My Charleston Weekend: From wrestling to the Carifest, there's lots to do

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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John Cena will make an appearance at the North Charleston Coliseum on Monday as part of WWE Raw.
  • Audrey Antrobus from St. Vincent dances at the Charleston Carifest at Brittlebank Park in 2011.
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    Audrey Antrobus from St. Vincent dances at the Charleston Carifest at Brittlebank Park in 2011.

  • A blue marlin that was caught and released by angler Bob Faith aboard Carama jumps across the surface during a past Carolina Billfish Classic.
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    A blue marlin that was caught and released by angler Bob Faith aboard Carama jumps across the surface during a past Carolina Billfish Classic.

WWE Raw

The bygone era of “rasslin',” where the lines were clearly drawn between good guys and bad guys, has been replaced by today's version of “sports entertainment,” with all the glitz and glamour of a major Broadway production. And local wrestling fans will get a chance to witness the spectacle up close and personal when World Wrestling Entertainment, the industry's gold standard, brings its Monday Night Raw event to the area for the first time in five years. Catch superstar favorites including WWE Champion John Cena, Celtic Warrior Sheamus, Ryback, The Viper Randy Orton, World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler, The Shield, the Divas and more. Note that the lineup is subject to change.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $15-$95

For more info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com or www.wwe.com

Charleston Carifest

Did you know June is Caribbean American Heritage Month? To help celebrate, the South Carolina Caribbean Culture & Heritage Inc. group will highlight the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago during its eighth annual Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival. The multiday event features a symposium Thursday featuring a Q & A with the Trinidad ambassador to the U.S. and the Trinidad consulate general; a semi-formal Masquerade Fete on Friday; a Caribbean Carnival and Street Parade on Saturday followed by a White After Party.

When: Through Saturday

Where: Various locations throughout the Charleston area

Price: Ticket price varies depending on event

For more info: charlestoncarifest.com or facebook.com/charlestoncarifest

Carolina Billfish Classic

As the state's first multiport billfishing tournament, the Carolina Billfish Classic promises to take billfishing to a whole new level. The event allows locals and out-of-state anglers to compete; meatfish weigh-ins and events will be held at Toler's Cove and Georgetown Landing Marinas, but blue marlin weigh-ins will be held at Toler's Cove, tournament headquarters. In addition to fishing, there will be on-shore entertainment, including musical performances by Chris Crosby, Soul Fish Duo and The Charleston Groove Factory. But the big on-shore event is Saturday's fifth annual auction and raffle event benefitting the South Carolina Memorial Reef.

When: Through Saturday

Where: Various locations

Price: Prices vary

For more info: www.fishcbc.com or 345-0369

Juneteenth Festival

For the 16th year, the Lowcountry Juneteenth Association will hold its annual festival honoring the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S., national Juneteenth celebrations often focus on education and self-improvement, and this one is no different. With legal and medical professionals on hand as well as additional educational information, you'll likely learn something. There also will be music, fashion, art, storytellers, dance, poetry, African drummers, face painting and jump castles.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Jenkins Orphanage, 3923 Azalea Drive, North Charleston

Price: Free

For more info: 552-9086 or 729-2393

Wine Stroll

Middleton Place's weekly wine strolls, which have been taking place since late March, will be taking a break from the heat of July and August, so jump on the last one or you'll have to wait until Sept. 4 when they resume. Started four years ago as a way for visitors to experience the gardens in a different light and different atmosphere, the event features specially selected wines from around the world that are chosen by Middleton Place Restaurant's sommelier.

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: $20, members of the Middleton Place Foundation receive $5 off

For more info: www.middletonplace.org or 832-556-6020

A Night in Monte Carlo

The Charleston Library Society and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's Remix young professionals group are throwing an old-world casino experience event. Featuring food, drinks, games and music from Remix, enjoy a night of fun at the tables.

When: 8 p.m. tonight

Where: Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

Price: $50 for Charleston Library Society members, $65 for nonmembers

For more info: www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org or 723-9912