Freeloaders: 

The week's best freebies, July 29-Aug. 4

August is the month of back-to-school shopping, apartment leases ending, and switching gears from summer mode to actually-having-to-be-productive mode. But before you resign yourself to the end of summer, hit up some more freebies while you can.

MONDAY Dog & Horse Fine Art will be presenting The Power of the Equine where guests can see paintings by equestrian artist Jan Lukens.

Although this is more of a simple task than an event, you can potentially win a free haircut by liking the Lordis Loft page on Facebook before July 31. 

Sooth your ears with some free tunes at Yo Burrito when they have the V-Tones play their uke/string combos.

TUESDAY Enjoy some funk-roots rock and island groove from Champagne with Friends at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ or contemporary rock from Ray Tarantino at the Blind Tiger. 

WEDNESDAY The first of many PRIDE events for this week, guest can attend a screening of Breaking Through, a documentary about politicians who ran openly LGBT campaigns. There will be an opportunity to meet the director and producer, Cindy Abel, and the film’s editor, Michael Bruno after the showing.

The Sewee Visitor Center will be having a kids' nature movie showing at 11 a.m. 

Jet Edison will be coming to the Pour House to play their rock fusion mix starting at 10 p.m. 

THURSDAY The Charleston Pride Festival continues with Takeover Charleston at DIG in the Park. Guests can enjoy cornhole, food and drink, and music by DJ Trevor D and DJ Bliss.

College of Charleston professor Dr. Julia Eichelberger will be discussing her new book Tell About Night Flowers- Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949 about Mississippi novelist Eudora Welty. 

FRIDAY Charleston PRIDE will start the weekend off with a meet and greet party at the Aqua Terrace where guests can socialize with other PRIDE guests on the rooftop bar. 

First Fridays on Broad continues as the Broad Street Merchants Associate allows guests to enjoy fine art, crafts, fashion, sculpture, jewelry, refreshments, and galleries on Gallery Row starting at 5 p.m. 

Jeanne Juhos will present Moments of Nature, an exhibition using watercolors, acrylics, oil and colored pencils at her opening reception at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.

Gwyneth Scally will have her opening reception at the Redux Contemporary Art Center. Her work explores the malleable natures of truth and information along with the underlying psychological forces that shape the public worlds of mass culture and communication.

SATURDAY For some womanly bonding, the Charleston County Public Library will be hosting the Big Latch On. This event allows participants to join other women across the world as they take part in a synchronized breastfeeding event. 

The Charleston PRIDE Parade will start at Wragg Mall at 9 a.m. and end at Colonial Lake. The Charleston PRIDE Rally will start at 11 a.m. and have music, speakers, and performances by the Emperor and Empress of the festival. 

Add a furry friend to your families mix at the Adopt-a-Thon at Yuppie Puppy.

The Children’s Discovery Center will have their grand opening starting at 1 p.m.

SUNDAY Big Gun Burger Shop will have an open mic comedy night hosted by local stand-up comedian Dusty Slay starting at 9 p.m. 

Artist Jen Ervin will have her collection of photographs showing at the Charleston Center for Photography. Her show Land and Family represents her ethereal childhood.

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