Coming in August: Jaws, Art, School, Food – and Heat!

And so it begins: the steamy month of August along with the promise of cooler fall days. While it’s tempting to spend the days indoors, there are plenty of activities this month around Charleston – several in or near our local parks. So, we’ve pulled a few highlights:

__Movies on the Lawn: Jaws__
7-11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Free
Bring a chair or blanket and get ready to celebrate Shark Week with a showing of this classic movie on the lawn of the South Carolina Aquarium. Go early and stroll the Maritime Center park area, which has great views of the Charleston Harbor. You’d better go before watching “Jaws” because you might be a little nervous about being around the water for a bit.

__First Fridays on Gallery Row__
5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Free
As the sun sets, stroll the galleries on Broad Street between Meeting and East Bay streets. These “First Fridays on Broad” highlight the 16 galleries, restaurants and boutiques on this historic stretch of street. While you’re enjoying some fine art, stop by Washington Square, a small park at the corner of Broad and Meeting streets. The park, with its mature canopy of live oaks, is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a quiet moment.

__First Day Festival__
1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Free
Head to Liberty Square by the South Carolina Aquarium and help local kids kick off a new school year with family friendly events and vendors. After the festival, take the kiddos to Ansonborough Tot Lot, a great little fenced playground shaded by huge southern magnolia trees.

__Charleston Farmers Market__
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday
Marion Square is abuzz each Saturday with plenty of local food, crafts and vendors. Be sure to check out the flowering beds our volunteers have been maintaining this summer. And, take home plenty of local produce because there’s nothing quite like veggies fresh from the garden.

And speaking of local food, check out this event hosted by our friends at Lowcountry Local First, Femivore. Support local entrepreneurship while enjoying local food, wine and music. Area female chefs will prepare the tasty treats for the evening using just Lowcountry ingredients. Femivore is 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Ashley Hall School. Cost is $30 and proceeds benefit the Femivore Award. Four Femivore finalists have been selected to present their project during the event and the audience will select one winner.

This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list of great community events this month. What’s on your fun list?

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