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Freeloaders: Free-zing

The week’s best freebies Dec. 8-14

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Whether you’re going out of town or hosting a full house of family for the holidays this year, now’s your chance to get some me-time in. Pretty soon you’ll be swamped with last minute shopping, holiday parties, and the endless demand for hot cocoa. Take it easy at a free outdoor movie or get pumped for a football game. Whatever you do, save your funds and check out these free events for the week.  

Monday Swing through the Charleston Place Hotel with the kids to check out the holiday train display.

For some live blues and jazz stop in Boone’s Bar to hear Porkchop Meyer.

Tuesday Americana indie artist Ryan Bonner will be jammin’ out at the Blind Tiger.

If you’re in Mt. Pleasant, head to Art’s Bar & Grill to hear Molly Durnin and Dale Baker.

Stay cozy in your pajamas and go to Mellow Mushroom for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Viewing Party.

Wednesday Shopping isn’t free but you can enjoy 10% off any purchase at Cecil Byrne Gallery.

Erin Johns will be at the Surf Bar on Folly.

If you’re into country, singer-songwriter Hunter Ford will be at Hunley’s Tavern.

Take things up a notch at Trayce’s Too Neighborhood Bar & Grill with bluegrass band Old Dog New Tricks.

Thursday If your child is high achieving, check out the University School of the Lowcountry Open House and see if it might be a good fit for your kid.

Enjoy a free presentation by our political cartoonist Steve Stegelin.

If you’re a member of the Charleston Clemson Club, you can celebrate the holiday season and the Palmetto Bowl for free at Harbor Breeze.

The Awake Poetry Night features South Carolina’s poet laureate Marjory Wentworth, Matt Foley, Brit Washburn, and Marcus Amaker, and a special musical guest, Lee Barbour.

Friday Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary is hosting a holiday art show and gift market, Static in the Snow with a Little Holiday Market.

Cozy up and watch a Holiday Movie Under the Stars thanks to the city of Mt. Pleasant and Cinebarre.

Bring an unopened toy to Bay Street Biergarten’s A Beary Merry Christmas Party and receive a special $5 Bier Bucks.

Wear your tackiest holiday get up at the Bohemian Bull’s Ugly Sweater Party.

Melinda Mead Scharstein will have her new collection of photographs on display at the from/here opening reception.

Saturday Check out The Avondale Winterfest as a local option for holiday gifts and good deals on food and drinks while you shop.

Create and take home various ornamental bird feeders for your backyard.

The Holiday Open House at Irvin-House Vineyards and Firefly Distillery will feature food, hot mulled wine, local crafts, live music, and photo opportunities with Santa.

In honor of Jane Austen’s 239th birthday, the Jane Austen Society of North America is celebrating with a sherry toast.

Sunday Charleston’s premier Suzuki Guitar ensemble features children, ages three and a half to 12, performing classical pieces, Bob Marley, and Harry Potter.

The Southcoast Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Berstein, Bridge, Handel, and Smetana at their Winter Concert.

Spend the day at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market.
 

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