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Opening Night: Aquarium Aglow
South Carolina Aquarium hosts season two of its mesmerizing holiday experience, Aquarium Aglow, Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Guests can explore the aquarium decorated with tens of thousands of lights and discover the beauty of nature illuminated. Aquarium Aglow promises an even “bigger and brighter” adventure this year, with diverse installations that evoke wonder. While admiring the displays, guests can also purchase food, wine and beer. The Aquarium Aglow series will also host a neighborhood New Year’s Eve celebration this year with face painting, a live DJ and a special ball drop celebration. 

Nov. 18. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $22.95-$26.95. South Carolina Aquarium. 100 Aquarium Wharf. Downtown. scaquarium.org

Black Food Truck Festival 
The Black Food Truck Festival drew more than 11,000 people to its grounds in 2021, and it’s back again this year to bring communities together who want to support delicious local food and live music. Festivalgoers can enjoy diverse fare from 50 food trucks, music from eight regional funk, rock and pop acts, plus a video game truck and a mobile cigar and hookah lounge. Admission is free for kids and there will be an entertainment zone. 

Nov. 19-20. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $27.33-$64.73. Exchange Park Fairgrounds. 9850 Highway 78. Ladson. Blackfoodtruckfestival.com

Third Thursday at Public Works Art Center
This week the Public Works Art Center hosts Third Thursday, which means art lovers get a chance to meet featured artists and enjoy a reception with refreshments. This month’s reception celebrates New York-based visual artist Pam Shanley’s textile exhibit, Life is a Party, and Charleston mixed-media artist Taylor Faulkner’s exhibit, Let’s all Be Weird About It

Nov. 17. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Public Works Art Center. 135 West Richardson Ave. Summerville. publicworksartcenter.org

King BBQ pop-up at PURE Theatre 
King BBQ will host a pop-up at PURE Theatre before the final 7:30 p.m. performance of Clyde’s, an evocative play that tells the story of a rough-around-the-edges staff that runs a truck stop sandwich shop. Arrive early and enjoy a make-your-own-sandwich station from Jackrabbit Filly owners Shuai and Corrie Wang’s new barbecue fusion concept, King BBQ, which will open spring 2023 in North Charleston. 

Nov. 19. Time varies. $45. PURE Theatre. 134 Cannon St. Downtown. puretheatre.org 

Oyster Roast and BBQ benefiting Warrior Surf Foundation 
Fam’s Brewing Co. and Crazy Dutchman Catering offer all-you-can-eat oysters, pork BBQ and sides all day at this annual neighborhood event. The fundraiser benefits Folly Beach nonprofit Warrior Surf Foundation, which provides free surf and wellness programs to veterans. Ticket holders can also enjoy local vendor pop-ups and live music, plus a free pint of beer. 

Nov. 20. 1-5 p.m. $45-$55. Fam’s Brewing Co. 1291 Folly Road. Folly. famsbrewingco.com


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