Happy weekend, dear readers. Here are the hippest happs worth hittin’ up.
It’s an art-heavy weekend, with Charleston Fine Art Annual events going on Friday and Saturday. There’s an art stroll in the French Quarter Friday evening, Painting in Washington Park with local artists Saturday morning, and a big CFADA auction/event Saturday night. Kulture Klash is also this weekend, which, if you’ve been living under a rock, is the biggest art party around. There’s a free artists reception on Friday, then the main event is Saturday with tons of music, live art, drinking, and so on. Don’t miss it.
CofC’s free Italian Film Festival continues through Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Greater Park Circle Film Society hosts a screening of four short films in preparation for the Charleston International Film Festival. Friday is Star Wars: In Concert at the North Charleston Coliseum.
There are tons of options for family-friendly fun this weekend. The Coastal Carolina Fair continues through Saturday with rides and down-home music. Get there early to avoid crazy traffic. The Harvest Festival is Saturday at Mullet Hall with bluegrass, kids’ activities, and barbecue. Also on Saturday, the educational American Indian Expo is at Charles Towne Landing. Then on Sunday, the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse is free and open to the public. And up in Summerville, the free Taste of the Town offers food samples, live music, games, and more. Downtown, the free Colonial Lake Fall Festival features music from the Hank Marley Band plus games, and info on the revitalization plans for Colonial Lake and Moultrie Playground.
Feel like giving back while having fun? Pet Helpers hosts their annual Fur Ball fundraiser Friday night at the Memminger with a Bollywood theme. Sea Island Habitat for Humanity hosts their fundraiser gala on the River Course on Kiawah Island Sunday. Creative Spark is raising funds with Art on the Beach and Chefs in the Kitchen, a home tour with plenty of art and music, also on Sunday.
For a fundraiser with a more relaxed, musical bent, check out Thornhill Farm's Local Music on the Farm with music from Holy City Sinners, Skye Paige & The Original Recipe, The Hungry Monks, French Toast, and Toasted Beats, as well as oysters and barbecue.
If you just want to get your grub on, Legare Farms hosts their Fall Harvest Dinner on Sunday. For a cheaper, more low-key option, head to Vickery’s on Shem Creek for their fall oyster roast. If you're a Lee Brothers fan, they're hosting a launch party for their new cookbook at Williams-Sonoma on Saturday, then a book-signing at the Mt. Pleasant Barnes & Noble Sunday.
Shoppers, check out our list of vintage trunk shows from earlier this week. Also, don’t miss the Junior League’s Whale of a Sale on Saturday at the Gaillard.