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Weekend Round-Up: Shape up

The best events in Charleston March 22-24

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There’s Fashion Week, festivals, and feminist fun to be had this weekend. Spring has officially sprung, so don’t let the out-of-place, chilly weather halt the festivities.

Friday will be a busy day around here. Release your inner senior citizen at the Charleston Antiques Show that’s going on Friday-Sunday for $15/day. Friday also marks the start of the annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, so you could jump on that tourist attraction for $10-$60, depending on the tour.

Not in the touring and lecturing mood? It’s Charleston Fashion Week, so join in the festivities by drinking champagne with designer Callie Tein, or partying after the runway show with DJ SK at Republic Reign.

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If you’re not feelin’ Fashion Week, there’s always the Theatre 99 Improv Jam with local comedians, or the Magnetic Premieres concert of contemporary works. Friday is also a good day for theater junkies, because there are plenty of plays happening: Boeing-Boeing, The Mousetrap, and Sex Please, We’re 60! 

See local artists trying their hand at art of the Asian persuasion at Wabi Sabi: Imperfectly Perfect, Asian Spice in American Art. If it’s an intellectually stimulating experience you’re seeking, go to the Ashley Hall Book Fair, or go to the Lee Bros. book signing.

The Battle of Charleston Civil War reenactment is Saturday, and though the South probably won’t win this time either, it’ll still be cool to watch.  Feeling philanthropic? The Walk for Water, St. John Catholic School auction fundraiser, and the Teal Shopping Benefit are all happening Saturday.

For the musically inclined, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra is performing their Atomic Basie concert at 7 and 10 p.m., or you could head to North Charleston to see the North Charleston Pops! present Music of the Beatles.

There’s also a book signing by local author Ken Burger for his latest book, Salkehatchie Soup. For feminist-focused fun, check out the Military Wife-Military Life seminar about Ft. Moultrie history from a woman’s perspective.

Saturday will also bring Easter festivities, like the Bunny Breakfast and the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Charleston Museum. If you’re looking for a lifestyle change (bikini season is around the corner), then attend the CrossFit Mt. Pleasant grand opening, where there will be free work out classes offered every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to noon. If you need more inspiration to start working out, Las Olas is presenting their bikini runway show at the Alley. The Fashion Week finale after party featuring DJ Natty Heavy follows at 10 p.m.

On Sunday, head to the Yoga HouseParty at the Yoga House of Charleston. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be hourly back-to-back, donation-only classes, food trucks, and giveaways.  For more freebie fun, have some free pizza at the Tin Roof Open Mic local comedy showcase at 8 p.m.

It’s Palm Sunday, so check out the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir's performance at 7 p.m. It will feature music and text from Gone with the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird.

For $75/person, you could go on a Bulls Island nature safari with Pat McMillan, host of television series Expeditions with Pat McMillan. Sunday is County Parks Customer Appreciation Day, which means everyone can enjoy free admission to Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, North Charleston Wannamaker Park, Mt. Pleasant Palmetto Islands Park, and James Island County Park. Also take advantage of free parking at Kiawah Island Beachwalker Park, IOP County Park, and the Folly Beach Edwin Taylor Fishing Pier.

There will also be family fun to be had at Blackbeard’s Cove Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m.

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