EVENT | Free parking
Can you imagine Charleston without Marion Square? Without Hampton Park? Without anywhere to take your dog off the leash and let her run? Even in dense, urban areas, open space is a calming force, giving us a place to sit, lie, or walk amidst the birds and the trees. To promote the creation of new parks and the appreciation of those that exist, the Trust for Public Land began National Park(ing) Day in 2005, setting up plots of grassy turf and lawn chairs in a San Francisco parking lot. That concept has spread to over 60 cities, and Charleston’s celebration has grown this year into a series of mini-parks, set amongst parking spaces at the corner of Church and Market streets downtown this Friday. The Trust and DesignWorks have teamed up with local sponsors to create a Farmer’s Market Park, a mini dog park, a live music park, a ping-pong park, and a “green car” park, all adjacent to each other. The “reimagining” of this public space lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so stop by on your lunch break with your pooch, bring a few dollars for some fresh produce, or just sit back and enjoy some good local tunes. —Stratton Lawrence Fri., Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (843) 853-5880, www.tpl.org.
[image-1] EVENT | Fresh meat
If you haven’t already noticed, there are about a thousand different ways to get a date in Charleston. Everything from cheesy one-liners to the internet are good bets. But just in case you’re still having trouble, the Charleston Jaycees have one more way for you: you can buy one. The Jaycees is an organization that provides young professionals leadership opportunities through community service, and they’re hosting a charity bachelor/bachelorette auction Friday at the Visitor’s Center Bus Shed; unless Mother Nature decides not to cooperate, in which case it will be held at Mad River Bar & Grill. You’ll have the opportunity to bid on local Charleston singles, as well as some celebrity fare for the star struck, including Brooke Ryan of 95SX, DJ Natty Heavy, and Richard “Bubba” Bryant of Army Wives. But there’s no requirement to buy, and with a buffet and open bar courtesy of Mad River, you can count on great fun, as well as an opportunity to support a great cause; Jaycees’ Camp Hope, a residential camp for South Carolina residents ages eight and up with intellectual disabilities. Tickets are available in advance through the website, or at Mad River, with VIP seating and accommodations available. Walk-ins, of course, are always welcome. And be sure not to miss the after-party at Mad River. —Augustine Kim Fri., Sept. 19, 7-11 p.m. (843) 343-7578, www.bachelorbidbash.org. Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St., (Downtown).
[image-2]EVENT | You break it you buy it
The Future Sound of Breaks presented by Science Media is taking hip hop back to the streets with an eight hour event at the Music Farm. The FSOB project was created in 2003 and showcases many of the U.S. Break-beat producers and DJs in the scene. After touring all over the U.S. in cities like Los Angeles and Portland, the event has expanded to Charleston. Artists featured this year are Hydraulix, Skitch, Eric Berretta, Aaron Sigmon, Unfadable Fader Operators, Prueph vs. Samadhi, Spaced Invaders, and Moja Dee-Jay Cory Bee. A two-on-two break dancing competition will complement the barrage of music entertainment. The weakest crews will be eliminated in each of three rounds, and the final crew will win a cash prize. Live graffiti artists are welcome, and are even let in for free and given materials to work with. Unfortunately, Mario Lopez will not be attending. —Kelly Stroup Sat., Sept. 20. www.fsobcharleston.com. Music Farm, 32 Ann St., (Downtown), (843) 853-3276, www.musicfarm.com.
[image-3]EVENT | Brewskies at the ball park
Get ready to sample the best beers from around the country and the world without ever packing a suitcase, at the sixth annual Ballpark Festival of Beers at Joe Riley Park. There could be no better place for a beer festival than a baseball field and no better way to spend a Saturday night than sampling a variety of beer from over 20 brewers like Abita, Flying Dog, New Holland, Magic Hat, Terrapin, and Weihenstephaner. The mixture of beer and the rocking sounds of Spunjwurthi are sure to get some people dancing, while Mellow Mushroom and Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ will be selling food to help soak up all the booze. Get there early to avoid lines, or at least to get tipsy enough that they’re not so annoying. Is this heaven? No, it’s the Ballpark Festival of Beers. Cheers! —Myles Hutto Sat., Sept. 20, 7-10 p.m. $25, (843) 723-7241, www.riverdogs.com, . Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium, 360 Fishburne St., (Downtown).
EVENT | Celebrate 420 legally
The parade of microbrews marching into Charleston’s bars and stores hasn’t slowed since high gravity beers were made legal last year. Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewery is the latest offering, and with their West Coast-style, aggressively-hopped ales, they’re a welcome addition. Famous for their signature 420 extra pale ale, SweetWater also has a great unpasteurized line-up that includes the blueberry-tinged and aptly-named Blue and the delicious Hummer, a white ale. They’re introducing themselves to Chucktonians with a pub crawl. Show up at Vickery’s around 3 p.m., and from there, travel to Wild Wing on Market Street promptly at 4:20 — the 420 ale will be on special at every stop. Carrying on at the 20s after every hour, the trip takes you to The Brick, Moe’s Downtown, Social, the Griffon, and finally, at 9:20 p.m., The Rooftop at Vendue Range. By that time you’ll likely be crawling, so we hope you’ll be calling (a cab). —Stratton Lawrence Sun., Sept. 21, 3 p.m. (843) 475-1712, www.sweetwater.eventbrite.com.
Coming up next week: Trunk Show, Green Cocktail Party, Stix n Stonz Art Auction, Jail House Art Show, Yo Burrito Debate Viewing Party, and Aloft Premiere Party.
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