Start 2019 off with a full social calendar of concerts, book discussions, art classes, wellness retreats, and of course, oyster roasts. And don’t forget to make your reservations for Restaurant Week.
Sing-Along Film Series: “Grease”
Tap your toes and sing your heart out with an evening of ‘50s fun. Tickets are $6. 7 to 9 p.m., Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.
Wine, Women & Wisdom
Meet Keith O’Brien, the author of “Fly Girls,” aboard the USS Yorktown. Enjoy bites from Napa Mount Pleasant while listening to the stories of five trailblazing female pilots in the 1920’s. Tickets are $55 and include parking and admission to the USS Yorktown. Proceeds go toward scholarships for underserved students to attend the Flight Academy at Patriots Point. 5:30 p.m., USS Yorktown, 40 Patriots Point Road. Visit flygirlsyorktown.brownpapertickets.com.
Turning the Tide Book Launch Party
Local author Sally R. Murphy releases her memoir “Turning the Tide” about working for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources protecting sea turtles. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and beverages and have your book signed by the author. Special appearance by best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe! Tickets are $40. 6 to 8 p.m., South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Visit scaquarium.org.
Un-Wined with Watercolor
Let loose and get creative with a new kind of happy hour. Watercolor artist and illustrator Mia Loia will guide you through watercolor tutorials to relieve tension and make for a fun night out. Bring your friends and your favorite happy hour drink. Tickets are $25. 6 to 8 p.m., Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St. Visit reduxstudios.org.
Jan. 9 – Jan. 20
Great Charleston Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Week
Kick off 2019 with delicious deals on dozens of incredible dishes from Charleston’s most renowned chefs. More than 80 restaurants are participating, including newcomers Nico, Bourbon N’ Bubbles, Henry’s, Josephine Wine Bar, Swig & Swine’s downtown location, and Tradd’s. For a list of restaurants participating in Charleston Restaurant Week, to view menus and to make reservations, visit charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.
Jan. 11, 12
Public Memory in the New South
Reflecting on various perceptions and collective memories of the south, this symposium will highlight the voices of minorities and the complexity of life in this region. Southbound photographer Sheila Pree Bright will open the event Friday night and designer Michael Arad will close out the event the following afternoon. Admission is free. Friday 7 p.m. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathematics. Visit southboundproject.org.
Shuckin’ on the Cooper
Take in a scenic view at the Charleston Harbor to the tune of live music and a bucket of oysters. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 onsite. Buckets of oysters are $10 each. 1 to 4 p.m., Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd. Visit charlestoncountyparks.com.
The Charleston Mac Off 2019
Take a moment to indulge with this annual favorite. The event will include live music and a variety of food vendors. Tickets are $17.50. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Johnson Hagood Stadium, 68 Hagood Ave. Visit charlestonmacoff.com.
Junior League Bridal Boutique
Shop for wedding dresses, evening gowns, cocktail dresses and mother of the bride gowns as well as accessories at discounted prices at the Junior League’s annual Bridal Boutique. Designer samples and gently used dresses start at $25. The event is free to attend but you can pay $10 for early admission. Noon to 4 p.m., Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St. Visit jlcharleston.org.
8th Annual Shuck-A-Rama
Enjoy delicious food, good company and live music for a cause. Proceeds from this event benefit the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. Tickets are $40. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St. Visit biaofsc.com.
2019 Kickoff Keynote with Christine Osborne
Join founder of Wonder Works, Christine Osborne, as she tells her story and provides insight on “How the Real You Makes the Difference” in business. Tickets are $25.75. 9:30 to 11 a.m., Miller Gallery, 142 ½ E Bay St. Visit womenentrepreneurscharleston.com.
Women’s Adventure Film Tour
This international film tour celebrating work by and about women is coming to the Charleston Music Hall. The films showcase real stories about women from a variety of cultures and sports around the world. Tickets are $18.90. 7 to 9:30 p.m., Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.
The YWCA of Greater Charleston heads up a week of MLK celebrations, including the MLK Parade, which features more than 125 bands, floats and community organizations.. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the route starts and Burke High School and travels along Fishburne Street, north to Sumter Street, east to King Street, south to Marion Square and to Calhoun Street. For information about other MLK Celebration events, visit ywcagc.org.
Skirt Night at 9Round Downtown
Kick off the new year with a girls’ night out at 9Round, downtown’s newest boxing and kickboxing studio. Watch a demonstration of moves you can use to help you feel strong and empowered. Enjoy drinks and light bites, special promotions and get to know fellow Skirt fans. Free. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., 99 WestEdge, Suite 1700.
The GOOD Fest
Organized with the help of local Laura Kate Whitney, this Self-Care Saturday at Cannon Green will be a refreshing and inspiring experience. Including speakers, meditation, a market place and a healthy lunch, this event really packs a punch. Tickets are $109. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cannon Green, 103 Spring St. Visit thegoodfest.com.
Bobby McFerrin with Ranky Tanky
This collaboration between Grammy-award winner Bobby McFerrin and Charleston’s own Ranky Tanky, featuring Quiana Parler on vocals, is a part of the Charleston Jazz Festival. $53 to $128 8 p.m. The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Visit gaillardcenter.org.
Lowcountry Oyster Festival
The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and was recently named one of the “top 20 events in the Southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. Highlights include the oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, live music, a children’s area and a food court showcasing local restaurants. Admission tickets are $17.50 in advance or $25 at the event. Food and beverages are sold separately. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boone Hall Plantation. Visit charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.
Wild Dunes Author Series
Join bestselling authors Patti Callahan of “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” and Lisa Wingate of “Before We Were Yours” for the annual “Wild Dunes Presents: A Conversation with Mary Alice Monroe.” Enjoy an intimate conversation with Lisa and Patti, led by best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe. The conversation will be followed by hors d’oeuvres and drinks, plus a meet-and-greet with book signing. There will also be a small silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Reading Partners, a non-profit dedicated to helping children in the Charleston area master basic reading. Tickets are $40. 2 p.m. Sweetgrass Pavilion, Wild Dunes. Visit buxtonbooks.com.
Neko Case at the Charleston Music Hall
Join singer Neko Case on her headlining tour focused on women’s empowerment. Tickets range from $26 to $46. 8 p.m., Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.
Save the Light Half Marathon and 5K
Raising funds for the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse, these two races beginning and ending near the Folly Beach Pier will inspire your love for the sea. The half marathon is run only, but the 5K is open to runners and walkers. Fees vary. 8:30 a.m., Folly Beach Pier, 101 E Arctic Ave, Folly Beach. Visit charlestoncountyparks.com.
Skirt Book Club
Join us for our first Skirt Book Club presented by Buxton Books to discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. Author Signe Pike and nSkirt executive editor Shelley Young will lead the discussion, followed by light bites and drinks. 5:30 p.m. Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland St. Visit buxtonbooks.com.