Charleston is getting all arts and music on us this weekend with both YALLFest, held in various locations on Upper King, and the CPMAs tomorrow night at the Pour House. We’re not biased or anything, but we think tomorrow’s CPMA party will be pretty rockin’ (and other musical genres) and we hope to see y’all there. You can also count on fun in the form of tattoos, a holiday market, and oyster fests galore. Read on for a list more titillating than the Hunger Games.


Get the first look at YALLFest authors as they walk the red carpet from 4-6 p.m. at the Main Library.

From 3-5 p.m. you can join Upper King’s YALLCrawl where dozens of authors will be meeting with fans and autographing books.

Head to the Green Barn at Carnes Crossroads for a tattoo art exhibit curated by St. Timothy’s Church of Summerville from 7-9 p.m.

Party with brews at Freehouse Brewery’s from 4-10 p.m. two-year birthday celebration where you can enjoy two new beer releases, food from Pep Rolls and La Gaufre and live music from the Royal Tinfoil.

Tim Hussey’s Aphasia opens tonight at the George Gallery with a reception from 5-8 p.m.

Dive into the Junior League of Charleston’s annual Whale of a Sale from 5- 8 p.m. tonight and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow at Omar Shrine Temple.

The Holiday Festival of Lights opens tonight at 6 p.m. at James Island County Park where you can enjoy live music and treats.

Trident Academy holds their annual oyster roast from 6-8 p.m. Proceeds benefit children with learning differences.

Head to Palmetto for the weekly Loading Dock series starting at 6 p.m. featuring performances by Bethany & the Southside Boys, Cameron and the Funk Dumplins, and Jefferson Coker. Sticky Fingers will be on deck with food available for purchase.

It’s ecstatic! Let loose with fellow free spirits at Satsang Yoga’s ecstatic dance at their Mt. P. location from 7-9 p.m.

Celebrate the Halsey at their 11th annual membership bash from 7-10 p.m. where you can expect an open bar (tickets are $40), heavy hors d’oeuvres, and live music by Bill Carson and White Lightning.

If last weekend’s film festival didn’t quite fill your film fantasies, head to the MUSC basic science auditorium for a weekend of French films, starting tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Park Circle hosts the third annual Rockabillaque — fun to say, even more fun to attend — with a vintage motorcycle and car show, Miss Rockabillaque Pin-up contest, barbecue, and lots of live music starting at noon.

Celebrate the city’s best local musicians at the City Paper Music Award Showcase at the Charleston Pour House starting with an oyster roast on the deck at 5 p.m. The party continues with an awards presentation and performances by the winners, and an after-party with the groovy tunes of Spiritual Rez.

If partying and live music are truly your jam than pop over to the Tin Roof starting at 5 p.m. for a party celebrating the venue’s eighth birthday with drink specials and music by Matadero, Drunk Couples, Faline, and more.

Party for a good cause at Party for the Parks, the Charleston Parks Conservancy’s largest fundraiser held at Cannon Park from 6-10 p.m.

Head to the Old Village for the 16th annual harbor 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. This is one of the few dog and stroller friendly 5Ks in the Lowcountry and starts and ends at Alahambra Hall.

Give the gift of giving at the Citadel Mall’s Breakfast with Santa benefit from 9-10 a.m. where the donation of an unwrapped gift rewards each kiddo with a free Chick-fil-A breakfast along with entertainment, crafts, and more.

Check out the first annual South Carolina Underground Film Festival (well, not so underground now that you know about it) at North Charleston’s Olde Village Community Center starting at 10 a.m. All films are free and concessions will be available for purchase.

Shem Creek Bar and Grill hosts an oyster roast from 12-5 p.m. with a performance by local singer-songwriter Joseph Tedesco. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

The Ella Richardson Gallery hosts a book signing from 2-4 p.m. for Webb Hubbell’s Ginger Snaps, a political thriller. Hubbell has a pretty cool background — he’s been the associate attorney general for the U.S., the mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, and the managing partner of a law firm.

Gabriel Iglesias performs at the North Charleston PAC at 7:30 p.m.


Help raise money for the Charleston Little Free Library project at this book sale and author signing at Circular Congregational Church from 1-5 p.m. Expect to see New York Times bestselling authors Mary Alice Monroe, Bret Lott, and Bernard Cornwell.

Jam out to original songs from the members of Girls Rock Charleston as they perform at the Pour House starting at 5 p.m. The concert will raise money for the Girls Rock nonprofit.

The Edisto Island Land Trust holds their annual oyster roast at Sand Creek Farms from 2-5 p.m. with complimentary beer and wine (tickets are $35-$50) and live music overlooking Russell Creek.

Round out your music-filled weekend with the soothing sounds of Brahms, Schubert, and Mozart at Chamber Music Charleston’s downtown house concert at 3 p.m. in the Spoleto building on George St.

YALLFest may be over but you can still celebrate strong women in YA literature at the Main Library at 2:30 p.m. where a panel of YA authors will discuss their latest projects and the young women who inhabit them.

Straight No Chaser is usually how we take our whiskey, but an a cappella group of the same name probably references the dudes’ performance sans any musical instruments. Check them out at the North Charleston PAC at 7:30 p.m.