If Charleston had a spirit holiday it might be St. Patrick’s day. Endless drinking and parties, live music, weird cultural tales whose truth is debatable, and an excuse to dress up — it sounds just like us. So we have decided to jump into the festivities a little early with a few themed celebrations like bar crawls, a block party, drag show, and pawlooza. Don’t worry, if you have a thing against leprechauns we have plenty for you to do too.


Relive the good ‘ol days of gathering around the campfire to hear tales and ghost stories with The Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival in Wragg Square tonight and tomorrow. National tellers like Bill Harley, Barbara McBride-Smith, Connie Regan-Blake, and Oba William King will be sharing stories that range from nostalgic to humorous to inspirational to downright spooky. The real question is, how does one become a professional storyteller?

Indie film lovers should not miss the seventh annual Charleston Film Festival at the Terrace Theatre. The schedule is packed with documentaries, live-action and animated shorts, and feature-length films by local and national filmmakers. Films will be running from noon until 9 p.m. now until Sunday and tickets are available for individual viewings or the whole festival.

Speaking of cinephiles, the Alliance Française Cine-Club will be showing the award winning film Mustang by Turkish-French Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven and French screenwriter Alice Winocour. The film is about five orphaned sisters that are forcibly married off as their grandmother fears their ‘illicit’ behavior. Powerful, emotional, and pulsing with feminism. It starts at 7 p.m. at the MUSC Basic Science Auditorium.

Get the family or friends together for a free yoga class and potluck at the Folly Beach Community Center at 7 p.m. Bring your mat, your fair-trade quinoa and tofu salad, and whoever you want.

Grab your foam finger and jersey and come out to support the Stingrays against the Atlanta Gladiators tonight at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Tonight the Palmetto Loading Dock Series has a full set, starting with Kylie Odetta at 6 p.m., Drymill Road at 7 p.m., Michael Martin and the Beautiful Mess at 8 p.m., and wrapping up with Jake McVey at 9 p.m. Don’t forget grab your snacks from the Short Grain Food Truck.

Get your night started a little earlier with Rush Hour Concerts at The Murray Center where Charleston Academy faculty perform mini-concerts from 6-7 p.m. Tonight will feature Ulyana Machneva on the guitar.


Help your body recover from all the damage you did Friday night with a 10 a.m. yoga class at the Summerville Triangle led by Kristen from North Charleston Yoga Den. Of course, after class you can undo all your hard work with a drink (included in the price of class).

What do underground passageways, trampolines, water slides, and a day-long party have in common? They are all a part of the Rugged Maniac Obstacle Course Race at Boone Hall and the best news is, it isn’t too late to sign up. After you tear your way through the three-mile course, finish with a party in the foam pit, beer, a ride on a mechanical bull, or a jump in the bounce house.

Head over to the newest Home Team Barbecue on Williman St. from 12-4 p.m. for some of the best ‘cue and cocktails for a really good cause. The price of admission goes entirely to Hogs for the Cause and with it you get to enjoy live music by Guilt Ridden Troubadours, drinks from Revelry, Coast, Sailor Jerry Rum, and Cathead Vodka, and bites from Edmund’s Oast, Craftsman, and Fox Bros. BBQ. Good cause, good food, see you there.

Green beer and booze, a parade led by the folks at Madra Rua, tunes by the Charleston Police Pipe and Drum Band, street vendors, food trucks, and a mechanical bull. The Park Circle St. Paddy’s Day Block Party and Parade might be more fun than the actual holiday. So head over to East Montague Ave. between Virginia and Jenkins Ave. from 12-6 p.m. for a party done the Irish way.

Few things go together like punk music, drag shows, and St. Patrick’s Day. Or so they tell us. Find out for yourself at Deja Vu II starting at 5p.m. for a night filled with music from bands like First World Problems, Hearts on Fire, Glass Lashes, and Hot Charlie. Between each set will be a drag show led by Leslie Elizabeth Lain and outside the event Dashi food truck will be serving up the snacks.

Check out the newest SIP tap room on James Island and support the Lowcountry Food Bank by hitting up the Green Solo Cup party. Starting at noon and running all night there will be live music, for $25 bottomless mimosas, wine, and bloody mary’s or for $50 you get bottomless drinks AND an all-you-can-eat lowcountry boil. Start fasting now so you have room for all the goods.

If you are like us, it’s easy to take things like limitless, clean water for granted. Water Missions provides a really cool reality check and a chance to provide the same essential resource to people around the globe. Show up to Joe Riley stadium at 10:10 a.m. and join in the 3.5 mile walk for water. At the end of the walk participants can enjoy food, games, and tunes by the Plane Janes.

Who said humans are the only ones that like to party? Dress up your furry best friend in their cutest green outfit and walk them down to Wannamaker park from noon-4 p.m. for a St. Paddy’s Pawlooza. The owners will have plenty of fun too, there will be live music, craft brews, and plenty of food trucks.

Support the Charles Towne Montessori community and get your fill of bottomless oysters and beer and wine. There will be a hot food buffet, wine, beer, oyster shooters, live music by Chris Boone, and a massive auction led by comedian Chris Burkhardt. Get your tickets online and get yourself to Charles Towne Montessori from 3:30p.m-7:30p.m.

Party on Folly with a pub crawl starting at noon and lasting until 4 p.m., featuring most of the island’s bars.

If you prefer to celebrate St. Pat’s in Mt. Pleasant, Red’s Ice House has you covered with a day-long party — Sham-rock the Dock, starting at 11 a.m.


Get yourself out to Folly Beach from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for the fifth annual Shamrock SUP race. There will be an elite, kids, and even a dog race to cheer on. For you landlubbers there will be a silent auction and raffle.

Vickery’s is rounding up oyster roast season with one last bash starting at 11 a.m. Expect buckets of oysters, steamed shrimp, barbeque, a bloody mary bar, and live music from Plane Jane. Even better, part of the proceeds benefit the Tanzanian Education Foundation.

Red Rose Vintage is hitting the pavement and debuting their mobile boutique at The Recovery Room from noon-5 p.m. The event is sponsored by PBR and will include giveaways of vintage PBR gear. Keep an eye out for the ‘Dreamstream’ around town, she’ll be making many more appearances.

The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market at the Pour House is back and heralding in spring. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. you can find food trucks like Short Grain, ElBo Truckin’, Hot Links Homemade Sausage, and a full bar of Bloody Mary’s and mimosas. Stroll the veggie, art, and wares vendors to the tunes of The Hungry Monks and Kanika Moore and the Mo-Town Throwdown.

It’s not March 20 yet but the weather is saying spring has sprung so crawl out of hibernation and join your neighbors on King St. for Second Sunday. Outdoor dining, live music, puppies everywhere, window shopping, actual shopping, you know the drill.

Before the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market kicks off head to the Pour House for Downward on the Deck, yoga led by Evolve Holistic Health and Fitness. Everyone is welcome but bring your own mat, no one wants splinters.

When you think of Cutty’s do you think dive bar and pool, or do you think comedy show with Publix party subs? We are as confused as you are but the event sounds pretty fun. Hunter Gardner will be hosting while Lain Healey opens for Sam Hendry. Get there by 8 p.m. for deli meat and a lotta laughs.