The forecast for this weekend is calling for sun, sun, and more sun. Summer’s almost here, and we all need the break. Avoid the tourists and catch some of Charleston’s coolest events this weekend, where else can you see an art show in a jail, a bed race around a park, or hot dogs take over Marion Square?

Friday Party at the Point returns. Head over to Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina for $2 beers, the Coca-Cola video game trailer, and, of course, live music courtesy of the Dave Matthews Tribute Band.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, but if you don’t want to talk to your mom just yet, you can check out Call Mama, an Americana band at Coconut Joe’s to ease you into things.

What’s our favorite type of porn? Food Porn! If you share a proclivity for delicious close-ups of succulent dishes, don’t miss the Food Porn Party, part of the Charleston Food Film Festival.

Folly Beach is hosting the Eastern Surfing Association’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship this year. Stop surfing the web and watch real athletes!

Tony Bennett is at the NCPAC performing show tunes. The 87-year-old crooner still has it

Saturday – Chill out at Coconut Joe’s with singer-songwriter Aaron Levy. Then stay for The Flying Buganskis and their blues and Americana music.

Like M. C. Escher? You’ll love Jailbreak: Optical Delusions. Join the Charleston arts community for one of the most unique art festivals in the nation, with dancers, vendors, painters, and maybe even ghosts. 

To celebrate Earth Day, Charleston County is holding an “Earth to Charleston” Party at Riverfront Park. Join in the festivities, including a Goodwill fashion show and live music. 

Help Habitat for Humanity by painting a beam. Art supplies are provided and proceeds go towards the popular charity. 

Get your hot dog fill at the 11th annual Charleston Dog Show. They have a special character just for the wiener dogs.

In the market for a boat? Then you should head to the In-Water Boat show. The exhibition will also have a pirate show and dragon boat demos if you just want to play on boats for the day.

Sunday – Singer/songwriter Molly Durnin likes dirt roads, Siberian huskies, and foxes. Catch the anti-T Swift at Coconut Joe’s to see a real country girl’s guitar strummin’. If you like talkin’ ‘bout good vibrations, Mystic Vibrations is playing at Coconut Joe’s. 

ChART Aid, or the Charleston Art Outdoor Initiative and Gallery is bringing the block party back to Avondale for the fourth year. Can you say Brews and Beauty?

Ever wanted to watch strangers in bed? The fifth annual Bed Race in Hampton Park is a free opportunity to watch teams wheel around in decorated mattresses.

Potluck is usually a misnomer, there’s nothing lucky about gravy and noodle casserole, but the Chef’s Potluck lives up to its name. Join 16 chefs from the best Charleston restaurants as they create dishes with local ingredients at Middleton Place.

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