My Charleston Weekend: April 19-25

Gibbes on the Street: Renovation Celebration

This third annual street party offers food, music and fun, all while celebrating the Gibbes Museum’s renovation plans. With some of the top restaurants participating, among them FIG, The Macintosh, Circa 1886, Cypress and McCrady’s, it’s worth it just to go for the food. The festivities are 8-10:30 tonight in front of the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St., between Cumberland and Queen streets. Tickets are $100 for museum members, $135 for nonmembers. The event will be held rain or shine and is for those 21 and over. Check out or call 722-2706, ext. 22, for details.

Charleston Craft Beer Week It’s all about the beer! This inaugural fete kicks off Sunday and runs through April 29. Featuring more than 60 events throughout the area, enjoy beer tastings, beer dinners, film screenings, concerts, a Rare Beer Bar Crawl and more. The week kicks off with “Bark for Your Brew,” a dog-friendly beer festival that will take place at 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. The week concludes April 29 with the SweetWater Music Festival, an all-day craft beer and live music event 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. For pricing and info on all the events in-between, check out or email

Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour

Sponsored by McAlister Development, enjoy a rare opportunity to explore 10 homes and gardens in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant. From 1-5 p.m. Sunday, enjoy food tastings from local chefs along the tour and check out the artists showcase in Edwards Park. Tickets are $45, and proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. Go to www.Lowcountry or call 764-2323, ext. 386, for more info.

Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat

This family-friendly event 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday will feature 100 classic, collectible, antique, exotic and special interest cars. Held at Night Heron Park on Sea Forest Drive on Kiawah Island, the event is free. The retreat will kick off at 6:30 Friday night with a gala featuring 20 show cars, live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The gala at the Cassique clubhouse is $75 and a portion of the proceeds will go to MUSC Children’s Hospital. For more information, go to kiawahisland

‘Ebb and Flow’ Making its professional debut at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., the Charleston Dance Project will present “an enchanting portrayal of life’s natural balance through human movement and dance.” Featuring musical guests Entropy Ensemble and a special appearance by Revolve Aerial Dance, the event costs $18-$35; the higher price includes a VIP champagne reception immediately following the show with entertainment by What If? Productions. For more info, call 637-4722 or go

Charleston Home + Design Show

This open-air home show allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds: being outside while perusing the latest in interior design from 75 local companies. In addition, there will be Food Truck Row, and home tours of six private residences Saturday. After years at the Gaillard Auditorium, this year’s event movies to Family Circle Cup Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island. To be held rain or shine, the event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the show is free; tickets for the home tours are $15 in advance, $20 the day of. For more info, go to HomesBy For more on the show, go to DanielIsland

Chef’s Potluck Part of Eat Local Month, 12 local restaurants will be partnering with growers to produce an array of local dishes. Accompanied by live music, cooking demos and a variety of local beers, wines and specialty cocktails, this event will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. Tickets are $65-$70 in advance, $75 at the door. Check out for details.

Rockin’ the ’Ville Break out the hair gel and the poodle skirt. The Summerville Evening Rotary Club will hold its sock hop fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday at Miler Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd., Summerville. With music by the East Coast Party Band, prepare to dance, eat, drink, bid (silent auction) and ogle (classic cars). Tickets are $50, $90 per couple in advance; $60, $100 per couple at the door. Proceeds will benefit local and national charities. Call 830-9096 or email for tickets.

NOH8 campaign party Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley bring their NOH8 campaign for equality and tolerance to Charleston on Friday. With their signature photo shoot happening 5-8 p.m. and a party set to ramp up at 10 p.m., 587 King St. will be a busy place. The party kicks off with a 70-person interactive number that’s not to be missed. DJ Trevor and DJs Jeffersonic & Turbo will be spinning as attendees nosh on food provided by Dellz Deli and hydrate at the cash bar. Admission in $10 in advance, $15 at the door with a portion of proceeds benefiting the NOH8 campaign. For more info, check out Go to www. for more on the campaign.

Southern Food and Music Fest If you’re looking for a taste of the South, this event has you covered. With a barbecue competition featuring 20 to 30 teams, a People’s Choice Southern Foods Competition featuring eight to 10 local restaurants and bluegrass tunes, this is guaranteed to be a fun-filled day. Held at The Ponds in Summerville (near Dorchester Road and U.S. Highway 17A) 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, this family-friendly event will have food and drinks available for purchase. There’s a $10 car-parking fee. The festival benefits the Summerville Miracle League. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Find out more at

Cultural Dance Fest Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, experience the world with a celebration at Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner. The event will feature traditional dances, local and exotic vendors, a silent auction, raffle, food and more. While there, you also can enjoy park activities such as boat rides, walking trails and the butterfly house. Admission is $10, seniors get in for $9, kids 6-12 get in for $5 and children 5 and under get in free. Call 553-0515 or go to