It’s Back to the Future week. Does that simply mean parties and movie screenings in honor of the cult classic flick? Yes, it does, and that’s fine with us. We’ve also rounded up as many free-ky Halloween-inspired events that we could find. We’re most excited about Thursday’s scary literary event: Professor Scott Poole will discuss his book, Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror from 6-7:15 p.m. at the Old City Jail. Things that go bump in the jail …


If you’re interested in how the city’s mayoral candidates will affect Charleston’s Jewish population head to the Stern Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn the techniques of acrylic painting at Michael’s in West Ashley from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The S.A.S.S.Y. Breast Cancer support group meets the third Monday of every month from 5:30-7 p.m. at John Wesley United Methodist Church.

The Charleston Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals meets at the Lonnie Hamilton III public service building at 6 p.m.


Head to the Pour House where performances on the deck are always free. The Ross Bonn Band and guests take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate Barre Evolution’s fifth birthday all day at their Folly Road location where you can snack on food and drink from Diggity Doughnuts, Verde, and Blend Juice Bar.

Archaeologist Dr. Shaun Sullivan will talk about the remains of a observatory in Turks and Caicos at the Charleston Museum from 6-7 p.m.

Chill out with transcendental meditation at the Main Library starting at 6 p.m.

Head to The Citadel’s Daniel Library from 6:45-7:45 p.m. to hear professor Kyle Sinisi discuss his new book The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price’s Missouri Expedition of 1864.

If you’re trying to figure out how to further your education head to Charleston Learning Center’s adult degree program at 6 p.m.

Did you know that the Lowcountry has a Parrot Head Club? Neither did we. They meet the third Tuesday every month and this month you can find them at Red’s Ice House at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday Brewsday right? Check out free tastings of Thomas Creek beer at CBX from 4:30-6:30 p.m.


Celebrate Back to the Future day with a screening of Back to the Future 2 at Tides’ Beach Movie Night from 7-9 p.m.

If you want to celebrate Oct. 21 with a party or two check out some Charleston’s Back to the Future throwdowns. Bay St. Biergarten’s happy hour from 4-7 p.m. will feature beer prices from 1985. Local 616 will play 80s tunes while guests ham it up in a photo booth with sweet 80s props. Both events are free to attend.

Get your bluegrass fix at The Mill when Clyde’s on Fire hits the stage.

If you prefer your beer with a side of knowledge head to Holy City from 6:30-8:30 p.m. where fisheries biologist Bill Roumillat discusses the science of marsh habitats.

Take your kids to the Holy City Youth Slam, a poetry workshop that meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at Charleston County School of the Arts from 4-6 p.m.

The Charleston Peninsula Democrats meet on the third Wednesday of every month. Join them at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. Not really your cup of tea? Head to the Green Party’s meeting at 7 p.m. at Earthfare.


Travel through time with the Lumberjack Time Traveler at Bay Street Biergarten playin’ funk and jazz starting at 7 p.m.

Head to West Ashley’s library at 11 a.m. to discuss Bryan Stevenson’s memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Lyndon Leigh, a modern home store in Mt. P, hosts a happy hour with music, wine, snacks, and giveaways from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The Barrel hosts barks and brews from 5-8 p.m. The event is free to attend but make sure to buy raffle tickets because 10 percent of proceeds go to the Charleston Animal Society.

Join Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, the founder and CEO of the Gullah Society for a discussion at St. Andrew’s Regional Library at 6 p.m. about Marian Wright Edelman’s book The Measure of Our Success.

Get in the Halloween spirit with a double whammy of spooky — Professor Scott Poole will discuss his book, Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror from 6-7:15 p.m. at the Old City Jail.

If you need a little help with your Halloween costume head to Michael’s Craft Store in West Ashley from 6:30-7:30 p.m. where the staff will help you create your own costume.


Jam out at Art’s Bar & Grill to Baby Fat.

Hampton Park hosts Out to Lunch with the Conservancy from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. where you can grab lunch with friends and co-workers while enjoying free wi-fi, food trucks, and even a yoga class.

The Mitchell Hill Gallery presents Marissa Vogl’s new exhibit Abandonment from 6-8 p.m.

This Friday’s Loading Dock series at Palmetto Brewing will feature performances by Laura Jane Vincent, Rebeka Todd and the Odysset, and Wyatt Espalin starting at 6 p.m. 

Check out the Halsey’s two new exhibits at this reception from 6:30-8 p.m. Come back on Saturday for a gallery walk-through with Jiha Moon.


A career education conference at Seacoast Church helps the under- and un-employed get their careers back on track from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources hosts an open house from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. where visitors can check out touch tanks, knot-tying tutorials, talks on biology and fishing techniques, and more.

St. Theresa’s Catholic Church hosts its annual fall family festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. where you can check out a car show, food trucks, pony rides, and more.

Get your arts and crafts fix at the Folly Beach Arts & Crafts Guild from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Folly River Park.

While you’re on Folly make sure to enjoy day-long live music at Follypalooza, with food trucks, vendors, and more on Folly’s Center St.

If you can figure out how to get tickets to the elusive Be More Tea festival we think a performance by The Roots and Passion Pit is well worth the hassle from 1:30-10 p.m. at Riverfront Park.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform from 2-4 p.m. at the Great Lawn in Brighton Park Village in Summerville.

Palmetto Brewing hosts live acoustic music, Unplugged at Palmetto, form 4-6 p.m.

Head to West Ashley’s Magnolia Park at 6 p.m. and enjoy a family-friendly movie. You can bring your own picnic or purchase food from Short Grain food truck.

Trust us, Freaks Come out at Night. For an entire art show dedicated to this idea head to The Mill from 8-10 p.m.


Thanks Joe! was re-scheduled for today and we’re excited we still get to celebrate the city’s long time mayor. Head to Brittlebank Park at 3 p.m. for activities like a pipes and drum procession, comedy from The Have Nots, lots of live music, and food trucks.

Bishop Gadsden hosts a fall festival that features food trucks, local artisans, live music, hay rides, and a pie eating contest.

If you’re having trouble getting some brain blocks out of the way head to Writers’ Bloc from 4-6 p.m. at 5th Wall Productions at the Citadel Mall where you and other writers can help work through the screen writing process.

Bazaar at the Point at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina has artisans and craftsmen and other local vendors from 11 am.-2 p.m.