My Charleston Weekend: Oct. 18-24

Make sure your pup is dressed to impressed at Dogtoberfest’s Halloween costume contest.


Benefiting local animal shelters, this event will feature the annual Dogtoberfest Wine Tasting and Pet Expo. There will be a Halloween costume contest for dogs, pet service vendors, a Zumbathon dance fitness event, live music from Dave Landeo and libations. It’s an event the whole family can 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, www.freshfieldsvillage.comor email

Shem Creek Shindig

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. Enjoy live music featuring Derek and the Derelicts as you nosh on oysters, barbecue and kosher hot dogs. There also will be a silent auction and prizes.

When: 7-10 p.m. Thursday

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

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

For more info: 723-3600 or


This family-friendly festival is all about bringing folk together to have fun while raising money for local cancer patients. With carnival games, a jump castle, face-painting, balloon animals, a dunk tank and live music throughout the day, this fifth annual event will entertain everyone. Local restaurants will be set up in food stands, and a silent auction will add to the festive atmosphere. And make sure you catch appearances by Charlie the RiverDog and Cool Ray of the Stingrays.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Center Street, Folly Beach

Price: Free

For more info:!/follypalooza, 323-5607 or

Children’s Museum Gala

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 support the mission of the museum.

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

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

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

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Children’s Day Festival

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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Third Thursday

Head to historic downtown Summerville for its monthly Third Thursday. With live music and entertainment, an art walk and more, there’s something for everyone in the family. Shops and restaurants will be open late, offering special meals and deals, so make sure to stop by, rain or shine.

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Main Street and West Richardson Avenue, Summerville

Price: Free

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