I’ve got to start with a plug for the unveiling of the Before I Die... mural at Redux. City Paper Account Executive Nicole Diefenbach brought the project to Charleston, and everyone’s invited to write in their hopes and dreams. Stop on by, especially if you participated in Redux’s Professional Development Day.
I also have to give a major plug to the Tour de Tomato, a movable bike party hosted by Charleston Moves starting at the West Ashley Greenway. And TrySports and Cupcake will host their own bike ride in Mt. Pleasant.
In need of a sexy Halloween costume idea? See what’s on display at the Halloween Fashion Show. West Ashley’s FroYo in Paradise is having a Halloween Pre-Party, and the Monster Mash will benefit Darkness to Light.
There’s also Boone Hall Fright Nights, the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, the Ghosts of the South Tour, the Legare Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze, the Scary’um Aquarium, the West Farm Corn Maze.
The beer will be a’flowin at Gene’s Oktoberfest. If you’d rather stick to the peninsula, Leaf’s having an Oktoberfest too, and so will St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Summerville.
Celebrate the season at the Edisto Fall Festival.
The Charleston County School of the Arts’ Jazz Ensemble will perform at Jump, Jive, and Wail!
Plantation Days return to Middleton Place.
Even if you’ve never met Erin Glaze and/or Justin Nathanson, their inviting you to their wedding reception/art show/benefit The HeArt Attack. Go help them celebrate.
It’s going to be a very pink weekend, with the Lowcountry Race for the Cure and Think Pink Fight Night. Other benefits this weekend include The Hand and Heart Project, the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Society Ragtime Ball, the Dog Vinyasa and Cat Stretch, the God and Goddess Toga Ball, Local Music on the Farm, the Semper Fi Fund, the North Charleston Dream Center Benefit, the Winwood Farms Benefit, and the Wounded Nature - Working Veterans Collection.
You might be able to pick up a paddleboard at Sea Kayak Carolina’s Outdoor Gear Swap Meet and Sale. If you do, head over to the Golden Nugget SUP 5K and 10K Race and Paddle N’ Party.
There’s another round of the Charleston Comedy Festival Stand Up Competition preliminaries, plus Theatre 99 Improv Jam and Improv Riot this weekend.
You’ll have two chances to catch the Sound of Charleston, at their regular Circular Congregational Church venue and at a free show in Kiawah. Chamber Music Charleston will celebrate Germany, kids will enjoy Where the Wild Things Are for Brass Quintet, and the Gage Hall Coffeehouse Series will feature American folk and Celtic music.
Don Quixote will chase windmills with the Charleston Ballet Theatre, and Columbia City Ballet presents Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green.
Charleston’s theater world is getting spooky in time for Halloween, with Dracula, Strangers on a Train: The Radio Play, and Edgar Allan Poe: Back From the Grave (plus the free The Gold Bug show for kids). There’s also Wando High’s Dinner and a Show, I Ought to Be in Pictures, and Time Stands Still.
Martin Gallery hosts the opening of Juxtapose, followed the next day with an artist’s lecture. The Treasure Nest in Mt. Pleasant has Lowcountry VII: New Works by Karen Burnette Garner, and Steve Hazard Studio Gallery has Piecework: Abstract Constructions in Three Dimensions.
There’s another free Movies in the Park to enjoy at James Island County Park.
Author Hugh Howey will be chattin’ about sci-fi at the Tin Roof, and Suzannah Smith Miles and Randy Bazemore will have book signings.
I love any event that involves dogs, like Paws in the Park.
Lucinda Williams will perform at the Charleston Music Hall on Sunday. There’s also the Blackwater Ukulele Festival, the Southern Spirit Festival, and Reggae on the Creek.
Kids will love the Children’s Day Festival.
And happy sixth birthday Ted’s Butcherblock. We love your mac and cheese.