My Charleston Weekend: Family fun at the Arts Fest and Greek Festival | Charleston Scene


With the return of the Charleston Greek Festival and Party at the Point, along with dozens of exhibits, dance shows and concerts at the North Charleston Arts Fest, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family this weekend. So pack up your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a weekend of outdoor concerts and festivals — and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Greek Festival

You don’t have to stay in your car this year because the Greek Festival is back with in-person events starting May 6 and running through May 8  at Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity. The church is at 30 Race St. in downtown Charleston. Last year the event was drive-thru only as a precaution for COVID-19, but the festival’s 51st year will take place in the church’s recently completed Trinity Hall and outdoor space. The Greek Festival showcases Greek culture with food, drink, dancing and entertainment. 

Each day features dance performances, church tours, delicious food and live music. As a special treat for Mother’s Day, lamb will be on the menu throughout the festival along with traditional favorites such as Greek chicken, potatoes, moussaka, gyros and much more will be available the rest of the weekend. If you want to take home something special, vendors will be on site with fine art, jewelry, clothing and olive oil. 

Visitors can park at the Harborview Office Tower at 19 Hagood Ave. and catch the free shuttle to and from the church. The festival opens at 5 p.m. May 6, 11 a.m. May 7 and noon May 8. General admission is $5, but kids 12 and under enter for free. 

To see the full schedule of events visit charlestongreekfestival.com

North Charleston Arts Fest

Enjoy a weekend of artsy fun for the whole family at the North Charleston Arts Fest. There will be free concerts, theater and dance shows, children’s programs and more May 4-8. Here are a few events to inspire you this weekend. Find more info and the full schedule at northcharlestonartsfest.com



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Deanna Laquena and Mat Gravity, with Good Clean Fun, performed May 7, 2017, during the North Charleston Arts Fest at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Good Clean Fun and other performers will provide roving entertainment at the Arty Block Party at 5 p.m. May 6, 2022. File/Brad Nettles/Staff




Fiber Art Public Reception

Mingle with curator Torreah “Cookie” Washington and featured artists at the opening reception for the 15th annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m. May 5.  Enjoy refreshments and live jazz piano as you explore the exhibit, with works that show what an inclusive future could look like. The exhibition will be on display in North Charleston City Hall’s Montague Conference Room through June 17.

Arty Block Party

Shop from local artists and makers, hear live music and delight in roving performances at this street market. From 5 to 8 p.m. May 6, vendors will line East Montague Avenue between Jenkins and Virginia avenues as jugglers, stilt walkers, magicians and more make their way through the festival for some up-close entertainment. The Yacht Club and Ras B and ReggaeInfinity will keep the party vibes going.



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The Wona Womalan West African Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform at the World Dance Showcase on May 7, 2022, during the North Charleston Arts Festival. File/Staff


World Dance Showcase

Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an afternoon packed with dance from around the world. Charleston-area dance troupes will perform folk dances from the Philippines, Italy, India and more as well as fusions of modern and traditional styles. Performances will be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 7 at Oak Terrace Preserve Pavilion, next to North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary on Lackawanna Boulevard.

Exhibition Encore

Close out the weekend with a celebration of all the art featured during the festival. Snack on complimentary “bubbles and bites” while admiring the photography, sculpture, fine arts and crafts. Susan Irish will give a live painting demo, and there will be live music by Louis Dixson and the Nikolai Svishev Trio. The final festivities will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 8 in Charleston Area Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall A. Parking is free.

Divas of Drag Brunch



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Diamond Giovanni will perform at Divas of Drag Brunch on May 7. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff




Add some sparkle to your weekend. Sixteen drag performers including Diamond Giovanni, Sesha Mason, Medusa Chaos and Electra Lyte will perform at The Royal American. The Divas of Drag Brunch is a fundraiser — and a fun way — to support We Are Family, a local nonprofit benefiting LGBTQ youth. 

The brunch and performance go from noon to 4 p.m. May 7 and the event is free to attend. There’s a chance to win prizes, including a tattoo gift certificate from The Gilded Mermaid Tattoo Studio. 

More info at bit.ly/37dAtA8

Party at the Point



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Brian Jarvis of The Midnight City performs in August 2017. The Midnight City will open up the 2022 season of Party at the Point on May 6. File/Michael Campina/Special to The Post and Courier




It’s hard to stay inside when the weather is so beautiful, so why not end your workweek with the wind in your hair and a view of the Charleston Harbor? On May 6, Party at the Point returns to Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina with food, drinks and live music.

The fun starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until around 9 p.m. every Friday through July 8. Each week features a different band, beginning with local band The Midnight City. This is a family-friendly event, and children 12 and under get in free. For adults, admission is $10. 

To see the lineup for the whole summer and get more information on the event, go to partyatthepointcharleston.com

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