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 January and 2020. 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. 

The 2020 Taste of Folly Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday out on the Edge of America. The event will showcase everything "Folly" with a focus on the eclectic culinary scene. For a full list of events surrounding the festival click on here https://www.holycitysinner.com/2020/01/15/taste-of-folly-returns-this-month/

Get ready to laugh. Charleston City Paper and Theatre 99 have teamed up once again to bring laughter and comedic relief to cure the post-holiday blues. January 2020 will mark the 17th annual Charleston Comedy Festival, the premier comedy event of the Southeast. Shows run Jan 15-18 at various locations thru out downtown Charleston. Best to purchase tickets thru their website for locations. Click here for details. https://www.charlestoncomedyfestival.com/

The first of two yearly installments of Charleston Restaurant Week runs January 9-19. This culinary dream, executed by Explore Charleston, is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area. It is an opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. For full details visit https://restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com/city/charleston/

The North Charleston Coliseum is busy this weekend. Your SC Stingrays are home all weekend long. Friday night the Rays host the Jacksonville Icemen. Puck drops at 7pm. Saturday at 6pm the Rays play the Atlanta Gladiators at the coliseum. And on Sunday the Orlando Solar Bears come to town for a 5pm game against the Rays. Don't miss our annual Military Appreciation Night on Saturday. The Rays are excited to bring the community together to show support for our men and women in military. The players will wear specialty military jerseys! Stay after for a post-game auction where proceeds will go to Operation Homefront!  Call Stingrays at 843-744-2248.  Visit the coliseum box office or call 800-745-3000 for more.

The Charleston Music Hall is busy this weekend. Friday & Saturday night are TBD at the Hall. On Sunday enjoy the music of St. Paul & The Broken Bones with S.G. Goodman. Concert starts at 8pm. Tickets $45-$65.  St. Paul & The Broken Bones play the Hall on Monday as well with She Returns From War opening.  Some shows at CMH offer a  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. The Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street downtown Charleston. Call 843-853-2252.

The all new Holy City Magic host a variety of entertainment options. World renowned talent will be performing for audiences in the Holy City at their beautifully unique venue. Holy City Magic is more than just a show venue, they provide a unique night out experience for guests. Their beautiful intimate theater and speakeasy style bar is situated in the heart of the upper King Street district at 49 1/2 John Street (corner of King/John). Illusionist Howard Blackwell performs Friday & Saturday nights. Showtime is 7:30pm.  For more call 843-437-4238. Shows Friday & Saturday night

Forte Jazz Lounge 477 King Street bringing you the best authentic jazz club experience Charleston can offer. This weekend Forte join in the Charleston Comedy Fest line up as they play host on Friday night to Charleston Comedy Festival featuring Lauren Hope Krass & Jason Groce's Big Whatever at 7:30pm. Beginning at 9:30pm come out for Bustercups, Newlyweds, and Tales from the Campfire. Tickets $15 for either show. Saturday night it's Lena Dunham & Bangin' at 7:30pm. The late show features Mystery Meat at 9:30pm.  For tickets and info call 843.637.4931.

In college basketball action the CofC men's team host the Hofstra Pride on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4pm at TD Arena. For tickets visit the box office on Meeting Street or call 843-953-COFC.

On Sunday enjoy the Commonhouse Aleworks Bluegrass Brunch. Local Bluegrass musicians team up to host this pickin' good time every Sunday, rain or shine. You never know when one of the greats might stop in to play! Florie's at Commonhouse serves up a delicious brunch menu each week, with something for everyone. Details at 843-471-1400.

Following three Cars & Coffee Events with varying schedules, read complete details on times and locations:

Car enthusiasts enjoy Mt. P Cars & Coffee every Saturday morning 8-11am at Mount Pleasant Towne Center in the Barnes & Noble parking lot.

The Bojangles Restaurant 431 St. James Avenue in Goose Creek will host Goose Creek Cars this Saturday from 8-10am. The group meets twice a month. All types of vehicles are welcome.

Freshfields Village Cars + Coffee host a Saturday event. Arrive in your favorite ride or stop by the Village Green to browse unique, antique and other cool cars at our monthly Cars + Coffee! Coffee and breakfast will be available for purchase at Java Java. Event held 3rd Saturday of the month.

Join MarineMax for their Pre-Charleston Boat show sales event on Saturday 10-4pm, where you can take advantage of boat show incentive deals right here in their showroom without having to worry about the boat show crowds! Step aboard and get a closer look at the Scout, Sea Ray, Boston Whaler or Galeon you've had your eye on. Event takes place at 142 Sportsman's Island Dr. Chas. For more info call 843-747-1889.

Flowertown Players begin their run of Over the River and Through the Woods at the James F. Dean Theatre 133 S. Main in Summerville. Meet Nick, an Italian-American Jersey guy who looks like he has it made. His career is flourishing, his grandparents meet him for dinner every Sunday, and he's just secured his dream job. There's just one problem: it's in Seattle. When his grandparents find out he's planning to move across the country, they scheme to find a way to keep Nick in New Jersey by any means necessary. Performances run Jan 17 - Feb 8th. Nightly at 8pm with matinees at 3pm on Jan 19 & 26, as well at Feb 2nd. Call 843-875-9251 for more.

Pure Theatre present 'Tiny Beautiful Things'. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Cheryl Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small. Tiny Beautiful Things is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers. Weekend performances thru Feb 1st. Tickets $35. Playhouse located at 134 Cannon St. downtown. Info at 843-723-4444.

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).

Woolfe Street Playhouse lend their stage to the Charleston Comedy Fest this weekend. On Friday night enjoy the funny of stand-up comedian, writer & actress Beth Stelling. Tickets $15 for 7:30pm show. Francis Ellis takes the stage at 9:30pm with $15 admission price. On Saturday night it's Pete Dominick the host of “Stand Up with Pete Dominick” which aired for 12 years on SiriusXM and is now available 3 times a week as a free podcast. Pete was the former audience warm up comic on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Tickets $20 for 7:30pm show. Call 843-856-1579 for more.

If you love to laugh than Theatre 99 is the place to go. 99 partner with the Charleston Comedy Festival this weekend. Friday night it's “Twilight Zone Unscripted”, a completely improvised show in the style of classic 60’s sci-fi television shows. Enter a dimension of pure imagination as the company starts with audience suggestions and creates new and completely improvised episodes at every performance. $15 for 8pm show. At 9:30 enjoy 'Reformed Whores'. Reformed Whores are a folk-pop comedy duo on a mission to empower, normalize the female experience, and bust a few guts in the process. $14 admission. Close out the night at 11pm with Dirty Game Show. Ever want to play your favorite game night games, but you know make them real dirty? Well, that is what we are going to do with this show. It isn’t really a show at all. It is just local funny man Greg Tavares hosting a big ole dirty game night at Theatre 99. $5 admission. On Saturday at 99 it's Clean Improv Comedy (family friendly) at 6pm, with $10 admission. At 7:30pm laugh out loud to “Tennessee Williams Unscripted”. A completely improvised play in the style of Tennessee Williams. Passionate smoldering secrets lurch beneath the surface of genteel society – and explode in a climax of accusation, confession and consequence. Cost is $15. 'Reformed Whores' again at 9pm, and close out the night with an All-Star Improv Jam at 10:30pm for just $8.  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 . Friday night the Lauren Hall Band perform at the Jammer. Tickets are $5. On Saturday night Charleston favorite Sol Food performs Tickets are $5. Typically shows at the Windjammer start around 10pm. The Windjammer is front beach 1008 Ocean Blvd. on IOP. Call (843) 886-8596.

At the Music Farm. On Friday night Badfish present a Tribute to Sublime – Beyond The Sun Tour, with Tropidelic & Little Strangers. Tickets $18 for all ages show beginning at 8pm. On Saturday 8pm at the Farm enjoy the music of Carbon Leaf, Red Wanting Blue and Alternative Routes. Tickets $16 for all ages 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. Friday night at the House enjoy Mr. Holland Oats, as they salute the music of Hall & Oates. $12 adv & $15 dos. Music starts at 9pm. On the deck it's the Poho Family Funk Review at 6pm. Saturday night 9pm on the main stage it's Rare Creaturs + Mo Lowda & The Humble w/ 87 Nights. On Sunday at 9:30pm enjoy the music of SoDown on the Trilogy Winter Tour with guests Artifakts. $12 adv & $15 dos. Stagger & Jags perform on the deck at 6pm.  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 include 'Dolittle'. A vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals. Stars Robert Downey Jr & Octavia Spencer. Also new, 'Bad Boys For Life'. Set around a modern, highly specialized police unit that collides with the old-school Bad Boys (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence) when a new threat emerges in Miami.

All upcoming events can be found on the calendar page.

The full weekend calendar is below:

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