Calendar of Events and Happenings

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February 21,25, and 28, 2015

Carolina Challenge Cup
Daniel Island’s Blackbaud Stadium, one of the most storied small stadiums in North American soccer, will host the first-ever meeting of Major League Soccer 2015 expansion clubs NYCFC and Orlando City S.C., on Saturday, Feb. 21, Charleston Battery

February 27, 2015

African American Heritage Festival
In honor of Black History month, educators throughout the Lowcountry and beyond are invited to bring their students to experience a special event hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission in February.
Celebrating the traditions and histories of Africa and the Diaspora, the African American Heritage Festival will take place at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park.
Registration fees are $8 per student. One chaperone per every eight students receives free admission. Pre-registration is required to participate in this event.

February 28, 2015

19th Annual Bulldog Challenge
The Bulldog Challenge, known nationally as one of the most punishing tests of fitness and endurance, will be hosted again in 2015 by The Citadel’s Naval ROTC Unit. It is a 10k (6.2 mile), team-oriented race that runs through The Citadel campus and the surrounding Charleston area. Included within the race are various obstacles and challenges including portions of the Marine Corps combat fitness test, a Marine Corps obstacle course, a simulated casualty evacuation using stretchers, and maneuvers through the thick pluff mud of the Lowcountry marshes. The Bulldog Challenge is designed to test mental toughness, the ability to work within a team, and physical endurance.
Each team is composed of four individuals. Creative costumes are highly encouraged. Proceeds from the event contribute to scholarships for students to attend The Citadel.
The registration fee is $200 per team. Individuals are permitted to register for a fee of $50. Citadel cadet teams receive a discount of $60 if registering before Feb. 1.

February 28, 2015

2015 Special Olympics Polar Plunge
On Saturday, February 28, locals and visitors are invited to take a plunge into the chilly waters at Isle of Palms Beach in front of the Windjammer, all to benefit Special Olympics South Carolina. Registration begins at 10:30 am, the plunge takes place at 1pm, and the plunge party will be held from 10:30am – 1pm. Plungers and spectators of all ages are invited to partake in the plunge party, which will include food, music, games and door prizes.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics South Carolina, an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The activities give these individuals continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
A minimum donation of $50 is required to participate in the plunge. All plunge participants will receive a plunge T-shirt, tickets for free food and drinks, and a chance to win door prizes. Additional gifts will also be awarded based on totals raised for Special Olympics South Carolina.

March 4 , 2015

OPEN YOUR MIND to the Great Ideas of Western Civilization
Learn Philosophy for Beginners at the Daniel Island Library with Hillyer Rudisill III every Wednesday at 10:30 am from February – April

March 4 , 2015

The Awendaw Green Barn Jams
The Awendaw Green Barn Jams are an outdoor, year round Wed night original music showcase that get folks off their couch to enjoy and connect with others and support original music and the artist that make it. It is held in Awendaw, SC, 15 miles North of Charleston under grand oaks by an old barn that evokes the Lowcountry in a uniquely hyper-local bohemian atmosphere on the grounds of the Sewee Outpost. It runs from 6-10pm every Wed night of the year and features a diverse assembly of music from around the globe. Try a wood fired pizza, the grill or drink your own libations responsibly. $5 donation as door, all ages are welcome, pets on a leash and it is always a family friendly occasion. Bands and times subject to change.
6-8pm Bo Farish
Estee Gabay
Oh, Jeremiah
8:00pm The Toothe
9:00pm Taco Donkey

March 4 – 8, 2015

Charleston Wine & Food Festival
The annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a celebration of excellence in food, wine and Charleston’s renowned culture for the benefit of local culinary scholarships

March 5 , 2015

Owls in the Moonlight
Center of Birds of Prey
SeeWee Road off Highway 17

https://www.zerve.com/BirdsofPrey/OwlsMoon

Owls. Their soft calls echo through the forest. Silently they hunt under the cover of darkness.
Spend a magical evening in the nocturnal world of owls. Your evening includes the following:
Enjoy a reception in the Countess Alicia Paolozzi Owl Wood
Watch the owls fly by the light of the full moon
Food, wine, beer, and soft drinks will be served.
MEMBER RATE: $40
NON-MEMBER RATE: $50
Your visit provides operational support for the Center’s educational, medical, conservation, and research initiatives. We hope that your experience here will inspire an appreciation for birds of prey and a genuine concern for the diminishing habitat upon which they—and we—depend.

March 4 – 8, 2015

“A Lowcountry Breath of Spring” Spring Flower Show
The 8th Annual Breath of Spring Flower Show at Cypress Gardens will be March 5-8. The theme this year, “Broadway in Bloom,” will be interpreted by floral designers from the five Berkeley County Garden Clubs who sponsor the show. Previous shows have top won awards from the Garden Clubs of South Carolina and National Garden Clubs for staging, quality of designs and horticulture exhibits. www.cypressgardens.info

March 7 , 2015

Brazil Fest
Bring your dancing shoes for Brazil Fest, an interactive celebration of Brazilian music, dance and merriment with the band, Porto Seguro and guests, Capoeira Charleston. Porto Seguro (Susan Conant, flutes; John Holenko, mandolin; Tom Noren, guitar and Jonathan Gray, bass) plays Brazilian choro, bossa and samba. The music is a distinctively Brazilian combination of bravado, laid-back vibe, rhythm and soul. Capoeira Charleston’s dancers and drummers will engage guests in a drum line, teach samba steps and demonstrate the acrobatic art of Capoeira. Cover charge is $10. Charleston’s Caribbean Creole food truck will be selling Latin eats and beverages.
7:00-10:30pm Hungry Monk Music
1948 Belgrade Avenue, West Ashley

March 7 , 2015

Comedian Ralphie May at the PAC
Voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Ralphie May has released, a record-setting, four one-hour comedy specials and will be releasing two more this year, proving that his relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever. In addition, he recently released a vintage comedy album recorded in Houston in 1998 and his new line of barbecue sauce called “Fat Baby Jesus.” Lovable enough to get away with anything, Ralphie continues to capture the hearts of thousands on his sold out tours and promises to make you gleefully uncomfortable.
www.northCharlestonColiseumPAC.com

March 7 , 2015

The Center for Birds of Prey Grand Re-Opening
The Center for Birds of Prey is celebrating a milestone. After closing for the month of February to complete maintenance and construction the center is hosting a Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The staff will be presenting expanded programming, new birds, and opening the newly constructed entrance to the center’s campus directly from U.S. Highway 17N.

https://www.zerve.com/BirdsofPrey/Tour

March 8 , 2015

Photography Day at The Center for Birds of Prey
The Avian Conservation Center is pleased to invite you to Photography Day at the Center for Birds of Prey.
You will have the unique opportunity to:
-Take close-up photos of live birds-of-prey in natural settings
-Take a self-guided tour of the Center
-Photograph/video record flight demonstrations featuring several species of birds-of-prey in free flight.

https://www.zerve.com/BirdsofPrey/Photo

8:30am – lasts 3 hours

March 8 , 2015

Charleston JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
The 7th Annual Charleston JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Smythe Park on Daniel Island. Last year, the walk raised close to $95,000 and is looking to exceed $100,000 in 2015. All money raised benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the only global organization with a strategic plan to progressively remove the impact of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) from people’s lives until it is no longer a threat to anyone.Website:www.palmetto.jdrf.org

March 11, 2015

The Awendaw Green Barn Jams
The Awendaw Green Barn Jams are an outdoor, year round Wed night original music showcase that get folks off their couch to enjoy and connect with others and support original music and the artist that make it. It is held in Awendaw, SC, 15 miles North of Charleston under grand oaks by an old barn that evokes the Lowcountry in a uniquely hyper-local bohemian atmosphere on the grounds of the Sewee Outpost. It runs from 6-10pm every Wed night of the year and features a diverse assembly of music from around the globe. Try a wood fired pizza, the grill or drink your own libations responsibly. $5 donation as door, all ages are welcome, pets on a leash and it is always a family friendly occasion. Bands and times subject to change.
6pm Johnny Helm
6:45pm Cane Creek String Band
7:30pm Jim Avett
8:30pm Letters to Abigail
9:15pm Forty Mile Detour

March 11, 2015

Catch the Leprechaun 5K Run/Walk
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Catch the Leprechaun 5K Run/Walk. This scenic race offers spectacular views of the Cooper River Bridge, USS Yorktown and Charleston Harbor. After the race, there will be live music, a great post race party, a pot of gold for the winners and prizes for everyone who finishes before the Leprechaun. All proceeds will benefit Pattison’s Academy.
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mt. Pleasant SC
www.CatchtheLeprechaun5K.com
6:30pm
Fee: $25 for Runners and Walkers, $15 for kids 12 & under

March 14, 2015

Art Fest
This annual festival at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre brings families and cultural enthusiasts together with budding and professional artists for an event that showcases a diverse array of local and regional artistic talent.
Local music, dance and visual arts studios offer stunning performances by some of the area’s most talented individuals and groups. Creative aspirations are ignited in children who are given opportunities to explore many art forms and create their own masterpieces, such as beaded jewelry, sand art and a variety of artistic crafts.
Young girls dancing
The Mount Pleasant Artists Guild presents a juried art show. All activities and performances are free of charge. The event attracts residents and visitors of all ages, from young parents and children through seniors.

http://www.comeonovermp.com/index.aspx?NID=109

March 14, 2015

St. Paddy’s Pawlooza
This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission invites people throughout the Lowcountry to celebrate the holiday with man’s best friend. On Saturday, March 14, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park hosts the inaugural St. Paddy’s Pawlooza.
This new dog-friendly special event will give people and their pets the chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together in the park from noon to 4 p.m. Attendees to the Pawlooza will enjoy live music, craft beer, and food trucks. St. Patrick’s Day attire is encouraged for all, especially for the four-legged friends!
www.charlestoncountyparks.com

March 14, 2015

Art Fest
It’s time to get out and paddle with us and enjoy a breath of spring! See unique limestone cliffs and a beautiful blackwater creek basin in the National Forest. Home to the “Swamp Fox” General Francis Marion, we’ll see an old Supply Shack used to store gun powder and other ruins.
PADDLES: $50 for ages 13 and up, $30 for ages 4 through 12
(take $10 off per person when you bring your own boat!)
www.natureadventureoutfitters.com

March 17 – 21, 2015

Charleston Fashion Week
Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America since its founding in 2007.

March 18, 2015

The Awendaw Green Barn Jams
The Awendaw Green Barn Jams are an outdoor, year round Wed night original music showcase that get folks off their couch to enjoy and connect with others and support original music and the artist that make it. It is held in Awendaw, SC, 15 miles North of Charleston under grand oaks by an old barn that evokes the Lowcountry in a uniquely hyper-local bohemian atmosphere on the grounds of the Sewee Outpost. It runs from 6-10pm every Wed night of the year and features a diverse assembly of music from around the globe. Try a wood fired pizza, the grill or drink your own libations responsibly. $5 donation as door, all ages are welcome, pets on a leash and it is always a family friendly occasion. Bands and times subject to change.
6pm Alex Culbreth
Pressing Strings
7:15 pm The Brummy Brothers
8:15pm Drymill Road
9:15pm The Train Wrecks

March 20-22 , 2015

12th Annual Charleston Antiques Show
Inspired by the rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Charleston, the annual Charleston Antiques Show is a premier destination for collectors and enthusiasts who enjoy seeing and learning about incorporating antiques into modern-day decor.
The Antiques Show is a showcase of English, European, and American period furnishings, decorative arts and fine art, architectural elements, garden furniture, vintage jewelry, and silver–all late 17th to 20th centuries.

https://www.historiccharleston.org/Events/Charleston-Antiques-Show.aspx

March 21 , 2015

9th Annual Charleston Walk for Water
Water Missions International walks on behalf of those who walk miles every single day to collect unsafe drinking water. We walk to raise awareness and shed light on the global water crisis and to raise funds that support our ongoing effort of transforming lives through safe water solutions.
www.watermissions.org/walk
Come out at 9:00 AM on March 21 at Brittlebank Park and walk in the 2015 Walk for Water

March 21 , 2015

Live Oak Lights: Illuminating Daniel Island History!
If these trees could talk, what stories would they tell? Join the Daniel Island Historical Society and the Daniel Island Garden Club on Saturday, March 21, for a dazzling evening event showcasing our island’s beautiful, majestic Live Oaks and the history they represent. Residents with Live Oak trees in their yards are encouraged to illuminate their trees for this inaugural program! Local businesses and other private entities are also invited to take part by lighting up the Live Oaks on their properties. The more participation, the greater the show! Spotlights, tiny holiday lights, and other displays are all encouraged. Prizes will be awarded by the Daniel Island Garden Club for best tree light displays. Residents and visitors are welcome to enjoy the lights while strolling through neighborhoods on foot, on bike, on golf cart (LSV), or via personal vehicles. Several island restaurants, including Agave and Wasabi, will be offering special discounts on the evening of the Tour.
DIHS will also host a celebratory “Live Oak Lights” reception prior to the Tour at the Daniel Island Real Estate Sales Center. This ticketed event will feature refreshments and appetizers, along with a history-themed, narrated bus tour around the island. For ticket information and additional information on the “Live Oak Lights” program, please visit the DIHS website at www.dihistoricalsociety.com.

March 21 , 2015

6th Annual “Hope on Goat” Oyster Roast Benefit
The 6th Annual “Hope on Goat” benefit slated for 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at Goat Island Gatherings, offers a charming Lowcountry venue affording you the rare opportunity to experience a bivalve bonanza on a small sea island surrounded by miles of undeveloped salt marsh that is only accessible by boat, all while supporting a good cause.
One hundred percent of ticket sales and silent auction proceeds from this year’s Hope on Goat are going to support the kids of Callen-Lacey Center for Children through its Give Me Shelter initiative. Opened in 1998 in Moncks Corner, Callen-Lacey Center for Children is the only emergency shelter in Berkeley County serving children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. The “Give Me Shelter” Campaign for Children is a year-long effort designed to raise funds in support of Callen-Lacey Center for Children.
Hope on Goat tickets are $45, and can be purchased in advance at www.cydc.org. Children 10 and under are free. The price includes boat ferry all day, all-you-can eat hand-picked local oysters steamed over an open fire, locally-caught fresh fish stew, hot dogs, desserts and water.

March 22 -24 , 2015

Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Golf Tournament
The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Golf Tournament is hosted each year by the Bulls Bay Golf Club and features some of the best collegiate men’s golf programs in the country.
College of Charleston plays host each year to some 15 teams representing powerhouse conferences such as ACC and SEC. It will celebrate its 11th year anniversary on March 22 -24, 2015. http://www.bullsbaygolf.com/hootieatbullsbay.html

March 22, 2015

6th Annual Charleston Bed Race
The 6th Annual Charleston Bed Race is set to take place on Sunday, March 22 at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. This annual event brings the Charleston community together by racing beds to raise money for childhood cancer through the non profit organization, Camp Happy Days. The local charity hosts a summer camp and other life-changing programs throughout the year for children in South Carolina battling cancer.
The Bed Race will begin with a parade of decorated beds at Blackbaud Stadium at 1:00 with the heated two-block race to follow. Beds will race in a time trial fashion two beds at a time. At the end of the race, awards will be given in a variety of categories, including Fastest Bed, Slowest Bed, Best Decorated Bed, Most Outrageously Decorated Bed, Best “What Were You Thinking” Bed, and the People’s Choice Award.

http://www.camphappydays.org/

March 23, 2015

NEEDTOBREATHE Classic presented by Commonwealth Cares Foundation
For the third year, Charleston-based Grammy Award-nominated rock ‘n’ roll band NEEDTOBREATHE and Commonwealth Cares Foundation will host the annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic, bringing together musicians, professional athletes and other celebrities for a day of golf and an evening of music. Proceeds from the event benefit Charleston area nonprofit Palmetto Medical Initiative in its efforts to bring quality health care to countries around the world.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. the day of the tournament with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an after party concert with NEEDTOBREATHE and friends plus a live and silent auction. This intimate concert at the Daniel Island Club is limited to sponsors and players. Register at www.commonwealthcares.org .

March 25, 2015

The Awendaw Green Barn Jams
The Awendaw Green Barn Jams are an outdoor, year round Wed night original music showcase that get folks off their couch to enjoy and connect with others and support original music and the artist that make it. It is held in Awendaw, SC, 15 miles North of Charleston under grand oaks by an old barn that evokes the Lowcountry in a uniquely hyper-local bohemian atmosphere on the grounds of the Sewee Outpost. It runs from 6-10pm every Wed night of the year and features a diverse assembly of music from around the globe. Try a wood fired pizza, the grill or drink your own libations responsibly. $5 donation as door, all ages are welcome, pets on a leash and it is always a family friendly occasion. Bands and times subject to change.
6pm Carina Point
Twin Courage
Spry Old Men
Chuck Johnson
Jefferson Coker

March 28 , 2015

Oysters on the Point & Market
Enjoy an afternoon of oysters and live music on the water at “Oysters on the Point” from 2 – 6 pm.
This event features live music by The Bushels, $9 buckets of oysters, and a build your own Bloody Mary bar.

http://www.charlestonharborresort.com/

March 28 , 2015

Kids Fest Camp Fair
On Saturday, March 28 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Citadel Mall will host a Kids Fest Camp Fair. The Kids Fest Camp Fair will be held in Center Court and feature summer camp vendors, large jump castles, a Belk kids fashion show and so much more. The event is designed to make it easy for parents to learn about both educational and activities based summer camp programs and enroll their kids for camps all in one spot. Participating vendors will include: Ballet Academy of Charleston, Legare Farms, North Carolina’s Camp Tekoa, C3 Cheer and Gymnastics, Millie Lewis and many more!
www.CitadelMall.net

March 28 , 2015

38th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run
The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity.

March 28 , 2015

Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is a full-day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, kids activities, and all around ragin’ Cajun fun! Savor the tastes of authentic Cajun and Creole fare – jambalaya, alligator, etouffe, andouille sausage and of course, crawfish, crawfish, crawfish! Also enjoy Lowcountry favorites like seafood and Southern barbecue.
For those who prefer a tamer menu, we’ll serve up ample portions of festival foods like hot dogs, snow cones, funnel cakes and more. Visitors travel from near and far for huge servings of fresh, steaming crawfish, undoubtedly the festival’s most popular food item. If you’re a connoisseur, the annual crawfish-eating contest is the perfect opportunity to show off your unique talent!

https://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?nid=137

April 1, 2015

Wine Down Wednesday
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission introduces a new way to enjoy one of its beautiful new park properties – Wine Down Wednesday at Old Towne Creek County Park!
Guests will enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music while they explore this hidden gem located in West Ashley.
www.ccprc.com

April 1, 2015

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls
Sip and stroll in a different garden location each week while sampling old and new world wine.

https://www.middletonplace.org/visiting-middleton-place/events-calendar.html

Wednesdays
6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
$20 online
$25 at the gate
$15 for Foundation members

April 4 – 12 , 2015

Family Circle Cup
The longest running professional women’s tennis tournament in the United States, the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament returns to its home on Daniel Island for 2015!Website:www.familycirclecup.com

April 17 – 19 , 2015

Charleston In-Water Boat Show
With gorgeous harbor views and slips for every size boat, the Charleston In-Water Boat Show promises to deliver the ultimate boating experience. Boats of every make and model will be displayed, at sale prices and with strong manufacturer’s rebates and other incentives.Website:http://thecharlestonboatshow.com/in-water/