We have for you this week a long list of amazing free opportunities to kick off and enjoy both Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto. From chamber music to steel drumming, and visual art openings to book signings this week is packed. We have also included old classics like trivia, open mic nights, outdoor markets and live local music. Don’t miss out on these penny saving chances to have fun and be inspired.


Emerald Empire will be pumping out party jams at The Tin Roof starting at 8 p.m.

Play spectator or join in at Art’s open mic with Alex Gloss.

Drink ’til it’s funny at the Sparrow starting at 9:30 p.m.

East Bay Meeting House hosts the Monday Night Poetry and Music Open Mic starting at 8 p.m. Grab a mug and settle in.

Get a free taste of some premium vino at Bin 152 and buy a glass for $15 if you love it.

Play Bingo for free beer at the Mini Bar and jam to a mix of blues from 7 to 10 p.m.

O2 Fitness and North Charleston are partnering up to offer free fitness classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Felix C. Jones Community Center. Enjoy dance fitness classes; body combat workouts and local food truck goodies.


Local author Leah Rhyne invites you to come have a drink and a slice or two of cake at Blue Bicycle Books from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Release Party for her new book HEARTLESS.

From 3:30 to 7 p.m. enjoy great local eats, produce, and art at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market.

Play trivia at Sip Tap Room on Folly Road from 7 to 9 p.m. and enjoy $15 bottomless wine or champagne.

CPL Historian, Dr. Nic Butler, discusses how cycling in Charleston surged during the Great Depression and how baby-boomers drove the post war market to new heights in the 1950’s. Catch the lecture at the Main Library Downtown at 6 p.m.

The Halsey Institute presents artistErwin Redl and his new exhibit featuring light installations and kinetic works that employ both minimalism and sensuality.

YoArt! Presents #ILovePhoto, a photo exhibition by ten students at James Simons Elementary. Check out these awesome photo projects at the John L. Dart Library.

At 6:30 Dangermuffin’s Steven Sandifer and friends will be jamming on the Deck at the Pour House.


Join Bruce Marshall at Striped Pig Distillery for an art show from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Stretch out on a blanket in the sand at Tides Folly Beach and watch the seventh installation of Fast and Furious. Show starts at dark.

Stargaze after dinner with the family at Brittlebank and learn something, weather permitting…

Famed jewelry artist Janet Gregg will be at Mercantile and Mash from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by to shop and meet the artist.

Through the end of this month check out On the Water, the new show by Karin Olah at the Corrigan Gallery.

Join a celebration of Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, Busy Being Born, a tribute concert at the Rose Maree Myers Theater at the School of the Arts in North Charleston.


Jam to some live and local bluegrass at Mercantile and Mash starting at 7 p.m.

Check out Acoustic Night at Coastal Coffee Roasters in Summerville.

The Charleston Library Society hosts Porgy: Treasures from the Vaults, an exhibition that includes handwritten and typescripts of BuDose Hayward’s first novel.

All ages are welcome at the Felix Davis Community Center for Scottish Country Dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m.


Pulp Gallery on King Street presents Stranger than Fiction, a new exhibition that will feature photos of medical oddities and crime and punishment. This is a 21 and over show.

The City Market is open nights now through Dec. 17, Friday-Sunday. Shop dozens of vendors and snag some free snack samples.

Hopeful competitors for the Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships will have their last chance to register at this pre-party from 6 to 10 p.m.

Award winning pianist and master storyteller Richard Glazier will present Remembrance and Discovery, the story of the life and music of American songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin at 4 p.m. at the Blackmer Hall at the Bishop Gadsen Retirement Community.

Marc Dalessio, world traveler and painter will debut some of his new works at the Ann Long Fine Art at 5 p.m.

Piccolo Spoleto kicks off with an outdoor concert from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with works by composers like Dvorak, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky at 8 p.m. at the U.S. Custom House.


Check out the two best farmers markets in town. Pop over to Marion Square from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast foods and local goodies then check out the year round Johns Island Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local artists will exhibit and sell their work in Marion Square and answers questions about their pieces.

Starting at 9 a.m. at Gage Hall Traditional Southern Singers will perform an all-day singing event featuring strong rhythms, powerful poetry and beautiful harmonies.

Everyone is finally invited to join the Gibbes Board of Directors, elected officials and some distinguished guests on the front plaza for the grand reopening of the Gibbes Museum after nearly two years of renovations.

It is family day at Marion Square. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. enjoy hands-on activities, and live performances all along side the Farmers Market and the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Simons Center for the Arts, local and statewide artists and business leaders will participate in a series of lectures on Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship.

The Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra will showcase 65 students from 18 schools in a performance at the Charleston Music Hall at 11:45 a.m.

Head to the Charleston City Marina for the start of the Atlantic Cup. Boats will race from Charleston to New York City. Gun goes off at noon.

From 1 to 4 p.m. check out the History Sidewalk Sale at the Powder Magazine Museum.

The Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers will be performing at St. Philip’s Church at 1 p.m.

Catch Panjamdrum a steel drum group composed of 7th and 11th graders at the Charleston Music Hall at 1:30 p.m.

Bethel United Methodist Church will host the 27 member choir directed by Richard Pritchard for a performance at 3 p.m.

The new artistic piano trio, Ivory Trio will perform at Blackmer Hall at the Bishop Gadsen Retirement Community at 4 p.m.


In honor of the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Mother Emanuel nine artists were compelled to create a portrait tribute to each of the victims. See these beautiful works at the Principle Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy three half hour rounds of free Zen Meditation at Holy Cow in the South Windermere Shopping Center from 7:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Check out the Celadon Sunday Flea Market with the pup and the kids and grab some food truck snacks while you shop.

Check out the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market for and by locals behind the Pour House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

But don’t leave too early. Catch Runaway Gin with two full sets of Phish on the deck at the Pour House starting at 6 p.m.

Get a classic cocktail and enjoy some free swing dance lessons at Prohibition on King Street starting at 6:30 p.m.