Freeloaders: Swimming into September 

Free events to check out this week

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Welcome to September y'all. August decided to go out with a bang, err, flood, this morning, but we think that's gotta be a good omen for the coming month. Even if you have to wade to some of this week's events, we promise you'll have a good time. As always these freeloaders are Free with a capital "F" and fun with that same big ol, letter. Laugh it up, learn about some really important stuff of yesterday and today (here's looking at you Kristen Green at Blue Bicycle), and enjoy some live music.


Make your way over to the North Charleston City Hall for your last chance to see the Recycle It, Charleston and Day 5 exhibits between 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

As always, the Pour House will host a free show on the deck at 6:30 p.m. with Grateful Dead tribute string band Rodeo Clown.

Test out your comedic skills at The Sparrow in North Charleston for an Open Mic Comedy night at 8:30 p.m.

Think you're a trivia wiz? Bohemian Bull will put you to the test with their Geeks Who Drink pub quiz. You might just win gift certificates or free pints of beer.

Lumberjack Time-Traveler will play a funky jazz set at Republic Garden & Lounge starting at 7 p.m.

Join the guests at East Bay Meeting House at 8 p.m. for this week's installment of Monday Night Poetry and Music.


Dallas Baker & Friends will play another free show on the deck of the Pour House at 6:30 p.m.

Come share your poems, music, or other artistic endeavors at Palmetto Brewing's Open Mic Night. Or just drop-in and see what others have to share. Begins at 5 p.m.

Join Blue Bicycle Books from 5-7 p.m. for journalist Kristen Green's book talk about Something Must Be Done About Edward County and the issue of public school integration.

Watch Principal Gallery's Artist in Residence Laura Lloyd Fountaine as she paints in the gallery between 6-8 p.m.


Take advantage of the last few weeks of summer by heading out to the Tides Resort on Folly Beach at sunset to watch Divergent on the beach.

Interested in the architecture of Charleston? Head to the Visitor's Center from 6-8 p.m. for a lecture series on architecture lead by nationally recognized architects.

Jurassic Park will be the free movie of the week at the Village Green on Kiawah from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

If you're looking for a group of intellectuals to discuss foreign policy and current news and events, check out Great Decisions discussion group at the Main Library from 2-4 p.m.

Head to Cinebarre's Outdoor Summer Movie Series for another night of free movies and music at 6 p.m.

Don't miss another opportunity to showcase your jokes at the Black Sheep Bar & Grille Open Mic Comedy Night at 9 p.m.


Blue Bicycle Books will host a book signing with Johnathon Barrett on his memoir Rise and Shine! Come meet a nationally recognized author and enjoy light snacks.

Riverfront Park in North Charleston will continue their Rockin' the River Concert Series from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be in attendance if you want to purchase food.

The Avery Research Center will display Minuette Floyd's black and white photography exhibit This Far By Faith exploring the history of camp meetings in the Carolinas.


It's First Fridays on Broad, which means there are a lot of free art shows around town. Here are a few we recommend:

Karen Ann Myers will display new works in her exhibit Escapism at the opening reception from 5-8 p.m. at Robert Lange Studios.

Heather Thornton, a studio art major at the College of Charleston, is holding her first solo exhibit from 4-5:45 p.m. at Saul Alexander Gallery.

Wanda Steppe also holds her opening for Silent Poetry at the Martin Gallery from 4-5 p.m.

Grab your blankets and make your way to Village Green on Kiawah for this week's Music on the Green from 6-9 p.m.


Join the Charleston community at Wragg Square at 9 a.m. for the Days of Grace mass march and rally as a call to end racism and commemorate South Carolina's diverse history.

Head to Folly Beach to enjoy a firework display in honor of Labor Day.

The Sewee Visitor Center will also be celebrating Labor Day by offering families the chance kayak around the Lower Wambaw Creek and Mighty Santee River from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The USTA is offering free tennis play for kids at the Charleston Tennis Center to spread awareness about Childhood Obesity for the month of September.


The Days of Grace will continue from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. through strategies conferences that will focus on how to build-up efforts to end racism.

Celebrate your last chance to wear white before Labor Day at Republic Garden & Lounge's White Party from 8 p.m.-2 p.m. There will be live music, a DJ, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.


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