Happy October and happy fall! Here are some things to entertain yourself with this weekend.
Charleston is a long way from Munchen, but that doesn’t stop some local beer lovers. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Gene’s all weekend long with music, German food, and beer under the tents. And the Ballpark Festival of Beers is Saturday at the Joe — sample 100+ beers for just $25. If your tastes lean more toward the harder stuff, Firefly is hosting a launch party for their distillery and tasting room out at Wadmalaw Island Saturday with their signature cocktails and music.
Friday night you’ve got two choices of where to watch the premiere of The September Issue, a documentary following Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Basically, the difference is the Terrace event has free champagne, a fashion show, and giveaways, while the Cinebarre event has glam giveaways from Stella Nova. Speaking of Stella Nova, this weekend is Free Makeover Day, which is just what it sounds like. Complimentary makeovers on a first-come, first-served basis. In other fashion news, Saturday is the picturesque Dockside Fashion Show, featuring looks from Troubadour, Sarah Maxwell, One Love by Rachel Gordon, and more.
Friday night is the French Quarter Art Walk — the big one (or one of them). Some of the most buzz-worthy openings are at Scoop Studios (Redux’s Karen Ann Myers), Robert Lange’s new Queen Street gallery (Nathan Durfee), and 52.5 Records (Thomas C. Sweeney). On Saturday, head to the Charleston Artists Guild’s new gallery on East Bay for Sultry, Fiery Shots, where you can get your portrait taken for $30. It’s also the last week of MOJA, and the Finale is on Sunday at Hampton Park.
In film news, Friday through Tuesday it’s Dollar Week at the new Citadel IMAX. $1 movies, like The Dark Knight, and $1 concessions! That’s hard to beat. Sunday night, Redux kicks off the free Art:21 Access ’09 screenings. If you like your entertainment live, go to Theatre 99 Saturday for the final production of The Banana Monologues, the hit show from John Brennan, voted the best local comic by City Paper readers for a long time. John’s moving to New York, so be sure to bid him adieu.
Get your sports fix Saturday as the Citadel Bulldogs take on Appalachian State. Or get active yourself on Saturday morning at the Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child or Fido’s Frolic, a two-mile walk to benefit Pet Helpers. After the Frolic, you can bring your animal companion to Folly Beach United Methodist Church for the Blessing of the Animals.
Music fans should enjoy the Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Festival at the Old Santee Canal Park, or the Lowcountry Invitational Marching Band Festival at Wando High School (hello, Drumline!). Sunday’s Latin American Festival should provide plenty of booty-shaking opportunities as well.
Last but not least, meet a whole pile of local authors Saturday at CofC’s Local Author’s Book Fair. And local places like Boone Hall and Legare Farms are already opening up their Halloween attractions.
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