Party on the water to benefit the land. It's a comprehensive approach to your good-doing. A little kayaking, a little standup paddleboard, a little barbecue and beer and a silent auction.
WHO: Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy
WHERE: Shem Creek
WHEN: Tours and events all day Sunday
Give yourself some early Halloween heebie-jeebies. Poe himself predicted you'll show up, out of curiosity, and won't be able to look away. It's like a train wreck, only with dessert afterward. VIPs also get apps and cocktails.
WHO: Edgar Allan Poe, duh
WHERE: Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, passages where Poe walked
WHEN: At dark on Saturday
The old windmill tilter-atter is at it again. The self-proclaimed knight is 81-year-old Jerry Burr, and the epic disillusionment known as the Man of La Mancha will rise again for a new bout.
WHO: Charleston Ballet, choreographed by Jill Eathorne Bahr
WHERE: College of Charleston's Sottile Theatre
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday
Fido needs to run around and you need to relax. Then Fido needs to stay home watching the house while you head back to the great outdoors to catch a flick. Billy Madison, to be exact.
WHO: Performers Ryan Bonner and Corey Jarrett, and Adam Sandler
WHERE: James Island County Park
WHEN: Get Yappy at 4 this afternoon; the movie is at 8 p.m. Friday
Who doesn't love the French horn? It's possibly the most delightful instrument ever. And nearly impossible to play well. Hopefully these guys can get it right. We're guessing they can; they do it in an actual ensemble.
WHO: Conductor Todd Jenkins, and horns — French and otherwise
WHERE: Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant
WHEN: 7 tonight
Painting and sculpture, sculpture inspiring paintings. Wildlife artist Leo Osborne is mixing up the media in this exhibit, putting acrylic paint on gold leaf. What was he thinking? Brilliant!
WHO: Leo E. Osborne
WHERE: Martin Gallery, 18 Broad St.
WHEN: Artist reception 5-8 p.m. Friday; lecture 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Do you look like your dog? Charleston Animal Society takes in 11,000 animals every year. Surely there's one there that could make you competitive in the lookalike contest. Go see. Or just donate some dollars.
WHO: Webster Veterinary, and Charleston Animal Society
WHERE: Park Circle, North Charleston
WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
There's no better way to get kids into classical music than an afternoon of monsters. The Wild Things will be accompanied by a brass quintet. And later, the grownups can celebrate Germany with a little Bach and Brahms.
WHO: Chamber Music Charleston
WHERE: Memminger Auditorium
WHEN: 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
It's the 32nd annual edition. You'd think people would eventually figure out that the zombies aren't actually going to eat their brains, but there's a thrill to walking with the walking dead. The festival has scary stuff, too.
WHO: St. Paul's Academy
WHERE: The fields behind the school, in Hollywood
WHEN: Saturday after dark (or, after 6 p.m.)
We're not saying there will be bacon, but there will definitely be pork. Pork stuffed six ways, sausage, ravioli, chili and pork. Try your luck with the "crap or craft" beer pull, and HAVE SOME PORK!
WHO: Ted Dombrowski and the gang
WHERE: Ted's Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St.
WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday
- Folly Beach Challenge: Oct. 22, Folly Beach. Nontraditional beach triathlon with a 3-mile paddle, 8.5-mile bike and 3-mile run.
- Daniel Tosh: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 25, North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Tickets officially on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, but type "TOSH" into the pre-sale box to jump in line now.
- Auditions: 7-9:30 p.m. Monday, Eye Level Art, 135 Spring St. Audition for Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story and Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche.
- The 13th Annual James Island Connector Run: 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5, downtown Charleston. Benefits the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, which gives college scholarships to students with physical disabilities.
- Annual Gingerbread House Competition: Nov. 11 through Jan. 1, James Island County Park. Register now through Nov. 4. Part of the Holiday Festival of Lights. Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will name top honors at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11.
- Women in Art Lecture Series: 6 p.m. Nov. 2, 9 and 16, Gibbes Museum of Art. Three-part series with the Center for Women. Lectures followed by wine and cheese.
- Fall Lunch & Lecture Series: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursdays. Hosted by the Powder Magazine museum and The History Press. Author-historians are paired with local restaurants.
- Friends and Needed Supporters of The Charleston Museum's Annual Family Picnic: 1-4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Dill Sanctuary on James Island. Nature walk, butterfly release, games, dinner, hayrides, birds of prey, touch tank.