Where has this year gone? Friday marks the unofficial start of summer.
Wait, didn’t spring just get here?!?
It’s already Memorial Day Weekend, one of the busiest travel times of the year.
But if you’re among the folks not hitting the road, there’s plenty to keep you busy outside of waiting in long lines to get to the beach.
Get an early start on your long weekend Thursday at Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant.
From 4-7 p.m., you and your pup are invited to enjoy an evening of socializing, live music and more.
Rawberry Jam will perform as food trucks Jack’s Cosmic Dogs 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.
Charleston’s “premier happy hour concert series” is kicking off the holiday weekend on Friday with a crowd favorite, The Dave Matthews Tribute Band.
From 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant, attendees can enjoy the sound of Dave Matthews as performed by the six-piece tribute group and sip on $2 draft beers (while they last) and cocktails from the cash bar.
Tickets are $7. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5. Go to www.CharlestonPartyAtThePoint.com for more.
The fun and live music will continue at the Official After Party at the Wild Wing Cafe on Coleman Boulevard.
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 Kristi Starr and Gary Hewitt. Nosh on food from Lowcountry Creole 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 by the glass or bottle.
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.
Blackbeard’s Cove has set its sights on teens (ages 13 to 18) for a special Memorial Day celebration on Sunday.
From 7-11 p.m., teens are invited to “Party like a Pirate” for $10. The event includes unlimited climbing wall, putt-putt and go-karts.
A DJ will host karaoke on the back deck.
Blackbeard’s Cove is at 3255 U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant. Go to www.BlackbeardsCove.net or call 971-1223 for more information.
Freshfields Village at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands isn’t content to celebrate Memorial Day just one day, so they’re throwing a concert series that runs three days.
From 6-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, the Village Green will be the place to be as attendees gather with blankets and chairs for live music and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site.
Friday will see the 11-member group Sol Fusion performing. Comprising a four-piece rhythm section, three-piece horn section and four true lead vocalists, the group includes an “American Idol” veteran.
On Saturday, Smoky Weiner & The Hot Links will entertain with their blues and jazz repertoire.
The high-energy Groove Train will take over Sunday, performing songs from various genres that are likely to make you get up and dance.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, is offering free admission to active-duty military personnel and their immediate families on Monday.
Valid active-duty identification is required, and it applies to general garden admission. Tours of the house, swamp garden, nature boat, nature train and “Slavery to Freedom” program will cost extra.
Call 571-1266 or go to www.magnoliaplantation.com for more info.