Charleston, this weekend is going to get wild. Whether you’re one of the bitter singles, lovestruck couples, or an average Joe, there’s plenty to do. You can see flight demonstrations with birds of prey at SEWE, make candles with your boo-thang, or cash in your heartache at a jilted lovers party; the options are endless. Bundle up or grab your special someone because the temps are dropping and the weekend is ramping up.
It’s that time of year again, the Southeastern Wilderness Expo is back in Charleston kicking off Friday and running through Sunday afternoon. General admission tickets and VIP passes will give you access to wildlife exhibits, food tastings, dog competitions, art displays, auctions, and more. Check the website for the full list of events and make a game plan.
For those of you who prefer to refer to this Sunday as Singles Awareness Day, you may want to head over to Bay Street Biergarten for the Bitterness Bash. Starting at 10 p.m. DJ Natty Heavy will be spinning tunes, the bar will be slinging PBR and Jack drink specials, and lonely hearts can join in a game of Tinder Match. Maybe Valentines weekend doesn’t have to be so painful after all.
It’s basically the weekend so dip out of work early and head to The Alley to get half-off bowling until 4p.m. when you follow them on Instagram or Twitter. Follow for a Follow?
Check out the newest gallery in town, The Southern and their debut exhibition featuring artists Kristy Bishop, Michaela Pilar Brown, Sarah Emerson, Matt Haffner, Isabelle Klauder, Michael Pajon, Jeanne Vockroth, Antoine Williams, and Gately Williams. This contemporary exhibit features work that connects to the American South inspired by the summer of 2015.
For those of you trying to get away from the maddening crowds flocking to SEWE, head down to Freshfields Village on Kiawah from 4-7 p.m. for an art and wine walk. The Williams Duo will provide instrumental jazz while shops like FortyEight-Wine Bar, GDC Home, Holly & Brookes, Lilly Pulitzer, and more will provide the wine, hors d’oeuvres, and art.
This week’s Palmetto Loading Dock Series will feature musicians Fleming Moore, SIRSLY, Jamison Alley with sets starting at 6p.m. Food will be available for purchase from the Food Box.
You and your boo can dance the night away at Elite Dance Studio’s 5th annual Valentine’s Day Dance. From 7:30-11 p.m. you two can grace the floor, watch a special performance, sip champagne, snag some party favors, and potentially win three free dance lessons.
If you still don’t have a gift for your Valentine don’t stress. Head up to Mixson Market from 5-8 p.m. for a Slow Sips happy hour and Valentine’s Market featuring Ink Meets Paper cards, Flowershop floral arrangements, French champagne, and handmade chocolates from Cacoa. There’s no shame if you walk away with a few Valentines for yourself.
Indulge your inner francophile with a bit of French wine and music at Chamber Music Charleston’s ovation concert ‘From Paris, With Love’. Featuring guest pianist Andrew Armstrong and a guest violinist performing classics like ‘La Vie en Rose’. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Memminger Auditorium and tickets are available online.
For anyone going through withdrawal after the Charleston Comedy Fest, fear not. Comedy! Live! at Black Bear Studios in West Ashley will be entertaining crowds from 8-10 p.m. with stand-up, improv, sketches, and musical acts by Jason Groce, Jon Antoine, Joseph Coker, Jessica Mickey, Shannon Baucuas, Nameless Numberhead, and more.
Aladdin is a pretty sneaky thief and smooth talking guy but who knew he was such a good dancer? Check out the one night only performance of Aladdin by the South Carolina Ballet directed by William Starret at 5:30p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
Attention all bleeding and broken hearts. Cash in your pain and humiliation at the Cocktail Club’s Jilted Lover Affair. From 5 p.m.-2 a.m. there will be drink specials, live music, and a $250 cash prize for the best (worst?) jilted lover story.
In celebration of the second anniversary of the Denmark Vesey monument in Hampton Park, the Avery Research Center is hosting a screening of the film A House Divided: Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion from 2-4 p.m. Let’s give recognition to this brave leader willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
The Charleston Music Hall has blessed us with a weekend jam packed with incredible performers. Starting Saturday at 8 p.m. is Strings and Salsa III featuring dancers and musicians like Georgia Scrubbe and La Quinn Mims. Expect tunes ranging from Stevie Wonder to Piazzolla and Daft Punk.
Part two of the Music Hall’s great weekend line-up is Elise Testone’s For the Love of Charleston concert at 8 p.m. Testone will bring it with her face-melting soulful voice and be accompanied by some local talent including Sol Driven Train, Jordan Igoe, Lindsay Holler, and Charlton Singleton.
There is only one person that we know will always remain faithful, man’s best friend of course. So treat them to a Puppy Love Brunch this V-day at Bay Street Biergarten from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May we suggest the chicken and waffles for Fido and a Southern fried green tomato benedict for yourself? Popular menu items will benefit the Lowcountry Animal Rescue.
Among other things, February 14th is Second Sunday on King so keep the tradition alive and roam the streets from 1-5 p.m. with a couple thousand of your closest neighbors. Window shop, dine, jam to street performers, or pet the endless parade of cute pups.
We know you’re capable of making a romantic candlelit meal for your lover but show them just how domesticated you are by making the candles too. Candlefish is offering a special class today only where participants can sip on select wine and champagne, shop the store with 15% discount, and choose the perfect combo of scents to set the mood. You can choose between the 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. class.
Heads up to all the fathers out there. You set the standard for the expectations your daughter has for all men to come so set the bar high by treating her to a special date at Elite Dance Studio’s Father-Daughter Valentine’s Day Ball. Dress to the nines and come prepared for dining and dancing from 5-9p.m.
If you are a fan of Southern Soul then you need to be at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center to enjoy the sweet crooning of Willie Clayton, Lacy Yvonne Reed, and more. Show starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are available online.
Most of you probably defined love by the standards set down by every John Hughes movie ever made. So re-live the magic with a showing of Pretty in Pink at 2 and 7p.m. showings at Charlestowne Square 18 and Summerville’s Azalea Square.