While our lineup of inexpensive events has been overflowing of late, the schedule becomes even more crowded when you add Father's Day and Flag Day into the mix. So let's waste no more space and jump right into what's happening around town.
Fort Sumter National Monument will celebrate the 97th anniversary of Flag Day with a day full of free activities.
From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in downtown Charleston, families will have the opportunity to learn about the heritage of the U.S. flag and other historical flags. Activities include coloring flags, designing your own flag, learning how to fold a flag, signal flag messages and more.
All of the Flag Day activities will take place outdoors in a shaded area.
Call 883-3123 or go to www.nps.gov/fosu.
Also on Friday is the latest installment of Party at the Point, held at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.
From 5:30-9:30 p.m., Charleston's “premier happy hour concert series” will transform the scene into a reggae party with performances by Dubb Island, The Dubplates with Ben Fagen and The Holy City Hooligans.
Attendees also will be able to enjoy a full cash bar and $2 beers while they last.
Tickets are $5-$7. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5.
Go to www.CharlestonPartyAtThePoint.com for more.
Another concert event on Friday, this one at Freshfields Village, is the annual Music on the Green concert series.
From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by Rubberband, which boasts a “unique edge, attitude and energy that will keep guests moving.” Their sound incorporates R&B, soul, funk, disco, rock and reggae.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. Go to www.freshfieldsvillage.com for more.
Yet another great outdoor event on Friday is Movies in the Park, sponsored by the town of Mount Pleasant and Cinebarre.
The free showing of “Dolphin Tale” will take place at sunset on the lawn at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Attendees are asked to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase, so there are no coolers allowed.
On Saturday, spend the day with Dad at the Father's Day Fishing Rodeo at the Interpretive Center at Old Santee Canal Park.
For $5 per person, fish Biggin Creek for your chance to win prizes, which will be awarded to the adult/child teams for first, second and third place for the total weight of the three largest fish. Drawings also will be done during the awards ceremony for other surprise gifts.
The event runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Participants are required to bring their own supplies; rod and reels are not allowed — it's poles only.
For more, go to www.oldsanteecanalpark.org.
Another fishing event held Saturday, this one at the Folly Beach Pier, is the fifth annual Take a Kid Fishing Day tournament.
Put on by the Folly Beach Anglers, the event begins at 9 a.m. and is free for those ages 16 and under. Registration is not required.
Trophies and prizes will be awarded in all age groups (categories for both boys and girls are 6 and under, 7-11 and 12-16), and rods and reels and bait will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Go to fbakt.org for details.
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 and food from Hello! My Name is BBQ 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 also 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.
An annual summer staple put on by the Charleston County Park and Recreation, Shaggin' on the Cooper is back in action on Saturday.
The dance series at the Mount Pleasant Pier off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard will feature live music by Shem Creek Boogie. Gates open at 7 p.m. with the music beginning at 8 p.m.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $10 or $8 for Charleston County residents, and it's recommended that advance purchases are made, 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/shaggin.
The town of Mount Pleasant and WEZL 103.5 FM have teamed up to bring free concerts featuring national country music artists to Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park every Tuesday in June.
This week's show in the series features “X-Factor” winner Tate Stevens, “Missin' You Crazy” and “Up All Night” singer Jon Pardi, and Bryson Jennings.
Lawn chairs are permitted, but coolers, umbrellas and tents are not. Go to www.wezl.com for more.
Another event happening at Freshfields Village is the Starlight Cinema movie series.
This week's film is “Madagascar 3,” starring everyone's favorite zoo quartet, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe. In this movie, the trio is still trying to get back to their beloved home at the zoo in New York, with their adventures taking them through Europe under the guise of traveling circus performers.
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.