Charleston Bluegrass Festival
Awendaw Green, The Southern Bar & Grill and Sewee Outpost have teamed up for this two-day showcase of traditional Bluegrass music. The festival will feature performances by Town Mountain with Jim Lauderdale, Blue Billy Grit, The Corduroy Road, The Bushels, Packaway Handle Band, Underhill Rose, Great Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band, The Empty Bottle String Band, Cranford and Sons, Seven Handle Circus and more. Food and drinks will be available. A portion of the proceeds from this rain-or-shine event will benefit the Awendaw Community Outreach Center.
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Sewee Outpost, 4853 U.S. Highway 17, Awendaw
Price: $20 for individual day tickets; $30 for both days
more info: charlestonbluegrassfestival.com
Garden Club of Charleston walking tour
The Garden Club of Charleston will take you on a walking tour of some of the finest houses and gardens on the peninsula during its 78th annual event. Each of the homes on the tour will feature flower arrangements by members of the club. Refreshments will be served in one of the gardens. Proceeds benefit the club’s continuing projects, including maintaining the gardens at the Manigault House, Heyward-Washington House, Gateway Walk, Healing Garden at the Medical University of South Carolina, Museum Courtyard Garden and the garden at the Historic Confederate Home.
When: 2-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Historic District in downtown Charleston
more info: www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org
Kiawah Island Art & House Tour
Enjoy this rare chance to peek behind the gate and see some of Kiawah’s most exclusive properties in this 13th annual event. Sponsored by the Gibbes Museum of Art, the tour features five homes filled with world-class collections of contemporary art. Tickets also include a pass to the Gibbes.
When: 1-5 p.m. Friday
Where: Kiawah Island
more info: www.gibbesetc.org
Family Circle Cup
The nine-day women’s tennis tournament is back, bringing with it a number of stars from the tennis world, including Sloane Stephens and Venus and Serena Williams. Marking 41 years, organizers are celebrating in a big way by adding events to the tournament. While the Cup is rooted in the competition that has more than 90 players battling for the trophy, the event offers so much more. Today and Friday, catch the last two Happy Hours, which will feature drink specials, live music by Travis Allison and permanent Vacation, respectively, and more. On Saturday, the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Family Circle Cup join forces to present a Street Party that will include live music by Soul Fish, food, drinks and fun; those still wearing their race bibs will be treated like VIPs.
When: Through Sunday
Where: Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island
Price: $10-$80 for individual events; $90-$525 for ticket packages; Street Party is $40 and includes a ticket to the semifinals
more info: www.familycirclecup.com
Habitat for Humanity auction
Sea Island Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 35th year and 300th home with an evening of dining and dancing. The event will include a seated dinner and live music from the Port Authority Band. The event will be capped off by Habitat’s biannual auction event, which will feature a silent auction, a live auction with auctioneer Tom Crawford and an exclusive wine auction. All proceeds will benefit Sea Island Habitat for Humanity.
When: 5-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: The River Course Clubhouse, River Course Lane, Kiawah Island
More Info: 768-0998 or www.seaislandhabitat.org
Shine, Shimmer and Shag
Be sure to wear your dancing shoes as you boogie the night away at a benefit raising money for the children served by Lowcountry Orphan Relief. Heavy appetizers will sate your appetite, and wine, beer and soft drinks will keep you hydrated as you take part in dance instruction by Arthur Murray Dance Studios. A silent auction will cap off the night.
When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.
More Info: 747-4099 or www.lowcountryorphanrelief.org