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Free events for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6

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Sam Spence

Whether you're a thrifty shopper or you avoid retail stores like the scale after scarfing down Thanksgiving dinner, we've got our very own cyber weekday deals right here for ya. This week there are loads of holiday events going on free of charge, from holiday markets to Christmas tree lightings, you're sure to get in the holiday spirit this week. Not ready to celebrate just yet? No worries, the Charleston Gallery Association's Art Walk will be happening this weekend as well as the Park Circle Comic Book Show.

Tuesday

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. check out the Fabulon Center for Art and Education for their Photography Exhibit and Sale: A New Take on the Portrait.

Marco Rubio will visit the Stern Center Garden at 10:30 a.m. to discuss political issues and policies with college students and members of the Charleston community.

The Charleston Library Society welcomes Dr. Theresa Gonzales from 6-7 p.m. for a NOT by the Book seminar on John Shaw Billings and his effect on American Medicine.

Wednesday

The Charleston Visitors Center will host the American Institute of Architecture Lecture Series from 6-8 p.m. to learn how architecture affects our lives and our city.

The Gino Castillo Trio will be at Victor Social Club cranking out jazz tunes beginning at 6 p.m.

Teens between 13-19 can head to the School of the Arts from 4-6 p.m. for the Holy City Youth Slam to hear and share poetry.

Thursday

Redux opens a new exhibit by Lynne Riding titled The Pulse Beneath the Surface from 6-8 p.m.

From 5-7 p.m., check out the launch of Rovert Maniscalco's Quench Project documenting his experience in Haiti.

Friday

It's time once again for the monthly Art Walk with over 40 local galleries opening their doors to guests from 5-8 p.m.

We're interested in Nelson Grice's collection of surreal sculptures, My Circus, My Monkeys, which will be on display at Mary Martin Gallery. The opening reception will take place from 5-8 p.m.

Start your holiday shopping early with First Fridays on Broad and check out local art, vendors, and fashion from 5-8 p.m.

Bon Secours Saint Francis Hospital will host their Annual Holiday Craft Fair from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. for all your holiday needs.

Join St. Matthew's Lutheran Church for their Christkindlmarkt fundraiser to benefit English language learners, emergency food pantries, and the help a neighbor fund. From 3-7 p.m. peruse dozens of holiday gifts and decorations created by local vendors.

The Grand Bohemian will hold a Holiday Open House from 5-8 p.m. to display wearable art for this holiday season.

Saturday

Check out the Barnes and Noble in West Ashley for their Begin With Books Book Fair to promote literacy in the Charleston area. There will be live music, cafe samples, crafts, and tons of books for sale from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Johns Island Farmers Market welcomes the Homegrown Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. with a cake walk, hay rides, bounce houses, local vendors, and live music.

Park Circle's 12th Annual Taking Flight Comic Book Show will take place from 12-5 p.m. featuring City Paper's Steve Stegelin. While the event is free, guests are encouraged to bring the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Have your Christmas list ready for Santa as he makes an appearance at the IOP Holiday Street Festival along with carnival rides, balloon artists, a photobooth, face painting, live music, and restaurants. The festival will take place from 2-7 p.m. and the tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Join Mayor Joe Riley for the Annual Marion Square Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 4 p.m. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m.

Sunday

Dig out that hideous sweater grandma gave you six years ago for Christmas and head to Warehouse's Deck the Halls party from 6-9 p.m. A $100 Warehouse Gift Card will be awarded to the best dressed guest. This event is free to attend, but Warehouse will offer a Holiday Cheer menu as well as spiked eggnog and other holiday themed drinks.

The start off the holiday season, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 7 p.m.



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