savory snacks are available. Performances Tues 7pm, Thurs-Sat 8pm. Shows run thru May 2nd. 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.  Friday night it's 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!  Saturday it's a bunch of shows in conjunction with Piccolo Fringe Series. At 4pm it's 'I Am A Horrible Thing'. Tickets $16. 'Mary Kay Has A Posse' at 6pm. 'The Have Nots' perform at 7:30pm, with The Reformed Whores' taking the stage at 9:30pm. Both shows are $16.  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 Drivin' & Cryin' perform an outdoor show at 6pm at the Windjammer. $18 adv & $20 DOS At 9pm the Vegabonds perform. Tickets are $5. On Saturday Cody Webb & Warreck McZeke perform. $8 for 10pm show.  On Sunday at the Jammer it's Dan's Tramp Stamp & Money Bags. $10 for 9pm show.  Wednesday's in May it's Karaoke Night at the Jammer. The Windjammer is front beach 1008 Ocean Blvd. on IOP. Call (843) 886-8596.

The Music Farm is busy this weekend. 6pm Saturday at the Farm it's time for the 10th Annual Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championships. The weekend will include a Welcome to Chucktown Party on Friday night, BBQ lunch Saturday afternoon, the Championships on Saturday night and a Morning After Brunch Sunday. As always, the proceeds from this event will be donated to big brothers big sisters! $10 admission on Saturday. The Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston. For more call 843.577.6969.

The Charleston Pourhouse is hopping this weekend. Friday night it's Runaway Gin & their tribute to Phish. Tickets $13 adv & $15 dos for 9;30pm show. Poho Family Funk Revue plays the deck for free at 4pm. Saturday night 9:30pm at the House it's The Todd Nance Experience. Tickets $15 adv & $18 DOS. Desmond Jones perform a show at 4pm Saturday afternoon. Sunday night the CBDB play. Tickets $12 adv & $15 DOS for 9pm start. Brock Butler plays the House free Sunday at 6pm, with Wallace Brown & Peace Matters. The Motown Throwdown is back Sunday afternoon at the House 1-4pm.   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. The Pour House is located at 1977 Maybank Highway James Island. Info at (843) 571-4343

New  this weekend at the box office include,'Aladdin'. The animated feature comes alive. Young Aladdin embarks on a magical adventure after finding a lamp that releases a wisecracking genie. Stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, & Naomi Scott. Rated PG. Also new the indie film, 'Book Smart'. Academic overachievers Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realize that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Stars Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, & Will Forte. Rated R.

All upcoming events can be found on the calendar page.

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