Weekend Round-Up: This is (not) your last resort 

The best events in Charleston April 23-25

The Goo Goo Dolls are going to be here on Saturday night. It’s the closest to heaven that you’ll ever be. There’s a bunch of other, less celestial stuff to do and see too.

What’s a weekend without a yard sale? There’s some big ones worth sucking it up and waking up early for. The Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Memorial Garden committee will hold theirs at Father Kelly Hall Friday and Saturday. Then Hamlin Helping Hands will have an estate sale in the Hamlin Plantation Clubhouse with proceeds going to a children’s crisis fund. Plenty of homes in the neighborhood will sell stuff too. Pick up a latte on the way and you’ll be fine.

Plantasia, a green market for plant lovers, happens at the Gaillard Auditorium on Saturday. And though Earth Day was on Thursday, you can still celebrate at Night Heron Park on Kiawah on Saturday. They’re also showcasing rare, antique, and exotic cars the same day. That’s irony for you.

Get a little taste of the North Charleston Arts Festival at their gala on Friday night. There’s a spring festival at the Market at Oakland, with live music from Awendaw Green and plenty of activities. That happens Saturday. And Sunday is the annual Blessing of the Fleet and seafood festival. It makes Red Lobster’s endless shrimp special look like a joke.

If you’re feeling charitable, you’ve got plenty of activities (and causes) to choose from. The American Lung Association holds their Oxygen Ball on Friday. March of Dimes’ March for Babies takes place at Cannon Park on Saturday, or you can walk for MS at Hampton Park. A scavenger hunt on Saturday will benefit MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center.

Also on Saturday, Paws for a Cause celebrates canine cancer survivors at James Island Country Park and there’s a charity bike sale at Vickery’s downtown location. Finish out the weekend on Sunday at Santi’s, where Charleston Pride will hold their last benefit before the big event. It's a Mexican Rodeo Fiesta. How could you go wrong?

Don’t forget about the Donut Run. It’s too late to enter the race, but it’s not too late to watch athletes stuffing their faces with some glazed delights.

The Battery will have their home opener, against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, on Saturday. Meanwhile, the RiverDogs take on the Rome Braves starting Saturday and through Monday.

The St. John boutique in Charleston Place will launch St. John Jeans Friday and Saturday, with live jazz music. M. Dumas has a Southern Tide trunk show, also Friday and Saturday, and POE Studio will have CFW fan favorite Barbara Beach’s children’s clothing line on Saturday evening.

Stop by Theatre 99 for the finals of the 3 on 3 Long Form Improv Tournament on Saturday. Unfortunately, you won’t see any City Paperers in the finals. Guess we’re not really all that funny.

The Charleston International Festival of Choirs will take over town this weekend. If sopranos and altos aren’t your thing, Bluegrass Under the Bridge on Saturday night might be up your alley.

There are two art openings on Friday. deux, an installation and mural by Brian Bustos, featuring live music from Chris Thomas, is at Outer Space. And there’s Balls, an installation by John Dunnan at his gallery. But please don’t giggle at the name.

Learn while you watch at the Olde North Charleston Picture House on Saturday night. They’re showing Web of Water and Tapped, two documentaries that deal with the most important liquid of all.

Keep the kids occupied at the Fam Jam, a festival dedicated to active and healthy living, held Saturday. It’s also Sheep and Wool Days over at Middleton Place Saturday and Sunday; they can learn where their sweater came from. Or stay traditional and take them to see Charleston Stage’s performance of Winnie the Pooh.

Get your nu-metal on at Live X Day, with Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust, and a bunch of other bands. That’s on Sunday.

And you shouldn’t miss South Carolina’s own Toro y Moi at Eye Level Art on Saturday night. It should be one of the best shows of the year.


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