What better way to unwind from a hectic work week than … getting the pants scared off of you? Maybe it won’t help you relax, but it’ll certainly get you to release all that pent-up tension. And if scary’s not your thing, there’s plenty of music and MOJA to keep you busy.

Friday. We know it’s not even October yet, but that’s not stopping the folks at Boone Hall. Their annual Fright Nights haunted attraction opens this weekend, and boy, does it look terrifying.

Help bring in the 2012 MOJA Festival with the Caribbean Street Parade and Opening Ceremonies. After the opening ceremonies commence, you can make your MOJA rounds beginning with The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta or Poetry and Storytelling Series: Folklore with Cookie Washington. For you music junkies, there will be plenty of tunes to take in: Midnight City, Four 14, Chucktown After 5 w/Sgt. Submarine, Graham Whorley, Jerry Cooper, and Root Spirits
just to name a few. Need a few laughs? The Corporate Juggernaut Tour 2012 is taking place at Theatre 99.

Saturday. The music continues with Category 6, Champagne with Friends, Dubious Duo, Folk Soul Revival, and Neon Rage. Refine your palate at the Southern Living Taste of Charleston: Taste: Sweet & Southern on Shem Creek and Dine Around. Dance off those extra calories with the West African Dance Workshop. You can also take part in Shaggin’ on the Cooper — dance to beach tunes with an incredible view. If you’re interested in a few outside activities there will be the Huck Finn Fishing Festival  and Mega Monster Mud Run.

Sunday. Get your charity on and come out for the Voices United Concert featuring Vic Verner and Friends, or aim for a hole in one at the Chase After a Cure Hole Lot of Fun at Blackbeard’s Cove. MOJA will continue to entertain with Denyce Graves in Concert and A Gospel Explosion. Add a little drama to the end of your weekend and join Holy City Shakespeare for an active lesson in all things Shakespeare at their Acting Workshop.

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