It’s finally here, Charleston — fall. And we hope it’s here to stay. The birds are chirping, the wind is blowing, and you’re finally not sweating the moment you step outside, so abandon the comfort of your high-powered AC and take advantage of the events in town this week. The best part? They’re all free.
Feeling crafty? Michael’s Craft Store in West Ashley from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a swatch journal paper crafting class.
Attention fashionistas: Tabbuli will host their monthly Charleston Fashion Forum from 6-7:30 p.m. for fashion enthusiasts, professionals, and students.
Reminisce on the good ole days of playing with Legos or bring your kids to the Charleston Main Library to help build a reproduction of the Ravenel Bridge.
Burke High School will hold an enlightening public forum from 6:30-8:30 titled Ties That Bind Two Holy Cities: Reflections in Charleston by Survivors of the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing featuring speakers who survived the church bombing and speakers from the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
Dallas Baker and Friends will be on the deck at the Pour House starting at 6:30 p.m.
Palmetto Brewing Co. welcomes guest brewery Sam Adams from 6-9 p.m. in honor of Beer Week along with live music, traditional German food, and a stein hoisting competition to test your strength. Fair warning: this event is free to attend, but you’re probably going to want to spend money on beer.
Head to the Grill and Island Bar on Folly Beach for a Farm and Artist Market from 5-9 p.m. featuring live music, food, and tons of activities.
In honor of Charleston’s Water Sports Fest, Charleston’s Kayak Meetup group will hold a special event from 12-2:30 p.m.
Check out the store Out of Hand in Mt. Pleasant from 5-8 p.m. for this month’s Pitt Street Stroll hosting a local artist, cocktails, and BBQ food for purchase.
City Lights Coffeeshop is hosting an Art Party with Amy Romanczuk from 5:30-7 p.m.
Check out Sugar Bakeshop for a free samples, music, and a talk on the art of chocolate and writing a children’s book from 6-8 p.m.
The Main library hosts a free, To Kill a Man, at 6 p.m. as part of their Film Movement Thursday.
Come watch teams of cancer survivors as they race dragon boats for the 4th Annual Carolina Celebration Cup Dragon Boat at the Trophy Lakes on John’s Island from 5-6 p.m.
James Island Nativity School will host their 6th Annual Carnival and Silent Auction to raise money for new school technology. The Carnival is free to attend and will offer rides, inflatables, games, and food to purchase from 3-9 p.m.
Artists Alicia Leeke and Tom Potocki will have a visual arts opening at the Michael Mitchell Gallery from 5-8 p.m.
The Art Mecca of Charleston welcomes photographer Zak Collins for an opening reception from 6-8:30 p.m.
Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island will host Cars and Coffee: a special car show from 9-11 a.m. with antique, classic, exotic, and concept cars.
Check Marion Square this week for the Fam Jam Family Festival during the Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for live music, jump castles, a rock wall, and so many more activities.
Join Nature Adventures Outfitters for a kayak voyage from Brittlebank Park to Charlestowne Landing at 12 p.m.
Come wish Charleston’s favorite book store a happy birthday at Blue Bicycle Books’ This Is Twenty celebration from 6-9 p.m.
The Cistern Yard will once again host the annual Open Arts Expo with a huge array of artists to watch and learn from between 12-4 p.m.
The James Island County Park will hold the Carolina Green Fair with music, food, and environmental information from 12-5 p.m. This event is free to attend with a $1 park admission fee, but we think you can scrounge up a few quarters to check out the fair.