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Weekend Round-Up: Fall for fall

The best events in Charleston, Sept. 30-Oct. 1

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It's going to be in the sixties this weekend. The. Sixties. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to break out my denim jacket. It's been waiting for this.  

This cooler weather is so conveniently timed to the start of October that it's a bit freaky. And you know what October means: the Legare Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze, the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, the Boone Hall Fright Nights, and Scary'um Aquarium are all kicking off. fall is here, folks.

This weekend also marks the kickoff of MOJA, with the traditional street parade and opening ceremonies and the block party at new location Brittlebank Park. Other MOJA events include Heritage Day, John Street Jazz, the opening reception of Lowcountry Reflections: The Fine Art Prints of Jonathan Green, and a performance by Najee.

And MOJA isn't even the only cultural celebration going on. We may forget in the haze of beer and bratwurst, but there's Oktoberfest (and East Coast Cornhole Classic happening concurrently), the Latin American Festival, and India Fest on Sunday.  
 
I would very much like to stuff my face at Awendaw's Blue Crab Festival.

Pyromaniacs — the good kind — will gather at the Catalyst October Glow and Flow-Fire and Drum Jam.

Parrot Surf Shop will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with the premiere of Charleston surf film Year Zero.

I expect there shall be many a bruised knee as a result of the Roller Disco Jam. If you're klutzy, try the Spring Street Block Party instead.

Charleston Stage's yearly party Dream a Little Dream takes place on Saturday.

It's never too early to start planning for Christmas, including toy donations, which you can make at the HUG (Helping the Underprivileged Grow) VIP Event.

Rockers4Knockers has nothing to do with doorknockers, but it will promote breast cancer awareness. So will the Breast Cancer Awareness Party at Wet Willie's.

The Yard and Bake Sale will benefit a local Team In Training Marathon runner raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Feel that cool, crisp air in your lungs at the IOP Connector Run. There's also the Inshore Fishing Tournament and another Charleston Pro Tennis League game.

There doesn't need to be a good cause attached to a softball game featuring Bill Murray and Darius Rucker, but said game does benefit Louie's Kids, a great local organization.

Besides Bingo Improv and Improv Riot, Theatre 99's got two shows worth checking out. There's another round of the Charleston Comedy Fest stand-up contest preliminaries, and members of Theatre 99 and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater will celebrate the upcoming marriage of Brian Barrett with an improv show. For some cleaner comedy, try Chonda Pierce.

Choose from the Sound of Charleston or Music from Royal Occasions.

Educating Rita, Time Stands Still, and Topdog/Underdog continue.

Sarah Frierson and Haley Frano have an opening at Alchemy Coffee, and Ed Coyle will have a photography show and open house at his studio.

The documentary The Interrupters will be screened in Park Circle.

Angie Neal will sign copies of her children's book, The Pirate Who Couldn't Say Arrr! Fernando Colon-Navarro will speak about the pre-Brown vs. Board of Education struggle for Latino children in public schools.

Find some inner peace by learning skills at the Bonsai Demonstration.

Get outside for the Cape Romain Lighthouse Tour or the Gardens for Gardeners Fall Tour.

I'm just going to assume that there won't be any nudity at the kid-friendly performance of The Emperor's New Clothes.

And I never owned an American Girl doll as a kid, so I'm pretty jealous of whoever attends the event and fundraiser for Charleston Museum.

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