Buckle up, readers. You have a lot to do this weekend.
Starting with Friday, Eye Level Art hosts an opening reception for the (Outsider) Art: Show, a collaboration with Artistic Spirit Gallery. ELA owner Mike Elder described it like this: “It’s almost like you’re in hell and there’s chaos going on.” For more light-hearted fun, choirs from Ashley Hall are joining forces for Pop with a Purpose, an event inspired by the hit TV show Glee that will raise money for the United Nation Foundation’s campaign Girl Up at the Hippodrome.
Earth Day may have been last week, but there’s still plenty of earthy goodness going on this weekend. First and most importantly, the free Movies in Marion Square returns Friday night after being rained out last week. It’s a special environmental edition of the series highlighting the Coastal Conservation League with live music and the announcement of the winner of the My Day Charleston Film Contest. As usual, you’ll find plenty of tasty food vendors and I’ll personally be pouring beer and wine for all of you drinkers (remember to tip your bartenders). The film is Ghost Bird.
Triangle Char and Bar is hosting their Earth Day Parking Lot Party on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. Tickets are a bit steep ($30), but you get food, alcohol, and live music, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Southern Sustainable Resources. Plantasia, a plant sale extravaganza, is on Friday and Saturday at Wragg Square. And Park Circle is hosting an Earth Day Festival on Saturday. It’s described as “a hands-on science-based interactive experience.”
Speaking of North Chuck, they kick off their big Arts Festival on Friday. The Festival Main Event is Saturday and Sunday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, where you’ll find more than 40 performances from local and national acts — all for free.
If you’re strapped for cash, you should also stop by the Gibbes on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. — you can get into the arts museum for free, and there will be kids activities and live music. Also Saturday, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry hosts the Fam Jam, a day of family fun including live music, entertainment, games, activities, food, and more ($10). Folly Beach’s Sea and Sand Festival shuts down Center Street for a day of food, music, activities, art, and more beachy fun.
For a fancier time, the Preservation Society of Charleston hosts a party with music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction Saturday night ($75).
Sunday is easy: Head to the Food Truck Rodeo at Mixson early in the day — this brunch-themed rodeo features food from Little Blue Brunch Truck, Hello My Name is BBQ, Happy Camper Snoballs, and Roti Rolls. Later that night, Jail Break at the Old City Jail has live music, art, and more.