With just a few more days until Christmas, the Lowcountry is buzzing with holiday plays, concerts, church services, dinners and more.
The only problem? Most of us are probably so broke from gift shopping that we can't afford them.
Luckily, I've found some fun events that shouldn't require you to have to return anybody's presents in order to participate.
Folly Road festivities
Enjoy an evening of relaxation and music before the busy weekend 7:30-11 p.m. today at Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Road.
Open Mike Under the Oaks is a free weekly event that encourages the public to bring an instrument and perform or simply sit back and enjoy the music.
The restaurant's kitchen will be open, and a full dinner menu and beverages will be available for purchase.
The Charleston Museum is offering tours of its Joseph Manigault House beginning at 10 a.m. daily (with the exception of Christmas Day) through the end of December.
Decorated by the Garden Club of Charleston, this year's theme is Charleston's Antebellum Charms and highlights flora that would have been available for Lowcountry residents to use during the antebellum era.
The tours are free with admission to The Joseph Manigault House ($10 adults, $5 children, free to members and for kids three and under), so be sure to check out the museum's current exhibits, which include World War II textiles and botanical quilts displays.
Kids and crafts
Get the little ones even more excited about the holidays and inspire them to make some presents during one of the many craft programs offered at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry.
Today through Saturday, the museum will offer a variety of craft projects, including a Gingerbread Workshop at 11:30 a.m. today, Handprint Trees at 11:30 a.m. Friday and Recycled Wreaths at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The programs are free with $7 admission to the museum, where kids can enjoy eight interactive exhibits.
The Children's Museum of the Lowcounty is at 25 Ann Street.
Go to www.explorecml.org for a complete schedule of arts and crafts events and museum hours.
Opera at the library
The Charleston County Library's Main Branch, 68 Calhoun St., invites the public to a free, family-friendly screening of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" on Wednesday.
The opera is a "singspiel," which means dialogue is a mixture of song and spoken word, and tells the story of a man tasked with rescuing the daughter of the Queen of the Night from the priest Sarastro.
Seats may be reserved beginning at 12:30 p.m., and the screening will begin at 2 p.m. Run time is 1 hour, 54 minutes. Call 805-6930 or go to www.ccpl.org.