What’s that you say? It’s only November, you’ve got some turkey and cranberry sauce to focus on before you even start thinking about Christmas? Nonsense. The Holiday Festival of Lights opens Friday, which means the holiday season is here. Deal with it.

Since what this really means is that you need to start looking for gifts, stop by the Lowcountry Artist Market or Holy City Artists and Fleas and pick up something speical. Plus Daniel Island School hosts a Fall Market, and there’s the Friends of Nature Craft Show.

Frankly, I don’t consider them the Doobie Brothers without Michael McDonald, but the band is probably still worth seeing (especially if they play “What a Fool Believes”). Or, if you’re under the age of 50, stop by Joel T. Hamilton’s record release show.

You won’t know what’s going to be talked about at BarCampCHS unless you go. So you might as well go.

I’m sure many people in town have no reservations about seeing Anthony Bourdain speak. Sorry, I just had to use that pun.

The new Remedy Market on Spring Street hosts a soft/grand opening oyster roast. Other oyster roasts this weekend include Get Steamed, the Blessed Sacrament Silent/Live Auction and Oyster Roast, Oyster Shuckin’ on the Creek, the Edisto Island Open Land Trust Oyster Roast, the Rural Mission Oyster Roast, a Summerville High School Band Boosters Oyster Roast, a Holiday Festival of Lights Oyster Roast, and the Thanking Our Veterans Oyster Roast.

Pay tribute to David and Karen Stahl at a special memorial service coordinated by the City of Charleston.

Redux is looking to expand, so help them out at their Art Auction. And Alliance for Full Acceptance celebrates their efforts with A Taste of Equality. Plus there’s the Some Like It Hot Chili Cook-Off, a Studio 54 Party for Charleston Pride, Venus for the Cure, a Whale of a Sale, the Hard Hat Event, a Pancake Breakfast, and Wine and Art Under the Pines.

Rogue Wave Surf Shop knows it’s never too cold to surf, and they’ll have a new batch of Gato Heroi boards at 6th Street on Folly Beach.

Have you always wanted to do a charitable walk, but can’t manage to get dressed in the morning? For the Pajama Run, all you’ll need to do is roll out of bed and head over to the Joe. If that’s not an issue for you, participate in Strides for Autism or the Charleston CROP Hunger Walk.

Chai’s is putting on their Local Color Fashion Show, with designs from Rachel Gordon, Chelsie Ravenell, Lula Kate, Megan Waldrep, Beth Pilger, and Mamie Ruth.

This weekend at Theatre 99 will be like a normal weekend at Theatre 99, except that normal weekend is now on crack as they host their Improv-a-Thon. See all the acts you love over two nights.

The second Second Sunday on King happens on Saturday. Just joshing. It happens on Sunday, duh.

Robert Ivey Ballet will present a Fall Performance, and Charleston Ballet Theatre has The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (with a special Cupcakes in the Kitchen party for Nov. 13 ticketholders.

The Re-enactment of the Battle of Secessionville happens at Boone Hall this weekend. I wonder who’s going to win …

Two major lectures this weekend are “Machinima: Online Video After the Death of the Web” and “Sacred Activism: Passion in Action.”

The Greater Park Circle Film Society has chosen the best of the best for the Lowcountry Indie Shorts Fest. And on Sunday, the Charleston Library Society presents Deep Down, a film about the impact of coal mining on a community.

The ladies behind Beautiful Darkness will sign books at Blue Bicycle, and poet Michael McFee will be at the Charleston Library Society.

It’s National Neighborhood Toystore Day on Saturday, and Wonder Works will let you know what toys you’re going to be fighting other parents over in the next month and a half.

The Summerville Community Orchestra presents Family Favorites, and the New Music Collective has New Music New Charleston IV.

Jazz it up at Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz on Kiawah.

Beer. Bar-B-Que. Beer-B-Que. Perfect.

Irvin~House Vineyards will bless its vines. Catch Some Air hosts a stand-up paddleboarding, kiteboarding, and skateboarding demo sale, swap meet, and board bash party.

Every time I see the name Thunder Run 2010 I think about “Thunder Road.”

For kids and stoned teenagers alike: Meet SpongeBob SquarePants. (Note: We do not condone stoned teenagers.)

Take Whiskers to the Feline Fixing Frenzy. It might piss off your cat, but the only thing worse than an angry kitty is a pregnant kitty.

For the kids, Charleston Museum has Mad Science, South of Broadway has Red Riding Hood, and Tanger Outlets has a Family Fun Day.

Theatre Marvelosa revives ZEE HAT at La Fourchette, and there’s The Beggar’s Opera and Oliver Twist.

And tonight I’m going to be the Mac-Mommy of the Mac-Off. I get to be one of the judges in this mac-and-cheese competition on behalf of the City Paper. Sometimes this job has its perks.