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E.g., November 2018
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

Charleston artist Hilarie Lambert hosts her first studio open house this month, featuring her latest series of botanical paintings. Lambert welcomes visitors to her studio at any time with a “head’s up,” but this open house presents the unique opportunity for potential buyers, art lovers, and friends to view the collection and chat with the artist herself. Studio of Hilarie Lambert, 2071 Cheraw Dr. Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am-5:50pm. Free. (843)822-1707,

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

Support Charleston Animal Society (CAS) and taste a number of secret recipes at the 19th annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast. As the first animal organization in the state, CAS comes to the aid of more than 20,000 abandoned, sick, neglected, and abused creatures throughout the area. Animal lovers of the community are invited to enter the cook off as a team or individual, or simply arrive ready to taste-test the offerings, all in the name of man’s best friend. Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, noon-4pm. $75-$30. (843)747-4849,

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

Gather waterside at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park to sample chili recipes cooked up by Holy Jalapenos, Bone Appétit, Flavor Unleashed, and dozens more teams helping to raise funds for Charleston Animal Society. And don’t worry, your taste buds won’t get bored—last year, ingredients ranged from organic bison to Palmetto Amber to edible glitter. The event also serves up an oyster roast amidst live music and games for children and adults alike. Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. $75-$30. (843) 747-4849,

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

Join Redux for the 16th annual silent and live art auction, where a variety of work from local and national artists is up for grabs. The event is the center’s primary fundraising effort, with proceeds supporting comprehensive exhibitions, education and outreach programs, and the work of emerging visual artists. Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St. Saturday, 8-11pm. $100-$40. (843)722-0697,

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

Support Redux Contemporary Art Center by bidding on more than 100 works by local and national artists during this fundraising party. Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St. Saturday, 8-11 p.m. $50; $40 member.

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018

Visit scenic Kiawah Island for the Kiawah Conservancy’s annual Legacy Gala, held at The Sanctuary hotel. The Conservancy was established in 1997 by Kiawah residents passionate about maintaining the natural environment of the area and balancing sustainable development. The group continues to work toward the preservation of the island, and this much-anticipated event plays a huge role in fundraising efforts. Though the gala is sold out, guests are still able to join the wait list or donate to the cause online. The Sanctuary Hotel, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Sunday, 6pm. $200. (843)768-2029,

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018

Travel to Camelot—with a twist—in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Monty Python’s Spamalot. Join King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as they search for the Holy Grail, encountering flying cows, killer rabbits, and quirky Frenchmen along the way, with iconic musical numbers woven throughout. Based on Eric Idle’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this Broadway production ensures laughter and fun. Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Sunday, 7:30pm. $94-$30. (843)724-5212,

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018

Thirty-Four West Theater Co. presents another original romantic comedy just in time for the holidays. Moonshine County Christmas follows the chaos that ensues “when a shipment of hooch goes missing in Moonshine County,” and the production features songs by artists from Dolly Parton to Lady Gaga. Get in the spirit (and bust a gut) during this unique theater experience, where champagne cocktails, craft beer, wine, and other snacks are available for purchase to accompany the show. 34 West Theater Co., 200 Meeting St. Times vary. $35. (843)901-9343,

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018

Get moving before the big feast at Wild Blue Ropes’s “Make Room for Turkey Day” event. Just before Thanksgiving, the outdoor ropes course is open for a special day of climbing so you and your family can get out of the house and escape the pre-holiday chaos. Join them for the fifth annual Thanksgiving adventure! Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park, 1095 Highland Ave. Wednesday, 9am-6pm. $45; $40.50 each for 2 or more; $38.25 each for 5 or more; $36 each for 10 or more. (843)225-1555;

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Over the last 41 years, Charleston’s Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble has become a holiday tradition not to be missed. This month, runners can take in the scenery of historic downtown Charleston on a course that weaves from Marion Square to the Battery. Back at the square, enjoy a post-race party with free food and drinks (including a celebratory beer for those 21 and up), live music, and an awards ceremony. Kids can participate in a children’s fun run, as well as post-race activities. Break a sweat before the evening feast, and help raise funds for various local charities along the way. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Thursday, 9am. $45; $10 child under 11.

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Charleston Stage presents classic tale A Christmas Carol at the historic Dock Street Theatre. Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story returns to the Holy City by popular demand after the show sold out performances and set box office records last year. The extraordinary production features a live orchestra, colorful costumes, and stunning visual and special effects sure to get you, like Ebenezer Scrooge, into the Christmas spirit. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days vary, 7:30pm. $70.75-$28.75. (843)577-7183,

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

In this annual tradition, Charleston Stage presents classic tale A Christmas Carol at the historical Dock Street Theatre. Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday story returns to the Holy City stage by popular demand after the show sold out performances and set box office records last year. The extraordinary production features a live orchestra, vibrant costumes, and stunning visual and special effects sure to get you, like Ebenezer Scrooge, feeling festive. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $70-$28. (843)577-7183,

Friday, Nov 30, 2018

Whether you’re shoppingfor stocking stuffers or on the hunt for your next great read, Charleston Friends of the Library’s Holiday Book Sale promises an abundance of options. Peruse the sale’s whopping 15,000 books, CDs, and DVDs, starting at just 50 cents a pop. The Holiday Book Sale is one of five book sales held annually by the Charleston Friends of the Library, and features genres ranging from fiction to nonfiction, classics to cookbooks, and mysteries to histories. Proceeds support the more than 7,000 free community programs offered by Charleston County Libraries each year. Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 9am-5:30pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm. Free. (843) 805-6882,

Friday, Nov 30, 2018

Attention sci-fi and fantasy fans! AtomaCon is back with another iteration of the multi-genre, panel-driven convention. This gathering combines aspects of HorrorCon, AnimeCon, GamingCon, and ComicCon into a fun, family-friendly event for enthusiasts of all kinds. This year’s slate of activities includes a talk from Star Wars writer and guest of honor Jason Fry, a charity auction benefiting the Sea Turtle Care Center at the South Carolina Aquarium, a costume contest, an all-weekend film festival, literary panels and workshops, and much more. Get ready to geek out! Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Blvd., North Charleston. Friday-Sunday, times vary. Prices vary.

Friday, Nov 30, 2018

Join the Charleston Parks Conservancy in ringing in the holiday season as they light the Christmas tree in the center of Colonial Lake! To mark the occasion, food trucks serve snacks and hot beverages, a DJ and carolers provide holiday tunes, and plenty of family-friendly activities are offered before the main event. Be sure to come dressed in your most festive look for a photo at the decked-out carriage or a chance to win the ugly sweater contest. Colonial Lake, Broad St. Friday, 5:30-7pm. Free. (843)724-5003,

Saturday, Dec 08, 2018

Junie B. Jones has touched many young readers over the years, and this December she visits the Dock Street Theatre in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! In this holiday tale, the beloved first-grader is super excited for her school’s Holiday Singalong and Secret Santa gift exchange, but things take a turn for the worse as she draws her arch nemesis’s name and must reluctantly find her gift. A story of friendship and Christmas spirit, Junie B. lovers young and old will find humor and delight in this holiday special. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturdays, 11am or 3pm. $30. (843)577-7183,

Sunday, Dec 09, 2018

The Charleston Men’s Chorus kicks off their holiday season with a festive concert of Christmas hymns and classic carols at Sottile Theatre. Founded in 1990, the Charleston Men's Chorus is a local nonprofit that strives to promote musical awareness in the Lowcountry. Their popular Christmas concert is held each year, so join the community for an evening of holiday tunes such as “O Magnum Mysterium,” “In Dulci Jubilo,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston, 44 George St. Sunday, 4pm. $20; free under 12. (843)790-3168,

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest vocalist Tony DeSare for an evening of Christmas classics. DeSare, an acclaimed singer, pianist, and composer who has performed everywhere from jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall, last visited Charleston in February 2017 to appear in a Frank Sinatra Tribute with the CSO. In this occasion, the crooner again channels Sinatra, as well as Bing Crosby and others, for nostalgic favorites including “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $116-$21. (843)723-7528,

Monday, Dec 31, 2018

The countdown begins: USS Yorktown throws one of Charleston’s glitziest New Years Eve celebrations, sure to be the hottest ticket in town. The exclusive party features access to the entire ship, including 15,000 square feet of heated tent space on the flight deck and three stages boasting live entertainment across a number of genres. Guests can enjoy libations and light hors d’oeurves while taking in unparalleled views of the Holy City's harbor and skyline. Pop the champagne: as one of the most unique venues for NYE, this is sure to be a night you won't soon forget. Visit this link for more information