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Events for the week of April 25-May 1

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It's the last week of April, which can only mean one thing. Just kidding, it means a lot of things, namely that the list of free stuff to do around town is ever-growing. Beautiful weather means you can save your dollars, head outside, and catch free movies and music. So put your wallets away (no, really, you should probably always bring them along) and hit the town this week.


Jam to Rodeo Clown on the deck at the Pour House starting a 6 p.m.

From 4 to 6 p.m. head to the Halsey Institute and grab a free drink and get to know visual artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou whose work combines hip-hop, fine art and pop culture.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (everyday) take a peek at the Young Contemporaries Show at the Halsey Institute and get an eye full of amazing work by CofC students and grads.


Enjoy a bounty of local art, fresh and local fruits, veggies, and flowers at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market from 3:30-7 p.m.

GALA Desserts as a part of their Talent Tuesdays will host Tin Pan Alley with Lindsay Holler. The show will feature five songwriters who will perform and tell the stories behind their music from 7:30-9 p.m.

Get on the trivia train at Biergarten, or Sip Tap Room on Folly Road.


Get over the hump this week with a session of free meditation at the Circular Church from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

Craft Conundrum hosts Speakeasy with Oh Valentino from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy an open mic night full of music, comedy, poetry and much more.

Grab your beach chair or blanket, Summer Movie Nights are back at Tides Folly Beach every Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Bring your doggies, get a beer and play trivia Cutty's style starting at 8 p.m.

Starting at 7 p.m. Elliotborough Mini Bar will host an open mic. Show us your stuff, sing loud and sing proud.

Play Bingo with Lily at the Tin Roof and win a free beer starting at 7 p.m.

The Charleston Museum in conjunction with American Revolution Week presents the lecture, Tactical Success and Strategic Failure: The British in South Carolina, 1780, at 6 p.m.

Join the Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation for their April meeting on the topic of plastics. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at Cooper River Brewing with guest speaker Lia Colabello from 5 Gyres.

1600 Meeting will host eatUP! throughout this spring and summer with rotating guest food trucks, cornhole and prize giveaways from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Stop by Brittlebank Park and stargaze for a while after dinner with some local experts and their fancy equipment.

Get your fill of acoustic folk, country and Irish tunes at Tommy Condon's with Carroll Brown starting at 8 p.m.


Catch the "Lowcountry Pipers" perform at the Charleston County Public Library on Calhoun from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

The Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery presents Exit Right, an exhibition featuring abstract works by Mark Bettis and Karen Weihs.

Starting at 5 p.m. the Charleston Music Hall and The Lowcountry Autism Foundation presents the Charleston Premiere of The Family Next Door, an inspiring documentary featuring a Pittsburgh family with two children on the autism spectrum.


Catch an evening of early music performed by the faculty of the Charleston Academy at the Murray Center from 6 to 7 p.m.

Theatre 99 hosts a long-form improv tournament with 18 improv groups competing. Fun starts at 10 p.m. and the audience members (yep that could be you) will pick up the winners.

Redux presents Reorientation, a four-round exhibition of the studio's artists. From 6 to 8 p.m. attend the opening reception.

Keep your fingers crossed for nice weather and then catch Inside Out for free on the big screen in Marion Square while stuffing your face with food truck treats. The fun starts at 6 p.m .and the movie starts when the sun goes down.

From 5 to 8 p.m. check out The George Gallery's new exhibit Broad Spaces featuring works from Memphis artists, Betsy Brackin and Catherina Erb. Explore the translation of nature onto canvas and paper.

Hit the Charleston City Market at night now through December.


Check out more than 40 vendors in Marion Square, rain or shine, every Saturday at the Charleston Farmers Market. Bring the pup and the kids and grab a snack while shopping and listening to live music.

The first annual Art in the Barn brings together a group of local and visiting artisans from around the Southeast, including potters, painter, jewelers, and more. There will be live music, as well as free food and drinks at Ruby Ranch from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Daily is setting up a farmstand with the help of GrowFood Carolina from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Catch author Kristy Harvey at Blue Bicycle Books from 5 to 7 p.m. and get a book signed.


Dance until you forget tomorrow is Monday at Prohibition with free swing dance lessons starting at 6:30 p.m.

Head to the Celadon Warehouse for the Celadon Sunday Flea Market and check out local artisans, food trucks and more.

Catch part two of Art in Barn if you missed out on Saturday!

Grab a jug of locally made kombucha, a brunchy snack and veggies for dinner at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market behind the Pour House for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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