We've got your Grit Picks—all the best events happening in Charleston this weekend, November 6-8
Friday, November 6
What: Charleston International Film Festival
Where: Charleston Music Hall
When: Friday, November 6-Sunday, November 8. Times vary. See the full schedule here
Deets: Prestigious films from all over the world take to the big screen at the annual Charleston International Film Festival. Last year’s event boasted more than 75 documentaries, animations, shorts, and features, including Draft Day starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner and Best Film award-winner Grape. Growing each year since its founding in 2005, the festival relocates to Charleston Music Hall this year for superior acoustics and an intimate atmosphere
Price: Prices vary
What: Folly Beach Jazz Festival
Where: Center Street, Folly Beach
When: Friday, November 6-Sunday, November 8, times vary. See here for full schedule
Deets: The second annual Folly Beach Jazz Fest features both local acts and musicians from all over the country. Tony Monaco and Howard Paul, Gino Castillo, and Bobby Storm will perform along with Charleston’s own Kings of Jazz, The Mike Frost Band, and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra Ensemble. A big band will perform on the Folly Pier as well. The 2015 Folly Jazz Festival offers scholarships for kids to be able to attend four different jazz camps in the summer of 2016. Those winners will be announced at the end of the festival.
Price: Prices vary.
What: Charleston Curator Bi-Annual Tag Sale
Where: Charleston Auction House, 311 Huger Street
When: Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 10am - 6pm and Sunday, November 8, noon-6pm.
Deets: Charleston Curator will hosts a bi-annual tag sale throughtout the weekend. It's going to be a party with great items for sale including two containers of vintage antiques from France, local Charleston finds, and more. Beverages and snacks will be available on site. H
Price: Free admission.
What: The Artwalk
Where: Locations vary.
Deets: Over 40 art galleries will be participarting in the Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk. See the website for a map of all the galleries, www.CharlestonGalleryAssociation.com
Price: Free admission
What: PBR Mural T-Shirt Release Party
Where: The Alley
Deets: In collaboration with Flooded Streets, The Alley's bowling pin mural done by David Boatwright is becoming a limited edition t-shirt. The bowling alley is throwing a party sponsored by PBR to celebrate the release of the shirts. There will be live music from Minimum Wage and Beach Tiger and dollar PBR cans until they run out. PBR will also be giving away PBR swag and prizes. Limited release of only 150 shirts.
Price: Free admission; $25 for a shirt
What: Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins
Where: PURE Theatre
When: 7:30 pm
Deets: It’s 1928 in the windy city of Chicago and the three Fail sisters will be dead by year’s end, expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and consumption. PURE Theatre presents this dark comedy by playwright Philip Dawkins that follows the trio of orphaned siblings as they live out their remaining months above the Fail family’s clock repair shop. Director Rodney Lee Rogers and visual artist Susan Klein transform the grim story into a magical, musical fable about how to live joyfully even in the face of imminent death. Failure: A Love Story will be playing at PURE Theatre from November 6-28.
Price: $30 opening night
What: Mechanical River with She Returns From War
Where: Redux Contemporary Art Center
When: 8pm doors; 9pm show
Deets: Pack into Redux Contemporary Art Center this Friday for two performances—Mechanical River and She Returns from War. Doors are at 8 p.m. and music begins at 9 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring canned food as The Harvest Hope Food Bank's most needed items right now for SC flood disaster relief are canned food items.
Price: $7 day of; $5 advance. Purchase tickets here
What: Fur Ball
Where: Charleston Marriott
Deets: Join Pet Helpers—the Lowcountry’s longest-standing no-kill shelter—as it hosts its biggest fundraising event of the year, the Fur Ball. For 2015, attendees enjoy a James Bond-themed “license to no kill” gala supporting the organization’s mission, preventing animal cruelty and providing orphaned animals with loving homes. The night’s auction includes items such as a five-day sailing charter and an insider’s trip to Napa Valley.
Price: $150 a person
Saturday, November 7
What: Candlefish One Year Anniversary Party
Deets: Candlefish is celebrating its first birthday by inviting guests the store to participate in various hands-on experiences as a "Chandler for a Day." Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of candle-making techniques, including taper-dipping and crafting the popular Candlefish Library candles. Additionally, the Library will be available for a unique scent exploration experience and photographs. Locally made treats will be available during the party along with complimentary champagne. Patrons will also receive a “thank you” gift of mini-taper birthday candles and Candlefish matches while supplies last.
Price: Free admission
What: Kudu Coffee + Revelry Brewing Co. Collaboration Weekend
Where: Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer
Deets: Kudu Coffee and Revelry Brewing Co. team up for a collaborative event Saturday at Kudu Coffee. The event will feature beer, coffee, and live music from Grace Joyner and She Returns From War.
Price: Free admission
What: Charleston Craft Brew Races
Where: Locations vary; post-race beer festival at Riverfront Park in North Charleston
When: Race starts at noon. Festival starts at 12:30pm.
Deets: The Craft Brew Races is a 5K road race (open to both runners and walkers) followed by a local craft beer festival. The series features races around the country in 2015. The post race beer festival will be held immediately following the race at Riverfront Park in North Charleston with 20+ breweries, food vendors, and local musicians in attendance. The South Carolina Brewer's Guild is the charitable beneficiary of the Charleston Craft Brew Races. A portion of all proceeds will go towards The Guild.
Participating breweries include: Frothy Beard, Freehouse, Benford Brewing, Wooden Skief, Twisted Cypress, Tradesman, Holy City, River Rat, COAST, River Dog Brewing Co., Palmetto Brewing, The Unknown, Conquest, Oak Road, Service Brewing Co., Founders, Southbound, Shebeen, Hi-Wire, Allagash, Stone, Angry Orchard, The Traveler Beer Co., Samuel Adams
Price: $65 day of; $55 regular (through Nov. 6) Registration fee gets you entry to the race, the festival, finisher medal, and a commemorative event glass. A separate ticket is available ($55 day of; $45 regular) for non-runners wishing to just attend and designated drivers. This is a 21+ event.
What: Pour House Mural Competition Live Painting and Music
Where: The Pour House
When: Saturday, November 7- Sunday, November 8
Deets: The Pour House hosts its 5th annual mural competition where artists have free reign over the venue to create a masterpiece and possibly win prizes. This year’s competition has two themes — “Musical Genres” and “Building Community Through Music.” Out of the numerous applicants (the deadline for entries was Oct. 19), 10 local artists were selected whose work best fit into these categories. From Nov. 1-8, the artists will create works of art on the exterior of the building. Once the artists have completed their murals, guests can vote for their favorite addition to the venue either in person or online from November 9-15. The three artists with the most votes will be awarded with prizes.
Price: Free to watch
What: Seewee Disk Jam
Where: Seewee Outpost
When: Saturday, noon-11pm AND Sunday, 11am
Deets: On Saturday, November 7, join the Sewee Outpost and Innova Disc Golf for a disc golf tournament at Sewee Outpost. After the tourny, Palmetto Brewing presents an evening of amazing original music, barn jam style with three performances from:
5:00pm Sunflowers & Sin
8:00pm Sol Driven Train
Round 1 of tournament begins at 2pm. Kids under 12 free, dogs on a leash, wood fired pizza, no outdoor coolers, The Roost Bar and Grille. On Sunday, November 8, head to Sewee Outpost for a family disc golf event at 9am, followed by a Brunch Jam from 11am-3pm.
Price: $15 for weekend music ticket; $25 music and camping [after disc golf ends at 6pm].
What: Lowcountry Hoedown
Where: Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed
Deets: Throw down at this hoedown at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed as you savor spirits from dozens of Southern distilleries, suds from craft breweries, and barbecue and Southern fare from area restaurants. Stomp your feet to live music from Brushfire Stankgrass and Whitewater Ramble; brave the mechanical bull ride; show your skills in the Cowboy Hat Toss; or strike a goofy pose in the photo booth for sepia-toned shots. This year’s Hoedown benefits Lowcountry AIDS Services, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing prevention, education, and awareness of HIV and AIDS in the Lowcountry.
Price: $65; $50 advance; $40 early bird.
Sunday, November 8
What: 2nd Annual Charleston Coffee Cup
Where: The Cedar Room
Deets: Miele Events is partnering with the Balzac Brothers & Company and Revelator Coffee Company to present the second annual Charleston Coffee Cup at The Cedar Room. "The Charleston Coffee Cup will feature the best regional roasters, coffee shops, and coffee-related businesses as well as coffee tastings, latte art competitions, and roasters challenges. A $500 cash prize will go to the Latte Art Champion and the winner of the Roasters Challenge will be featured in a full-page ad in Roast Magazine. Participants will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite brew." The event also includes a brunch provided by local restaurants and attendees will have the opportunity to shop various artists and craftsmen at the event.
Price: $12; $10 student.
What: Vickery’s 17th Annual Fall Oyster Roast
Where: Vickery's on Shem Creek
Deets: Head to Vickery's on Shem Creek for their 17th Annual Fall Oyster Roast benefitting The Shawn Jenkins MUSC Children's Hospital. There will be plenty of drink specials, buckets of oysters, steamed shrimp, and live music from Tallevast and Plane Jane. Parking Note: park at Omar Shrine at Patriot's Point and take the shuttle and get admission for 2 for the price of one.
What: Second Sunday on King Street
Where: Lower King Street
Deets: November's Second Sunday on King Street celebrates Autumn and the upcoming holiday season. In addition to Second Sunday's usual lineup of alfresco dining, shopping opportunities, and free 2-hour parking vouchers courtesy of the City of Charleston, The Charleston Animal Society will be at Hassell Street with firefighters, firefighter calendars, and dogs. Skirt Magazine will also be there with their November Taste Issue, friends, and prizes from Lowcountry Plastic Surgery and Middleton Place. The College of Charleston Athletics Department will be at George Street with tickets and information to all their events. East Shore Athletic Club will be there to introduce fitness to Second Sunday by educating attendees on how to stay healthy during the holidays.
Price: Free admission
What: Grace Potter
Where: North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
Deets: Catch badass songsrress Grace Potter at North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center. Potter is known for her high-energy performances and her vocal qualities—evocative of blues rock singers like Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt.
What: Charleston Cup
Where: The Plantation at Stono Ferry
Deets: It’s off to the races at the 22nd annual Charleston Cup. Sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association, this premier sporting event and Lowcountry tradition presents live horse racing at its finest. The weekend kicks off Friday night with a black-tie ball at Hibernian Hall with live music, fabulous food, and a special race preview.
Price: $25; free for child under 11