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Free events for the week of May 2-8



Charleston is full of free stuff this week for Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day and events perfect for Mom. Do something sweet for that very special lady this week, and do it on a budget. Catch a free outdoor flick, or some side splitting stand-up, take her swing dancing and stargazing or play art critic with her all over town and all for free. Use all the money we saved you with these free events and buy mom something good this year. She deserves it kids.


The Mt. Pleasant Regional Library will host a free screening of the film Peace Offer by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber at 10:30 a.m.

DeadHeads unite tonight at the Pour House for a few sets of Rodeo Clown starting at 6 p.m.

Drink til' it's Funny at the Sparrow starting at 9:30 p.m.

Sip on a latte or a glass of wine and enjoy some open mic poetry and music at East Bay Meeting House starting at 8 p.m.


Run over to the Barnes & Noble West Ashley and catch a free reading and book signing by the one and only Paula Deen. Get your ticket for a place in line starting at noon.

From 6 to 7 p.m. the Charleston Library Society will host Dr. Raymond Anton for hisNOT by the Book talk on "the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of alcohol use."

Moms like Bingo right? Grandma certainly does. Head to The Tin Roof and play a few rounds and win a free beer starting at 7 p.m.

From 3:30 to 7 p.m. check out the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market and buy some lovely local produce and cook your momma something good.


Play some team trivia at Kickin' Chicken Mt. P. West Ashley or Summerville. Or if that's not your scene, try out trivia Cutty's style all after 8 p.m.

It is ladies' night at the Dreamstream! From 4 to 8 p.m. The Red Rose Mobile Vintage Shop will be at the Rutledge Cab Company. Get mom something cool.

The George Gallery presents Broad Spaces, an exhibit featuring works from two Memphis artists, Betsey Brackin and Catherina Erb. Stop in from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grab mom and the kids and stargaze for a while at Brittlebank Park after dinner. There will be some pros there to guide you.

Catch one of Tides Free Summer Movies outside on the beachfront at Folly starting at 8 p.m. This week watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

Catch some live jams at the Elliotborough Mini Bar starting at 7:30 or if you want some classic Irish folk then head to Tommy Condon's at 8 p.m.


Join Stereo 8 for their first Cinco de Mayo celebration starting at 5 p.m. There will be live music, sweet deals, prizes and fun fun fun.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a party full of deals at the Bay Street Biergarten. There will also be a few contests starting at 8 p.m. Yay more free stuff!

1600 Meeting St. hosts eatUP! throughout the spring and summer with rotating guest food trucks, corn hole tournaments and prize giveaways. Check it out from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

It's Bluegrass Night at Mercantile. Catch some local live music starting at 7 p.m.

Grab some free tastes of craft brews at Total Wine.


It's First Friday on Broad Street so enjoy an art walk by the Merchants Association. There will be events all over the neighborhood will food, wine, music, and great deals.

Catch Pitch Perfect in Marion Square on the big screen. Show starts at dark but get there early and stock up on foodie goods.

Palmetto Brewing hosts their Loading Dock series with live music and food truck fare for purchase. Doggies welcome! Come out starting at 6 p.m.

The City Market is open nights now through Dec. 17 on Fridays and Saturdays. Shop dozens of vendors and snag some free snack samples.

As a part of the Charleston Gallery Association's art walk check out Karin Olah's new solo show, On the Water at Corrigan Gallery at the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m.


Dress your best and celebrate Derby Day at Home Team Downtown, The Alley, The Glass Onion, The Rooftop at Vendue, Biergarten, or Tavern & Table with great games and specials all day.

Spend the night a little outside of town at the Sewee Disc Jam. Kids with Pain, a nonprofit for kids with arthritis will hold its launch party and fundraiser at the Sewee Outpost with live music, raffles prizes, a campfire jam and food truck goods for sale. The event is BYOB. Drive a little out of the way for a good cause.

Hone your gardening skills by growing flowers and veggies and the Charleston Greenhouse in Hampton Park. All experience levels welcome.

Moms love the Farmers Market. Take a stroll through Marion Square from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and buy her a flower and some local goodies or if you want to avoid the whole mess of parking downtown then check out the Johns Island Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at Captain's Comics and Toys. Don't miss the amazing deals and the largest comic book giveaway in Charleston history from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be three free cookbook signings at Southern Season starting at noon. Don't miss your chance to catch Mike Glasgow, Nathalie Dupree and Patricia Branning.


It's Second Sunday kids. Bring mom down to King Street and dog watch while shopping and snacking from 1 to 5 p.m.

Moms bowl free at The Alley all day!

Clear your mind before your day with mom. Head to Holy Cow Yoga Center and enjoy some free Guided Meditation from 7:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Get some free swing dance lessons at Prohibition starting at 6:30 p.m. and jam to some live music by the V-Tones.

Check out the Celadon Sunday Flea Market with the pup and the kids and grab some food truck snacks while you shop.

Treat mom to brunch at the Lot and walk around the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market just around back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

But don't leave too early. Catch Runaway Gin with two full sets of Phish on the deck at the Pour House starting at 6 p.m.

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