If you’ve been shopping recently, you’ve probably heard “Santa Baby” or a cheesy, contemporary version of “Jingle Bells.” With Thanksgiving coming up and Christmas music playing in retail stores, the holidays are haunting us already. This time of year, everyone is trying to save up for decadent dinners and family fiestas. Check out these fun and free ideas for windin’ down or turnin’ up this weekend — your pick — all for free.
Monday Get out of the office for a bit and celebrate the addition of wireless Internet in Hampton Park, Corrine Jones Park, Magnolia Park, and Community Garden and Mitchell Playground.
Start the week off with a good laugh at The Sparrow’s Drink ‘til it’s Funny Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic.
Tuesday Take advantage of on-site beauty consultants and enjoy complimentary cocktails and refreshments at Stella Nova’s Sip, Shop, and Sample shopping event.
For something funky, check out the jazzy Dirk Quinn Band at Tattooed Moose.
Veterans eat for free at California Dreaming and accompanied guests receive 25 percent off their meal.
Regionally recognized writers Aida Rogers, Marjory Wentworth, Steve Hoffius, Sam Morton, and Nathalie Dupree will participate in an open panel discussion about their favorite places in South Carolina.
Wednesday Shop beneath an array of holiday lights at A Night at South Windermere. Shops are staying open until 9 p.m. or later, and you can enter to win a gift basket worth $500.
MUSC Recycles Day can get you started with recycling basics, like learning about waste reduction management, what can be recycled, and how.
Stay up to date on the Gibbes Museum renovation at the Mary Scott Guest Lecture Series Framing the Future: Renovation and Expansion at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Thursday Check out artwork courtesy of There’s No Place Like Charleston at King Dusko’s Autism Awareness Art Show.
Don’t pass up DoubleTree Guest Suites’ free chocolate chip cookies in honor of World Kindness Day.
Friday Celebrate Movember at DIG in the Park’s Mo’ Diggity ‘Stache Bash. Prizes will be awarded for best, worst, and creepiest ‘stache.
Folk singer-songwriter Avi Jacobs will perform with Midnight Snack at Palmetto Brewing Co.
Pop in Michael Mitchell Gallery for the opening reception of Betty Foy Botts, Dixie Purvis, and Tommy Taylor’s A Wing and a Prayer.
For more art, check out Tim Hussey’s It Want Wait at the opening reception at The George Gallery.
Saturday Put together your best rockabilly look and head to Park Circle for Rock-A-Bill-A-Que, an all day rockabilly-themed festival.
Calling all cupcake aficionados: Bring your own cupcakes or just show up and eat someone else’s for free at Holy City Brewing’s Cupcake Camp Charleston.
Have your copy of The College Chronicles: Freshman Milestones signed by author Kelly Owen and jam out to Leaf Eater’s John Shields and Brave Baby’s Keon Masters at Palmetto Brewing Co.
Join College of Charleston professors in a round-table discussion about the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Sunday Watch filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe’s Evolution of a Criminal as part of Park Circle Films’ Community Cinema Series.
Charleston Fashion Week 2014’s Top 20 Emerging Designers and People’s Choice Award winners will present their clothing lines at the Sunday Soirée: Holiday Trunk Show.
Get in the right mindset for the coming work-week at Buddhist Meditation Practice.