Have you ever noticed that there seems to be certain times of year where everything is happening on the same day?

This is one of those times.

Saturday is so jam-packed with events I really don’t know how you’ll choose.

Fall Festival

The city of Hanahan will be hosting the inaugural Red, White and Blue Fall Festival 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the new Hanahan Amphitheater.

Honoring active military and veterans, the event will include more than 50 arts and crafts and food vendors, hayrides, jump castles, magicians, face painters and musical entertainment throughout the day.

At 3 p.m., the Charleston Community Band will be playing patriotic and concert band favorites to celebrate the day’s honored guests.

The Hanahan Amphitheater is at 3100 Mabeline Drive (right behind the Senior Center). All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 266-0723 or go to www.CityofHanahan.com.

What Women Want

Join Cumulus Media and “your favorite on-air personalities” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the North Charleston Convention Center for this second annual expo.

Featuring products and services just for women, the expo will have more than 85 vendors from all over the region that will provide presentations, products, services, arts, entertainment and activities.

From health and fitness products to the latest fashion and leisure activities, the event is sure to have something for everyone.

The first 1,000 through the door will receive a reusable shopping bag and everyone will be able to take advantage of the free samples. And make sure to catch the cooking demonstrations and Goodwill’s Design on a Dime fashion show.

The Convention Center is at 5001 Coliseum Drive. Admission is free.

For more info, go to www.whatwomenwantcharleston.com.

Sippin’ Saturdays

Irvin-House Vineyards again will be hosting its long-running series from noon-4 p.m. on, you guessed it, Saturday.

Enjoy live music by Don Merkle and the Blacksmiths and food from Jack’s Cosmic Dogs as you sip on tastings from the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House winery.

Tastings are $6 for six samples of 24 flavors of Firefly Spirits and $5 for five wines. Patrons also will receive a complimentary glass during both tastings.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend an afternoon under the oaks.

Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Coolers are not allowed.

Irvin-House Vineyards is at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. There is no admission fee.

Call 559-6867 or go to www.charlestonwine.com for more.


Vive Le Rock Productions and The Barbeque Joint have teamed up to present a daytime block party that rolls into a nighttime festival Saturday.

The inaugural event kicks off at 1 p.m. and will close off blocks on East Montague Avenue and Colie Morse Lane in the heart of the main strip in Park Circle. The block party will include a classic car show and live music from Sean K. Preston & The Loaded Pistols, The Mad Tea and Skunk Ruckus.

There also will be a pin-up girl contest and Rockabilly fashion show hosted by designer Sabrina Michelle, whiskey tasting from Ivy Mountain Distillery, plus barbecue from The Barbeque Joint and PBR.

The nighttime festivities will keep things rockin’ and rollin’ until 2 a.m. with live music from The Bo-Stevens, Pierce Edens, Sean K. Preston and Jason & The Juggernauts with special guest Arleigh Hertzler of the Defilers. There will also be a circus carnival revival sideshow called Carnivalesque.

The event is free to attend. Check out www.Rockabillaque.com for more.

Art Stroll

Mixson Market, the Flats at Mixson and Basico will be co-hosting an event from 4-7 p.m. Saturday featuring a variety of up-and-coming Lowcountry artists.

This outdoor event will see guests stroll through Mixson Market, Basico, the Flats at Mixson leasing office and the central courtyard to view artwork and mingle with the artists.

Adding to the atmosphere will be a live acoustic performance by Erin Johns and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Artists featured at the stroll will include Lisa Abernathy, Seth Corts, Jay Fletcher, Squire Fox, Olivia Rae James, David Springer and Jonathon Stout.

Mixson is at 4400 Marblehead Lane in North Charleston. The event is free and open to the public.

Plantation Days

On Saturday (as well as Sunday), Middleton Place will host Plantation Days, an event that will show how 18th- and 19th-century plantation workers prepared for winter.

The plantation’s Stableyards will transform into a living outdoor museum with activities greatly expanded for the two days.

The National Historic Landmark will present a harvest-time experience with more than 20 costumed interpreters demonstrate the activities of life on a South Carolina plantation.

Programs will include sugarcane processing, cooking and food preservation, brick making, spinning, tool making, hide tanning and more.

Middleton Place is at 4300 Ashley River Road.

The event is free with paid admission ($28 for adults, $15 for students, $10 for ages 6-13, free for kids 5 and under).

Go to www.middletonplace.org for details.