My Charleston Weekend: Oct. 3-9

The Gootman Sauerkraut Band performs at last year’s Oktoberfest at Blackbaud Stadium. This year’s Oktoberfest will be held on Sunday.

With an event in Summerville on Sept. 21 that locally kicked off Oktoberfest, the 16-day German festival wraps up Sunday with the 10th annual Charleston Oktoberfest on Daniel Island. Blackbaud Stadium will transform into a Bavarian beer hall complete with bratwurst, knockwurst and oompah bands. With a wide selection of German beers and a variety of food options, attendees will enjoy live music by the Roger Gootman Sauerkraut Band and authentic German dancing led by the Edelweiss Dancers. Break out your lederhosen and dirndls, bring blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy a day of fun for the whole family. Kids’ events will include mini-soccer games on the stadium field, a Mountain Slide, an inflatable game and a jump castle. A 64-team corn hole tournament will be part of the fun and will benefit Meals on Wheels. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Debi’s Kids. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a commemorative beer stein.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday

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

Price: $5 in advance, $8 the day of the event or $5 with a toy donation, kids 12 and under get in free

more info: 971-GOAL (4625),

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latin world at the annual Latin American Festival. Enjoy music from the Atlanta Show Band, Orquesta Mayor and DJ Luigi Bravo of Latin Groove Charleston throughout the day as you nosh on food from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, along with a variety of festival foods. Watch dance performances by Capoeira Charleston, Buen Ache Dance Company and The Grooveminis, and browse and buy items on display by local crafters. Booths will be set up offering global education opportunities and crafts for children. The family-friendly festival will also have jump castles and rides.

When: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston

Price: $10 for adults, $5 with a student or military ID, kids 12 and under get in free, Gold Pass members get in free

more info: 795-4386,

The third annual Pint of Hope Pub Crawl, presented by Holy City Brewing and benefitting Lowcountry AIDS Services, has been “zombified.” That’s right fright fans, here’s your chance to dress as the undead and crawl your way from spot to spot, sipping on Holy City beers along the way. Teams of up to four people, er zombies, will start at DIG in the Park and will have access to beers, including off-the-market brews, at discounted prices at each stop. The night ends with an after-party at DIG in the Park starting at 9 p.m. that will feature DJ Big Hair Dave, a costume contest, silent auction and raffle.

When: 5-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Park Circle

Price: $15 in advance, $20 the day of; buy three tickets and you get one free

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For those who love home tours and good food, the Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour combines the two, offering attendees the chance to get a glimpse into private homes while nibbling on offerings from local chefs. A benefit for the Dorchester Children’s Center, the event includes 14 homes along President Circle and Marion Avenue that will be open for public viewing. At each home, patrons will be able to see flower arrangements from area florists, hear music from local musicians and sample offerings from Circa 1886, Coastal Coffee Roasters, Madra Rua Irish Pub, Homegrown Brewhouse, The Ice House Restaurant and more. The tour will take place rain or shine and includes lots of walking, so dress appropriately.

When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: President Circle and Marion Avenue in Summerville

Price: $50

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The website states, “This is no time for sensible shoes.” You heard them, ladies, time to grab your favorite pair of heels and take them out for an afternoon at Wine, Women & Shoes. A national fundraising event, the inaugural Charleston shoe and wine party will benefit the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina, which aims to provide young, at-risk pregnant and parenting women services to help them become self-sufficient and responsible mothers. Attendees will get to kick up their heels as they sip on samples from some of the country’s top winemakers, shop the latest trends in the multi-vendor marketplace, watch a live runway show featuring local celebrities, and partake in an auction and raffle.

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive

Price: $100, $1,000 for VIP tables of six

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The event formerly known as the Lowcountry Blues Bash has been reincarnated into the American Music Celebration and is celebrating its eighth year. The rain-or-shine event will feature three national artists making “exclusive Lowcountry appearances.” Catch performances by Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, and John Primer. The family-friendly music festival also will see a performance by the Shelly Waters Band. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Coolers are allowed; food and drinks will be sold on-site.

When: 2-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Freshfields Village Green, crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands

Price: Free

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Held over Mother’s Day weekend for more than 40 years, the folks behind the popular Charleston Greek Festival have decided to add a second fall event. The inaugural fall Greek Festival still will offer authentic items such as gyros, though with a smaller selection, and are adding multiple wine tasting tents and a beer garden. While attendees eat and drink to their way through the festival grounds they’ll also be able to enjoy Greek music, folk dance performances, Greek-themed vendors and more.

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race St.

Price: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, kids 12 and under get in free, active military get in free

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