Ballparks and beer ... Need we really say more? The two go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it should really come as no surprise that a ballpark would host a beer festival. This year marks the 12th annual Ballpark Festival of Beers at The Joe, an event that will offer attendees the chance to sample more than 100 varieties of beer, including American and international ales, stouts, lagers, pilsners and specialty brews. Presented by The Kickin' Chicken, the festival will feature live music by The Blue Plantation Band and Midnight City, corn hole and a number of local food trucks, including The Kickin' Chicken, Hello My Name is BBQ, Roti Rolls, Cast Iron and the Creole Food Truck. The Ballpark Festival of Beers will be held rain or shine. Children and pets are not permitted at this 21-and-over event. A valid ID is required for entry.
When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St.
Price: Advance tickets are $25 at area Kickin' Chicken locations; advance and day-of tickets are $30 at the RiverDogs Box Office or online; designated driver wristbands are $15 and will be available the day-of at the Box Office; parking is $5
For more info: http://rileyparkevents.com/BeerFest.html
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and the Healthy Lifestyle Network have teamed up to present the inaugural South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival. Inviting attendees to "celebrate Jamaica Day in the Carolinas," the event will offer folks a taste of Caribbean food, Reggae wines, and Caribbean arts and crafts. Special guest Diana Ogilvie will discuss her film "The Jamaican Jerk Tour," with a showing starting at 1 p.m. The day will continue with a domino tournament and youth showcase at 2 p.m., a jerk cook-off starting at 3 p.m., a pepper eating contest at 4 p.m. and more. Music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day, including a performance by The Dubplates. Admission to the event includes a wine glass and wine tasting, as well as garden admission; designated driver admission includes garden admission. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Healthy Lifestyle Network, a nonprofit formed to teach self-management skills to adults and children "to change lifestyle and improvement health outcomes." Toys and stuffed animals will be collected at the event for children in Charleston and Jamaica.
When: Noon-8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road
Price: Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of; children under age 12 get in free; admission for those under 21 and for designated drivers is $12; parking is free
For more info: www.screggaejerkfestival.com
Many may remember that iconic episode of "I Love Lucy" where "the most famous redhead of all" stomps grapes while working at a vineyard. Attendees of Irvin-House Vineyards' Grape Stomping Festival will get the chance to relive one of the most memorable moments in television as Lucy Look-A-Like contestants get down and dirty with native muscadine grapes. The 11th annual festival will feature live music, local craft vendors, a jump castle, face painting, hula hoops and more. Local food vendors such as Coastal Crust, Home Team BBQ, Stono Cafe, Dulce Truck, King of Pops and Ben & Jerry's will be on-site. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House Vineyard winery will be available; $6 to taste six of 24 flavors of Firefly spirits and $5 to sample five wines. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket; coolers are not permitted. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Frierson Elementary School.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island
Price: $10 per car
For more info: www.charlestonwine.com
The folks behind the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival are gearing up for their milestone 10th anniversary next year (March 4-8). To kick things off, they're again hosting their ticket launch party, this year called Party @ The Power House. Presented by Limehouse Produce, attendees will be able to enjoy collaborations between some of Charleston's favorite chefs and food trucks, including The Lunchbox and Tim Richardson of Hank's; Roadside Seafood and Mike Lata of The Ordinary and FIG; AutoBanh and Kevin Johnson of The Grocery; Outta My Huevos and Jaques Larson of The Obstinate Daughter and Wild Olive; Cory's Grilled Cheese and Emily Hahn of Warehouse; Refuelers and Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca and Coda del Pesce; Roti Rolls and Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh; Carolina Creole and Patrick Owens of Langdon's and Opal. With live music adding to the star-light ambiance, the evening will be topped off by deserts from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and King of Pops.
When: 7-10 p.m. Wednesday; the rain date is Sept. 3
Where: The Power House in the Charleston Navy Yard, 1975 N. Hobson Ave., North Charleston
For more info: http://charlestonwineandfood.com
In its sixth year, Louie's Kids' marquee fundraiser is shaking things up a bit. While last year's event was held at the South Carolina Aquarium, this year's competition will be moving to a more intimate venue, The Ordinary. As such, the number of tickets will be capped at 80, so get them while they last. Presented by Whole Foods, the culinary competition raises funds for Louie's Kids, a national nonprofit that helps treat childhood obesity and aims to help kids live a healthier, more productive life. This year's chef lineup includes The Ordinary's own Mike Lata, Marc Collins from Circa 1886, Craig Diehl from Cypress and Michelle Weaver from Charleston Grill. The chefs, teamed up with a child from the Louie's Kids program who has demonstrated a commitment to forming healthy habits and an active lifestyle, will be serving farm-to-table inspired menus.
When: 7-9:30 p.m. Monday
Where: The Ordinary, 544 King St.
For more info: 414-7060
Tanger Outlets is kicking off the back-to-school shopping season with some help from Disney star Bridgit Mendler, who will perform a mini concert at 6 p.m. Friday followed by a Q&A session and autograph signing. The "Good Luck Charlie" actress will appear as part of Tanger's KidSTYLE Tour and Fashion Camp, where children of all ages can participate in two days of food, fitness and fashion. Saturday's event will feature outdoor relays and in-store events. Throughout the two days, kids and teens will be able to get tips from local experts about fashion design and styling, as well as participate in interactive classes on topics such as hair, nail and skin care, modeling, dance, fitness and more. A number of gourmet food trucks will be on-site both days.
Where: Tanger Outlets Charleston, 4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston
For more info: www.tangeroutlet.com/charleston