Ladybugs freedom flight

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will host its third annual kid-friendly Ladybug Release beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday about 150,000 ladybugs are released to prey on aphids and other harmful insects.

“They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”

While Mel Gibson’s iconic quote from “Braveheart” (1995) is unlikely to be shouted from the corners of the gardens at Magnolia Plantation, legions of ladybugs will be released skyward at the third annual Ladybug Release. A red Volkswagen beetle, decked out like the bespeckled insect, will signal the start of the mass exodus, as children take their own containers of ladybugs to assist. Kids are encouraged to dress as ladybugs for a costume contest and other activities include face painting, storytelling, nature displays, interactive demonstrations and more. Ladybugs are natural predators to harmful insects, making them environmentally friendly to the gardens.

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

where: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston

price: $15 adult; $10 ages 6-12 years; free for children 5 years and younger

more info: 843-571-1266,

Rockin’ at the Riverfront

The City of North Charleston, in collaboration with Ear for Music and ICEBOX, have brought back the weekly Rockin’ the River Concert Series for a summer of family fun and music for the masses at Riverfront Park along the banks of the Cooper. Tonight’s concert will feature local multigenre party band Super Deluxe, with future performances from The Dubplates for Reggae Night, the Dave Matthews Tribute Band, Nu-jazz and R&B rockers Ellen Drive, with Departure, The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band, for the finale on Aug. 18. There will be a kids’ zone for the younger party people and food trucks and beer and wine vendors will be on site. Leave your coolers at home, but bring your blankets and chairs for comfort.

when: 5:30 p.m. gates, 6:30-9:30 p.m. concert (today)

where: Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston

price: Free parking and admission

more info: 843-554-5700,

Bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yay

The inaugural Bow Wow Film Festival will celebrate all things d-o-double-g with screenings of dog-centric short films, vendors and exhibits, raffles and more, with all proceeds to benefit Pet Helpers. The films feature themes of dogs as adventure buddies, service dogs and of course, the lifelong best friend of man. Bring your brood and be entertained, educated and enlightened, as well as walk away with some free stuff for your pup. The event will begin with a Yappy Hour, followed by two 40-minute reels of short films, with some breaks in between.

when: 5-10 p.m. Wednesday

where: The Screen Door, 1271 Folly Road, James Island

price: $10 adult advance; $15 adult at-the-door; $5 ages 12 years and younger

more info: 843-795-1110, 843-573-7200,,

Palmetto Music Festival

The Palmetto Music Festival is touting itself as a “country hick hop” festival, featuring genre-crossing country, Southern rock and rap acts, such as The Lacs (Georgia), known for songs about beer drinking and mud-bogging (endearingly referred to as “Southern-influenced poems,” according to the band’s website), and alternative country and hip-hop artist Demun Jones (Georgia), both on Colt Ford’s Average Joes record label. Also performing will be country rap singer-songwriter, Lenny Cooper (North Carolina), also known as the Crown Prince of the Mud Diggers ... he, too, has a love of mud-bogging. Redneck Souljers (Tennessee) will also take the stage, along with local country/rockabilly/Americana artist Brady Smith as the opening act. Coolers will not be allowed but concessions will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Ages 10 years and older only.

when: 3 p.m. gates Saturday

where: Hanahan Ampitheater, 3100 Mabeline Road

price: $25 general advance; $30 general day-of-show; $40 VIP advance; $45 VIP day-of-show

more info:,

‘Let the Good Times Roll’

It makes no difference if you’re young or old, Brad and Jennifer Moranz are back with “Let the Good Times Roll,” their musical variety show of the summer. The performances are all new, with selections ranging from Adele and Whitney Houston to “The Little Mermaid” and “Phantom of the Opera,” as well as covering other rock, pop and country genres. Performers include Rodney Archie, principal soloist with the Harlem Gospel Choir; Lakieta Bagwell-Graves, who has performed with country superstars Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn; Kindred Moore of Mount Pleasant; local violinist/pianist Robbi Kenney; Tamika Peoples, daughter of former Four Tops and Temptations lead singer Theo Peeples; and many more. Vincent Chicco’s, located next door to the Music Hall, will offer a “dinner and a show” option with a pre-fixe dinner menu.

when: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday

where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., downtown Charleston

price: $36 adult; $33 military/senior (ages 62 years and older); $19 student; $16 ages 12 years and younger; $66 dinner and a show

more info: 843-853-2252, 1-800-514-3849,