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Freeloaders: Free as can be

Events for the week of May 10-May 16

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Mondays, are we right? Get your fill of free to ease those weekday pains.

Monday
Check out Charleston’s oldest poetry open mic night at East Bay Meeting house - if you’re looking to read your own work, be sure to sign up before the event begins (promptly) at 8 p.m.

Swing by Home Team BBQ for a Nashville-style open mic night starting at 7 p.m., featuring Danielle Howle as emcee and some of Charleston’s best and brightest upcoming singer/songwriters.

The Tin Roof hosts the Emerald Empire band for a mix of funk, pop and blues, starting at 8 p.m.

Tuesday
Join the Social Justice and Racial Equity Collaborative at Emanuel AME church at the launch of the Living Your Truth series to discuss and reflect on the issues of the past, present, and future, starting at 6:30 pm.

If you’re thinking about signing up for the Charleston Sprint Triathlon, this clinic at James Island County Park is handing out free tips from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Award-winning Author, Candice Shy Hooper, will discuss her book, “Lincoln’s General’s Wives,” at the Charleston Library Society from 3 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday
The Midnight City band will be playing at Bay Street Biergarten from 7 p.m. on.

Charles Towne Fermentory and Avila team up to bring you and your crew a night of trivia and Venezuelan hot dogs, starting at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in alternative energy should take part in this public forum; discussion will begin at the Hollings Center and run from 7 to 8 p.m.

Thursday
Join the neighborhood for a stroll - food trucks, live entertainment, and trunk shows will all set up shop from 5 to 8 p.m.

Head over to Coastal Coffee Roasters for an acoustic jam session starting at 7 p.m.

Free wine, free jazz, and fine art abound at the Reinert Fine Art Gallery from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday
The Halsey Institute will host a reception for Tom Stanley’s exhibit, Scratching the Surface, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Night Caps will be bringing their special brand of space funk to Smoke BBQ starting at 10:30 p.m.

The Striped Pig Distillery in North Charleston offers free tours and tastings of locally crafted spirits from 3 to 7 p.m.

Kick off the weekend at Palmetto Brewing Company’s Loading Dock Series, which features live music and local food trucks, starting at 6 p.m.

Saturday
Local authors meet at the Charleston Public Library to discuss their work from 9 a.m. to noon.

The National Trust Kids to Parks Day gives kids the opportunity to learn about the Civil War and the American Revolution from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Moultrie.

Explore the beauty of Charles Pinckney National Park with a ranger-led walking tour at 11 am.

Make the trip out to Johns Island to see all this year-round farmers market has to offer, from local crafters to food trucks, anytime from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday
The North Mt. Pleasant farmers market meets every Sunday at the Rusty Rudder from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Head to Unity Church to learn more about the Art of Tarot from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., where both beginners and experienced readers are welcome.

End the weekend with some new clothes; swing by Rec Room to peruse all that Red Rose Vintage has to offer from 6 to 10 p.m.

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