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Free events August 25-30

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Saving your money for restaurant week? Beer week's coming up too ... oh, and we've heard that fall is prime time for football parties, oyster roasts, and fests up the wazoo. So, yeah, you need some free events in your life. We always recommend hitting the beach while it's still sunny and 95, but if you wanna stay landside, we've got you covered this week.


Think you're American Idol worthy? Well, we don't think you've come to the right place. Palmetto Brewing's Open Mic is for everyone — you can sing, read a poem, or do a wacky interpretive dance, your choice. Get there at 5 p.m.

Elliotborough Mini Bar's got you covered with free acoustic music courtesy of Michael Daughtry, from 8- 11 p.m.

Dr. Peter Stambler stops by the Library Society to discuss contemporary Cuban artists and discuss the changing landscape of Havana at 6 p.m.


Who knew Charleston's history was chock full of fruit? Head to the main library at 6 p.m. to hear historian Dr. Nic Butler talk all about it.

Check out one of downtown's newest joints, Smoke BBQ, while enjoying the Elliot Smith Duo's acoustic and Americana vibes at 8 p.m.

Run for beer! Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant holds their final summer pub run at 6:30 p.m. Wear your best luau gear.


Witness an important part of Revolutionary War history with this reenactment of the taking of Thomas Heyward Jr., a signer of the Dec. of Independence. The reenactment starts at the Old Exchange Building at 10 a.m.

The Pour House is great about free shows on the deck — check out Floyd and the Po Boys at 6 p.m.

Y'all knew we had a Google location in S.C. right? Well, maybe not, but they're here to help us harness our small business finesse at this free event at Memminger from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Dick Wall will speak about his late wife's book Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening at the Library Society at 6 p.m.

It's not called the Thursday night free movie for nothin'! This Thursday's flick is the Breakfast Club starting at 6 p.m. at St. Andrew's Library.

Head to this YouTube event, Amplifying Black Voices Online, to hear from content creators and community leaders.

Rock the Dock , at Red's with Chris Janson and other musical acts starting at 5 p.m.

Enjoy your jazz with a side of art and wine at the Reinert Gallery's Jazz in the Courtyard from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


More like Friyay, right? The Blue Ridge Arrangement will be hitting you with indie folk starting at 6 p.m. at Bay Street Biergarten.

The more the merrier at Palmetto Brewing's Loading Dock series featuring Livy Connor, Lauren Bivens and Joe Firstman, and Lucca Soria at 6 p.m. While you're there check out Home Team BBQ's offerings.

Check out the Charleston Home + Design Show: Fall Edition from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Trevor Webster, Hirona Matsuda, and Lisa Shimko display new works at the opening reception of Drawn to Water at the Mitchell Hill Gallery from 6-9 p.m.

If you're out on Kiawah, enjoy the sounds of Shrimp City Slim at Freshfields Village from 6-9 p.m.

Check out the last Friday Night Free Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park at 6 p.m.


Get more out of Google at this computer science workshop for parents and students at Harbor Walk from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Main Library book sale is going on all day Sat. and Sun. so come out to get a load of all the super-low-price books, DVDs, and CDs.

Head to the Sewee Visitor Center at 10 a.m. for a back to school blast for the kids where they'll get a chance to net aquatic pond life and identify the creatures.

Learn how to ballroom dance at Arthur Murray Dance Studio's open house at 11 a.m.

Nerds unite! SPARC Hackathon 5 is a free event for superheroes (and normal people dressed that way) to watch teams present apps to a panel for prizes. Guests can enjoy alcoholic bevs, a silent auction, and food from local food trucks at SPARC at 5 p.m.


TROM even sounds fun doesn't it? Tin Roof's Open Mic starts at 8 p.m. and features free laughs AND free pizza.

Sunday funday takes on a whole new meaning with a view from the Vendue's rooftop bar. Listen to Regina Ferguson from 6-9 p.m.


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