We’ve been spending a lot of our dollars on cool drinks — come on, we need ’em — and every kind of grilled taco you can imagine (hello, blackened Mahi), and we’re starting to run pretty low on funds. Save yourself from summertime blues, and bankruptcy, with this week’s load of free stuff. From kid-friendly fare to live music to a pop-up happy hour (we don’t pick favorites, but …) this week has you, and your wallet, covered.


Food lovers come hungry to Kiawah’s Freshfields Farmers Market from 4-8 p.m. where you’ll find vendors selling produce, sweet treats, artisan cheese and flavored olive oil out the wazoo.

Come prepared for this quiz at Bohemian Bull with a chance to win gift certificates and free pints of beer Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Drink ’til it’s Funny at The Sparrow Mondays from 9-10:30 p.m. to kick off the start of your boring work week with a night of laughs.

Learn how to rhyme and have a great time at SL@M Poetry Workshop at Armory Park Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m.


Princess Charleston of the Isle of Palms is making an appearance — come out for this book signing with Kelly DeGroot Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.

To satisfy your Tuesday night tickle bone, come out to Joe Pasta Open Mic Comedy Night for free laughs at 9.

Head out to Home Team Sullivan’s to get an earful of Green Gallows, a band that’s described as both gothic and country. Show starts at 9 p.m.


Soak up this opportunity and enjoy a free Splash Day at Waterfront Park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Drop your kids off at the Charleston Main Library for a Summer Kids Flick showing of G-Force while you enjoy some free time to yourself at 10:30 a.m.

Grab a ball and start dodging at the IOP Rec Center on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m.

Come to this opening of Recycle It, Charleston and examine works of art by environmentally conscientious artist Deane Bowers from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Head to Blue Bicycle for a pop-up happy hour to celebrate the release of The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws from 5 to 7 p.m.


Bring the kids out to this Main Library event at 2 p.m., with activities, games, and crafts based on the book Magic Tree House Club: Season of the Sandstorm.

You don’t need to know German (hello subtitles) to enjoy The Dark Valley, showing at the Main Library at 6 p.m.

You had us at DIY flower crowns. Head to Out of Hand for July’s Pitt Street Stroll from 5-8 p.m. Pitt Street Stroll


Barbara Greaux’s opening art reception at the Art Mecca kicks off at 6 p.m. with complimentary bevs and music by Brandon Simmons.

This fashion show starting at 6 p.m. at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church has some heart, with money raised (the event’s free to attend, but donations are happily accepted) going towards adults with special needs.

There’s nothing despicable about dressing your kids up like Minions at Barnes and Nobles’ Minion fun starting at 7 p.m.