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Sep 15, 2019

Free Things to do in Charleston
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

What: Exhibitions by Katrina Andry and Colin Quashie
When: August 23 - December 7, 2019
Time: Mon. - Sat. 11 am - 4 pm
Where: Halsey Institute of Art at the College of Charleston
How Much: Free

The work of Katrina Andry probes the power structures of race-based stereotypes. For her exhibition at the Halsey Institute, Andry will explore the stereotypes that engender gentrification. Using printmaking and installation, she creates visceral images that beckon viewers to examine their own preconceived notions of society. As Charleston’s neighborhoods are rapidly changing in multifarious ways, this exhibition will provide a springboard for community-wide conversations on gentrification.

Colin Quashie creates images that comment on contemporary racial stereotypes. Combining historical relics and artifacts with icons from past and present popular culture, Quashie sharply critiques the way people of color are portrayed in modern visual culture. Using his signature caustic wit, he blends images to allow viewers to more fully explore how images of African Americans and Black culture are constructed today. Visit Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art for more information.

Jul 30, 2019

What to do in Charleston SC this weekend

What: Reggae Nights Summer Concert
When: Friday August 2, 2019
Where: James Island County Park
How Much: $10

Bring your chair or blanket to James Island County Park and sit back and relax while rocking out to some old school reggae music. Food, beverages, and souvenirs will be available for purchase. Music begins at 8 p.m. Visit Charleston County Parks for more information.

Jul 10, 2019

What to do in Charleston SC this weekend

Are you looking for something interesting and fun to do this weekend? We suggest an evening tour of historic Magnolia Cemetery. The cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Charleston and home to over 35,000 residents including authors and poets, artists, Confederate generals and soldiers, prominent politicians, bootleggers, prostitutes, and socialites. The 90-minute walking tours promise the best of Magnolia’s history, mystery, and spirits. You’ll hear startling stories such as an unsolved murdered socialite, an outraged politician that ordered his butler’s execution and scandalous tragedies that are never told in history books. Bulldog tours offers tours at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. The tours are $29 for adults and $19 for children. These tours often sell out early so booking online in advance is recommended. Visit Bulldog Tours to schedule a tour

Jul 01, 2019

Where to view the fireworks in Charleston

Patriots Point - One of the best places to watch fireworks is from the land side celebration at Patriots Point. You can watch the fireworks for free from the grassy area next to the marsh. The event starts at 4 pm with kids activities, live music, and food and drinks for sale. The event is free with a $10 parking pass. The fireworks show will start around 9 pm. This is one of the most popular events in the Lowcountry so plan to arrive early before all the parking is full.

Riley Waterfront Park - Riley Waterfront Park is another great place to view the fireworks from Patriots Point for free. The park is directly across the river from Patriot’s Point so you will have an awesome view of the fireworks. The park does get crowded so arrive early to get a good spot.

Folly Beach - The annual 4th of July fireworks display is a holiday tradition on Folly Beach. At 9:20 pm, enjoy a spectacular firework display from 3rd block west on Folly Beach. Parking is free but just remember all 4 tires must be off the road and you must park with the flow of traffic.

Sullivan’s Island - The free celebration starts at 6 pm at J Marshall Stith Park on Sullivan’s Island. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and enjoy a live band play classic rock and beach music. The fireworks will begin around 9 pm. Arrive early to get a good spot and be advised that pets and alcohol are not allowed in the park.

Isle of Palms - Head over to Front Beach at the Isle of Palms for one of the best fireworks show in the area. Fireworks start after dark, parking is allowed in the municipal parking lots for $2 an hour.

Mt Pleasant Pier - The front section of the Mt Pleasant pier will be open to visitors for free fireworks viewing. Space is limited so plan to arrive early to get a good spot.

Sep 07, 2018

Things to do in Charleston this week 8/27 - 9/2

Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep

Charleston Beach Sweep and River Sweep

The Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep is the largest one-day litter cleanup of South Carolina's beaches and waterways. Thousands of volunteers clear trash from South Carolina beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps. For Charleston area locations, click below for more details.

Beyond the Big House Tour

Beyond Big House Tour

Step inside the back buildings and former work lots of Charleston's private houses during the Beyond the Big House Tour. Tour kitchens, carriage houses, slave dwellings and even churches that have survived to tell the stories of African Americans in early Charleston, their lives and immense contributions.

Shrimp on the Barbie Shrimp Festival

Shrimp on the Barbie Shrimp Festival

Shrimp on the Barbie is a family friendly event hosted at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Enjoy the breeze as it comes across the Charleston Harbor while listening to live music, sipping on beers and eating fabulous shrimp prepared several ways.

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