My Charleston Weekend: Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Jason Kappus (from left), Nicolas Dromard, Nick Cosgrove and Brandon Andrus in “Jersey Boys.” The musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Season will be at the North Charleson Performing Arts Center Tuesday through Nov. 10.

An award-winning musical, “Jersey Boys” follows the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons as these “blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time.” Writing all their own songs, they invented a sound of their own and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they reached 30. Scoring the best musical award at the Tonys, Grammys and Olivier Awards, the show continues to break box office records on Broadway and across North America. Part of the Best of Broadway series, “Jersey Boys” includes hits that took the band all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and more.

When: 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday-Nov. 10 with 2 p.m. matinee shows Nov. 9-10

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $50-$90

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It’s not often you’re encouraged to touch the exhibits. Yet that’s exactly what they want you to do at Discover the Dinosaurs, a hands-on showcase that’s all about mixing education and fun. Offering more than 60 animatronic and museum-quality dinosaur reproductions, between eight and 10 scenes will be set that will place you in a period of time that best reflects when the dinosaurs lived. Complete with special lighting, sound effects, animatronics and fog, watch as these prehistoric beasts come to life before your eyes. In addition to the exhibit, other activities include a dig, a play area, a coloring area, scavenger hunt and theater. The “exhibit plus” also includes rides, mini golf and inflatables.

When: Noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: North Charleston Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $17 for ages 13 and over, $15 for seniors ages 65 and over, kids 2-12 can see the exhibit only for $12 or the “exhibit plus” for $20

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Long ago, Southern families would gather each autumn to celebrate the season’s harvest with feasting, music, games and fun. For the 12th year, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is revitalizing that tradition. Attendees will enjoy some foot-stompin’ live bluegrass music from five local bluegrass bands, including Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours, Flatt City, Blue Plantation, Yeehaw Junction and the Blue Stone Ramblers. There will be hay rides, a stick pony corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving, lasso demonstrations, crafts and more. The barbecue cook-off will return for a second year, and samples will be available for $1 each. Other Southern foods like roasted boiled peanuts, kettle corn and more will available for purchase, as will beverages.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island

Price: $8, kids ages 12 and under and Gold Pass holders get in free

more info: 795-4386,

The North Charleston Pops! kicks off its 2013-2014 season with Military Salute featuring Las Vegas artist Steve Lippia. The show will honor the country’s veterans and enlisted troops through patriotic and popular music. Lippia also will sing the biggest hits of Frank Sinatra, such as “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “My Way,” “All of Me” and “Send in the Clowns,” Andy Williams and others. In addition, the night will include a video tribute to Lowcountry veterans and an attempt to set a Guinness world record for the most buglers assembled.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $15-$35; active and retired military personnel can save $5 by showing military ID at the Coliseum Advance Ticket Window

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For the first time, homes on both Kiawah and Seabrook islands will be featured on the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League’s annual Symphony Tour of Homes. In its 16th year, the tour will feature five homes open to guests to view at their leisure between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Afterward, folks are invited to reconvene on the Green at Freshfields for a special concert featuring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with former assistant concertmaster Stuart Malina conducting. Proceeds from the tour will be used to support the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, as well as providing scholarships for student and professional musicians throughout the Lowcountry.

When: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Check-in is at Freshfields Village (in front of Java Java), at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands

Price: Advance tickets are $40, day-of tickets are $45; groups of eight or more can get an advance rate of $35

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