Don't expect this weekend to be great for beachin’ it, unless you’re a surfer. Luckily, there are plenty of events to choose from.
Let’s start with free stuff, because that’s always the best. Scoop Studios hosts the opening reception for their pun-tastic new show featuring Julio Cotto’s works, called “Welcome Back Cotto.” It’s sure to be a fun time, with food from Paisano’s Pizza Grill, beer, and very cool art. Plus, guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite characters from Welcome Back Kotter. Groovy! On Saturday from 1-3, the Sophia Institute is hosting “A Taste of Yoga and a Spot of Tea,” a free sampling of the studio’s offerings. Later on at 9 p.m., Cinebarre hosts a free screening of Fight Club on their outdoor screen — remember to bring chairs and bug spray. Head to the Windjammer Saturday and Sunday to watch the Beach Tennis USA Charleston Open.
Some other free events that will probably result in your spending lots of money include the Artisan Wedding Showcase at Rose Knot Saturday with repurposed wedding dresses, cake samples, jewelry, and more. Also don’t miss the big deals at Pearl’s sidewalk sale going on all weekend, with up to 75 percent off stuff from Marysia, Library, Thera M., and Chantilly.
In other fashion news, Biton is hosting a fashion show tonight to benefit MS. It starts at 9 p.m., but get there early. $10 donation to get in, drinks and apps included.
Also tonight, the Music Farm hosts Trade Pandemic, which includes "bands, DJs, screen printers, photographers, painters, hair stylists, chefs, woodburners, metal etchers, glassblowers, and a variety of other mediums are all things you can expect this year at Trade Pandemic," say organizers. Look for music from Cary Ann Hearst, Josh Roberts and the Hinges, Sleep Eye Giant, Shallow Palace, Tent Revival, Chaos in Gotham, and Joal Rush. Starts at 5 p.m., tickets are $7 at the door.
More things to check out: the Reggae Concert Series continues at James Island County Park with Mystic Vibrations on Saturday ($8). The Jaycees host a Crawl for the Cure on Saturday night starting at Moe’s Downtown. The $15 donation will go toward the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Also on Saturday night, AFFA hosts a drag king show at The Chart. Tickets are $5.