Charleston is packed to the gills this weekend with families here to celebrate the College of Charleston graduates, mothers ready to be pampered, and posh society gathering for Kentucky Derby parties. In addition to all of that we have an outdoor movie night, North Charleston Arts Festival, stand-up comedy, and plenty of parties to celebrate new albums or exhibits.
Start your weekend off right with a visit to the North Charleston Arts Fest and check out everything from Contra dancing to West African dance to a juggling performance. The day is full of different events so check the website for the full schedule.
The absurdist comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is being performed by Flowertown Underground in Summerville at 8 p.m. We are guessing a rather macabre philosophy student read too much Shakespeare but the results are nevertheless hilarious.
Meyer Vogl Gallery, one of Charleston’s newest contemporary galleries, is hosting it’s first exhibition, Duet, by artists Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl whose different styles will be unified by subject matter. Stop by the reception at the downtown gallery from 5-8 p.m.
It’s also the Charleston Art Gallery Association’s quarterly art walk, so make sure to check out the openings at over 40 downtown art galleries, from 5-8 p.m.
And then head to the after party at the Rooftop.
This week’s Movie in Marion Square is the cult classic, Pitch Perfect, so round up your squad, grab a blanket and hit the lawn. Noms available for purchase include D’Allesandro’s Pizza, Roti Rolls, Outta My Huevos, Sweet Lulu’s Lulu’s Bakery, and Sam Adams beer and wine. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.
Redux Contemporary Art Center is hosting Surround Sound, a release party for Marcus Amaker’s new album, the drum machine. There will be plenty of music featuring performances by Infinitikiss, Contour, tape loop, and contemporary dance company Sara Sumner Dance Movement Union and Jenny Broe’s Dance Lab. The party begins at 7:30 p.m. and it’s only $5.
Theatre 99 is bringing in a favorite local comedy duo, Nameless Numberhead, featuring Maari Suorsa and Henry Riggs to perform their sketches complete with costume changes and commentary on things like relationships and being socially awkward. Get yourself there by 10 p.m. for all the nonsense and laughter.
Make sure your legs are sea-worthy for Charleston Jam Cruise aboard the Carolina Queen. Think live music, art vendors, dishes from food trucks and restaurants, and Sweetwater brews. Get there a little early because the ship sets sail from 7-9:30 p.m. and you don’t want to miss it.
Kids Without Pain is a new nonprofit focused on bringing help to kids struggling with arthritis and they are kicking off in a big way. At Sewee Outpost there will be live music by Acoustic Muffin Fox Pond Bakery, and Doug Jones plus there will be raffle prizes, food by Roti Rolls, and a campfire jam starting at 10 p.m.
Don your seersucker suit, grab your stick pony and it’s off to the races, or The Alley. They are throwing the one of the biggest Derby parties in Charleston from 5-9 p.m. The event is complete with music by the Bluestone Ramblers, Mint Juleps, and a raffle for your own sweet ride (no it’s not an Arabian horse).
I don’t know about you guys but the Palmetto Brewgrass Festival is a marriage of all my favorite things. The lineup on day one alone includes bands like Southbound 17, Chewbacky, Pinkerton and the Brinks, Southern Flavor Bluegrass, Dallas Baker and Friends, Jon Stickley Trio, and Love Canon. Don’t get me started with what’s on tap but I can promise there will be food available from our friends at Short Grain. The party runs from 1-9:30 p.m. so get ready to drink and jam all day.
As part of the North Charleston Arts Festival, Midtown Productions is performing End of the Rainbow, a play that chronicles the final days of Judy Garland’s life as she struggled with men and drug addiction. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at the box office.
Truly in their element, the Junior League of Charleston will be hosting a Derby party at the Daniel Island Country Club from 4-9 p.m. Walk away with your arms loaded after the raffle, silent, and live auction from which the proceeds will benefit Communities in Schools, Florence Crittenton, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, and more.
Warm weather and longer days has ushered in the season for Charleston’s Night Market, where vendors stay out from 6:30-10:30 p.m. There’s acoustic music, artisans, local wares, and plenty of lowcountry culture. With less tourists than the daytime market, it’s a fun way to experience your own city in a new way.
The Pro Rodeo has ridden into town and these cowboys and cowgirls are competing to qualify for the International Pro Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City. The events will all take place at the Double D arena in Walterboro from 8-10 p.m. and their feats of bravery and talent will blow your mind. So go get a little country out in the country.
Charleston Salt and Iron is a book of 40 essays that seek to capture Charleston in all of her quirks, dark history, and warm hospitality. Editor of the collection, Wendy Nelson Pollitzer will be at the Second Sunday release party from 1-5 p.m. so stop by and hear from hear about this capsule that seeks to capture Charleston in all it’s ineffable glory.
It’s Second Sunday on King Street so grab your mother and hit the road for shopping, music, and brunch. Keep an eye out for the parade of countless cute puppies and well-dressed families.
It’s time for some Sunday night swing down at Prohibition at 6:30 p.m. with music by the V-Tones. The evening will begin with a free lesson for beginners followed by open dance.
Experience life aboard a Spanish ship like El Galeon and learn about the vessels that dominated these waters for nearly three centuries and connected world commerce. They will be at the Charleston Maritime Center all day so stop in for your own tour aboard the vessel.
It’s time for the 46th Annual Charleston Greek Festival and it is the usual massive affair. With everything from Greek food to dance to wine tastings and church tours. Tickets are cheap and the event runs all day so bring anyone and everyone.
Go cheer on your RiverDogs as they face off against the Hickory Crawdads at 5:05 p.m. at Joe Riley Stadium.
Bring ya mother to The Alley for a free game of bowling to show her you love her, bonus, the entire immediate family plays for free. And don’t forget to let your mother win.
The ducks are coming, the ducks are coming! Red’s Ice House is hosting the great Duck Race at 12:30p.m. to benefit the Hollings Cancer Center so grab a brew and a seat porch and watch your little ducky paddle to victory.