Save the Light Oyster Roast
Enjoy oysters at Bowens Island to benefit efforts to preserve the Morris Island lighthouse. Tickets are $40 in advance. 2 to 5 p.m. at Bowens Island, 1870 Bowens Island Road. For more information, visit www.savethelight.org.
Charleston Health & Wellness Expo
Start off the year in good health with screenings, cooking lessons and massages at this free event sponsored by the Medical University of South Carolina. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. For more information, visit www.charlestonphysicians.com/expo.
South Carolina Restaurant Week
Try a place you haven’t been before or go to an old favorite for prix fixe lunch and dinner specials during the state’s restaurant week. Participating restaurants include Peninsula Grill, Magnolias, Halls Chophouse, The Macintosh and Old Village Post House. For the complete list of restaurants and to make reservations, visit restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com.
Women & The Dead
Local musicians Lindsay Holler and Hazel Ketchum continue their “Women &” tribute concert series for the fourth year as female musicians share their interpretations of their favorite Grateful Dead songs. 8 p.m., Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Tickets are $15 in advance. For more information, visit www.charlestonmusichall.com.
Rods and Reels: Charleston’s Local Food Scene
Join the conversation about how local chefs can work to conserve the Lowcountry’s cultural culinary landscape with the South Carolina Aquarium’s Holland Lifelong Learning Series. Charleston filmmaker Thibaut Fagonde will screen parts of his film “Overalls and Aprons,” which focuses on sustainable practices. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cinema of American Theater, 446 King St. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit scaquarium.org.
Charleston Jazz Festival
Nnenna Freelon and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra kick off the four-day Charleston Jazz Festival at the Charleston Music Hall. The festival also includes “Disney Meets Jazz”, “Gullah Contemporary Jazz” and “Celebrating Sinatra.” Performance times and venues vary. Visit charlestonjazz.com/festival for more information.
Jan. 19-April 15
A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
The newest exhibit at the Gibbes Museum of Art features folk art created by self-taught artists between 1800 and 1925, a period of political, social and cultural change in the United States. The exhibition includes rare portraits, still-life paintings, allegorical scenes, animal sculptures and furniture. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tickets are $15 for adults. For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org.
Taste of Folly
Center Street shuts down for the food-centric festival where you can sample vendors, judge the best chili, watch a hot dog-eating contest and cheer on during the server Olympics. The event will also feature live music and kid-friendly activities. Admission is free, but there’s a $20 fee to sample beverages in the cocktail competition. Begins at 11 a.m. on Center Street. For more information, visit www.follybeach.com.
The Charleston Bridal Show
Brides see the latest dress styles, sample caterers and wedding cakes, listen to musicians and talk with more than 100 vendors all under the same roof at the Charleston Bridal Show. Noon to 4 p.m. at the Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, visit thecharlestonbridalshow.com.
Neko Case showcases her 20-plus-year music career that has taken her from punk-country torchbearer to avant pop icon. 8 p.m., Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $27 to $30. For tickets, visit www.musicfarm.com.
Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Billed as the world’s largest oyster festival, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival features oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, live music, children’s activities and a food court with local restaurants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Admission tickets are $17.50 in advance. Food sold separately. For more information, visit www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.
Brides-to-be can shop discounted wedding dresses from several local boutiques at the Junior League of Charleston’s Bridal Boutique at the Dewberry Hotel. Shoppers also can find mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaid dresses, shoes and accessories as well as evening gowns and cocktail dresses. Enjoy music by Holy City Strings, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Proceeds benefit the Junior League and its mission. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 334 Meeting St. For more information, visit www.jlcharleston.org.
Leave your troubles outside. Life is beautiful inside the Kit Kat Club, where emcee Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage in a performance of the Broadway favorite. 7:30 p.m. at the Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Tickets are $24.50 to $94.50. For more information, visit gaillardcenter.org.