This weekend we are bringing you all the best of the arts with a side of good food and quirky events. To kick it off there will be live concerts, art exhibit openings, an outdoor movie and Long Island brews. To wrap it up, you can look forward to a mattress race, reggae tunes, comedy, and an ode to mamas everywhere. Get out and enjoy the sunshine and may the muses inspire you to fill your social calendar.


Movie night in Marion Square is back this week with a new Disney classic, Inside Out. Show up around 6 p.m. to grab a spot and some food from one of the trucks like D’Allesandro’s Pizza, Kickin’ Chicken, Roti Rolls, Corey’s Grilled Cheese, T&T Kettle Corn, Sweet Lulu’s Bakery on Wheels, Outta my Huevos, and King of Pops. The movie will begin at sundown, around 8 p.m.

The four part Redux exhibit, Reorientation, featuring their in-studio artists is coming to an end and this group is last but certainly not least. Silversmith Kaminer Haislip, silkscreen artist Todd Anderson, and painters Kate Waddell, Teil Duncan, and Raven Roxanne will have selected works on display for the public. Meet some of the artists during the reception from 6-8 p.m. at Redux.

North Charleston’s art festival kicks off this weekend and as a part of that Threshold Repertory Theatre is putting on a production of The Velocity of Autumn, an eccentric tale of an 80 year old woman who has barricaded herself in a New York City brownstone with enough explosives to blow up the city block. Catch the show at 7:30 p.m. at Olde Village Community Center.

Supporters of the Charleston Museum are invited to Elemental, a fundraiser based on the theme of earth, water, wind, and fire. It will be a night of drinks, food by Duvall events, music by Still Cruzin’, and a live auction led by an auctioneer. As a bonus, participants will get a sneak peek at the Natural History exhibit and a look at the upcoming show. Tickets are available on the website and fun kicks off at the Joseph Manigault house at 6 p.m.

The 34th Annual North Charleston Arts Fest is back and big as ever with everything from performances in dance, music, and theater to features of visual arts, crafts, literature, and more. Today kicks off nine days of mostly free events in what has become one of the biggest arts festivals in South Carolina. Head to their website for the full list of events and locations.

Dress up and don your dancing shoes for A Lowcountry Affair, a night of food, drinks, and dancing on the deck of the USS Yorktown. All proceeds from the night will support the Red Cross and their efforts to serve you and your community. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are still available online.

The Loading Dock Series is back again this Friday at Palmetto Brewing Co. This weeks line-up includes Copius Jones, Caleb and the Gents, and Zach Joseph and the Society with food from the PachaMama Truck. Get there by 6 p.m. to get your weekend on.


Potters, painters, and jewelers, oh my! Artists from all over the Southeast are flocking to Ruby Ranch for the Charleston Art Barn. Peruse fine art sales while enjoying wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. The event is Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m. and it’s free to attend.

Back by popular demand, the 14th semi-annual Taking Flight comic book sale is back at The Sparrow in Park Circle. There will be comics from 1940’s-present, drinks, and comic book artists Tom Lyle or John Hairston Jr. will be there to discuss their work and meet collectors. Admission is only $5 and it runs from 12-5 p.m.

Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ is throwing the most downhome, All-Americana Crawfish Boil you ever did see. The menu consists of plenty of crawfish boiled with corn, kielbasa, potatoes, and Louisiana style seasoning which you can pair with the beer or beverage of your choosing. While you grub down, enjoy some bluegrass, blues, and Americana tunes by Great Peacock, Sideshow Americans, and the Kenny George Band. All this for just $15 and you can be a part of the fun from 2-10 p.m.

Blue Point Brewing Co. is blowing through town on their East coast Toasted Tour, during which they’ll share some of their best brews and pairings with patrons. Look for a Toasted Lager, Blueberry Ale, Mosaic Session IPA, Hoptical Illusion IPA, Rastafarye, White IPA, Summer Ale, or a Firkin on tap and then stop by Chef DeSilva’s station to try some of her favorite recipes. You can also play bingo for sweet prizes or jam out to tunes by Vacationer, Gaslight Street, and the Marcus King Band. The good times roll from 2-7 p.m. at The Grove at Patriots Point, just don’t forget to grab your tix online.

The last Palmetto Pop-up of the year will kick off at 5 p.m. with tunes by musicians Corey Kilgannon, Triathalon, Liza Anne, Heyrocco, and ET Anderson. It’s the last one, you’ll definitely want to be there.

Blue Bicycle Books will be hosting Southern author Kristy Harvey for a signing of her new book Lies and Other Acts of Love from 5-7 p.m.

Comedian Paula Poundstone is coming to the Charleston Music Hall from 7:30-11 p.m. and it’s a show you want to see. Though her name might not be immediately recognizable for some, her voice is. You may have heard it in Inside Out or on NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me.

13 cooks are bringing their A-game to see if they have what it takes to be James Island’s best and you get to be the judge. The price of entry is one non-perishable food item and an empty stomach. There will be live music by Ann Caldwell, a raffle, live auction, and children’s activities. The event will be at James Island Christian School from 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m.


As part of a national series of live-readings to celebrate all of the mamas out there, Listen to Your Mother is coming to the Sottile Theatre stage. A few of the readers include Cinelle Barns, Tara Broman, Cindi Carver-Futch, Tim Falvey, and nine other brave souls that will be sharing stories of motherhood or their own mothers. Tickets are online and the show begins at 2 p.m.

It’s the last day to catch Mary Poppins at the Dock Street Theatre so grab some tickets before they’re gone. The show is at 3 p.m. which means you’ll get out just in time to take mom to an early Mother’s Day Dinner.

One of the greatest races you will ever be witness to is back, it’s the great Charleston Bed Race. After a parade of all of the decorated beds on wheels, they will race two at a time for approximately two blocks. The proceeds will benefit Camp Happy Days, a nonprofit that battles childhood cancer. In addition to the races there will be food trucks and live music. The event is on Daniel Island at MUSC stadium at 12 p.m.

Get yourself on island time down at Vickery’s on Shem Creek from 12-7 p.m. with reggae bands Root of All and the Dubplates for a day of Reggae on the Creek. There will be drink specials on rum punch and Red Stripe beer plus Caribbean food available for purchase. Entry is $7 and all proceeds go to the Tanzanian Education Foundation.

Mobile shop Red Rose Vintage will be parking at the Royal American from 12-5 p.m. Inside the retro Airstream you will find the best 80’s glam around and once you’re done shopping head inside for some brunch.

Country folk singer Iris Dement and guest Pieta Brown will hit the stage at the Charleston Music Hall at 8 p.m. From rock-influenced ballads to Delta hymns Iris has a voice that is distinctly her own. Grab tix in the box office or online.

Head to the Old Village in Mount Pleasant for their annual Home, Garden and Art Tour. Stroll the neighborhood and stop in at the seven selected properties for cuisine by the area’s best chefs and watch artists working en plein air. Tours run from 1-5 p.m. and tickets are available online.

We’ve found a new Sunday night comedy spot at The Black Sheep bar and grill in Mount Pleasant. This week’s headliner is Rob Haze from Comedy Central and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. The show is only $10 and it starts at 8 p.m.

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