With plenty of sunshine and cool temperatures in the forecast, this weekend will be the perfect for getting out the house and enjoying all Charleston has to offer. Our friends at The Southern Weekend have rounded up five great events going on around town this weekend that are sure to please:
A Lowcountry holiday tradition IS BACK! Over 700 light displays will illuminate the night sky at James Island County Park for the 26th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights. In addition to the 3 mile-long light show, the festival will also feature a Winter Wonderland, complete with food vendors, giant Christmas cards made by area students, a carousel, and much more. This family-friendly event was named one of the "10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America" by USA Today, so you won't want to miss it!
Charleston's first sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, science and technology convention will take place November 13-15 at the Charleston Plaza Hotel in North Charleston. "ATOMACON is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for science fiction, fantasy, and science through related literary and other popular art forms," their website states. The convention will feature several art, comic, gaming and toy vendors, dozens of classes and workshops, and panels featuring the likes of Hugo Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning artist Don Maitz, and more. For a complete rundown of this year's schedule, click here.
The 4th Annual Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown returns to Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mt. Pleasant November 13-14. This Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event will gather the best BBQ Pitmasters from around South Carolina as they battle it out for BBQ supremacy and the State Championship. Guests will get to sample chicken wings and pork butts while enjoying live music, drink specials, and more. There will also be a Kids Zone, so bring the little ones along! General admission tickets are $10, with samplings running $1 per sample.
Charleston's young adult book festival is bringing 60 of the genre's best authors to the Lowcountry November 13-14. Held along Upper King Street, YALL Fest will feature 29 New York Times best-selling authors and 22 panels, presentations and talks. Saturday's events get underway at 10 a.m. with a sold out Keynote Conversation with R.L. Stine and Richelle Mead. For more information on this year's scheduled of events, click here.
The 3rd Annual Rockabillaque hits Park Circle in North Charleston this Saturday. This action-packed block party includes the Classic Car & Vintage Motorcycle Show, Holy City Beard & Mustache Competition, and the Miss Rockabillaque Pin-Up Contest. There will also be live music from 18 bands spread across Park Circle's restaurants and bars. Admission is free, with the action starting at 10 a.m. and running past midnight.