As I’ve stated recently, fall is my favorite time of year. It’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather, which has finally decided to make an appearance.

Take advantage of what looks to be a beautiful weekend with these great events.

Yappy Hour

One of Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s most popular events, Yappy Hour will host its finale Thursday.

From 4 p.m. to sunset at James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, you and your fur baby can enjoy an evening of socializing, live music and more.

Held in the off-leash dog park, owners can enjoy live music by Whiskey Diablo and sip on adult beverages (available for purchase on-site) while their dogs run around and play. But remember that pets must be leashed outside the dog park.

Admission is free with the $1 gate charge.

Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited. Call 795-4386 or go to for more.

Party at the Point

Charleston’s “premier happy hour concert series” wraps up its first fall series Friday with Skwzbxx.

A local band, Skwzbxx is a rock/funk band “known for its wide range of music and high-energy stage show,” according to promoters.

The outdoor event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.

Tickets are $7, and $3 drafts will be available until the keg runs dry. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5.

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Fall Festival

Freshfields Village is celebrating autumn’s arrival with the Fall Festival.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, enjoy live music and children’s activities such as inflatable games, rock climbing and crafts. In addition, a variety of Lowcountry products, fresh produce, and food and beverage vendors will be set up on-site, and the Kiawah and Seabrook artist guilds will hold an art show, sale and demonstrations. The Gullah Lady will be demonstrating rag quilting and will share stories and songs about the Gullah culture.

The event is free.

Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. Call 768-6491 or go to for more.

Triple album release

If you’d rather be inside on Saturday, consider heading over to Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., for a triple album release show featuring Guilt Ridden Troubadour, Gaslight Street and Ryan Bonner.

Starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), enjoy a show unlike any other as these local musicians celebrate the release of their albums.

The Southern rock group Guilt Ridden Troubadour will be releasing its album “Gone.”

Gaslight Street, which melds Southern rock with blues and funk, will release its soulful album “Heavy Wind.”

Ryan Bonner will be releasing his second full-length album “Only When It’s Burning.”

The show is $10 in advance and $13 the day of the show, which is a steal considering you’re essentially getting three shows in one. (If you’re not enticed enough, there’s a rumor that “American Idol” finalist Elise Testone will perform with Gaslight Street.)

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Second Sunday

A favorite monthly event of locals and visitors alike, Second Sunday on King Street will be 1-5 p.m. on, you guessed it, Sunday.

With a portion of King Street closed to vehicular traffic, folks are invited to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping, dining and enjoying Charleston at its finest.

The October event will feature lots of book signings and food. Holly Herrick, Ken Burger, Frank Karpiel and Julie and Charles Mayfield will all be signing copies of their respective books at various locations.

The Cupcake Truck will be serving up its special Samoa Cupcakes, chef Steve Klatt will be serving samples from The Swamp Fox Restaurant, Roberto Coin will be serving champagne, Cynthia Rowley will be offering mimosas and Good Coffee of Charleston will sell roasted beans, hot coffee and iced coffee.

And that’s only a taste of what’s happening in addition to numerous other promotions and events at various shops and restaurants. To find out more or print out a free parking voucher, go to