You won't believe what we've got for you in this week's Freeloaders. Three words: free mini golf. Ok, six words: free pirate-themed mini golf.
Tuesday. Local tech geeks should head on over to Tech After Five at Southend Brewery & Smokehouse to network with other area tech professionals. Plus you get your first beer free with your business card.
You could also watch the construction of a Tibetan sand mandala at the Old City Jail. In need of some live music? David Ezell will be playing acoustic rock and folk rock at the Tattooed Moose.
Wednesday. Get your art fix early in the week by visiting Martin Gallery’s display of works by landscape painter Simon Kenevan. Nina Liu and Friends will host Rear View Mirror: Selections from the Portfolio, a retrospective of Aggie Zed's drawings and sculptures made of wire, clay, and various objects that connect man, animal, and machine. Robert Lange Studios will host Affirmation, featuring new works by hyperrealist painter Robert Lange.
Test your Spoleto knowledge at the Spoleto Art Themed trivia at Boone’s Bar while munching on their half-priced wings.
Thursday. It’s not every day that you get to take your furry friends with you for a pint. Take advantage of an opportunity where you can at Yappy Hour, a dog-friendly happy hour associated with Pet Helpers at O’Brion’s Pub & Grille.
Swing back to vintage blues, old jazz, and swing music by Bad Drew Baldwin with Jukejoint Johnny at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ. Singer/songwriters Kira Velella and Scott Barkan will switch it up with folk music at The Mill. Ric Wooten, acoustic singer and guitarist, will be breaking it down at The Shelter Kitchen + Bar, and Souls Harbor will be playing metal at Wings Neighborhood Bar & Grill.
Friday. Check out Charleston’s historic market at the Evening Art Market and browse artwork, fine jewelry, woodwork, and other crafts.
If you missed Wreck-It Ralph in theaters, catch it at Freshfields Starlight Cinemas series. They'll be showing this family-friendly movie at 8:30 p.m.
Start the weekend off right with a Friday night filled with musical options including The 86s, a local alternative rock cover band, at K.C. Mulligan’s; Brady Smith, singer/songwriter of traditional and modern country, at Kickin’ Chicken-West Ashley; Kevin Church, singer and guitarist who does covers and originals, at Kickin’ Chicken-Mt. Pleasant, and Ras Bonghi, the reggae and Caribbean rhythm quartet, at Wings Neighborhood Bar & Grill.
Saturday. Celebrate the grand opening of the Art Mecca of Charleston. The party will feature live, interactive art, live music, food, and an opportunity to meet the Art Mecca's artists.
Find a new addition to your pet family at the Pet Helpers Adopt-a-Thon.
The weekend music options continue with Gracious Day, a country/Americana rock combo, at K.C. Mulligans; The Shutter Dogs, playing Southern rock, at Midtown Bar & Grill; and the Festival of Churches and Synagogues: Árpád Darázs Singers, celebrating their 25th anniversary with special selections from their first season, as a part of Piccolo Spoleto at the Circular Congregational Church.
Sunday. Get a taste of art and literature at the Lowcountry Artists’ Book Meet where eight Lowcountry artists will be displaying their original handmade artists’ books at Blue Bicycle and Redux Contemporary Art Center. Refreshments will also be available.
Know a cancer survivor? Give them the celebration they've earned at the 8th Annual Cancer Survivors Day where survivors, family members, and caregivers can enjoy music, food, dancing, speakers, health screenings, and children’s games..
And we saved the best for last. Join Blackbeard’s Cove as they celebrate their 7th anniversary with a day of free mini golf, music by DJ Johnnie Breeze, free hamburgers and hotdogs from 12-3 p.m., a charity dunking booth, and a mechanical bull.