The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center will host its ninth annual oyster roast, with proceeds supporting the services provided to abused children and their families by DNLCC. Enjoy live music featuring Derek and the Derelicts as you nosh on oysters, barbecue and kosher hotdogs. There also will be a silent auction and prizes.

When: 7-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Lighthouse at Shem Creek, 100 Church St.

Price: $25 in advance, $35 at the door

For more info: 723-3600 or

Ladies and gentleman, children of all ages are invited to attend the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry’s ninth annual gala. With a theme of “Sensational Circus Spectacular,” the museum will transform into a vintage Big Top including exciting carnival games, delectable circus-inspired fare, libations, and silent and live auctions. Circus performers also will provide entertainment, adding to the atmosphere. Funds raised will go to supporting the mission of the museum.

When: Thursday; 7 p.m. VIP, 8 p.m. general admission

Where: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: $85 ($60 tax deductible), $150 for VIP ($100 tax deductible)

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Benefitting local animal shelters, this event will feature the annual Dogtoberfest Wine Tasting and Pet Expo. With a Halloween costume contest for dogs, pet service vendors, a Zumbathon dance fitness event, live music from Dave Landeo and libations, this is an event the whole family will enjoy. Rescue groups will be on hand to answer questions and showcase adoptable pups.

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Freshfields Village, One Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island

Price: Free; Zumbathon $10; wine tasting, which include a commemorative Dogtoberfest glass, $15

For more info: 768-6491, or email

The Zac Brown Band returns to Blackbaud Stadium for a second year to combine “world class fare with live music.” In addition to Zac Brown, the two-day festival will include performance by the likes of John Mayer, The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, The Charlie Daniels Band and many more.

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $67.50- $499, premier parking $20

For more info:, 877-435-9849 or

This 25th annual event is all about the kiddos. With festival games and old-fashioned pony rides, enormous inflatable slides and jump castles, live entertainment, wall climbing, face painting, and many other activities, there will be enough fun for everyone. Concessions will be offered by East Cooper schools as a fundraising opportunity for their programs.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Park West Recreation Complex, 1251 Park West Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: Free

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