Returning after six years, the world’s premier monster truck series, Monster Jam, returns to the Coliseum. About 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts, monster trucks are capable of speeds of up to 100 mph and can fly up to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air. The show will feature monster trucks Mutt Rottweiler, Iron Man, Virginia Giant, Storm Damage, Hurricane Force and Higher Education.
Also, as a special treat 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, fans will get the opportunity to see the trucks up close and meet the drivers for $10 at the Party in the Pits.
In addition, three of the trucks will make special free appearances 2-6 p.m. today at local Advance Auto Parts Stores. Ironman will be at 125 St. James Place in Goose Creek, Higher Education will be at 2217 Savannah Highway and Storm Damage will be at 109 U.S. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive
This year marks the 10th annual Charleston Comedy Festival. To celebrate, organizers are taking things up a notch and bringing in performers and comedy troupes from America’s top comedy hotbeds for the four-day event. Things get kicked off at 8 p.m. Wednesday as “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” correspondent, former Upright Citizens Brigade member and “King of the Hill” writer Wyatt Cenac performs at the Charleston Music Hall. Tickets are $22.50.
When: Wednesday-Jan. 19
Where: Various locations
Price: $5-$22.50 depending on act, venue
more info: www.charlestoncomedyfestival.com
C of C Battle of Bands
Check out some of the up-and-coming talent at C of C’s Battle of the Bands. Offering a variety of styles, the following groups will perform: Tom Mackell and his band, Donnie Dies, Stop Light Observations, South Street and organizer Tyler Boone. This event, in addition to being a good time, is also a fundraiser. This year’s proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
When: Saturday; doors open at 8 p.m. with the show set for 9 p.m.
Where: The Music Farm
Price: $8, $5 with a student ID
Oyster Roast & History Walk
Help the Charleston Museum celebrate its 240th birthday with this oyster roast and history walk. Gulf oysters will be cooked up by renowned oyster roast chef Ben Moise and served with all the fixings. Chili and a full bar are also part of the fun. After you’ve had your fill, kick back and listen to bluegrass music by Blue Plantation or take a guided tour along the river and learn about the history of Dill Sanctuary.
When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Dill Sanctuary, 1163 Riverland Drive, James Island
Price: $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers
Oysters on Point
Enjoy a day of live music, football, food and more. Dig in to $9 buckets of oysters, chili, hamburgers and hot dogs as you sip on adult beverages from Naked Turtle and Budweiser. Or take advantage of the build-your-own bloody mary bar. Catch the big game on the big outdoor screen and enjoy live music from reggae-rock band Long Mile, all of whom recently graduated from the College of Charleston.
When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
Price: $5 admission, kids 12 and under get in free
more info: charlestonpartyatthepoint.com
F2F Oyster Roast
Fields to Families is throwing its annual oyster roast fundraiser. Sidle up to the table and dig in to all-you-can-eat oysters as you enjoy live music by Mark T. Jackson. There will be auction items on the block, so make sure to bring your bidding arm. And take note that it’s BYOB.
When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bowen’s Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Road
Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
This tournament, which boasts a $100 first-place prize, is a fundraiser for Mount Pleasant resident Michelle Greene’s battle against leukemia. In addition to the tournament, funds will be raised via a silent auction and raffle. Also part of the event will be live music from the Baby D Band and a jump castle for the kids.
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Dog & Duck, 1117 W. Park View Place, Mount Pleasant
Price: $10 per player
More Info: 388-6127