Cowboys & CocktailsThis second annual event hosted by Creative Spark Center for the Arts will feature dinner, an open bar, live bluegrass music, a silent auction and more. Held at the Cottage on The Creek (Shem Creek), 130 Mill St., the event will run 6-9 tonight. Tickets are $50, $80 for a couple in advance; $60, $100 the day of event. Proceeds benefit Creative Spark’s arts enrichment programs and outreach efforts. Call 881-3780 or go to www.creativespark.org. Before the event, there will be a golf tournament at Patriots Point Links starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $130, $500 per foursome, and include driving range, greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments and a ticket to the Cowboys & Cocktails reception.
Forget-Me-Not BallEnjoy a night of cocktails, bidding (silent auction), dinner, live music and dancing, all while benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. This seventh annual black-tie-optional event will be held 6-11 p.m. Friday at the Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St. Tickets are $100. Call 800-272-3900 or go to www.fmnball.org. For information on the local Alzheimer’s organization, go to www.alz.org/sc.
‘Gimme Shelter’The Big Easy comes to the Lowcountry with lively entertainment, funky music and a taste of New Orleans. With food by Home Team BBQ, the menu is complete with a crawfish boil, jambalaya and mini po-boys as well as a stocked bar with plenty of hurricanes, painkillers and more. Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, the event will be held at the Navy Yard at Noisette, 10 Storehouse Row, North Charleston. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. All of the funds earned will be used to continue Operation Home’s emergency home repair program throughout 2012. Call 853-3211 or go to www.operationhome.org.
GreekFestivalFeaturing authentic Greek food — including spanakopita (spinach pie), tiropita (cheese pie), moussaka (eggplant-covered ground meat with a bechamel-like topping) and bougatsa (custard dessert with a base of cream of wheat) — folk dancing, crafts and more, the 42nd annual festival will be held Friday-Sunday at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race St. downtown. With free parking at Riley Park and free frequent shuttle buses to and from the festival and admission of $3, this event is easy on the wallet. A bonus? Moms get in free Sunday. Running 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, get more information about this event at 577-2063 or GreekFest.us.
Special screening and comedy show
Matt Besser, one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade and writer-producer-star of “Freak Dance,” is bringing the show to the Lowcountry. Besser will be presenting his brand of sharp, smart standup, characters and monologues for a night of comedy at Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15. Go to www.theatre99.com. A special screening of “Freak Dance,” which also stars Amy Poehler, will be held Saturday at the Terrace Theater. A Q&A with Besser will be held after the show. Go to www.terracetheater.org.
Colonial-Maritime WeekendLearn about Charleston’s rich Colonial-maritime history Friday-Sunday with visits to the Powder Magazine museum, 79 Cumberland St., and the historic tall ship HMS Bounty at the Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. With tours, book signings and lectures, theatrical performances, living history and more, this is an educational event for the whole family. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 17 and under. Proceeds benefit the Powder Magazine’s 300th anniversary exhibition (2013) and the preservation of the HMS Bounty. Call 722-9350 for more.
Overnight adventureThrough special permission from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Coastal Expeditions is offering a two-night, three-day trip Friday-Sunday to Bull’s Island, which is closed from dusk to dawn. Stay at the Dominick House and enjoy birding, hiking, photography opportunities and more. Meals will be provided by Coastal Expeditions. For pricing and details on this trip, call 884-7684.
International Islamic Friendship Bazaar
The Central Mosque of Charleston will host this inaugural event Sunday. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., enjoy arts and cultural displays, international cuisine, kids activities and more. The event will be held at Brittlebank Park off Lockwood Drive, and admission is free.
Atlantic CupThis second annual race, which has a focus on running an environmentally responsible event, will get under way at 6 p.m. Friday. Boasting to be the first carbon-neutral sailing race in the U.S., this event will feature a field of 14 international competitors from the U.S., France, Germany and Great Britain. Departing from the Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St., sailors will race 260 nautical miles. A launch party will begin at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the maritime center. Tickets are $40 and include a premium open bar, light appetizers and live race commentary. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Go to www.AtlanticCup.org.