My Charleston Weekend: Jan. 22-28

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival returns to Boone Hall Plantation on Sunday.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Calling all oyster fans! How does digging into 80,000 pounds sound? Billed as “the world’s largest oyster festival” and named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association will host the Lowcountry Oyster Festival for the 32nd year. Highlights of the annual event include the oyster eating and oyster shucking contests (scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m.), live music, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a children’s area and a food court that will feature a variety of local restaurants. General admission includes entry, entertainment, a viewing of Boone Hall Plantation and access to the Pluff-a-Pallooza Children’s Area; oysters, drinks and other food items will be sold separately at market price. VIP access includes easy entry through the VIP ticket line, a voucher for a bucket of oysters, and entry to the VIP tent where food and beverages, as well as a seating area, will be provided. The Pluff-a-Pallooza kids and family area, which will be presented in conjunction with the festival, will be a celebration of pluff mud, the natural habitat and home of oysters. Entertainment and activities will focus on celebrating the Lowcountry’s nature and the importance of pluff mud. Attendees are permitted to bring chairs and/or blankets; coolers and tents are not allowed. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is a charity fundraiser benefiting The Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: General admission is $17.50 in advance, $25 at the door; VIP is $100

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Art in a Glass: Canvas + Cocktails

Festivities for the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, scheduled for March 4-8, will start Thursday with the Art in a Glass: Canvas + Cocktails event. Serving as the event’s Mixology Competition finals, attendees will look on as four bartenders compete for the honor of their creation becoming the official cocktail of the 2015 festival. This year’s finalists are Megan Deschaine of 492, Chris Laine of Ice Box, Jeremiah Schenzel of The Cocktail Club and Kyle DeGolyer of Poogan’s Porch. While nibbling on light hors d’oeuvres and sipping cocktails inspired by the celebration of 10 years of Charleston Wine + Food, folks also will be able to check out an “artful reveal” of the original painting “Loaded Rice Barge” by local artist Jonathan Green, the festival’s 2015 official poster artist.

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Republic Garden & Lounge, 462 King St.

Price: $50 (includes 2015 Official Poster, a $40 value)

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Charleston International Jazz Festival

Jazz Artists of Charleston, a local nonprofit that aims to promote musical awareness and education, including the recognition and preservation of the history of jazz, through performances, special events and educational outreach, will host the inaugural Charleston International Jazz Festival this weekend. A four-day festival, the event will feature educational programs and live jazz performances featuring local, national and international jazz artists. Highlights of the festival include a Jazz @ Noon series, a Reel Time jazz movie and the Get Happy Hour series. A special Sunday Jazz Brunch double bill, followed by a Family Jazz Jamboree that is free and open to the public, will close out the festival.

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Various locations

Price: Free-$40

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Shen Yun

Shen Yun is a performance group of dancers and musicians that promises to bring to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music. Based in New York, Shen Yun is the first company to present classical Chinese dance to the world on a large scale. Featuring nearly 100 artists, 400 costumes and “the only orchestra in the world featuring both classical Western and Chinese instruments as permanent members,” the show will move quickly through regions, dynasties and legends. Shen Yun promises ethnic and folk dances, athleticism, thunderous battle drums and vocalists, all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world.

When: Thursday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: Tickets starting at $51

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Tribute to the Beatles

Billed as “the best show the Beatles never did,” Tribute to the Beatles will feature the Classical Mystery Tour performing “more than just a rock concert.” Promising more than two dozen Beatles tunes sung, played and performed exactly as they were written, the four-peace will be backed up by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in what is sure to be a show to remember.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Where: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Price: $20-$55

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Follywood Oyster Roast

After a five-year run at the Charleston Pour House, the annual Follywood Oyster Roast is moving a little closer to home, relocating this year’s festivities to the Brick House Kitchen. The sixth annual event is one part oyster roast, one part concert, with dashes of other attractions, include art vendors, beer pong, corn hole and more, thrown in. Oysters will be steamed up for bivalve fans while Brick House Kitchen, Charleston Choo, Charleston Festival Foods and David’s Kettle Korn will be cooking for other hungry patrons all afternoon and evening. With two stages, attendees will have the chance to catch performances by Sunflowers & Sin, BYOG, The Travelin’ Kine, The Piedmont Boys and the Daryl Hance Trio. This event is family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

When: Saturday, doors open at 3:30 p.m. with music starting at 4 p.m.

Where: Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Road

Price: $12 cover, $15 for all-you-can-eat oysters

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St. Paul’s Exchange Club oyster roast

The St. Paul’s Exchange Club will hold an oyster roast and silent auction fundraiser this weekend, with proceeds going to support youth activities in the community and efforts to prevent child abuse. The event will feature all-you-can-eat oysters, chicken bog, hotdogs, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The event is BYOB.

When: 3-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wide Awake Park, Highway 165, Hollywood

Price: $20 for all-you-can-eat oysters, $10 for children under 10 and for those who don’t eat oysters