Lights Festival, Coffee, Plantation Fun on Weekend List

Lights Festival, Coffee, Plantation Fun on Weekend List

There’s always so much going on in Charleston, it can be tough to figure out which of the awesome events to attend. We’re here to help! Here are three things you should do this weekend:

Holiday Festival of LightsFriday: Attend the opening of the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. Celebrating 25 years as a favorite local tradition, the festival features more than 700 displays and 2 million lights. In addition to driving through the lights display, don’t miss the giant sand sculpture, gift shop, train rides and an old-fashioned carousel. The festival is open every evening through Jan. 1, 2015. Opening night festivities include live entertainment and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Saturday: Step back in time with Plantation Days at Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Ashley River. Craftworkers demonstrate the skills practiced by slaves as they prepared the antebellum plantation for winter. Programming will include sugarcane processing, cooking, basket weaving, tool making and hide tanning, as well as a new presentation “Her-story: Women’s Work” — a coffeeladies camp focusing on work done by women of the 18th and 19th centuries. Plantation Days is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday; activities are free with general admission.

Sunday: Coffee lovers, rejoice! Here’s an event just for you. The first Charleston Coffee Cup will celebrate Charleston’s burgeoning coffee culture with coffee tastings, latte art, roaster competitions, brunch and children’s activities. The event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Joe Riley Stadium. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 the day of the event (children 12 and under are free). Food and beverage tickets are sold separately at the event.

Which events are you planning to attend? What’s on your weekend fun list?

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