We’re admittedly a little bitter that it still feels like August outside, but we’re going to make the most of it. Here are some things to entertain you.
It’s a big weekend for foodies. Taste of Charleston brings a passel of events, starting Friday night’s Iron Chef cook-off at Trident Tech’s Culinary Institute Downtown. Saturday is the Taste of the Kitchen and Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row, then Sunday is the big sample-frenzy at Boone Hall. Also, City Paper kicks off our Nosh Mob Saturday, which supports local businesses and rewards our online restaurant raters. Saturday’s party at Avondale Wine & Cheese features goat cheesemaker Farrah Hoffmire. Try her Giddy Goat cheese and wines from around the world. Also on Saturday, Ted’s Butcherblock celebrates their fourth birthday with a Porktoberfest extravaganza. The event is free, but it’s $25 if you want to partake in the pork roast. On Sunday, roadtrip out to Walterboro for the Lowcountry Field Feast, featuring local fare from Chef Mike Lata, with the $125 tickets benefiting Lowcountry Local First.
Film fiends: Cinebarre is hosting a free outdoor screening of Almost Famous on Saturday. Up in Park Circle, the Carolina Film Alliance hosts the Lowcountry Indie Short Film Festival with blocks of films at 5 and 7 p.m. — tickets are only $5. Then on Sunday, Redux hosts the next (free) installment of the Peabody Award-winning television series, Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century.
Sports fans shouldn’t miss the Charlotte Bobcats playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday. Word is both Shaquille O’Neil and Lebron James might be in attendance, and fans are encouraged to carpool. If you want to get athletic yourself, check out the 5K Daisy Dash on Saturday in James Island, benefiting Simply Divine Garden, an organization that creates gardens for cancer patients. Another run this weekend is the Lean & Green 5K, which begins at Brittlebank Park and benefits Lowcountry Earth Force and Keep Charleston Beautiful.
Some performance art events of note include Creative Spark’s creepy Back From the Grave event at Fort Moultrie, featuring vignettes from Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous works. Charleston Ballet Theatre’s Decadent Divas has been a sell-out hit, and they’ve added some extra performances, so hopefully you can snag some tickets.
Family-friendly events include the free Park Day Festival on Daniel Island Saturday with live music, clinics, an oyster roast, dog activities, and more. On Sunday in Hampton Park, the Teddy Bear Picnic will include a parade, kids’ activities, and music from Sol Driven Train.
Lastly, get some good deals at the Friends of the Charleston Library’s Big Book Sale at the Gaillard. Most books are between $1 and $3. And if you’ve been thinking about getting a cat, now’s the time. The Charleston Animal Society is waiving fees for all adult cats.
Want more? Oh, we’ve got more. Check out our full weekend events listings.