This Labor Day Weekend we make our ritual transition from a summer to a fall state of mind, never mind the offical autumnal equinox.
School's in full swing now. Workplace accountants are looking optimistically toward the fourth quarter. The last of the homegrown fruits and vegetables are making their way from garden to kitchen.
Meanwhile, the city's artists are busier than ever, readying their wares for appreciative Charleston patrons. Here are some highlights:
The city of Charleston's annual MOJA Arts Festival, celebrating African-American and Caribbean art, kicks off Sept. 25. www.mojafestival.com
The second "Colour of Music" festival celebrating the contributions of African-Americans and other people of color to classical music runs Oct. 17-26. Concerts large and small will be presented in various venues downtown. colourofmusic.org
Charleston Stage's production of the comedy "You Can't Take It With You," a classic by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman from 1938, runs through Sept. 21, followed by "Young Frankenstein," "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day" and "A Christmas Carol." www.charlestonstage.com
Many smaller professional and amateur theater companies have fascinating productions in store. Check out Pure Theatre, Village Repertory Co., Art Forms and Theatre Concepts, Flowertown Players, Footlight Players, Theatre 99, What If? Productions, Crabpot Players, Threshold Repertory, Actors' Theatre, South of Broadway Theater Company, Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, Storytree Theatre, Holy City Shakespeare, Deuce Theatre and, the latest addition, 34 West Theater Co.
Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, which specializes in bringing recent Italian feature and documentary movies to the U.S., offers its screenings and events Nov. 6-9 at the Sottile Theatre. italianfilmfest.cofc.edu
The fourth annual YALLFest, a multifaceted celebration of young adult literature started by Blue Bicycle Books' Jonathan Sanchez and authors Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, is slated for Nov. 7-8. yallfest.org
The Halsey Institute is kicking off the 2014-15 season with a double exhibition of portrait and landscape photography by Mississippi-raised Kathleen Robbins and Yaakov Israel, a Jerusalem native. The free show runs through Oct. 4 in the Halsey galleries, located in the Cato Center for the Arts. halsey.cofc.edu
The Gibbes Museum of Art is undergoing extensive renovations that will continue into the early part of 2016, but that hasn't stopped its staff and partners from scheduling all sorts of programming: lectures, classes and much more. Check the Gibbes' website for details and locations, and mark Nov. 19, the day of the Gibbes' Distinguished Lecture featuring architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. www.gibbesmuseum.org
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is not waiting for the new Gaillard Performance Hall to be ready before offering up one of its most robust seasons in years. The walls of the Sottile Theatre will shake with performances of works by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms and Debussy. One particular highlight surely is the guest appearance of Jeremy Denk, who will perform Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 1. Guest conductors include JoAnn Falletta and Gerard Schwarz. www.charlestonsymphony.org
Chamber Music Charleston begins its new season by featuring Vladimir Pleshakov and Elena Winther performing two beloved Rachmaninoff pieces for two pianos, the Vocalise and Symphonic Dances. The concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., also includes Hofmann's Serenade in D Major for flute and string quartet, and Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals." Another ambitious public concert is planned Nov. 15 at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., this one featuring guest violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and guest pianist Andrew Armstrong performing Chausson and Dvorak with CMC regulars. chambermusiccharleston.org
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra reconvenes at the Charleston Music Hall on Sept. 20 for its annual Latin Night, two sets flavored with Cuban seasoning and subtitled "Buena Vista." The CJO wraps up its year with SwingElectric, a jazz fusion show on Oct. 25, and Holiday Swing, another annual favorite, on Nov. 22. www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org
Speaking of the Music Hall, Charles Carmody and his petit crew are getting ambitious, adding more variety to their lineup. Slated for fall are: UNED!TED's "Beatles, Bach and Beer Vol. IV" on Sept. 13; Shannon Whitworth & Chatham County Line on Sept. 27; "The Great American Songbook" presented by Brad and Jennifer Moranz Oct. 11-12; comedians Jordan Knight and Nick Carter on Oct. 19; "The Well-Tempered," featuring The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with Branford Marsalis, presented by the Charleston Concert Association; The Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz on Oct. 26; and the Moranz' Christmas Special in December. Check the website for a complete listing of shows. charlestonmusichall.com
"The Little Match Girl," a collaboration between the Charleston Dance Institute, Chamber Music Charleston and UNED!TED, returns to the stage for a holiday presentation at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23 at the Sottile Theatre. The ballet is based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen and features choreography by Jonathan Tabbert. www.charlestondanceinstitute.com
The Charleston City Ballet presents "Red," its dark take on the classic "Little Red Riding Hood," 7 p.m. Nov. 14-15 at the Sottile Theatre. www.charlestoncityballet.org
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Many more fall and early winter programs are planned in Charleston. The Post and Courier has assembled a large listing of events, available here and online at www.postandcourier.com/events.