TGIF, unless, of course, you are one of those people with a phobia of the number 13, specifically when it falls on a Friday. Fun fact: the correct term for this is paraskevidekatriaphobia. Seriously, we didn’t just throw a bunch of letters together (even though that’s what it looks like). Here are some fun happenings around town this weekend, no black cats or shattered mirrors included:
If you haven’t been tempted by Yonderfield’s array of drive-in movies, allow us to suggest making the trek out to the venue for the SC State of Beer Festival. It promises two full days of tunes, craft beer, and the only thing that makes running bearable: a beer mile, starting at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Catch a showing of National Velvet, running from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding; it’s BYO chair, but there will be food trucks, family-friendly activities, and all proceeds will support the therapy horses at CATR.
What’s better than an evening autumn walk, you ask? Summerville answers: a dessert stroll, featuring a night of sweets and specials at some of your favorite downtown restaurants, starting at 5 p.m.
The Poetry Society of South Carolina will host Emma Bolden, whose work has been featured in both Best American Poetry and Best Small Fictions, from 7-9 p.m. at the Charleston Public Library.
The Terrace Theater’s Halloween Film Fest kicks off at 9:30 p.m. this evening, with a showing of “the worst horror movie ever,” The Room.
Wild Blue Ropes hosts a night climb, illuminated by twinkle lights, from 6-9 p.m.
If you’ve been saving your poetic masterpiece for a rainy day, a cloudy evening will do; head over to the Eclectic Cafe and Vinyl at 7:30 p.m. for an open mic.
Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum! Head to Memminger Auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m. for The Charleston RumFest, promising an evening of unlimited tastings from 16 chefs, sips from 35 “life-altering” cocktails, steel drum music, and party beats from DJ Natty Heavy. Proceeds benefit the local cancer survivor programs of Dragon Boat Charleston.
The 8th annual Avondale 5k kicks off at 8 a.m., open to all, and benefitting the Charles Webb Center, which operates a developmental daycare through the Disabilities Board of Charleston. The race starts in front of Triangle Char and Bar, and there’s a party in the parking lot afterwards for participants.
The first SEALKIDS Swim Jam will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Windjammer. The event will feature an auction, special Navy SEAL guests, and live music.
The Cocktail Club hosts a tailgating cocktail class from 12-1:30 p.m., coaching attendees through the mixing of three cocktails to be made from the comfort of your tailgate.
Learn the legends of Hampton Plantation from 5-8 p.m., guided by rangers who will take guests through the lore of this local treasure. The night ends with a hayride and s’mores, so even if you aren’t so into the historical stuff, there’s reason enough to check it out.
YelpCon starts at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt House, with proceeds to benefit We Are Family, a local charity geared towards helping Lowcountry LGBTQ youths.
Head to the Brew Cellar from 1-7 p.m. to grab a brew, a book from Itinerant Literate, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon.
Ted’s Butcherblock hosts their 12th anniversary with a block party like no other, featuring the Lowhills and Get With It, plus tasty bites from the shop.
The Latin American Festival kicks off at noon at Wannamaker County Park, featuring authentic food, music, and crafts, and a salsa dance competition hosted by DJ Luigi.
If you’re hoping to travel back to the ‘90s, catch a special screening of Spice World at the Charleston Music Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Head over to Summerville for the 5th annual Italian Festival at Hutchinson Square, starting at 11 a.m. featuring local cuisine, arts, and crafts.
The Charleston area Out of The Darkness walk to prevent suicide takes place from 1-3 p.m. at Hampton Park.
Your Sunday night dinner might as well be for a good cause, so head over to the Cedar Room at 6 p.m., where local chefs will be raising money at a Dining for a Cause Benefit, which raises money for local charity Feed the Need.
Head to PURE Theatre for Rainbow Rowed, an exhibition that highlights the differences between how the Holy City is marketed and what life is like for those who live there.
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