FESTIVAL — Get a tropical contact high
Fri. Aug. 4
Free admission, $40/team entry fee
65 Hagood Ave.
Sat. Aug. 5
7 p.m.-12 a.m
77 Calhoun St.
If there's any group of people who know how to stay both cool and entertained during the sweltering summer months, it's our mad-partyin', hurricane-targeted neighbors in the Caribbean. In that spirit, LSB Caribbean Roots and Healthy Lifestyle Network present a weekend full of the sounds, sights, games, and tastes of the islands, starting on Friday night with a Jamaican Style Dominoes Tournament and Lyme, where DJ Ricky Lee will spin records over the clatter of dominoes being slammed onto the tables. Saturday night's reggae/soca/steelpan dance party at the Gaillard celebrates the steel drum — the only acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th century — and features steel drum troupe Steel Band, here from Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to local group Gemini 1820 and the turntabling of Yonni and DJ Swisha. The tantalizing scents of rum, jerk chicken, tropical fruits, and more will be wafting through the air both nights as vendors offer all manner of food and beverages. And isn't it always so much easier to imagine a cool breeze when there are steel drums playing?
EVENT — 'Regatta' is a relative term
Sea Island Yacht Club
Sure, people come from all over to battle the brutal currents of the Bohicket Creek and North Edisto River for the sailing title. But the competition plays second sail to the event's bigger draw — the raucous party of tethered boats cheering on the seamen. Supposedly, dueling cousins started the tradition in the late 19th century, but the family affair has evolved into an all-out sea party over the last century, capping the sailing season and opening the harbor up to beer-guzzling visitors who would otherwise be run out of the exclusive seaside town. After a day getting tipsy and crispy, some partiers can even head to land for a reception at the Sea Island Yacht Club. No worries for those without a membership, though; the shindig continues in the H2O.
EVENT — A boost for the Big Easy
Rebirth: A Celebration of New Orleans
Sat. Aug. 5
$35 (VIP tickets for $100 and sponsorship packages starting at $250)
Stern Center Garden
Corner of George and Coming streets (College of Charleston)
Katrina's assault on New Orleans happened a year ago, and rebuilding is still needed to return the city to its pre-hurricane state. This music benefit features the Rebirth Brass Band, the famed New Orleans natives who spent the last year touring the U.S. and spreading their city's sound and vibe with famed acts such as Lenny Kravitz, Bette Midler, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, and Elton John. The evening also includes a sneak preview of Falling Together in New Orleans, a documentary film by Charlestonian Farrah Hoffmire, before it starts a nationwide college tour this fall. The film tracks politicians, scientists, neighborhood residents, scholars, and developers affected by the disaster as they work to preserve the culture and look of the celebrated city. Tickets include an art auction and traditional Creole fare, with all proceeds benefitting New Orleans' Common Ground Relief, Tipitina's Music Foundation, the New Orleans Kid Camera Project, and the Falling Together film. Grab — better yet, design — your most outlandish masquerade attire, and get your groove on for a good cause.
SPORTS — No, really, it was thiiiiiiis big!
FLW Kingfish Series
Sat. Aug. 5
Free to watch, but entry fees are $500 for teams
Charleston City Marina
Forget for a moment this angling bonanza is sponsored by Wally World and drop by to see first-hand the skill of the region's top kingfishing talents. As a stop on the South Carolina/Georgia Divison of the series, the harbor will be open to teams from around the area competing for up to $30,000 in prize money as well as points to send them to the tourney's big kahuna: the $300,000 Championship in Orange Beach, Ala., in Oct. Winning fish are likely to reach 40 lbs., with morning starts and weigh-ins open to the public. The event, which is sponsored by the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, and has a purse that exceeds $37.9 million through 249 events. Openings are still available, so call, visit the website, or visit the Wal-Mart on Folly Road from 4-6 p.m. on Fri. Aug. 4 to make sure your boat is among the 100 competing.
SPORTS EVENT — Best of the crests
Third Annual Governor's Cup of Surfing
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Although they may not have the meticulously landscaped medians of Isle of Palms or the haughtiness of Kiawah Island, the surfers and residents of Folly Beach have something much more fun for those of all ages and income levels: the best waves in town. Not to mention some of the friendliest folks, as shown by the organizers of the surfing contest known as the Governor's Cup. Each year, the Southern South Carolina Eastern Surfing Association invites ESA members to enter the tournament, providing them with two days of revelry and wave-catching sandwiched between lunch, snacks, drinks, and a Sunday night barbecue — all provided by the ESA. Toward the end of the day on Sunday, young waveriders (joined by their parents or surf instructors) can take part in the Push-n-Surf, where local surfboard company Liquid Shredder will provide them with beginner boards and everyone gets a trophy. "It's really gonna be just a beach party atmosphere," says co-director Matt Hamrick, "we're gonna have food on the beach for everybody, and y'know, it's fun!"
EVENT — Reels of fun in the yard
Movies at the Yard
Sat. Aug. 5
Lawn opens at 6:30; movie at 8:15
The Officers Lawn at The Navy Yard
You might've missed Robin Williams in drag at the premiere of Movies at the Yard, but all hope is not lost for fun flicks outside. The Noisette Company sponsors this free outdoor movie series, along with the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and A/V company PDA. Pack a picnic or bring dough for the popcorn, ice cream, pizza, and drinks available for purchase. There's no parfait, but parking and entry are free, so splurge on some super-comfy lawn chairs and cuddle up under the stars to enjoy a green spin on the traditional Prince Charming story. For directions to the lawn or to get the scoop on what's showing, visit the Navy Yard's website. The next Movie at the Yard will be on Sat. Sept. 9.