My Charleston Weekend: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

The Southern Living Taste of Charleston’s Main Event on Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation will serve up samples from some of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants.

The three-day Southern Living Taste of Charleston is celebrating its 33rd year with a weekend full of events. Things kick off Friday with the Sweet & Southern on Shem Creek event ($50 in advance, $60 day of), which will feature live music from Gigi Dover & The Big Love, Lowcountry cuisine served up by local caterers such as Duvall Catering and Cast Iron Catering, and moonlit harbor cruises. Saturday will feature the Iron Chef Competition ($25-$50), which will see two teams of local chefs competing in a head-to-head battle to create three to five dishes featuring the “secret ingredient” which will be unveiled at the beginning of the competition. Sunday is the Main Event, featuring 50 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants serving food, beer and wine samples. In addition to the food and drink, the famous Waiters’ Race will again be held, and a special kid’s area will be available, complete with acrobatics, juggling, dancing, crafts, jump castles and more. The Main Event will be held rain or shine and no pets are allowed. A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities.

When: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: $17.50 in advance, $25 the day of the event, ages 10 and younger get in for free; food ($2-$6) and beverages ($2-$6) sold separately

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Selling out shows locally and now nationwide, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals returns to the Lowcountry on the final leg of its Roar Tour. Having crisscrossed the country and consistently selling out shows on this tour, the rock outfit returns to the Charleston area for its biggest local show yet. Fronted by lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter, whose vocals have been likened to Janis Joplin, she promises a lot of this show. “This is the final leg, and we’re gonna go out with a (expletive) bang,” so you won’t want to miss it.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $27.50-$35

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After being forced to reschedule a Feb. 9 show, Rodney Carrington is finally making his way to the Lowcountry. A Texas native, Carrington blends standup comedy and original songs in his performances. His current North American tour, “Laughter’s Good,” will include songs from his eight major record label comedy albums — many of which have titles that can’t be printed here. Carrington, who also acts, has been among the top 10 highest grossing touring comedians for 10 years. If you’re looking for a night filled with laughter, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $42.75

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A favorite local Halloween attraction that every year finds new ways to scare patrons to screams is back again for another installment. Boone Hall Fright Nights offers horror fans four attractions that are all but guaranteed to scare your socks off. Castle Mid-Evil is a place of torment and torture that will take you back to a time when pain and death were more common than life. Zombie Town is an abandoned place riddled with mindless, flesh-eating creatures that want nothing more than to share a bite with you. The Wicked Woods Hayride promises to be unlike previous years with all new terrors unleashed in the woods open once a year. Little Amy’s Nightmare in 3D is an attraction unlike any other, one where nightmares can cross over into reality. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site, so make a night of it.

When: Friday-Nov. 2, though nights and times vary

Where: Boone Hall Farms, 2521 U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant

Price: $7-$12 for individual attraction passes, $27 for “all you dare to scare” pass

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Billed as “a party, a culinary experience, a learning opportunity and a shopping spree, all rolled into one,” SHE, The Ultimate Girls’ Weekend, is a new, three-day event on the scene. Focusing on six aspects of women’s lives, attendees will get to see fashion shows from local and national retailers, nibble on offerings from top local chefs and sip on tasty cocktails, get great advice from pros on decor and entertaining, create works of art, learn about and participate in health and fitness activities, and find out ways to help and connect with community and charity. A number of celebrities will be making appearances, including Charleston resident Elise Testone, who will perform during the Opening Night Party on Friday, and HGTV stars Vern Yip and Terry Haas, who will present separately on home decor tips on Saturday.

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: North Charleston Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $8 per day for adults, $4 for children 6-12, $5 for military with ID, $5 for students with a college ID; two-day passes are $12

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