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Weekend Roundup: A Southern (G)round Up

Events for the weekend of April 15-17



Happy Tax Day, y'all! We hope your pockets are full of refund mula, because we've got plenty of fun stuff for you to spend it on. Turn your rainy day blue frowns upside down, because the weather's lookin' real good for Saturday and Sunday. Go forth and fun.


The woman that defined Super Nanny is flying into the Dock Street Theatre until May 1st. Watch the Tony-award nominated show, Mary Poppins tonight at 7:30 p.m. but check online for tickets first, Mary is a pretty popular gal.

Artist Bri Wenke will show you how to paint like a pro at this out-of-doors BYOB class held in her Folly Beach garden studio. Class is from 6-8p.m. so be sure to register online first. You'll walk away with your own masterpiece and a solid buzz, sounds like a sweet Friday night to me. 

We're seeing green over at Old Towne Creek County Park thanks to the 15th annual Plantasia. But before you go on a green-thumb inspired shopping spree celebrate at the pre-party. Bites from Salthouse, drinks from Firefly, live music, and the Iron Trowel garden design contest. Get your tickets online and get to the fun at 5:30 p.m.

If you are a connoisseur of all things local, farm-to-table, and dang good then head to Grow Food Carolina at 6 p.m. for their Spring Fling. The menu includes food from Indaco, Glass Onion, Wild Olive, High Cotton, and more plus plenty of cold bevvies. Local farmers will be sharing their stories and DJ Black Olive will be spinning the tunes. 

Part 3 of the exhibit Reorientation at Redux kicks off tonight featuring their in studio artists Lulie Wallace, Sarah Mosteller, Paula Mcinerny, and Kate MacNeil. Artists will be there to discuss their work and visitors will see the individual styles of each artist. The opening runs from 6-8 p.m.

College of Charleston produces a number of talented writers so get to know these voices before their careers boom. Miscellany, CofC's lit mag, is hosting their launch party at the Halsey Institute from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and live readings from the students featured in this edition.

Tonight's Loading Dock Series at Palmetto features music from Shrimp City Slim, Doctors Note, and The Give & The Take. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and this week's food truck is Sticky Fingers.


James Island County Park wants you to get outside and try a few new things this weekend and they have the perfect venue, the Charleston Outdoor Festival. It features everything from a vendor village to a 'Try it' zone, Greenland games, live music, disc golf tourney, sea kayak symposium, and more. It's three days and the gate fee is cheap so bring the whole fam and walk away with a new hobby.

Stretch your calves and lace up the sneakers for the Run for Adela 5K, the only Charleston race actually on the beach. It begins at Station 16 on Sullivans at 8a.m. and benefits Camp Happy Days in honor of Adela Holmes Cook.

Palmetto Brewing is hosting the 2nd annual Crawfish for Cancer benefit from 2-7 p.m. featuring hundreds of pounds of crawfish, Palmetto beer, wine, spirits, Firefly vodka, and live music. Great party for an even greater cause.

For the discerning taste buds we have an evening for you. Nuit Belge is an event celebrating Belgian beers and fine cuisine pairings from vendors such as Blackberry Farms, Murder Point Oysters, Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co., Whole Foods, and more. Tastings begin at 5:30 p.m. but get your tickets online before the event.

Some of the biggest badass adventurers from around the world can be found in the documentaries and films at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. From death-defying climbs to sweeping mountain ranges, these films show a world most of us have never seen. So grab your tickets online and head to the Music Hall at 7 p.m.

Catch the 1969 Sydney Pollack film They Shoot Horses, Don't They? At PULP gallery at 8 p.m. The film depicts a grueling dance marathon during the Depression era that brings a woman that's given up on life face-to-face with a man that won't give up on his dreams.

Get all the outlaw country, honky tonk and rockabilly you want at The Sparrow at 6 p.m. Performing will be Willie Heath Neal, Capital City Playboys, and DJ Rockaphilly. From live sets to classic vinyl the music won't stop.

Car lovers will keel over at the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat this weekend featuring nothing but the finest classic cars. All the good times take place around Freshfields Village. Check the website for tickets and the full schedule.


The Celadon flea market is back with more local artisans, live music, free beer, snow cones, face painting, jump castles, and food trucks plus great sales on Celadon furniture. It runs from 11a.m. - 2p.m. so bring the kids, pets, and friends.

Young Contemporaries at the Halsey Institute features selected work by College of Charleston art students and this year's exhibit is curated by artist Amanda Wojick. Many other local artists that graduated from the College were featured here before making it on their own. It is open daily from 10a.m.-4p.m.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a compelling and sardonic comedy that covers the career of an African-American actress and her disappearance from the public eye. It is a female-driven show that covers racial tensions, family, and fame. Get your tickets to see the College of Charleston production Emmett Robinson theatre, curtains open at 2 p.m.

If you thought sea-kayaking the marsh or SUPing on Folly was impressive, think again. The Polynesian kayak crews of Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia will be at the Charleston Outdoor Festival to discuss their around the world trek and their mission to grow a movement toward global sustainability. Check them out at the festival at James Island County Park any of the three days.

Commune Supper Cult is back with another incredible meal. This month it is hosted by L'Atelier de Le Creuset at 5 p.m. and will highlight the softshell crab as prepared by chefs Blair Machado of Park Cafe, Blake Joyal of the Westendorff, and Arienne Casebier of FEAST. This dinner will also feature live music and a full history of Le Creuset.

Art, Music, Justice tour is coming to Charleston featuring musicians Brandon Heath, Sarah Groves, and Jenny & Tyler. The tour benefits International Justice Mission, aiding them in their fight against modern-day slavery and human trafficking. The show begins at Second Presbyterian Church on Meeting Street at 7 p.m.

Though the festival wasn't made just for Charleston, Southern Ground Festival seems to fit us perfectly. The blend of music and food just can't be beat. This year's lineup includes (of course) Zac Brown Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Hunter Hayes, Cam, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, and more. Food will be available from restaurants like Mex1, Bohemian Bull, Roti Rolls, D'Allesandros, Coastal Cantina, Home Team BBQ, and Southern Ground Grub. Saturday tickets are sold out online, but you can still grab ones for Sunday.

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