This time next week you’ll be clutching your sides, wishing away the sins of turkey day. Well, we will be at least. That’s why you must embrace this weekend, so full of energy, and so freakin’ fall it hurts (have you looked outside? Sunny and 65 is not half bad). Read on to see where you can find some bluegrass, some sports, and as always, a whole lotta oysters.


Party like it’s 1979 at The Alley tonight starting at 9 p.m. Get your tickets to the show — that may or may not include fire-breathers — because they won’t sell them at the door.

The McCoury Family is bringing their travelin’ bluegrass festival to the Pour House tonight at 9:30 p.m.

Eat for a good cause at Fort Dorchester High School’s Butts & Wings BBQ Festival tonight from 5-8 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Camp Happy Days.

Head to the Art Mecca on King St. from 6-8:30 p.m. to check out Daniella Willet-Rabin’s exhibit, Ode to Color and Pattern.

Palmetto Brewery is always jammin’ on Fridays with their Loading Dock series starting at 6 p.m. Tonight you can listen to David Higgins, Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World, and Megan Jean and the KFB. Food will be available for purchase from Kickin’ Chicken.

The Bus Shed hosts the 11th Annual Palmetto Society oyster roast from 7- 11 p.m.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Gaillard tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Expect to hear some of Mozart’s chart-toppers.

Laugh and judge Charleston’s funny people tonight and tomorrow at Theatre 99’s Charleston Comedy Fest stand up competition semi-finals at 10 p.m.

Look What a Wonder is a gospel folk opera based on the Denmark Vesey slave conspiracy of 1822 and will be performed at the Circular Congregational Church at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow.


Chili, oysters, and sweet pets up for adoption? Yes, please. The 16th annual celebrity chili cook off and oyster roast benefits the CHS Animal Society and kicks off at 1 p.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

It’s the Vinyl Countdown’s grand opening at their 724 King St. spot from 3-9 p.m.

Join the family at the Upstate-based Family Records showcase at Royal American starting at 7 p.m. Five bucks to see seven bands is always a great deal.

Give the gift of giving, and get some stuff too, at Charleston’s GOOD’s share fair from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at 2723 Carner Ave. Bring gently used items and pick up some stuff for yourself.

Lowcountry Local First holds their second annual block party at 1630 Meeting St. from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Peruse local vendors, listen to live music, and sip on local brews.

Check out some big name Democrats, including Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley at the Blue Jamboree Democrat gathering at the Jenkins Institute in North Chuck from 12-3 p.m.

Midtown Productions presents Divas in Distress, a one-woman show performed by Mary Fishburne who takes audiences through a musical journey, including the musical masterpieces of such artists as Barbara Streisand and Brittany Spears. Backed by a four-piece band, Fishburne will perform at both 3 and 8 p.m.

If a mash-up between Twin Peaks and Scooby Doo sounds good to you head to Holy City Brewing at 7:30 p.m. to hear Patrick Wensik read from his book, Fake Fruit Factory, which NPR did in fact describe as a combo of the aforementioned shows.


Jump down the rabbit hole at this pop-up fundraiser at the Orange Spot from 12-4 p.m. where money raised will help replace the children’s book collection lost in the recent flooding at Sullivan’s Island’s Edgar Allan Poe library.

The James Island Yacht Club hosts Charleston Community Sailing’s oyster roast fundraiser from 3-6 p.m.

Postmodern Jukebox puts a retro spin on modern songs. Check them out at the Music Hall at 8 p.m.