The pickin's may be slim for free events this week, freeloaders, but that just means your freebie itinerary is a bit eclectic. By the end of the week, you'll be feeling cultured in humanitarian law, wedding planning, young adult fiction, Greek food, and elves. Just a day in the life, right?
Monday. Pop on over to Badd Kitty for some free bubbly and 10 percent off merchandise.
Tuesday. St. Luke has got your back once again on Tuesday. The weekly recital series invites soprano Victoria Bucher and guests to perform.
Wednesday. Learn where Don ZanFagna's theories can be found in Charleston at The Pulse of Charleston. A reception will follow this discussion hosted by local architects and preservationists. Or, attend Humanity in the Midst of War: Human Dignity, a lecture by Eileen Hadbavny as a part of the Citadel's War and International Humanitarian Law public seminar series. Then, unwind at The Big Gun Show with open mic comedy.
Thursday. Get your DIY on at the Diva Design for Brides on a Budget, where you can learn how to decorate your wedding in creative, modern ways without sacrificing your money. Join the book launch for Mirror's Fathom. Ring the weekend in early at the Avondale Block Party with refreshments and specials from participating businesses. Or, relax with some world music over a cappuccino at Black Tap's MundoVibe Weekly Listening Event.
Friday. We're cheating a little here, because it's $7 to get in, but during the Lowcountry Holiday Market, Cindy Hanson will be signing copies of her children's book, A Mighty Eagle - A Beloved Bird: The Search for True Love. Signings are free, of course.
Saturday. Calling all veterans! In honor of your service, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to Fort Moultrie through Monday.
YALLFest is going down all day Saturday, when 44 of the country's top YA authors will anchor panels, sign books, and battle in the YA Smackdown. Panel discussions run throughout the day at various locations including Blue Bicycle Books, the American Theater and the Charleston Music Hall.
And the holiday festivities are already creeping up on us. Elfstravaganza is kicking off the season with ornament decorating, cookie decorating (and we hope some eating too) and writing letters to Santa.
Sunday. Enjoy the lovely weather forecast for this weekend at Second Sundays on King. While you're at it, adopt a new friend — the Charleston Animal Society will have adoptable pups and information about their programs up and down King as part of Dog Days Downtown. If you're into USC or Greek cooking or both, find your way to Carolina on King where the first lady of USC will sign her book, Greek Revival: Cooking for Life.