Charleston Pride Festival

Moving from North Charleston to downtown Charleston, this year’s Pride Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. With a full week of events, things continue today with the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) Symposium at the Charleston Marriott, while Thursday happy hour at DIG in the Park will be taken over by the LGBT community as the kick-off event of the Pride Festival. A Pride Festival Meet & Greet will be held Friday at the AquaTerrace Bar at the Charleston Marriott. Saturday is the big day as the nonprofit group takes the Pride Parade downtown for the first time. The morning parade starts on Ann Street and will continue down King Street to Broad Street and end at Colonial Lake. Later that afternoon, the Pride Rally will be held at Brittlebank Park, complete with a beer garden, food trucks, performers, speakers and vendors. On Sunday, Joe Pasta will play host to Brunch is a Drag.

When: Today-Sunday

Where: Various locations around the Charleston area

Price: Free-$20

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Iron Brew

Last year’s inaugural Iron Brew event was a hit, so Mellow Mushroom Charleston and Holy City Brewing have decided to move it into year two. The home brew festival has competitors squaring off with their concoctions made over the past three months using this year’s ingredients: rosemary, lavender, coriander seed and basil. The beers will be showcased and available for sampling, with the winner to be announced that day. The prize is the brew will be made by Holy City and sold exclusively at Mellow Mushroom Charleston and Avondale. Other home brewers are welcome to bring beers outside of the competition to show off their skills. While the focus is on the beer, there also will be live music from local blues/rock band Weigh Station and hot slices of pizza served up from the Mellow Bake Bus. All proceeds from the event will go to the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, a local nonprofit that awards scholarships to students with disabilities.

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Holy City Brewing, 4155 C Dorchester Road, North Charleston

Price: $10

50/50/1 concert event

Bud Light Music First has been celebrating music all summer long, but the culmination will be a “never-before-seen music event” featuring one concert in every state on a single day. You read that right, 50 concerts in 50 states in one day. The South Carolina concert will feature Sick Puppies, an Australian band that has seen success with its sophomore release, “Tri-Polar,” which includes four Top 10 Rock tracks and led to an appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” (Read more about the band on Page 15) Other artists performing are Dierks Bentley, Phillip Phillips, Big Boi, Jimmy Eat World and Halestorm, among others. Bud Light will live stream select performances on the Bud Light Music First Myspace hub.

When: Thursday

Where: The Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

Price: $15-$17

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Charleston Bridal Show

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 2,118,000 marriages in the U.S. in 2011. Based on that number, there’s always someone planning a wedding. For those in the area that are, you’re in luck as the 12th annual Charleston Bridal Show will be held this weekend. Wedding planning can take a lot of work, and at times it can seem overwhelming with all the choices, but the folks behind the show have aimed to bring everything from catering to cakes, photographers to venue representatives, musicians and DJs to florists to one place. See the latest bridal fashions as you interact with more than 75 vendors. Attendees will also be able to sample hors d’oeuvres and wedding cakes as they listen to musicians perform throughout the event.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd.

Price: $10

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The made-for-TV Syfy movie that caused a social media storm just a few weeks ago is making its way to theaters nationwide for a special one-night showing. The disaster flick, which has already attained cult classic status, stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and John Heard as folks trying to survive freak shark-filled tornados that barrage L.A. In addition to the film, the event will feature a behind-the-scenes featurette and a gag reel.

When: Midnight Friday

Where: Regal Charlestowne Square 18, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston and Regal Azalea Square Stadium 16, 215 Azalea Square Blvd., Summerville

Price: $12.50

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USGA Championships Women’s Amateur

One of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships, the Women’s Amateur will be held in South Carolina for the first time this year. The week-long event has been conducted since 1895 with only two exceptions, 1917-18 for World War I and 1942-45 for World War II. The championship will include a starting field of 156 players, all of whom will be competing for the Cox Trophy, the only USGA trophy donated by a person from another country and the oldest survivor among trophies for USGA championships. Spectators are encouraged to attend.

When: Monday-Aug. 11

Where: Country Club of Charleston, Country Club Drive

Price: Free

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