School is back in session, vacations are over, but there is still PLENTY of entertainment and fun to be had in Charleston!
Every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, the city offers a wonderfully interesting walking tour in the downtown area. Reservations are required and can be obtained by visiting www.countryroadstours.com. The tour is typically about one hour and covers 1.2 miles of interesting downtown features you have likely never noticed before!
City Center at Slack Plaza has an amazing and diverse array of entertainment and activities scheduled. Musical performances, praise & worship services, line dancing, open mic, and so much more are available and are always FREE.
The Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center (CC&CC) will be the site of the U.S. Men’s last tournament before they travel overseas for the 2024 Olympic Games qualifier. Teams from Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Trinidad, & Tobago will be in Charleston to compete. Country rockstar, Koe Wetzel, brings his “Road to Hell Paso pt2” show to the CC&CC, as does Kip Moore, with his “Damn Love World Tour”, in September.
The Annual RIBFEST BBQ Festival returns with World Class BBQ vendors from across the country. Some of the best ribs, chicken, and sauces you will find ANYWHERE will be available, along with a variety of other food vendors. The entertainment options include several family attractions, carnival rides, zipline, inflatables, DinosaurXperience, face painting, and fireworks! There will be terrific musical entertainment nightly. The Shawnee Sports Complex will also be hosting a “Ribfest Soccer Classic” during the festival.
The Clay Center is the venue for the world premiere of the new documentary, “House in the Clouds”, based on the life & times of WV based artist, Robert Singleton. American songwriter and “boogie-blues” musician, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, and the rock band, “Gov’t Mule”, will also be performing at the Clay Center this month.
Charleston’s “James Beard” award finalist and resident chef, Paul Smith, continues his outdoor cooking show at Capitol Market for a couple more months, until chilly weather kicks in. Summer is almost over, and autumn is on the horizon. Where else to enjoy the beauty of the transition more than the “Hip, Historic, Almost Heaven Charleston!!!
By Leslie Bonham