Taking a gander at the weather forecast, it appears that there’s finally — finally! — a break in the weather, with temperatures expected to hit the 80s and chance of rain at 30 percent or below. (I hope I didn’t just jinx us.) So take advantage and get outside!
From 4-7 p.m. Thursday, pick up your pup after work and head over to Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant for an evening of socializing, live music and more.
Dave Landeo will perform as food trucks Cast Iron, Jack’s and Outta My Huevos serve up tasty treats.
Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited. And remember, all pets must be leashed outside the dog park. Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Palmetto Islands County Park is at 444 Needlerush Parkway in Mount Pleasant. Call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com.
PawPurri for Pets, a boarding, day care and grooming business on James Island, is celebrating its anniversary and grand relaunch with a Yappy Hour 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Grab your four-legged fur baby and head over for free food and adult beverages. A silent auction to benefit Pet Helpers and Charleston Animal Society will round out the event. PawPurri is at 1316 Folly Road. Call 795-5779 or go to PawPurri4Pets.com.
As in years past, the Folly Beach Fishing Pier will host a series of tournaments throughout the summer, starting with Saturday’s Summer Kick-Off.
Grab your fishing rod, or if you don’t have one, rental equipment will be available, and head out for a full day of fishing fun. Tournament hours are 6 a.m.-4 p.m., with prizes awarded at 4:15 p.m. Prize categories include adult angler, lady angler, youth angler (12 and under), senior angler (60 and over), total weight of five fish and king mackerel. A maximum of two rods may be used at one time.
Online registration is available at www.ccprc.com/fishing but ends the Thursday prior to each tournament. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. the day of the event. Registration for Charleston County residents is $10 for ages 13 and older, $8 for seniors and those under 12, and $13 for king mackerel; registration for noncounty residents is $13 for ages 13 and older, $8 for seniors and those under 12, and $13 for king mackerel.
Parking fees are a separate charge from registration fees and are $8 for motor vehicles, $20 for RVs or campers, $40 for a bus and free for Gold Pass members.
Call the Folly Beach Fishing Pier at 588-3474.
Charleston’s “premier happy hour concert series” is up and running, with this week’s event dubbed the “College of Charleston Graduation Party.”
With a live music performance by Long Miles and a full cash bar, this is one party with quite a view as it is held at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.
The event is held 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$7. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5.
Folly Fridays will wrap up the first year on Friday at Surf Bar.
Hosted by the Folly Association of Business, the goal was to have local businesses on Folly Beach band together to offer visitors food and drink specials, live entertainment, prizes, giveaways and more.
Mix 95.9’s Slammin Sammy will broadcast his show live 3-7 p.m. at Surf Bar, 103 W. Cooper Ave. Drink specials will include $3.50 Coronas and Corona Lights, and attendees will have the opportunity to win Corona prizes as well as gift certificates to dozens of businesses on Folly Beach.
Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island, again will be hosting its long-running series Sippin’ Saturdays on, you guessed it, Saturday.
From noon-4 p.m., enjoy live music by Sarah Cole and food from Barberitos as you sip on tastings from the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House winery. Tastings are $6 for six samples of 24 flavors of Firefly Spirits and $5 for five wines. Patrons also will receive a complimentary glass during both tastings.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend an afternoon under the oaks. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Coolers are not allowed.
Call 559-6867 or go to www.charlestonwine.com.
Also, Irvin-House Vineyard will host its first Winestock Music Festival on Saturday. See My Charleston Weekend on Pages 18-19 for details.
People with special needs and their families and friends are invited to spend a special night under the stars listening to music and dancing.
Held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Mount Pleasant Pier on Harry M. Hallman Boulevard, tickets are limited, so advanced purchase is recommended. Tickets are $4 for Charleston County residents, $5 for nonresidents and at the gate, if available. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com.
A favorite monthly event of locals and visitors alike, Second Sunday on King Street will be held 1-5 p.m.
With a portion of King Street closed to vehicular traffic, folks are invited to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping, dining and enjoying Charleston at its finest.
This month’s event will feature numerous nods to moms as many stores will be serving refreshments and offering specials to celebrate Mother’s Day. Croghan’s Jewelry Box will be serving mimosas and macarons for folks to enjoy during the Temple St. Clair Trunk Show, while Good Coffee Company French press coffee and strawberry French toast will be available at LeCreuset.
Spoleto Festival USA representatives will be set up in front of the Sotille Theatre with music by the Local Honeys (who will be performing at the finale June 9), ticket specials and tote bags.
The Trident Area Agency on Aging will celebrate Older Americans Month with free goodies, information and a chair from the upcoming Rockathon. To print out a free parking voucher, go to www.2ndsundayonkingstreet.com.
Also of note, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is offering free admission on Friday in observance of National Public Gardens Day.
With the aim of raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship, and plant and water conservation, the event is part of a nationwide effort by the National Public Gardens Association.
A paper coupon — an image of the coupon on smart phones or iPads will not be accepted — from the association’s website is required.
Go to www.nationalpublicgardensday.org/free-admission-offer to print it out. The offer does not include guided tours or the Audubon Swamp.
Magnolia Plantation is at 3550 Ashley River Road. Go to www.magnoliaplantation.com to find out more.