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Weekend Roundup: Kick it up a notch

Events for the weekend of April 1-3

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The agenda is full and the skies are stormy but that's not going to stop us from getting out there to soak up as many concerts, classes, games, markets, and exhibits as possible. More importantly we hope the rain doesn't keep you away from the epicenter of all the activity, the 39th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run. Whether it's for the race or the after parties, put on your swimsuit and rain pants and get on out there, this is one weekend you aren't going to want to stay in.

Friday:

Pack the mini van and head to Hampton Park from noon-6 p.m. today for the largest family event in Charleston with a kids run, obstacle courses, rec games, inflatable rides and slides, a rock climbing wall, pony rides, and more. Free water, healthy snacks, a free toy for each kid attending, live music, and free entry for everyone. What's not to love?

Help Holy City Brewing kick off Sexual Assault Awareness month by pouring one for PAR (People Against Rape) and in a fundraiser for the nonprofit that provides support for victims of sexual assault. There will be live music, a silent auction, and food available for purchase. The event kicks off at 4 p.m.

Artist Hampton R. Olfus brings his gift of storytelling, connection, and mastery of mixed media together in his series Layers: A Parallel Complex Visual Entropy. His exhibit kicks off at Fabulon, West Ashley's newest gallery, with a reception at from 5-8:30 p.m. where there will be an interactive mixed media piece that all visitors are encouraged to contribute to.

Get your tickets for The Nether at the Woolfe Street Playhouse and get ready to be rocked by this dystopian thriller that pushes audiences to consider the implications of online interactions. Tickets are available online or at the box office and the curtains open at 7:30 p.m.

The Halsey Institute is proud to present artwork by their current or recently graduated students hand selected by guest artist Amanda Wojick, for the Young Contemporaries exhibit. The work will be up throughout the month of April but join them for the opening reception from 5-7p.m. for light hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and an award ceremony for the selected artists

Hey Yogis! We have a new studio on King called Urban Flow and they are opening this weekend. To kick it off there will be classes all day until a 5:30 p.m. happy hour class with live music by Ryan Becknell. Afterward there will be snacks from Verde and a few door prizes.

Saturday:

If you've seen the crowds or the roadblocks being set up throughout the city you know it can only mean one thing, the 39th annual Cooper River Bridge Run is back! Join 40,000 other runners just trying to 'get over it'. Whether you're in it for the endorphins, the prize money, or the after party, we support you. Check out our full guide to events surrounding the race this weekend.

The Charleston Animal Society is known for throwing some of the best parties in the city and they are back at it with The Premier, an old Hollywood inspired red carpet affair. Dress to the nines and join them at the Gaillard Center at 7 p.m. for cocktails, entertainment, and to support our animal friends.

Formerly known as the Family Circle Cup, now the Volvo Car Open, begins this weekend on Daniel Island where tennis stars from around the world come to compete for a singles and doubles title. The tournament runs all week but kicks off with family weekend which includes performances by Peace, Love, Hip-Hop, FlippinOut, K'Otics, and Kyle. For all tickets and further event and match schedules check out the website volvocaropen.com.

It's round two of the four-round series Reorientation at Redux which is an exhibition that showcases the different artists at the studio and gives visitors the chance to see the individual styles of each artist. The opening runs from 6-8 p.m. tonight.

Pop some Claritin and get up to Summerville for the 44th Annual Flowertown Festival. From 9a.m.-4 p.m. celebrate the wisteria, azaleas, and dogwood flowers with art, music, food vendors, kids activities, and a farmers market.

Cheer on the Stingrays in their final home games of the season as they take on the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Sunday:

Get up to The Orange Spot in Park Circle sometime between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for some bomb brunch by chef Maya Morill and three story hours by Itinerant Literate Books.

Calling all fans of crawfish, creole, and Zydeco! The Lowcountry Cajun Festival is back at James Island County park from 12 - 6p.m. The menu contains jambalaya, crawfish, etouffee, fried alligator, andouille sausage, and more crawfish. The line-up includes our own Shrimp City Slim and Louisiana-based Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys who will play throughout the day. There are plenty of activities for kiddos and parents alike so bring the whole crew.

As a part of the Renaissance Women of Charleston luncheon series, Principle Gallery will be the host featuring Artist in Residence Karen Hollingsworth doing a live demonstration. Ticket sales include the opportunity to meet the artist, a gourmet lunch and dessert, and bottomless curated drinks. The event runs from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Head over to Bowen's Island at 3 p.m. for the Lowcountry Blues Bash benefiting the Alston WIlkes Society, an extremely worthy cause that supports the most at risk groups with support, counseling, and aid. There will be live music, an oyster roast, moonshine tasting, and silent auction.

Sunday is getting silly over at the Black Sheep bar and grill during their Haa Haa Black Sheep comedy series. This week they're bringing in stand-up comedian John Moses from Live at Gotham and The Artie Lang Show. Show starts at 8 p.m. and it's only $5.

BBQ pork sliders, blue cheese bacon coleslaw, mac and cheese, collard greens, and brick oven pizza? Woof, sign me up. The Coop at Fat Hen is hosting a fundraiser for Lowcountry Lab Rescue and WoofTrax Shoes for Shelter Campaign so come on out at 5 p.m. with a pair of gently used sneakers for donation. Grab some killer lowcountry eats, live music on the patio, and a drink at the indoor or outdoor bar.

The Weeki Wachee mermaids have swum up the coast from Florida to our very own aquarium to put on a show in the Great Tank where they are joined by all kinds of sea life including sharks. Sunday is the last day to catch them before they swim back so check out one of the shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m.


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