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 fourth 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 annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival takes place Sunday 1-5pm at Boone Hall Plantation. The festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. Highlights include the legendary “Oyster Shucking” and “Oyster Eating” Contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a Children’s Area and a “Food Court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste. Fun for the whole family. Tickets start at $17.50. Details at https://www.freshtix.com/events/lowcountry-oyster-festival-presented-by-red-clay-hot-sauce

Kiawah Island host their 6th annual Comedy Weekend Fri-Sun on the resort. Two nights of good, clean, nonstop laughter with nationally acclaimed comedians. Your weekend emcee, Jeff Jena, will be here to introduce each comedian with his own humor. Shows will start at 8:00pm with table seating each night and a special Q&A Coffee With the Comics Saturday morning. Must be 18 years or older to attend shows. More at https://kiawahresort.com/packages/signature-events/comedy-weekend/

The Charleston Home + Design Show runs Friday thru Sunday at the Gaillard Center. Doors open with free admission on Friday from 11am-5:30pm. Every attendee will receive a free copy of the Winter 2020 issue of Charleston Home + Design Magazine. Check out custom builders, architects, interior designers and other industry pros at the Charleston Home + Design Show General admission is $7, and only $2 after 2pm on Saturday and Sunday! $15 for VIP event Friday night. Open 10-6 Sat & 11-5pm Sun. Info at 843-577-7652

The annual Charleston Boat Show takes place Fri-Sun at the Charleston Area Convention Center at the North Charleston coliseum complex. The show includes everything from powerboats to small john boats, skiffs, cruisers, yachts and ski boats. There is something for everyone’s taste and budget. It’s a fact that here you will find unbeatable show-only deals. The Charleston Boat Show is your one-stop shop for all things boating, marine education and family-friendly entertainment. Hours 12-6pm Fri, 10-6pm Sat & 11-5pm Sun. Admission is $12, ages 4-12 $5, and military $5.

The Great Amazing Race takes place this Saturday 2-5pm at James Island County Park. A Charleston adventure run/walk for adults & kids. Do you love "THE AMAZING RACE" TV show? Then this is your chance to test your skills! Grab a friend, family member or co-worker ~ enjoy the most exciting adventure race on the planet. 2 person teams (competing against other similar age teams) race around a 1.5 mile trail speckled with a variety of physical & mental challenge stations. Cost: $49.99 per team.

The 6th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival takes place this weekend. The festival will present performances by a wide variety of talented jazz artists. From legends of jazz to emerging artists, to Charleston’s most celebrated home-grown talent, artists of the Charleston Jazz Festival will perform a wide range of styles including Swing, Salsa, Blues, Brazilian, the American Songbook and more. For more visit https://charlestonjazz.com/festival/

Come celebrate the first, and largest Food Truck Festival in Charleston!!! This year we are partying for TWO DAYS!!! Saturday & and Sunday 11am-5pm at 1681 McMillan Avenue, North Charleston. right on the corner of Spruill & McMillan, in the Navy Yard. Enjoy food, craft beer, live music, carnival rides, jump castles, and much more.

A 2020 Spring Festival Gala hosted by The Chinese Association in Greater Charleston to celebrate the year of the rat, takes place at Burke High, 244 President St on Sunday beginning at 11am. Admission is free for CAGC members. Non-member admissions are $15/adult, $10/student (college student and children 12y/o and above), and $5/child 6-11 y/o. 2019 Membership options also available at the gate.

If you love chili and bluegrass music you might want to take part in the Chili Cook Off, taking place at Summerville Antique Gallery 901 N. Main Street on Saturday 1-3:30pm. Admission if free. While you judge the chili enjoy bluegrass music from The Will Faulk Band.

At the Gaillard Center Saturday night the 6th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival presents Monty Alexander Trio + Jane Monheit + Freddy Cole + Charleston Jazz Orchestra. $53-$128 for 7:30pm performance. Visit the box office at 95 Calhoun St. or call (843) 242-3099

The North Charleston Coliseum is busy this weekend.  Legendary pop rock duo America perform Friday night at the PAC. Showtime is 7:30pm. Saturday night at the PAC it's the North Charleston POPS! featuring the Songs & Stories of Neil Diamond with Jack Wright. Over at the coliseum 7pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday come out for the annual Monster Truck Jam. Visit the coliseum box office or call 800-745-3000 for more.

The Charleston Music Hall is busy this weekend. Friday night at the Hall Charleston Jazz presents The World of Regina Carter. Showtime is 7:30pm with tickets $25-$60. Saturday Charleston Music Hall presents Women & Willie: A Tribute to Willie Nelson. $15 adv & $17 dos with 8pm start. CMH close out the weekend with a Women’s Adventure Film Tour on Sunday at 7pm. Tickets $12 adv & 14 dos.  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. On Saturday at 1pm come see magic's next big name as Illusionist Caleb Alexander brings his magic to the Holy City. 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. Alva Anderson performs two shows on Friday night 7 & 9pm, and showcases her Night of Sade with two shows on Saturday night at 7 & 9:30pm. For tickets and info call 843.637.4931.

In college basketball action the CofC men's team host the UNCW Seahawks on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4pm at TD Arena. For tickets visit the box office on Meeting Street or call 843-953-COFC. Over at the Citadel Fieldhouse the Bulldogs host fellow SoCon rival Furman for a 1pm game on Saturday.

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.

Woolfe Street Playhouse at 34 Woolfe Steet present 'Junk' directed by Keely Enright. Village Rep presents the South Carolina premiere of a new play by the Pulitzer Prize winning Ayad Akhtar. A fast paced financial thriller, set in the high flying devil may care financial world of the 1980s and inspired by real life junk bond kings, this riveting story reveals in gory detail how money became the only thing that matters. Junk explores the ruthless world of finance and its continuing effects on American values. Weekend performances Jan 24-Feb 8th. Nightly at 7:30pm with select Sunday matiness at 3pm. Tickets $20-$30. For more call 843-856-1579.

Charleston Stage present The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at Dock Street Playhouse. Journey with Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy through a magical wardrobe in the magnificent world of Narnia, in C.S. Lewis’s classic tale of adventure and discovery. Two weekends only Jan. 25 & 26 / Feb. 1. Two shows Sat 11am & 2pm, and again on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets $31. Call the box office at 843.577.7183

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).

If you love to laugh than Theatre 99 is the place to go..  Friday & Saturday night enjoy 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! $12 for 8pm show. Stay late Friday for Laugh Lab. The Theatre 99 community are always developing new work. Laugh Lab is a showcase for that work. It can be anything. Free admission. 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 . National recording act Cowboy Mouth perform at the Jammer on Friday & Saturday night. Tickets are $20.  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 this weekend the World Famous Music Farm is stoked to announce the inaugural Brewtality Beer Fest! Drop in Saturday at 5pm. This is a “people’s choice” event, where fans can taste over 17 local beers and vote for their favorite of the night. What’s up for grabs? Breweries will be competing for a “Headliner” and “Support” spot on the Music Farm’s bar menu for a full year. Tickets are $20. 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 piano rock from Marco Benevento w/ Ian Ferguson. Tickets $15 adv & $17 dos for 9pm show. Poho Family Funk Review on the deck at 6pm. Saturday on the main stage it's Interstellar Echoes & their salute to Pink Floyd. Tickets $13 & $15. Music starts at 9:30pm. Jeff Caldwell, Jonathan Peace & Corey Stephens rock the deck at 6pm. Sunday night Charley Crockett & Jaime Wyatt bring Texas swing & blues to the House. Tickets $15 & $17 dos with 9pm start. Dallas Baker & Friends 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 The Last Full Measure, the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Para-rescuemen (also known as a PJ) medic who personally saved over sixty men. Stars Samuel L. Jackson & Christopher Plummer. Rated PG13. Also new, The Gentleman. American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him. Rated R.

All upcoming events can be found on the calendar page.

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