My Charleston Weekend: March 28-April 3

The crowd gets into a performance at last year’s Gospel Music Festival. The festival will be held at Riverfront Park on Sunday.

Gospel Music Festival

Project LOVE (Lifting Our Voices for Excellence), a group that aims to empower parents and children with tools to restore unity to the family, will host its 19th annual Gospel Music Festival this weekend. This year’s festival will feature two award-winning national recording artists: Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning Martha Munizzi, and BET Sunday Best 2012 winner Joshua Rogers. There also will be a mixture of regional talent, including the Swanee Quintet. There will be groups and choirs performing in multiple genres, including Christian, contemporary, Latin, Southern gospel and rap. The family-friendly event includes arts and crafts, food vendors, a kids play area, hat fashion show and fireworks. An Easter egg hunt also will be part of the fun.

When: 3-8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Riverfront Park, North Hobson Avenue, North Charleston

Price: Free

More Info: 888-777-6593

Save the Light Gala

This year’s Save the Light Gala and Silent Auction will have a theme of “Folly-ritaville,” so attendees are asked to break out their fanciest flip-flops and their beach/island attire (ie. very casual and very colorful). Items in the auction include a guitar autographed by Edwin McCain, artwork by Jim Booth and Steven Jordan, jewelry, dining and vacation opportunities, and more. The 15th annual event benefits the Morris Island lighthouse. Save the Light is a nonprofit organization that was formed to prevent the lighthouse from being lost to the sea.

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Tides Folly Beach, 1 Center St.

Price: $50

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Second annual Adult City Prom

Ever wish you could relive the magic of prom night? Or maybe you never had the chance to go? Well, your chance here. The second annual Adult City Prom, a 21-and-over event, offers a night of “grade A entertainment, with a sophisticated atmosphere.” Held at the S.C. Aquarium, just the scenery alone is reason enough to attend.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

Price: $35

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Owl-Rath Grit-Off

Two Columbia-based musicians will be celebrating their birthdays with anyone who wants to join in. Danielle Howle of Danielle Howle + Firework Show and Josh Roberts of Josh Roberts and The Hinges are inviting everyone to come out to celebrate their special days with music and grits. In addition to the bands of the birthday girl and boy, also performing will be Bret Mosley and Finnegan Bell. As part of the celebration, a Grit-Off cooking competition will be held, with proceeds going to Swamp Sessions “Off the Grid” Sustainable Energy Music Project.

When: 4:30-11 p.m. Friday

Where: Awendaw Green, 4879 U.S. Highway 17

Price: $10; $20 to enter Grit-Off

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Nephew Tommy & Friends

Thomas Miles II, aka Nephew Tommy, co-host of the nationally syndicated “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” promises to have attendees laughing from start to finish at his comedy show. Along with Miles, comics Dave Lawson and Jammin’ Jay Lamont, and actress-comedian Cocoa Brown will entertain the crowd.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $26-$46

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