Tis the season to be give back to the community, be thankful for what you have and to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Show support for the parks, raise awareness of human trafficking, vote and then celebrate afterwards. See twinkling lights and take your little one to have sweets with Santa. And join Skirt for the Center for Women’s C4W New Conference and be inspired!
Off Runway Enchanted Masquerade
Find your inner fashionista with this event promoting community and sustainability. Local artists, designers, musicians and performers are coming together for a night of of magic, elegance, and eco-consciousness. The evening includes fashion shows by local designers, live music, curated art installations, theatre troupes and more. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Thrive SC and Redux Contemporary Art Center. Ticket prices vary. 6 to 11 p.m., Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road. Visit eventbrite.com.
Design in Great Spaces Gala and Afterparty
Celebrate Charleston’s creative community with this Design in Great Spaces awards gala. Join design world VIPs from across the country in celebrating the best of Charleston architecture, interior and landscape design. Tickets are $125 for the gala and $200 for the gala and afterparty. 7 to 10 p.m., The Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory, 701 E Bay St. Visit digscharleston.com.
Party for the Parks
Calling all park lovers to join the Charleston Parks Conservancy at Colonial Lake for a disco-themed street festival. Proceeds from this signature fundraiser go toward the conservancy’s work renovating public parks around the City of Charleston. Guests are encouraged to wear their ‘70s disco gear as they enjoy entertainment, a silent auction and food from Charleston’s finest eateries. There will also be a Studio 54 VIP area including signature cocktails, small bites and entertainment. General admission tickets are $115 and Studio 54 tickets are $250. 6-10 p.m., Colonial Lake, 46-54 Ashley Ave. Visit partyfortheparks.com.
Take Ten- A Decade of Jazz
Join the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for a trip down memory lane with this special concert event. The evening will also include live and silent auctions, as well as a raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Charleston Jazz Academy and the Jazz Performance Fund. Tickets are $150 for a standard table. 6:30 to 10 p.m., Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Visit charlestonjazz.com.
The 17th annual Harvest Festival hosted by Johns Island County Park is sure to be a foot-stompin’ good time. The festival will include performances by Charleston’s local bluegrass talent, a southern barbeque feast and activities for the kids. Admission is $8. Kids 12 and under and Gold Pass holders are admitted for free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Johns Island County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island. Visit charlestoncountyparks.com.
A21 Heart for Freedom Fundraiser Breakfast
Enjoy a delicious breakfast for a cause with this event benefiting A21, an organization dedicated to bringing human trafficking to an end. Breakfast will include mimosas, a crepe bar, farm fresh egg frittatas, a kid’s corner and more. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for kids and free for kids 6 and under. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Passage Apt. Community, 100 Underwood Drive, Summerville. Visit eventbrite.com.
Charleston Battery Food Truck Festival
Feeling hungry? Make plans to visit this festival featuring a variety of local Charleston food, drinks and entertainment. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive. Visit charlestonbattery.com.
Guys & Gillian: A Tribute to Gillian Welch
Part of the Charleston Music Hall’s 2018 Women & Series, this evening of music is a fun way to pay homage to your favorite musicians and celebrate local talent. The concert will feature some of Charleston’s best female and male musicians and vocalists. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show. 7 p.m., Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.
We Are the World Election Day Concert
Celebrate your ability to make a difference with this evening of fun and inspiring music. With the intent of encouraging everyone to get out and vote, the concert will feature local musicians performing their renditions of hits by the artists who originally created “We Are the World.” Admission is $5 for those wearing an “I Voted” sticker and $12 for general admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.
Garden Strolls and Wine Tasting
Enjoy a glass of wine and an evening stroll at the beautiful and historical Middleton Place. This event is 21+. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the event. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. Visit middletonplace.org.
Flick at Nite
Charleston Wine + Food is hosting this event featuring a screening of “The Notebook” and the food and drink creations of local chefs and mixologists. Come out and celebrate the beauty of the Lowcountry with this evening of cinematic magic. Tickets are $65. 6 to 9 p.m., Lowndes Grove Plantation, 266 St Margaret St. Visit charlestonwineandfood.com.
Nov. 9-Jan. 1
Holiday Festival of Lights
Prepare to be in awe at this year’s Festival of Lights. One of Charleston’s most beloved holiday traditions, this event includes a three-mile driving tour of the light display, family attractions, shopping, dining and more. Tickets are $20 per vehicle. 5:30-10 p.m. nightly, James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive. Visit holidayfestivaloflights.com.
Celadon’s 24th Anniversary
Join the furniture and lifestyle shop in celebrating 24 years of eclectic vintage products and quirky gift items. The celebration includes food and beverage trucks, live music, tarot card readings, and face painting for kids. All profits from vendor sales will go to local artisans. Admission is free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Celadon, 1015 Johnnie Dobbs Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Visit celadonathome.com.
Sounds of the South
Get a taste of the evolving music of the American South with this symposium featuring lectures by a panel of local experts. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St. Visit halsey.cofc.edu.
Lowcountry Women’s Fair
Have a girls’ day with Touch of Magic Events’ women’s fair, featuring dozens of vendors, plus massages, makeovers, health screenings, self defense classes and more! Free admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Contact email@example.com for more information.
1770 Records’ 6th Annual Boat Show
1770 Records, a student-run record label at the College of Charleston, is promoting local music with its annual Boat Show featuring live music from local artists. Join them on the Carolina Queen as they sail around the Charleston Harbour jamming out to great music. Food, drinks and prizes are included. Tickets are $30 and $25 for students. The boat will begin boarding at 6:30 p.m. and will leave the dock at 7. The boat will return to the dock at 10 p.m. Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive. Visit 1770records.com.
Oysters for Autism
Support the Lowcountry Autism Foundation with this night of live music, oysters, drinks and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and $30 at the door on the day of the event. Ticket prices include all-you-can-eat oysters as well as other food and nonalcoholic beverages. 4 to 7 p.m., Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Road. Visit lafinc.org.
Nov. 15 – Nov. 16
C4W New Conference
Join the Center for Women for this two-day conference inspiring personal transformation, professional growth and economic development in ambitious and curious women. “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert is the keynote speaker Thursday night. Skirt is the sponsor of Thursday’s VIP section and Friday’s VIP lounge. Ticket prices vary. Nov. 15 at 7:30 a.m. to Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m., Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave. Visit c4wconference.org.
Heroes of Hope Gala
Have a great time benefitting a great cause at this event hosted by Camp Happy Days. Featuring live music, a live and silent auction, as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres, proceeds from this evening will support Camp Happy Days’ mission of providing encouragement and resources to children with cancer and their families. Tickets are $130. 7 to 11 p.m., Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Visit camphappydays.org.
Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Echoing the iconic sound and signature harmonies of Stevie Nicks, this highly sought after tribute band will have you bewitched. The Atlanta-based band will bring their expert instrumentation and stage moves to the Charleston Music Hall. Ticket prices range from $15-$25. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com.
Project Condom Charleston
Working to promote safe sex and reduce the stigma surrounding condom use and relationship communication, Project Condom is a fashion design contest sponsored by the World Aids Day Committee. This event brings local youth together to create fashion for a cause. This year’s theme is “The Future is Ours.” Admission is free. 6 to 8 p.m., College of Charleston Stern Student Center, 71 George St. Visit empowerrprogram.org.
Celebrate the Season at Colonial Lake
Get in the holiday spirit with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the center of Colonial Lake. Sponsored by the Charleston Parks Conservancy, this festive event will include food trucks, a DJ playing holiday hits, and activities for the kids. Free admission. 5:30 p.m., Colonial Lake, 46-54 Ashley Ave. Visit charlestonparksconservancy.org.
Step back in time with this theatrical tour of the Edmondston-Alston House. Performers will illustrate the turbulent atmosphere of Charleston just before the start of the Civil War. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tours will depart continuously between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Edmondston-Alston House, 21 East Battery. Visit middletonplace.org.
Women Seeking Purpose and Living Dreams Conference
This intimate event intended to showcase, build and encourage strong female role models will be hosted by Shaniqua Cousins World Group, a lifestyle brand dedicated to creating resources for women and girls across the world. Tickets are $55. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Embassy Suites Convention Center, 5055 International Blvd., North Charleston. Visit shaniquacousins.com.
Sweets with Santa
Get festive with the kids at the Gaillard Center holiday event, offering photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, story time, crafts, and performances by Charlton Singleton and friends. Proceeds from the event benefit the Gaillard Center Education Initiative, improving arts education in the tri-county area. Admission is free. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Visit gaillardcenter.org.