May 2018 calendar

May 2-6
North Charleston Arts Festival
Take in one of the more than 40 performances at the Arts Fest Expo, the North Charleston Arts Festival’s flagship event May 5 and 6 at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The arts festival also features theatre performances, gospel and bluegrass concerts, a dance party and author readings. Times and venues vary. Visit for a full schedule.

May 3
Septima P. Clark Celebration
A historical marker is being placed at the birthplace of education advocate and civil rights activist Septima P. Clark. College of Charleston’s School of Education, Health and Human Performance hosts the dedication celebration. Free. 10 a.m., 105 Wentworth St.

May 5
Cinco De Mex 1 Block Party
Enjoy Brazilian beats by Duda Lucena and reggae band The Dubplates as well as a Brazilian martial arts and Afro-Brazilian dance performances and a drum circle. Food tents and bars will be set up outside. A portion of the proceeds go to the Charleston Surfrider Chapter. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and include one free drink. 4 p.m. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, 817 St. Andrews Blvd. For more information, visit

May 9
What Women Bring
The YWCA of Greater Charleston is recognizing 10 women who are breaking barriers in different industries at its first What Women Bring awards luncheon. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion moderated by Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. WCBD News 2 anchor Octavia Mitchell will emcee the event. Tickets are $55. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Drive Register at

May 11
Listen to Your Mother
Be prepared to laugh and cry as a cast of 15 women and men share their personal stories about motherhood. The show is directed and produced by Angie Mizzell of Charleston Storytellers. Tickets are $25. 7:30 p.m. The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Rd. For tickets, visit

May 11-19
Women Build Week
Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County is hosting a Women Build Week in Moncks Corner. Join other local women to build a home for a single mother of three. Volunteers are asked to contribute $25 to help fund the home’s construction. Visit to register.

May 12
Moms’ Run and Family Fun Day
Join skirt! as we support mothers who suffer from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders by participating in this 5K, the largest fundraiser of the year for Postpartum Support Charleston. Postpartum Support Charleston works to eradicate the stigma surrounding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and ensure all women receive support. The route starts at the MUSC Stadium and winds through Daniel Island before returning to the stadium for family-friendly activities. 7 a.m. MUSC Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Dr. For more information, visit

May 13
Save More Kids Impact Bash
Listen to live music, enjoy bites and learn about Save More Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming Liberia through its children. Featured performers include Zandrina Dunning and Joe Fisher. Cash bar. Tickets are $45. 4 to 8 p.m., Prohibition, 547 King St. For more information, visit

May 18
Who Runs the World Concert
You’ll be dancing and belting out the words as Mahogany Soul performs hits from the greatest Soul and R&B girl groups of all time. Think Patti LaBelle, Sister Sledge, En Vogue and TLC. Featured performers include Christian Smalls, Zandrina Dunning, Essence Geddis and Aisha Kenyetta. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. 8 p.m., Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. For more information, visit

May 19
Brain Tumor Walk
Support awareness and research for brain-tumor specific programs when you participate in this three-mile walk. Proceeds support the Brain Tumor Society’s efforts to improve the availability of treatments and research for a cure. Registration is $25. 8 a.m., Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Parkway, Mount Pleasant. For more information, visit

Charleston Beer Garden
Sample beers from more than 30 breweries around the Carolinas, test your skill at games, enjoy live music and eat local bites at the Charleston Beer Garden. Proceeds benefit Lowcountry AIDS Services. General admission tickets are $25. 12 to 7 p.m., The Grove at Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd. For more information, visit

Cannonborough-Elliotborough Neighborhood Association Tour of Homes
Visit private homes and see the wide array of architectural styles and furnishings during this first annual event and enjoy local treats at many new shops along Spring and Cannon Streets. Tickets are $20. 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

May 20
Wishes in Bloom for Make-a-Wish
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from top Lowcountry chefs, live music and a live auction amongst the gardens at Magnolia Plantation. Television host Erin Kienzle will host. Proceeds go to Make-a-Wish South Carolina and its efforts to grant wishes to children with critical illnesses. Individual tickets are $150. 6 to 9 p.m., Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. For more information, visit

Beach House Reunion Official Book Launch Party
The South Carolina Aquarium hosts the launch party for Mary Alice Monroe’s new book, “The Beach House Reunion.” Greet the author, receive a signed copy of the book, tour the aquarium and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds support the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Care Center. 6 to 8 p.m., S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf.

25- June 10
Piccolo Spoleto
More than 70 artists present their work in Marion Square during the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, part of the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. The festival also features more than two weeks of arts offerings, including visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, cultural presentations, crafts and fim. For more information, visit

25- June 10
Spoleto Festival USA
Once again, there are a lot of talented female performers featured in this year’s Spoleto Festival. Charleston vocalist Quiana Parler fronts the band Ranky Tanky, who bring a modern sound to traditional Gullah songs and rhythms. Emma Rice, the director of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London, directs “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.” Actor Avital Lvova who shined in last year’s “Angel,” returns to the festival to play a pregnant Syrian refugee whose plight is contrasted with a war photographer in the two-person play “Borders.” Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn will lead her new septet at the Gaillard Center. Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, a MacArthur Fellow, presents two programs: one features electronic floorboards with the tappers creating the score and the other showcases fast footwork. Contemporary opera Tree of Codes features music by Australian composer Liza Lim. Other popular performances include Jon Batiste, the bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder. This year’s finale is being held at the Joe and features The Lone Bellow. Times, venues and ticket prices vary. For a complete schedule, visit

Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships
More than than 200 competitors from 17 states and Canada vie for the honor of having the best facial hair. Proceeds support the Center for Women and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Charleston. 7 to 11 p.m. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. For more information, visit

June 2
Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
Find the work of more than 20 talented sweet grass basket makers and other arts and crafts, as well as participate in basket making demonstrations at Mount Pleasant’s Waterfront Memorial Park. Also, enjoy gospel music, praise dancers and Gullah storytelling. The festival celebrates Gullah-Geechee history, culture and traditions. For more information, visit