It’s almost turkey time, y’all, and the air outside seems to be buzzing with holiday energy. This weekend, nerd out at Charleston’s first ever three day multi-genre gaming, science, and technology convention Atomacon; shop local goods at a number of markets; feast on chili, oysters, and Short Grain bites; and drink your fill of good, locally made brews. There’s a lot to be thankful for, after all.


AtomaCon is Charleston’s first three-day, multi-genre gaming, science, and technology convention and kicks off this afternoon at 4 p.m. 

Purchase a frozen turkey to donate, then head to Rusty Bull Brewing for a frozen turkey bowling contest starting at 4:30 p.m.; everyone who donates receives a complimentary pint of beer.

Check out works by local photographer Leigh-Ann Beverly at the Jahde Made Studio starting at 5 p.m.; there will also be a curated wine tasting and live music.

Havana on Hutson starts tonight at 9 p.m.; enjoy upscale street fair, boozy concoctions, and live music on Hutson Alley.

Travel back to the wide-legged flower crown ’70s at The Alley for their Studio 300: Candy Land party. The disco begins at 9 p.m.

Head to the City Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. to view works from six artists in Posing Possibilities: Drawing Inspiration From and For Charleston’s Parks.

The Fake News: A Tribute to Huey Lewis plays at the Pour House starting at 9:30 p.m.


Sit back and enjoy the cooler temps under the oaks with Dobie and Friends at Tattooed Moose on Johns Island starting at 3 p.m.

The New Moon Market hosts a myriad of local artists and crafters — from White Wolf Apothecary to kaypea jewlery and Frenchie Vintage —  from 2 to 6 p.m. at 2010 Wappoo Drive.

Eat some chili and support furry friends in need at the 18th Annual Charleston Animal Society Chili Cook-Off at Riverfront Park from noon to 4 p.m.

Freehouse Brewery turns four and is celebrating with oysters, brats, and barrel-aged beer starting at noon.

Short Grain pops up at Stems & Skins for their last appearance of 2017; from 6 to 9 p.m. feast on dishes like gold grits and grits congee, salt and pepper wings, buttermilk taro fritters, and stuffed scallion pancakes.

Cotton Down South hosts a “Very Merry Farmhouse Christmas” all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with cookies, Claus, Christmas music, and door prizes.


From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. head to the Pour House for booze, local vendors, and great live music.

Be sure to swing by the final West Ashley Farmers Market of the season from noon to 4 p.m. at Ackerman Park; there will be live music, bounce castles, kids’ activities, and yoga in addition to the usual vendors plus additional holiday vendors.

It’s the King Street Collective’s grand opening at 1102 King St. From 3 to 6 p.m., enjoy an arts and crafts market featuring goods from Wildwood Flower Designs, Kristy Bishop hand-dyed textile jewelry, art from Paul Cristina, and much more. Then, stick around from 6 to 10 p.m. for the opening party with DJs Black Olive and Party Dad, cold drinks, and light bites from Three Little Birds Cafe.

Pour your own soy candle — and enjoy a few pours from behind the bar — at this Low Tide Brewing Chandelle Custom Candles pop-up starting at 1 p.m.

A play on the “Women &” series, Dudes & Dolly pairs local male musicians with Dolly Parton songs. Listen to John Holenko, Bob Culver, Joe Marlow, Jeff Meierer, and David Grant backed by the band The Cotton Ginnys: Hazel Ketchum, Kristen Meierer, Lisa Deakins, Lauren Bevins-Cahill. The second set includes Joel Hamilton, Bill Carson, Matt Williams,  and Johnnie Matthews, backed by The Western Polaroids: Jess Oliver, Kim Larson, Camille Rhoden, and Lindsay Holler. Fun starts at 7 p.m. at the Music Hall.

Still hungover from The Alley’s Studio 300 party? Head back to the scene of the crime for the brunch boutique, where you can shop awesome local vintage vendors while chowing down on eats like breakfast spring rolls, banana bread french toast, and pineapple fountain pancakes.

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