With the weather finally acknowledging the fact that it’s almost May — I’ll deem the past weekend as a fluke — it’s time to really enjoy the great outdoors and the beautiful place where we live. And what better way to do that than with an outdoor party, or four.
Party at the Point
Making its return to the scene Friday is Charleston’s “premier happy hour concert series,” Party at the Point.
An annual event series celebrating its 11th year, these weekly outdoor concerts take place 5:30-9:30 p.m. every Friday at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina at Patriot’s Point. The 2013 season runs through June 28.
In addition to an impressive lineup of live music, which can be viewed at www.charlestonpartyatthepoint.com, the event also offers a full cash bar.
This week’s show will be put on by Blue Monday, a Charlotte-based band that specializes in a tribute to the MTV revolution of music. Expect to hear songs right out of the trend-setting ’80s such as “Living on a Prayer,” “Rebel Yell” and “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Tickets range from $5-$7 (except for the last show, which will be $15). Free parking will be available as well as valet parking for $5.
Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina is at 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.
Shaggin’ on the Cooper
Yet another annual summer staple is Charleston County Park and Recreation’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper.
The dance series at the Mount Pleasant Pier off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard in Mount Pleasant will kick off Saturday with live music by local band Groove Train, a high-energy group that performs everything from classic R&B to pop, rock favorites and more recent hits.
Held on a Saturday monthly through Sept. 7, gates open at 7 p.m. with the music beginning at 8 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $10 or $8 for Charleston County residents, and it’s recommended that advance purchases are made, as tickets are limited. New this year is the “All-Access Dance Card,” a season pass to all of the Shaggin’ on the Cooper and Moonlight Mixer events (Moonlight Mixers begin at the end of May on Folly Beach). The passes are $84 or $60 for Charleston County residents, for both series. Passes for the Moonlight Mixer series or the Shaggin’ on the Cooper series also can be purchased for $48 or $36 for Charleston County residents.
Call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com/shaggin.
Yet another series, one that is going strong with events scheduled through Nov. 2, is Sippin’ Saturdays at Irvin-House Vineyards on Wadmalaw Island.
From noon-4 p.m., enjoy a day at the winery. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House winery are $6 to taste six of 24 flavors of Firefly Spirits and $4 to taste five wines.
In addition, Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio, and wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle.
Live music will begin at 1 p.m. and will be provided by Bret Mosley. Food will be available from Lowcountry Creole.
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Pets are allowed but must be leashed.
Admission is free, but drinks and food must be purchased. Irvin-House Vineyards is at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. Call 559-6867 or go to www.charlestonwine.com.
An event series that is in the process of winding down, Folly Fridays has three more nights of fun before calling it quits on its first year.
Hosted by the Folly Association of Business, Folly Beach businesses band together to offer food and drink specials, live entertainment, prizes, giveaways and more.
Sponsored by Mix 95.9 and Corona and Corona Light, Slammin’ Sammy from Mix 95.9 will broadcast his afternoon show (3-7 p.m.) live from Loggerhead’s Beach Grill, 123 W. Ashley Ave., which will be serving up $3.50 Coronas.
Starting at 6 p.m., a number of musicians will perform around town. Find a schedule of who will be playing where at www.visitfolly.com.