Dressing up like the hottest pop culture reference or sassiest animal out there can be expensive. Put away some extra change for your Halloween getup with this week’s Freeloaders. Check out some jazz, new art exhibits, and, if you’ve been waiting to add a furry member to your family, you can do it this week for free.

Monday Shake off those Monday blues and pop over to Shem Creek to hear the swamp pop princess herself Shelly Waters.

Sing it loud and proud at Open Mic Night at the Mill.

Tuesday Get your jazz hands out at St. Luke’s Recital Series when the Cattle in the Cain performs.

Check out the Charles DeSaussure Memorial Exhibition: Through My Eyes before it closes at the end of the month.

Wednesday Sick of your current job? Interested in teaching? Check out the American Board’s alternative certification info session.

The Pulse Trio plays acoustic jazz, Latin, and funk grooves with no cover.

Thursday Blue Bicycle Books hosts a signing with editor Dennis D. Moore’s Letters from an American Farmer and Other Essays.

Donations are suggested for the Blind Tiger’s Pink Party with live music, drink specials, and a light show — the proceeds benefit local breast cancer research.
Stand up against bullying at Spirit Day, and show your support for the LGBT community by wearing purple. A speech from Orange Is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox, a performance by Megan Jean and the KFB, and a candle light vigil are on the agenda of fun.

Alizey Khan is back, and her art is out of this world.

Gallivant around Summerville Third Thursday‘s events that include an art walk, live music, and entertainment.

Friday Renée Stout will discuss her Tales of the Conjure Woman exhibit.

The Charleston Animal Society hosts Barktober fest so you awww until you find, cuddle, and take home your new, furry friend.

As much time as us Charleston residents spend in the sun, getting our skin checked at the free Skin Cancer Screening Day should take top priority. They’ll even throw in a free bottle of sunscreen — that’s double the free.

Saturday Fall by the beach is almost perfect. Add in booths, children’s activites, and arts and crafts, and you’re knocking on perfection’s door. Or just hitting up the Edisto Beach Fall Festival.

Shop for a purpose at the Caring for the Homeless festival featuring crafts and refreshments with proceeds benefiting local outreach programs.

Meet some available labs for adoption and hear about Lowcountry Lab Rescue‘s mission.

Sunday Park Circle film society hosts the Graduates/Los Graduados film screening. No word on if the popcorn will be free too.

End your weekend with some hot Latin jazz and some cool Voodoo drinks.