There’s a lot happening in Charleston this weekend and it’s time for PopCult to provide a cursory guide to Charleston and its surrounding cities and towns and take one more quick look at just a few of the cool things going on in and around town this weekend. However, as I slap this post together, there is a paucity of graphics, so I’m going to have to write stuff, darn it.

CharCon, our city’s homegrown gaming convention happens at the Clay Center Friday through Sunday.  The weekend includes tons of gaming tables, vendors, cosplayers and D&D type stuff. There will also be panels, costume contests and other activities. Weekend badges are $45 for adults and youth 13 to 17, and $20 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free with an adult. For full details visit

There’s also the BrickUniverse LEGO event at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, but if you’re interested in that, chances are you already know all about it.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Brandon Costello. Saturday sees Swingstein and Robin, who will donate tips to the “Choice Fund” of the Women’s Health Center of WV, which helps pregnant people get the care they need, even if out of state.  That’s this weekend at Taylor Books, Charleston’s Bookstore/coffeehouse/art gallery institution.

At this point, there are no vaccination or mask mandates for any of the events listed this week. However, we all need to remember that the pandemic is not over yet, and everybody should be vaccinated by now. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out. After the super-spreader potential of recent weeks, and rising case numbers locally, let’s all try to be smart and kind about this.

In the meantime, if you’re up for going out, here are some suggestions for Thursday through Saturday…