From now until mid-December, it's Buy Local Month, something that isn't hard to do when a major grocery chain was founded in Charleston. Don't forget to stop by the Mom and Pop-Up Shop at 359 King St.
It's also Movember, at least until the end of November, the month that Movember rhymes with. There's events happening throughout the month, like the Movember Avondale Pub Crawl and the Mo Shuckers Bro Roast.
Speaking of Avondale, if you get drunk during the pub crawl on Friday night, just pass out in the alley for a full day and wake up in time for the chART Walk Block Party and Fundraiser. Actually, no. I'm not recommending you do that. It would just be convenient is all.
There are a few distinct differences between the Local Artisans' Market and the Lowcountry Artist Market. The former takes place in the Windermere Shopping Center and is hosted by Lowcountry Local First as part of the aforementioned Buy Local Month. The latter has been taking place seasonally at the Music Farm for well over a year now. But you should go to both, because you're likely to find some pretty cool (and probably local) stuff at either of them.
Get paddle happy at the Redux Art Auction.
See who will be crowned Miss South Carolina USA and Miss Teen South Carolina USA. They've got a storied history of putting one's foot in one's mouth to live up to.
Play your kazoo with all the passion that's in your heart at Girls Rock Charleston!'s Fall Festival. Don't have one? You can make one there, or participate in other crafts, or listen to live music from The Royal Tinfoil, the Local Honeys, and Britt Becktell.
You may not actually be at the USC vs. Citadel and Clemson vs. North Carolina State games this weekend, but you can still tailgate — on a football field, no less — at the Gridiron Beer Fest while watching those games. You can also watch football at the Remedy Oak Party, along with hearing live music from Old You, Elise Testone with Slanguage, Demolition Derby Knights, and Lefty at the Washout.
Can anyone complain about speed dating for charity, like at Mad River this weekend? Space for that event is limited. Non-romantic charitable functions include Ladies of Destiny: A Benefit for Magdalene House of Charleston, Gimme Shelter, ACE in Africa Fall Benefit, and the Palmetto Palace Gala. Or you can just honor other charitable people at the Giving Back Awards.
Maritime Heritage Awareness and Charleston Community Sailing host oyster roasts.
There are no South Carolina college basketball teams playing in the Charleston Classic, so no one will fault you for jumping on the ultimate winning team's bandwagon as the tournament wraps up.
The Stingrays have games this weekend, and Saturday is Epilepsy Awareness Night.
You really can stay in your PJs all weekend, and get out of the house, if you participate in the Pajama Run. There's also a Waves and Wishes 5K and Walk for Polycystic Kidney Disease, but you'll have to dress more appropriately for those.
Local and regional groups will tag in at Theatre 99's annual Improv-A-Thon.
South of Broadway will present teen production Power Play again this year, and there's also Catholic School Girls, Next Fall, and Over the River and Through the Woods.
Abstract Painting 101: An Introduction to Francina's Curvaceousness has its opening reception at the Gaillard, and Peggy Howe Studio presents Some of Us in Mt. Pleasant.
The Greater Park Circle Film Society is almost done for the year, so you better head to North Chuck to see The Bang Bang Club or the Community Cinema Series presentation of We Still Live Here while you still can.
I wouldn't mind being Baptized in Sweet Tea like Ken Burger, and that's saying a lot because I'm Jewish. He'll have a book signing on Saturday. The Glass Onion's Sarah O'Kelley has her own that day as well, and you can buy books all weekend at the Charleston Library Society.
Before you're inundated with productions of The Nutcracker, cleanse your palate with Charleston Ballet Theatre and the Palmetto City Youth Ballet's The Steadfast Tin Soldier.
Stiles Point Elementary School hosts its Fall Festival and Silent Auction.
The Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre will light their Christmas tree at an afternoon-long event on Saturday. It's like East Cooper's very own Rockefeller Center.
It's very important that we all celebrate the fifth birthday of Home Team BBQ's West Ashley location. Without them, we wouldn't have Alabama white sauce.
Dangermuffin hosts their Turkey Jam, and the out-of-town members of Run Dan Run return for a show at the Village Tavern.
Whiskey man Tom Bulleit hosts a meet and greet and tasting at Fish.
Drink Spanish wine will watching El Bulli: Cooking in Progress at Heirloom Book Company.
And Voodoo hosts their Four Days of Turkey starting Sunday. The more you drink, the better chance you have of winning a daily turkey. Like we need an excuse to drink.