Weekend Roundup: Buckets of oysters, buckets of fun 

Events for the weekend of Jan. 29-31

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TGIF, y'all. We hope you've put your eating pants on because this weekend is full — and we mean belt poppin' full — of foodie events. From Saturday's food truck festival to oyster roasts galore, Charleston's got your tastebuds covered. Your ear holes can enjoy live music and if you can even stretch your legs with one of the area's longest running 5Ks, so hop to it.


Kick off the weekend with the Palmetto Loading Dock Series featuring Deadwin and Jack & The Bear. Food will be available for purchase from Dashi and music begins at 6 p.m.

Let your hair down and get ready to jam with Chilled Monkey Brains and Sex Wax at the Mill from 9 p.m.-1.a.m. Admission is free, what's not to love?

Warm-up your music trivia skills for Name the Music night at Big Game Bar & Grill at 6 p.m. Guess song titles, artists, and release dates for prizes every half-hour.

Janet Ruhe-Schoen will be signing books and giving a lecture on the life of African-American lawyer Louis Gregory and his dedication to racial amity and integration in her biography Champions of Oneness: Louis Gregory and His Shining Circle. The event is from 6-8 p.m. at the Avery Research Center.

All weekend long the 36th Annual Charleston Boat Show will be running at the Charleston Convention Center. For all things aquatic get your tickets online or at the gate — $35/VIP, $10/General, and child/senior/military discounts available.

Friends and colleagues of CofC professor and artist Tony Csavas celebrate his life and talent in an exhibition curated by long-time partner Karen Ann Myers. The event, Flowers for Tony, is at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from 5-7 p.m. and is free to attend.

Heyyy Stellaaa! Grab your guy or gal to see The Footlight Players present Tennessee Williams' classic, A Streetcar Named Desire tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Local artist Beau Difiore displays his art at Black Tap from 7-9 p.m. while the Night Caps play live tunes.


Get out of bed and lace up your sneakers for the 33rd annual Charlie Post Classic 5k and 15k race. The race starts at Sullivan's Island Fish Fry Shack at 8:30 a.m. and the $40 fee goes to a CofC scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Charlie Post.

As part of his three-week residency at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art with his exhibition Correspondence Art: Words, Objects, and Images by Ray Johnson, Richard C., and Bob Ray, Bob Ray will be leading participants in creating their own mail art at the Artist and Craftsman Supply. There will be free sessions from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.

We know some of you are eager to start earning your bead collection for Mardi Gras season so kick it off with the Royal American's 5th Annual Mardi Gras Party. Music begins at 9 p.m. and entry is only $5. There will be live music and loads of masks, beads, and party favors.

Is that Louis Armstrong or Byron Stipling joining the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Pops show? All we know is that the Gaillard will be filled with the sounds of New Orleans with everything from Irving Berlin to Duke Ellington to Cab Calloway. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

It's the last night to catch Noches Tropicales, South of Broadway Theatre Company's musical revue featuring tunes from South America, the Caribbean, and Latin America starting at 7:30 p.m.

Say goodbye to Jamuary at Palmetto Brewery with Matt Meringue and the Daisy Chains as they celebrate the release of their new vinyl. Alongside them will be performances by Sean Kelly, Faithless Town, Volcanoes in the Kitchen, and HoneySmoke. The music kicks off at 4 p.m.

Charleston, if there's one thing we know about you, it's that you love beer and live music. So head to the Music Farm at 7p.m. for the first ever Brews and Blues Festival. Imbibe on unlimited samples from breweries like Lagunitas, Holy City, Frothy Beard, Cooper River Brewing, and new-kid-on-the-block Lo-Fi brewing. As for the Blues, you'll be hearing from Weigh Station, the Night Caps, and Tony Magee.

This weekend let's celebrate food that comes to you (and no, we're not talking about ordering take-out). It's The Fifth Annual Food Truck Festival! This is more than the usual round-up; there will be 20 food trucks, eight bartenders, a stage for live music, jump castles, and laser gun skeet shooting from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Planet Follywood is raising funds for the Warrior Surf Foundation the Charleston way, with a good 'ol oyster roast. This roast will feature satellite speed bars, food from Caribbean Creole food truck, and music by The Piedmont Boys, The Royal Tinfoil, Deadwin, and more. Festivities run from 1-10 p.m. at Brickhouse Party Plantation.

Speaking of oysters and charity, the Charitable Society of Charleston presents its annual oyster roast at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center. Advanced tickets are $35 and will include all the oysters and chili you could desire plus beer, wine, and live music.


Join PURE theatre for their annual fundraiser and celebration. There will be live music by Beach Tiger and Minimum Wage, food from O-Ku, Indaco, and an open bar from The Macintosh. Oh, and don't forget the live auction. Festivities run from 3-6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on their website for $75/person.

Calling all history buffs, the 12th Annual Battle of Charleston is back at Legare farms. There will be re-enactors from all American wars and vendors such as a period blacksmith selling their wares. Admission is $10/adults, $5/kids under 11.

Hey locals, if you want to play tourist in your own city then head down to the Big Red Barn for free carriage rides with Palmetto Carriage Works. Carriages run all day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and parking is available across the street.

All other oyster roasts this weekend have just been a warm-up for the 33rd Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival, the largest gathering of oyster shucking fun in our neck-of-the-woods. There will be eating contests, live music, beer and wine, a children's area, and food court showcasing local restaurants. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. at Boone Hall Plantation.

Bendy Brewski is back at Holy City Brewing with a 45-minute yoga session followed by a flight of beer for only $15 and Sunday brunch offered at 10 a.m.

Join in on some good deed-doing at the Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach 19th Annual Auction at the Charleston Marriott. Through a silent auction they are raising support for services that seek to reduce poverty, prevent homelessness, and increase educational outreach. A cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres will be served during the silent auction from 1- 4:30p.m. followed by a dinner and live auction.

The Charleston Music Hall welcomes back Celtic Night with performances by Irish bands Banna de Dha, Castle Crossing, Good Foot, and John Corless. Part of the proceeds will benefit the new Irish and Irish American Studies Program at CofC. The show begins at 7 p.m.


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