It’s a big weekend for history buffs. Check out the Battle of Secessionville re-enactment going on at Boone Hall Plantation all weekend, or for a cheaper option, Charles Towne Landing hosts Colonial Trades and Harvest Day on Saturday with demonstrations of 17th-century cooking, dying, and cannons. Take a little roadtrip to Givhans Ferry State Park in Ridgeville to take a gander at the Roman Encampment and Marketplace.
Theatre 99’s Improv-A-Thon is Friday and Saturday night, with more comedy acts than you can shake a stick at. The local theater was recently robbed, and they need your support now more than ever.
Party time: The Halsey celebrates their members, plus the 20th anniversary of CofC's School of the Arts, at their New Moon: New Museum party Friday night. Expect music, food, drinks, and a thrilling modern dance performance. Also on Friday, Aster Hall hosts The Project to benefit the Charleston Center for Photography — you’ll find graffiti art, music, and cocktails. At Eye Level Art, see works from some of the city’s best up-and-coming artists at the Debutante Show. On Saturday, AFFA hosts A Taste of Equality gala at the Memminger, and Velvet Salon hosts a grand opening Oyster Roast on Spring Street.
Music lovers, head to the Pour House for a night of alt-country, folk-pop, and Americana music at the Holy City Cold Heart Revival on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Jazz for Jenkins fundraiser is at Magnolia Plantation with music from Ann Caldwell, Quentin Baxter, and others. And Matisyahu headlines the Music Farm Saturday night.
Enjoy the nice weather at outdoor events like Rosebank Farms’ free Lowcountry Fall Festival on Saturday, which will include seasonal goodies, a book signing with Holly Herrick, and a barbecue lunch (which is $12). Over at Irvin~House Vineyards, watch the Blessing of the Vine, sample some chili, and relax under the oaks. Downtown at Read Bros., new arts organization Outer Space hosts a Garden Party Fundraiser with music, live painting, and snacks. Also on Saturday, Cypress Gardens and Google team up to host a Community Benefit Event with live music, kids activities, and other “surprises” ($5, $2.50/kids). At the Farmers Market in Marion Square, Harvest Fare will highlight market vendors, their produce, and local chefs in a series of cooking demonstrations.
Get your walk (or run) on Saturday at the AIDS Walk in Hampton Park, or the Old Village Harbor 5K in Mt. Pleasant.
Finish your weekend off the right way with the Bacon, Eggs, and Beer Breakfast at Hominy Grill. Breakfast of champions.