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EVENT CALENDAR

NOTICE: Below you will find a list of events happening in and around the Holy City, listed by most recent. If you are considering attending an event, be sure to check its website for any cancellations in light of current events.
E.g., July 2021
Saturday, Jul 24, 2021

For the third year, Palmetto TRIbe and James Island County Park invite young triathletes to compete in water, on land, and on wheels. The 11-15 age bracket includes a 200-yard swim, six-mile bike ride, and a two-mile run, while the 7-10 bracket requires a 100-yard swim, three-mile bike, and one-mile run. In an attempt to remain as contactless as possible, all race materials will be mailed to participants, awards will be mailed to winners, and guests are limited to participants and parents/chaperones. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Saturday, 7:15am. $54 on site; $45 advance. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Jul 24, 2021

The annual Sweetgrass Festival returns for its 17th year of celebrating the rich history and culture of the Gullah people, particularly their sweetgrass basket art form which characterizes the Charleston area to this day. Children can enjoy face painting, water slides, and jump castles while adults browse the wares of local artists and craftspeople. The whole family will delight in delicious Lowcountry specialties served by local food vendors, engaging educational sessions, and performances by gospel groups, storytellers, and praise dancers. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 10am-3pm. Free. (843)884-8517, www.experiencemountpleasant.com/play/events


Sunday, Jul 25, 2021

Since its start in 2016, Celadon’s Flea-esta has become an interactive local market that has helped many local vendors grow their hobby into a full-time business. This event takes place on the last Sunday of every month from May through December 2021. Guests can enjoy live music, food trucks, local coffee, and vendors selling handcrafts. Face masks are required. Celadon Warehouse, 2221 Noisette Blvd., North Charleston. Sunday, 10am-2pm. Free. (843)884-7005, www.celadonathome.com


Friday, Jul 30, 2021

Henry Cho has established himself nationally as a legendary stand-up comedian. As a veteran performer on shows like NBC’s The Tonight Show and a regular at the Grand Ole Opry, he has inspired and delighted people from all walks of life since the ‘80s. Limited seating is available. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $23. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Jul 31, 2021

Lace up your sneakers and hit the sand for a breezy, scenic race at the annual Isle of Palms Beach Run. There’s events for athletes of all ages and skill levels, with 5K and 10K runs, a 5K walk, and Youth Fun Runs. The Windjammer will serve as both start and finish line, with an awards ceremony following the youth runs. Register online or in person at the Isle of Palms Recreation Department. The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. $30 per 10K Run, 5K Run, & 5K Walk; $10 per Youth Fun Run. (843)886-8294, www.iop.net


Saturday, Jul 31, 2021

South Carolina’s all-women’s surf contest is back again this year. Swing by The Washout to watch surfer girls of all ages face off in a wide range of divisions, including shortboard, longboard, and bodyboard, or register online to compete. The Wahine Classic aims to empower young women with a weekend of competition and fun while raising funds and awareness for water-related nonprofit organizations. The Washout, 1550 E. Ashley Ave., Folly Beach. $50-$100 professional division registrations; $35-$65 amateur division registrations. www.follywahine.org


Sunday, Aug 01, 2021

This 15th annual outdoor art competition features 13 unique sculptures by emerging and established artists, each hand-selected from nine states after a rigorous application process. Sculptures this year include Best-in-Show winner Give Me Shelter by North Carolina sculptor Beau Lyday and Terminus V by South Carolina native Roger Halligan. Visitors can enjoy the sculpture viewing and more than 10 acres of green space, paths, piers, boardwalks, and fountains. North Charleston Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave. 8am-8pm. Free. (843)740-5854, www.northcharlestonartsfest.com


Sunday, Aug 01, 2021

See historical Charleston in color for the first time. By using artificial intelligence to colorize selections from its vast archive of black-and-white photographs, The Charleston Museum offers a vivid new perspective on the city we call home. Masks are encouraged but not required. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, noon–5pm. $12; $10 youth ages 13-17; $5 children ages 3-12; free for children two & under. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org.


Sunday, Aug 01, 2021

Currently on display at the Gibbes Museum of Art, this exhibition features a selection of paintings and prints from a major private Charleston collection of Northern Renaissance art. Hailing from 15th and 16th century Germany, these pieces vividly depict all the turbulence and awe of the Renaissance. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm. $12 adult; $10 senior & student; $6 youth ages 4–17; free for children three & under. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Sunday, Aug 01, 2021

This interactive ghost-hunting experience led by author and podcaster Nicholas McGirr allows participants to explore the lesser-known Charleston haunts. Unlike other “storytelling only” tours, guests will use real paranormal tools, such as thermal imaging video and audio recording, to act as a real-life paranormal investigator. Attendees will get the recorded audio back to further investigate local haunts. There are 10 guests maximum per tour. 251 East Bay St. Tuesday-Sunday, 9pm. $35 per person. (843)410- 8375, ww.storiesinthecemetary.com


Tuesday, Aug 03, 2021

The RiverDogs continue their 2021 season into August with homestand games against the Columbia Fireflies and the Augusta GreenJackets. Head on over to The Joe for good eats, drinks, and a night of supporting local baseball. Also experience a new game highlight every night such as discounted hot dogs and beer on dog days, Hawaiian luau-themed nights, Fireworks Fridays, a post-game light show on Saturdays, and even more throughout the month. Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium, 360 Fishburne St. Tuesday-Sunday, 7:05pm. $8-$18. (843)577-3647, www.milb.com/charleston


Wednesday, Aug 04, 2021

The Gaillard Center’s Lowcountry Listens concert series returns this year in a live, in-person format. Each of the four concerts will be held in unique, intimate settings on-site, from beneath the gallery’s skylight to outdoors on the terrace lawn. Lined up to perform are saxophonist Kevin Patton, alt-country artist Lindsay Holler, singer-songwriter Tom Mackell, and beachy bluegrass group Dallas Baker and Friends. The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Times & prices vary. (843)242-3099, www.gaillardcenter.org


Thursday, Aug 05, 2021

The Center for Birds of Prey has reopened its doors for guests to experience the world of raptors. Observe the flight techniques and hunting styles of different species during a discussion of bird life with this up-close flight experience. Guests have the chance to see a variety of more than 50 different kinds of exciting and endangered birds, including eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. There is a limit of 50 people at each demonstration in the amphitheater. Center for Birds of Prey, 4719 N. Hwy. 17, Awendaw. Thursday-Saturday, 10:30am. $20; $15 youth. (843)971-7474, www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org


Thursday, Aug 05, 2021

Pack up your blankets and beach chairs and head to Freshfields Village on Kiawah for a night of music under the stars. Every Thursday in August, a variety of local acoustic bands will gather for this complimentary outdoor concert series. Guests must bring their own chairs and blankets, and refreshments will be available for purchase on-site. Freshfields Village, 165 Village Green Ln., Kiawah Island. Thursday, 6-9pm. Free. (843)768-6491, www.freshfieldsvillage.com


Friday, Aug 06, 2021

Contemporary artist Carrie Beth Waghorn splits her time between Charleston and her studio in Brooklyn, where she creates her signature ink paintings of the feminine form. Waghorn’s collection “A Year in Brooklyn,” which will be shown at Meyer Vogl Gallery, explores all “the ugly, lonely, uplifting, and poignant aspects of living during a pandemic,” she says. The exhibition will kick off with an opening celebration from 5 to 8 pm on August 6. Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)805-7144, www.meyervogl.com


Friday, Aug 06, 2021

Join Historic Charleston Foundation for a midday meal with a side of history at this luncheon lecture series, which takes place each Friday at the Captain James Missroon House overlooking Charleston Harbor and The Battery. Lecture topics for the month include a historical analysis on the rice culture that helped make South Carolina one of the wealthiest states in the nation in the 1800s (August 6), a presentation on Jewish influence in Charleston (August 27), and more. Participants will enjoy salads and sandwiches. Captain James Missroon House, 40 East Bay St. Friday, 11:30am-1pm. $55. (843)723-1623, www.historiccharleston.org


Friday, Aug 06, 2021

Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Randall Bramblett comes to the Charleston Pour House, performing a Southern rock set on the Desk Stage. Based in Athens, Georgia, Bramblett has shared the stage with artists such as The Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic, recording 12 albums over the course of his career. Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Friday, 6:30. $15. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com


Friday, Aug 06, 2021

Singer and violist Alva Anderson returns for first Fridays at downtown Charleston’s premier jazz club, Forte Jazz Lounge. Born in the Bronx, Anderson discovered her love of music through piano lessons at age 10 and has shared this passion with those around her through teaching and performing ever since. Enjoy Anderson’s original songs and beloved jazz favorites at this reduced capacity, mask-required show. Forte Jazz Lounge, 477 King St. Friday, 7-9pm & 9:30-11pm. $30 VIP; $25-20. (843)637-4931, www.fortejazzlounge.com


Friday, Aug 06, 2021

Watch the professional soccer franchise the Charleston Battery as they continue their 28-week season in a face-off against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Loudoun United FC. The new Battery Pavilion (in the northwest corner of the stadium) features local craft beers, Home Team BBQ, Coastal Crust wood-fired pizza, The Co-Op Frosé truck, and rotating food trucks. Patriots Point Soccer Complex, 85 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, Saturday, 7:30 pm. $12-$38. (843)971-GOAL, www.charlestonbattery.com


Saturday, Aug 07, 2021

Composer and classically trained guitarist George Fetner fronts this classic rock band that has frequented nearby festivals since the release of their debut EP in 2018. The group is known for incorporating an extended lineup of musicians into their core quartet, resulting in a rich, larger-than-life sound coming to the Deck Stage. Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Saturday, 6:30pm. $5. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com


Saturday, Aug 07, 2021

Held at Gold Bug Island, this fishing tournament raises funds to build an artificial reef off the coast of Charleston, as well as to support the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital. Weigh-in will be held at the north dock on the island starting at 4 p.m., followed by awards, free food, and live local music. At least one angler from each boat must attend the pre-event captains meeting. Gold Bug Island, 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Saturday, 7-10pm. $50 per entry. (843)696-6236, www.eventbrite.com


Saturday, Aug 07, 2021

Rock out at the North Charleston Coliseum with Styx. Known for chart-topping hits like “Come Sail Away,” “Babe,” and “Mr. Roboto,” Styx made their mark on the rock scene in the ‘70s and ‘80s by blending electric with acoustic elements, and upbeat songs with power ballads. Tickets will be grouped into “pods” to facilitate social distancing, and masks are encouraged. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 8pm show. $78-$426. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Sunday, Aug 08, 2021

Celebrating its 30th year, this triathlon has been honored as one of the top 10 Charleston signature sporting events by The Charleston Metro Sports Council. The event features a 600-yard freshwater swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K flat run. Participants are divided into five categories for the event and pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited and are expected to sell out. This is the final triathlon and the championship race of a five-part series. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Sunday, 7am-11am. $60. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Monday, Aug 09, 2021

Enjoy a 60-minute vinyasa and seamless yoga instruction, all while surrounded by hug-loving baby goats and the occasional pig. This event is held on The Goatery at Kiawah River Farms, and people of all ages and levels are welcome. After class, attendees are encouraged to explore this “farm for all” and interact with the animals. It is recommended to wear comfy clothes and bring your own water and towel. The Goatery at Kiawah River Farms, 3883 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy., John’s Island. Friday-Sunday, 5pm Fridays; 10:30am weekends. $25 per person. (843)580-6565, www.thegoateryatkiawahriver.com


Thursday, Aug 12, 2021

Julia Deckman uses her art studio as a space for local artists to engage with the community through pop-up exhibitions like “Resurgence.” Come opening night for a free event featuring the works of Charleston-based abstract contemporary artist Cory Hyatt Hines, whose geometric, textural paintings are created in combined dance party/paint sessions with her daughter. Julia Deckman Studio, 2008 Wappoo Dr. Thursday, 5:30-9pm. Free. www.juliadeckmanstudio.com


Friday, Aug 13, 2021

Although The Charleston Museum’s Heyward-Washington House is primarily known for its ties to the American Revolution, archaeological records tell a longer and more varied story of the property’s history. Join curator of archaeology Martha Zierdan for a special lecture uncovering this history and the artifacts that helped shape it; access to curator talks is free with museum admission, and masks are encouraged for unvaccinated guests. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Friday, 10:30am. $12; $10 youth aged 13-17; $5 children aged 3-12; free for children three & under. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org.


Friday, Aug 13, 2021

Sit back and enjoy the sunset over the Charleston Harbor during this family friendly outdoor movie screening at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs and to check online for more information regarding movie ratings. Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Fridays, 6:30pm. Free. (843)884-8517, www.experiencemountpleasant.com


Friday, Aug 13, 2021

Comic Leanne Morgan will stop at the Charleston Gaillard Center on her “Big Panty Tour” for a night of distinctly Southern, hilariously relatable storytelling. Morgan has performed in comedy clubs and theaters all around the country, has her own podcast and comedy special, and has appeared on television shows including The View and Dr. Phil. Morgan has already sold out her August 12 show at the Gaillard Center; all current CDC guidelines will be enforced. Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday, 7pm. $78-$252. (843)242-3099, www.gaillardcenter.org


Saturday, Aug 14, 2021

Join musical sisters Gracie and Lacy at Forte Jazz Lounge for an evening of Broadway hits. Gracie and Lacy have delighted audiences and critics alike in New York and the Lowcountry during their two decades of performing together on the stage and screen. Their signature harmonies and tap-dancing will be accompanied by local musician Joe Clarke and the Forte band. Masks are required for entry to the club, and seating is limited. Forte Jazz Lounge, 477 King St. Saturday, 7-9pm & 9:30-11pm. $20-$40. (843)637-4931, www.fortejazzlounge.com


Sunday, Aug 15, 2021

Hosted by Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the Swim Across America charity swim is once again “making waves to fight cancer.” The tournament has raised more than $140,000 for The Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. The event is open to swimmers of all ages and skill levels, and there are both half-mile and 1.5-mile swims available. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $200 by the day of the swim; adults are required to have raised $400. Participate in a fundraising group or as an individual. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. the day of the event. Night Heron Park, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Sunday, 8am. www.swimacrossamerica.org