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Relay for Life

Relay for Life

Pull an all-nighter for a worthy cause as you honor and support those battling cancer. Join survivors and caregivers for the Opening Ceremony celebrating survivors, inspiring fighters, and remembering those lost. Spanning 12 hours, the event includes a “Survivors Lap,” a “Caregivers Lap,” and a “Luminaria Ceremony.” Park West Recreation Complex, 1251 Park West Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 7pm-7am. (843)744-1922, www.relayforlife.org

May 1, 2015 - 7:00pm
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Park West Recreation Complex
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05/01/2015 - 7:00pm
 
Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

Party on the harbor as you watch 60 teams consisting of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steer person compete in the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boat racing. Hosted by Dragon Boat Charleston, an organization that promotes healthy living amongst cancer survivors and their communities, this event raised more than $150,000 in 2014. This year, proceeds will again fund cancer survivors’ participation in races around the world, as well as fitness programs such as yoga and CrossFit. Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd. Saturday, 7:45am-4pm. Free for spectator. (843)324-9505, www.charlestondragonboatfestival.com

 

May 2, 2015 - 7:45am
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Brittlebank Park
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05/02/2015 - 7:45am
 
Rock the Circle Pop-Up Fundraiser

Rock the Circle Pop-Up Fundraiser

Girls Rock Charleston (GRC) brings their talented friends and campers to rock out at Park Circle for an afternoon of lively fundraising. The day’s activities include live music, a silent auction, local artisan vendors, crafts, and an aerialist from Holy City Cirque. Delicious food trucks and vendors such as Ragamuffin Sugar Shop, King of Pops, and Auto-Banh will be in attendance to provide local eats. The day’s fun doesn’t end there though—an after party kicks off at 5:00p.m. at The Sparrow. Benefits from the event mark the beginning of an eight-week fundraising effort that aims to raise $10,000 to fund GRC’s summer camp in July. The Orange Spot, 4824 Chateau Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, 12pm-7pm. Donation based entry. (843)819-5879, www.girlsrockcharleston.org

May 2, 2015 - 12:00pm
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The Orange Spot
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05/02/2015 - 12:00pm
 
Night at the Races

Night at the Races

Mix up a mint julep, don your favorite hat, and join the ladies of the Junior League at their fourth annual Races Derby Gala. Forgo the crowds and the muddy infield and enjoy a pleasurable evening of derby-inspired food, an open bar, silent and live auctions, and of course, live Kentucky Derby coverage. Choose your favorite steed to cheer on at this can't-miss derby event; all proceeds go to partnership grants for the community. Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive. Saturday, 4pm-9pm. $100. www.jlcharleston.org

May 2, 2015 - 4:00pm
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Daniel Island Club
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05/02/2015 - 4:00pm
 
Cinco de Mayo Festival

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Don’t be shy when it comes to the tequila tastings and Latin American cuisine at the 10th annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Hit the dance floor and move your body to salsa rhythms and Latin grooves, then continue the party at Southend Brewery. More than just a time to let loose, this celebration of Latin heritage and culture raises funds for the Trident Literary Association, an adult literacy program. Visitor Center Bus Shed Terminal, 375 Meeting St. Saturday, 7-11pm. $10. (843)813-2505, www.charlestoncinco.com

 

May 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
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Visitor Center Bus Shed Terminal
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05/02/2015 - 7:00pm
 
Push Up & Up Challenge

Push Up & Up Challenge

Prep those ‘ceps for a fierce workout as six five-member teams compete to do as many push-ups as possible in 30 minutes. With three levels of competition—middle and high school, military style, and freestyle—this event caters to most everyone. MUSC-hosted, part of the challenge is that teams must raise $1,000 ahead of time, with proceeds supporting local communities and schools with dropout prevention programs for at-risk students. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Thursday, 9:20am. $25; $150 team. (843)882-7444, www.pushupandup.org

May 2, 2015 - 9:20pm
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Listen to Your Mother

Listen to Your Mother

You know what they say—mother knows best. Kick off your Mother’s Day celebrations early with Listen to Your Mother, directed and produced by Angie Mizzell. Returning to Charleston for its second year, the 2015 event features 13 locals presenting their personal stories of motherhood, with proceeds benefitting Family Corps. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 2pm. $20; $15 advance. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

May 3, 2015 - 2:00pm
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Charleston Music Hall
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Lowcountry Giving Day

Lowcountry Giving Day

Lend a hand to a local cause as the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina hosts Lowcountry Giving Day. Over 100 hundred local organizations, from restaurants to theatre companies to church groups, who will host events on May 5th in order to raise money for over 180 non-profits in the community. Last year Lowcountry Giving Day raised over four million dollars for these non-profits! Donate online or attend one of the many events that will be held all day, including the Jazz Artists of Charleston Lowcountry Giving Day Concert, and Cinco De May- themed events at Hom and The Alley. Locations vary. Tuesday, 12am-12pm. Free. (843)723- 3635, lowcountrygivingday.org

May 5, 2015 (All day)
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Gibbes on the Street: La Belle Epoque

Gibbes on the Street: La Belle Epoque

Travel back in time to “The Beautiful Era” of the French Third Republic, when peace and prosperity reigned, and science, technology, and art blossomed. Meeting Street is transformed for this affair benefitting the Gibbes Museum of Art, complete with French fare from Brasserie Gigi, goat.sheep.cow, The Obstinate Daughter, Wildflour Pastry, and more. 135 Meeting St. Thursday, 7:30-10pm. $175; $150 member. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

 

May 7, 2015 - 7:30pm
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135 Meeting St.
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05/07/2015 - 7:30pm
 
 
Brave Baby Album Release

Brave Baby Album Release

As a show of gratitude, Charleston indie pop sensation Brave Baby pre-releases its sophomore album, Electric Friends, to a hometown audience. Profits from the concert—also featuring fellow artists and musicians—benefit local charities including BACE, a nonprofit dedicated to embracing local talent, and CHARM, a group providing health care to working musicians. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 8:30pm. $15 (includes copy of CD). (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

May 9, 2015 - 8:30pm
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Charleston Music Hal
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05/09/2015 - 8:30pm
 
 
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3rd Annual Golf Ball and Gala

3rd Annual Golf Ball and Gala

Didn’t make it to the Players Tournament? Fear not! East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) is hosting a golf tournament and gala at the nationally ranked Daniel Island Club. Tee up and celebrate ECCO’s 25 years of service assisting the community with their programs for Basic Needs, Health Services and Empowerment. The ECCO staff provides individualized care for over 4,500 families every year. Support a great cause with a fun day of golfing on Daniel Island’s members-only courses; registration opens up at 11am and the Shotgun Start is at 12:30pm. The Friday after the tournament, join ECCO for a “country club casual” gala at Daniel Island Club and enjoy food and drink, a Westbrook Brewing Company Tasting, live music by Mount Pleasant’s own Permanent Vacation, as well as the chance to bid on exclusive auction items. Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island. Tuesday, 11am. $225 individual; $1,000 foursome (includes 4 Gala tickets). (843) 849-9220, www.eccocharleston.org

May 12, 2015 - 11:00am
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Daniel Island Club
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Charleston Challenge

Charleston Challenge

This walk in the park is anything but. Family Connection, a nonprofit supporting those with special needs and their families, hosts the first annual Charleston Challenge. Teams consisting of two to six people participate in a GPS-enabled scavenger hunt throughout Hampton Park. Promoting camaraderie and disability awareness, the event also features music, face painting, and kids’ activities. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Sunday, 2pm. Free. (843)556-5010, www.familyconnectionsc.org

May 17, 2015 - 2:00pm
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Hampton Park
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05/17/2015 - 2:00pm
 
 
 
 
Get Crabby for Red Nose Day

Get Crabby for Red Nose Day

Head over to the Folly Beach Crabshack for Red Nose Day, a fun campaign that strives to raise both awareness and money for childern living in poverty by making people laugh. The Crabshack provides the red noses, so all you have to do is put one on, snap a pic, and post it with the hashtag #rednoseday. For each photo posted, 50 cents will be donated to the cause. Not into selfies? Don't fret—you can still join the excitement by making a donation. It all kicks off Thursday night with music by The Island Duo from 7-10pm, as well as a live showing of the 3-hour NBC Live Red Nose Day special that features comedy, music, and celebrities. Funds raised will be donated to several non-profit organizations including United Way, Save the Children Naional Urban League, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Folly Beach Crab Shack, 26 Center St., Folly Beach. Thursday-Sunday, 11am. Free. (843)588-3080, www.crabshacks.com

May 21, 2015 - 11:00am to May 24, 2015 - 11:00pm
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Folly Beach Crab Shack
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Green Heart Harvest Dinner

Green Heart Harvest Dinner

As the academic year wraps up, join in a delicious celebration of The Green Heart Project, which connects students at Mitchell Elementary and Zucker Middle with community volunteers who help them tend schoolyard gardens. At this annual dinner—which includes music and family-friendly activities—you’ll get a taste of the bounty while raising funds for their future endeavours. Mitchell Elementary School, 2 Perry St. Thursday, 5-7:30 p.m. $20. www.greenheartsc.org

May 21, 2015 - 5:00pm
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Mitchell Elementary School
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05/21/2015 - 5:00pm
 
Green Heart Harvest Dinner

Green Heart Harvest Dinner

City kids go green, and the resulting harvest is nothing short of impressive. Founded in 2009, The Green Heart Project connects students from Title-1 schools with community volunteers who help them tend schoolyard gardens. Join these students and their mentors for the fifth annual Harvest Dinner celebrating the fruits of their labor. Mitchell Elementary School, 2 Perry St. Thursday, 5-7pm. $20 www.greenheartsc.org

 

May 21, 2015 - 5:00pm
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Mitchell Elementary School
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05/21/2015 - 5:00pm
 
 
Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

Spend a rowdy evening among the town’s most hirsute at the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society’s annual championships. Men from around the country compete in categories like Full Beard Freestyle and Salty Dog, while the Ladies Artificial Class invites the gals to get creative. Proceeds support The Center for Women’s Lowcountry Women With Wings charity. The Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Saturday, 7 p.m. $10. (843) 577-6989, www.holycitybeards.org

 

May 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
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The Music Farm
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05/23/2015 - 7:00pm
 
Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

The amount of tender loving care that goes into cultivating facial hair worthy of the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society is exceptional. Join this noble crowd of bearded folk at the sixth annual championships, seeking winners in categories like “Full Beard Freestyle” and “Salty Dog.” Two women’s divisions are judged on craftsmanship, creativity, and realism. Proceeds benefit the Center for Women’s Lowcountry Women with Wings program. The Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Saturday, 7pm. $10. (843)577-6989, www.holycitybeards.org

May 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
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Get Crabby for Red Nose Day

Get Crabby for Red Nose Day

Head over to the Folly Beach Crabshack for Red Nose Day, a fun campaign that strives to raise both awareness and money for childern living in poverty by making people laugh. The Crabshack provides the red noses, so all you have to do is put one on, snap a pic, and post it with the hashtag #rednoseday. For each photo posted, 50 cents will be donated to the cause. Not into selfies? Don't fret—you can still join the excitement by making a donation. It all kicks off Thursday night with music by The Island Duo from 7-10pm, as well as a live showing of the 3-hour NBC Live Red Nose Day special that features comedy, music, and celebrities. Funds raised will be donated to several non-profit organizations including United Way, Save the Children Naional Urban League, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Folly Beach Crab Shack, 26 Center St., Folly Beach. Thursday-Sunday, 11am. Free. (843)588-3080, www.crabshacks.com

May 21, 2015 - 11:00am to May 24, 2015 - 11:00pm
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Folly Beach Crab Shack
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Lowcountry Splash

Lowcountry Splash

Take the plunge in South Carolina’s premier open-water swim. Backstroke or free-style your way through the 2.4-mile swim beginning at the Hobcaw Yacht Club. For those looking for a bigger challenge, a five-mile swim begins at the Daniel Island Pier and proceeds across the Wando River, with both courses ending at the Charleston Harbor Marina in front of the USS Yorktown. The swim benefits the Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation, a local nonprofit promoting the health and welfare of Lowcountry children. Locations vary. Saturday, 7:30am. $60-$55. (843)884-7880, www.lowcountrysplash.com

May 30, 2015 - 7:30am
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05/30/2015 - 7:30am
 
Green & Lean 5K Run/Walk

Green & Lean 5K Run/Walk

Runners, walkers, dogs, and tots: all are welcome at this run and walk benefitting the Keep Charleston Beautiful Foundation. A ceremony following the race presents awards for top male and female participants, age-group winners, fastest stroller, and even fastest pup. Silent auctions both before and after the run feature local goods and services. Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd. Saturday, 8:15am. $30; $25 advance; $15 student grades 12 & under; free for military/fireman/police in uniform. www.greenandlean5k.com

May 30, 2015 - 8:15am
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Brittlebank Park
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05/30/2015 - 8:15am
 
 
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