Gray Line Charleston, BLOG - November, 2016
One of the oldest and largest sightseeing companies in the world, Gray Line is an international association of operators with more than 100 years of experience in the tourism industry. A trusted name in travel, Gray Line Charleston provides informative, entertaining mini- bus tours of Charleston’s historic district daily to visitors from around the globe. Gray Line Charleston will happily arrange private bus tours of the city during daylight hours, with special pick-up and drop-off locations. Just call ahead to friendly Reservationists to customize your door-to-door service and tour.
It’s easy! Gray Line of Charleston can get you and yours seamlessly to any of the great Events and Festivals, below, throughout the Charleston Lowcountry area.
Learn about historic Charleston, SC and see this Port City up close and personal, via Gray Line Charleston. Gray Line City Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9:30am until 3:30pm from the Charleston Visitors Center located at 375 Meeting Street. Parking directly adjacent.
Several types of COMBO Tour Tickets are available. Examples ~ Charleston City Tour + Charleston Museum. Charleston City Tour + Charleston Mansion. Charleston City Tour + Fort Sumter Boat Tour, to name just a few. Take advantage of COMBO Savings and enjoy 2 top-notch Tours by 2 expert area Tour Operators. Leaving your Charleston visit in the hands of the experts will make for great memories!
Below are just a few of the fantastic Festival & Event reasons to plan a November Holiday-Seasonal Getaway to Historic Charleston, South Carolina, for the entire Family!
Historic Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston International Film Festival ~ 11/02 - 11/06/2016
The Festival provides a premier showcase for all aspects of filmmaking: the art, the filmmaker, talented directors and actors, and the film-lover in all of us. The Festival’s goal is to educate the community & attendees through the art and science of film, promoting cross-cultural awareness, the exchange of ideas, and social understanding. Showings at various Venues throughout Historic Charleston. See http://www.charlestoniff.org/ for details.
Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed ~ Lowcountry Hoedown ~ 11/05/2016
If you enjoy live bluegrass music and sampling delicious BBQ and bourbon, then join the Lowcountry Hoedown! The all-inclusive shindig will feature an impressive lineup of restaurants, distilleries, breweries, and bands showcasing the best of the South. It’s time to dig out your plaid shirt and cowboy boots and prepare for a boot stompin’ good time! $50 Tickets include entrance into the Hoedown, craft cocktails and brews, delicious BBQ and Southern fare from dozens of restaurants and food vendors, live music with the funky bluegrass rhythms of two bands. Attendees must be 21 or older. 7-11pm. http://www.lowcountryhoedown.com/
Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory ~ 3rd Annual Charleston Coffee Cup ~ 11/13/2016
The 3rd Annual Charleston Coffee Cup presented by Miele Events and their partners Revelator Coffee Company + the Balzac Brothers will from 10am – 3pm.The day will be complete with a Roasters’ Challenge in which the winner of the best roast will receive a feature in a full page add in national publication Roast Magazine! A barista’s dream with a latte art challenge, winner will receive a $500 cash prize! Brush up on your latte art skills because you do not want to miss out. Not to forget all of the coffee samples you can handle to accompany delicious brunch. This is a family fun event, complete with brunch and educational features on coffee from grower to cup. You don’t have to compete…just come and enjoy the great brewfest! $20.10am – 3pm. http://charlestoncoffeecup.com/
39th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble ~ 11/24/2016
Marion Square ~ Meeting St. to the Battery to King Street. Mark your calendars for the 38th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble to be held on Thursday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Day! The annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble is a holiday tradition for Charleston natives and travelers alike. The largest 5K in South Carolina kicks off at 9 a.m. at Marion Square in Charleston. Various packages available approximately $40.The course takes participants through historic downtown Charleston and Battery before returning to Marion Square for a post-race party! http://www.turkeydayrun.com/
Aquarium of South Carolina ~ Scuba Claus in the Great Ocean Tank ~ 11/25/2016
A very welcome guest from the North Pole will make special appearances in the Great Ocean Tank at select Aquarium dive shows! Don’t miss this opportunity to see Scuba Claus swim with the fish! Scuba Claus’ dive shows are FREE with General Admission or Aquarium membership. 9:00am.http://scaquarium.org/calendar-2/
Historic Charleston, South Carolina Theatre!
Dock Street Theatre ~ Dracula, King of Vampires ~ 11/01 – 11/06/2016
Dracula, King of Vampires raises the stakes on the classic tale with the Prince of Darkness not only lusting for blood but after world domination as well. In Julian Wiles’s original, sweeping and imaginative retelling, we follow Count Dracula as he journeys from his Transylvania castle, to a ghostly shipwreck on England’s shore, to Dr. Seward’s famed asylum for the insane and to a romantic masquerade ball where he meets the luminous Mina Harker. Warning: Dracula, King of Vampires contains intense content. Not for the faint of heart. To view Parent Guide click here.Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes (includes intermission).Prices
Adult: $31.00 - $64.00. Seniors (60+): $29.00 - $64.00. Student (ages 3-25) and Active Military: $26.00 - $64.00. http://www.charlestonstage.com/shows-and-tickets/the-shows/38-dracula-king-of-vampires.html
Charleston Gaillard Center ~ STOMP ~ 11/09/2016
From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation. The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder and director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression. Household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum. Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps - to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated. Showtime – 7:30pm http://www.gaillardcenter.com/buy-tickets/
Dock Street Theatre ~ Beneath the Sweetgrass Moon ~ 11/12 & 11/13/2016
Beneath the Sweetgrass Moon is based on authentic, traditional South Carolina African-American folktales, songs, games and ghost stories. Like a Lowcountry Hansel and Gretel, youngsters Mary and Jack set out on an adventure where they encounter whimsical folk characters such as Ring-tale-coon, Foxxy Fox and Persimmon Possum. Along the way Mary and Jack learn how Rambling Rabbit got his short tail, discover a forest of riddle trees and narrowly escape the clutches of the Boo Hag, a notorious witch-like enchantress from the swamps of the Carolina Lowcountry. Prices
Adult: $28.00. Seniors (60+): $28.00. Student (ages 3-25) and Active Military: $28.00. http://www.charlestonstage.com/shows-and-tickets/the-shows/39-beneath-the-sweetgrass-moon.html
Moonshine County Line ~ 34 West Theatre Company ~ 11/01 ~ 11/12/2016
O' brother, we got trouble! Three misfits save a small town from one dim-witted gangster. An exuberant romantic-comedy with roadhouse melodies from Cash to Cline! Great menu of champagne cocktails, wine, craft beers, sodas and savory snacks are available. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Ticket Price: $25.00. Group discount — $22.50 for 8 or more —enter code "Group" at checkout. Several Show Times available. See website for Dates & Times. http://www.34west.org/tickets/moonshine-county-line
Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre ~ Tickled to Death ~ 11/06, 11/08, 11/10, 11/12, 11/19, 11/19, 11/25 & 11/26/2016
The Black Fedora Theatre itself is under siege, as victim after victim — innocent theatre-goers in search of nothing more than devilish laughs and delicious desserts at exceptionally reasonable prices — all fall prey to an anonymous killer with a wicked sense of humor. Even the henchmen-for-hire tasked with taking over the theatre quickly realize that their secretive boss had more than mirth in mind as it becomes obvious that even they were chosen for a reason — a little revenge ... and a whole lot of murder! Featuring more of the roles for volunteer audience members you've come to expect, and a surprise ending that should leave mystery fans ... Tickled To Death! charlestonmysteries.com
Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre ~ The Kriss Kross ~ 11/25, 11/27, 11/29 & 11/30/2016
The Night Inspector NoClue almost saved Christmas! A seasonal send-up to 1940s film noir with plenty of modern references. Rated PG. See website for ShowTimes. charlestonmysteries.com
West of the Ashley
Charleston Towne Landing ~ Animal Forest Fun ~ 11/05/2016
It's fall in the Animal Forest and the animals are looking to put on a little weight for winter. Discover how the zookeepers train the animals to better care for them. Watch the animals being enriched by games, treats and activities that bring out natural behaviors. The bear will bob for apples, the puma will pounce on a piñata, and the bobcats will bandy stuffed pumpkins. So join us for Fall Frolic, an afternoon of family fun in the Animal Forest! 1:00-4:00pm. http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/ctl/introduction.aspx
Middleton Place ~ Lowcountry Plantation Days ~ 11/12 & 11/13/2016
Middleton Place invites visitors to see what life on a LowCountry plantation was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. The National Historic Landmark will welcome visitors to immerse themselves in Plantation Days, an annual event reflecting the activities of a Charleston plantation during the harvest season. Each day, the Middleton Place Stableyards will be abuzz with demonstrations on cooking, textiles, blacksmithing, coopering, and hands-on activities such as pottery, cotton and rice processing, and candle making. Learn about the heritage livestock breeds that once occupied Middleton Place or other everyday life activities such as open hearth cooking and food preservation techniques.10am – 4pm. https://www.middletonplace.org/
Thanksgiving at Middleton Place ~ 11/24/2016
Make plans to spend Thanksgiving Day at Middleton Place with a traditional buffet meal by the Middleton Place Restaurant, served among ancient live oaks in the Pavilion and a graceful sailcloth tent. Guests are invited to stroll “America’s oldest landscaped gardens” before and after dinner. *Price includes general admission to Middleton Place and dinner. Seatings: 11 am - 5 pm Cost*: Adult/$70, Child (ages 6-13) /$35, Child (ages 4-5)/$10, ages 3 & under are FREE. Call 843-266-7477 to make reservations. https://www.middletonplace.org/
Middleton Place ~ Holiday Market ~ 11/25 & 11/26/2016
Shop at the Garden Market and Museum Shops The Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop kick-off the shopping season with an open-air market including local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, complimentary hot cider and treats, and featured items in both shops. 10am- 4pm. https://www.middletonplace.org/
Fly Fishing School ~ 11/12/2016
Includes use of equipment and lunch. Casting, knots, flies, and how-to basics are covered. $75 prepaid registration required. Class size limited to 10. Makes a great birthday present or group activity. Call Captain John Irwin to register. 9 ~ 3pm. 843.571.3899. http://www.thecharlestonangler.com/events/
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
11th Annual Taste of the World ~ Omar Convention Center ~ 11/03/2016
The Charleston Port & Seafarers’ Society (ChaPSS) will present the 11th Annual Taste of the World marking a milestone anniversary for the organization’s largest annual fundraising event.
Each year, this event raises thousands of dollars for ChaPSS, a charity that welcomes and serves the needs of thousands of men and women who make their livelihood in the port or at sea. Sample a variety of international cuisines from some of Charleston’s best restaurants. Guests may also enter to win prizes and participate in a silent auction. This year’s silent auction will feature items including two six-day African Photo Safaris for two, a one-week stay in Kiawah, a one-week stay in Williamsburg, a dinner cruise for six, gift certificates, artwork, and much more. http://www.charlestonseafarers.org/
Ultra Chili 50K Run ~ Laurel Hill County Park ~ 11/19/2016
Charleston County Parks is introducing a new Trail Race with a distinguishing feature that very few races in South Carolina have – extreme distance. The inaugural Ultra Chili 50K ultramarathon race will be amazing! The ultramarathon is a race distance longer than that of a marathon. The Ultra Chili race will be 50K in length, which equates to approximately 31 miles. Marathon races are 26 miles in length. The continuous loop 50K course is open to individuals as well as teams of two to four participants. The race will take runners through the majestic moss-draped trails of Laurel Hill County Park during this multi-loop race. Laurel Hill County Park is over 745 acres in size, with trails winding through a variety of landscapes that traverse an oak allee, large open meadows, a small lake, and gorgeous scenery. The park is located in Mount Pleasant near the Park West subdivision. In addition to finisher medals, awards will be given to individuals and teams in specific categories. Chili and Beer to be enjoyed! Race Fees Individuals: $90. Teams: 2-Person Team: $110. 3-Person Team: $165. 4-Person Team: $220. http://ccprc.com/UltraChili
Sullivan’s Island ~ South Carolina
Tour of Homes ~ Sullivan's Island ~ 11/13/2016
Come out for a tour of Sullivan's Island fantastic homes, an art sale, chef demonstrations, and tastings. The eagerly awaited annual fall fundraiser, Art on the Beach & Chefs in the Kitchen, features an afternoon house tour on Sullivan’s Island from 1 to 5pm, over twenty-five artists selling their creations, live music and chef demonstrations and tastings. All proceeds benefit Charleston Pro Bono Services which provides free legal aid to over 800 people in our community each year. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 the day of the tour. Tour 1 – 5pm. http://charlestonprobono.info/