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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date: 02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Festival of Houses and Gardens

Festival of Houses and Gardens


Event Date: 03/16/2016 - 9:30am to 04/24/2016 - 5:00pm




Immerse yourself into Charleston’s historic and distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. Tours given during the festival provide rare opportunities for guests to see inside the private homes of Charleston’s most beautiful historic residences. Proceeds from the festival benefit Historic Charleston Foundation’s historic preservation initiatives and educational programs. Charleston, locations vary. Dates, times, & prices vary. (843)723-1623, www.historiccharleston.org 

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Bent

Bent


Event Date: 03/17/2016 - 8:00pm to 04/10/2016 - 3:00pm




Love can be found in even the darkest of places, as shown in Threshold Repertory Theatre's presentation of Bent, a Pulitzer Prize nominated play. Directed by Jay Danner, Charleston Theatre's Best Director of 2015, the play is set in 1930s, Nazi Germany and peers into the depths of homosecual persecution. Punched with humor, violence, and difficult decisions, the show is meant for mature audiences only. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25; $20 senior; $15 student/child/military. (843)277-2172, www.charlestontheater.com 

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Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date: 03/23/2016 - 6:00pm to 05/25/2016 - 8:00pm




Spring has finally sprung! Enjoy relaxing wine strolls around one of Charleston’s most beautiful landscaped gardens, Middleton Place. Each week, Middleton Place Restaurant will be selecting wines from around the world and a new location and garden will be chosen each Wednesday this spring. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera


Event Date: 03/23/2016 - 7:30pm to 04/03/2016 - 7:30pm




Follow the story of the tragically beautiful Christine Daaé and the disfigured, reclusive genius that has become obsessed with her in Cameron Mackintosh’s version of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber hit. This is one of the largest traveling productions ever, allowing for amazing special effects and stimulating musical endeavors from an all-star cast. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Dates & times vary. $130-$45. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

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Children's Museum Spring Break Camp

Children's Museum Spring Break Camp


Event Date: 03/28/2016 - 9:00am to 04/01/2016 - 4:00pm




Children ages 3-10 are invited to a week of spring celebrations and exploring throughout the Children’s Museum. Easter egg sun catchers, tie-dye flowers and lots of nature activities will be held! Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your child to explore and discover the beautiful museum gardens and exhibits! Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann Street. Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. (843) 853-8962. www.explorecml.org

 
Volvo Car Open

Volvo Car Open


Event Date: 04/02/2016 - 10:00am to 04/10/2016 - 5:00pm




The former Family Circle Cup, one of the most anticipated events in women's professional tennis, returns to the Lowcountry (albeit with a new name), bringing nine days jam-packed with competition. Aside from the action at center court, you can peruse the latest tennis-wear, get in your cardio at the workout station, or take a swing against the fast-serve machine. Volvo Car Open Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)856-7900, www.volvocaropen.com 

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Flowertown Festival

Flowertown Festival


Event Date: 04/01/2016 - 9:00am to 04/03/2016 - 4:00pm




Put a spring in your step for this annual community fête. Consistently ranked as one of the top events in the Southeast, this three-day festival features an abundance of creative activities and vendors, exhibiting more than 200 artists’ works from around the country. After browsing, festival-goers can enjoy delicious fare, rides for children, and a farmers market on Saturday and Sunday. Azalea Park, 106 W 5th S St., Summerville. Friday & Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm. Free. (843)871-9622, www.flowertownfestival.org

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Morning History Walks

Morning History Walks


Event Date: 04/01/2016 - 9:15am to 04/23/2016 - 9:15am




Be a tourist in your own city. Soak up the history of downtown Charleston through a journey led by some of the area’s most knowledgeable guides. Including firsthand family knowledge from locals, the info can add color and perspective to buildings you may see every day. Historic Charleston Foundation, 108 Meeting St. Days vary, 9:15am. $25; $10 ages six-12; free for child under six. (843)723- 1623, www.historiccharleston.org

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Kids Run & Wonderfest

Kids Run & Wonderfest


Event Date: 04/01/2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm




Complete with a mechanical bull and jump castles, the Kids Run and Wonderfest is the perfect kick-off to Bridge Run weekend. Youngsters can compete in their own mini-race, as well as enjoy an afternoon of fair food, entertainment, and fun. Wonderfest—organized by Wonder Works toy store—brings activities galore, including face-painting, caricatures, mask-making, and pony rides. There’s even a ”play zone” featuring Wonder Works’ most popular toys, games, and gadgets. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Friday, noon- 4:30pm festivities; 5pm race. $15; $12 advance; $10 child under 14; $8 child under 14 advance. (843)856-1949, www.bridgerun.com

 
Candlefish Candle-Making: Scented Candles

Candlefish Candle-Making: Scented Candles


Event Date: 04/02/2016 - 6:00pm to 04/08/2016 - 8:00pm




Get a lesson in how Candlefish makes its enchanting scented, soy wax candles with a hands-on class led by its knowledgeable Chandlers. Attendees choose their favorite fragrance from a large selection of scented oils. After mixing and measuring the wax and oil, participants pour the blend into two 9 oz. scented candles. All candles are ready to be burned after creating a personalized label. All classes enjoy a 15% discount on all merchandise and are BYOB. Glassware is provided. Tickets are $45

 

 

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Cooper River Bridge Run

Cooper River Bridge Run


Event Date: 04/02/2016 - 8:00am




Lace up your running shoes for the annual Cooper River Bridge Run, one of our city’s most iconic outdoor events. Participants in this 10K over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge are encouraged to ask for pledges to help raise money for 15 different charities that promote a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. At the end of the race, runners can relax at the Finish Festival and enjoy entertainment, vendors, souvenirs, and refreshments. Start at Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 8am. $55. (843)856-1949, www.bridgerun.com

 
Del McCoury & David Grisman

Del McCoury & David Grisman


Event Date: 04/02/2016 - 8:00pm




Celebrate the 50-year bluegrass friendship of legendary musicians Del McCoury and David Grisman as they take the stage together at the Charleston Music Hall. The pair plays original banjo compositions as well as classic covers from their 2012 release, Hardcore Bluegrass. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $44.50-$34.50. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date: 02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Festival of Houses and Gardens

Festival of Houses and Gardens


Event Date: 03/16/2016 - 9:30am to 04/24/2016 - 5:00pm




Immerse yourself into Charleston’s historic and distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. Tours given during the festival provide rare opportunities for guests to see inside the private homes of Charleston’s most beautiful historic residences. Proceeds from the festival benefit Historic Charleston Foundation’s historic preservation initiatives and educational programs. Charleston, locations vary. Dates, times, & prices vary. (843)723-1623, www.historiccharleston.org 

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Bent

Bent


Event Date: 03/17/2016 - 8:00pm to 04/10/2016 - 3:00pm




Love can be found in even the darkest of places, as shown in Threshold Repertory Theatre's presentation of Bent, a Pulitzer Prize nominated play. Directed by Jay Danner, Charleston Theatre's Best Director of 2015, the play is set in 1930s, Nazi Germany and peers into the depths of homosecual persecution. Punched with humor, violence, and difficult decisions, the show is meant for mature audiences only. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25; $20 senior; $15 student/child/military. (843)277-2172, www.charlestontheater.com 

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Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date: 03/23/2016 - 6:00pm to 05/25/2016 - 8:00pm




Spring has finally sprung! Enjoy relaxing wine strolls around one of Charleston’s most beautiful landscaped gardens, Middleton Place. Each week, Middleton Place Restaurant will be selecting wines from around the world and a new location and garden will be chosen each Wednesday this spring. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera


Event Date: 03/23/2016 - 7:30pm to 04/03/2016 - 7:30pm




Follow the story of the tragically beautiful Christine Daaé and the disfigured, reclusive genius that has become obsessed with her in Cameron Mackintosh’s version of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber hit. This is one of the largest traveling productions ever, allowing for amazing special effects and stimulating musical endeavors from an all-star cast. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Dates & times vary. $130-$45. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

 
"Young Contemporaries"

"Young Contemporaries"


Event Date: 04/04/2016 - 11:00am to 05/03/2016 - 4:00pm




This 31st annual event shows off the brightest talents of the College of Charleston School of the Arts, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. The exhibition gives students the chance to have their work judged by nationally prominent juror Amanda Wojick and presented in a professional gallery setting. Concurrent with ”Young Contemporaries” is the ”Salon des Refusés” exhibit, showing in the Hill Exhibition Gallery. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

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Flowertown Festival

Flowertown Festival


Event Date: 04/01/2016 - 9:00am to 04/03/2016 - 4:00pm




Put a spring in your step for this annual community fête. Consistently ranked as one of the top events in the Southeast, this three-day festival features an abundance of creative activities and vendors, exhibiting more than 200 artists’ works from around the country. After browsing, festival-goers can enjoy delicious fare, rides for children, and a farmers market on Saturday and Sunday. Azalea Park, 106 W 5th S St., Summerville. Friday & Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm. Free. (843)871-9622, www.flowertownfestival.org

 
 
 
Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins


Event Date: 04/06/2016 - 7:30pm to 05/01/2016 - 3:00pm




The most amazing nanny comes to life as Charleston Stage produces the adaptation of Disney’s Mary Poppins (starring Julie Andrews) that was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2007. Directed by Julian Wiles, this show features songs such as ”A Spoon Full of Sugar,” and even includes scenes from P.L. Travers’ kids’ books that weren’t in the classic film. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Wednesday premiere, 7:30pm; Thursday- Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $69-$30. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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Morning History Walks

Morning History Walks


Event Date: 04/01/2016 - 9:15am to 04/23/2016 - 9:15am




Be a tourist in your own city. Soak up the history of downtown Charleston through a journey led by some of the area’s most knowledgeable guides. Including firsthand family knowledge from locals, the info can add color and perspective to buildings you may see every day. Historic Charleston Foundation, 108 Meeting St. Days vary, 9:15am. $25; $10 ages six-12; free for child under six. (843)723- 1623, www.historiccharleston.org

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Volvo Car Open

Volvo Car Open


Event Date: 04/02/2016 - 10:00am to 04/10/2016 - 5:00pm




The former Family Circle Cup, one of the most anticipated events in women's professional tennis, returns to the Lowcountry (albeit with a new name), bringing nine days jam-packed with competition. Aside from the action at center court, you can peruse the latest tennis-wear, get in your cardio at the workout station, or take a swing against the fast-serve machine. Volvo Car Open Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)856-7900, www.volvocaropen.com 

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Candlefish Candle-Making: Scented Candles

Candlefish Candle-Making: Scented Candles


Event Date: 04/02/2016 - 6:00pm to 04/08/2016 - 8:00pm




Get a lesson in how Candlefish makes its enchanting scented, soy wax candles with a hands-on class led by its knowledgeable Chandlers. Attendees choose their favorite fragrance from a large selection of scented oils. After mixing and measuring the wax and oil, participants pour the blend into two 9 oz. scented candles. All candles are ready to be burned after creating a personalized label. All classes enjoy a 15% discount on all merchandise and are BYOB. Glassware is provided. Tickets are $45

 

 

 
Fort 2 Battery

Fort 2 Battery


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/10/2016 - 8:00pm




Sailing goes from leisurely to exhilarating and mercurial in this drag race from Fort Sumter to the Battery. Riding everything from kites and boards to catamarans and skiffs, expert- level competitors take on this high-speed challenge. As a spectator, watch from a boat or line up along the Battery as the fleet hurtles toward the peninsula at top-wind speeds. The extreme sailing may only last 15 minutes, but you can also participate in a raffle for a new kiteboarding kite or fly around the harbor in a helicopter. At the end of the day, join the official after-party and keep the fun going into the night. The Battery, 2 Murray Blvd. Saturday & Sunday, times vary. $40; free for youth skipper/ spectator. (913)390-3924, www.fort2battery.com

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Charleston Honey & Bee Expo

Charleston Honey & Bee Expo


Event Date: 04/03/2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm




Hear the buzz about bees at this free, fun, family- friendly event, and learn what you can do to help save them. The expo offers guests opportunities to taste honey from various Lowcountry purveyors, meet beekeepers, and see live bees in an observation hive. In the meantime, kids can swarm to the Children’s Corner for games, crafts, and honey cotton-candy. As you peruse vendors’ displays, enjoy live music from The V-Tones. Your contributions support efforts to save honeybees from extinction. Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)884-7885, www.charlestonbees.org

 
Lowcountry Cajun Festival

Lowcountry Cajun Festival


Event Date: 04/03/2016 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm




Celebrate the culture and cuisine of Louisiana without ever having to leave the Lowcountry. Learn about the rhythm and history of Zydeco music while savoring the tastes of authentic Cajun foods including jambalaya, alligator, étouffée, and crawfish. You can also enjoy local favorites like seafood and Southern barbecue, and for those with a less adventurous palate, hot dogs, snow cones, and more are available. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Sunday, noon- 6pm. $15; free for child under 13/Gold Pass holder. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
AWS Lowcountry Blues Bash

AWS Lowcountry Blues Bash


Event Date: 04/03/2016 - 3:00pm




Boogie-woogie on down to Bowen’s Island Restaurant for the Alston Wilkes Society Lowcountry Blues Bash. Listen to some of your favorite blues tunes, enjoy an oyster roast, taste moonshine, and bid in a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Trident Community Services Program, which provides direct client services to area citizens. Bowen’s Island Restaurant, 1871 Bowen’s Island Rd. Sunday, 3-6pm. $25. (844)297-1962, www.alstonwilkessociety.org

 
Alston Wilkes Society Lowcountry Blues Bash

Alston Wilkes Society Lowcountry Blues Bash


Event Date: 04/03/2016 - 3:00pm




Boogie-woogie on down to Bowens Island Restaurant for Alston Wilkes Society Lowcountry Blues Bash! Come listen to some of your favorite blues tunes, enjoy an oyster roast, taste moonshine, bid in a silent auction, and more. Proceeds benefit the Trident Community Services Program. Bowens Island Restaurant, 1871 Bowens Island Road. Sunday, 3pm. $25. (844)297-1962, www.alstonwilkessociety.org 

 
 
 
Wine Down Wednesday

Wine Down Wednesday


Event Date: 04/06/2016 - 5:30pm




Take a break from the daily grind and savor a glass of wine with friends under the live oaks of Old Towne Creek County Park—formerly Ashem Farm, home to preservationist Emily Ravenel Farrow—which is not yet open for daily visitors. Unwind with live music from local artists and light hors d’oeuvres. Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $20; $18 advance. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Alton Brown Live

Alton Brown Live


Event Date: 04/06/2016 - 7:30pm




Alton Brown is bringing his latest tour, ”Eat Your Science,” to the stage, blending together science, music, food, and comedy into two hours of entertainment. This interactive performance gets a few lucky audience members active and moving, as select attendees are invited to serve as Brown’s assistants. The first few rows are given a protective poncho for when things get messy! Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Wednesday, 7:30pm. $129-$75. (843)724- 5212, www.gaillardcenter.com

 
Taste of Hutson Alley

Taste of Hutson Alley


Event Date: 04/07/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm




To celebrate spring, Taste of Hutson Alley is back with flavors aplenty. Beginning at the John Street entrance, the affair offers wining and dining with small plates and chef-attended stations the whole way down the alley, including appearances from Vincent chicco's, Michael's on the Alley, 39 Rue de Jean, Coast Bar and Grill, and Virginia's on King. Enjoy a signature cocktail from Victor Social Club made with Charleston's local Red Harbor Rum, wine sampling, and live music. Come out early and enjoy the street-fair atmosphere and amazing cuisine. Attendees must be 21 or over. Hutson Alley, Downtown Charleston. Thursday, 6-8:30pm. $65. (843)725-5959, www.holycityhospitality.com 

 
"A Meal To Remember" Gala & Auction

"A Meal To Remember" Gala & Auction


Event Date: 04/07/2016 - 6:30pm




Slip on your Sunday best for this black-tie- optional affair at its new Sweetgrass Pavilion location, with live and silent auctions, music, and cuisine from talented area chefs as well as rising stars from the Wando Culinary Arts program. The event is hosted by East Cooper Meals on Wheels, and all proceeds support their efforts in the continued delivery of meals to home-bound residents in the community. Sweetgrass Pavilion, Wild Dunes Resort, 5757 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms. Thursday, 6:30pm. $150. (843)881-9350, www.ecmow.org

 
World Grits Festival

World Grits Festival


Event Date: 04/08/2016 - 9:00am to 04/10/2016 - 5:00pm




Grits are a staple at every Southern table, but the folks in Saint George are the grits- eating champions, reportedly consuming more per capita than anywhere in the world. For 31 years, the small town (which welcomes 40,000 people during the event) has hosted this fest, which features grits grinding, live music, vendors, and games. World Grits Festival Headquarters, 110 S. Parler Ave., Saint George. Friday & Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-5pm. Free. www.worldgritsfestival.com

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House & Garden Tour

House & Garden Tour


Event Date: 04/08/2016 - 1:00pm to 04/09/2016 - 4:00pm




Visit historic dwellings and gardens in the heart of the Holy City. At each stop of this self-guided tour, visitors are greeted by members of The Garden Club of Charleston, who share a quick history of each residence and discuss its green space. When you get thirsty, stop by a station set up in Colonial Lake Park for refreshments. Colonial Lake, 40 Rutledge Ave. Friday & Saturday, 1-4pm. $50. (843)737-3942, www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org

 
God Is Real Women's Conference

God Is Real Women's Conference


Event Date: 04/08/2016 - 7:00pm to 04/09/2016 - 10:00pm




Be inspired by engaging worship and empowered through prayer ministry as you hear dynamic speakers from around the globe. Founder Joanne Ellison’s mission is to help Christian women navigate their way around the distractions of life and into the presence of God. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 10pm. $75; $25 student. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Kiawah Art & House Tour

Kiawah Art & House Tour


Event Date: 04/08/2016 - 1:00pm




Step inside some of Kiawah Island’s most distinctive homes for the 16th annual Art and House Tour. This year’s circuit hosted by Arts, Etc. features five different residences, each with impressive art collections representing the homeowners and their personal styles. Enjoy light refreshments along the way, with proceeds benefitting local arts initiatives. Kiawah Island, locations vary. Friday, 1-5pm. $55. (843)768-9194, www.kiawahartsetc.org

 
Women Build

Women Build


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/16/2016 - 12:00pm




Ask Beyoncé who runs the world and she’ll tell you: girls. That’s right, ladies, grab a hammer and join Sea Island Habitat for Humanity at this women-only event to build a safe, decent, and affordable home for a family in need. Lunch, snacks, and a T-shirt are provided, in addition to the personal reward of helping others live with dignity in a community that cares. Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, 2545 Bohicket Rd., John’s Island. Daily, times vary. $35. (843)768-0998, www.seaislandhabitat.org

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Charlotte Ballet Presents Little Mermaid

Charlotte Ballet Presents Little Mermaid


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 2:00pm to 04/10/2016 - 2:00pm




Dive into Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known fairy tale, Little Mermaid. Choreographed by Mark Diamond, the professional dancers of the Charlotte Ballet bring this fable to life, complete with new underwater sets and beautiful costumes. Come see an interpretation of this tale with the mermaid, the sea witch, and the prince. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday & Sunday, times vary. $53-$16. (843)724- 5212, www.gaillardcenter.com

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Walk MS

Walk MS


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 8:00am




Affecting 2.3 million people worldwide, multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable disease that essentially causes the body’s immune system to attack the central nervous system. Help raise awareness by taking a walk through beautiful Hampton Park. Meet people in the Charleston area living with MS and hear their stories. Money raised supports research focused on stopping MS progression, restoring lost function, and ending the disease forever. Donations can be made through the event’s website, or by raising funds with a team. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Saturday, 8am registration; 9am start. Free. (855)372- 1331, www.walkmscarolinas.org

 
Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Farmers Market


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 8:00am to 2:00pm




Celebrate opening day of the Charleston Farmers Market located in the heart of downtown Charleston, Marion Square. Shop and taste some of the Lowcountry's most bountiful and fresh produce, as well as food from local cuisines. Hang out in the park, while you enjoy live music, crafts, and other fun activities. 

 
Founders Day Festival

Founders Day Festival


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm




Travel back in time to celebrate the birth of South Carolina. Reenactors take visitors through daily chores and activities, show authentic encampments, and demonstrate how to fire blackpowder cannons and muskets. In addition, guests can observe actual historical artifacts as archaeologists show the latest research discoveries at the current excavation site. Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Saturday, 10am-5pm. $12.50; $6.50 senior; $6 ages six-15; free for child under six. (843)852-4200, www.southcarolinaparks.com

 
Cupcake Camp

Cupcake Camp


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm




This afternoon full of delicious desserts is for those who have an insatiable sweet tooth. Bake your own batch to share, or just come to sample others’ creations. Though the event is free (including all the cupcakes you can eat), food pantry items and monetary donations are accepted and benefit Seacoast Church Food Pantry. Advanced registration is requested. Seacoast Church, 301 East 5th St., Summerville. Saturday, 3-5pm. Free. (843)486- 0193, cupcakecampsummerville.wordpress.com

 
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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date: 02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Festival of Houses and Gardens

Festival of Houses and Gardens


Event Date: 03/16/2016 - 9:30am to 04/24/2016 - 5:00pm




Immerse yourself into Charleston’s historic and distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. Tours given during the festival provide rare opportunities for guests to see inside the private homes of Charleston’s most beautiful historic residences. Proceeds from the festival benefit Historic Charleston Foundation’s historic preservation initiatives and educational programs. Charleston, locations vary. Dates, times, & prices vary. (843)723-1623, www.historiccharleston.org 

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Bent

Bent


Event Date: 03/17/2016 - 8:00pm to 04/10/2016 - 3:00pm




Love can be found in even the darkest of places, as shown in Threshold Repertory Theatre's presentation of Bent, a Pulitzer Prize nominated play. Directed by Jay Danner, Charleston Theatre's Best Director of 2015, the play is set in 1930s, Nazi Germany and peers into the depths of homosecual persecution. Punched with humor, violence, and difficult decisions, the show is meant for mature audiences only. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25; $20 senior; $15 student/child/military. (843)277-2172, www.charlestontheater.com 

 
Oyster Happy Hour

Oyster Happy Hour


Event Date: 04/11/2016 - 5:00pm to 04/15/2016 - 7:00pm




Come out to COAST Bar and Grill every Monday-Friday for an Oyster Happy Hour! Enjoy 1/2 dozen oysters (raw, steamed or fried) for only $7 and $5 drink specials. Happy hour lasts from 5-7pm.

 
Southern Ground Music & Food Festival

Southern Ground Music & Food Festival


Event Date: 04/16/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 12:00pm




After a 2015 lapse due to weather, the Holy City’s very own music festival returns for its fifth epic year, packing the city with two days of mouthwatering food and musical performances from artists such as Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett, Kacey Musgraves, and Hunter Hayes. The array of eats curated by Rusty Hamlin features local chefs and area food trucks such as Roti Rolls, Home Team BBQ, and Kickin’ Chicken. MUSC Health Stadium,1990 Daniel Island Dr. Saturday & Sunday, times TBA. $666 four two-day passes; $189 two- day pass; $115 single-day pass. www.charleston.southerngroundfestival.com 

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Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date: 03/23/2016 - 6:00pm to 05/25/2016 - 8:00pm




Spring has finally sprung! Enjoy relaxing wine strolls around one of Charleston’s most beautiful landscaped gardens, Middleton Place. Each week, Middleton Place Restaurant will be selecting wines from around the world and a new location and garden will be chosen each Wednesday this spring. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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Morning History Walks

Morning History Walks


Event Date: 04/01/2016 - 9:15am to 04/23/2016 - 9:15am




Be a tourist in your own city. Soak up the history of downtown Charleston through a journey led by some of the area’s most knowledgeable guides. Including firsthand family knowledge from locals, the info can add color and perspective to buildings you may see every day. Historic Charleston Foundation, 108 Meeting St. Days vary, 9:15am. $25; $10 ages six-12; free for child under six. (843)723- 1623, www.historiccharleston.org

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Volvo Car Open

Volvo Car Open


Event Date: 04/02/2016 - 10:00am to 04/10/2016 - 5:00pm




The former Family Circle Cup, one of the most anticipated events in women's professional tennis, returns to the Lowcountry (albeit with a new name), bringing nine days jam-packed with competition. Aside from the action at center court, you can peruse the latest tennis-wear, get in your cardio at the workout station, or take a swing against the fast-serve machine. Volvo Car Open Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)856-7900, www.volvocaropen.com 

 
 
 
Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends


Event Date: 04/13/2016 - 7:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 1:30pm




Prepare to be amazed by acrobatic feats and spectacles of strength presented by skilled circus performers from around the globe. This troupe is known as ”The Greatest Show on Earth” because of performers like the Cossack Riders of the Wind, the fearless daredevils who race motorcycles inside of the Globe of Steel, and majestic animals such as Asian elephants. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Wednesday- Sunday, times vary. $50-$5. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

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"Young Contemporaries"

"Young Contemporaries"


Event Date: 04/04/2016 - 11:00am to 05/03/2016 - 4:00pm




This 31st annual event shows off the brightest talents of the College of Charleston School of the Arts, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. The exhibition gives students the chance to have their work judged by nationally prominent juror Amanda Wojick and presented in a professional gallery setting. Concurrent with ”Young Contemporaries” is the ”Salon des Refusés” exhibit, showing in the Hill Exhibition Gallery. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins


Event Date: 04/06/2016 - 7:30pm to 05/01/2016 - 3:00pm




The most amazing nanny comes to life as Charleston Stage produces the adaptation of Disney’s Mary Poppins (starring Julie Andrews) that was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2007. Directed by Julian Wiles, this show features songs such as ”A Spoon Full of Sugar,” and even includes scenes from P.L. Travers’ kids’ books that weren’t in the classic film. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Wednesday premiere, 7:30pm; Thursday- Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $69-$30. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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World Grits Festival

World Grits Festival


Event Date: 04/08/2016 - 9:00am to 04/10/2016 - 5:00pm




Grits are a staple at every Southern table, but the folks in Saint George are the grits- eating champions, reportedly consuming more per capita than anywhere in the world. For 31 years, the small town (which welcomes 40,000 people during the event) has hosted this fest, which features grits grinding, live music, vendors, and games. World Grits Festival Headquarters, 110 S. Parler Ave., Saint George. Friday & Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-5pm. Free. www.worldgritsfestival.com

 
 
 
 
Sperry Charleston Race Week

Sperry Charleston Race Week


Event Date: 04/14/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 6:00pm




The largest regatta in the Western Hemisphere returns to Charleston, promising nearly 300 boats on the water, all competing for a first- place finish. Watch from onshore as skippers from around the world navigate their vessels through unpredictable winds in multiple races. At the end of each day, head to the beach party, where you can hear from some of the most accomplished racing sailors, sit back with live music, and enjoy a full meal plus drinks from the rum bar. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Thursday-Sunday, times & prices vary. (843)628-5900, www.charlestonraceweek.com

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Fort 2 Battery

Fort 2 Battery


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/10/2016 - 8:00pm




Sailing goes from leisurely to exhilarating and mercurial in this drag race from Fort Sumter to the Battery. Riding everything from kites and boards to catamarans and skiffs, expert- level competitors take on this high-speed challenge. As a spectator, watch from a boat or line up along the Battery as the fleet hurtles toward the peninsula at top-wind speeds. The extreme sailing may only last 15 minutes, but you can also participate in a raffle for a new kiteboarding kite or fly around the harbor in a helicopter. At the end of the day, join the official after-party and keep the fun going into the night. The Battery, 2 Murray Blvd. Saturday & Sunday, times vary. $40; free for youth skipper/ spectator. (913)390-3924, www.fort2battery.com

 
 
 
 
The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival


Event Date: 04/14/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 8:00pm




Enjoy rides, games, carnival snacks, and more at Boone Hall Plantation for the annual Lowcountry Strawberry Festival. The attractions—a petting zoo, magic shows, and thrill rides to name a few—are sure to please attendees of all ages. Guests can also take a tractor ride to-and-from the strawberry U-pick fields. Boone Hall Plantation, 2330 N. Hwy. 17, Mount Pleasant. Thursday-Sunday, times vary. $5; $3 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com

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Women Build

Women Build


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/16/2016 - 12:00pm




Ask Beyoncé who runs the world and she’ll tell you: girls. That’s right, ladies, grab a hammer and join Sea Island Habitat for Humanity at this women-only event to build a safe, decent, and affordable home for a family in need. Lunch, snacks, and a T-shirt are provided, in addition to the personal reward of helping others live with dignity in a community that cares. Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, 2545 Bohicket Rd., John’s Island. Daily, times vary. $35. (843)768-0998, www.seaislandhabitat.org

 
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Charlotte Ballet Presents Little Mermaid

Charlotte Ballet Presents Little Mermaid


Event Date: 04/09/2016 - 2:00pm to 04/10/2016 - 2:00pm




Dive into Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known fairy tale, Little Mermaid. Choreographed by Mark Diamond, the professional dancers of the Charlotte Ballet bring this fable to life, complete with new underwater sets and beautiful costumes. Come see an interpretation of this tale with the mermaid, the sea witch, and the prince. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday & Sunday, times vary. $53-$16. (843)724- 5212, www.gaillardcenter.com

 
 
Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day to Benefit One80 Place

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day to Benefit One80 Place


Event Date: 04/12/2016 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm




Ben & Jerry's is hosting its annual Free Cone Day. The event takes place at the scoop shop downtown and the Isle of Palms scoop shop in hopes of accumulating donations for One80 Place, an organization providing food, shelter, and hope to end homelessness in the Charleston area. The fundraising goal is $5,000. Come out and enjoy an ice cream cone in support of a great cause! 

 
Brewsday

Brewsday


Event Date: 04/12/2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm




Snag these opportunities to sip a cold one in Old Towne Creek County Park—not yet open for daily visits—while listening to live music and dining on food-truck fare. Whether you prefer ales, lagers, or stouts, you’re sure to find something that quenches your thirst among the craft-beer offerings. Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $6; free for Gold Pass holder. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Candlefish Spring Botanical Wax Hurricanes

Candlefish Spring Botanical Wax Hurricanes


Event Date: 04/12/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm




Step into spring with Candlefish's seasonal candle making class. This workshop uses spring blooms and greenery to create delightful smells. Attendees use candle molds to create two wax "hurricanes" using paraffin wax and a selection of colorful scents like heather and lavender. Classes are BYOB and glassware and all all workshop materials are provided. Participants also recieve 15% off all purchases made during class. Tickets are $45 

 
 
Candlefish Candle-Making: Scented Candles

Candlefish Candle-Making: Scented Candles


Event Date: 04/14/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm




Get a lesson in how Candlefish makes its enchanting scented, soy wax candles with a hands-on class led by its knowledgeable Chandlers. Attendees choose their favorite fragrance from a large selection of scented oils. After mixing and measuring the wax and oil, participants pour the blend into two 9 oz. scented candles. All candles are ready to be burned after creating  personalized label. All classes enjoy 15% discount on all merchandise and are BYOB, glassware will be provided. Tickets are $45 

 
iFive:K

iFive:K


Event Date: 04/14/2016 - 6:30pm




Charleston’s premier spring athletic and networking event for the tech community starts at Riverfront Park and weaves through North Charleston streets before returning back to the park for an after- party. Take advantage of the Lowcountry’s only weekday, evening race, and enjoy the cooler temperatures. Participants have a chance to catch their breath and refuel with celebratory food, drinks, and fellowship. All proceeds from the evening go towards CODEcamp scholarships and other education-related programming. Participants must pre-register. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Thursday, 6:30pm. $40. (843)579-7508, www.ifivek.com

 
Big Billy's Beer Dinner

Big Billy's Beer Dinner


Event Date: 04/14/2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm




Join Executive Chef Brannon Florie of The Rarebit, The Granary & On Forty One for a fun and informal five-course "Beer Dinner"—each item on the menu is paired with a selection of local beers from Palmetto Brewery. Before diving into Florie's substantial menu featuring alligator sliders, elk meatloaf, mahi-mahi tacos, and braised BBQ short ribs, kick back and enjoy live tunes from local singer/songwriter Kevin Church starting around 6:30 p.m. Big Billy's Burger Joint, 5070 International Blvd., North Charleston. Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm. $35. (843)747-4949, www.bigbillysburgerjoint.com 

 
Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night


Event Date: 04/14/2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm




Advocates in the Charleston area rally to “take back the night.” In protest against rape and other forms of sexual, relationship, and domestic violence, participants march downtown before gathering for a candlelight vigil and moment of silence, as well as to speak out for victims and survivors. The event is free of charge and welcomes one and all to join in working toward a violence-free South Carolina. Any donations benefit People Against Rape. Unitarian Church in Charleston, 6 Archdale St. Thursday, 7-8:30pm. Free. (843)745-0144

 
Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat

Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat


Event Date: 04/15/2016 - 10:00am to 04/17/2016 - 3:00pm




Enjoy a weekend packed with a variety of events for classic automobile enthusiasts on the Sea Islands. On Friday, take a motoring tour through back roads on scenic John’s, Wadmalaw, and Kiawah islands; enjoy seminars on car maintenance; and hang out with other hobbyists at the oyster roast. Saturday’s event, “Cars on Kiawah,” features 200 beautifully restored vehicles from 17 regional and local car clubs. Sunday brings a Gullah brunch and awards ceremony. The Sandcastle, 1 Shipwatch Rd., Kiawah Island. Friday- Sunday, 10am-3pm. Prices vary. (843)277-0271, www.kiawahislandmotoringretreat.com

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Lowcountry Kids Expo

Lowcountry Kids Expo


Event Date: 04/10/2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm




Bring the kids to bounce on inflatables, get their faces painted, and watch cool magic shows while you learn a little at this year’s expo. Sponsored by Macaroni Kid Charleston, the event focuses on sharing essential resources regarding safety, health and wellness, special needs, education, childcare, and other important family-related topics. Omar Convention Center, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, noon-5pm. Free. lowcountrykidsexpo.eventbrite.com

 
Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville


Event Date: 04/10/2016 - 7:30pm




Multi-instumentalist Aaron Neville of the Neville Brothers stops in town on his solo tour. Experience the soulful R&B and gospel music influences in his earlier songs such as She Took You for a Ride and You Think You’re So Smart, both written and produced by the recently deceased legendary musician and songwriter Allen Toussaint. Fans also have the chance to hear from his most recent album, My True Story, a collection of doo-wop covers. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 6:30pm doors; 7:30pm show. $59.50-$39.50. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville


Event Date: 04/10/2016 - 8:00pm




Aaron Neville may famously be known for the New Orleans sound of the Neville Brothers but few have heard his incredible solo recordings. Experience the soulful R&B sound and gospel influences in earlier songs like She Took You for a Ride and You Think You're so Smart, both written and produced by legendary musician and songwriter Allen Toussaint. $59.50-$39.50, (843)853-2252

 
Charleston Outdoor Festival

Charleston Outdoor Festival


Event Date: 04/15/2016 - 1:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 4:00pm




Kayakers, canoeists, and paddle- boarders come together with rock climbers, archers, and cyclists at the annual Outdoor Festival. Make your way to the Try-It-Zone, where you can demo many of the watercrafts and bikes available, or test your balance on the slackline, designed to help you center your chi. The festival includes hands-on workshops and demonstrations, as well as more than 70 exhibitors displaying the latest in outdoor gadgets and recreational necessities. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Friday-Sunday, times & prices vary. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

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Plantasia

Plantasia


Event Date: 04/15/2016 - 5:30pm to 04/16/2016 - 4:00pm




Whether you’re looking to expand your edible garden or find an exotic ornamental, Plantasia offers a one-stop shop for all of your horticultural needs. This all-day sale is the ultimate source for gardeners, offering a huge array of plants at its new location at Old Towne Creek County Park. Vendors are on-site selling the latest in tools, and experts are on hand to shovel out advice. If you’re interested in having first access, head to the Plantasia Eve Party on Friday night for live entertainment, food, and wine under the oaks. Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Friday, 5:30-7:30pm, $35. Saturday, 8am- 4pm, free. (843)579-9922, www.chashortsoc.org

 
 
Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition

Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition


Event Date: 04/16/2016 - 8:00am to 2:00pm




More than 70 climbers travel from across the United States to test their mettle against one another as they scale a complex rock-climbing wall at James Island County Park. This nationally sanctioned competition features some of the most highly skilled and agile climbers, but you don’t have to be a professional to appreciate the challenge. Test your skills at this year’s event, or hold on to your seat as a spectator of the riveting contest. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Saturday, 8am-2pm. $45; $40 before April 3; no on-site registration. (843)762-9511, www.ccprc.com

 
Crawfish for Cancer

Crawfish for Cancer


Event Date: 04/16/2016 - 2:00pm




Chow down for a good cause at Crawfish for Cancer’s second annual crawfish boil, hosted by Palmetto Brewery and Firefly Distillery. Enjoy a taste of Louisiana in the Lowcountry; feast on hundreds of pounds of crawfish while sipping Palmetto pale ales and Firefly sweet tea cocktails. Last year Crawfish for Cancer raised over $100,000 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and is hoping to raise even more money this year. Bring your friends (furry friends are also invited!) and enjoy an afternoon of live music, good food, and great drinks. Palmetto Brewery, 289 Huger St. Saturday, 2-7pm. $65-$55. http://www.crawfishforcancer.org/chs.html

 
Porto Seguro with Special Guest Ann Caldwell

Porto Seguro with Special Guest Ann Caldwell


Event Date: 04/16/2016 - 4:00pm




Porto Seguro takes the stage at the Gage Hall Coffeehouse for a night of fun and Brazilian music. Listen to new tunes with sounds of the flutes, mandolins, guitars, and bass. Witness special guest and local jazz vocalist, Ann Caldwell and a cameo apperance by The UCC Choir. Home-baked desserts, coffee and soda will be available for purchase. All Coffeehouse profits support science field trips for Mitchell Elementary School. Suggested donation $15; $5 students

 
Rockabilly Shindig

Rockabilly Shindig


Event Date: 04/16/2016 - 9:00pm




Put on your dancing shoes and head to The Sparrow for a 1950's style Rockabilly concert! Featuring entertainment by Willie Heath Neal and The Capital City Playboys. Also performing is DJ Rockaphilly who will be spinning classic vinyl from Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, and everything in between! No cover, admission is free

 
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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date: 02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Festival of Houses and Gardens

Festival of Houses and Gardens


Event Date: 03/16/2016 - 9:30am to 04/24/2016 - 5:00pm




Immerse yourself into Charleston’s historic and distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. Tours given during the festival provide rare opportunities for guests to see inside the private homes of Charleston’s most beautiful historic residences. Proceeds from the festival benefit Historic Charleston Foundation’s historic preservation initiatives and educational programs. Charleston, locations vary. Dates, times, & prices vary. (843)723-1623, www.historiccharleston.org 

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Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date: 03/23/2016 - 6:00pm to 05/25/2016 - 8:00pm




Spring has finally sprung! Enjoy relaxing wine strolls around one of Charleston’s most beautiful landscaped gardens, Middleton Place. Each week, Middleton Place Restaurant will be selecting wines from around the world and a new location and garden will be chosen each Wednesday this spring. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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Morning History Walks

Morning History Walks


Event Date: 04/01/2016 - 9:15am to 04/23/2016 - 9:15am




Be a tourist in your own city. Soak up the history of downtown Charleston through a journey led by some of the area’s most knowledgeable guides. Including firsthand family knowledge from locals, the info can add color and perspective to buildings you may see every day. Historic Charleston Foundation, 108 Meeting St. Days vary, 9:15am. $25; $10 ages six-12; free for child under six. (843)723- 1623, www.historiccharleston.org

 
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"Young Contemporaries"

"Young Contemporaries"


Event Date: 04/04/2016 - 11:00am to 05/03/2016 - 4:00pm




This 31st annual event shows off the brightest talents of the College of Charleston School of the Arts, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. The exhibition gives students the chance to have their work judged by nationally prominent juror Amanda Wojick and presented in a professional gallery setting. Concurrent with ”Young Contemporaries” is the ”Salon des Refusés” exhibit, showing in the Hill Exhibition Gallery. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins


Event Date: 04/06/2016 - 7:30pm to 05/01/2016 - 3:00pm




The most amazing nanny comes to life as Charleston Stage produces the adaptation of Disney’s Mary Poppins (starring Julie Andrews) that was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2007. Directed by Julian Wiles, this show features songs such as ”A Spoon Full of Sugar,” and even includes scenes from P.L. Travers’ kids’ books that weren’t in the classic film. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Wednesday premiere, 7:30pm; Thursday- Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $69-$30. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends


Event Date: 04/13/2016 - 7:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 1:30pm




Prepare to be amazed by acrobatic feats and spectacles of strength presented by skilled circus performers from around the globe. This troupe is known as ”The Greatest Show on Earth” because of performers like the Cossack Riders of the Wind, the fearless daredevils who race motorcycles inside of the Globe of Steel, and majestic animals such as Asian elephants. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Wednesday- Sunday, times vary. $50-$5. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC Golf Tournament

Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC Golf Tournament


Event Date: 04/18/2016 - 5:00pm to 04/19/2016 - 9:00am




Head out to the green in support of a great cause. On April 19, enjoy one of the most picturesque golf courses in the Southeast, with views of the Atlantic Ocean and tidal salt marshes, play a round of golf in the 16th annual tournament, and benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center. The night before (4/18), attend the pre-tournament party and auction from 5-8pm at the acclaimed Italian restaurant Al Di La in Avondale. Bulls Bay Golf Club, 995 Bulls Bay Blvd., Awendaw. Monday, 5-8pm; Tuesday, 9am registration; 10am tournament. (843)266-5218, cydc.org 

 
Wine Down Wednesday

Wine Down Wednesday


Event Date: 04/20/2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm




Take a break from the daily grind and savor a glass of wine with friends under the live oaks of Old Towne Creek County Park—formerly Ashem Farm, home to preservationist Emily Ravenel Farrow—which is not yet open for daily visitors. Unwind with live music from local artists and light hors d’oeuvres. Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $20; $18 advance. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
James Beard Foundation: Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner

James Beard Foundation: Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner


Event Date: 04/20/2016 - 6:30pm




Support the James Beard Foundation's mission of nurturing America's culinary heritage through educational and inspirational programs—all while feasting on fare created by some of the best upcoming female chefs in the country. Meet at Cannon Green Restaurant and treat yourself to multiple mouthwatering courses including pieces prepared by Charleston's own Emily Hahn from Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Jill Mathias from Chez Nous, Katy Keefe from McCrady's, as well as Kristen Kish from Boston and Rebecca Wilcomb from New Orleans. Hosted by Chef Amalie Scatena, the night is sure to be a hit. Cannon Green Restaurant, 103 Spring St. Wednesday, 6:30-10:30pm. $150. Website

 
Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date: 04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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Sperry Charleston Race Week

Sperry Charleston Race Week


Event Date: 04/14/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 6:00pm




The largest regatta in the Western Hemisphere returns to Charleston, promising nearly 300 boats on the water, all competing for a first- place finish. Watch from onshore as skippers from around the world navigate their vessels through unpredictable winds in multiple races. At the end of each day, head to the beach party, where you can hear from some of the most accomplished racing sailors, sit back with live music, and enjoy a full meal plus drinks from the rum bar. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Thursday-Sunday, times & prices vary. (843)628-5900, www.charlestonraceweek.com

 
 
Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals


Event Date: 04/19/2016 - 7:30pm




Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music—music that changed the world. At the heart of this small town producing arguably the greatest soul records in history was Rick Hall, the celebrated producer from FAME Studios. See why artists like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Alicia Keys pay tribute to this influential music movement in this documentary screening. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $10; $8 student. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Candlefish Spring Botanical Wax Hurricanes

Candlefish Spring Botanical Wax Hurricanes


Event Date: 04/21/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm




Step into spring with Candlefish's seasonal candle making class. This workshop uses spring blooms and greenery to create delightful smells. Attendees use candle molds to create two wax "hurricanes" using paraffin wax and a selection of colorful scents like heather and lavender. Classes are BYOB and glassware and all workshop materials are provided. Participants also recieve 15% off all purchases made during class. Tickets are $45 

 
HELLO, SAXOPHONE!

HELLO, SAXOPHONE!


Event Date: 04/21/2016 - 7:30pm




Join Jonathan Krammer, musician, artistic director, and founder of the HELLO, SAXOPHONE! KAMMERMUSIK concert series for an evening of dynamic sonic entertainment. This 3rd HELLO, SAXOPHONE! concert, featuring an 11-sax mini-orchestra, blends classic and contemporary European and American music and presents timeless concert pieces alongside heated tangos. Unitarian Church of Charleston, 4 Archdale St. Thursday, 7pm doors; 7:30 start. $20; $15 age 65 and up; $12 students; $8 ages 5-12. (734) 945-0587

 
Blue Bicycle Books Author Series: Luncheon at Halls Chophouse with Peter Selgin

Blue Bicycle Books Author Series: Luncheon at Halls Chophouse with Peter Selgin


Event Date: 04/22/2016 - 12:00pm




Join author and winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction, Peter Selgin, for a discussion of his new non-fiction memoir, The Inventors. The discussion, hosted by Blue Bicycle Books, will take place at Halls Chophouse, where guests will enjoy a delicious three-course luncheon and will have a chance to quiz the author about his inspiration for this coming-of-age narrative. Halls Chophouse, 434 King St. Friday, noon. $30; $49 includes luncheon plus signed book copy. (843) 722-2666, bluebicyclebooks.com

 
Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic


Event Date: 04/22/2016 - 8:00pm




Throughout an impressive 30-year run, Widespread Panic has released 12 studio albums and 43 live albums, selling more than three million copies as one of the most successful touring acts in the world. The groups’ rollicking, free-form music draws influences from Southern rock, blues, progressive, and hard-rock genres. At this and other stops on its winter 2016 tour, the band has requested food bank volunteers at the venue accept canned goods and monetary donations for communities in need. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $78-$28. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

 
Hands-On Rice Planting

Hands-On Rice Planting


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 10:00am to 04/24/2016 - 1:00pm




At Middleton Place, learn about early local cash crop Carolina Gold rice, joining a costumed interpreter to practice the methods of traditional rice planting. Experience the demonstration paddies and discover new things about the cultivation of the crop in South Carolina in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as its African origins. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday & Sunday, 10am & 1pm. $28; $15 student; $10 ages six-13; free for child under six. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival


Event Date: 04/14/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 8:00pm




Enjoy rides, games, carnival snacks, and more at Boone Hall Plantation for the annual Lowcountry Strawberry Festival. The attractions—a petting zoo, magic shows, and thrill rides to name a few—are sure to please attendees of all ages. Guests can also take a tractor ride to-and-from the strawberry U-pick fields. Boone Hall Plantation, 2330 N. Hwy. 17, Mount Pleasant. Thursday-Sunday, times vary. $5; $3 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com

 
Charleston Walk to Cure Arthritis

Charleston Walk to Cure Arthritis


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 8:00am




Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability, affecting one in every five adults and 300,000 children. Walk to Cure Arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation’s signature fundraiser, unites communities across the country to put an end to this debilitating condition. The event at James Island County Park features three-mile and one-mile courses, plus fun activities for the entire family. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Saturday. Free. (843)795-7275, www.walktocurearthritis.org

 
Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park Cleanup

Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park Cleanup


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 9:00am




Help keep the Lowcountry beautiful at this litter cleanup sponsored by Belk, Eco Swim, and United by Blue. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and bags, gloves, sunscreen, and bug spray will be available for all. Volunteers are encouraged to wear protective footwear as the cleanup will cover marshy and muddy areas. Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman, Jr. Blvd. Saturday, 9-11am. Free. belkcleanup.ticketleap.com/April232016/details

 
Spring Fling Pop-Up at Cigar Factory

Spring Fling Pop-Up at Cigar Factory


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 10:00am




Check out some great local vendors at the newly renovated Cigar Factory. From 10am to 4pm visit Bulls Bay Saltworks, Old Whaling Company, Southern Smoke Cigars, Sweet Lulu’s Bakery on Wheels, and many more local purveyors. The event is free and open to the public. Cigar Factory, 701 East Bay St. Saturday, 10am-4pm. Free. 

 

 
Making It Grow Unplugged

Making It Grow Unplugged


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 10:00am




Celebrate Earth Day by learning from expert gardners from the popular SCETV program—Amanda McNulty, host of Making It Grow; Terasa Lott, host of MIC's chat room; Amy Dabbs; Jonathan Croft; and Rebecca Hellmuth—who are offering a free panel discussion at 11 a.m. Master Gardeners Kathy Stone and Robbie Robinson are also on site from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss the importance of pollinators, methods that encourage and protect them, host and nectar plant suggestions, and advice for building low-maintenance gardens. As a part of the Earth Day celebration, participants can tour the new pollinator garden, and shop the latest and greatest gardening accessories from local vendors. Summers Corner, 1609 Beech Hill Rd., Summerville. Saturday, 10am-12:30pm. Free. (843)377-8844, www.summerscorner.com 

 
A Mini Horse Wedding

A Mini Horse Wedding


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm




Smarty Pants, the mini horse, recently found his "soul mare" Moon Over My Annie, also a mini horse, and got engaged this past fall. They will be having a mini wedding on April 23rd during LEARN Horse Rescue's "Neigh-borhood" Carnival. The groom will be wearing his tux. The bride will be wearing her signature tiara and tutu, along with her "3-carrot" engagement ring. All money raised from food & beverage puchases as well as silent auction items goes to LEARN Horse Rescue. LEARN Farm, 6861 Ethel Post Office Rd., Meggett. Saturday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)991-4879, www.learnhorserescue.org 

 
Join LILA at Palmetto Brewery for Acoustic Unplugged

Join LILA at Palmetto Brewery for Acoustic Unplugged


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 3:00pm




Grab a paintbrush and head on over to Palmetto Brewery for an afternoon of live music, good brews, food trucks, and “Little Free Library” decorating. Support the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA) from 3-4 p.m. by helping members paint the first of four “Little Free Libraries”-- small wooden boxes that hold books for a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange-- that will soon debut in several Lowcountry locations. Marci Shore will take the stage from 2-4p.m. followed by Aaron Parnell Brown from 4-6p.m. Palmetto Brewery, 289 Huger St. Saturday, 3-6pm. Free. www.lilaconnects.com

 
Spring Wine Tasting

Spring Wine Tasting


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm




Sample over 20 wines from local vendors as you enjoy live music by Morris Peltz. Benefitting The International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach, a silent auction will feature items from businesses like Green Fees, paintings, and gift certificates to local retailers. Tickets $20

 
Charleston Jazz Orchestra: A Night at the Village Vanguard

Charleston Jazz Orchestra: A Night at the Village Vanguard


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 5:00pm




Led by music director and conductor Charlton Singleton, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra plays music by the Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Orchestra, a storied jazz ensemble who held a Monday night spot at the Village Vanguard nightclub in New York City for many years. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5pm & 8pm. $55-$40; $50-$35 senior; $10 student. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 7:30pm




After cleaning up at this year’s Grammys, the Alabama Shakes bring their Americana sound to the Lowcountry this spring. The band has performed its soulful, revivalist tunes everywhere from Saturday Night Live to music festivals like Bonnaroo. On their current tour, the Athens, Alabama, natives are taking the stage with songs from their mainstream debut album, Boys & Girls, and their latest album, Sound & Color. Volvo Car Open Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Saturday, 6pm doors; 7:30pm show. $47-$27. (843)849- 5300, www.familycircletenniscenter.com

 
Shaggin' on the Cooper

Shaggin' on the Cooper


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 8:00pm




Put on your dancing shoes for Shaggin’ on the Cooper. Live music fills the air, with local groups, like Shem Creek Boogie Band, The Sneakers, Vinyl Daze, and Hot Pepper, performing on the Mount Pleasant Pier. Food vendors provide eats, and beverages are available for purchase at this event for all ages. Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 7pm gates; 8pm show. $10. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
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Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat

Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat


Event Date: 04/15/2016 - 10:00am to 04/17/2016 - 3:00pm




Enjoy a weekend packed with a variety of events for classic automobile enthusiasts on the Sea Islands. On Friday, take a motoring tour through back roads on scenic John’s, Wadmalaw, and Kiawah islands; enjoy seminars on car maintenance; and hang out with other hobbyists at the oyster roast. Saturday’s event, “Cars on Kiawah,” features 200 beautifully restored vehicles from 17 regional and local car clubs. Sunday brings a Gullah brunch and awards ceremony. The Sandcastle, 1 Shipwatch Rd., Kiawah Island. Friday- Sunday, 10am-3pm. Prices vary. (843)277-0271, www.kiawahislandmotoringretreat.com

 
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Charleston Outdoor Festival

Charleston Outdoor Festival


Event Date: 04/15/2016 - 1:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 4:00pm




Kayakers, canoeists, and paddle- boarders come together with rock climbers, archers, and cyclists at the annual Outdoor Festival. Make your way to the Try-It-Zone, where you can demo many of the watercrafts and bikes available, or test your balance on the slackline, designed to help you center your chi. The festival includes hands-on workshops and demonstrations, as well as more than 70 exhibitors displaying the latest in outdoor gadgets and recreational necessities. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Friday-Sunday, times & prices vary. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
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Southern Ground Music & Food Festival

Southern Ground Music & Food Festival


Event Date: 04/16/2016 - 12:00pm to 04/17/2016 - 12:00pm




After a 2015 lapse due to weather, the Holy City’s very own music festival returns for its fifth epic year, packing the city with two days of mouthwatering food and musical performances from artists such as Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett, Kacey Musgraves, and Hunter Hayes. The array of eats curated by Rusty Hamlin features local chefs and area food trucks such as Roti Rolls, Home Team BBQ, and Kickin’ Chicken. MUSC Health Stadium,1990 Daniel Island Dr. Saturday & Sunday, times TBA. $666 four two-day passes; $189 two- day pass; $115 single-day pass. www.charleston.southerngroundfestival.com 

 
Thrifters + Drifters Market

Thrifters + Drifters Market


Event Date: 04/17/2016 - 11:00am to 5:00pm




Stop by The Royal American for the first ever Thrifters + Drifters market featuring local artisans, collectors, and crafters. Shop beautiful art, jewelry, vintage clothing, crafts and more from vendors like CC Designs, fkvintage, Naked Eyes Jewelry, and Charleston Weekender. Drinks and brunch will be served and make sure to grab a treat after from King of Pops or the Charleston Cake Farmer, who will also be on site. 

 
Commune Charleston: Soft-shell Crab Supper

Commune Charleston: Soft-shell Crab Supper


Event Date: 04/17/2016 - 5:00pm




Originally created to provide guests with an insider's look at local vendors, Commune also allows Charleston's best chefs to experiment in a collaborative and creative environment—and at this partciular dinner, you can enjoy a lowcountry favorite, soft shell crab. The dinner includes four courses featuring Chefs Blair Machado of The Park Cafe, Blake Joyal of The Westendorff, and Air Casebier of FEAST Charleston with wine pairings from McCarus Beverage Company to highlight the flavors of spring—think bubbles and rosé. Le Creuset Atelier, 116 Ripley Point. Sunday, 5pm. $135. Website

 
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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date: 02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Festival of Houses and Gardens

Festival of Houses and Gardens


Event Date: 03/16/2016 - 9:30am to 04/24/2016 - 5:00pm




Immerse yourself into Charleston’s historic and distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. Tours given during the festival provide rare opportunities for guests to see inside the private homes of Charleston’s most beautiful historic residences. Proceeds from the festival benefit Historic Charleston Foundation’s historic preservation initiatives and educational programs. Charleston, locations vary. Dates, times, & prices vary. (843)723-1623, www.historiccharleston.org 

 
 
Dig South

Dig South


Event Date: 04/26/2016 - 8:00am to 04/28/2016 - 4:00pm




This entrepreneurial festival has become the place where major brands meet the smartest startups and connect. Presenters touch on influential sources and leadership structures in the 21st-century economy, focusing on the weekend buzzword, ”#power.” Learn more about the modern impact of venture capital, the cloud, branding, and marketing at conferences and daily presentations at the Gaillard Center. Also enjoy fun networking events during nightly parties, concerts, and more. Whether your company is on the Fortune 500 list or a homegrown startup, opportunities await at this year’s affair. Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)224-0461, www.digsouth.com

 
North Charleston Arts Festival

North Charleston Arts Festival


Event Date: 04/29/2016 - 8:00am to 05/07/2016 - 10:00pm




This nine-day celebration boasts a flood of noteworthy arts and culture attractions, from painting and puppet shows to dance and drama. The main event, held May 1 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, offers many performances, arts and crafts vendors, a gem and mineral exposition, and an antiques show. Throughout the week, catch more than 60 local and international celebrations and exhibitions—reggae street dancing by Mystic Vibrations, a concert by saxophonist Randy Corinthian, and storytelling by three-time Emmy Award-winner Bobby Norfolk—all concluding with fireworks and food trucks at the May 7 grand finale.

North Charleston’s Riverfront Park, Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)740-5854, www.northcharlestonartsfest.com

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Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date: 03/23/2016 - 6:00pm to 05/25/2016 - 8:00pm




Spring has finally sprung! Enjoy relaxing wine strolls around one of Charleston’s most beautiful landscaped gardens, Middleton Place. Each week, Middleton Place Restaurant will be selecting wines from around the world and a new location and garden will be chosen each Wednesday this spring. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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"Young Contemporaries"

"Young Contemporaries"


Event Date: 04/04/2016 - 11:00am to 05/03/2016 - 4:00pm




This 31st annual event shows off the brightest talents of the College of Charleston School of the Arts, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. The exhibition gives students the chance to have their work judged by nationally prominent juror Amanda Wojick and presented in a professional gallery setting. Concurrent with ”Young Contemporaries” is the ”Salon des Refusés” exhibit, showing in the Hill Exhibition Gallery. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins


Event Date: 04/06/2016 - 7:30pm to 05/01/2016 - 3:00pm




The most amazing nanny comes to life as Charleston Stage produces the adaptation of Disney’s Mary Poppins (starring Julie Andrews) that was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2007. Directed by Julian Wiles, this show features songs such as ”A Spoon Full of Sugar,” and even includes scenes from P.L. Travers’ kids’ books that weren’t in the classic film. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Wednesday premiere, 7:30pm; Thursday- Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $69-$30. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date: 04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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Hands-On Rice Planting

Hands-On Rice Planting


Event Date: 04/23/2016 - 10:00am to 04/24/2016 - 1:00pm




At Middleton Place, learn about early local cash crop Carolina Gold rice, joining a costumed interpreter to practice the methods of traditional rice planting. Experience the demonstration paddies and discover new things about the cultivation of the crop in South Carolina in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as its African origins. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday & Sunday, 10am & 1pm. $28; $15 student; $10 ages six-13; free for child under six. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

 
 
Brewsday

Brewsday


Event Date: 04/26/2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm




Snag these opportunities to sip a cold one in Old Towne Creek County Park—not yet open for daily visits—while listening to live music and dining on food-truck fare. Whether you prefer ales, lagers, or stouts, you’re sure to find something that quenches your thirst among the craft-beer offerings. Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $6; free for Gold Pass holder. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
The Summit

The Summit


Event Date: 04/27/2016 - 10:00am to 04/29/2016 - 12:00pm




Connect and create with top names in the marketing community at this networking event. This niche multi-day conference features more than seven workshops, with refreshments between sessions, afternoon cocktail parties, book signings, brunch at the Mills House, and a lunch at the historic William Aiken House. Don’t miss the chance to get the inside scoop on branding, styling, photography, and public relations. Locations vary. Wednesday- Friday, times vary. $565. (912)399-8088, www.thesouthernc.com/the-summit

 
Art in the Barn

Art in the Barn


Event Date: 04/30/2016 - 11:00am to 05/01/2016 - 4:00pm




Celebrate the local arts community at this two-day event featuring live music from Triangle Bluegrass, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and the art of potters, painters, wood-turners, and textile, floral, and jewelry designers. Sponsored by Fat and Juicy Cocktail Mixers. Ruby Ranch, 1556 Tacky Point Road, Wadmalaw Island. Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free.

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Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival


Event Date: 04/24/2016 - 11:30am




Send Mount Pleasant’s shrimping crews off into a new fishing season at the 29th annual Blessing of the Fleet. Pay tribute to the local seafood industry while you enjoy a boat parade, live music, and other activities overlooking Charleston Harbor, and dig into savory seafood from some of Mount Pleasant’s best restaurants. Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 11:30am. Free. (843)884-8517, www.comeonovermp.com

 
Charleston Jazz Club Presents : Second Annual Spring Jazz Jam

Charleston Jazz Club Presents : Second Annual Spring Jazz Jam


Event Date: 04/24/2016 - 4:00pm




Jazz up your weekend at the second annual Spring Jazz Jam, an unscripted, unrehearsed four-hour long jazz concert held at Republic Garden and Lounge. Admission is free and the lineup is stacked—listen to Charleston legends like Lonnie Hamilton, Oscar Rivers Jr., and George Kenny, as well as “Ambassador of Jazz” Mayor John Tecklenburg. Produced and co-hosted by Dennis Fassuliotis and Steve Simon, this Charleston Jazz Club production raises funds for the Homeless to Hope Fund. Republic Garden, 462 King St. Sunday, 4-8pm. Free. (843) 724-7400, www.republicreign.com

 
Live Oak Lights: Illuminating Our Heritage

Live Oak Lights: Illuminating Our Heritage


Event Date: 04/24/2016 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm




Celebrate the history of the Gullah culture under the beatiful Daniel Island Oaks. This free event, co-sponsored by the Daniel Island Community Fund will include live Gullah music by the Plantation Singers, Gullah storytelling, sweetgrass basket making, ironwork demonstrations by the Philip Simmons Foundation, arts and crafts for the kids, and much more! In addition, Chef B.J. Dennis will be on site cooking up some Gullah-inspired cuisine for sale. Later in the evening, Daniel Island residents and businesses are encouraged to light up the Live Oaks on their properties in honor of the island's Gullah heritage.

For more information, please visit www.dihistoricalsociety.com or call (843)822-5248 

 
A Night with Janis Joplin

A Night with Janis Joplin


Event Date: 04/24/2016 - 7:00pm




The queen of rock and roll made her mark on the music scene with her unmistakable blues-inspired vocals and her ability to shift from rage to tenderness in the blink of an eye. Fueled by songs such as ”Piece of My Heart,” A Night with Janis Joplin explores the musical predecessors of the singer, icons like Aretha Franklin and Etta James, as Tony Award-nominated actress Mary Bridget Davies brings life to one of music’s greatest legends. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Sunday, 7pm. $107-$53. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.com

 
The Glass Onion Hosts All-Seafood Good Catch Dinner to Support South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Program

The Glass Onion Hosts All-Seafood Good Catch Dinner to Support South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Program


Event Date: 04/27/2016 - 5:00pm




Seafood-lovers, delight! The Glass Onion hosts a special all-seafood four-course dinner to support the South Carolina Aquarium Good Catch sustainable seafood program. Enjoy seafood from local, sustainably managed fisheries; feast on menu items such as oyster sausage, Carolina Bay scallops, local crab, seafood boudin, and pan-roasted fish with dirty rice. The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Hwy. Wednesday, 5pm. $60; $80 with wine pairing. (843) 225-1717, www.ilovetheglassonion.com

 
42nd Street

42nd Street


Event Date: 04/28/2016 - 7:30pm to 04/29/2016 - 7:30pm




This backstage comedy based on Busby Berkeley’s 1930s movie is entertainment for the entire family. You’ll join dancer Peggy Sawyer on her journey to the Big Apple, where she auditions for the new Broadway musical, Pretty Lady. When the leading lady is injured, Peggy steps in to become the star. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Thursday & Friday, 6:30pm doors; 7:30pm show. $70-$35. (843)529- 5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

 
 
Mary Alice Monroe throws a Lowcountry Wedding Book Launch Party at the Beach

Mary Alice Monroe throws a Lowcountry Wedding Book Launch Party at the Beach


Event Date: 04/28/2016 - 6:00pm




Join local New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe for a beachside launch party at Wild Dunes Resort. Listen to Monroe discuss her new book, A Lowcountry Wedding, the fourth in her “Lowcountry Summer” series, while sipping on Firefly Distillery’s signature “Lowcountry Wedding” cocktail. Traditional southern fare will be served and all who attend will receive raffle tickets. Raffle prizes include a piece of jewelry from Diamond’s Direct and a stay and dinner at Wild Dunes Resort. Wild Dunes Resort, 5757 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms. Thursday, 6-9pm. $40-$35. maryalicemonroe.com

 
Mayday at Midway

Mayday at Midway


Event Date: 04/28/2016 - 7:00pm




Join four WWII vets as they share their stories seventy-three years after the historic battle at Midway. The Mayday at Midway program is part of Patriots Point’s “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things” education series and will be held inside the Smokey Stover Theater aboard the USS Yorktown CV-10. Arrive early, seating will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Rd., Mt. Pleasant. Thursday, 7pm. Free. (843) 881-5984, www.patriotspoint.org

 
Trout Steak Revival at the Music Farm

Trout Steak Revival at the Music Farm


Event Date: 04/28/2016 - 8:00pm




Grab a whiskey and your favorite blue jeans and come jam out to Denver-based bluegrass quintet Trout Steak Revival. After winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the band has made a name for itself in the mountain states roots scene. Known for its raw yet well-executed sound, Trout Steak Revival incorporates traditional and modern elements in soulful narratives. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Thursday, 8pm doors; 9pm show. $12-$10. (843) 577-6989, www.musicfarm.com

 
North Charleston Arts Festival

North Charleston Arts Festival


Event Date: 04/29/2016 - 12:00pm to 05/07/2016 - 7:00pm




For more than 30 years, this annual nine- day celebration has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the public, attracting 30,000 visitors from throughout the Southeast. The festival highlights artists and other entertainers in categories from dance and photography to theater and crafts. Throughout the week, more than 60 events and exhibitions ensue—including street dancing, film screenings, and children’s programs. The fun concludes with fireworks at the Grand Finale over Riverfront Park. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Days & times vary. Free. (843)740-5854, www.northcharlestonartfest.com

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Charleston In-Water Boat Show

Charleston In-Water Boat Show


Event Date: 04/29/2016 - 12:00pm to 05/01/2016 - 5:00pm




Whether you’re in the nautical know-how or just getting your sea legs, you can find a vessel that suits your needs at this family- friendly, in-water boat show. Choose a craft to get to your secret fishing hole, upgrade to a grander sailing vessel, or satisfy your desire for speed with the fastest powerboat. While you’re perusing, kids can join Charleston’s Pirate Tour for a swashbuckling adventure, have their faces painted, or jump into the ever-popular bouncy house. Brittlebank Park, 145 Lockwood Blvd. Friday, noon-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $10; $15 two-day pass; $5 senior/military; free for child under 16. (864)250-9713, www.charlestoninwaterboatshow.com

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Relay For Life of Mount Pleasant

Relay For Life of Mount Pleasant


Event Date: 04/29/2016 - 6:00pm to 04/30/2016 - 12:00am




The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising effort to combat cancer, which claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each year. Participants raise money to run or walk the all-night relay with their team, often going door to door in the weeks leading up to the event. At the local community relay, vendor booths provide eats while educational speeches aim to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. East Cooper Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Dr., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 6pm-midnight. Free. (843)744-1922, www.relayforlife.org/mtpleasantsc

 
Candlefish Candle-Making: Scented Candles

Candlefish Candle-Making: Scented Candles


Event Date: 04/29/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm




Get a lesson in how Candlefish makes its enchanting scented, soy wax candles with a hands-on class led by its knowledgeable Chandlers. Attendees choose their favorite fragrance from a large selection of scented oils. After mixing and measuring the wax and oil, participants pour the blend into two 9 oz. scented candles. All candles are ready to be burned after creating a personalized label. All classes enjoy a 15% discount on all merchandise and are BYOB, glassware is provided. Tickets are $45 

 
Croghan’s Jewel Box and The Scout Guide Host Book Signing for Charlotte Moss and Jane Scott Hodge

Croghan’s Jewel Box and The Scout Guide Host Book Signing for Charlotte Moss and Jane Scott Hodge


Event Date: 04/29/2016 - 3:30pm




Croghan’s Jewel Box and The Scout Guide host a book signing for interior designer Charlotte Moss, author of Garden Inspirations, and Jane Scott Hodges, founder and owner of Leontine Linens and author of Linens: For Every Room & Occasion. Both titles will be available for purchase. Croghan’s Jewel Box, 308 King St. Friday, 3:30-5pm. Free. (843)723-3594, www.croghansjewelbox.com

 
Elemental: A Fundraising Gala at The Charleston Museum

Elemental: A Fundraising Gala at The Charleston Museum


Event Date: 04/29/2016 - 6:00pm




The elements unite at The Charleston Museum for an evening of live music, silent and live auctions, fabulous food, and an open bar. Proceeds from the fundraising gala will go towards renovating the Museum’s Natural History Gallery. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception at the Joseph Manigault House before moving into the Museum for the rest of the night’s festivities. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Friday, 6-10pm. $125; $115 for members. (843) 722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 
A Lowcountry Affair

A Lowcountry Affair


Event Date: 04/29/2016 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm




Presented by the Palmetto South Carolina Region, A Lowcountry Affair is a celebration of an organization that meets the highest standards in helping and serving the people of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Be apart of something legendary, as this event recognizes history, an impeccable reputation, devoted staff and volunteers, and the incomparable generosity of its donors. $75 Admission 

 

 

 
Threshold Repertory Theatre Presents a Reading of: The Velocity of Autumn

Threshold Repertory Theatre Presents a Reading of: The Velocity of Autumn


Event Date: 04/29/2016 - 7:30pm




As part of the North Charleston Arts Festival, Threshold Repertory Theatre presents a reading of The Velocity of Autumn, the third in a trilogy of plays from playwright Eric Coble. Directed by Threshold’s executive director Courtney Daniel, this reading explores the relationship between an 80-year-old woman, Alexandra, and estranged son Chris. After locking herself in her brownstone with enough explosives to take out the block, Alexandra clings to her independence as her son tries to talk her safely down. Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston. Friday, 7:30pm. $10. (843)277-2172, www.thresholdrep.org

 
Folly Beach Wine & Sign

Folly Beach Wine & Sign


Event Date: 04/30/2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm




Meet local authors and artists, listen to music from DJ Tony B, and sip a glass of wine on the Folly Beach Pier. You can also chat with Diann Shaddox, the event organizer and director, about her book and the charity it benefits, the Diann Shaddox Foundation, which is committed to finding a cause and cure for essential tremor, a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, or body. Folly Beach Pier, 233 East Arctic Ave., Folly Beach. Saturday, 10am-4pm. Free. www.diannshaddox.com

 
MEAT UP at Mercantile and Mash

MEAT UP at Mercantile and Mash


Event Date: 04/30/2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm




Join Mercantile and Mash for a MEAT UP Saturday, April 30th. Featuring beef cutting demos and samples of certified Angus beef steaks, and lots of giveaways!

 
Itinerate Literate Presents: Independent Bookstore Day

Itinerate Literate Presents: Independent Bookstore Day


Event Date: 04/30/2016 - 11:00am




Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Charleston’s very own pop-up bookstore, Itinerate Literate. Begin the festivities at noon with “Story Time,” followed by a brunch with Chef Maya Morell. Post-feasting, grab some well-read friends and team up for competitive trivia at 3:30. Don’t forget to order up some brews from the Brew Cellar before the Charleston StorySLAM at 4:30. Cheer on local authors as they take to the stage to tell an original story strictly from memory. The Brew Cellar, 1050 East Montague Ave. Suite D, North Charleston. Saturday, 11am-6pm. Free. www.itinerantliterate.com

 
Home Team BBQ Hosts Annual All Americana Crawfish Bowl

Home Team BBQ Hosts Annual All Americana Crawfish Bowl


Event Date: 04/30/2016 - 2:00pm




Home Team celebrates its annual crawfish boil at the new downtown location on Williman Street. Terrapin beer will be on tap for $4 and additional plates of food will be available for purchase for $10 (the ticket gets you one plate of food). Three bands will play throughout the afternoon: Great Peacock from Nashville plays at 2pm, Sideshow Americans from James Island plays at 4pm, and Kenny George Band from Aiken, South Carolina, plays at 7pm. Home Team BBQ, 126 Williman St. Saturday, 2pm. $15. www.hometeambbq.com

 
More Lessons in Becoming Myself with Ellen Burstyn

More Lessons in Becoming Myself with Ellen Burstyn


Event Date: 04/30/2016 - 5:00pm




Academy Award-winning actress and renowned author/storyteller Ellen Burstyn returns to Charleston after her 2013 presentation on her biography, Lessons In Becoming Myself. Now, with more chronicles and experiences to add to her story, Burstyn chats about the lessons she's learned from acting and Sufism—including her personal and professional quest for identity. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Saturday, 5pm lecture; 6pm reception. $75; $60 advanced. (843)720-8528, www.thesophiainstitute.org 

 
Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone


Event Date: 04/30/2016 - 7:30pm




The Charleston Music Hall presents comedian Paula Poundstone. Known as a regular panelist on NPR's #1 show, "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me and as of June 2015, one of the distinctive voices in Disney Pixar's "Inside Out." Come out and enjoy one of our country's foremost humorists. 

 




UPCOMING EVENTS

04/30/2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Join Mercantile and Mash for a MEAT UP Saturday, April 30th. Featuring beef cutting demos and samples of certified Angus beef steaks, and lots of giveaways!

04/30/2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Meet local authors and artists, listen to music from DJ Tony B, and sip a glass of wine on the Folly Beach Pier. You can also chat with Diann Shaddox, the event organizer and director, about her book and the charity it benefits, the Diann Shaddox Foundation, which is committed to finding a cause and cure for essential tremor, a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, or body. Folly Beach Pier, 233 East Arctic Ave., Folly Beach. Saturday, 10am-4pm. Free. www.diannshaddox.com

04/30/2016 - 11:00am to 05/01/2016 - 4:00pm

Celebrate the local arts community at this two-day event featuring live music from Triangle Bluegrass, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and the art of potters, painters, wood-turners, and textile, floral, and jewelry designers. Sponsored by Fat and Juicy Cocktail Mixers. Ruby Ranch, 1556 Tacky Point Road, Wadmalaw Island. Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free.

04/30/2016 - 11:00am

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Charleston’s very own pop-up bookstore, Itinerate Literate. Begin the festivities at noon with “Story Time,” followed by a brunch with Chef Maya Morell. Post-feasting, grab some well-read friends and team up for competitive trivia at 3:30. Don’t forget to order up some brews from the Brew Cellar before the Charleston StorySLAM at 4:30. Cheer on local authors as they take to the stage to tell an original story strictly from memory. The Brew Cellar, 1050 East Montague Ave. Suite D, North Charleston. Saturday, 11am-6pm. Free. www.itinerantliterate.com

04/30/2016 - 2:00pm

Home Team celebrates its annual crawfish boil at the new downtown location on Williman Street. Terrapin beer will be on tap for $4 and additional plates of food will be available for purchase for $10 (the ticket gets you one plate of food). Three bands will play throughout the afternoon: Great Peacock from Nashville plays at 2pm, Sideshow Americans from James Island plays at 4pm, and Kenny George Band from Aiken, South Carolina, plays at 7pm. Home Team BBQ, 126 Williman St. Saturday, 2pm. $15. www.hometeambbq.com

04/30/2016 - 5:00pm

Academy Award-winning actress and renowned author/storyteller Ellen Burstyn returns to Charleston after her 2013 presentation on her biography, Lessons In Becoming Myself. Now, with more chronicles and experiences to add to her story, Burstyn chats about the lessons she's learned from acting and Sufism—including her personal and professional quest for identity. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Saturday, 5pm lecture; 6pm reception. $75; $60 advanced. (843)720-8528, www.thesophiainstitute.org 

04/30/2016 - 7:30pm

The Charleston Music Hall presents comedian Paula Poundstone. Known as a regular panelist on NPR's #1 show, "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me and as of June 2015, one of the distinctive voices in Disney Pixar's "Inside Out." Come out and enjoy one of our country's foremost humorists. 

05/01/2016 - 1:00pm

Join the Tri-County Cancer Survivors for an afternoon of succulent seafood, live music, and a silent auction. Enjoy a traditional Lowcountry shrimp boil, hot dogs, and chili in the relaxed and cheerful Bowens Island restaurant. Proceeds from the event go to supporting cancer patients, cancer survivors, and care-givers in the tri-county area. Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Rd., James Island. Sunday, 1-5pm. $20. (843) 998-8281

05/01/2016 - 1:00pm

Join the Tri-County Cancer Survivors for an afternoon of succulent seafood, live music, and a silent auction. Enjoy a traditional Lowcountry shrimp boil, hot dogs, and chili in the relaxed and cheerful Bowens Island restaurant. Proceeds from the event go to supporting cancer patients, cancer survivors, and care-givers in the tri-county area. Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Rd., James Island. Sunday, 1-5pm. $20. (843) 998-8281

05/01/2016 - 2:30pm

What happens when a group of thirty seniors from Rochester, NY decide to try out a new kind of speed dating? Steven Loring’s groundbreaking documentary proves that age is just number when these 70-90 year-olds find love, humor, and truth through speedy romantic engagements. Loring will hold a Q & A post-screening and a reception will follow at neighboring HOW ART THOU CAFÉ. Those who attend will also be able to register for future speed dating events in the area. Terrace Theatre, 1956 Maybank Hwy. Sunday, 2:30pm. $8; $10 for two tickets. (843) 762-4247, www.terracetheater.com