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EVENT CALENDAR

NOTICE: Below you will find a list of events happening in and around the Holy City, listed by most recent. If you are considering attending an event, be sure to check its website for any cancellations in light of current events.
E.g., October 2021
Thursday, Oct 28, 2021

Join 350 ladies who lunch for a silent auction with more than 75 new and vintage handbags, a live auction, and a fashion show presented by Rhodes Boutique. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which offers a “home-away-from-home” to families with children going through treatment. The Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. $125. (843) 972-3038, www.rmhcharleston.org


Thursday, Oct 28, 2021

Enjoy an afternoon of fashion and charity, with all proceeds helping the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston to provide local families “a home away from home” close to their children undergoing medical treatment. The eighth annual event features a fashion show by Rhodes Boutique. Surprises are promised throughout the day including a silent and live auction, and more. The Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. Thursday, 11:30am. $125. (843)972-3038, www.rmhcharleston.org


Thursday, Oct 28, 2021

With a mission to bring hope, safety, and opportunities for young women, Florence Crittenton welcomes all for a night of food, fun, and shopping. This event has something for everyone with selections from popular designers, fine wines, hors d’oeuvres, auctions, raffles, and more. Florence Crittenton Programs of SC provide housing, medical care, an education, and other services to pregnant, parenting, and at-risk young women.  The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Thursday, 6-9:30pm. $175 VIP; $125 GA. (843)723-7528, www.winewomenandshoes.com


Thursday, Oct 28, 2021

Put on your most fabulous pumps, wedges, sandals, or flats for an evening of sipping, shopping, and supporting women. This event features a fashion show, wine tastings, and a live and silent auction, with the chance to win a closet of designer clothes and accessories. Proceeds support Florence Crittenton, a nonprofit that supports young women who are pregnant, parenting, or in foster care to help them thrive into adulthood. The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Thursday, 6 p.m. $175-$125. (843) 723-7528, www.winewomenandshoes.com


Friday, Oct 29, 2021

Witness a fresh take on one of the most beloved Broadway musicals. Directed by Tony-winner Bartlett Sher and staged by acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, the cast and orchestra breathe new life into this classic tale of family and faith. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday-Sunday, 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday, 2pm. $77-$42. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Friday, Oct 29, 2021

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Charleston’s best party,” with this year’s zodiac theme, complete with celestial costumes and decor. Dance, eat, and drink under the stars dressed as your sign. Tickets include live entertainment from DJ R Dot, an open bar, and bites from local favorites such as Frannie and the Fox. Proceeds from the event are allocated to maintaining local parks such as this year’s venue, Colonial Lake. Colonial Lake, 46 Ashley Ave. Friday, 6-10pm. $150. (843)724-5003, www.partyfortheparks.com


Friday, Oct 29, 2021

Your horoscope is sure to predict you’ll have a good time celebrating under the stars at this year’s 10th annual Party for the Parks. Party-goers are encouraged to dress in attire inspired by their zodiac signs and dance along as DJ R Dot spins tunes at what’s been called “Charleston’s best party” on the bank of Colonial Lake. Enjoy themed cocktails and bites provided by local restaurants and food vendors. Proceeds benefit the Charleston Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit that helps beautify more than 20 local public green spaces. Colonial Lake, 46 Ashley Ave. Friday, 6-10 p.m. $150. (843) 724-5003,www.partyfortheparks.com


Friday, Oct 29, 2021

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra collaborates with pianist Caleb Borick, alto Faith Sherman, tenor Victor Cardamone, bass-baritone Cory Schantz, the College of Charleston Concert Choir, and the Charleston Southern University Concert Singers for an evening of spooky music. The concert begins with a rendition of the overture from Gioachino Rossini’s comedic opera The Silken Staircase, followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, then Felix Mendelssohn’s The First Walpurgis Night, an eerie yet comic tale peopled by ghosts, witches, owls, and devils. The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday & Saturday, 7:30-9pm. $131-$29 (843)723-7528, www.charlestonsymphony.org


Sunday, Oct 31, 2021

Wear your pink and show your support for the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Making Strides Walk. Join people from the community and all across the nation in the fight to end breast cancer. Fundraising efforts help the American Cancer Association support breast cancer patients, from providing rides to and from chemo to funding research. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Dr., North Charleston. Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm. (843)790-6212, www.acsevents.org


Monday, Nov 01, 2021

Form meets function and fashion meets history in this Charleston Museum exhibit. “Fur & Frost” features the clothing that 19th- and 20th-century residents used to stay warm throughout Lowcountry winters, long before central heating. From fur stoles to acrylic sweaters, see how winter fashion developed through the years with trends and technology. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12-$5; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Monday, Nov 01, 2021

As part of the 14th-annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens’s Lowcountry Center Auditorium presents a diverse collection of dolls, quilts, and wall hangings curated by Charleston artist Torreah “Cookie” Washington. For the show, 23 artists were asked to contribute work interpreting the theme of Sankofa, a symbol originating from the Akan tribe of Ghana, which often appears as a bird turning its head to place an egg on its back, or as an ornate heart-shaped design. Sankofa symbols are associated with the proverb to “reach back and get it,” encouraging viewers to use the wisdom of the past to help us in the present. Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Murrells Inlet. Saturday, 9:30am-4pm. $20; $18 senior; $10 children ages four-12; free for children three & under. (843)235-6000, www.brookgreen.org


Monday, Nov 01, 2021

This exhibit features 55 paintings from the late Romare Bearden during his abstract period. A founding members of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Bearden is considered one of the most influential artists of the 1900s, his early work often commenting on racism and the marginalization of Black people in America. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Monday-Sunday, 10am-5pm; 1-5pm Sunday. $12; $10 student; $6 youth age 4-17; free child under 3. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Monday, Nov 01, 2021

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dog and Horse Fine Art features the artwork of Barrie Barnett, Ian Mason, and Valarie Wolf. All three artists display works that share a uniform grayscale palette but are distinct in style and subject. Barnett is known for her traditional charcoal dog narratives; Mason for his contemporary, minimalist canine paintings; and Wolf for her retro horse paintings. Dog & Horse Fine Art, 102 Church St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)577-5500, www.dogandhorsefineart.com


Monday, Nov 01, 2021

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art hosts Swiss-Guinean artist Namsa Leuba’s latest exhibit, “Crossed Looks.” Her first solo exhibition in the United States features nearly 100 photos from Nigeria, Benin, Guinea, South Africa, and Tahiti. Her colorful portraits are staged narratives that reflect the feeling of otherness that accompanied her multicultural upbringing. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday; 11am-4pm; Thursday 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Monday, Nov 01, 2021

The Rosen Galleries at Brookgreen Gardens present an exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 featuring the work of sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg. The artist, who also created the Rocky statue, describes his series of columnar sculptures as “individual vignettes of emotion.” Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Murrells Inlet. Daily, noon-4:30pm. $18-$10. (843)235-6000, www.brookgreen.org


Monday, Nov 01, 2021

Adrenaline junkies and families alike are invited to Exchange Park for the Coastal Carolina Fair. Adults can enjoy live music, a rodeo, and vendors selling everything from honey to airbrushed shirts, while kids can participate in crafts, play games, and visit the petting zoo. Come hungry and pick up classic fair food like funnel cakes, fried Oreos, and even gator on a stick. Exchange Park, 9850 Hwy. 78, Ladson. Monday-Thursday, 3-9pm; Friday, 3-10pm; Saturday, 10am-10pm. Sunday, 12-9pm. $12; $7 age 6-12, free age 5 & under: does not include rides. (843)572-3161, www.coastalcarolinafair.org


Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021

Get an exclusive look at private homes that are quintessential to both the landscape and history of the Battery. Experts lead guests through the gardens, porches, and interiors of select homes while teaching an immersive lesson on the architecture and history. The fall tours include three options—piazzas and gardens tours, master architecture series, and the master garden series. Preservation Society of Charleston, 147 King St. Varied days, 2-5pm. $150-$25. (843)722-4630, www.preservationsociety.org


Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021

Hailing from New York, artist and pioneer Steve Locke comes to Sottile Theatre to lead a highly anticipated conversation about what should be done with monuments across the country. Over the past 20 years, Locke has used various art forms to discuss racial undertones present in many monuments across the nation, including statues, sculptures, and more, working with audiences to reframe their understanding of history. With a professional focus in reimagining what monuments should be, Locke leads this conversation as a part of the Gibbes Museum’s Distinguished Lecture series, an annual event in which selected thought leaders bring cutting edge perspectives to cultural conversations with the Charleston community. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Wednesday, 6-7pm. $60-$10. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Thursday, Nov 04, 2021

The Nuovo Cinema Italian Film Festival’s mission is to expose contemporary Italian cinema beyond its borders, and is the brainchild of Giovanna De Luca, a professor in the Italian Studies Program at the College of Charleston. The Queen Street Playhouse features a multi-genre selection of 10 films with English subtitles. The Queen Street Playhouse, 20 Queen St. Thursday-Saturday, varied times. $12 per film. (843)722-4487, www.nuovocinemaitaliano.com


Thursday, Nov 04, 2021

The Blueprint series from New Muse Concerts, which intends to make classical music accessible to all listeners, highlights the way each person hears music over time, a term coined “blueprint.” For this concert, guests get a look inside the blueprint of conductor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. Choose from three performances as she conducts violist Kristen Swanson, cellist Ismar Gomes, and violinists Lydia Chernicoff and Lenora Leggattin in Beethoven’s String Quartet. Locations vary. Thursday, 4pm; Friday, 1pm; Saturday, 3pm. Free. www.newmuse.org


Friday, Nov 05, 2021

Guests can engage in conversations with more than 30 local and international authors, Pulitzer Prize-winners, best-sellers, professors, and more experts. This year’s festival features 25 live and virtual events with topics including history, feminism, science, art, civil rights, and fiction, and kicks off with a performance from The Metropolitan Museum of Arts string quartet ensemble. The headliner Andre Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name, accompanied by screenwriter James Ivory, explains how his book made it to the big screen. Times & locations vary. $25. www.charlestonliteraryfestival.com


Friday, Nov 05, 2021

The literary festival returns with a shorter name, a partnership with the College of Charleston (which will provide venues and logistical support), a hybrid schedule with in-person and virtual book discussions, and an impressive lineup of more than 30 writers, journalists, and educators. Highlights include author André Aciman, who will show the 2017 film based on his best-selling novel Call Me By Your Name, followed by a conversation with award-winning screenwriter James Ivory, as well as Lisa Taddeo, whose nonfiction book Three Women is being adapted into a Showtime series. Other speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winners George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo, and Louis Menand, whose new book The Free World looks at American culture during the Cold War. Venues, times, and prices vary. (843) 619-3000, www.charlestonliteraryfestival.com


Friday, Nov 05, 2021

Hosted on the waterfront of Edisto’s Bay Creek Park, this two-day event is filled with 360-degree picturesque views and enough space for plenty of live bands. The festival begins Friday night with barbecue teams serving up their take on wings. Continuing into Saturday, teams will smoke and grill pork to later be tasted, judged, and awarded. After the samplings, try other vendors’ food and wash it all down with beer or wine. Proceeds help to preserve the Bay Creek Park. Bay Creek Park, 3706 Dock Site Rd., Edisto Beach. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm. $15 weekend pass; $10 day pass; Free for child under 12. www.edistochamber.com


Friday, Nov 05, 2021

The Lowcountry Veterans’ first benefit gala is appropriately aboard the USS Yorktown, complete with a photo booth, auctions, and live music by David Higgins Band and DJ Bone. Enjoy drinks from the open bar and hor d’oeuvres from Top Shelf Catering while watching the sun set over the water. All proceeds go toward the Lowcountry Veterans mission of providing housing and resources for homeless veterans in the community. USS Yorktown, 40 Patriot Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 7:30-10:30pm. $100. (843)573-7081, www.lowcountryveterans.org


Saturday, Nov 06, 2021

LOWVELO (Lowcountry and velo, meaning bike in French) is a cycling event, with the mission of putting an end to cancer by raising money for research at the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. Ending on the Isle of Palms, participants of all skill levels have four scenic routes to choose from: 10, 22, 57, and 100 miles. Ocean Boulevard is shut down for the finish line block party, complete with live music, local vendors, cold drinks, and lots of food to fuel those sore muscles. A minimum of $300 must be raised; check website for complete donation requirements for each route. Prices & locations vary. Saturday, 8:30am. www.lowvelo.org


Saturday, Nov 06, 2021

Celebrate cancer survivors and honor the memories of loved ones during the annual LOWVELO fundraising bike ride. Combining the word “low” for Lowcountry and “velo,” the French word for bicycle, the event offers participants four routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles and raises money for the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. The finish-line block party at Ocean Boulevard on Isle of Palms features live music, local vendors, and food offerings. A $300 minimum must be raised to participate in races of all distances and pre-registration is required. The 22-, 57-, and 100-mile routes start at The Citadel’s Hagood Stadium. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. www.lowvelo.org


Saturday, Nov 06, 2021

Scotts and nots alike are invited to celebrate a half century of Charleston’s Scottish Games and Highland Gathering. Honor Scottish history and culture with a day full of Gaelic events including the pipe band championship, weight throws, Border Collie demonstrations, highland dancing, and more. Delight in Scottish cuisine with your choice of craft beers, fish and chips, or haggis, a traditional dish made of animal organs. Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave, North Charleston. Saturday, 8:30am-5pm. $160-$5. www.charlestonscottishgames.com


Saturday, Nov 06, 2021

Take a hayride, shop the artisan market, decorate pumpkins, and compete in the archery competition while enjoying live bluegrass music and comfort foods including barbecue, turkey legs, and kettle corn. John’s Island County Park Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Rd. Saturday, 11am-5pm. $8; free for child under 12; free for gold pass member. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Nov 06, 2021

Dress to impress at the Hyde Park Polo Club for the annual hot air balloon festival and polo match. Watch the colorful hot air balloons from the ground or take to the sky and be a part of the action, then grab a drink to cheer on the energetic polo match. Between events, guests can browse the vendors, eat at the seafood tents, listen to live music, attend the fashion contest, and more, with fun for the whole family. Hyde Park Polo Club, 6763 Davis Rd., Ravenel. Saturday, noon-10pm. $204-$11. (512)953-9428, www.victorycup.org


Saturday, Nov 06, 2021

Watch costumed actors load cannons with gun powder and light the fuse, replicating the cannon firings of the late 17th century at Charles Towne Landing, the birthplace of South Carolina. Experience the smoke and fire of a musket volley as educators drill with period style flintlocks and matchlocks. Charles Towne Landing, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Saturday, noon, 2pm, & 4pm. $102-$6, free for child 3 & under. (843)852-4200, www.travelerofcharleston.com