Weekend Roundup: From YA books to shrimp and grits, 20 reasons to leave the house this weekend 

Events for the weekend of Nov. 9-11

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It’s getting deep into November now, and the weekend is upon us. This is the time of year where fall (typically) transitions to winter, so that means expect some Christmastime events along with your typical pre-Thanksgiving programming. And don't miss our full holiday market roundup for a list of places to shop local 'til you drop.

Friday

Dance Matters and Marcus Amaker are teaming up for Coming to Monuments, a night of reflective dance, music and poetry.

Friends of Thomas ‘Mel’ Garrett are encouraged to attend Cutty’s fundraising event for the neighborhood staple, Remembering Mel Garrett.

Experience the creativity and spontaneity at 535 King St. with INTRO: Annual Pop-Up Art Exhibition.

The hottest authors in Young Adult literature are all gathered downtown for this year’s YALLFest, sponsored by Blue Bicycle Books.

Experience all the joys of a Winter Wonderland (hot chocolate, marshmallows, pics with Santa) without the snow at the James Island Festival of Lights, now entering its 29th year.

Saturday

Learn a few lessons in leadership from Charleston author Kathleen Sullivan at Doing Power Differently.

Get into the Christmas Spirit a bit early with Wonder Works family-friendly Elfstravaganza.

Classic cars, vintage bikes, and live music are all staples of the sixth annual Rockabillaque Festival in North Charleston.

With Celadon turning two dozen years old, join them in Mt. Pleasant for free beer, free cake, and much more.

RiverDogs’ stadium is swapping out baseball snack staples for a southern classic during the Second Annual Shrimp and Grits Food Festival from 12-3 p.m.

Break open the piggy bank and spend some time looking around the PoHo Fall Night Market held at the Charleston Poor House from 5-9 p.m.

Orange Doors, Easy Honey, and Cry Baby are just some of the bands you can jam to around Charleston harbor at 1770 Records’ Boat Show.

The 14th annual Fur Ball is Pet Helpers biggest fundraising event of the year, held at the Francis Marion Hotel from 6:30-11 p.m.

Tony Tone is the headlining act in a night of laughs at Creekside Comedy Night at Creekside Kitchen and Brewhouse at 9 p.m.

Sunday

If you’ve never been to a horse race (another Southern staple), The Steeplechase in Charleston is your chance to experience one.

A program built with the mission of “taking working out less seriously,” Hustle & Flow offers to teach you yoga and maybe get you a little tipsy too.

Take a look down Hasell Street for Nosh, a street fair event where you will be able to try classic Jewish faves like Pastrami and lox bagels.

Broadway golden boy Matt Shingledecker returns to his native Charleston for a 90-minute Matt Shingledecker & Friends: From Charleston to Broadway and Back performance at South of Broadway theater at 4 p.m.

Dr. Anna Lepeley will be coming by Frothy Bear Brewing to tell you what you already know, at Beer Is Good For You.

Don’t miss the last day of Charleston Library’s Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, featuring readings, featured speakers, and receptions.

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