Say it with us: TGIF! Do you have big plans for the weekend? If not, and you're looking for some fun things to do in Charleston, you've come to the right place.

This weekend is the return of the Charleston Custom Home and Remodel Show at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The event takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Admission is free on Friday or $7 Saturday and Sunday. Highlights at this event include a myriad of vendors, a drawing for a $22,000 backyard makeovr, a hurricane and disaster expo, free grilling demonstrations, a gallery of custom homes, and a mystery celebrity backyard challenge.

On Sunday at 6pm, head over to Middleton Place for the 2nd Annual Hot Nights & Holy City Dinner, hosted by Middleton Place Restaurant and Holy City Brewing. The cost is $85 per adult. Details from Middleton Place: "Executive Chef Brandon Buck has reached out to regional farmers for their freshest and finest to create his five-course summer dinner. South Carolina’s Manchester Farms quail, North Carolina’s Ashley Farms guinea hen and Heritage Farms pork belly, along with a Carolina shrimp bouillabaisse, will heat up the sultry night." 

Need a fun family event? Try the Charleston Pirate Festival, co-hosted by the Charleston Maritime Center and the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. Activities include a meet and greet, craft tables, story-telling, a costume contest, pirate artwork and artifacts, a sword-fighting demonstration, and various vendors. Landlubbers and seadogs alike can swing by the Maritime Center at 11am on Sunday to participate in the fun.

If you're looking for something quiet and low-key, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is offering buy-one-get-one-free tickets through the month of August "for garden lovers who want to enjoy the warm summer sun in America's last romantic-style garden." Click here to be taken directly to the page where you can register for your BOGO coupon.

This weekend, we've got not just one, but THREE free outdoor movie showings. On Friday night, you can view the newly released Divergent at Gahagan Park at 8:30pm in Summerville, Also on Friday, The Ponds in Summerville hosts an entire event built around movie night. Enjoy food trucks and jump castles beginning at 6pm, and kick back on your lawn chair or blanket at watch Raiders of the Lost Ark at dusk. Popcorn and bottled water are free. If you're up for a Saturday movie, check out Wannamaker Park's offering. They'll be showing The Lego Movie at 8:15. Admission for all three is free for adults, kids, and dogs on leashes.

As always, there's so much going on in the Lowcountry this weekend. Get out there and enjoy it!

 

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