Freeloaders: Prepping for the Bridge Run 

The best free events March 28-April 3

MONDAY. It’s a dreary day today, a great opportunity to grab a table at West Ashley’s Kickin’ Chicken to watch the last contestants in the Wii Tennis Challenge battle it out and see which four finalists make it to the Family Circle Cup. Or head to the Spirit of South Carolina Open House to meet the crew and alumni and learn more about sailing (in nicer weather of course).

TUESDAY. If you’re always tried, stressed, and can’t seem to reach your weight goal, head to Whole Foods for Dr. Lovegrove’s holistic discussion Chronic Fatigue, Stress, and Weight Gain. If you’re walking around downtown, head to Marion Square for Get-Right!’s Great American Bake Sale benefiting Share Our Strength, an organization devoted to childhood hunger. Acoustic singer and guitarist Jamie Resch will play at the Tattoed Moose while Whiskey ‘n’ Ramblin’ will perform their swamp-blues at The Mill.

WEDNESDAY. If you missed out on Prince tickets or just can't get enough of the music legend, grab your 80s garb and head to The Tin Roof for the Purple Rain Dance Party. The U.S. Green Building Council Spring Mixer is your chance to mingle and network while maybe grabbing a taco or two at downtown’s Taco Boy. 

THURSDAY A new brew is the perfect excuse to party and lucky for you, there are two release parties to choose from. Head to the Smoky Oak Taproom's release party or the celebration at Closed for Business (or both if you’re feeling crazy) for the release of Bell's Oberon. Blue Bicycle Books will host its Bridge Run Reading to prep runners for the big day and provide some encouragement. And tonight’s the opening reception of the Young Contemporaries 2011/ Salon des Refusés which showcases original art from CofC students. 

FRIDAY. It might not be a beautiful day, but the beautiful art at today’s art walk will surely make up for the April showers. Opening receptions include Christopher Murphy’s pieces on destruction and renewal in From the Ashes, urban-themed works in Jeff Jamison: New Works, Steve Reinmuth's sculptures in Structure and Sound and more. End the artistic evening with Scrappers, a film set in the winding alleys of Chicago that depicts the tale of two metal scavengers finding their way and explores poverty, race, and even recycling.

SATURDAY Today is the famous Cooper River Bridge Run but if you’re not quite the running enthusiast, there are still fun, free things to do without having to work up a sweat (just be prepared from some traffic). We’re still pretty pumped about Bell’s new brew, so head to Blu Restaurant and Bar’s Bell's Oberon Release Party to continue the beer appreciation. Headed to Bonnaroo this year? Lucky you. Maybe you should check out Tara L. Groth’s new book How Do You Roo? A Survivor's Pocket Guide to Bonnaroo at Blue Bicycle for some tips on making the music event as memorable as possible. Brick House Artisan and Crafts Market presents local arts and crafts vendors, live music, and food and drink specials for an afternoon of lazy-day fun.

SUNDAY Volunteer your free time this Sunday with Clean Cities Sweep to keep both Charleston and North Charleston beautiful places to look at, live in, and visit. Papermaker Arthur McDonald takes the idea of origami to the next level. Check out the opening reception of his exhibit Icons for Meditation at Nina Lou and Friends.

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