With the holidays rapidly approaching, family is on our minds more than ever.
In that spirit, I've put together a few family-friendly events happening over the next few days that are also wallet-friendly.
A new weekly music and arts event is coming to the Elliottborough neighborhood on Thursday nights.
The Music Initiative, a new online music magazine based in Charleston, is teaming up with D'Allesandro's Pizza to host An Eclectic Evening in Elliottborough 6-8 p.m. Thursdays.
Tonight's inaugural event will take place at The Music Initiative office, 253-A St. Philip St., and will feature live art as well as an art show by Robbi Amick, music by the South Carolina Broadcasters and jewelry by Tessa Taylor.
Just down the street, D'Allesandro's will be offering happy hour food and drink specials for guests to enjoy while they take in the festivities.
Artists and musicians will change each week. For more information, visit www.themusicinitiative.com.
In honor of Veterans Day, Fort Moultrie is hosting a special living history event and offering free admission Friday and Saturday.
"Soldiers Through Time" will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day and will feature actors portraying soldiers from the Revolutionary War through World War II.
The event will feature information about uniforms throughout the years, weapons demonstrations, drills, children's activities and more.
The fort also will offer free admission Sunday but no special program.
Fort Moultrie is at 1214 Middle St. on Sullivan's Island. Call 883-3123 or visit www.nps.gov/fosu.
Irvin-House Vineyards invites the Lowcountry to head out to Wadmalaw Island 1-5 p.m. Saturday to participate in the Blessing of the Vines celebration.
The ninth annual event will include a chicken bog cookoff, Irvin-House wines and wine-a-ritas for sale, live music by the Bluestone Ramblers and, of course, the vine blessing performed by a local priest. The event also will feature children's activities and arts and crafts vendors.
Admission is $10 per car, so carpooling is encouraged. Guests should bring chairs or blankets.
Irvin-House Vineyards is at 6775 Bears Bluff Road. Visit www.charlestonwine.com.
Sure, Thanksgiving hasn't even happened yet, but you can get a head start on holiday festivities when the 22nd annual Holiday Festival of Lights returns at 5:30 p.m. Friday to James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive.
You'll be dazzled by the more than 600 light displays that highlight the three-mile drive. And while you're at the park, be sure to stop at the Winter Wonderland to ride on the carousel or get pictures with Santa.
At Santa's Village, you can catch the Festival Express train to see the lights up close or check out the holiday sand sculpture.
Admission is $12 per car up to 15 people, and the prices go up for larger groups. You can receive $2 off admission Mondays-Wednesdays with the donation of a canned food item.
Hours are 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit www.ccprc.com for more information.