Weekend Roundup: Frights, fests, and food 

Events for the weekend of September 25-27

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Time to get fally

Don't let the return of the rain clouds get you down when there's so many events going on this weekend. The MOJA Festival returns with everything from a Reggae Block Party to a Blues Cruise on the Charleston Harbor. Southern Living's much anticipated event Taste of Charleston is back this weekend too, so head outdoors and taste the Lowcountry. Be sure to celebrate the arrival of fall with a number of Oktoberfest themed activities and get in the Halloween spirit with a good scream at Boone Hall's opening weekend of Fright Nights.

Friday

Famed cartoonist Ron Campbell will be at the Art Mecca of Charleston all weekend talking to guests and doing live painting beginning on Friday from 12-6 p.m.

The African Children's Choir, who have performed for famous figures such as the Queen of England and alongside celebrities like Paul McCartney, will sing at 7 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church.

Time to throw on your fall flannel and get your scare on at Boone Hall Fright Night Opening Weekend from 8 p.m-12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

During the Taste of Charleston Iron Chef Competition, two teams of restaurant and hospital chefs will compete to create the most delicious four meals with their given ingredients. Guests can watch the fierce competition and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks from 6-9 p.m. at the Culinary Institute.

Support the James Beard Foundation during their Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars at the Cedar Room in the Old Cigar Factory and enjoy an incredible meal prepared by James Beard Award winning chefs from 6-9 p.m.

Brittlebank Park will hold a Reggae Block Party from 6:30-11 p.m. as part of the MOJA Festival.

Enjoy the refreshing taste of craft brews on the open water during the Taste of Georgia Craft Beer Cruise from 7-9 p.m. leaving from the Charleston City Marina.

The Woolfe Street Playhouse will hold a two-night show, Why is Rock and Roll?, from 8-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday that melds acting, rock concerts, and TED talk in an explanation of Rock and Roll's origins.

Girls Rock Charleston Resist/Dance will be at 10 Storehouse Row from 9 p.m.-2 p.m. featuring local artists and all kinds of activities from screen printing t-shirts to a wrestling competition.

Saturday

Crab Claw w/ The High Divers, Little District, and Hermits Victory will be playing at the Royal American in honor of Crab Claw's release of his album Pink Eye.

Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz with MOJA's Jazz Under the Stars with Patti Austin at 8 p.m. in the Cistern.

Head to Laurel Hill Plantation for the Oktoberfest 5K at 9 a.m. then indulge in a victory Bavarian beer and German Brat while listening to the sounds of authentic German music followed by an after-party at Mellow Mushroom.

Show your appreciation for our local shrimpers and attend Edisto Beach's 5th Annual Shrimp Fest at Bay Creek Park. The festival will run from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. but get there before 5 p.m. for free admission.

Charleston Cabaret Theatre opens their new show Duke: King of Jazz at 7 p.m.

The MOJA celebration continues with Heritage Day at the Farmers Market in Marion Square from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. featuring dancers, drummers, and storytellers of all kinds.

Everyone's favorite German locale, Bay Street Biergarten, will hold their version of Oktoberfest all day from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. with a parking lot party, blind beer tasting test, and the much loved stein-hoisting competition.

Cruise around the harbor to the sounds of a blues band on Saturday or Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at MOJA Festival Blues Cruise leaving from the Charleston City Marina.

MOJA welcomes a three-piece band, local artists, and a play highlighting Charleston's history at Dock Street Theatre for Mo' Soul at the Legends Cabaret at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Sunday

We can't get enough of the MOJA Fest. Check out the Choraliers Music Club of Charleston as they participate in the festivities with a performance of Gullah folklore, gospel and blues music starting at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church.

Looking for more gospel? MOJA will host the Gospel Sound of the Lowcountry at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 4 p.m.

Here it is, the main event of a food-filled weekend. Southern Living's Taste of Charleston will be serving up plates of the best Charleston food you can imagine, dishing out some great tunes, and providing a ton of kid friendly activities from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Boone Hall Plantation.

If you plan on drinking beer today, head to Revelry Brewing between 3-8 p.m. to support their ALS Fundraiser where $1 from every beer sale will be donated to Walk to Defeat ALS.

Moosefest is back at the Tattooed Moose for its 2015 installment starting at 6 p.m. with local bands, a long list of specials, and a weirdly cool meat raffle.

There's no other way to experience the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse than with this nighttime Kayak Tour with Coastal Expeditions from 8-11 p.m. launching from Crosby Fish & Shrimp.

If you're looking for more ways to get your jazz fix this week, join the Cobblestone Jazz Trio from 11:30-1:30 p.m. on the Carolina Queen for a brunch buffet and drink specials.

Holy City Brewing and King of Pops will once again team up for the 3rd Annual Great Charleston Pop Off from 12-5 p.m. with music, free popsicles, a pop art auction, and a popsicle eating contest.



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