Lowcountry Lowdown: Things to do Aug. 16 – 18

Carolina Kingfish Classic

Date: Thursday, Aug. 15 – Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: varies
Location: Charleston Harbor Marina
Cost: $5 +

Have fun dancing around with your family at the beach parties with live music for a great cause! There will be two days of fishing, kid activities, fishing tournament, awards, food, drinks, and auctions, which will benefit the campaign for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital! 100% of the door proceeds and auctions from Saturday’s beach party will go directly to the MUSC campaign!

Thursday, August 15th: 2 pm – 9 pm Registration and Live Music by Thomas Champaign

Friday, August 16th: 5 pm – 9 pm Live Music by Holy City Steel Collective

Saturday, August 17th: 5 pm – 9 pm Live music by The Charleston Old School featuring members of the Blue Dogs, Archetypes, Uncle Mingo, and Lauren Hall Band


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Moonlight Mixer

Date: Friday, Aug. 16
Time: 6-10 p.m
Location: Folly Beach Pier
Cost: $8 advance, $10 at gate

Shag the night away under the stars at the Folly Beach Pier, where DJ Jim Bowers will be spinning the hottest oldies and beach music for you all night long!

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Jam on the Water Country Music Cruise

Date: Friday, Aug. 16
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Location: Safe Harbor Charleston City, 17 Lockwood Dr.
Cost: $25

Outlaw Country Cruise with The Piedmont Boys!

Each sunset cruise will feature a local band playing a tribute to a classic rock band, plus a full beer, wine and liquor bar aboard the Carolina Queen!

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After Hours: Beer From Here

Date: Friday, Aug. 16
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Location: South Carolina Aquarium
Cost: $40-$45

Hops, habitats, and a heaping amount of animals await you at this Carolina-led craft beer experience! Enjoy local brews and local wildlife in one setting. Sip on select beers at tasting stations throughout the Aquarium. Enjoy sustainably sourced small plates from Good Catch Partners, animal encounters and additional bar refreshments with purchase of all-inclusive ticket. Event is 21+.

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Holy City Magic Grand Opening Weekend

Date: Friday, Aug. 16
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Holy City Magic, 49 1/2 John St.
Cost: $25-$30

Join Illusionist Howard Blackwell and Boston Magician Dave Chandler as they christen Charleston’s brand new magic theater! Each of the 4 shows during the grand opening weekend will kick off with a cocktail hour featuring closeup magic at the bar, then enjoy a fantastic hour and a half show. The show is for guests 18+.

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Charleston Battery vs. Louisville City FC

Date: Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: MUSC Health Stadium
Cost: $15

Come out and enjoy the fun and excitement of another Charleston Battery season! Save up to $5 by purchasing in advance!

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Frothy and Friends Harbor Boat Ride

Date: Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Charleston Harbor, 17 Lockwood Dr.
Cost: $40

Come join the fun with Frothy Beard, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Munkle Brewing and Commonhouse Aleworks on a fantastic voyage around the Charleston Harbor! Water, friends, music, and beer!

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Yoga at the Square

Date: Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Location: Marion Square
Cost: Free

Relax your mind and body at this free yoga class every Saturday at beautiful Marion Square. Each month features a local yoga studio. Open to all levels. Yoga mats are available for use. Stick around after to shop at the Charleston Farmers Market with 100+ local vendors – Produce, Food, Art, Music, Activities & More!

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August Charleston Night Bazaar

Date: Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Location: Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., 1505 King St. Ext.
Cost: Free

Every third Saturday! Local artisans & crafters featuring vintage, jewelry, soaps, candles, mixed media, & more!

Food & libations by Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company, the Workshop, & Merrows Garden Wine Bar.

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First Day Festival

Date: Sunday, Aug. 18
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Liberty Square & Gadsdenboro Park
Cost: Free

Every August, Charleston welcomes thousands of students and their families to the First Day Festival, where they receive free school supplies, discover student support services, learn about healthy snacks, and enjoy festival entertainment, activities and more.

Admission to the South Carolina Aquarium will be free from 1 to 5 p.m. during the Festival, and $1 parking will be offered in the Aquarium and Gaillard Center Parking Garages.

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