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E.g., February 2020
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020

Grammy award-winning flautist Nestor Torres joins the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for Latin Night at the Charleston Music Hall. Enjoy upbeat tunes by the ensemble as Torres immerses his Caribbean heritage and classical training into a multicultural approach to jazz music to convey his “Mi Alma Latina: My Latin Soul.” Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5pm. $62-$25. (843)853-2252,

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020

Charleston’s Irish roots are on full display come St. Patrick’s Day with an 8 a.m. celebratory Mass at St. Patrick’s Church; followed by a 10 a.m. parade down King Street featuring fiddlers, marchers, and step dancers; and the raising of the Irish flag at City Hall—not to mention plenty of pubs offering ales and Irish fare. Erin go bragh! St. Patrick Catholic Church, 134 St. Phillip St. Tuesday, 10am. Free. (843)723-6066,

Thursday, Mar 19, 2020

Grammy award-winning Sadler Vaden will deliver music of Americana/rock when he comes to Charleston Pour house in support of his second solo album. Formerly a member of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, this band-guitarist-turned-solo-artist blends classic-rock influences with his own modern style to create a personalized sound that can be heard on his upcoming sophomore solo album, Anybody Out There? This show is a must for anthem lovers who consider themselves die-hard fans of the golden age of rock music. Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Thursday, 9pm. $15; $13 advance. (843)571-4343,

Friday, Mar 20, 2020

Pop megastar Cher will command the stage as she sings ”Dancing Queen” and other ABBA favorites from her latest album—the 26th in her prolific career. On her seventh solo concert tour, she’ll perform her covers that Rolling Stone says “turns Seventies classics into modern club bangers and brings out the dark burden of their late-career divorce songs.” While her set list includes many of these tribute songs such as “Fernando” and “Waterloo,” long time fans will also be happy to know that she will be reviving some of her original hits like “The Beat Goes On,” “Believe,” and “I Got You Babe.” It will be a night full of glitter and ’70s inspired glam with a few surprises in store as well. North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, 8pm. Prices vary. (843)529-5000,

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020

For many people around the world, access to clean, safe water is not as easy as turning on the kitchen tap. Women and children in developing countries have to walk as far as four miles a day to the nearest stream to collect barrels of often unsafe water. In answer, North Charleston’s Water Mission builds sanitation and hygiene solutions in developing countries and in areas impacted by natural disasters. Help raise awareness of the global water crisis at the annual Walk for Water fundraiser. In a symbolic demonstration, participants carry two-gallon buckets along the three-mile route and fill them with water at the halfway mark before returning to Riverfront Park. The walk is family friendly, and you can register as an individual or as a team. Riverfront Park, 1060 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, 9 a.m. $25; $10 ages five to 17; free for age four and under. (843) 769-7395,

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020

Race along the West Ashley Greenway to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, where you can eat a dozen glazed confections before running, or walking if you’d prefer, back to South Windermere Shopping Center, to raise money for the Tywanza Sanders Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships to Charleston County students. Sanders, the youngest of the nine people killed in the 2015 Emanuel AME shootings, once worked at the North Carolina-based doughnut chain. Race 4 Achievement and Charleston Jewish Community Center Without Walls sponsor the event. South Windermere Center, 80 Folly Road Blvd. Saturday, 9 a.m. $25-$15. (843) 814-9570,

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020

Many people in developing countries walk miles every day just to find clean water. This walk, led by the Water Mission, aims to raise money to pave the way for all people to have access to safe drinking water by having participants stand in the shoes of those who travel on foot for water and do the walking for them. The mission is hoping to raise $350,000 with this campaign, and if you join the walk, you can add your own fundraising goal and be part of this march for change. Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, 9am. $25; $10 youth age five-17; free for child four and under. (843)763-7395,

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020

This festival held at Palmetto Island County Park has gone to the dogs. Bring your furry friends to compete in contests like lure chasing, owner and pet look-alike, “Face Only a Mother Could Love,” and more, then wind down in the off-leash beer garden with a bite to eat and live music from acoustic guitarist Chris Dodson. Those looking for advice on raising their pets right can learn tips from the veterinarians, trainers, groomers, and pet suppliers on site. Don’t have a pup of your own? Meet your potential new furry family member over at Charleston Animal Society’s adoption booth. Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Pkwy., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 11am-4pm. $8; $5 with pet food donation. (843)795-4386,

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020

Artist Susan Perkins’ latest exhibition of work of ink on paper chronicles the lives lost and communities affected by mass violence from 1903 to present day. Perkins began this project in 2015 after the Mother Emanuel AME massacre, and hopes that her exhibition will prompt discussions among members in the community about gun violence and reform. There will be an opening reception March 20 from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as an artist talk March 28 at 2 p.m. The City Gallery, 34 Prioleau St. Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm. Free. (843)958-6484,

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020

Midori—a violinist whose 30-plus year career began as a child prodigy while working with the New York Philharmonic at age 11—will be playing alongside Turkish-American pianist Özgür Aydin at this Chamber Music Charleston concert. The pair have performed together before at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, and will combine their talents for one night only at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. While most violinists have a particular playing style, the New York Times says Midori has “as many different sounds at her disposal as the hues on a Pantone color chart;” a talent which has won her many accolades, including “Artist of the Year” by the Japanese government. This performance was made possible by her nonprofit organization Partners in Performance, which aims to make classical music accessible to people of all backgrounds. Attendees can purchase tickets to the reception that follows the performance, which funds Chamber Music Charleston’s educational programs. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $80-$15; $140-$85 concert & reception. (843)763-4941,

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020

Hosted by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, this annual exhibition (now in its 35th year) showcases works in various mediums by College of Charleston studio art students. Submissions will be selected by this year’s juror, Israeli-Canadian artist Melanie Daniel, who is known for her visually complex and vibrant paintings. On March 25 at 5 p.m., head to the opening reception to get a peek at the artwork before the awards are announced at 6 p.m. Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422,

Friday, Mar 27, 2020

Known as the East Coast’s premier paddling experience, this 30th 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,

Friday, Mar 27, 2020

If you’ve ever walked by some of Charleston’s most stately homes and grounds and longed for a closer look, this excursion hosted by the Garden Club of Charleston is for you. On its 85th year, this is the city’s oldest tour and offers an exclusive look inside private homes and gardens in Charleston, several of which have never been open to the public. Guests will be able to leisurely walk through seven or eight gorgeous and scenic homes, with the proceeds from the weekend benefitting student scholarships, the maintenance of The Garden Club’s historic properties, and a number of other city projects. Confederate Home Garden, 62 Broad St. Friday and Saturday, 2-5pm. $55.

Friday, Mar 27, 2020

Skilled botanists and novice gardeners gather at this annual outdoor festival that hosts a huge sale of unique plants and flowers as well as tried and true favorites. The rain-or-shine event kicks-off Friday evening with the Plantasia Eve Party, where guests can enjoy a variety of Lowcountry food and drinks while getting an early start on shopping for their gardens. The fun continues on Saturday, when everyone is welcome to shop local vendors, enjoy brews and food truck fare, and participate in an array of family-friendly horticulture workshops. Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Friday, 5:30pm-8pm; Saturday, 9am-3pm. Free; $65 for Plantasia Eve Party. (843)579-9922,

Friday, Mar 27, 2020

Elaborate and fantastical costumes against a simple moonlit backdrop set the scene for this classic tale about a group of cats coming together to compete for a chance at a new life. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seven-time Tony Award-winning musical­—which has been performed in more than 30 countries and reimagined in the recent much talked about motion picture—will arrive in North Charleston for three nights. North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday & Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm. $88-$48. (843)529-5000,

Friday, Mar 27, 2020

Wanting to remember his trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, 19th-century German composer Felix Mendelssohn created his own souvenir with these two symphonies, which took 13 years to craft. Inspired by moments like his meeting with acclaimed writer Sir Walter Scott and the bagpipe competitions he attended while abroad, he folds these memories into this heartfelt ode to Scotland. In addition to Mendelssohn’s symphony, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will also perform ”Viola Concerto” by Hungarian Composer Béla Bartók. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm. $114-$25. (843)724-5212,

Friday, Mar 27, 2020

In Flowertown Player’s latest theatrical production, English professor Vivian Bearing has been diagnosed with cancer, and while she undergoes an experimental treatment, she reflects on her life. The Chicago Tribune calls this Pulitzer prize-winning play ”the best play ever written on the subject” of fighting cancer. Being a prominent scholar of early-modern poet and preacher John Donne, she tries to find solace in and meaning of her possible death through the poet’s Holy Sonnets, grappling with the paradoxes both inherent in her situation as well as in Donne’s poems. The Flowertown Players, 133 South Main St., Summerville. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 3pm & 8pm. $15. (843)875-9251,

Saturday, Mar 28, 2020

Five-hundred years of Lowcountry culture will come to life at this fair, which will connect guests to English, French, Native American, Scottish, and Spanish heritages through historical re-enactments and authentic dress. Marsh Tacky horse races are a highlight of this outdoor event, which also features a selection of local food and beer, live music, weapon demonstrations, and craft booths. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Dr., Hilton Head. Saturday, 11am-5pm. $15; $5 child.

Sunday, Mar 29, 2020

Dine on bottomless local oysters and slow roasted beef sandwiches at this tasty event to raise proceeds for the Magdalene House, a recovery home that provides support to Charleston women struggling to overcome addiction. This B.Y.O.B lunch will also feature live music, a silent auction, and a pop-up shop—not to mention a waterfront view. Isle of Palms Exchange Club, 201 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms. Sunday, 1-4pm. $40; $15 child four-12. (843)886-5224,

Saturday, Apr 25, 2020

Come sneak a peek into the first grade world of the sassy and lovable Junie B. Jones! No one believes in herself quite like Junie B! Join her as she tackles first grade with its best pal problems, meets the new kids on the bus, and meets her new teacher, Mr. Scary. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street,