Weekend Round-Up: Charleston shows some pride 

The best events in Charleston, May 13-15

All in all, it’s looking to be a very gay weekend. And I mean that in the best way possible. Let the rainbow flags during the Charleston Pride Festival. It started last night, but it continues Friday with the Absolute Pride Pageant, and then Saturday has the Charleston Pride Rally and the Absolut(ly) Born This Way Pride After-Party.

But that’s not the only festival happening this weekend. It’s also Charleston Bike Fest, with events at Low Country Harley Davidson and the North Charleston Market Street Saloon, as well as the Holy City Swap.

Meanwhile, Summerville has Sculpture in the South. And it’s also Charleston Harbor Fest, if you’re looking to get in on some boat action.

On a different body of water, the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival will raise money for cancer survivors to participate in the sport.

When they’re not riding in the Dragon Boat race, the Charleston Battery has a game this weekend against F.C. New York.

If you’re all consumed with Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto like we are over here at CP, you might enjoy the Piccolo Preview at The Ponds.

Alas, it’s the final Movies in Marion Square of the year, featuring The Other Guys. We hope we won’t be able to tell if those are tears of laughter or sadness.

You don’t have to have your own fanny pack to go on the TNT Neon Fanny Pack Bar Crawl, but if you do, props to you.

From the amount I’ve been sweating lately, it’s obvious that it’s bathing suit season. Check out some fine ladies in their best suits at the first round of the Bud Light Lime Bikini Bash.

While it’s mostly true that a woman can never have too many purses, you probably shouldn’t buy every one that’s for auction at It’s In The Bag, a benefit for the Center for Women. Leave some for the rest of us.

The Charleston Museum channels France with their Taste of Paris Fundraiser. There’s also the Belly Dance and Flamenco Fundraiser and Dessert with Friends. There’s also two major benefit concerts: the Rein and Shine Concert and Reggae on the Creek.

Burn some calories and do some good at the Disability Awareness Walk and Festival, the Leslie McCravy Memorial 5K Run/Walk, and the Wannamaker Family Fun Run.

It’s an off weekend for the Triple Crown, so enjoy the Spring Invitational Polo Match at Hyde Park Farm and Polo Club instead.

This weekend in theater is all about race, burglars, Greek muses, and whores. There’s some interesting selections, that’s for sure. Check out The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Race, There’s A Burglar in My Bed, and Xanadu. Or get your comedy fill with Comedy Combat, This is Chucktown!, or Improv Riot.

Art opening this weekend include Kimono Silks by Mary Edna Fraser, the May Photography Art Exhibition at Greenway Studios, and The Three Amigos Ride Again, For the First Time, featuring CP contributing photographer BadJon. That last one will have food trucks too.

Slow Food fans can enjoy the High on the Hog Book Signing or the film screening of Vanishing of the Bees, which is followed by hors d’oeuvres at Tristan.

Park Circle Films has the indie flick Some Days Are Better Than Others.

New Music Collective hosts Tatsuya Nakatani and the Nakatani Gong Orchestra.

Mary Alice Monroe will sign copies of The Butterfly’s Daughter at Waldenbooks.

The Charleston Park Conservancy’s Park Week will wrap up on Friday with stargazing at Evening at Etiwan.

We’ve got two different events for two very different kinds of shoppers. If you like arts, crafts, and vintage clothing, try Holy City Artists and Fleas. If you’d rather get something green — as in plants — you’ve got two chances: the Hampton Park Plant Swap and the Isle of Garden Club Plant and Garage Sale.

Learn more about Bull Island at the Barrier Island Safari, or shag it out at the Moonlight Mixer.

The Aiken-Rhett House hosts a Family Day Picnic, and Charles Towne Landing has Navigating a New World.

I don’t know who Max and Ruby are, but I bet your kids do, and they’re in town on Sunday.

Aaron Hicks will teach a free general yoga class in Marion Square on Saturday.

Try not to drink too much free iced tea at the First Flush Festival while watching Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Remember, it’s a long ride back from Wadmalaw. And if you’re a big outdoor concert fan, there’s also Magnolia Concert on the Lawn with Shannon Whitworth.

And save your liver for National Beer Day. Gene's Haufbrau is celebrating.


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