Freeloaders: Poetry, pop-ups, and pumpkins 

Events for the week of Oct. 16-22

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Monday blues got ya down? We feel for you. That's why we're here every week to hit you with some good news — there is free stuff in your future. Read on for all the free ish in town this week. 

Monday

Head to Artist and Craftsman (Calhoun location) for an in-store Inktober celebration between 4 and 7 p.m.  The store will have some of their newest paper, pens, inks, and markers available for you to try while creating your Inktober works.

As part of Free Verse, Charleston's first poetry festival, this City Gallery talk focuses on poets responding to race. Head to the gallery between 6 and 7 p.m. to hear S.C. poet Al Black and award-winning Sumter poet Len Lawson read from the SC poetry anthology Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race.

The South Carolina Historical Society hosts a Bay Street Biergarten history happy hour focusing on, fittingly, the German influence in South Carolina. Enjoy happy hour menu items between 4 and 7 and sip a few beers. The talk begins at 5:30 p.m.

Find out more about curling in Charleston tonight at the Rec Room at this happy hour and viewing party starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Check out this free hands-on Fleur designer paints demo at Artist and Craftsman uptown from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn more about "pirates, warships, and merchant vessels!" at this Charleston maritime history talk hosted by the Daniel Island Historical Society at the Holy Cross Community Center starting at 7 p.m.

It's going to be in the 70s tomorrow (!!) so go ahead and grab a seat at Kudu's patio for a pub fare pop-up from 5 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday

Get into a complimentary downward dog at Restoration rooftop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Bring your precious pooch to Bay Street for puppies and pints happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.

Catch a free screening of Chasing Coral at the Isle of Palms Rec Center starting at 5:30 p.m.

Join the Friends of McLeod for a 2017 membership meeting and hear the story of "The Amazing Return of Sea Island Cotton" presented by Richard Porcher and Bill McLean. The talk starts at 7 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resources with a light reception to follow.

Thursday

Treat yourself to a glam night at at Ooh! Events and Out of Hand on Pitt Street from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a trunk show of Byron Lars' beautiful designs, free mini facials by Sapelo Skincare, cocktail rings by Van H Jewelry, passed hors d'oeuvres, and champagne.

Meet local wedding pros at the Summerville Bridal Show at 131 Central Ave. in Summerville starting at 5:30 p.m. There will be wedding planning packages, photography, hair and makeup (free demos), dessert (free samples), floral arrangements, and ice sculptures.

Whether you are more of a cat person or dog person, head to the main lobby of the Vendue starting at 6 p.m. for this Robert Lange/Vendue exhibit Cats Vs. Dogs. Check out pieces from more than 40 artists and enjoy cocktails, canapes, and live music to celebrate the opening. A portion of proceeds from the exhibit's sales will go to the Charleston Animal Society.

Friday

It's open mic poetry night at Redux: bring your poems and share them with the crowd from 7 to 9 p.m.

Closed for Business continues to prost! with their Oktoberfest — favorite fall beers will be on tap and the kitchen will be serving traditional Bavarian favorites to go with them. No cover, no tickets. Party starts at 11 a.m.

Tea lovers: head to the King Charles Inn at 4 p.m. for a Bigelow Tea-Charleston Tea Planation pop-up.

Head to the Halsey for the opening reception of Midway and The Tide is High starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be refreshments from Whole Foods and libations from Icebox.

Saturday

Get spooky at the Town Market on James Island Halloween Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There's trick or treating, corn toss, face painting, jump castles, live music, a photo booth, and plenty of vendors.

Parents: beloved children's book character Pete the Cat will be at Wonder Works 11 a.m to 1 p.m. in the Belle Hall shopping center.

Collective of eclectic spoken word artists from Charlotte, Queen City CLTive, presents their acoustic soul and free verse at 492 starting at 7:30 p.m. as part of Free Verse festival.

Sunday

Hop on your bike for a free morning tour of 11 peninsula parks starting at 10 a.m. at Allan Park on Ashley Ave.

The West Ashley Farmers Market is open noon to 4 p.m.; shop local produce, eat from tasty food vendors, and enjoy live music from John Sherrill.

Celebrate Conquerer Movement's new T-shirt line, designed by Charleston's own Vee the Hippy, at this Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl brunch pop-up from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sunday funday at the Pour House Sunday Brunch Farmers Market — they've got tasty eats, local goods, and super strong screwdrivers. The market is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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