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 third full weekend of July 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. 

Friday night it's time for another Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at James Island County Park featuring traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. Well Charged bring the music this Friday. Bring your chairs or blanket. It’s Irie. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and music begins at 8 p.m. Gates close at 10:30 p.m., and concert ends at 11 p.m. $10: Ages 13 & up, free for 12 or under and Gold Pass members. Info at 843-795-4386

Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Avenue North Charleston is the host location for the Caribbean Jerk Festival, Saturday 6-11pm. The Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival is a family friendly event that celebrates the best in Caribbean food, culture and music. 843-364-6937 for complete details.

The Charleston Music Hall is happening this weekend. It's the Charleston Variety Show on Saturday & Sunday hosted by Brad & Jennifer Moranz. Showtimes 2pm & 7pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Tickets $18-$38. Discounts for seniors, large groups, and military. Plus KIDS 12 AND UNDER: FREE with the purchase of a full price adult ticket. One free kid ticket per one full price adult ticket. Ticket is $18 if not purchased with an adult ticket. Dinner Add On option available for an additional $32. Call for reservations after purchasing, Dinner at Vincent Chicco’s – (843) 203-3002 or Virginia’s on King – (843) 735-5800. On  The Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street downtown Charleston. Call 843-853-2252 for more info.

National Bridal Saturday takes place 9-6pm Saturday at Maddison Row South, 8 Vanderhorst Street. Nearly 1,000 independent, locally-owned bridal retailers including top bridal salons in the United States and Canada will participate in this day meant to offer brides, an unprecedented opportunity for substantial savings. Info at 843-212-5160

Something for the whole family. Mellow Mushroom 19 Magnolia Rd West Ashley host Superhero Brunch 11-1pm on Saturday. Spidey will be swinging into Mellow Avondale! ?? Breakfast pizzas, cinnamon rolls, kids meals & drink specials for parents will be available. Visit their website or call 843-568-3858 for more.

Saint Bonaventure Parish, 203 East 2nd North Street in Summerville host Family Movie Night. Come for a Potluck Event & The Film: A Dog's Journey. This is an excellent file and story about life's journey for each of us. 5:30pm Saturday July 20th - starting after the 4:30pm Mass. 843-225-4841 for more.

Summerville's Bacons Bridge Free Worship Center, IPHC, 1816 Bacons Bridge Rd host a Craft Fair on Saturday 8am-3pm. This is their first Christmas in July Craft Fair. Our last Spring CRAFT FAIR was a huge success and enjoyed by crafters and shoppers alike. Why not shop early for some unique gifts for those special people in your lives? More at 843-200-4494

Mosby Ingleside, 3730 Ingleside Boulevard N. Charleston / Ladson host Tournament Day - Billiards or Pool Volleyball on Saturday 10-8pm. Join them for one of our two fundraising tournaments! Do you play Billiards? Do you play Pool Volleyball? If so, we need you! Mosby Ingleside has partnered with All Hands and Hearts to help reconstruct damaged areas of Puerto Rico impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Some of our team members will be headed to PR in September! Please sign up to participate in our tournament day! All are welcome. Call 843-793-0317 for details.

The Nexton community presents another Sounds on the Square 801 Nexton Square in Summerville featuring the Caroline Keller Band this Friday night beginning at 6pm. Enjoy food trucks and live music on the Nexton Square this Friday night. Info at 843-900-3200.

BG's Events & Rentals, 5101 Ashley Phosphate Road Suite 152 invite you to a Male Model Paint + Sip event Friday 7-10pm. Paint Forbidden Fruit invites you to an intimate atmosphere filled with like-minded and free-spirited people. Our events are led by a professional art instructor ready to help you unleash your inner “van Gogh”all while painting a life figure model. Info at 980-999-2773.

Charleston Parks & Recreation host Cast Off Fishing Tournaments throughout the summer. Join them at the Mount Pleasant Pier and the Folly Beach Pier for a season of fishing tournaments! This Saturday it's Mount Pleasant from 6am-2pm. No preregistration required. Cost range $5-$10. For more call 843-762-9946.

Freshfields Village at Kiawah & Seabrook Island entrances continue the Music on the Green Summer Series this weekend with a bang. This Friday night is Java Band. The event is complimentary and family-friendly. Vendors will be set up with food and beverages for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

Beat the heat at The Alley 131 Columbus Street downtown this summer as they bring you the coolest Sunday Funday in town! They've got you covered with a half-price extravaganza featuring refreshing drink and food specials that can't be beat anywhere in Charleston. For more call 843-818-4080

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.

Shop the Charleston Farmers Market. Every SATURDAY 8-2pm, Marion Square becomes the meeting place for visitors and locals alike to enjoy fresh local produce, made-to-order brunch, packaged food products, artisans & crafters, live music, community groups, jump castles and more!

Beat the heat at The Alley this summer as they bring you the coolest Sunday Funday in town! They've got you covered with a half-price extravaganza featuring refreshing drink and food specials that can't be beat anywhere in Charleston. 843-818-4080 for details.

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.

Flowertown Players at the James F. Dean Theatre 133 S. Main in Summerville present 'Titus Andronicus' this weekend. William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, tells the story of Titus a man in seek of vengeance after his daughter is brutally raped. Filled with intense and powerful imagery, Titus explores the cost of gratification through violent acts. And down to its closing scene, it’s all too clear why this play was such a hit. Performances July 18, 19, 20 @ 8pm, July 21 @ 3pm. Tickets $15. For mature audiences. Info at 843-875-9251.

PURE Theatre at the Cannon Street Arts Center 134 Cannon Street present 'Becoming Dr. Ruth'. Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it, from fleeing the Nazis in the Kinder transport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a sniper, to her struggle to succeed as a single mother newly arrived in America. Mark St. Germain deftly illuminates this remarkable woman's untold story in Becoming Dr. Ruth. Filled with the humor, honestly, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became "Dr. Ruth," America's most famous sex therapist. Weekend shows July 11-28. Tickets $25. Info at 843-723-4444.

34 West Theatre Co. at 200 Meeting Street present 'Simply Irresistible''. The faculty of Arden High return for a new year of love and detention. But does Cathy hear wedding bells? It's an 80's musical-comedy from the creators of the 2016 sellout ADDICTED TO LOVE. 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.  On Friday and Saturday night 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! Show times are 8pm. Tickets $14 for 8pm start.   Stay Late Friday for Mystery Meat, a dynamic duo that delivers a healthy helping of hip-hop sketch comedy. It's a mystery what these two are grilling up, but this part sketch comedy, part rap concert is guaranteed to bring the hype. $10 for 10pm show. Late night on Saturday it's Power Hour, a super fun 60 minute late night improv comedy show featuring some new and familiar faces here at Theatre 99. It's fast paced hilarity based on your audience suggestion. Buckle up and get ready for POWER HOUR! $8 for 10pm start.  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 Corey Smith hosts a beach side concert at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in Advance $25 the Day of the Show. No opening act. 9:30pm on Friday night it's Kevin MaC & The Homies. Tickets $10. Saturday at the Jammer come out for Whisky Run. Tickets are just $5 for 9pm show. Earlier on Saturday enjoy another Sunset Concert with Jupiter Coyote. Tickets are $20 for the 7pm show. Sundays thru July the Jammer host a Bikini Bash.  The winner will receive $500 in cash an and invitation to come back on on July 28th to compete for $2000.  Event is 4-7pm. Wednesday's in June 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. On Saturday at the Farm The Shakedown presents A Tribute To Hall & Oates. Tickets are $6 & $12 respectively. The all ages show begins at 8pm.  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 at the House it's Perpetual Groove & Acoustic Trio (P3). Tickets $12 & $15 dos for 9pm show. Poho Family Funk Revue play on the deck for free at 4pm. On Saturday enjoy the music of High Plains Drifters and their salute to The Beastie Boys 'License To Ill'. Tickets $13 adv & $15 dos, with 9:30pm start. Thomas Champagne & Friends play the deck for free at 4pm. Sunday on the main stage Arkansauce perform for free at 8pm.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, the live action adaptation of 'The Lion King'. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. Voices of Seth Rogen, Beyonce, & James Earl Jones. Rated PG. Rock music buffs might enjoy 'David Crosby: Remember My Name'. With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, singer-songwriter David Crosby shares his often challenging journey. The biopic is rated R.

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