Freeloaders: Groundhog Day, big game week 

Free events for the week of Feb. 1-7

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Have y'all looked outside? Yeah, it's nice as can be, and we're crossing our fingers the 'ol groundhog doesn't do the whole "too many more weeks of winter" thing. This Freeloaders seems even more loaded than usual — maybe the weather gods knew it would be a stellar week. Put your wallets away and get ready for some outdoor events, live music, free wine, and Super Bowl parties. Touchdown, right?


Head to Indaco for Shannon Wood's pop up art show from 5-7 p.m.

Get your Monday Runday in at Fleet Feet Sports Mt. Pleasant where runners of all skill levels are encouraged to come out at 6:30 p.m. Donate heart-healthy canned food items while you're at it.

Drink until you're laughin' at The Sparrow's stand up open mic night starting at 9:30 p.m.

Elliotborough Mini Bar hosts bingo and blues from 7-10 p.m.

Starting today you can help celebrate Black History Month at the American Military Museum where exhibits honoring African Americans in the military will be on display until the end of the month.

It doesn't cost anything to be kind — if you are a student or know of one who can write a Valentine's Day letter for the elderly and homebound, then they should check out which partners with East Cooper Meals on Wheels to give meal recipients Valentine's letters.


The Orange Spot hosts a reception for local artist Amelica Weaver's photographs from 5-7 p.m.

Adam Lee, who's played Johnny Cash on Broadway, performs original tunes at Tattooed Moose downtown from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Check out Trivia at the Tin Roof at 8 p.m.

Sing (or whatever else) your heart out at Palmetto's open mic night from 5-7 p.m.

It's trivia night at lots of places in town. Head to Home Team on Sullivan's, Cutty's, or Bay Street Biergarten.


Get your team trivia on at Drop In Deli and Bar, or any Kickin' Chicken location.

Name the music and win prizes at Southside 17 starting at 5:30 p.m.


Surface Craft Gallery hosts the opening for 30: A Month of Daily Works, the culmination of a 30 day art project completed by local literary and visual artists from 5-8 p.m. 

Hutty & Halsey Art Show is a celebration of 20th Century Charleston icons that are accredited as principle artists of the Charleston Renaissance. Check out paintings by Alfred Hutty and William Halsey at Ann Long Fine Art from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Avery Research Center presents a talk from 6-8 p.m. by Joseph Cobb, brother of Preston Cobb, who was involved in the Georgia case that changed capital punishment in America.

Head to the Charleston Museum at 6 p.m. for a talk from Ron Roth of the Humanities Council of South Carolina's Speakers Bureau: The Stono River Rebellion, South Carolina's largest slave uprising.

Name the music at Loggerhead's starting at 8:30 p.m.


It's first Friday's on Broad (and other places around town) which means you can get an eyeful of beautiful art — and a mouthful of wine from 5-8 p.m. Check out shows at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, Martin Gallery, and Mitchell Hill, along with many more.

Teens and adults are invited to the Main Library from 6-8:30 p.m. for snacks, potions, and a viewing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

The Main Library will also host Kiran Singh Sirah, the president of the International Storytelling Center, who will talk about Stories that Matter: Cultivating Community Through Story, starting at 6 p.m.

This Friday's Loading Dock series kicks off at 6 p.m. and features music from Sally and George, Carey Murdock, and Cory Hunt, with food available for purchase from Short Grain food truck.


Take care of Mother Nature this weekend when you head to Francis Marion National Forest at 8 a.m. to help cleanup forest roads, trailheads, and boat landings.

Doggie Day at the IOP Rec center starts at 9 a.m. and there will be photo opportunities for pups along with a dog show.

The Barbeque Joint celebrates eight years in the business with an oyster roast and bluegrass block party starting at 10 a.m.

Get your smarts on at the Charleston STEM Fest at Brittlebank Park from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday a few days early at Folly Beach's annual FollyGRas from 12-5 p.m.

Gather in sangha, or community, at Holy Cow Yoga Center from 6-7:30 p.m.


It's Super Bowl Sunday! Stay tuned for a detailed blog post with all the info you'll need for the big game's bar hopping. You can look forward to watching the Panthers take on the Broncos at spots like The Alley and Bay Street Biergarten. 


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