My Charleston Weekend: Aug. 28-Sept. 3

Austin Mahone

There's no slowing down this under-21 crowd. Fresh from Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards with three stops between, singer-songwriter Austin Mahone and girl group Fifth Harmony will be performing this weekend on Daniel Island. Mahone, who was nominated for Best Lyric Video for "Mmm Yeah" featuring Pitbull at the VMAs (5 Seconds of Summer won) has been gathering fans since breaking on the scene with hit singles such as "What About Love" and "Banga! Banga!," which have collectively garnered more than 55 million views on YouTube. Pop quintet Fifth Harmony debuted on the second season of "The X Factor," grouped together by creator and judge Simon Cowell after deciding that individual contestants Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Camila Cabello were too special to let go; they finished third. Having just released their new single "BO$$" from their forthcoming full-length album"Reflection" and winning the Moonman for Artist to Watch on Sunday, these girls are riding high and should put on an impressive show. Family Circle Stadium concerts are held rain or shine; seats are subject to weather conditions. Tailgating, camping, vending and overnight parking are strictly prohibited.

When: Saturday, gates open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m.

Where: Family Circle Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $21.50-$61.50

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With a number of recent days involving temperatures in the 90s and the issuing of heat advisories, more than 300,000 gallons of water will offer some welcome relief this weekend. Deluge, an "epic water event," will stream the water from fire hoses, sprinkler systems, water slides, water balloons and guests armed for battle, but the event offers more than a thorough soaking. "Think water park meets music concert and you get the general idea." Local bands Dead 27's, South Street and The Royal Tinfoil will perform throughout the day, with headliner Kat Robichaud of NBC's "The Voice" taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. to premiere her new solo album. Water-based games will be available throughout the stadium; there will be dry zones, but attendees should expect to get wet. Organizers advise that you bag your cell phones or leave them behind. Oh, and don't forget your towel. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Windwood Farm and Family Services, a residential home for young male victims of abuse and neglect.

When: Sunday, gates open at 3 p.m.

Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St.

Price: $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event

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Fifteen chefs representing local restaurants will be facing off in the inaugural Shrimp and Grits Charleston cook-off competition. A traditional Lowcountry dish, shrimp and grits can be prepared a variety of ways, and these chefs have been given free reign, according to organizer Georgia Schrubbe. In addition to tasting the creations from the likes of Poogan's Porch, Stars, Hall's Chophouse and Toast, to name a few, attendees will be able to enjoy live music, a cookbook signing and cocktails from the Striped Pig Distillery and Charleston Distilling Co.; beer and wine will also be available. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charleston Animal Society.

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Visitor Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St.

Price: $30 in advance, $35 at the door; $12 for kids 12 and under

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After a hiatus from the heat - and rain - of July and August, Middleton Place's Weekly Wine Stroll makes its return to the event scene. Attendees will be able to sip on old and new world wine vintages as they stroll through the grounds of the National Historic Landmark, home to "America's oldest landscaped gardens."

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate

For more info: 556-6020 or

It should come as no surprise that there are a number of events and clubs dedicated to the shag, as it is South Carolina's state dance. This weekend, the Dockside Bar and Grill, the town of Edisto Beach and the Edisto Chamber of Commerce are celebrating shag by sponsoring the Edisto Beach Music & Shag Fest. Featuring two days of arts and craft vendors, food vendors, shag exhibitions, live music and more, shag fans of all ages are sure to find something to enjoy. Friday will feature music to dance from DJ Jim Bowers, the Shem Creek Boogie Band and The Embers featuring Craig Woolard. Bowers will again spin on Saturday, joined by Steve Craig and The Out of Towners Band and the East Coast Party Band, with a shag competition for everyone set for 9 p.m.

When: Friday-Saturday; the park will open at noon Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Bay Creek Park (located next to the Edisto Marina) on Edisto Beach

Price: Free for those under age 13

For more info: 869-3867 or

The Park Circle Film Society and Carolina Surf Film Festival have teamed up to host a screening and party in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bruce Brown's cinematic surfing opus, "Endless Summer." The event will kick off with a party featuring live music from the Tape Waves and The Brushfires, food trucks, vendors, hula hooping, games for kids and more. The screening "Endless Summer" will roll at 7 p.m. The documentary follows two surfers around the world as they search for the perfect wave.

When: Saturday, the party starts at 5 p.m. with the film rolling at 7 p.m.

Where: Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave., North Charleston

Price: The party is free; the screening is $5, $2 for Park Circle Film Society members

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Race for the Cure team the Shotgun Fairies is inviting folks to saddle up for their "showdown with cancer." With all of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a series of runs that raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, the Shotgun Fairies' fundraiser aims to be one of the largest in the country with a goal of raising $100,000. With the local race set for Oct. 18, this event will feature live music, food from Cru Catering, specialty drinks, a raffle and more. The live and silent auction is slated to be the highlight of the evening, with more than 100 items and events up for grabs. From a five-night stay at Wild Dunes to a custom golf cart to gift certificates from numerous restaurants, the list is impressive, so don your jeans and cowboy boots and get that bidding arm ready.

When: 7-11 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Ruins at Beresford Hall, 464 Royal Assembly Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $40 at the door

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