Being an avid dog lover, I’m always thrilled when I come across events that I can bring my four-legged fur baby to.

It’s even better when the event is held specifically for puppy parents; we all understand each other and our fierce love of our additional family members.

So I was thrilled when I saw that Palmetto Islands County Park was returning to the lineup of great, inexpensive outdoor events.

Read on to learn more about this event and more happening in the area over the next week.

Pups, Yups, Food Trucks

After work Thursday, pick up your pup and head over to Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant for an evening of socializing, live music and more.

The Pups, Yups, and Food Trucks event is back in action after a summer-heat hiatus, and Thursday’s event will feature live music by Big John Belly and offerings from the food trucks Cast Iron and Charleston Festival Foods. The event runs from 5-8 p.m.

Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited. And remember, all pets must be leashed outside the dog park. Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Palmetto Islands County Park is at 444 Needlerush Parkway in Mount Pleasant.

Call 795-4386 or go to

Third Thursday

This month’s Third Thursday event in downtown Summerville will feature live music, adorable dogs and cool cars.

Sponsored by JoAnn’s Fabric and Crafts, Thursday’s event will feature vendor booths set up throughout Hutchinson Square including LowCountry Olive Oil, Dorchester Habitat, It Works, Healthy Home Foods, FancyK9s, Sweetgrass Animal Hospital, Francis R. Willis SPCA, Lowcountry Animal Rescue, Cutco Cutlery, Eat/Sleep/Play, Charleston Spine Center, Hospice of Charleston and Hallmark Health Care.

While browsing the pieces on the Art Walk, enjoy music from guitarist Ulyana Machneva, who will perform on Short Central from 5:30-7 p.m. The Charleston Hot Shots will be performing at People Places and Quilts while The St. Paul’s Youth Band will be behind Guerin’s Pharmacy.

Lowcountry Muscle Cars will have classics on display, which is always a crowd favorite.

The event runs 5-8 p.m. Go to

Dive-In Movie

The Sanctuary pool at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, One Sanctuary Beach Drive, will again play host to its Dive-In Movie series Thursday.

Families are invited to swim or lounge at the pool while watching this week’s film, “Field of Dreams.” The classic movie stars Kevin Costner as an Iowa corn farmer, who hears voices and interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields.

The movie, which begins at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to or call Leisure Services at 768-6253.

Music on the Green

On Friday, Freshfields Village will host another instillation in its annual Music on the Green concert series.

From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by Skate Rink Jukebox, a Charlotte-based band that performs a wide variety of music, including dance, R&B, rock, country, reggae, beach and easy listening.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. Go to for more.

Sippin’ Saturdays

Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island, again hosts its long-running series Sippin’ Saturdays this weekend.

From noon-4 p.m., enjoy live music by Jefferson Coker and food from Linens BBQ as you sip on tastings from the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House winery. Tastings are $6 for six samples of 24 flavors of Firefly Spirits and $5 for five wines. Patrons also will receive a complimentary glass during both tastings.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend an afternoon under the oaks. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Coolers are not allowed.

Call 559-6867 or go to

Summer Concert Series

Another event at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the Saturday Summer Concert Series, the last one on its calendar.

Held on The Grand Lawn from 5-8 p.m., this week’s free show will feature Common Ground, a local bluegrass outfit that performs traditional music and their own original tunes.

This family-friendly event is open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring beach chairs or blankets. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Shaggin’ on the Cooper

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 feature live music by Palmetto Soul, a sextet that performs pop, jazz, R&B, classic rock, beach music, soul and country.

Gates open at 7 p.m. Saturday 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.

Call 795-4386 or go to

Kick It at Bohicket

On Tuesday, consider checking out the weekly Kick It at Bohicket event, a free family fun night featuring music, a jump castle, face painting, and a variety of games and activities.

Sponsored by the Bohicket Merchants Association and the town of Seabrook, the event will be 6-9 p.m. (weather permitting) at Bohicket Marina and Market, 1880 Andell Bluff Blvd. on Seabrook Island. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Marina restaurants and shops. Call 768-1280.

Kiawah Sundown Fest

Yet another weekly event, this one at Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island, is the Kiawah Sundown Festival.

From 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, enjoy a live band, Southern lawn games and an inflatable bounce house. Night Heron Grill will be open extended hours throughout the event.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 768-6253 or go to

Starlight Cinema

Another event happening at Freshfields Village, this one on Wednesday, is the Starlight Cinema movie series.

A free outdoor screening of “Jumanji” begins at 8:30 p.m. on the Village Green. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

Based on the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, “Jumaji” stars Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, a man who was sucked into a board game as a kid. When two kids find and play that magical board game, they release him, along with a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.