2015 is ramping up. Springtime in Charleston is always an exciting time, and not just because you know summer is on its way. The events and atmosphere in the city are what make you wake up in the morning, take a deep breath of pollen and pluff mud, and smile because it's about to be a great day. We started with SEWE, took a break, and then killed ourselves with Charleston Fashion Week. Those were appetizers. They were our pre-game warmup. The real Charleston summer starts now. It's Bridge Run time, and here's how to make it a weekend you can't forget by enjoying many of the fun things to do in Charleston.
Let me go ahead and start of with the obvious. There is the Bridge Run. It's kind of a big deal. Over 40,000 people are going to travel to the Holy City for a once in a lifetime chance to run over a bridge that people run across every day. It's magical, to say the least, but it also only takes up a couple of hours of your weekend. So then what? Here are some ideas to help you make the most of the weekend.
A great way to kick off the weekend is by enjoying the rooftop happy hour at Burwell's Stone Fire Grill. The patio bar, known as 'Batch & Brew' has just opened back up for the springtime and features a relaxed vibe and all new list of cocktails, including frozen versions of the famous "Blueberry Mint Smash" and "Spring Fever." Burwell's is located at 14 N. Market St., and happy hour starts at 4:00.
Post-run Afterparties - Market St. and King St. will be packed with people enjoying many of the Bridge Run's after parties. If you're finishing the run or just don't mind dealing with the traffic on Saturday, you will definitely have fun downtown. My suggestion: Henry's on Market St. is a great spot to get some great drinks and enjoy several different "atmospheres" of Charleston. From the rooftop loungs to the whiskey lounge to the live music of downstairs, you'll get to experience several different scenes all in one place.
Mini-Cup - Basically, you take the Carolina Cup, remove the horses, and add liquor. It's a recipe for success. Grab your best pastels or sundresses and barhop your way to glory (or defeat). If you find yourself wondering why people in Charleston are dressed so "plantation" style, this is why. Don't ask questions. Just do it. Get some friends, dress up, and go enjoy Southern charm at its finest.
The Harbor - Don't just stare longingly at the water. Get out on it! You don't even have to get wet. Boating season has started, and there really isn't much that can give you the same sense of satisfation as a good day out on the water. The Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises are back by popular demand. Enjoy this two hour harbor cruise with a delicious buffet from Home Team BBQ. 7:00-9:00 pm Event features live blues from well-known Blues Bands. Cruises leave from the Charleston Maritime Center 10 Wharfside St. For info or tickets call 888.224.5037.
Cajun Fest - New Orleans and Charleston have a lot in common already, but once a year we join forces for an amazing day outdoors at the Cajun Festival. It takes place Sunday in James Island County Park, a quick 10-15 minutes from downtown, and features all of the sounds and flavors that make swamp/marsh living what it is. Dance to the brass band blues and eat more gumbo and crawfish than you should. New Orleans and Charleston were separated at birth, and this is one reunion that you don't want to miss. Check out this http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=5910 for more info.
Up in Summerville the annual Flowertown Festival enjoys its three day run on Main Street in Azalea Park. The park and the street will be alive with hundreds of arts and crafts as well as street performers, live music, kids activities, and plenty of food. If you're looking for great gifts for home or garden or maybe for a friend than the Flowertown Festival is the place to be this weekend. Open Friday noon til 6pm, Saturday 10-6pm and Sunday 11-5pm.
Hootie & The Blowfish will be performing at the North Charleston Collusium at 7:15pm Saturday night as part of their Hootie @ Bulls Bay Tournament salute. Let's be honest, who DOESN'T like Hootie and the Blowfish? They'll be playing the songs we've come to love and associate with great times. Call 800-745-3000 or visit the coliseum box office for more.
The annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Collegiate Golf Tournament takes place Sunday thru Tuesday at Bulls Bay Golf Course 17N Awendaw. Come witness some of the best college golf teams in the nation as they vie for the coveted 'Hootie Trophy'. USC, CofC, CSU, CCU, Winthrop, Duke, and many others will compete. Action starts Sunday morning. Click http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=5905 for more.
CofC Concerts presents Magnetic South – Coast to Coast: American Music Today. It's happening Friday at 7:30pm at the Recital Hall Simons Center at 54 St. Philip Street. This year-round series exposes the College’s students and the local community to unique, contemporary classical music. Co-founded by Edward Hart, Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, and Yuriy Bekker, Magnetic South is a collaborative project between the College of Charleston Department of Music and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $10 for students & $25 general admission. Call 723-7528.
Footlight Players 20 Queen Street present 'Miss Nelson Is Missing' this Saturday 11am & 2pm and Sunday at 2pm. Based on the book “Miss Nelson is Missing” and “Miss Nelson is Back” by Harry Allard. Come see the fun and family friendly stage play. Tickets $10 for kids 12 and under and $12 for adults. Call 722-4487 for more.
Black Fedora 164 Church Street, Charleston's only mystery theatre present a variety of murder and whodunit type audience participation theatre shows. Among their regular performances are 'Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery', 'Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery', 'Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Yoo-Hoo: A Pirate Show', Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun, and Gin Club Mystery and 'Heist, Heist Baby'. Shows change thru out the seasons. Family friendly with something for everyone in your party. Visit their site for up to date info https://www.charlestonmysteries.com/ or call 843-937-6453
Wine down the week at 3 Lockwood Drive home of The Wine Shop’s Friday Tastings. Sip some of the best and most affordable wines while enjoying views of the Ashley River. Wine Education is Fun! 4:30 - 6:30 For more details call 843-577-3881.
If you're still alive after all of this, I salute you. This weekend requires preparation even if you're NOT running over a bridge, but the reward is well worth the price of admission.