CHARLESTON, SC - Heavy rainfall in the Holy City from passing Hurricane Joaquin is putting a damper on what was a great weekend full of events around Charleston. While the projected rain and flooding has postponed or canceled two scheduled events, here are a few that still plan to go on as planned:
MOJA Arts Festival - September 24-October 4
This annual celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts wraps up this weekend. Events spread across Charleston include writing workshops, poetry and storytelling, art exhibits, a boxing tournament, and much more. The festival comes to a close Sunday at 4 p.m. with the MOJA Finale at Hampton Park. The finale will feature live musical performances, African dancing, and food and drink vendors. For more on the schedule of events, click here.
2016 Charleston Firefighter Calendar Debut Party - October 1
Memminger Auditorium is the place to be Thursday night for a blazing hot early start to your weekend. All 15 Charleston Firefighters who posed in the 2016 calendar will strut their stuff on the runway at this year's debut party. At the end of the night, guests can get their calendar signed by each firefighter calendar model.
Hogs for the Cause - October 3
Hogs for the Cause is bringing live music and mouthwatering BBQ to The Grove at Patriots Point this Saturday, and it is all in support of a great cause. "The purpose of Hogs for the Cause is to provide aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens which families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer," their website states. The event will feature live music from Nikki Lane, Lucero, Dr. Dog, and others while teams battle in a BBQ Cookoff. General admission tickets start at $25.
Thanks, Joe! - October 4
The end of an era is upon us! Get out to Brittlebank Park Sunday to help celebrate Mayor Joe Riley's 40 years of leadership in Charleston. The event begins with free family fun at Brittlebank Park from 3 to 7 p.m., complete with live music across multiple stages, food vendors, and plenty of activities for the kids like magic shows, juggling, storytelling and more. The party will move into Joe Riley Park at 7 p.m., where Edwin McCain, the Mother Emanuel AME Gospel Choir, Seth G, and others will take the stage for a night of music. And be sure to stick around for the fireworks! Mayor Riley will be in attendance throughout the day so you can personally say, "Thanks, Joe!"
Charleston Fall Greek Festival -
October 2-4 [POSTPONED]
This biannual celebration of Greek heritage returns to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Charleston October 2-4. What better way to enjoy Greek culture than with gyros and baklava and delicious wines. While you eat, gather around the stage to check out live music and traditional Greek dances performed by members of the church and community. There will also be several vendors selling everything from clothing and jewelry to baked goods and arts.
Charleston Oktoberfest -
October 4 [Canceled]
MUSC Health Stadium, home of the Charleston Battery, will host their 2015 Charleston Oktoberfest on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. This annual nod to German culture brings jump castles, large pop-up tents, and games (think adult field day) right out onto the stadium pitch. Beer Gardens will be set up on the South Concourse complete with beer from Bavarian brewery Weihenstephan pumping out authentic German Märzen brews. And of course, German sausages will be served at the concession stands. The day's soundtrack will be provided by a traditional German band.