Cocktail competition kicks off busy weekend

Charleston Distilling Co. will celebrate the launch of its new ginger cinnamon whiskey liqueur, Tolerance, at the Tolerance Cocktail Competition.

Whew! I don’t know about you, but looking at all the stuff that’s going on this weekend makes me want to take a breather.

This is another one of those classic Charleston weekends when there’s such an intriguing variety of events happening, not to mention the sheer number of them, that your best bet in choosing what to go to is either closing your eyes and pointing to a selection or pulling your choices out of a hat.

So, let’s get started in challenging your decision-making skills:

If you’re looking for something to do Thursday, consider heading over to the Charleston Distilling Co., 501 King St., for the Tolerance Cocktail Competition.

Serving as a benefit for the Green Heart Project, the event will celebrate the launch of Tolerance, Charleston Distilling Co.’s ginger cinnamon whiskey liqueur.

Attendees will watch as four local bartenders go head-to-head to create a cocktail featuring Tolerance. The winner will not only receive bragging rights, but a cash prize. And the best part is that those in attendance will vote to determine who wins the competition.

The event will be 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at All ticket proceeds will benefit the Green Heart Project.

If you’re part of a family looking for something fun to do this weekend, consider heading out the Lowcountry Family Expo, presented by The Post and Courier.

With an aim to entertain, inform, inspire and engage attendees, the expo will feature numerous exhibitors, interactive activity centers and contests. In addition, the event will feature a Find Your Furry Friend Pet Fashion Show with the Charleston Animal Society (11:30 a.m.) and Must Have Spring Fashions presented by TJ Maxx (2:30 p.m.).

The expo will also feature a special appearance by Olivia Holt, star of the hit Disney Channel show “I Didn’t Do It.” Holt will be on-hand for meet-and-greets from 12:30-2 p.m.

The Lowcountry Family Expo will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, in North Charleston. Admission is $5 for adults, with children 12 and under getting in free; family four packs are $8. Parking is free.

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Another event set to be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center this weekend is the Gun, Knife and Militaria Show.

Put on by the South Carolina Arms Collectors Association, which has been sponsoring gun and knife shows in the state for more than 50 consecutive years, the show will feature “the best collection of guns and knives in the Southeast,” a press release boasts.

From hard-to-find antiques and military surplus to state of the art weaponry, the show promises it all. Attendees will be able to buy, sell, trade and get appraisals while checking out vendors that will have hunting and target rifles, handguns, shotguns, parts and accessories, ammunition, collectables and more.

The show starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Admission, which is cash only at the door, is $8 for adults, $6 for military with ID, with children 12 and under getting in free. Those who join or renew their National Rifle Association membership at the show will get in free. Parking is free.

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Moving closer to downtown, Carolina Surf Film Festival’s parent company, Carolina Surf Brand, is teaming up with Mellow Mushroom Avondale to present the Avondale Surf & Ale Bash on Saturday.

Carolina Surf Brand’s Minister of Stoke, Chad Davis, says that “Attractive Distractions” and “Uncharted Waters” will roll during the event, with an intermission between the two films serving as an ideal time to give away swag such as gear and clothes.

With the first film beginning at 9 p.m., folks are encouraged to come early to get a pizza pie and enjoy special pricing on signature drinks by Peligroso Tequila and craft beer from Terrapin Beer Company.

Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

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After a night of surfing on Saturday, consider heading to the mountains on Sunday with the first visit from Mountainfilm on Tour.

Held annually in Colorado over Memorial Day weekend since 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is a four-day event that aims to explore cultures, preserve environments and promote adventure.

The tour will visit the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., with a selection of documentary films from the festival, including “14.c,” “64 mph,” “A Toy Train in Space,” “Catch It,” “El Sendero Luminoso,” “Kelly McGarry Rampage,” “Light Goes On,” “Sound of the Void,” “Supermom,” “The Balloon Highline,” “The Whale Story,” “Tyler Howell,” “Wedge” and “Who Owns Water.”

There will be a Kidz Keno of Short-Films especially catered to children of all ages that will begin at 1 p.m. There will be a second show of adrenaline-packed and environmentally focused films that will begin at 7 p.m. A Mountainfilm presenter will introduce the films and engage the audience in discussion following.

The cost for Kidz Keno tickets are $5, with the evening show costing $10 for adults and $5 for children or students.

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On Saturday, three Charleston-based music acts will gather at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, for the Ohm Radio Rockin’ FUNdraiser.

Doors open at 8 p.m., with the High Divers’ blend of classic and alternative rock kicking off the entertainment at 9 p.m. Travelin Kine, which will release their debut album later this year, will take the stage followed by headliner Jordan Igoe, who released her debut album, “How to Love,” last year.

Proceeds from the $5 cover charge will benefit “the launch of Charleston’s first commercial-free, listener-funded and community-focused radio station, Ohm Radio 96.3 FM.” The low-power FM station is set to begin broadcasting locally-produced news and music programming over local airwaves on Aug. 1.

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