Variety of events help you experience Charleston

A dog named Colbert has fun fetching his tennis ball from the water at a past Yappy Hour at James Island County Park.

Over the past couple of weeks, Charleston-area residents yet again were reminded how great we’ve got it living in the Holy City.

The accolades just keep on coming for Charleston, the most recent being the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge being named one of the most beautiful bridges in the world by CNN and Charleston County’s Beachwalker Park ranking No. 10 on the self-proclaimed “Dr. Beach’s” list of top spots in the country to enjoy the sun and surf.

Not to mention that Southern Living magazine readers voted Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ their favorite “Rib-Stickin’ Joint” in the South, with Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q named a runner-up.

Add these to the list that includes downtown Charleston among the Top 10 downtown areas in the nation ( and the city being the No. 1 tourist destination in the world (Conde Nast Traveler readers).

There’s no denying it, we’ve got it good. So get out and enjoy all your city has to offer.

One of Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s most popular events, Yappy Hour allows attendees to bring their pup to the party.

From 4-8 p.m. today, you and your four-legged fur baby can enjoy an evening of socializing, live music and more at James Island County Park.

Held in the off-leash dog park, owners can enjoy live music by The Bill Show and sip on adult beverages (available for purchase on-site) while their dogs run around and play. But remember that pets must be leashed outside the dog park. Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited. Call 795-4386 or go to

On Friday, enjoy the view of the Ravenel Bridge from Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant, at Party at the Point.

Dubbed Charleston’s “premier happy hour concert series,” the event will include live music by Stoplight Observations (they head to Bonnaroo in the next week to perform!) and Fowler’s Mustache. There will be a full cash bar, and $2 beers will be served while they last.

The event is 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$7. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5. Go to www.charlestonpartyatthe for more.

Another concert event on Friday, this one happening at Freshfields Village, is the annual Music on the Green concert series.

From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by Yeager Park, a five-piece band that features Sarah Starr on lead vocals. The group of seasoned musicians aims to make an event memorable through their mix of party tunes, classic rock, disco, country and more.

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 for more.

As in years past, the Folly Beach fishing pier plays host to a series of tournaments throughout the summer, and these continue with an event Saturday.

Grab your fishing rod, or if you don’t have one, rental equipment will be available, and head out for a full day of fishing fun. Tournament hours are 6 a.m.-4 p.m., with prizes awarded at 4:15 p.m. Prize categories include adult angler, lady angler, youth angler (12 and under), senior angler (60 and over), total weight of five fish and king mackerel. A maximum of two rods may be used at one time.

Online registration is available at fishing but ends the Thursday prior to each tournament. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. the day of the event. Registration for Charleston County residents is $10 for ages 13 and older, $8 for seniors and those under 12, and $13 for king mackerel; registration for noncounty residents is $13 for ages 13 and older, $8 for seniors and those under 12, and $13 for king mackerel.

Parking fees are a separate charge from registration fees.

Call the Folly Beach Fishing Pier at 588-3474.

Irvin-House Vineyards on Wadmalaw Island is back at it again this weekend with the Sippin’ Saturday series.

From noon-4 p.m., enjoy live music by The Bullgrapes and food from Rollin’ South 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 also will 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.

Irvin-House Vineyards is at 6775 Bears Bluff Road. Call 559-6867 or go to

A favorite monthly event of locals and visitors alike, Second Sunday on King Street will be held 1-5 p.m.

With a portion of King Street closed to vehicular traffic, folks are invited to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping, dining and enjoying Charleston at its finest.

The June event will feature an iPad giveaway by East Cooper Heating and Air in addition to numerous other promotions and events at various shops and restaurants. To print out a free parking voucher, go to

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 Chris Cagle, Greg Bates and Southwood. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m., and food and beer vendors will be set up on-site. Cagle brings his brand of “Redneck Rock ’n’ Roll” to the party from Oklahoma, where he’s been recharging for the past few years after knocking out 12 Top 40 hits and two No. 1 albums between 2000 and 2008.

Probably best-known for his hit “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” he’s back with new music and a new CD, tentatively titled “Back in the Saddle.”

Bates’ name may sound familiar (hint, he has nothing to do with the hit A&E TV show “Bates Motel”). The Nashville, Tenn., native just wrapped up the Hell on Wheels Tour opening for Brantley Gilbert.

Lawn chairs are permitted, but coolers, umbrellas and tents are not. See

Another event happening at Freshfields Village is the Starlight Cinema movie series.

The free family-friendly screening of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” starts at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Village Green. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

The movie stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as a married couple who want nothing more than to start a family. Finding themselves unable, they bury a box in their backyard containing all of their wishes for a child. Soon after, a child appears on their doorstep one stormy night and they find out that young Timothy Green isn’t all that he appears.