Goodbye Spoleto, hello World Cup: Here's our picks for weekend fun

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This weekend is going to be a real doozie and we've got the skinny on all the awesomeness that is headed your way.

Let's get the big stuff out of the way first. Spoleto is coming to a close this weekend and is sending off another successful season with the Festival Finale out at Middleton Place. It's a day-long event that is capped off with a performance by the Carolina Chocolate Drops and a fireworks show. As Spoleto winds down, World Cup action is heating up. There are plenty of bars and restaurants around town that will be showing the games and offering up specials to please the Lowcountry soccer fanatics.

In the mood for some music? Well you're in luck because two different music series are kicking off on Friday night at both Two Rivers Tavern and Freshfields Village. Reggae Nights returns to James Island County Park on Saturday night and will feature roots reggae band Selah Dubb.

Big news for beers fans: on Monday, Governor Sanford signed H 4572 into law, legalizing limited tastings and direct sales as part of tours in South Carolina breweries. Starting this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can start reaping the benefits as North Charleston's COAST Brewing will be opening up for all of the above.

Looking for something a little offbeat? More than 30,000 rubber ducks will be dropped from the Mark Clark bridge into the Wando River this Saturday in the annual Charleston Duck Race fundraiser for the Daniel Island Rotary Club. If your duck is a winner, you could be $1 million richer. Big Gay Beach Day turns seven on Sunday and Folly Beach is the place to be. Head out to the 1600 block of East Ashley Avenue for a day full of sun, live music, volley ball, tug of war and a gay old time.

There are plenty of other events happening around Charleston this weekend and you can find them listed on our Events Calendar or on the Charleston City Paper's weekend round-up.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to stay classy, Charleston.

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