With all the expenses of barbecuing, going out, and traveling for Memorial Day, we’re all broke. Here are some free events for this week that will help you save.

Monday A reading of Ceille Baird Welch’s play, Between God and the Goatman, about a South Carolina family struggling to find hope in darkness will be performed at the Threshold Repertory Theatre.

Swing by Marion Square for a concert that will end in patriotic tributes to the U.S. Armed Forces, Spoleto-style.

Richard Garcia will read from his five books of poetry at the Dock Street Theatre.

Mary Edna Fraser’s exhibit Batiks opens today at the gallery Ann Long Fine Art.

Our favorite American Idol Elise Testone performs at 6 p.m. on the deck of the Charleston Pour House.

Atlanta Schola Cantorum presents their concert Musical Parody: The DNA of Renaissance Polyphony for Piccolo Spoleto at 4 p.m.

Tuesday Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers perform music by Mozart, Brahms, Stravinsky, Granados, and more at Franke at Seaside, part of Piccolo Spoleto.

Wednesday Hit the Charleston County Public Library for a history lesson about Craven’s Bastion.

The 15 professionals of the St. Gregory Chamber Choir perform medieval and renaissance music, as well as modern tunes, at Grace Episcopal Church.

Piccolo Spoleto and the Dock Street Theatre present Vernon Fowlkes, author of The Sound of Falling, reading his poetry.

Jim Hawkins uses the Bodhran, a traditional Irish drum to create musical accompaniment for his stories and songs about Irish history, culture, and tradition.

Thursday Michael Weintrob’s world-renowned photography showcases iconic musicians like Bootsy Collins, Scott Avett, and Derek Trucks holding instruments over their faces in his exhibit InstrumentHead, opening tonight.

The City of Charleston Housing Authority and Residents Advisory at Robert Mills Manor will host a community festival and jazz concert featuring Charleston’s own, The First Class Band.

The V-Tones and Southern Flavor Bluegrass Band play at Allan Park where audiences can bring a picnic or get some eats from local food trucks for a Piccolo Spoleto celebration.

FRIDAY Photographer Hannah Lane displays some of her work at How Art Thou? Café, with musical accompaniment from Volcanoes In the Kitchen and the Oscar Rivers Jazz Trio.

The Hurricane Season Kickoff Party at The Shelter Kitchen and Bar will feature live music, drink specials, and food.

Associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina and author of three books of poetry Ed Madden will read a selection of his work for Piccolo Spoleto.

Saturday Patch Whisky’s colorful work will be displayed in his first solo show at the Striped Pig Distillery.

Come support local children living with autism and participate in the silent auction to benefit Surfer’s Healing at the Folly Beach Community Center.

Sometimes we need to get out of town, but we don’t want to miss out on farmers market fun. Good thing Johns Island has their very own farmers market.

St. Paul’s Touring Choir presents Peace and Hope: Choral Classics, Spirituals, and Gospel Music for Piccolo Spoleto at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.

The seven women of the St. John Youth Ensemble perform various musical pieces from Mozart to contemporary composers for Piccolo Spoleto at Blackmer Hall.

George Singleton, Sandy Lang, and Jonathan Bohr Heinen present five-minute “short short” stories, all beginning with the words “I ducked into the alley…”, in the courtyard of Blue Bicycle Books for the Piccolo Fiction Open.

Sunday Come take it off or watch as others do in the Budweiser Bikini Bash at the Windjammer.

Muriel Lanciault showcases her new collection of abstract work in her exhibition Driven to Abstraction at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.

Christal Brown-Gibson sings pieces from musical legends Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, and more at this Piccolo Spoleto show.

Grab your pup and walk from Brittlebank Park to the Joe.

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