Freeloaders: This is the way the world ends 

The week's best freebies, Dec. 17-23

Apparently, with not much going on.

All that end-of-the-world nonsense aside (we hope we don't have to take that back come Friday), this might be the week to hunker down on your couch with a bunch of Christmas movies and candy canes, because a) it's Christmas time and b) the free events just aren't that plentiful. If you feel like you've just got to get out of the house though, here are your best bets.

Monday. Learn about Magnolia Gardens' camellias with one of their gardeners during a Camellia Walk — it's free with admission. Catch the V-Tones at D'Allessandro's, or get your literary fix at East Bay Meeting House's weekly Monday night Poetry and Music night.

Tuesday. There's not much other than free live music tonight, so swing by Art's, Juanita Greenberg's, or the Tattooed Moose for some tunes.

Wednesday. Check out Barsa's Happy Hour Art Tent event in their parking lot. Browsing is always free, and the happy hour deals will be pretty good, too. Have some laughs later that night at the Big Gun Burger Shop, where Dusty Slay hosts a comedy night each week.

Thursday. Men can enjoy free beer while shopping for their special ladies at Out of Hand in Mt. P. And while you're nearby, stop by Vickery's for their End of the World and Last Sunset party. Or hear some world music at Black Tap's weekly listening event.

Friday. Even though we're guessing the world won't end tonight, you may as well celebrate as if it will. Laugh it up at Castaways' End of the World comedy night, go out hardcore at The Mill's punk show, or have your tarot cards read at the Tattooed Moose.

Saturday. Got an angler on your list? Get them a signed copy of Goin' Down the River — Fish Camps of the Sea Islands. Author Janet Garrity will be at Mt. P's Charleston Angler.

Sunday. Rev up your holiday spirit at the Christmas Cantata. Or just take the day off of Christmas shopping. That's free too.


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