Celebrity Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast

The 13th annual chili cook-off put on by the Charleston Animal Society is all about friendly competition. Local celebrities and other notables will do all they can to win the coveted champion robe. Taste the chili, dig into endless oysters, enjoy live music, sip on beer from Palmetto Brewery and check out the adoptable animals that will be on-site. The family-friendly event will also have a kids fun zone.

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St.

Price: $35 in advance, $40 at the door; $10 for kids

For more info: charlestonanimalsociety.org

Charleston Classic Basketball Tournament

A three-day invitational college basketball season-opening tournament, this fifth annual event will feature eight NCAA menís teams playing 12 games in a bid for the championship title and trophy. Each team will play three games in three days in this ESPN-owned and operated event. Participating teams include host team College of Charleston, Auburn University, Baylor University, Boston College, the University of Colorado, the University of Dayton, Murray State University and St. Johnís University.

When: Thursday, Friday and Sunday

Where: College of Charlestonís TD Arena, 301 Meeting St.

Price: Tickets begin at $20 for 2-game sessions

For more info: www.charlestonclassic.com

Brian Regan

Comedian Brian Regan is known as a ďuniversal comic,Ē taking the ordinary and putting his personal spin on it. His material typically covers everyday events, such as shipping a package with UPS and a visit to an optometrist, making him open to a wide audience. Catch his sarcastic and self-deprecating humor about little league baseball, grade-school spelling bees and more.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $38.50

For more info: www.northcharlestoncolieumpac.com

Wild at Wingswood

This third annual fundraiser for The Center for Birds of Prey will feature live music by Minimum Wage, a Lowcountry buffet, beer and wine, flight demonstrations, kidís activities and more. All proceeds from the picnic will benefit Birds of Prey.

When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Center for Birds of Prey, 4872 Seewee Road, Awendaw

Price: $45 for adults, $12 for ages 7-17, kids 6 and under get in free

For more info: 971-7474, www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org or www.facebook.com/scbirdsofprey

Band Together for ALS

This all-day music festival is being put on with the mission of raise awareness and money for the South Carolina ALS Association. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrigís disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. With performances by Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish, Acousticmuffin, The Ryan Bonner Band, The Graham Whorley Band, Johnny Mac Booty Ranch and many more, this event promises to be a good time for a good cause.

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Road, James Island

Price: $20 in advance, $25 the day of

For more info: www.scalsa.org

Miss South Carolina USA & Miss South Carolina Teen USA

Young women from across the state will vie for the opportunity to compete in the national pageants. The ladies will compete in swimsuit, evening gown and interview portions, with the winners being crowned during the finals competition.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday (preliminaries) and Saturday (finals)

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $40-$45

For more info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com or www.misssouthcarolinausa.com

CNN Circle of Light Gala

This Evening in Paris-themed gala benefiting Darkness to Light will feature an evening of fine dining, entertainment, an auction and an after-party. Raising awareness and funds to protect children from sexual abuse, the event will include dinner prepared by 14 of Charlestonís finest chefs and a live auction featuring trips and luxury merchandise. During the event, figure skater Scott Hamilton will be presented with the organizationís Voice of Courage Award.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: Tickets start at $300

For more info: 513-1621, www.d2l.org or LBatten@D2L.org

Charleston Jazz Jam

The Charleston Jazz Club will hold its third annual Jazz Jam, a celebration of jazz in the Lowcountry. The event will feature debut appearances by Pearl-authorized drummer Gino Castillo and Brazilian guitarist Duda Lucena. The afternoon promises an outstanding array of talent, with vocalists Starr Acheson and Big George Collier, Joe Clark, saxophonist George Kenney and guitarist David Archer set to appear, among others. Concessions will be available.

When: 2-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Awendaw Green, 4879 U.S. Highway 17, Awendaw

Price: $5 donation

For more info: www.facebook.com/chasjazzclub, charlestonjazzclub@gmail.com or 270-1016