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Free events for the week of May 9-15

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This week's forecast? Sunny with a side of free. Stash your wallets, open your ears, and get ready for a freak ton of free fun. From book debuts to farmers markets, Charleston has something for everyone. Slap on your sunscreen and sunnies, it's about to get hot.

Monday

At 5 p.m. join Blue Bicycle Books at their release party for J.R. Thorton's debut novel Beautiful Country.

Catch a rare daytime astronomy event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lowcountry StarGazers will be set up at the James Island County Park.

Truck on down to the Pour House for a few sets of Rodeo Clown covering the Grateful Dead. Jam starts at 6 p.m.

Drink til' it's Funny at the Sparrow starting at 9:30 p.m.

East Bay Meeting House is hosting their Monday Night Open Mic for Poetry andCoffee House Tunes. Sign up, the fun starts at 8 p.m.

Catch a free show at Sip in Mount Pleasant. Chris Boone will be spitting Americana starting at 6 p.m.

Tuesday

Second Tuesday means Comedy Night at Cutty's starting at 8 p.m.

GALA Desserts hosts the pop-up gallery There's No Place Like Charleston For Art from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with Jeff Fitzharris.

Play Bingo for beer at The Tin Roof starting at 7 p.m. and snag a bahn mi from Auto Bahn just outside.

From 3:30 to 7 p.m. hit up the Farmers Market Pavilion in Mt. P. and buy some local veggies, flowers, eggs and so much more.

O2 Fitness is partnering up with the City of North Charleston and will be offering free fitness classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday at the Felix C. Jones Community Center through May 24.

Wednesday

Try out trivia Cutty's style and hope for a great theme starting at 8 p.m.

Play some team trivia over chicken tenders at Kickin' Chicken Mt. P., West Ashley, or Summerville.

The George Gallery presents Broad Spaces, an exhibit featuring works from two Memphis artists, Betsey Brackin and Catherina Erb. Stop in from 10a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting at dark some local astronomy experts will gather at Brittlebank with all the supplies you and the family need to stargaze.

Catch one of Tides Free Summer Movies outside on the beachfront at Folly starting at 8 p.m. This week watch Creed from your sandy seat.

Thursday

Head to 1600 Meeting and catch some of your favorite food trucks hosted by eatUP! from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The City is putting on its 7th annual Community Resources Day and Job Fair. There will be food, drinks, and fun for the kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The City of Charleston Housing Authority.

Check out East Cooper Medical's annual We Know Women event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and catch a cooking demo, get a make-over, participate in a wine tasting, shop local retailers and ask a few physicians some of your pressing questions.

Attend a Gothic Dance Party at the Tin Roof with live music starting at 9 p.m.

It's Bluegrass Night at Mercantile and Mash. Catch some local live music starting at 7 p.m.

Grab some free tastes of craft brews at Total Wine in West Ashley all afternoon.

Friday

From 5 to 8:30 p.m. head to Fabulon for the solo exhibition for artist Meyriel Edge called The Edge of Time. There will be an interactive artist's reception with music, a mystery room, and amazing art.

Surface Craft Gallery will be hosting new work by Bette Mueller-Roemer from 5 to 8 p.m.

Get a free cholesterol screening at East Cooper Medical from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Walk ins welcome.

Enjoy a free yoga class and potluck at the Folly Beach Community Center starting at 7 p.m. Kids are welcome!

It is your last chance to catch one of the 13th annual Movies in Marion Square. This week catch Space Jam and get there early to stock up on snacks and drinks. Beer just tastes better on a blanket as far as we are concerned.

Friday marks the start of Armed Forces Week at the Charleston Animal Society. Veterans and active duty military are being offered free spay and neuter and free adoptions.

Palmetto Brewing hosts their Loading Dock series with live music and food truck fare for purchase. Doggies welcome! Come out starting at 6 p.m.

Saturday

Do not miss your chance to celebrate Elliotborough and its retailers. Check out the D'Al's Block Party from 3 to 9 p.m. There will be food trucks, games, and live musicby SUSTO plus you can drink in the street.

The City Market is open Nights now through Dec. 17 on Fridays and Saturdays. Shop, snack or just look around.

Check out the two best farmers markets in town. Pop over to Marion Square from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast foods and local goodies then check out the year round Johns Island Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ain't no party like a Celtic Stompfest party, which Molly Darcy's will be hosting this Sat., with live music all day long.

Sunday

From 12 to 1 p.m. award winning Holly Herrick will be at the Southern Season signing her cookbook, The French Cook: Soups and Stews.

Holy Cow Yoga Center will be giving some free Guided Meditation from 7:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Swing dance to the sounds of the V-Tones at Prohibition starting at 6 p.m.

Grab brunch at The Lot or chow down on the Best Tacos in town at Zia then walk around to the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Just in case you didn't get your jam band fix at the beginning of the week, there are two full sets of Phish covers by Runaway Gin at the Pour House. Yay! Sunday Phunday!



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