Charleston Boat Show

The “Lowcountry’s largest boat show and sale” holds its 33rd annual showcase this weekend. The event features boats of all shapes and sizes: sport cruisers, motor and express yachts, sport-fishing boats, center-console fishing boats, bass boats, bow riders, deck and aluminum boats, runabouts, bay boats, shallow-water flat skiffs, power skis and family cruisers. So those in the market or just browsing may find what they’re looking for. In addition to the show, highlights include an appearance by Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson, hosts of Animal Planet’s “Hillbilly Handfishin’,” and local archer Ella Kokinda. Also at the show will be the Coastal Fishing Expo, which will include seminars, demonstrations and one-on-one discussions with local experts; the Fishing Simulator; and more. Wild Wing Cafe will provide the food and host the Wing Eating Contest. On hand for the kids will be face-painting, Loco Lazer Tag and bounce houses.

When: Noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $9 for adults ($5 on Friday), $5 for military, $4 for kids ages 4-12, kids 3 and under get in free; parking is free.

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Elvis Lives

Billed as “the ultimate Elvis tribute artist event,” this mixed-media and live musical journey will take attendees through the life of The King. The legion of Elvis fans continues to grow year after year. The show will feature finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, so be prepared to have your blue suede shoes knocked off. The theatrical concert also will include a tribute to Ann-Margret, who had a long-standing relationship with the singer after they met filming “Viva Las Vegas.”

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $45

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All-Breed Dog Show

The Charleston Kennel Club will hold its annual dog show this weekend. Featuring more than 1,000 dogs of all breeds, the event will include obedience and rally trials.

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 U.S. Highway 78, Ladson

Price: $2; parking is $5 on the grounds or free in the fields

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Cirque de la Symphony

This special production combines classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music with the magic of cirque choreographed in collaboration with the maestro. This fusion showcases aerial fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, strongmen and more, some of them world record holders, gold-medal winners and Olympians. The Saturday matinee will be a specially priced abbreviated, family-friendly performance.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Price: $15-$52

more info: 723-7528 or

Membership Oyster Roast

The Preservation Society of Charleston will hold its second annual Membership Oyster Roast, offering a chance to socialize and stroll the grounds of Fenwick Hall. The event will feature local oysters, chili and hot dogs with all the fixings by Charleston Bay Gourmet, beer and wine by Daniel Island Grill, and live entertainment by the V-Tones. If you’re not a member but are interested in becoming one, the ticket price includes a one-year membership.

When: 2-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fenwick Hall, 1709 River Road, Johns Island

Price: $35 for adults, $10 for children 6-12 and children 5 and under get in free.

more info: 722-4630 or

IOP Exchange Club Oyster Roast

The Isle of Palms Exchange Club will host an oyster roast to support its student scholarship program. Attendees can enjoy oysters, chili, hot dogs, a DJ, a silent auction and door prizes.

When: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: 201 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms

Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; children 12 and under get in for half-price

more info: 886-8489 or


The Brain Injury Association of S.C. will hold a fundraising oyster roast to help provide support to individuals with brain injury and their family members. The second annual event will feature oysters, chili, beer, wine and live entertainment from the band Southwood.

When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Gold Bug Island Hall, 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: $35 in advance, $45 at the door

more info: 877-824-3228 or

Swamp Angel Oyster Roast

The Fort Johnson Community Foundation will hold its fourth annual oyster roast in celebration of the 1863 Swamp Angel cannon’s explosion. This piece of James Island history will be recalled with a lighthearted talk featuring historian Douglas Bostick and oysters, chili, hot dogs, desserts and lemonade. The event is BYOB.

When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fort Johnson Estates Civic Club and Pool, 400 Trapier Drive

Price: $20 for those eating oysters, $10 for those not eating oysters, $5 for kids 10 and under

more info: 209-7433 or

Bo’s Roast and Chili Cook Off

The James Island Social Club and Dragon Boat Team will host their third annual oyster roast and chili cook-off. Dig into $10 oyster buckets and free samples of chili from the cook-off. The chili cook-off will include a “Judge’s Choice” award and “People’s Choice” award. Those looking to vote for “People’s Choice” can do so by dropping $1 at their favorite tables. Proceeds will go to Camp Happy Days, which offers support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, special events and access to crisis resources.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Rita’s Seaside Grill, 2 Center St., Folly Beach

Price: $10 for ages 13 and up, $30 VIP includes all-you-can-drink

more info: 442-0190 or