It’s a somber Monday here at the City Paper, where we feel the pain of the lives lost in Orlando’s tragic mass shooting this past weekend. We’ve compiled a list of free events around town this week, but we’re also here to remind you that some other things are free too: love and kindness. Spread them around, y’all.


Kids and families can pop over to the James Island Library at 10:30 a.m. to watch the Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff puppet show by All Hands Productions. There will be another showing at Johns Island Library at 2 p.m.

David Higgins will liven up Red’s Ice House with some live rock and pop starting at 6 p.m.

Enjoy the Porkchop’s piano blues and rock at Henry’s House beginning at 9 p.m.

Swing by the Banana Cabana for some pop, reggae, and funk by Thomas Champagne at 5:30 p.m.

Drink ’til it’s Funny at the Sparrow starting at 9:30 p.m.

East Bay Meeting House hosts the Monday Night Poetry and Music Open Mic starting at 8 p.m. Grab a mug and settle in.

Play Bingo for free beer at the Mini Bar and jam to a mix of blues from 7 to 10 p.m.

Danielle Howle and Reid Stone will emcee this week’s Holy City Confessional at 8 p.m. All are welcome to come listen to or perform original music.

Check out Beyond the Rainbow, the new body of work created by Charleston-based artist Fletcher Williams III, on display Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m.


From 3:30 to 7 p.m. enjoy great local eats, produce, and art at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market.

Stop by the Pour House at 6 p.m. for some jams on the deck with The Steven Tyler Experience.

Chill out to some country tunes by Eric Paslay and Chris Lane at the Party in the Park. Begins at 6 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.

Play trivia at Sip Tap Room on Folly Road from 7 to 9 p.m. and enjoy $15 bottomless wine or champagne.

Rock out to Rick Reynolds at the Banana Cabana at 6 p.m.

Kick back at the Dinghy Taproom and Kitchen with some of Gracious Day’s country covers.

Laugh out loud at Cutty’s Comedy Night beginning at 8 p.m.


Blues lovers can head over to Salty Mike’s at 6 p.m. to listen to the musical styling of David Grunsta.

Singer-songwriter Daniel Champagne will perform at The Mill at 10 p.m.

Relax to the acoustic sounds of Hunter Hill at 6 p.m. at Banana Cabana.

Experience Erwin Redl: Rational Exuberance at Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s Artist Hour from 4 to 5 p.m. after the gallery closes to the public.

Learn how to start your own garden at Kids Tours: Victory Gardens at the Charleston Museum. The 90 minute tour begins at 3:30 p.m. and will repeat the following day.

Stretch out on a blanket in the sand at Tides Folly Beach and watch Kung Fu Panda. Show starts at dark.

Stargaze after dinner with the family at Brittlebank and learn something, weather permitting…


All book lovers are invited to attend Author! Author!, Summerville’s annual town-wide book signing event.

Ditch your car for #DumpThePumpCHS and enjoy free rides from CARTA all day long. 

Start the weekend early with Tequila Thursdays at SOL Southwest Kitchen and Tequila Bar from 6 to 9 p.m.

Explore fossils and have fun with arts and crafts at Ice Age at the Charleston Museum starting at 10 a.m.

Get your book signed by Tom Poland at a Blue Bicycle Books signing event starting at 5 p.m.

Play cornhole and check out food trucks at eatUP! At 1600 Meeting St. from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jam to some live and local bluegrass at Mercantile and Mash starting at 7 p.m.

Check out Acoustic Night at Coastal Coffee Roasters in Summerville.

The Charleston Library Society hosts Porgy: Treasures from the Vaults, an exhibition that includes handwritten and typescripts of BuDose Hayward’s first novel.


The City Market is open Nights now through Dec. 17 Fridays-Sundays. Shop dozens of vendors and snag some free snack samples.

Honor Cynthia Graham Hurd at the Charleston Strong Book Drive at the Main Library. The drive continues through June 30.

Check out vintage photos of medical oddities and unusual punishment at Stranger than Fiction at PULP.

Wear your flip flops to Tropical Smoothie from 2 to 7 p.m. on National Flip Flop Day to receive a free 24 oz. Jetty Punch.

Join The distinguished Gentlemen at Art’s Bar & Grill at 10 p.m. for a night of soul and funk.

Watch a Movie Under the Stars at Monck’s Corner Regional Recreation Complex from 7 to 10 p.m.


Check out the two best farmers markets in town. Pop over to Marion Square from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast foods and local goodies then check out the year round Johns Island Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check out the Prayer Quilts for Mother Emanuel at the Charleston Civic Design Center received after the tragedy last year. Event continues through June 30.

Jazz enthusiasts should stop by the Charleston Grill at 7:30 p.m. to watch the Asa Holgate Quartet perform.

Put your green thumb to good use at the City of Charleston Greenhouse in Hampton Park.


Enjoy three half hour rounds of free Zen Meditation at Holy Cow in the South Windermere Shopping Center from 7:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Check out the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market for and by locals behind the Pour House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get a classic cocktail and enjoy some free swing dance lessons at Prohibition on King Street starting at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate dad with Father’s Day Fishing at the Mount Pleasant Pier from 1 to 2 p.m.

Enjoy the acoustic tunes of Christian Phifer at 8 p.m. at Joe Pasta.

Join the Lowcountry Blues Club at Smokey’s Place Sports Bar and Grill for an open-mic jam sesh at 5 p.m.

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