This year marks the Charleston Pride Festival’s fifth year and we’ve got a lot in store for you to help support and celebrate the Lowcountry’s fabulous LGBT community. Running through Aug. 10 we have a week full of free festival events along with other gratis activities. Freebies not only mean free stuff, but in this case, free love.
Tuesday Tabbuli’s Taboo Tuesday is a great way to support the LGBT community with drag and dancing.
Spend the latter part of your day at the Brickhouse on Folly Road for their artisan market or out in Mt. P for their weekly farmers market.
Wednesday Hear former S.C. Police Chief Crystal Moore speak out about her controversial firing by the city’s mayor because of her “questionable lifestyle.”
Déjà Vu II, North Charleston’s premier gay and lesbian bar will host a Pride blowout to celebrate the LGBT community.
Go back in time to when the booze was banned and the gals were loose. Prohibition will host free swing dance lessons followed by musical performances by the V-Tones.
Thursday The Pride Festival wouldn’t be the Pride Festival if the infamous drag queen Patti O’Furniture didn’t put on a show at Dudley’s.
Takeover Charleston has teamed up with Dig in the Park to host an event in honor of the Chuck’s LGBT community. Drink specials and live music will run all night and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Charleston Pride.
Grab your crystal ball and head out to the Cinebarre to see Labyrinth for the second to last throwback Thursday outdoor film of the summer.
It’s that time of the week again. Celebrate thirsty Thursday with free samples of up to eight craft beers at Total Wine & More.
Friday Meet and greet fellow Pride Festival participants before heading to the after party at Pantheon, which is not free, unfortunately.
If you pass up free yoga you’re crazy. Head out to Folly for an evening yoga session at 7 p.m. Be sure to BYOM (bring your own mat.)
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the weekly wine tastings at Pence’s Liquor and Wine every Friday.
Saturday While participating in the parade itself is not free, watching it and the rally afterward is. The Pride Rally at Brittlebank Park will be hosted by the fabulous Patti O’Furniture and radio personality Mike the Guy.
Whether you’re a ginger who fries in the sun or a brunette whose olive complexion takes well to the rays, it’s important to get checked for skin caner. If you can’t make it to the dermatologist MUSC has you covered with free skin cancer screenings.
You can’t go wrong with a Saturday full of farmers markets. Choose from the market in Marion Square, on Johns Island, or at Mixson, or hit them all up.
Sunday You won’t be able to eat brunch for free but you will be able to attend Drag Brunch and mingle with drag queens all Sunday long free of charge.
Attempt to get back into the swing of things with a back-to-school themed Second Sunday on King.