Halloween has come and gone and while department stores would like us to think Christmas is right around the corner, we’ve still got a bunch of fall activities going on, like the John’s Island Harvest Fest and the Folly Beach Jazz Festival. It’s the first weekend of the month which means there’s an endless amount of gallery receptions happening, and oyster season is finally upon us, so make sure you take advantage of the all-you-can-eat oyster roasts taking place from Mt. Pleasant to James Island. We know it’s dark, but throw on your head lamps and tacky sweaters and enjoy yourselves.


Head to the Marriott in your best James Bond getup for Fur Ball: License to No Kill, a Pet Helpers gala to support Charleston’s first no kill shelter. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. there will be cocktails, a silent auction, dancing, and a sit down dinner.

From 5-8 p.m. Robert Lange Studios will hold an opening reception with free wine and punch for Matt Bober’s newest work.

The Charleston Gallery Association will host another Artwalk this month from 5-8 p.m.

Blue Ion will hold their final season art work release for this year from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with new pieces available for purchase and a chance to hear the artists discuss their work.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the Alley will host a Mural T-shirt Release Party where they will hand out 150 limited edition t-shirts featuring the new PBR mural by David Boatwright. PBR cans for $1 will be available and live music will continue through the night.

Free screening of Freedom Riders in the Cistern at 7 p.m. as part of the College of Charleston’s Boundless Words and Voices event.

Joseph Coker is throwing a first birthday celebration for his podcast at The Sparrow at 9 p.m. Local comedians including Jeremy McLellan and Jessica Mickey will be performing stand-up, and you can bet there will be free cake and PBR.

Fourteen comedians will perform at Theatre 99 at 10 p.m. as part of the Charleston Comedy Festival Stand-Up Preliminary Round. Audience members will vote to send 4 comedians on to the next round.

Grab a ticket for the Charleston International Film Festival — this film fest brings bigger flicks every year from documentaries to shorts to blockbusters.

It’s getting colder outside. Just kidding. But you can still catch a breeze at a Stingrays game starting at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.


The 2nd Annual Folly Beach Jazz Festival will be taking place all weekend at various locations. Check their website for more info on specific events.

St. Timothy’s Anglican Church will hold their annual craft fair with local artists and a spaghetti dinner from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Candlefish will celebrate their one year anniversary from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with candle-making, taper-dipping, local treats, and free champagne.

If you’re out on John’s Island this weekend, check out the Harvest Festival at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with live music, hay rides, and crafts.

Southern Season’s Beer Extravaganza with a home brew competition will take place at 1 p.m.

Lowcountry Harley Davidson will have a Chili Cook-Off fundraiser for military and veterans at Charleston Fisher House from 1-5 p.m. Get your fill of chili, hot dogs, live music, and beer for purchase.

From 7-11 p.m. the Visitor’s Center will host the Lowcountry Hoedown. This event is all-inclusive food, beer, cocktails, and live music. Of course, there will be a cowboy hat toss and mechanical bull to entertain guests as well.


Celebrate Charleston’s unique coffee culture at the Charleston Coffee Cup annual event at the new Cedar Room in the Old Cigar Factory from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be coffee tastings, brunch, and a latte art competition.

It’s BYOB (no glass, please) for the Second Annual Folly Beach Battle of the Bags cornhole tournament. The competition will take place at the Folly Beach County Park from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with food trucks, jump castles, and face painting for all.

Vickery’s 17th Annual Oyster Roast will take place rain or shine to benefit the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The roast begins at 11 a.m. and there will be plenty of oysters, steamed shrimp, barbeque sandwiches, live music, and a bloody mary bar. Round up some of your friends to tag along because it’s buy one ticket get one free.

Boundless Words and Voices, hosted by the College of Charleston, will take back in the Cistern from 3-6 p.m. with live music, poetry readings, dance, open mic, and much more to celebrate the theme Find Your Voice.

O-Ku will host a Paleo Dinner Part 2 from 5-10:30 p.m. with a paleolithic menu in addition to the usual menu.

Bowens Island will raise money for children with autism at their Oysters for Autism event from 4-7 p.m. Tickets include all-you-can-eat oysters, hot dogs, chili, and non-alcoholic beverages. Other drinks will be available for purchase, and a silent auction will take place throughout the event.

Art on the Beach and Chefs in the Kitchen will begin at the Sandpiper Gallery where guests can enjoy house tours on Sullivan’s Island, check out local artwork, and watching Charleston chefs give cooking demonstrations from 1-5 p.m.

Go horses, go. Drive out to Goose Creek — or saddle up your steed — for the 22nd annual Charleston Cup.

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