Enjoy the great outdoors at these local events

Country singer Joe Nichols will perform in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday.

Mark Humphrey

Hello, summer!

This wacky weather seems to have finally gotten the kinks worked out, and there’s plenty of events happening around town to help you take advantage of it.

The town of Mount Pleasant and WEZL 103.5 FM are teaming up to bring free concerts featuring national country music artists to Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park every Tuesday evening in June.

Starting June 4 with Joe Nichols, Rachel Farley and Saul Brooks, music will begin at 6:30 p.m. Food and beer vendors will be set up on site.

Nichols, a past Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist winner, has had a dozen Top 20 songs and three No. 1 hits over the past decade, including “Brokenheartsville” and “Gimmie That Girl.”

Lawn chairs are permitted, but coolers, umbrellas and tents are not. See www.wezl.com/common/party-in-the-park.html.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission kicks off another of its summer series, the Moonlight Mixers, on Friday.

Held at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, DJ Jim Bowers will keep your feet moving with the hottest oldies and beach music.

Gates open at 7 p.m. Beverages will be available for purchase on-site with food available from Locklear’s Beach City Grill.

Tickets are $10, or $8 for Charleston County residents, and advance purchase is recommended as tickets are limited. New this year is the “All-Access Dance Card,” a season pass to all of the Shaggin’ on the Cooper and Moonlight Mixer events. The passes are $84, or $60 for Charleston County residents for both series. Passes for the Moonlight Mixer series or the Shaggin’ on the Cooper series also can be purchased for $48, or $36 for Charleston County residents. Call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com.

Competing for attention on Friday is Charleston’s “premier happy hour concert series,” Party at the Point.

Held at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant, the event will include live music by Occasional Milkshake and Southwood. There will be a full cash bar and $2 beers will be served while they last. 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. Go to www.Charleston PartyAtThePoint.com.

Tonight from 4-7 p.m., your pup is invited to the party.

After work, pick up your pet and head over to Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant for an evening of socializing, live music and more at the final Pups, Yups, and Food Trucks event. Nathan Calhoun will perform as food trucks Jack’s Cosmic Dogs and Autobahn 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.

As in years past, the Mount Pleasant Pier will host a series of tournaments throughout the summer, starting with Saturday’s Cooper River Challenge.

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. Tournament hours are 6 a.m.-4 p.m., with prizes awarded at 4:15 p.m. Categories include adult angler, lady angler, youth angler (12 and under), senior angler (60 and over) and total weight of five fish. A maximum of two rods may be used at one time, and an adult chaperon is required for ages 15 and under.

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 or $13 for noncounty residents.

Call 762-9946.

Also on Saturday, Irvin-House Vineyards at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island continues its long-running series Sippin’ Saturdays.

From noon-4 p.m., enjoy live music by Annalise Morelli and food from Stono Cafe 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 will receive a complimentary glass during both tastings. Wine-a-Ritas and Irvin-House wine also will be available for purchase.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Coolers are not allowed. Call 559-6867 or go to www.charlestonwine.com.

At Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston, another Charleston County Park and Rec happening is the Wannamaker Movie Night.

On Saturday, bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a screening of the family-friendly “Hotel Transylvania” under the stars. This film follows the tribulations of Dracula (Adam Sandler), who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, as a boy (Andy Samberg) discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenage daughter (Selena Gomez).

The film is free with the regular $1 park admission. The movie begins at twilight, about 8 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Pets are allowed but must remain leashed. Wannamaker is at 8888 University Blvd. Call 795-4386 or go to ccprc.com.

Movie fans will be able to enjoy a night under the stars watching “How to Train Your Dragon” at Freshfields Village’s Starlight Cinema.

The animated film boasts the voicess of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig. And as all of them have done their fair share of comedy, you’re likely to chuckle more than a few times as you watch Baruchel’s character, Hiccup, befriend a dragon he once hoped to slay.

The free outdoor screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Village Green. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and John’s islands. Go to www.FreshfieldsVillage.com.

Another event happening at Freshfields Village is the annual Music on the Green concert series, which kicks off Friday.

From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by Swamp Pop Shelly. Born and raised in the heart of Cajun country, Shelly Waters grew up with swamp pop music and Cajun tunes and fronted her first country band at 12. Now based in Charleston, she has met up with Lowcountry bluesman Shrimp City Slim and his band, whose leanings toward south Louisiana swamp pop meshed perfectly.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

On Sunday, Blackbeard’s Cove will celebrate its seventh anniversary with free play and food. Starting at 11 a.m., the party will include free mini golf all day, live entertainment on the deck with DJ Johnnie Breeze, a charity dunking booth and a mechanical bull. From noon-3 p.m., free hamburgers and hot dogs will be served to all attendees.

Throughout the day, Blackbeard’s Cove will be raising money to benefit Courageous Kids, a South Carolina charity that provides unforgettable experiences to children with cancer and their families.

www.BlackbeardsCove.net