Freeloaders: Homebuyer help, ghost stories, and WakeFest 

The week's best free events

As July winds down, take advantage of this month’s last week of free events. Listen to some live music, get into shape, and watch professional wakeboarders in action – all for free!

MONDAY. Release your inner geek at the Carpe Geekdom Tour at the Charleston County Public Library. Muggle Mike, Fred and George and Band, Snidget, and Nagini share the stage starting at 6 p.m., entertaining the audience with songs based on “geeky subject matter.” Trying to lose weight? EcoHealth and Wellness holds a weight loss lecture and grocery store tour at Whole Foods Market from 6-7:30 p.m.; make sure to pre-register.

TUESDAY. For your weekly live music fix, head to Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ in West Ashley for music by Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Bret Mosley. The show features a mix of blues, folk, rock, and Americana, and starts at 9 p.m. For a different option, Nashville band The Coal Men is playing at the Pour House at 9:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY. If you can handle the heat, check out this week’s Barn Jam at Awendaw Green. The Barn Jam starts at 6 p.m. and includes open mic opportunities, as well as sets from Abi Robins, Sean Renner, Leigh Glass Band, Joshua Singleton, and Colleen Hart. For a night of family fun, try Starlight Cinema at Freshfields Village. This week’s outdoor movie is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. The screening starts at 9 p.m.; don’t forget to bring a blanket or chairs. Potential homebuyers should head to the Hilton Garden Inn for a homebuyer workshop. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., attendees can ask questions and get information about the real estate market.

THURSDAY. For some insight into the paranormal, go to Blue Bicycle Books from 5-7 p.m. for a spooky ghost talk and book signing by Louis Charles, author of Helping Ghosts: A Guide to Understanding Lost Spirits. If ghosts aren’t your thing, visit Aster Hall for a visual arts opening reception. The event runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and features woodwork by Charlie Moore and Raven Toney and photography by Diana Lauderdale.

FRIDAY. Eye Level Art hosts an opening reception for its A Softer World exhibit at 7 p.m. The exhibit celebrates the feminine and organic nature of the work of artists Kristy Bishop, Helen Rice, Stacy Bradley, and Shelley Smith. Biking enthusiasts should check out Pedal for Prevention from 4-7 p.m. on Marion Square. Held in honor of nonprofit group Darkness to Light’s cross-country caravan, the bike festival includes bicycle tune-ups, kids activities, live music, and more.

SATURDAY. Watersport fans will flock to WakeFest at Trophy Lakes. The all-day BYOB event is free for onlookers and features live music from Ballyhoo and Mike Pinto, in addition to wakeboarding showcases. For nighttime fun, The Mill is hosting a third anniversary party and Gulf benefit. The Barbeque Joint will be selling food, and live music will be provided by the Redbirds, Jordan Igoe, and others. Both The Mill and The Barbeque Joint will donate part of their proceeds to Gulf relief efforts.

SUNDAY. If you’re a kayak owner (if you’re not, this one will cost you), meet up with other kayakers for Sea Kayak Carolina’s intermediate kayak dinner trip. The group leaves at 4 p.m. for a trip down the Stono River. If you’re interested, make sure you call to register beforehand.

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