Ukulele festival poster

This weekend has an unusually interesting variety of things to do.

As I’ve mentioned in a recent BLOG, Charleston Restaurant Week is in full swing, going on now through September 20th.  More than 140 restaurants are participating this time around, so it’s a great chance to sample some gourmet Lowcountry cuisine.

Something to drink with those vittles?  Well, kicking off this weekend is Charleston Beer Week, which celebrates the “hopping” local beer scene.  Beer is becoming quite the thing here in Charleston, as evidenced by the recent event at The Joe, the Ballpark Festival of Beers.  I covered that in a previous blog, but for some strange reason it didn’t post.  I will post it again anyway even though it’s past the fact, because it’s still worth reading about.  Here’s a LINK.

Charleston Beer Week is a fairly young festival (it began in 2013) but it’s already creating quite a buzz, pun intended.  It officially starts this Sunday, September 13th and lasts through the 19th, with more than 42 individual events.  Venues/brewers include Holy City Brewing, House of Brews, Foothills Brewing at Closed for Business, The Brew Cellar, Swig & Swine, The Barrel, Crafty Draught, Tradesman Brewing Co., Craft Conundrum, Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House, Bohemian Bull, Frothy Beard Brewery, Oak Road Brewery, Revelry Brewing, Palmetto Brewery, Homegrown Brewhouse, Total Wine & More, Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer, Two Boroughs Larder and Edmund’s Oast.   These locations are all over the Charleston area, and you’re sure to find one convenient to all our luxury beach house rentals SC, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

Some events require tickets, others are free or pay-as-you-go.  Here’s a full schedule of events with all the details:


One of the area’s scenic gardens is hosting a musical event that looks to be a lot of fun.  It’s the 6th annual Blackwater Ukulele AND DULCIMER Festival, and it’s going on this Sunday, September 13th at Cypress Gardens.  The “and dulcimer” part is a new addition this year, although the sounds of the instruments complement each other well.  Performances by some top-notch talent go on throughout the day.  There’s also a beginning ukulele class taught by Jim Ravoira, who will teach you the basics like how to hold, tune and strum your uke, plus you’ll learn two songs.  The intermediate class at is taught by local ukulele legend Donald “Noodle McDoodle” Whitley, and mountain dulcimer by Ron and Ginny Rowland, and open mic.  The festivals lasts from 9:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.  It’s all covered by regular admission to the park ($10 adults, $5 kids 6-12, children 5 and under free).  For movie buffs, Cypress Gardens is the place where the famous scene in The Notebook was filmed, where Noah and Allie canoe through the Cypress Trees amidst flocks of white birds.

You’re encouraged to bring along a folding chair or blanket, picnic lunches, and a uke or other instrument to jam along.  It’s a family-fun event appropriate for all ages staying in your Charleston beach house.

Cypress Gardens is a pleasant drive north from all our SC vacation rentals, whether you’re staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston.  It’s located at 3030 Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner.

Here’s the official event website:


And last but not least, tomorrow (Saturday) night, September 12th, is also the last of what’s proven to be a very popular event, Shaggin’ on the Cooper.  While staying in one of our rental homes South Carolina, why not dance the official dance of the Carolinas under the Ravenel Bridge?  It takes place on the pier in lovely Waterfront Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant, at the base of the big bridge.  Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. and live music –  by Ocean Drive Party Band  –  starts at 8:00. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the gate or in advance.  This event usually sells out early, so your best bet is in advance.

Here’s a link for more info and to buy tickets online:


So remember, when you are looking for beach house rentals Charleston SC  –  especially Isle of Palms luxury rentals  –  call EP… we have the best in the biz.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


Credit: artwork by Cheryl Butler, from the festival.charlestonhotshots website