Weekend Events: Sept. 7-9

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Fall is officially here and what a weekend we have planned! Let’s pretend it’s another holiday weekend.

Friday, Sept. 7

Charleston Beer Week celebrates our city’s beer community, from brewer to bartender, from keg to glass. As the nation’s craft beer industry grows exponentially, so has the local beer scene over the last few years. We boast 20+ production breweries, numerous brew and beer-focused pubs, restaurants and stores and a population ever-warming to the idea that beer should not only taste like something, but taste like something delicious. The event runs from Sept. 7-15. Check website for details. charlestonbeerweek.com

Saturday, Sept. 8

Journey to historic downtown Charleston and step into the beautiful Woolfe Street Playhouse for a magical morning with favorite characters like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid, The Frog Princess and more. Enchanting Royal Ball is an event you won’t want to miss. (Please note: All children must be accompanied by an adult. No drop offs. Each person requires a ticket for entry except for children 12 months and younger.) The event runs from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St., Charleston and tickets are $35. curiouserentertainment.org

Don’t miss the 2018 Holy City Swim Jam benefiting Operation Restored Warrior. Make a splash in support of your veterans by competing in either the 5K, 2.5K or the 1-mile beach swim and then jamming at the After Party Swim Jam Benefit Concert. Check website for details. The event takes place at the Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms and tickets are $60-$100. swimjam.org

Don’t miss Dog Day Afternoon! Waterpark season is over, but on this special day, dogs will have free rein at Splash Island in Mount Pleasant. Select pool areas will be open for dogs only; owners will not be allowed in the water. Dogs must be current on all vaccinations for entry. Tickets are limited; advance purchase is recommended. Each dog should be registered to one adult owner/chaperone and must be kept in control and at close hand. Two two-hour time sessions will be offered: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m., Sept. 8 and 12-5 p.m., Sept. 9 at Splash Island Waterpark (within Palmetto Islands County Park) and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark. The cost is $12 per dog in advance or $15 at the gate if available. CharlestonCountyParks.com

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It’s time to crown the best southern fried chicken in Charleston. Don’t miss the second annual Southern Fried Chicken Challenge. This culinary event will host local and regional restaurants as they compete to make the best, most delicious fried chicken in the area. The event runs from 12-6 p.m. at North Charleston Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. General admission is $10 for pre-sold tickets and $15 at the gate. southernfriedchickenchallenge.com

Sunday, Sept. 9

Come enjoy your Sunday afternoon shopping and socializing on King Street at 2nd Sunday on King Street from 1-5 p.m. This month features new product launches, lots of great sales, great food and more. http://susanlucas.typepad.com/secondsundayonkingstreet/