The countdown is on, y’all. Piccolo Spoleto and Spoleto start in just one week, and if you’re as excited as we are … you’re pretty excited. Before the international arts festival and the city’s partner fest fill the street with laughter and noise (and plenty of foreign accents), make sure to get a taste of springtime Charleston. It’s in theaters, bars and restaurants, and outside, in the rain or sun. Party on, party people.
Back by popular demand the Charleston Cabaret Theater presents FEVER, a sensual dance musical that celebrates the empowerment of women. See some of your favorite female powerhouses from Betty Boop to Beyoncé. Tickets range from $18 to $45. The show starts at 8 p.m.
The Art Mecca of Charleston is set to host a free reception and Pop Up Art Show by Christy Buchanan from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Check out art created from up-cycled and found objects and grab a complimentary beverage.
Third Friday of the month means live music and Contra Dancing at the Felix Davis Community Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $8 at the door.
Party at the Point is back for its 16 th season. Starting at 5:30 p.m. every Friday, catchlive music and grab a beer from the cash bar down at the Charleston Harbor Resortand Marina.
The RiverDogs take on Columbia every night this weekend. Cheer them on for only $9.
Charleston Wine + Food welcomes back Veuve Clicquot as they make a stop in the Old Village. Head to Old Village Drive in Mt. P for some bites from local chefs, live music, festive games and bottomless champagne from 6 to 9 p.m. All for a cool $125.
Pay your respects to the Star Man at the Music Hall. Catch Women & Bowie an amazing tribute show to David Bowie featuring some of Charleston’s finest femalevocalists. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15/advanced or $18/at the door.
If you want some live music Friday is the day to find it all over town. See Bo Faris at Banana Cabana at 6 p.m., Danny May at Henry’s House at 10 p.m., Dave Landeo at DIG in the Park at 6 p.m., some 90’s covers by Disco Lemonade at the Windjammer at 9 p.m., The Distinguished Gentleman at Art’s at 10 p.m., Fowler’s Mustache at The Southern at 9 p.m., or Frank Bang & Cook Country Kings at Home Team Downtown at 10 p.m. And that is just to name a few.
At 3 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library catch Dr. Nic Butler and his free lecture on the Lowcountry sounds Gershwin absorbed during his time in Charleston and how they led to his creation of Porgy and Bess.
Participate in the 7 th annual Hands Across the Sand offshore drilling protest and seismic blasting on Folly Beach from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Bring the kids and be an archaeologist for the afternoon at the Aiken Rhett House. For only $8 learn all about local artifacts and participate in a mock dig.
Peter Rowan & Town Mountain will be performing at The Pour House starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20.
The Woolfe Street Playhouse presents Rock of Ages at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35.
The Charleston City Market is now open at night every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Snack,shop and take a look around.
Lace up for the RiverDogs 13 th annual Run Forrest Run 5K from 4 to 6 p.m. The $30 registration fee includes a race packet, t-shirt, dinner, awards ceremony and a ticketto the night’s game vs. The Columbia Fireflies.
Grab a hot breakfast or some fresh and goodies for dinner at the Farmers Market in Marion Square from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tradesman Brewing Co. hosts BREWSTER Brew Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. where a group of fine ladies will brew and sell their own beer to benefit a local nonprofit.
Before the start of Sunday’s Dog Day Game against the Columbia Fireflies, partake in a dog-friendly craft beer tasting at The Joe. Bark for Your Brews, presented by Bay Street Biergarten, will feature a pregame pooch parade, howling contest, tail-wagging challenge and an ice-cream licking competition. Tickets are $25 and include entry to the game.
The Royal American will host the second annual sweet corn cook-off with restaurants like Park Café and The Obstinate Daughter competing for the best sweet corn dish. The event will feature live music from Elise Testone and Post Cobra as well as a special appearance by Mayor John Tecklenburg. Tickets are $30 and the fun starts at 2 p.m.
Have some fun off the beaten trail and take a tour of Lighthouse Island. The Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with Coastal Expeditions is offering a 7-mile ferry ride to and tour of Lighthouse Island. Tickets are $45 and include a presentation at the Sewee visitor’s center starting a noon.
For only $10 check out the Lowcountry’s best burgers and beer. The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina will host Bands, Burgers, and Brews Burger Throwdown featuring judges from Travel Channel’s Burger Land.
In honor of the SC Aquarium’s Sweet 16, Sunday only, they will be offering $16 off any level of regular membership. Use promo code: HBD-16.
The Pour House does Sunday’s right. Grab brunch at the Lot and then walk around back for the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market. With a glass of locally made kombucha in hand, head to the deck for some yoga hosted by Evolve Holistic Health. Stick around for an ice-cold beer and Runaway Gin covering Phish for two full sets. It’s Sunday FunDay. Go hard and never go home.