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E.g., March 2019
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019

The Garden Club of Charleston’s 84th annual tour of downtown homes and green spaces begins with a March 28 preview party at Hibernian Hall. Locations & times vary. $55 preview party; $55 per day for tour. www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org


Thursday, Mar 28, 2019

Bask in the beauty of some of the most elegant and historic homes and gardens of Charleston during this 84th annual tour. The Preview Party on March 28 offers attendees hors d’oeuvres and beverages alongside a floral arranging demonstration and silent auction at Hibernian Hall. For the tour, come prepared with comfortable walking shoes, but pedicabs will be available for those who need assistance. Don’t miss your chance to view some homes never before seen on the tour. Locations & times vary. $55 for Preview Party; $55 per day for tour. www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org


Thursday, Mar 28, 2019

Lilly Pulitzer presents its 2019 Resort Collection during a fashion show event benefitting the SC Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Care Center. The Citadel Beach Club on Wild Dunes, 4700 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms. Thursday, 5:30-9 p.m. $75. www.scaquarium.org


Friday, Mar 29, 2019

Take a step back in time to the realm of pre-Civil War indigo and rice planters. Plantation agriculture created enormous wealth and produced some of the most beautiful and elegant homes and gardens in South Carolina. And while viewing these properties, learn more about the gullah slave culture that endures to this day. This 72nd annual tour raises money for local mission work and the preservation of the historic church buildings. At the end of the day, all are invited to tea at the Winyah Indigo Society Hall. Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 301 Screven Street, Georgetown. Friday & Saturday, 9:30am-5pm. $80 two day pass, $45 one day. (843) 545-8291. princegeorgeplantationtours.com


Friday, Mar 29, 2019

Who will be the next rising stars in the city’s art scene? Decide for yourself during the College of Charleston’s 34th annual “Young Contemporaries” exhibition, displaying student works selected by juror Dan Estabrook, a Brooklyn-based contemporary artist. You’ll find a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures (Madison Bailey’s Brain is shown in the 2018 exhibit above). Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. (843) 953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Friday, Mar 29, 2019

In its 34th exhibition, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents the works of select College of Charleston students, reflecting the strength and diversity in the School of the Arts’ programs. “Young Contemporaries” showcases the work of these talented young artists across a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and prints. Each piece is chosen by nationally prominent juror, Dan Estabrook. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday, Tuesday, Wednseday, Friday & Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Friday, Mar 29, 2019

The American Lung Association puts on a “Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars” at the 11th annual Oxygen Ball. Don your black-tie-optional duds for a gourmet dinner; live and silent auctions; a dance competition among local celebrities; and a dance exhibition by past competitors and champions, including Jennifer McGrath, Virginia Lee, Dan McQueeney, Anita Zucker, and Charleston magazine editor-in-chief Darcy Shankland. Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association—specifically their South Carolina office—on its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday, 6:30-11pm. $250. (843)556-8451, www.charlestonoxygenball.org


Friday, Mar 29, 2019

One of the most famous musical works ever written, Mozart’s Requiem was commissioned by an anonymous patron planning to pass off the composers work as his own. Requiem was the final composition of Mozart’s life; he rehearsed choral parts with friends just hours before he died. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra joins its Orchestra Chorus for a rendition of this masterpiece. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm. $108-$20. (843)242-3099, www.gaillardcenter.org


Friday, Mar 29, 2019

Known as the East Coast’s premier paddling experience, this 29th annual event is a three-day immersion in the history, technique, and fun of kayaking and paddling. Groups of similarly skilled paddlers are assigned to a different local instructor each day. With presentations and on-water classes, this year’s symposium offers a more diverse and student-centered experience that's perfect for both paddling newcomers and seasoned ocean explorers. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Friday-Sunday, times vary. $175 per day; $475 weekend. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Mar 30, 2019

Watch more than 100 world-class athletes compete for the coveted Volvo Car Open title at the largest womens-only tennis tournament in North America. Beyond extraordinary tennis at Stadium Court, the week-long tournament offers a variety of activities: in between matches, enjoy shopping in the Merchandise Tent, try local cuisine at one of the many dining locations onsite, and put your tennis skills to the test against the fast serve machine. This year, they have added several events, such as the enhanced Family Weekend. Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Days, times, & prices vary. (800)677-2293, www.volvocaropen.com


Saturday, Mar 30, 2019

One of the most satisfying and impactful charity events around, Walk for Water is organized by the locally based nonprofit Water Missions International, which has been designing and implementing clean water systems in underdeveloped countries since 2001, helping more than four million people worldwide. Walking this three-mile route with a bucket of water in hand symbolizes the journey women and children make daily in areas Water Mission helps. At the end of the route, watch your own bucket get filtered into clean drinking water. All ages are welcome. Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, 9am. $20; $15 student; $5 ages six-15; free for children under 6. (843)769-7395, www.watermission.org


Saturday, Mar 30, 2019

Hosted by Youth Empowerment Services, this annual conference empowers middle and high school girls with the strategies and resources they need to take on the world. With motivational speeches from inspiring women, including former Miss Houston 2014 and bestselling author Isis Smalls; a performance from local recording artist Choyce; workshops, and more, this conference promoting healthy lifestyle choices is sure to leave a positive impact on your teen or tween. North Charleston Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 9am-4pm. $30. www.dreamgirlsconference.org


Saturday, Mar 30, 2019

Celebrate the furriest members of your family with a festival featuring exhibits from veterinarians, trainers, groomers and other experts. Enter your pretty pooch in the Lowcountry Dog Magazine Cover Model Contest, and watch the incredible K9’s in Flight Frisbee Dogs. Don’t have a pet to celebrate yet? The Charleston Animal Society will be on-site with adoptable animals­—you may just meet your new best friend! Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Pkwy., Mount Pleasant. Satuday, 11am-5pm. $8; save $3 with pet food or supply donation; free for child under 13/ Gold Pass holder. (843)762-8042, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Mar 30, 2019

Just in time for Mardi Gras, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra play music from the Bayou mixed with Lowcountry flavor. A top jazz trombonist, composer, and producer, Marsalis received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award in 2011. In addition, he is a member of America’s “first family of jazz”—you may have seen his brother Wynton blow his trumpet last December at the Gaillard. This time, New Orleans native Delfeayo brings his trombone for a blend of local and New Orleans jazz. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5 & 8pm. $65-$25. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Mar 30, 2019

Prepare for an evening of mystery, fine-dining, 1920s glamour and...murder? This speakeasy-themed gala is the first annual fundraiser for Courageous Kidz, a nonprofit that helps children and families whose lives have been impacted by pediatric cancer. Enjoy dinner at the Francis Marion, an open bar, silent auction, a Murder Mystery show, and more. Don't miss the chance to channel your inner-Gatsby. Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St. Saturday, 5:30-10pm. $300 per couple; $175 individual. (843) 767-2129, courageouskidz.org 


Saturday, Mar 30, 2019

Prepare for an evening of mystery, fine-dining, 1920s glamor… and murder? This speakeasy-themed gala benefits Courageous Kidz, a nonprofit that helps children and families whose lives have been impacted by pediatric cancer. Enjoy dinner at the Francis Marion, an open bar, silent auction, and a Murder Mystery show. Don’t miss the chance to channel your inner-Gatsby. Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St. Saturday, 5:30-10pm. $175; $300 couple. (843)767-2129, www.courageouskidz.org


Monday, Apr 01, 2019

Watch more than 100 world-class athletes compete for the coveted Volvo Car Open title at the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America. Beyond extraordinary tennis at Stadium Court, the week-long tournament offers a variety of activities: in between matches, enjoy shopping in the Merchandise Tent, try local cuisine at one of the many dining locations onsite, and put your tennis skills to the test against the fast-serve machine. This year, they have added several events, including the enhanced Family Weekend. Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Monday-Sunday, times, & prices vary. (800)677-2293, www.volvocaropen.com


Monday, Apr 01, 2019

In its 34th exhibition, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents the works of select College of Charleston students, reflecting the strength and diversity in the School of the Arts’s programs. “Young Contemporaries” showcases the work of these talented young artists across a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and prints. Each piece is chosen by nationally prominent juror, Dan Estabrook. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Wednseday & Friday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursdays 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Monday, Apr 01, 2019

Spend a spring day strolling among some of Charleston’s loveliest houses and gardens to raise funds for Historic Charleston Foundation. In addition to touring these stunning private properties, learn more about the city’s architecture and history on morning walks led by experienced guides. The month-long schedule includes luncheons, concerts, wine tastings, and more, all celebrating the Holy City’s unique culture and charm. Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)723-1623, www.historiccharleston.org


Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019

In this play adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film by the same name, see how Peter Pan’s story came to be in Finding Neverland. Written by James Graham and directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus, this heartwarming tale follows playwright J.M. Barrie’s creation of Neverland. Enchanted by four young brothers and their games of make-believe, Barrie writes a play that explores Peter Pan’s world, where anything is possible and childhood lasts forever.North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr. Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30pm. $70-$35. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019

In this “tale as old as time,” Belle and the Beast must overcome their circumstances with the magic of love. With magnificent sets and costumes—not to mention dancing silverware, charming candelabras, and a talkative teapot—this musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning animated film is sure to enchant audiences. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30-9:30pm; Sunday 3-5pm. $71-$29. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com


Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019

Since their 2005 formation, these bluegrass game-changers have continuously pushed boundaries in a genre known for traditionalism. Consistently evolving and exploring their musical capabilities, they transform classics from Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” into their own raw concoctions. The five friends reached new heights with their 2017 release, Laws of Gravity, winning a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. See bluegrass evolution in action at the ‘Dusters performance in Charleston. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 9pm. $25. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Thursday, Apr 04, 2019

Local tech professionals gather for an exciting run that doubles as a networking event. Since its start in 2007, the iFiveK has more than quadrupled in participants. Proceeds benefit the community-sourced Charleston Digital Corridor, which nurtures and promotes growth for the region’s tech economy. Dress up or make a video, and your team might just win the coveted iFiveK Spirit Award. Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Thursday, 6:30pm. $50-$35. (843)579-7659, www.ifivek.com


Thursday, Apr 04, 2019

With an infectious energy and more than 2,600 shows under their belt, Dark Star Orchestra continues to wow audiences with their Grateful Dead concert experience. Building off the Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring, the musicians create unique setlists that offer glimpses into each Grateful Dead era. Fans both old and young will be blown away by the Orchestra’s meticulous attention to detail as they channel the legendary rockers. See for yourself what Grateful Dead sound engineer Dan Healy calls “an amazingly legitimate representation of the Dead.” Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 8pm. $35; $30 advance. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com 


Friday, Apr 05, 2019

Now in its 46th year, the YMCA’s premier fundraiser welcomes thousands of people to witness the beautiful blooms of Summerville. This three-day event hosts one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast with more than 200 artists, delicious food, and fun activities for the kids. Kick off the fun with Food Truck Friday followed by the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and Sunday. You can enjoy this free family-friendly festival for just a day, or the whole weekend. Azalea Park, 105 W. 5th S. St., Summerville. Friday & Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm. Free. (843)871-9622, www.summervilleymca.org


Friday, Apr 05, 2019

This 19th annual event takes participants through five of the island’s beautiful homes and showcases the unique architecture of the buildings as well as personal collections of fine art within them. The tour begins at the Square in Freshfields Village and continues to the homes (one of which will serve light refreshments). Ticket proceeds benefit Arts, etc., an organization dedicated to bringing art to the young people of John’s and Wadmalaw islands. Freshfields Village Green, 165 Village Green Ln., Kiawah Island. Friday, 1-5pm. $55. www.kiawahartsetc.org


Friday, Apr 05, 2019

Kids may not be ready to run over the Cooper River Bridge just yet, but little ones have their own chance to race at the Kids Run and Wonderfest. Three timed races take place in Hampton Park: the Toddler Waddler, a quarter-mile, and a one-mile race. The afternoon-long festival prior to the races is free for all who wish to participate, with face-painting, jump castles, pony rides, and live musical performances. Proceeds from the run benefit Hugs for Harper, Happy Wheels, Keys for Hope, and Abby’s Friends. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Friday, 2-7pm. $10; $8 advance. (843)856-1949, www.bridgerun.com


Friday, Apr 05, 2019

Nominated for eight Tony Awards in 2017, A Doll’s House, Part 2 picks up where playwright Henrik Ibsen’s sensational 1879 drama left off. Many years have passed since Nora Helmer’s shocking decision to leave her family and children behind and build a life on her own. While the original A Doll’s House culminated with Nora slamming the door on everything in her life, Part 2 begins with a knock—Nora’s back. What will this return mean for Nora and her family? Find out as PURE Theatre’s exceptional ensemble takes on this new drama. PURE Theatre, 134 Cannon St. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30pm; 3pm & 7:30pm closing night. $35-$22. (843)733-4444, www.puretheatre.org


Friday, Apr 05, 2019

Memphis-based artist Catherine Erb displays her newest series showcasing Southern landscapes and structures reduced to their most basic shapes and colors. The detail is removed, and the focus shifts to highlight the necessary aspects of place. As Erb manipulates each image, adding layers of pigment and encaustic, the result assumes a sculptural quality—all inspired by a close relative losing her sight. In Erb’s pieces, the lines of distinction fade, and they become conveyors of feeling. Meet the artist at a reception Friday, April 5, from 5 p.m. to 8p.m. George Gallery, 54 Broad St. Days and times vary. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com


Friday, Apr 05, 2019

English-born, Asheville-based painter and sculptor Constance Williams emphasizes the emotional and expressive qualities found in abstract art through a hypnotic use of alcohol inks. She will be in attendance at the opening-night reception, which will feature more than 50 works, including a selection of unusually small pieces specifically for this event. Revealed Gallery, 119-A Church St. Friday, 5-8:30pm. Free. (843)872-5606, www.revealedgallery.com