Freeloaders: Spring into Spring 

Events for the week of: March 14-20

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Anyone else dragging today? The whole springing forward thing is cool for hours of daylight, but a little unsettling for all us weekend warriors. One thing that will ease the pain of less sleep? Free stuff. Read on.

Monday

Join Lilla and Foster Folsom as they launch their new book, Surfing in South Carolina at McKevlin's Surf Shop at 4 p.m.

Kick off fashion week at Upper Deck Tavern and design your own shirt. Supplies will be provided, starting at 9 p.m.

Calling professionals, students and the fashion savvy to gather at Tabbuli Grill on Market and build relationships with members of the fashion community in Charleston every second Monday from 6-7:30 p.m.

New York University Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy Dale Jamieson will deliver a lecture titled "The Anthropocene: Love it or Leave it." Head to the Education Alumni Center on Wentworth and get one of Jamieson's two most recent books signed starting at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday

Enter for a chance to win a ¾ carat loose diamond at Reeds Jewelers and enjoy champagne, wine, light bites and music. Drop in between 4:30-6:30 p.m. and leave with a free gift bag.

Enjoy a mimosa while you get styled by Ayoka Lucas at MOSA Boutique from 5-7:30 p.m.

Eight local writers share true stories at Avondale's curated talent showcase at GALA Desserts staring at 7:30 p.m.

New York-based indie design company hosts a pop up at Mitchell Hill Gallery from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday

Professor Ian O'Byrne gives a lecture on popular trends in open education, open research, and open publishing initiatives at noon in the Addlestone Library as a part of The College of Charleston's Faculty Lecture Series.

Dress up your pets in honor of Fashion Week and walk them down to Bay Street Biergarten for a High Fashion Yappy Hour from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy food and drink specials and enter your pet for a chance to win a $25 prize.

Shop for hand made leather goods by Andrea Jahde at Felice Designs Trunk Show to benefit Life Management Center from 5-8 p.m.

Sip on a signature Firefly Distillery cocktail from 5:30-7 p.m. as Charleston designer Katherine McDonald presents pieces from LulaKate and Kate McDonald Bridal during Charleston Wedding Week.

Discuss closing the achievement gap and educating children of poverty in this community forum presented by the League of Women Voters of the Charleston area and the College of Charleston. Forum starts at 6 p.m. at the Stern Center.

Join Irish author Belinda McKeon for a reading from her book Tender, at PURE Theater from 7-9 p.m.

Spend an evening at 4th Wall with the MOONDOG animation team. Enjoy their art and animation collection Le Lune Chien while snacking on free food and drinks.

Discuss alternative energy during this free public forum held at the Hollings Science Center from 7-8 p.m.

The Floyd and Po Boys offer up free jams at Elliotborough Mini Bar from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Thursday

Cumberland Smokehouse is celebrating St. Paddy's Day with a DJ and food and drink specials during the day and live music starting at 9 p.m.

The Grand Bohemian embraces Fashion Week and presents wearable art by Erika Lynn and Barbara Northup Design from 3-7 p.m.

White on Daniel Island hosts national designer Jessica Williams for Charleston Wedding Week for 4-6 p.m.

Shop local at Bohemian Bull Market on Folly Road and enjoy live music from Don't Mess with the Tiger starting at 7 p.m.

Grab a glass of complimentary wine and soak up some jazz tunes in the courtyard of Reinert Fine Art & Sculpture Garden from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Shelter Kitchen and Bar is having a party for St. Paddy's day.

Friday

Check out some bridal gowns that will be on display at Saturday's Bridal show at The Bridal House of Charleston from 10-6 p.m.

Mother and daughter painters Caroline Davila and Carolina Jewett are hosted by The Art Mecca of Charleston for an opening of their work. The gallery will be serving complimentary drinks and there will be live music by Scott Fedewa starting at 6 p.m.

The James Slater Trio plays at High Cotton starting at 6 p.m.

Saturday

Take a free tour and get a free taste at Striped Pig Distillery from 3-7 p.m.

The SC Native Plant Society will hold a Native Plant Sale at Charles Towne Landing from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Meet the Artist Daniel Velasco and view his exhibition of fashion illustrations at the Grand Bohemian Gallery from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enjoy sidewalk sales, in store giveaways, kids crafts stations and meet the Easter Bunny at the South Windermere Spring Shopping Stroll from 11 a.m-4 p.m.

Get your kitty spayed or neutered for free at Charleston Animal Society today only.

Shop over 50 local farmers and artisans, and enjoy food vendors and live music at Charleston only year round farmers market on Johns Island from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday

Bill Noel, author of the Folly Beach mystery series will sign his new book Boneyard Beach at Tides Folly Beach from 12-3 p.m.

Head to Barnes and Noble Mount Pleasant to get your copy of, The Cigar Factory signed by author Michele Moore from 1-3 p.m.

Jam to two sets of Phish by Runaway Gin at the Pour House starting at 6 p.m.

Attend the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market made by and for Charlestonians. There will be food trucks, local vendors and free parking at the Pour House starting at 11 a.m.



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