After the lull of the holiday season, things are really starting to pick up again in the Charleston area. So let’s not waste any time, or space, with small talk and jump right in to what you can do this weekend for under $15.

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Second Sunday

This month’s Second Sunday on King Street will be one to remember.

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, which officially begins Feb. 15, will have an information and ticket sales tent on-site.

In addition, stores will be decorating their windows with a wildlife theme, many of which will feature puppies from the Charleston Animal Society.

The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival and Charleston Fashion Week also will have information and ticket sales tents. The Wine + Food Festival is scheduled Feb. 28-March 3, while Fashion Week is set for March 19-23.

In addition, musicians will line the streets, as will 2013 models of Pathfinder, Altima and Sentra from Morris Nissan. Copper Penny will celebrate the reopening of its newly remodeled Shooz with a reception at 317 King St., and the Gibbes Museum of Art will offer free admission.

Second Sunday on King runs 1-5 p.m. Go to or

Chinese New Year

Also on Sunday from 2-6 p.m., the Chinese Association in Greater Charleston will celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Snake.

The event will include traditional Chinese music, dances and singing followed by a banquet of Chinese foods. The banquet will begin about 4 p.m. There also will be door prizes and more.

The event will be held at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 7396 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston. Parking is free. Admission is free for CAGC members if their annual membership is paid at the entrance ($25 for an individual, $50 for a family, $20 for a student individual, $40 for a student family). Admission for nonmembers is $15, $10 for students, $5 for ages 6-12, and kids 5 and under get in free.

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Season opener

Yet another Sunday event is the Lowcountry Highrollers’ round robin tournament season opener. Catch all three local teams —the Swampfoxes, the Ashley Riverdolls and the Holy City Heartbreakers — as they duke it out.

The action starts at 6 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Center, 1523 Folly Road on James Island. Food trucks will be on-site to curb your appetite.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 10 and under. You can purchase your tickets at the door or in advance at If you bring an item of pet food to benefit Pet Helpers, you can get $1 off admission at the door or a free raffle ticket.

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Blues Jam and Roast

Sunday is a popular day as we have one more event to mention, the Allstar Blues Jam & Oyster Roast.

While the Lowcountry Blues Bash will be taking a hiatus after 22 years, Home Team BBQ is trying to keep the tradition alive with a lineup of shows and events.

On Sunday from noon-10 p.m. at Home Team’s West Ashley location, get a taste of the blues with Tommy Thunderfoot and Skye Paige as they emcee the afternoon and Johnny Mac & the Booty Ranch as they headline that evening. In addition to the tunes, attendees can enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters for just $10. Home Team BBQ in West Ashley is at 1205 Ashley River Road. Go to

Cork Shuckin’ Festival

Since we’re on the subject, let’s throw out a few more events to get you hungry.

Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island, will be hosting its second annual Cork Shuckin’ Festival 1-5 p.m. Saturday.

The vineyard is celebrating the new year with all-you-can-eat oysters ($15) from Holy City Seafood and other food options from Stono Cafe and Diggity Donuts.

Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House winery will be available. And don’t forget to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music of the Bullgrapes from Frogmore.

Admission is free, but all food and drink will require purchase. Get details by calling 559-6867 or going to

Block Party

The Barbeque Joint, 1083 E. Montague Ave. in Park Circle, celebrates its fifth anniversary from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Dig into $10 all-you-can-eat oysters, with proceeds benefiting the Carolina Youth Development Center in North Charleston. The center’s mission is to “assist children in reaching their full potential as healthy and well-adjusted individuals by delivering a continuum of prevention, assessment, intervention and treatment services.” Find out more at

In addition to the oysters, enjoy the Barbeque Joint’s signature barbecue and sauces and King of Pops tasty treats.

Live music will be performed throughout the day. Play a game or two of corn hole, catch an appearance by the Lowcountry High Rollers, dress like a cowboy and get your photo taken with a pony and more. Go to

Fat Tuesday Party

For those who are all about celebrating Fat Tuesday, your time has come.

Voodoo Tiki Bar, 15 Magnolia Road in Avondale, will be throwing its annual Fat Tuesday Party 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on, you guessed it, Tuesday.

With an aim to make the event all about celebrating the music, food and culture of New Orleans and Fat Tuesday, the Quentin Baxter’s Dixieland Jazz Band, The Who Dat Brass Band and Quiana Parlor will be providing the tunes while folks dine on New Orleans-inspired food and drink specials.

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed up and be lively as beads, masks, medallions and more will be handed out throughout the night.

Admission is $5. Find out more at