What: Celebrate Sticky Fingers Downtown’s 20th Birthday, and its award-winning barbecue, all the while helping to provide meals for needy seniors at Meals on Wheels of Charleston. All-you-can-eat barbecue pork, smoked chicken, and all the fixin’s with birthday cake and peach cobbler for a grand finish.
When: Noon-2 p.m. Sept. 20
Where: Sticky Fingers, 235 Meeting St.
What: Camp Happy Days and the Carolina Girl Special Events Yacht are aiming to raise $20,000. Tickets include a two-hour harbor cruise with a full bar, hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and champagne. Proceeds benefit the camp.
When: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20
Where: Ripley Marina, 56 Ashley Point Drive
More Info: 571-4336 or www.camphappydays.org
What: Join Voices for its Third Thursday event: speed networking with a writing twist. Meet local bloggers, editors, authors and agents to learn more about the worlds of freelancing, blogging and publishing. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and get a glimpse at the newly revamped Oasis Bookstore located within Seacoast.
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 20
Where: Seacoast Church Mount Pleasant, 750 Long Point Road
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Explore five museums, seven historic buildings and one powder magazine for one price. A Many of the cultural institutions will also offer special programs during the weekend.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21-23
Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.
Price: $25/adult, $10/child 12 and under
More Info: 722-2996 or http://charlestonsmuseummile.org/Home.html
What: Living history demonstrations include domestic arts, rice processing, Colonial games and African drumming. Sign a Constitution scroll in the historic house museum and explore the grounds of historic Snee Farm, the plantation of Founding Father Charles Pinckney.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 21
Where: Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, 1254 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant
What: This three-part lecture series runs as a complement to the exhibition “Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock and Roll Photography.” Today will feature Govinda Gallery Director Christopher Murray and Donovan, recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. A wine and cheese reception will follow at the museum. A cocktail party will follow with an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music and photography. This Society 1858 cocktail party will be in a private downtown home and will follow the lecture.
When: 6 p.m. for lecture; 8-10 p.m. coctail party Sept. 21
Where: Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.
Price: For lecture: $20 museum members, $30 nonmembers for individual lecture; $50 museum members, $80 nonmembers for series. For cocktail party: $45 members, $65 nonmembers
More Info: 722-2706 or www. gibbesmuseum.org
What: In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day, this program will include guest speakers, stories, prayer, songs and a special candlelighting ceremony.
When: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21
Where: Franke at Seaside, Burges Center, Franke Drive
Price: Free and open to the public.
More Info: 856-4700 or www.frankeatseaside.org
What: The evil Grand Magician wishes to rule Arabia and can only do so by marrying the beautiful Yasmine. In order to capture her heart, the Grand Magician will need a strong young man to retrieve a secret, magic lamp for him ... and this is when things get interesting.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sept. 21
Where: Creative Spark Arts Center, 757 Long Point Road
Price: $10 in advance or $12 at the door
More Info: 881-3780 or www.creativespark.org
What: Best-selling author Neil Gaiman will perform at the Charleston Music Hall as part of the Unchained Tour, a group of storytelling writers. The tour also will feature Savannah-born playwright Edgar Oliver and multitalented artist Peter Aguero. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Charleston’s own Mechanical River.
When: 8 p.m. Sept. 21
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
What: Leaving from our Isle of Palms outpost, group will wind through estuary listening for the saltmarsh inhabitants to begin their morning rituals.
When: 6-9 a.m. Sept. 22
Where: Isle of Palms Marina, 50 41st Ave.
Price: Adults $58/12 and under $38
More Info: 884-7684 or www.coastalexpeditions.com
What: Keynote speakers, local panelists for discussions, a lunch, entertainment and an awards ceremony are scheduled.
When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22
Where: Sanctuary Hall and Gardens, 2125 U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant
More Info: 267-6262 or www. globalwomenssummits.com
What: Doreen Cubie, a master bird bander, nature and science writer for Highlights for Children and Ranger Rick’s Nature magazines, will lead this informative nature walk.
When: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 22
Where: Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 5821 U.S. Highway 17, Awendaw
More Info: 628-8243 or www.chucktownalumni.com
What: As a benefit for Charleston’s Centers for Heirs’ Property Preservation, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir will present “The Myth’s 40 Acres and a Mule: An Epic Chronicling of African-American Land Preservation.”
When: 5 p.m. Sept. 22
Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 620 Rutledge Ave.
Price: $20 advance, $25 day-of-show
More Info: 866-811-4111 or www.csogospel.com
What: The Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents special guest artist Etienne Charles, trumpeter and percussionist from Trinidad. This local big band is led by artistic director and conductor Charlton Singleton.
When: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 22
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
Price: $30-40 adult; $25-35 senior and student