Pedestrians rejoice (and drivers cringe): the Do the Charleston event will close down King Street (from Calhoun to Queen) to motor vehicles. Now’s your chance to admire the high quality of the city’s pavement. In conjunction, the Battery2Beach group ride will bring cyclists from Folly Beach or Isle of Palms to the Battery. It’s after-party happens at Vickery’s downtown.
You’ll have three chances on Saturday to show your pride: At the parade, at the rally at Riverfront Park, or at the Fabulas party at the Citadel. And the Reel Grits Pride Fest screens in North Charleston on Friday and Saturday nights.
The S.C. Aquarium celebrates its 10th birthday this weekend with special dive shows, unique feedings, and more. Aw, our little one is growing up.
Author Joseph Wallace is in town promoting his new novel, Diamond Ruby. He’ll be at the Joe on Friday night, throwing the first pitch, and then at Blue Bicycle Books on Saturday. If you’d rather get your hands on some well-worn copies (nothing beats the smell of an old book), stop by the Used Book and Media Sale at Summerville Public Library. It happens all weekend, but on Sunday you can fill a bag for only $5.
You can let out a collective sigh of relief: the Blessing of the Fleet was rescheduled (only without the shrimp boat parade — shucks) and happens Sunday. Pray for good weather.
Sculpture in the South presents a day of workshops, lectures, and other programs at Azalea Park. There’s a Gullah Celebration at the Wadmalaw Island Community Center on Saturday. On Sunday, there’s a Back to Nature Celebration on Edisto and the Exchange Park Fairgrounds will host the S.C. Green Living Festival.
Get an early taste of American Craft Beer Week at Smoky Oak Taproom’s Beer-B-Cue Bash, with more than 50 kinds of beer and live music. It’ll be a dry run for your liver.
The Savannah Children’s Preparatory Choir performs one regional concert each year, and this year it’s in our fair city. Watch the 2nd to 5th graders stretch their vocal chords on Saturday. Or get Bach to Rock on Saturday. And the Daniel Island Community Foundation hosts a concert and picnic competition at Smythe Park, also Saturday. Keep an eye out for bears, especially if they wear hats and ties.
State of Shock is going to be talked about in town for a long while, so you better stop by the opening at Eye Level Art on Friday night.
Friday night is the Moonlight Mixer on the Folly Beach Fishing Pier and Rockin’ on the Point in Mt. Pleasant. Sunday is the First Flush Festival at the Charleston Tea Plantation, with Robert Randolph & The Family Band headlining.
There are benefits galore this weekend, including a Charity Golf Classic, Angel Walk, the Charleston Yacht Affair, Enchanted Evening, a Fundraiser Block Party, An Evening of Global Elegance, the Learning Through Loggerheads Fundraiser, and the Take Steps Walk.
And you should definitely stop by the Bud Light Lime Bikini Bash on Sunday and say hello to guest judge and City Paper Music Editor T. Ballard Lesemann. A tip: He’s been known to accept cash bribes.