This is yet another one of those epically busy weekends in Charleston, so I'll waste no more space and just dive right in.
Party at the Point
Charleston's "premier happy hour concert series" makes a return appearance Friday to kick of its 14th season.
The long-running annual summer concert series, which introduced a fall series of shows, will return to the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with bands start at 6:30 p.m.
The first band this season to perform will be The Dave Matthews Tribute Band.
Tickets are $5-$7. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5. The event features a full cash bar, including $3 draft beer while it lasts.
For more, go to www.CharlestonPartyAtThePoint.com.
Shaggin' on the Cooper
Yet another annual summer staple that marks its return this weekend 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 the Royal Scotsmen Band.
Held on a Saturday monthly through Sept. 13, gates open at 7 p.m. with the music beginning at 8 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at this event for all ages.
Tickets are $10 or $8 for Charleston County residents, and it's recommended that advance purchases are made as tickets are limited. Offered again this year is the "All-Access Dance Card," a season pass to all of the Shaggin' on the Cooper events. The passes are $48 or $36 for Charleston County residents.
For more information, call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com/shaggin.
Wine Down Wednesday
And while two series are ramping up, another in winding down.
Another Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission event, Wine Down Wednesday wraps up this round next week.
Offering folks a chance to check out a park that is not yet open to the public, the event is held at Old Towne Creek County Park from 5-7 p.m. Attendees will be able to enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music while taking in the sights of the new West Ashley park.
Admission is $20, $15 for Charleston County residents, and includes a commemorative wine glass.
For more information, call 795-4386 or go to www.charlestoncountyparks.com.
Spring Concert Series
Freshfields Village, at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands, continues its three-part Spring Concert Series this weekend.
Held on the Village Green, the free, family-friendly concert Friday will feature music by Port Authority, a quartet that delivers hits from the '60s to today. The concert will be 6-9 p.m.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
Gun, Knife & Militaria
The South Carolina Arms Collectors Association returns to North Charleston this weekend for the Gun, Knife & Militaria Show.
Held at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, attendees will be able to check out antique guns, modern guns, ammo, knives and more.
The show runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 at the door.
For more, go to www.scaca.net.
Music for the Heart
Yet another concert event this weekend is the Music for the Heart event, a fundraiser to support the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's annual Heart Walk.
The outdoor concert will be at Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., in Mount Pleasant and will feature music by Glamnation, Ellen Drive, Headrush and Sugar High.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the rain or shine event.
Tickets are $10, with kids 12 and under getting in for free.