You can almost hear the heels clicking on King Street already: Charleston Fashion Week approaches. Impatient style hounds can get started early with a number of events this weekend, including the second running of the Stiletto Stampede on Saturday, which features both a women’s and men’s race this year. The official kick-off party for CFW is at Fashion Is Art II, hosted by the Margo Kaufman Gallery, or you can stop by the premier of Julie Wheat’s Cavortress Spring 2010 collection at Aloft Hotel; both are on Friday night.
Prefer cleats to high heels? The Carolina Challenge Cup kicks off on Saturday.
Film fans probably already have tickets to a block at the Charleston Film Festival, but there are also some smaller screenings around town. Running by Sight: A Visual Artist’s Journey, about Tim Hussey, will have its final local showing at Redux on Friday, and the Park Circle Film Society and Lowcountry Local First will show The Real Dirt on Farmer John at the Olde North Charleston Picture House on Saturday night. And the Charleston Symphony Orchestra has a real throwback treat: Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, with CSO playing the original score.
Already wearing green in preparation for St. Patty’s Day? Head to the Block Party and Parade near Madra Rua on Saturday. Plus, the Festival of Ballycahill has a bunch of art exhibitions, craft demonstrations, poetry readings, music, and film showings all around downtown starting Friday. Both of these Irish events are free.
Sorry Charleston Parks Conservancy fans. Park Week ends on Saturday, but it’s going out in style with the Party for the Parks at Moultrie Park. There will be live music from the Flatt City bluesgrass band, The Plainfield Project, and DJ Trailmix, as well as food and other entertainment. Tickets are $75 at the door.
The Carolina Ice Palace has Paws and Claws on Ice on Saturday, featuring Sandy Lenz Jackson, a former National Champion and Olympian. After the show is an hour of free skating and skate rental.
And though it’s not a part of CFW, we still think you should check out Surfing the Runway on Sunday. It’s a benefit for Surfers Healing, a foundation for autism, and will feature Mew Design and Mamie Ruth.