Charleston Fashion Week. You either love it, or you avoid it like you avoid platform heels. For people of the former category, besides the final runway shows of this year’s event, don’t forget special after-parties like the All Blue Affair, Fashion Fusion: Fashion Week Edition, and Rain: The Official Charleston Fashion Week Finale Party.

Now, for the rest of us, there is a whole boatload of stuff happening this weekend. Take all the festivals, for example. There’s the Festival of Houses and Gardens (not to be confused with the Garden Club of Charleston House and Garden Tours), Folly Beach’s Sea and Sand Festival, the College of Charleston’s Spring Fest, the Masters of the Building Arts Festival, and the Village Fair.

It’s best we study the champions of the FIRST ® Robotics Competition Palmetto Regional in preparation for the inevitable android war.  

Civil War re-enactors will gather for the Battle of Charleston.

Charleston ZTA Alumnae have a Chili Cookoff at Smoky Oak and Camp Happy Days hosts a happy hour fundraiser. You can Bowl for Kids’ Sake, have Hope on Goat, or spend a Starry, Starry Night raising money for Saint John Catholic School.

Pet Helpers hosts their annual oyster roast.

There are a couple of ways to raise money for Chantay Evans-Glisson, who needs a double lung transplant: an oyster roast and then the Fresh Air concert.

You don’t want to mess with a Charleston Rugged Maniac, who will tough it out on a five kilometer course. There’s also Race Judicata, a 5K hosted by the Charleston School of Law. Maybe you can get legal advice on the course.

While on Folly Beach this weekend, be sure to watch the waves for the Tides Kickoff Classic Surf Competition.

Walk in someone else’s shoes for a morning at Water Missions International’s Walk for Water. The night before, the Made in the South concert will raise money for the organization.

Audiophiles are well-prepared for the hunt at the biannual Charleston Record Expo.

Have a laugh at the Theatre 99 Improv Jam, Improv Riot, or TROM (Tin Roof Open Mic Comedy).

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents American Favorites for String Quartet, the Plantation Singers offer a Gratitude Community Concert, and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra has Swingin’ Soul.

Take the Francis Marion Wildflour Auto Tour.

It’s a big weekend with theater, with options like The Warrior’s Heart: The Life and Legacy of Joan of Arc, Burn This, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, In The Next Room: The Vibrator Play, Inga Binga, NOR*MAL the Musical, The Robber Bridegroom, You Can’t Get There from Here, and My Mother’s Medicine.

Fashion Issue: Works in Collage and Holzvega have openings on Friday, while the Amtrak Exhibit Train ambles into town.

The Hunger Games officially opened last night, and I am quite sleepy, having seen it at midnight. Yes, I am that much of a dork. Cinebarre is hosting a weekend-long food drive and a blood drive on Friday in celebration. And hopefully I can catch up on my sleep in time for the Mad Men Season 5 Premeire Screening and Cocktail Party.

Find a new friend at the Lucky Dog You Adoption Event.

Scary movie The Innkeepers returns to Charleston for a screening in Park Circle. There are also free presentations of Forks Over Knives and Hot Coffee, which features a concert from Danielle Howle and Firework Show.
Bowtie enthusiast K. Cooper Ray will take a break from the tents for a book signing.

Take your Calico Critter collector to the event at Wonder Works.

It’s time to start heading out to the Windjammer again, like for the Southern Culture on the Skids show.

The food trucks will gather once again for a rodeo at the Pour House. Meanwhile, Butcher & Bee hosts a Gullah/Geechee Pop Up Dinner from Chef BJ Dennis.

And you can get super cheap pizza and beer — for breakfast, no less — at Mellow Mushroom Avondale’s Disco Throwback Brunch. Keep in mind the specials are only available in the morning.