September Events

Declare ‘Yes, I’m a Feminist,’ hear how Reese Witherspoon balances Southern and modern, and sing along to Whitney Houston this month.

 Sept. 5 and Sept. 19
Wine Down Wednesday
Explore West Ashley’s Old Towne Creek County Park and enjoy wine, food truck bites and live music. Tickets are $15 in advance. 5 to 7 p.m. Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Road. Visit ccprc.com. 

 Sept. 5-16
Charleston Restaurant Week
Enjoy special prix fixe menus from some of Charleston’s top (and most stylish restaurants), including Circa 1886, Magnolias, Peninsula Grill, Revival, Parcel 32 and Grace and Grit. The Restaurant Association is partnering with Charleston Beer Week to offer special beers and pairings at participating restaurants. Visit charlestonrestaurantassociation.com for participating restaurants and menus. 

Sept. 6 – Oct. 7
“The Road Between” – Sara Pittman Solo Show
The Charleston Arts Festival is proud to collaborate with Beresford Studios to present “The Road Between,” an new body of work by Sara Pittman.  Sara is an abstract expressionist who explores the constant exchange between her repressed state of mind and her conscious self. The opening is 5 to 8 p.m., Beresford Studios, 20 Fulton St. For more more information about Charleston Arts Festival, visit www.charlestonartsfestival.com. 

 Sept. 6
Wine, Women & Wisdom 
Three best-selling authors – Lauren Willig, Beatriz Williams and Karen White – share how they worked together to write their latest historical fiction work, “The Glass Ocean,” which is being released this month. Enjoy wine and light fare from Anja Stief of Dish and Design. 5:30 p.m. Brigade Hall, Oyster Point, 1500 Pearl Tabby Drive, Mount Pleasant. For more information, visit Theglassocean.brownpapertickets.com. 

 Women & The Beatles 
Local female singers perform their favorite Beatles songs in the latest installment of the “Women &” series. Featured musicians include Hazel Ketchum, Lindsay Holler, Exavia Baxter, Erin Johns, Jordan Igoe, Amber Grace Joyner, Zandrina Dunning and Aisha Kenyetta. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. For more, visit charlestonmusichall.com.

Sept. 7
Yes, I’m a Feminist
Help kick off the College of Charleston’s Year of Women celebration and support the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the Yes, I’m a Feminist party. Enjoy festive drinks and desserts, live music and engage in progressive dialogue. 6 to 7:30 p.m., Cistern Yard, College of Charleston. Donations are encouraged. For more information, visit friendsof.cofc.edu/yes-im-a-feminist. 

Sept. 8
Southern Fried Chicken Challenge 
Sample some of the best fried chicken in the Lowcountry at this family-friendly event. Participating restaurants include Page’s Okra Grill, Fleet Landing, Harold’s Cabin, Cru Catering and King Street Dispensary. Admission is $10 and tasting tickets are $2. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Noon to 6 p.m., North Charleston Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave. For more, visit southernfriedchickenchallenge.com. 

Is This Art? Comedy Show
The Flowertown Players have partnered with The Center for Women for an epic night of comedy. Come enjoy the hilarious antics of our popular local comedians; Shawna Jarret, Joseph Coker, Sarah Napier, Bill Davis, Sam Hendry and Josh Bates. Hosted by Deshawn Mason with DJ Pat Nasty. Tickets are $15. All proceeds benefit Center for Women. 8 p.m. The James F. Dean Community Theater, 133 S. Main St., Summerville. For more, visit flowertownplayers.org.

 Sept. 9
Jazz Brunch in Hampton Park
The Charleston Parks Conservancy invites you to bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy jazz music by guitarist Duda Lucena and local food trucks. Admission is $15 and is free for children 12 and under. No pets allowed. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive. For more, visit charlestonparksconservancy.org. 

Black Ink Festival
Charleston hosts the its first celebration of African-American literature with featured speaker Terry McMillan, best-selling author of “Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” and 60 other authors. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. For more, visit charlestonlibraryfriends.org. 

 Sept. 12
“The Light Magnificent” Book Signing
Author April Duckworth signs copies of her children’s book “The Light Magnificent,” which tells the story of Frankie Frog and his journey through the forest, where he learns the importance of working together and treating others with compassion. 5 to 7 p.m. Principle Gallery, 125 Meeting St. 

Sept. 14- Nov. 10
“Uptown Girl”
A Jersey girl chooses between her hometown sweetheart and a rich and sensitive executive in this new ‘80s musical comedy production by 34 West Theater Company. Tickets are $35. Showtimes vary. 34 West Theater Co., 200 Meeting St. Visit 34west.org for showtimes. 

POSTPONED
Sept. 13

Unequal Playing Field
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry hosts a panel discussion on the importance of accessing equal play for girls and girls of color with featured panelist Kimberly Clay, founder and CEO of Play Like a Girl, a nonprofit that works to improve the health and well-being of girls. 2 to 4 p.m., Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston. For ticket information, visit explorecml.org. 

CANCELED
Sept. 14

Cigar Bazaar September Soiree
The Cigar Factory hosts a local artisan market with music and local artisans and retailers. Drink specials provided by Charleston Mix and Bar Mash. 5 to 9 p.m. Cigar Factory, 701 East Bay St. 

Sept. 15
Fam Jam
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry transforms Marion Square into an engaging playground to celebrates family and community and the power of play. Enjoy live music and hands-on activities. Families who attend also receive free admission to the children’s museum for the day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marion Square. For more, visit explorecml.org. 

Sept. 20
Cookie Decorating Workshop
Decorate cookies with Skirt magazine and Bullfish Cooking Company. Tickets are $40 and include two glasses of wine and small bites. 6 to 8 p.m. Napa Mount Pleasant, 1324 Theater Dr. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com/e/cookie-decorating-workshop-at-napa-mount-pleasant-tickets. 

Sweet Tea Festival
Cool off and enjoy a cold glass of sweet tea, bites and live music as you browse local shops and vendors. 4 to 8:30 p.m. downtown Summerville. For more information, visit summervilledream.org. 

 Builder Bash
Join Jeff Cook Real Estate and help raise money for Charleston Habitat for Humanity to help build affordable and safe homes for low income families. Guests are invited to wear “construction couture attire.” A cocktail hour with a silent auction will be  followed with food, music and a live auction. Tickets are $125. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Cedar Room, 701 East Bay St. Visit charlestonhabitat.org. 

Good Business Summit
Lowcountry Local First hosts a one-day business conference with soul, spotlighting how to build your company with purpose and profit. The keynote speaker is New Belgium Brewing Co. general manager Jay Richardson. 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration is $140 to $200. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. For more information, visit goodbusinesssummit.org. 

 Sept. 21-23
Folly Beach Sea and Sand Festival
Celebrate the end of the summer on the beach with sandcastle and volleyball competitions and an arts-focused street festival, live music and children’s activities. The street festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday along Center Street. Tickets are $5. For more details, visitvisitfolly.com.

Sept. 21
The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston
Charlton Singleton and Quiana Parler invite their talented friends to pay tribute to Whitney Houston. Tickets are $22. 7 p.m. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. For more, visit charlestonmusichall.com. 

 Sept. 22
Grand Opening of South Carolina Historical Society Museum
The South Carolina Historical Society Museum opens in the historic Fireproof Building. The museum’s six galleries showcase more than 300 years of South Carolina history through artifacts, personal treasures and handwritten accounts. The museum at 100 Meeting St. opens to the public after an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting  and is free on the opening day. Registration is required at schistory.org. 

Sept. 23
Thrifters and Drifters
Shop local artisans, collectors and crafters at the Thrifters and Drifters fall market at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more, visit thriftersanddrifters.com. 

Sept. 24
Reese Witherspoon
Actress, producer and business owner Reese Witherspoon shares stories from her first book “Whiskey in a Teacup” about what growing up in the South taught her about life, love and work. 7:30 p.m. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. For more, visit gaillardcenter.org. 

Art Exhibit at The Vault
The Vault hosts an art exhibit with Kit Porter Studios and Caroline Swetenburg of Well and Wonder Collective. 6 to 9 p.m. The Vault, 284 King St. 

Sept. 26 
Lip Sync for Lungs
Five local celebrities, including chef Mike Lata, Buffie Bell Lilly of Charleston Wine Pairings and Susan Pearlstine, lip sync to raise money to provide lung health programs and advocacy in coastal South Carolina. Tickets are $35 to 55. 6 p.m. Charleston Music Hall, 37 St. John St. For more, visit lipsyncforlungs.org. 

Sept. 27
Skirt magazine Girls’ Night Out
In honor of our Own Your Style issue, Skirt magazine and Tres Carmen host a fashionable Girls’ Night of shopping and sips at Tres Carmen’s newest location in Mount Pleasant. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., 320 W. Coleman Blvd. 

Sept. 27- Oct. 7
MOJA Arts Festival 
The MOJA Arts Festival kicks off with an opening street parade followed by a reception at the Dock Street courtyard on Thursday, a reggae dance party on Friday, heritage day at Marion Square on Saturday and a gospel concert on Sunday. Visit mojafestival.com for the complete lineup of dance, music, theater and art events.