CHARLESTON, SC - This weekend will be a busy one in the Lowcountry, meaning there is no shortage of great events for you to get out and enjoy! From an oyster roast to live music, horse racing and more, here are eight events around Charleston you won't want to miss:
2015 Coastal Carolina Fair - October 29 - November 8
Don't miss out on your chance to enjoy rides, fried foods, and exhibits at the Coastal Carolina Fair, which will end its 11-day run at the Ladson Exchange Park this weekend. In addition to the rides, attractions and vendors, you can also catch several national performing acts included with the price of admission: Dustin Lynch on Thursday, November 5, Starship on Saturday, November 7, and Cassadee Pope on Sunday, November 8.
Charleston International Film Festival - November 4-8
This annual celebration of filmmaking returns for its 8th year this weekend. The Charleston International Film Festival shines the spotlight on all aspects of the film industry, awarding artists from around the world for their hard work while giving the public the chance to catch full length movies and shorts that have yet to be released. The majority of the festival will take place at the Charleston Music Hall. For viewing times and ticket prices, click here.
Charleston Burger Week - November 4-10
Burger lovers rejoice! The Charleston City Paper has coordinated the first Charleston Burger Week, set for November 4-10. This ode to meat patties (Ground beef, turkey, bison, black bean, etc.) will finally give burgers the credit they deserve, with several restaurants throughout the Lowcountry offering up delicious specials. Plus, a portion of those proceeds will go towards Feed the Need, which helps provide food to local shelters. For the complete list of participating restaurants, click here.
Folly Beach Jazz Festival - November 7-8
The sounds of jazz will fill the salty air at the Edge of America this weekend for the 2nd Annual Folly Beach Jazz Festival. This year's event will bring live jazz performances to Folly River Park and the Folly Pier all day Saturday and Sunday. For the complete schedule of performances, click here.
13th Annual Blessing of the Vines - November 7
Irvin-House Vineyards on Wadmalaw Island will celebrate this season's new grape harvest with its annual Blessing of the Vines Festival on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. As part of a longtime winemaking tradition, Father Greg Snyder will be on hand to bless the vineyard's muscadine grapevines. The festivities will also include live music, wine and Firefly tastings, and food from Chucktown Mobile Seafood, Gidget Gourmet, Linen's BBQ and more. Don't forget to bring the little ones, as there will also be pony rides and face painting to keep them busy. Blankets and chairs are allowed, but no coolers. Admission is $10 per car. For more on the vineyard, check out this video from our friends at The Southern Weekend.
Lowcountry Hoedown - November 7
The Lowcountry Hoedown is a celebration of what may be the four most important "B"s in Southern culture: Bourbon, beer, BBQ, and bluegrass. This year's Lowcountry Hoedown will take place Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Visitor Center Bus Shed in downtown Charleston. Tickets to this event include samplings of food, cocktails and beers from several local and national restaurants, breweries and distilleries. And don't worry football fans, there will be TVs showing the games so you won't miss out on the action. For more on ticket prices, click here.
22nd Annual Charleston Cup - November 8
Live horse racing returns to The Plantation at Stono Ferry this Sunday for the 22nd running of the Charleston Cup. This National Steeplechase Association-sanctioned event will give you a front row seat to horse racing action, whether from the infield or along the outside of the track. Gates open at 9 a.m. with paddock call at noon. General admission tickets start at $25. For more information, click here.
Oysters for Autism - November 8
Bowen's Island Restaurant will host Oysters for Autism, an oyster roast benefiting the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and include oysters, chili, hotdogs and more, all for a great cause. In the event that oysters are not available due to the recent flooding in South Carolina, there will be Lowcountry Boil instead. There will also be live music, and adult beverages for purchase. To get your tickets in advance, click here.