My Charleston Weekend: May 23-29

The fourth annual Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships, hosted by the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society, takes place Saturday night at the Music Farm.

Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

One of the hottest tickets in town, the fourth annual Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships makes its reappearance. Hosted by the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society, a group of men and women will be competing in categories that include sideburns, goatee, Donegal/Amish, moustache (styled and natural), junior full beard, college beard, full beard freestyle, partial beard freestyle, ladies artificial (creative and realistic), gray beard, full beard natural (less than 12 inches and more than 12 inches). There also will be two Best in Show Awards. With the main event Saturday night, other events include a pre-party Friday at Recovery Room Tavern, a lunch Saturday afternoon at Home Team BBQ in West Ashley and a brunch Sunday at Holy City Brewing. Lowcountry Women with Wings is the beneficiary of this event; the organization provides education and support services to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, their caregivers and families.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

Price: $10

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Soul Food Festival

For the first time, The Kinfolks Foundation will host the Soul Food Festival in Charleston. An event that travels throughout the county, the festival will feature traditional soul food and Grammy-award winning entertainment. With performances by George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Morris Day and the Time, The SOS Band, Lakeside, Howard Hewett and A’ngela Winbush, the music is a big draw in addition to the food. The purpose of the festival is to be an “information platform from which the public can come and retrieve life-changing knowledge as it relates to health and wellness, technology, family intervention, financial literacy, professional career building and workforce development.”

When: 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 U.S. Highway 78, Ladson

Price: $15-$60

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Spoleto Opening Night Fete

Kicking off Spoleto Festival USA, a 17-day performing arts festival, is the Opening Night Fete immediately following the opening night of “Compagnie Kafig,” or another performance of your choice. The fourth annual fete kicks off the 2013 season of Spoleto, which features more than 150 performances of opera, dance, theater, classical music and jazz. Attendees will toast the opening of the festival with cocktails, supper, live music, a full bar and more. Guests are asked to wear festive cocktail attire.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: College of Charleston President’s House, 6 Glebe St.

Price: $300-$4,500

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Girls Rock Benefit

Girls Rock Charleston, a nonprofit that empowers girls and transgender youth through music education, DIY media and creative collaboration, is again holding a benefit dinner and auction. The third annual auction will include a live and silent auction of artwork, gift certificates and other items from local artists and businesses. Live music will be provided by Stefanie Bannister and Steve Tirozzi, as well as Lily Slay from The Royal Tinfoil. Tickets include dinner and drinks provided by Holy City Brewing. New this year will be a camper art showcase and a rock out themed photo booth. Proceeds benefit Girls Rock and the 2013 summer camp.

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Saffron Cafe and Bakery, 333 East Bay St.

Price: $15-$25 sliding scale donation, $10 for ages 16 and under, kids 5 and under get in for free

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Suzy McGrane Memorial

Share Our Suzy (“SOS”), a local nonprofit that raises money and resources to assist and support breast cancer patients from diagnosis to remission in honor of the late Suzy McGrane, will host its ninth annual memorial event. Featuring live music, refreshments and more, the party serves as a fundraiser for the program. The Moonshiners will open the show, with Columbia’s Tootie and the Jones and Atlanta’s The Law Band also performing. Food, beer and wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price. A cash bar for cocktails will be set up on-site.

When: 6-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard

Price: $35 in advance, $50 the day of the show

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The Golf Ball

This year, East Cooper Community Outreach’s fundraiser, The Golf Ball, centers on a cooking competition that resembles the Food Network’s “Chopped,” where chefs are given mystery baskets filled with ingredients that must be used during the competition. Some of Charleston’s premier chefs, including John Ondo of Lana’s, Ben Berryhill of Red Drum, and Jeremiah Bacon of the Macintosh and Oak Steakhouse, will be competing. Celebrity judges for the night are Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill, Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary, and Matt Lee, cookbook author. And the emcee for the evening will be Charleston Grill’s Mickey Bakst. In addition to the contest, there will be live music by Permanent Vacation, supper and a silent auction with original art items and trips. Proceeds benefit ECCO, which provides safety net services to low-income families.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Daniel Island Club Clubhouse, 600 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $75

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Bluegrass and Country Music Hoe Down

Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile hosts its 11th annual Bluegrass and Country Music Hoe Down. The three-day event will feature a weekend full of music and family-oriented fun, which means no alcohol allowed. Weather permitting, performances will take place outside, so attendees should bring chairs and/or blankets. The Blue Iguanas Bluegrass Band will take the stage Friday, while Saturday’s lineup includes The Lone Star Pickin’ Parlor, Common Ground and Mandy Addy and the Diving Horses Country Band. The Ladies of the Picking Parlor, Claude Lucas Bluegrass, and Johnny Owens and the Rounders Country Band will perform Sunday.

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile, State Park Road, Santee

Price: Free

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