Welcome to a wet, hot, Charleston summer. Nothing cools you off like free stuff (no, really) and we’ve got plenty of it, from live music to farmers markets to lectures. Save your money for one of those hats with the fan on it.


Dylan Swinson will perform some acoustic and pop rock jams at Republic Garden and Lounge at 7 p.m.

Join singer-songwriter Howard Dlugasch at Red’s Ice House Seabrook at 6 p.m.

Jam out to Jamisun 6 p.m. at Red’s Ice House in Mt. Pleasant.

Head over to Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill & Bar to hear Mark Schuler perform acoustic covers of all your favorites at 6 p.m.

Stop by the West Ashley Library at 6:30 p.m. for an opportunity to share your knowledge and hone your knitting skills at Knit and Stitch. All levels welcome


Check out the vibrant array of locally grown and SC Certified produce and flowers at the 2016 Farmers Market from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion.

Relax at the Banana Cabana with music from singer-songwriter Bo Farish beginning at 6 p.m.

Jam out at Rita’s Seaside Grille with the Midnight City Trio. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Stono Breeze Waterfront Bar will host Captain Phil’s Open Mic Night. Start resting up your vocals because singing starts at 6:30 p.m.


Head over to Brittlebank Park at 6 p.m. where telescopes will be set up for Astronomy in the Park, the ultimate stargazing opportunity.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Bishop Gadsen, Charleston Academy of Music faculty members Pedro Uceda and Christine Arant will perform works for flute and piano by Faure, Saint-Saens, Chopin, and more.

USA Today best-selling author Susan M. Boyer will sign copies of her new book, Lowcountry Book Club, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Towne Centre.

Join Charleston County Public Library historian Dr. Nic Butler for an illustrated tour of Charleston’s forgotten pleasure gardens of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries 6 p.m. at the Main Library.


Head to the Tin Roof’s foggy dance floor at 9 p.m. for the Oblivion Goth Dance Party, featuring the sounds of goth, industrial, post-punk, and more from DJs XO and Chris#2.

Shop, sip, and stroll on upper King Street from 4 to 8 p.m. during the Boutique Summer Stroll. Everyone can enjoy discounts from 10 participating boutiques, appetizers and complimentary beverages at each store.

Come see Second Coming, a film directed by Mary Tucker Green, at the Main Library as part of Film Movement Thursday. Showtime is 6 p.m.

Explore Gullah and Geechee history and culture through song with The Plantation Singers 6 p.m. at John L. Dart Library.

Shop local at the Bohemian Market where you can find art, clothing, jewelry, and more from local artists and vendors in Bohemian Bull’s Beer Garden. The Market will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. 

Head over to Upper Deck Tavern at 9 p.m. for The HeartsOut! Turnabout! Drag Charity Show, organized in response to the Mother Emanuel tragedy and Orlando Pulse Massacre.


Entrepreneurs are invited to hear Carolee Williams, Cindi Rourk, and Tori Schallot speak about Green Entrepreneurship at the Green Business Challenge Discussion. The talk will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Charleston Digital Corridor.

The City of Charleston Recreation Dept. invites summer camp groups and the public out for A Celebration of Summer, a fun day of activities, games, and water inflatables from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hampton Park. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly event.

Come pop some bubbles at a Breakthru Beverage wine tasting at terrace Theater, part of the Absolutely Famous Pre-show. This pre-show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.

Palmetto Brewery’s Loading Dock Series features live music and a food truck, starting at 6 p.m.


Write and get feedback at the Lowcountry Creative Writing Forum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library.

Stop by The Sparrow from 12 to 5 p.m. for the Taking Flight Comic Book Show XV, featuring comic books and artists Aaron Hazouri, Matari Bain, and Charles Drake.

Learn about the Gullah heritage that is rooted in South Carolina at the Historical DIY Gullah Cultural Braided/Beaded Bracelet Making event. This event will begin at 2 p.m. at Otranto Regional Library.

Local violinist Rafe Goldman and keyboardist Todd Monsell present Summer at St. John’s, a free concert of baroque, classical, and romantic works by composers Bach Mozart, Vitali, Kreisler, and Massenet. The performance will begin at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.


Stop by the Charleston County Public Library at 2:15 p.m. to witness a Lutheran and a Mormon debate the nature of God. Neither are official representatives of their churches, but both are sure to raise interesting questions and get debate-goers thinking.

Have some summer fun at Vickery’s Bar and Grill from 3 to 7 p.m. with live music, raffles, and drink specials at. Joshua Hughett Band, Travis Ewing, and Daniel Walker will perform, and a portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to Lowcountry Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market at the Pour House features local goods, food trucks, and live music from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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