Freeloaders: Sea adventures, book signings, and a trunk show 

This week's best free events: May 17-22

In the course of life, plenty of stuff costs money. But while you’re spending your paycheck on other things, here are some events you can check out to ease the pain on your wallet. The best part is they’re all merciful towards your wallet.

MONDAY. Coming all the way from Denver is Americana/jam band The Congress, playing at the Pour House. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m.

TUESDAY. Social invites singles of all ages (well, 21 and over) to Successful Singles Sip and Meet, a meet and greet with other singles complete with wine pairings. Make a reservation and dress for success. The meet is from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY. Crave Kitchen & Cocktails hosts a Luau and Trunk Show from 5-7 p.m. featuring glasses and sunglasses brands like Maui Jim, Vera Wang, Hugo Boss, and more. Guests will enjoy drinks, show discounts, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and gifts with purchases. Farther out on 17, Awendaw Green presents Barn Jam featuring open mic at 6:30 p.m. and sets by Lyndsay Wojcik and Sleepy Eyed Giant.

THURSDAY. Make sure to check out Contemporary Charleston 2010 at City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

FRIDAY. Katie Crouch comes to Blue Bicycle from 5-7 p.m. to sign her new book Men and Dogs. In case you miss her, she’s also making an appearance at the Barnes & Noble in West Ashley on Sun. May 23 at 2 p.m.

SATURDAY. Saddle up, kiddies: Saturday’s a doozey. We start with all things sea-faring with Edisto Beach State Park hosting TurtleFest to celebrate the sea turtles’ return to S.C. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring exhibits, arts and crafts, live animals, and more. If Edisto is too far for you, local fraction yachting company WindPath Charleston hosts an Open House at the Charleston City Marina from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. their fifth-year anniversary. If you’re closer to Mt. Pleasant, the Spirit of South Carolina hosts Shipyard Shindig at the Hobcaw Shipyard from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Spirit opens its docks to the public with live music, food and drinks for purchase, activities for kids, and more. If you want to keep your feet a little drier, Charleston Pirate Tours presents a family-fun event commemorating Blackbeard’s Siege of Charleston. The presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the Powder Magazine Museum. 

Oak Terrace hosts Super Terrificy Double Fantasicy Free-for-All Block Party from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to celebrate the community and the Sustainability Institute winning the Home Depot Award of Excellence. There will be food, live entertainment, games, tours, and more.

SUNDAY. The Southcoast Symphony performs their summer concert From Land to Sea at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul. The show begins at 4 p.m. Speaking of concerts, Hazel Ketchum hosts a Say Darlin, Say concert in the James Island Country Park to celebrate her CD’s release of the same name. The concert is from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and is free with park admission.


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