My Charleston Weekend: May 9-15
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Charleston Greek Festival
Take part in a decades-old tradition of culture and entertainment at the Greek Festival. Celebrating its 43rd year, the festival will feature two bands performing Greek music, folk dance performances, cultural exhibits and shops, Greek wines and beverages, and authentic Greek cuisine. Dive into dishes of mousaka, gyro, kebob and more. Additional parking and a shuttle service will run from Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St.
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race St.
Price: $5; $3 for seniors and students; free for kids 12 and under, active military and mothers on Sunday
more info: charlestongreekfestival.com
Spring Invitational Polo Match
Enjoy a day of fun on the farm at the Spring Invitational Polo Match. With two matches, live music, food and beverages from local vendors, and more, it sounds like a perfect Sunday Funday. Attendees are invited to pack a picnic and bring their canine companions, but they must be leashed. McDaniels Audi of Charleston will be on-site with some of the new models on display. The event benefits Rein & Shine, an equine-therapy facility for children and adults with special needs.
When: 11 a.m. Sunday; first match starts at 1 p.m. with the main event at 3 p.m.
Where: Hyde Park Farm & Polo Club, 6763 Davis Road, Ravenel
Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, kids under age 10 get in free
more info: www.hydeparkpoloclub.com or 442-3611
Winestock Music Festival
Billed as “Woodstock with a wine twist,” the inaugural Winestock Music Festival is embracing the Age of Aquarius. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their hippie best (there will be a costume contest) and enjoy live music from The Sweetgrass Girls, The Bullgrapes and The Tarlatans. Don’t forget your blanket (or chairs) to spread out on the lawn. Farm on Fire, Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, Stono Cafe, Diggity Donuts and King of Pops will be on hand serving food. Firefly Vodka and Irvin-House Vineyards will offer tasings; $6 to taste six of 24 flavors of Firefly spirits and $4 to taste five wines, and a glass is included with both. Embrace your inner hippie.
When: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island
Price: $5, kids get in for free
more info: 559-6867 or www.charlestonwine.com
Firefighter Calendar Contest
At what might be the spring’s “hottest” party, Charleston area firefighters will compete for one of the 12 slots in the 2014 Charleston Firefighter Calendar. The guys will be working to impress a group of judges and the crowd for a coveted spot at this 21-and-older event. Proceeds from the contest will go to the Charleston Animal Society.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Music Farm, 32 Ann St.
more info: tinyurl.com/Charleston-Heroes
Best-known for his roles in “Next Friday,” “The Fighting Temptations,” the “Resident Evil” series and “The Hangover,” actor-comedian Mike Epps is on the road performing stand-up. Epps is a longtime funny guy, having started performing stand-up as a teenager. And with a stint on the Def Comedy Jam tour and appearing in the HBO broadcast, he’s sure to make you laugh. Joining him is special guest Dominique, who’s appeared on the “Chappelle’s Show” and is also a “Def Comedy Jam” vet.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
more info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com
North Charleston Arts Festival
Continuing this week, the 31st annual North Charleston Arts Festival has brought together a range of national, regional and local artists and performers for a multitude of events. With numerous free performances, other offerings throughout the week include street dances, concerts, plays, film screenings, kids’ programs, workshops, exhibits and more. But it’s Saturday’s Grand Finale & Food Truck Rodeo at Riverfront Park that you don’t want to miss. From 6-9 p.m., the free event will feature numerous musical performances, poetry, dance performances and a show by HomeSpun Hoops. There also will be children’s activities, including inflatable jump castles, and a variety of sweet and savory food options. The night will conclude with a fireworks show.
When: Through Sunday
Where: Various locations around North Charleston
more info: 740-5854 or www.northcharlestonartsfest.com
Charleston Food Film Festival
New York, Chicago and now Charleston. The Food Film Festival makes its first appearance in Charleston this year with a two-day event. The brainchild of documentary filmmaker and Travel Channel host George Motz, the festival showcases the best and the most memorable of the world’s favorite foods through documentaries, features and shorts, but it takes things to the next level by serving up the food that folks see on-screen, creating a multisensory, full-bodied experience. The Charleston festival will feature Keizo Shimamoto’s ramen all the way from Japan, tasty vegetarian treats from Amanda Cohen and Dirt Candy NYC, dishes from chef Kevin Johnson and The Grocery, and a world premiere of Motz’ new film about Lowcountry shrimping paired with Lowcountry shrimp boil.
Where: GrowFood Carolina, 990 Morrison Drive
more info: www.thefoodfilmfestival.com