Freeloaders: Holy Solstice 

The week's best freebies, June 18-24

MONDAY. It's a mixed Monday in Chucktown. Start your afternoon off wholesome near the beach with local farm goodies and music at the James Island Community Market. Then send the ladies off to a naughty evening of free bubbly at Ladies Night at Badd Kitty in West Ashley.

TUESDAY. You have some serious musical choices to make. Isle of Palms and Folly Beach compete at 6 pm. for your melodic love. Softer acoustics of Jude Michaels will be at Banana Cabana, while acoustic folk rock band Wire and Wood play at Locklear's Beach City Grill. Pregame at the beach, then get ready for even more tough choices as Recovery Room showcases the punk tunes of Fiasco, while Tattooed Moose throws some indie spice in the mix with Otto Mobiles.

WEDNESDAY. Early birds and yoga fanatics, it's time for the Summer Solstice 2012, complete with yogi tea and chanting. At night, dance to the club beats of DJ C. Nile, rock out to Brian “BG” Graham from Disco Demolition Nights, or stay chilled out with reggae and funkadelic Hit or Miss.

THURSDAY. If you're down for some driving, it's Summerville D.R.E.A.M.'s Third Thursday of dance, art walks, acting, and classical guitar. Sticking to the peninsula? New York Times best-selling author Karen White will be signing her new novel at Blue Bicycle Books. If you missed yesterday's Summer Solstice, or you just want to keep the new age feng-shui alive, Marishi's Transcendental Meditation Program is also smack dab in the heart of downtown.

FRIDAY. Walk that lazy booty down to Robert Lange Studios, because today is the last day to see Nathan Durfee's exhibit, Tangled Dreams of Knots and Leaves. And when you're done, you can add to this week's signed book collection by heading over to Belle Hall Shopping Center and snagging a copy of Kelly Sheehy DeGroot's new children's book, Princess Charleston of the Isle of Palms. The kids will admire your motivation.

SATURDAY. You might not be able to afford your own boat, but you can start your morning off right by pretending you can. Duncan's Boats All Aboard Demo Event will be featuring bayliner model boats for test driving. Then bring the fam to the Lowcountry Juneteenth Freedom Festival downtown for raffles, art, food, and African drummers. After getting your percussion on, join in on some Sacred Harp Singing — beginners welcome. Don't tell us you forgot about the summer solstice already. Leave the kids at home in the evening for the Super Saturday Summer Solstice Smackdown, where there will be hors d'oeuvres, seasonal beer, a smorgasbord of art from five artists, and, of course, plenty of alliteration.

SUNDAY. You think the alliteration ended last night? Well think again, my friend. Liberty Tap Room and Grill is hosting the Liberty Luau in honor of its third anniversary. Later in the day, the cheery week of summer solstice events comes to a more solemn close with the screening of Mike Stutz's film, Don't Change the Subject, focused on dealing with suicide. Don't worry, there's plenty more sunny days to come.

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