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Free events for the week of May 16-22

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Sam Spence

This week is packed with all sorts of free opportunities to get active, enjoy art, and socialize with your pup or a new dance partner. We have found all the best and freest fun all week long from trivia nights and live music, to big screen movies and meditation. So follow us and save some dough. We've got this.


Dolphin watch and soak up some free rock tunes by Dave Landeo at Red's Ice House Shem Creek starting at 6 p.m.

Don't know anything about Transcendental Meditation? Check out a free lecture all about it by Joseph Innella at the Main Library Downtown at 6 p.m. It could change your life, who knows?

It's Open Mic Night at Art's Bar and Grill.

The deck at the Pour House will host Rodeo Clown for a night of Grateful Dead tribute jams starting at 6 p.m.

Drink 'til it's funny at the Sparrow starting at 9:30 p.m.

East Bay Meeting House hosts the Monday Night Poetry and Music Open Mic starting at 8 p.m.

Get a free taste of some super fancy wine after 4 p.m. at Bin 152 and buy a glass for $15 if you love it.

Play Bingo for free beer at the Mini Bar and jam to a mix of blues from 7 to 10 p.m.

02 Fitness and the City of North Charleston are teaming up and offering free fitness classes at the Felix C. Jones Community Center Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-7:30 through May 24. Jog on over.


Be a spectator at the Velocity Air Sports ninja obstacle course challenge from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Sara Moulton will be signing her new cookbook, Home Cooking 101, at Southern Season from 4 to 5 p.m.

Hear from two fierce and successful entrepreneurs, Toma Clark Haines and Julianne Taylor at the Mitchell Hill Gallery and get a signed copy of one of their books from 6 to 9 p.m.

From 3:30 to 7 p.m. enjoy great local eats, produce, and art at the Mount Pleasant Famers Market.

Play trivia at Sip Tap Room on Folly Road from 7 to 9 p.m. and enjoy $15 bottomless wine or champagne.

Play a round of Bingo with Lily at the Tin Roof starting at 7 p.m. and win a free drink or two.

Play trivia, Cutty's style starting at 8 p.m. Bring your pup and win free drinks.

Get some free tastes of craft brews at Total Wine.


King of Pops Charleston will be hosting a free community yoga class twice a week in partnership with the City of North Charleston at Riverfront Park from 6 to 7 p.m.

Bay Street Biergarten hosts a monthly yappy hour benefiting the Lowcountry Animal Rescue. Enjoy food and drink specials with your pup from 4 to 7 p.m.

Catch one of Tides Free Summer Movies outside on the beachfront at Folly starting at 8 p.m. This week watch Bridge of Spies from your sandy seat.

Play some team trivia over hot wings at Kickin' Chicken Mt. P. or West Ashley.


Attend the opening of PULP Gallery's second exhibition, featuring vintage sideshow, magic, medical, crime and punishment photos from 1880-1960. The opening reception will feature live jazz music and drinks. Mature audiences only, from 6 to 10 p.m.

From 5 to 8 p.m. head to Stems on Coming St. and check out photographer Leigh Webber's one-night show, Dive In, an exhibition of underwater photography.

From 3 to 7 p.m. get a free tour and taste at Striped Pig Distillery.

Check out the new exhibition, On the Water, by Karin Olah at the Corrigan Gallery on Queen St.

It's Bluegrass Night at Mercantile and Mash. Catch some local live music starting at 7 p.m.

Grab some free tastes of craft brews at Total Wine in West Ashley all afternoon.

Catch Music at the Library with Abigail Kent from 7-8 p.m. at the Charleston Library Society.

Enjoy some jazz in the courtyard of Reinert Fine Art & Sculpture Garden Gallery along with some fine wine from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

From 7 to 9 p.m. take some free Scottish Dance lessons at the Felix Davis Community Center.


The Halsey Institute presents artist Erwin Redl and his new exhibit featuring light installation and kinetic works that employ both minimalism and sensuality to create an image equally abstract and sensual. Fromm 6:30 to 8 p.m. take a look and grab some free snacks and a drink or two.

The Art Mecca of Charleston hosts the opening reception for Christy Buchanan's new mixed media pop-up show from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

YoArt! presents #ILovePhoto, an exhibition featuring the work of ten students from James Simons Elementary School. Take a look at the John L. Dart Library on King Street.

Palmetto Brewing hosts their Loading Dock series with live music and food truck fare for purchase. Doggies welcome! Come out starting at 6 p.m.


To Celebrate 30 years as Charleston's Largest Restaurant Supply Company Berlin's is hosting a food truck rodeo and adoptathon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the Charleston Animal Society.

Tim Hussey will present new works at his studio, Hussey Studio from 6 to 9 p.m. with a reception featuring live music.

Back by popular demand the reFORM Park Circle Obstacle Course invites you for a workout suited for all fitness levels from 10 to 11 a.m.

It is National Readathon Day! Grab a book, relax and celebrate reading at the Main Library Downtown and win a prize from 12 to 4 p.m.

Head to the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library at 3 p.m. and catch Music Historian Dr. Nic Butler who will discuss the Lowcountry sounds Gershwin absorbed during his several pilgrimages to Charleston and how they influences the creation of Porgy and Bess.

Attend a free Healthy Living Fair at the Baldwin Carson Community Outreach Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy some free case management by the MUSC College of Nursing.

Check out the 7th annual Hands Across the Sand: Folly Beach and protest offshore drilling and seismic blasting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Attention all former and current Armed forces members: The Charleston Animal Society is offering you special folks free adoptions and spay-neuters through May 22. Find your next furever friend.

Starting at 6 p.m. catch some live acoustic jams by Danny May at Loggerhead's on Folly.

Check out the two best farmers markets in town. Pop over to Marion Square from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast foods and local goodies then check out the year round Johns Island Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The City Market is open nights now through Dec. 17 on Fridays and Saturdays. Shop, snack or just look around.


From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tradesman Brewing Co. will host BREWSTER Brew Day where a group of women brew and sell their own beer.

The Mills House will host Shrimp City Slim for a few sets of blues tunes starting at 11 a.m.

Enjoy three half hour rounds of free Zen Meditation at Holy Cow in the South Windermere Shopping Center from 7:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Get a classic cocktail and enjoy some free swing dance lessons at Prohibition on King Street starting at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a kid and pet friendly flea market style warehouse sale every Sunday by Celadon.

Grab some brunch at the Lot and check out the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market around back from 11 a.m. to 3p.m.


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