October Event Calendar

Shop to help raise funds for breast cancer research, take the family to the farm, marvel at hot air balloons, go Southbound at the Halsey and get caffeinated at the Charleston Coffee Cup. 

 Oct. 4
Pink Promenade Sip and Shop
Join Skirt magazine, Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Mount Pleasant Towne Centre in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month. Participants will receive two glasses of champagne or wine as well as appetizers from Burtons Grill and desserts from local businesses. You’ll also receive a Pink Pass, which provides specials, promotions and discounts at select Towne Centre stores. There will be live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 with proceeds benefiting the Roper St. Francis Breast Cancer program. 6 to 8 p.m., Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, 1218 Belk Drive. Visit mtpleasanttownecentre.com. 

Oct. 4-28
The Fall Tours of Homes
Experience historic houses and gardens with the Preservation Society of Charleston’s Fall Tours. This event includes house and garden tours, curated tours, garden walks and talks, a photography walkabout and workshop, guided walking tours, as well as an abbreviated “Four for $40” tour. Ticket prices and times vary. Purchase tickets from the Preservation Society of Charleston offices at 147 King St. Visit preservationsociety.org. 

 Oct. 5
Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Luncheon
Join the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center to hear the inspiring story of Michelle Knight, a survivor of captivity and trauma and passionate advocate for victims of abuse. Her experiences of survival and healing hold important lessons for fellow survivors as well as those who work with victims of trauma and abuse. Tickets are $75 per person. 11:30 a.m., Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive. Visit deenortoncenter.org. 

Portraits of Charleston: The Heartbeat of the Holy City
Oil painter Kyle Stuckey has created 50 portraits of Charleston locals, with a goal of “highlighting the beautiful diversity that makes a vibrant community and showcasing the people that work to make this city the best it can be.” 5 to 9 p.m., Principle Gallery Charleston, 125 Meeting St. Visit principlegallery.com.  

 Oct. 6
An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth
Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will grace the stage of the Gaillard Center as part of the center’s director and broadway series. From “Wicked” to “Pushing Daisies,” this Hollywood trailblazer is sure to deliver an unforgettable night of Broadway tunes. Ticket prices vary. 7:30 p.m., Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Visit gaillardcenter.org.   

Oct. 7
Family Farm Fest
The Charleston chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, is hosting this event benefiting Earth Heart Growers and the LDEI Charleston scholarship program. Enjoy delicious cuisine from local vendors, picnic baskets prepared by local chefs ($30 each and purchased in advance), a silent auction, live music and other entertainment. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children under 3 get in for free. 1 to 6 p.m., Joseph Fields Farm, 3129 River Road, Johns Island.  Visit ldeicharleston.org. 

Oct. 10
She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party
Brought to you by mellBella Photography and benefiting the Center for Women, the 2019 She’s My Hero Calendar aims to empower and inspire by featuring local women embodying their female heroes. To celebrate the launch of the calendar, mellBella is hosting a party that will include a silent auction, small bites, drinks and music. Tickets are free but registration is required and donations encouraged. 6 to 9 p.m., the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Visit c4women.org for more information. 

Oct. 12-13
Charleston Hot Air Balloon Festival
Keep your head in the clouds at Charleston’s only hot air balloon festival. Enjoy hot air balloon rides, live music, a wine tasting, polo matches, a battle of the chefs tasting competition and a kids play area. Ticket prices vary. 4 – 8 p.m. Oct. 12 and 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. Oct. 13, Hyde Park Polo Club, 6763 Davis Road, Ravenel. Visit VictoryCup.org/Charleston. 

Oct. 13
Charleston Jazz Orchestra with Quiana Parler
Experience “The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones” with guest vocalist Quiana Parler. Delving into this music legend’s extensive repertoire, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra will deliver a night of R&B magic. Ticket prices vary. 5 to 8 p.m., Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonjazz.com to purchase tickets.     

 Oct. 13-14
Autumn on the Ashley Arts and Craft Fair
Explore your crafty side with this event featuring dozens of Lowcountry artisans selling handcrafted items, as well as an autumn plant sale. Examples of goods sold include paintings, jewelry, textiles, photography, natural skin care, etc. Admission is free to the craft fair, but garden admissions fees of $20 for adults and $10 for children apply. Children 5 and under are free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road. Visit magnoliaplantation.com 

 Oct. 14
Latin American Festival
Get your salsa on with Charleston County Parks’ annual celebration of Latin American music, dance, art and food. This event will feature performances by Plena Libre, UltimaNota, Kimberly La Guerrera, Capoeira Charleston, the Buen Aché Dance Group, as well as a salsa dance contest. Tickets are $10 with a $5 discount for students with valid ID. Children ages 12 and under are free. 12 to 6 p.m., North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd. Visit charlestoncountyparks.com. 

 Oct. 16-21
“Les Miserables
Tony award-winning phenomenon “Les Miserables” hits the stage at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. Immerse yourself in the world of 19th century France with a dazzling reimagining of this classic and enthralling story. Get lost in beloved hits such as “I Dreamed a Dream” and “One Day More.” Ticket prices vary. 7:30 p.m. nightly, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. Visit northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com. 

 Oct. 17
Wine Down Wednesday
Enjoy a night of wine, food trucks and live music while exploring West Ashley’s Old Towne Creek County Park. This event will feature artist Chris Boone. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the gate. 5 to 7 p.m., Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Road. Visit ccprc.com 

Free Verse Poetry Festival: Stanzas and Synthesizers
Join Charleston’s first poet laureate Marcus Amaker for a night of music and spoken word poetry during this Free Verse Festival event. Enjoy musical performances by Marcus, Kayla Sewell and Andy Natusch and poetry readings from local poets Derek Berry, Matthew Foley and Bria Davis. Free admission. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St. Visit freeversefestival.com 

Oct. 19-March 2
Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South Opening Reception and Artist Talks
Comprising the work of 56 photographers, this exhibit captures the essence of the South over the first decades of the 21st century. The project’s purpose is to investigate sense of place in the South that congeal, however fleetingly, in the spaces between the photographers’ looking, their images, and our own pre-existing ideas about the region. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun St. Visit halsey.cofc.edu. 

 Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27
Family Fright Nights is full of entertainment for all ages. Enjoy games, treats, tons of candy, face painting, balloon twisting, hay maze, photo booth, costume contests, pony rides and a fun house. Fright Nights will feature a milder version of the spooky train ride from 6 to 7:30 p.m. $10 per person. 6 to 10 p.m. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road. Visit magnoliaplantation.com. 

 Oct. 20
Life’s a beach with Folly’s annual all-day festival featuring family friendly live music, a raffle, free games, jump castles, face painting, arts and crafts, and food vendors. This event raises funds for Folly Beach locals suffering from cancer and other medical ailments. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Children under 12 and Folly Beach residents are free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Center Street, Folly Beach. Visit visitfolly.com. 

Oct. 21
Children’s Day Festival 
Make it a family affair at the town of Mount Pleasant’s annual Children’s Day Festival. This event includes carnival rides and games, giant inflatable slides, live entertainment, face painting and more. Free admission. 12 to 5 p.m., Park West Recreation Complex, 1251 Park West Blvd. Visit experiencemountpleasant.com. 

Oct. 22
Ellevate’s 4th Anniversary Breakfast
Hear from an inspirational local trailblazer Debbie Antonelli, a Mount Pleasant resident and national basketball analyst who calls both professional and college basketball games for ESPN, Big Ten Network, CBS and FOX and last year was the first woman to commentate men’s college basketball games. $50 Register by Oct. 13. 7:30 a.m. The Riley Club, 360 Fishburne St. Visit ellevatenetwork.com. 

 Oct. 23
End Child Trafficking” Movie Premiere 
Learn about the realities of child trafficking with the premiere screening of this documentary that “goes deep into the most hellish places on earth to rescue kids from the grip of sex trafficking.” Tickets are free but RSVPs are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 p.m. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Visit charlestonmusichall.com. 

 Oct. 24
“What Would Virginia Woolf Do?”
Join author Nina Collins for a lecture and signing of her book “What Would Virginia Woolf Do: And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology.” Nina’s work grapples with issues surrounding loss, separation, transition, end of life and how women tell stories. Tickets are $30 for members of the Center for Women and $40 for non-members. 6 to 7:30 p.m., Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Visit c4women.org 

 Oct. 26
“Love Yourself” Art Opening
Experience the work of talented contemporary artist Paul Cristina at this show brought to you by the Charleston Arts Festival. Inspired by the study of books, film, music, people and photographic images, this self-taught artist experiments with various media and styles with breathtaking results. Free admission. 5 to 8 p.m., Beresford Studios, 20 Fulton St.  Visit charlestonartsfestival.com. 

Southern Spirits
Join the South Carolina Aquarium in celebrating Halloween with “spooktacular” drink samples from local distilleries and small plates from Good Catch partners. Come in costume and enjoy entertainment as well as a wine and beer bar. Event is 21+. Tickets are $45. 7 to 10 p.m., South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Visit scaquarium.org/afterhours. 

Oct. 28
Charleston Coffee Cup
Perk up for Charleston’s annual coffee culture celebration. From coffee tastings and latte art competitions to live music and vending by local artisans and coffee shops, this is sure to be a morning chock-full of flavor and fun. This year’s event will include a Halloween “Best Caffeinated Costume” contest and trick-or-treating for the kids. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Visit charlestoncoffeecup.com.