Weekend Round-Up: A drive-in without the drive 

The best events in Charleston, April 15-17


We know you’ve been waiting for it all year. How do we know? Because the City Paper waits for it all year: Movies in Marion Square. We’ll open the series with How to Train Your Dragon, and there’ll be food and drinks for sale. Remember to tip your bartenders, especially since they’re all CP staffers.

Though the cannons have all been fired, you can still enjoy a couple of sesquicentennial events through the weekend, like the Living History Programs with Confederate and Civilian Re-enactors, the Sesquicentennial Harbor Cruise, the Encampment of Confederate Re-enactors, and The Confederacy is on Her Way Up the Spout lecture.

It’s Charleston Race Week. If you own a sailboat, you’re probably pretty excited. If you don’t, you’re probably pretty jealous. Either way, enjoy it. Or for a different kind of watercraft, there’s the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival.

You don’t have to be a member to attend the Redux Membership Celebration, but you should be one anyway, just because Redux is pretty cool.

America’s pastime is now its present-time as baseball season kicks off. The RiverDogs will play their first games of the year starting Friday.

The Festival of Houses and Gardens finishes up. Take this chance to be a voyeur will you still can. Or, for a change of scenery, there’s also the Walking Tour of Private Houses and Gardens or the Old Village Home Garden and Art Tour.

He Painted, She Painted, an art show by husband and wife Scott and Kaye Penegar, opens at Spencer Art Gallery.

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A head start is always a good thing, and you can get one on two major holidays this weekend. Earth Day isn’t until April 22, but you can enjoy NatureFest at Congaree National Park or the Kiawah Island Earth Fest. Park Circle's Earth Day has been rescheduled. And then there’s Easter, which has the Bunnies and Bluegrass Children’s Festival at Irvin-House Vineyards and the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Charleston Museum.

Other earthy events include the Mt. Pleasant Green Up on Shem Creek and Owls by Moonlight. And one of my favorite parts of the earth is its beaches, which you can hang out on during the Sea and Sand Festival.

If you can’t make it to Movies in Marion Square (yeah, I just had to plug that a second time), other film events in town include Race to Nowhere, Bhutto, and Marwencol.

May the fleet be blessed at the Blessing of the Fleet.

Possibly one of the most important celebrations this weekend is Record Store Day.

The Chef’s Potluck is a pretty cool event. It’s just like a regular potluck, only all the dishes are made by top chefs, so you won’t get any snafus like when I try to make dessert wontons.

My college didn’t do things like A Charleston Affair, a party for CofC upcoming grads and alumni. My college had 50,000 students. So take advantage.

You don’t need to bring a picnic to Colonial Lake for the Party for the Parks: Amusement on the Avenue, but you do need to bring a ticket.

It’s the first Shaggin’ on the Cooper of the season on Saturday.

Don’t worry about having to eat doughnuts at the Charleston Krispy Kreme Donut Run. You’ll just be burning off the calories anyway.

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There’s nothing like a long afternoon of watching bocce ball at the Container Maintenance Bocce Bash.

Having a dinner party or family brunch this weekend? Ask your friends to chip in for Dining with Friends, a benefit for Lowcountry AIDS Services. Other benefits this weekend include Four Legged Frenzy, and the Hospitality Heroes Fundraising Cruise.

The 3 on 3 Long Form Improv Tournament Prelim Rounds continue at Theatre 99. If you’re into weirder comedy, catch Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! guest star David Liebe Hart at the Tin Roof.

The New Music Collective hosts a mini-residency by Manfred Werder and Mark So.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will honor David Stahl on Saturday, and the CSO Gospel Choir celebrates their second decade with Roots: A 10 Year Retrospective Palm.

Planning a wedding? You’ll probably want to stop by Charleston Wedding Week.

If you’re into dance, you’ve got the Robert Ivey Ballet’s spring performance or Les Dangers de L’amour: A Modern Day Cabaret. For theater, there’s Fool’s Lear, The Original Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, Proof, and Pinocchio.

And a very merry happy birthday to the Recovery Room. They celebrate their big ole “3” this Sunday, with field-day events, live music, food trucks, and more. Your tater tachos and bourbon have always treated me well.


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