Plus celebrate love at the Charleston Museum.
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Who’s ready to party? | Photo provided by Bay Street Biergarten
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is next week (Feb. 13), and this celebration is filled with beads, masks, and delicious food. Check out where to celebrate in Charleston.

Mardi Gras Masquerade | Friday, Feb. 9 | 9 p.m. | Bay Street Biergarten, 549 E. Bay St.

Come dressed in your Mardi Gras best and dance the night away with music from DJ Jerry Feels Good at this free carnival. Pro tip: There will be drink specials and a costume contest.

Paw-Di-Gras | Friday, Feb. 9 | 4-7 p.m. | New Realm Brewing, 880 Island Park Dr.

This Mardi Gras-themed pet adoption will have Debbie Fisher Realty + Pet Helpers onsite with adoptable puppies. Michael’s Barkery will also be there.

Princess Tea with New Orleans Princess | Sunday, Feb. 11 | Hotel Bennett, 404 King St., Charleston

Experience afternoon tea service with a Mardi Gras flair. Stop by Hotel Bennett and see the bayou’s very own Princess Tiana. Seating times are 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2-4 p.m., and 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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Have tea with a princess.


Photo provided by Hotel Bennett

Maybank Mardi Gras | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 6 p.m. | The Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy., James Island

Enjoy an evening of live music featuring Mike Quinn and Friend play the Meters on the main stage and Ward’s 9th Brass Band on the deck stage.

Third Thursday — Summerville Dream | Thursday, Feb. 15 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Hutchinson Square, W. Richardson + Short Central

Visit historic Downtown Summerville, which turns into a special marketplace with local entertainment and vendors — next week’s theme is Mardi Gras. There will be cajun food and live New Orlean tunes played by the Summerville Orchestra.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • Dried Floral Arranging + Candle Making Workshop | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St., Charleston | $130-$150 | Participants will leave with a floral arrangement and custom-scented soy candle — All materials included as well as warm tea.
  • Speed Dating | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 7-8 p.m. | Sweatman’s Garden, 90 Folly Rd. Blvd., Charleston | $15 | Join for an evening of laughter and connections without the pressure of alcohol.
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Galentine’s at Gingerline | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6-9 p.m. | Gingerline, 55 S .Market St., Charleston | $50 | Grab the girls and enjoy specialty Galentine’s cocktails with an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres while you sip + shop with local women-owned businesses.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Wine + Chocolate Tasting | Friday, Feb. 9 | 6-8 p.m. | Mercantile + Mash, 701 E. Bay St., Charleston | $85 | T team will guide guests through various flavor profiles of the world’s finest cacao from Latin America and learn about the best wine pairings for each different chocolate.
  • Friday Night Swing Dance | Friday, Feb. 9| Times vary | Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 43 Wentworth St., Charleston | $10-$15 | Join Holy City Swing and learn to swing dance — come in solo, with a partner, or a group.
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News Notes
  • Starting Friday, Feb. 9, Sorelle will host “Wood Fired Fridays” weekly. Chef Nick Dugan and his team will offer a limited round of Neapolitan-style pizzas at 9 p.m. until it is sold out. Guests can pair it with sips at the bar and lounge area on the first floor. Walk-ins are welcome.
  • Charleston Stage will bring the Tony Award-winning drama “The Trip to Bountiful” to Dock Street Theatre from Thursday, Feb. 28, until Sunday, March 17, with acclaimed local actress Samille Basler starring in the play. Tickets start at $42.50.
  • Jointbase Charleston is looking for nominees for a “Hometown Hero.” These individuals should be in CHS who have impacted the community. The selected winner will ride in the backseat of a Thunderbird F-16 on Friday, April 19, a day before the “Heroes of Flight” airshow on Saturday, April 20 + Sunday, April 21. Nominations should be submitted by Monday, Feb. 12.
  • Comedian and actor Kevin Hart will make a pitstop for his “Brand New Material” tour at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. Pre-sale tickets begin today at 10 a.m. (Use the code ENERGY). Regular tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. (WCIV)
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💗 Celebrate love at the Charleston Museum
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The museum’s collections include over 2.4 million objects that hold great value to South Carolina’s history and the nation | Photo provided by The Charleston Museum.
The Charleston Museum at 360 Meeting St. will host events for visitors of all ages to celebrate the season of love.

Valentine’s Day Candle Making Workshop | Saturday, Feb. 10

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the museum will welcome local artist Daisy McClellan for an environmentally friendly candle-making class using vintage vessels. Think Valentine-themed glares, teacups, and tins from McClellan’s collection.

Valentine’s Day Family Fun Event | Sunday, Feb. 11

From 1-3 p.m., guests are invited to the Education Classroom to make valentines for their loved ones. Think craft tissue paper flowers, poems, and flamingos out of hearts.

Galentine’s Day Floral Bouquet Workshop | Tuesday, Feb. 13

From 6 until 8 p.m., celebrate Galentine’s Day with a workshop led by local floral designer and Master Certified Florist Pia Geraghty. Attendees will learn to express emotion through floral design and about how botanicals were used as a language of love during the Victorian era.
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Happy Hump Day, everyone.

I have fond memories of watching the airshows at the Joint Base Charleston as a kid and wanted to fly one of the aircraft. Although I no longer have aviation aspirations, I would still enjoy watching the upcoming show.
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