Freeloaders: Sing me a song Mr. Piano Man 

Free events for the week of Jan. 4-10

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Happy sweet '16 y'all! If you've already tossed your New Year's resolutions too, then we're in the same boat. Don't worry, though, you can stick with your penny-pinchin' resolve by heading to all of this week's free events. Don't miss out on Mayor Tecklenburg's party this Saturday — how often do you get to see the man in charge rock out on the piano?


The laughs are free and the beers are reasonably priced at Drink 'til it's funny, the Sparrow's open mic stand-up night. The fun starts at 9:30 p.m.

Elliotborough Mini Bar hosts bingo and blues from 7-10 p.m. If you win you can score some free brews.

Monday Funk-day kicks off with the Louie D. Project at Black Sheep Bar & Grill.

Danielle Howle and Reid Stone jam out at West Ashley's Home Team BBQ starting at 8 p.m.

East Bay Meeting House hosts a poetry and music night at 8 p.m. 


Sing your heart out, or just watch someone else do it at Palmetto's Open Mic night from 5-7 p.m. Hosted by Jaybird and Hambone.

Win cash at the Tin Roof with trivia with Tia and Val starting at 8 p.m.

Need more trivia? Head to Home Team or Cutty's at 8 p.m. or Biergarten at 8:30 p.m.

Josh Roberts and Friends play acoustic rock on PoHo's deck starting at 6:30 p.m.

Get a free slice of pizza and check out a storewide sale from 5-8 p.m. at Monster Music & Movies.


Take the kids to the Charleston Museum from 3:30-5 p.m. where they'll learn about how cotton is made, from the fields to the clothes they wear.

Rid yourself of those hump day blues with bingo — head to The Tin Roof at 7 p.m.

Play some trivia at one of Kickin' Chicken's locations: Summerville and Mt. P's spots both host a game starting at 8 p.m.

The Hungry Monks play Grateful Dead covers at the Dead on the Deck starting at 6:30 p.m.

Elliotborough Mini Bar hosts an open mic every Wednesday from 7-10 p.m.


Stomp your boots to the Cane Creek String Band playing at the Pour House starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Charleston chapter of the Sierra Club hosts Dr. Phil Dustan in Baruch Auditorium from 7-8 p.m. Dr. Dustan is a professor at CofC who will discuss the impact of urbanization on the watershed ecology of coastal waters.

The Super Reggae Man will play, you guessed it, live music at Rita's Seaside Grille starting at 6 p.m.

Kevin Church will play covers and originals at Republic starting at 6 p.m.


Celebrate 20 years of Tiger Lily at their day-long party, from 2-6 p.m., featuring free flowers, cotton candy by Pure Fluff, champagne, cake, and door prizes.

Palmetto's weekly Loading Dock series kicks off at 6 p.m. with music by Danielle Howle, W. Michael Freund, and Sleeping Policeman. There will be food available for purchase from The Immortal Lobster.

Real Estate Studio on King St. hosts the opening reception for Lisa Z. Lindahl's exhibit, Sea Wish, from 6-8 p.m.

Name the Music at Big Game Bar & Grill at 6 p.m. If you guess the correct artist, song title, or release date you can win prizes every half hour.

Check out Julia Deckman's bright floral paintings at her exhibit, Garden Party, held at Fabulon from 5-8:30 p.m.


Get yo self in shape at Nexton's free boot camp event from 10 a.m.-noon at the Great Lawn in Brighton Park Village.

Take the kids to the Charleston Museum from 10:30-11:30 a.m. where they can enjoy performances from the national touring group, Activated Story Theatre, which puts on shows with physical comedy and audience participation.

Celebrate mayor-elect John Tecklenburg at Hampton Park from 1-5 p.m. where you can enjoy lots of live music, including piano tunes from the future mayor himself.

Groove to acoustic tunes from 4-6 p.m. at Unplugged at Palmetto Brewery. Shane Clark takes the mic at 4 p.m. but the tasting room opens at 1 p.m. with bar snacks like salsa and pimento cheese available for purchase.

The Johns Island farmers market keeps it kickin' year round — check out all their local vendors and food trucks from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Zen out with zen meditation at Holy Cow Yoga from 7:45-10:15 a.m.

Richard Hagerty gives an artist's talk at City Gallery at Waterfront Park at 2 p.m. Hagerty will discuss his exhibit and book, American Surrealist.

Hit the streets for Second Sundays on King Street from 1-5 p.m.


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