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Free events for the week of August 1-7

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Happy first day of August, Charleston. Is your summer cash stash running low? Fear not, we've got all the fun, free, and funky events in town right here.

Monday

Chill out with Chris Dodson and his acoustic jams, 6:30 p.m. at Rita's Seaside Grille.

Head over to The Dinghy Taproom and Kitchen to listen to some country tunes from Ronnie Johnson.

Swing by the Corrigan Gallery to check out the exhibition, What is Old is New Again, where Elizabeth O'Neill, Corrie McCallum and other Charleston Renaissance celebrate the earlier days of Charleston.

Tuesday

Don't miss the last Folly Family Fun Night from 5 to 7 p.m. at Folly River Park, featuring an entertainment act, food vendors, games and more.

Rock out with Rick Reynolds 6 p.m. at Banana Cabana. Nothing better than an ocean breeze and some rock 'n' roll.

If rock isn't your style, join Danny May at How Art Thou? Café at 8 p.m. for some relaxing acoustic tunes.

Looking to show off your vocal talents sing along with a group full of other gifted individuals? Auditions for the Charleston Gospel Choir and Spiritual Ensemble will be held 6 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church.

Wednesday

Pack a blanket and beach chair and get to Tides Folly Beach by sunset for a showing of Minions. To quench your thirst, a special, on-alcoholic daiquiri called the Frozen Minion will be available for purchase.

Singer-songwriter Erik Swartz will perform some pop-rock numbers at Salty Mike's beginning at 6 p.m.

Americana band Sunflowers & Sin will treat the audience at Rita's Seaside Grille to some folk tunes at 6:30 p.m.

Bring a towel and a friend for King of Pops Community Yoga, instructed by Beth Cosi, 6-7 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Best of all, everyone can cool down with a popsicle after class.

Thursday

Laugh out loud with local comedians Shawna Jarrett and Joe Baswell, and headliner Steven Mayes of Savannah at Comedy Night at Mellow Mushroom, hosted by Avondale's Genesis Gonzalez. Jokes begin at 10 p.m. and continue 'til midnight.

Calling all bluegrass fans! Mercantile and Mash hosts local bands at Bluegrass Night every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Party rock is in the house at Loggerhead's Beach Grill. Calhoun's Calling will jam out at 6 p.m.

Friday

Punk n' Drag returns to Déjà Vu II with live music from Sandinistas, a Clash Cover Band, Drunk Couples and Sex Wax. The event lasts from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and features drag queen extraordinaire Leslie Elizabeth Lain.

Check out Houston Llew's spiritiles at Grand Bohemian Gallery from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each spiritile is handcrafted and tells a unique story.

Celebrate creativity and freedom at Mary Martin Fine Art Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests can admire and appreciate Nelson Grice's whimsical and imaginative sculptures. 

Pluff Mud Queen and Bizness Suit will rock out from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Tin Roof while guests enjoy snack,s sandwiches, hot dogs, and drinks. 21+ only.

Buy, sell, and trade coins and currency from across the globe at the Low Country Summer Coin Show. Find out what your collection is really worth at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds from 12 to 6 p.m. This event will continue through Sunday.

Saturday

Help The Barrel Charleston celebrate its two-year anniversary from 12 to 11 p.m. with live music from Deadwin and I.R.E. Funk Band, food from Food Box and Brava Bowls, and dollar-off local beers. There will be raffle tickets for items like Barrel swag, a Barrel gift card, and intro kiteboarding lessons.

Start tax-free weekend with a complimentary in-store barre class from Barre Evolution as it takes over LOFT in Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Afterward, guests can enjoy a private shopping event with refreshments, door prizes, and 25 percent off everything you buy. Don't forget to BYO mat, towel, and water.

As part of Pride Week, join E. Patrick Johnson, African-American performer, scholar, and current Chair of the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, 8 p.m. at Emmett Robinson Theatre for Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. This performance covers coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. RSVP required.

Sunday

After a long hot summer, the Budweiser Bikini Bash is coming to an end. Head out to The Windjammer at 1 p.m. for your chance to win up to $2,500 for strutting your stuff. 

Say Yes to the Dress at Wannamaker County Park. Women can pick out complimentary evening wear from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cypress Hall to wear to the upcoming special needs prom hosted by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Welcoming and affirming religious leaders will help celebrate diversity and commit to work for equal dignity and justice at the Pride Week Interfaith Service. The service begins at 6 p.m. at the Circular Congregational Church.



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