Lowcountry Strawberry Festival
The folks over at Boone Hall have taken the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival to the next level after taking a year off. They have added more than 30 attractions and rides, two days and additional hours to the event. In addition to the tradition of picking berries and enjoy a day on the farm, Amusements of America will be adding to the fun with about 25 rides for the whole family and additional attractions such as pig races, juggling and magic shows. The family-friendly event will feature vendors and a variety of festival-type foods.
Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant
Price: Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up, $3 for ages 3-11, free for children 2 and under; ride-everything wrist bands are $10 Thursday, $15 in advance and $20 at the gate Friday-Sunday
For more info: boonehallplantation.com
Charleston International Film Festival
The Charleston International Film Festival is back for a sixth year, offering five days of films, workshops and fun. View a mix of shorts and feature-length films from amateurs, emerging and veteran filmmakers from Charleston, throughout the U.S. and countries including Argentina, Greece, Italy and more. Scattered throughout the schedule are numerous informative and educational workshops and a few special events. April 27 features two: a Q&A with producer Chris Brigham, who worked on “Argo,” “Inception” and “Analyze This,” among others; and a special screening of “Catch Me If You Can” and a Q&A with the subject of the film, Frank Abagnale Jr. With after-parties on April 25, 26 and 27, the festival is capped off by an awards gala April 28. The gala will include a cocktail hour, three-course dinner, live music and the presentation of the Spire Award to cinematographer Bill Butler, honoring his lifetime achievements of for his work on “Jaws,” “Stripes,” “Grease” and “Rocky.”
When: Wednesday-April 28
Where: Various locations around downtown Charleston
Price: Free-$99 for the awards gala
For more info: www.CharlestonIFF.org
Initially formed as a side project to the Allman Brothers Band by Warren Haynes and Allen Woody in 1994, the Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule has grown into a force of its own. Producing seven studio albums, a handful of DVDs and live albums, and sold-out coast-to-coast tours, the group bills itself as “one of the hardest working bands in rock history.” The quartet continues their trek on their Prepare to Shout! Tour with a stop in North Charleston.
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Price: $31 in advance, $36 day of
Charleston Race Week
One of the largest and most popular regattas in the nation, Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week will again take over Charleston Harbor for four full days of racing and parties. With nearly 300 boats from across the U.S. and six other countries having registered to compete as of last week, this record-setting race year looks to be the best of the bunch. In addition to the races, numerous parties will be held at Race Village, including Cocktails on the Beach Thursday through Saturday, Thursday Fish Tacos, a Friday Lowcountry Feast, and the Sunday afternoon Beer and Chili Cookout.
Where: Race Village at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
Price: Free-$75 for shoreside event passes
For more info: www.charlestonraceweek.com
East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival
Formerly known as the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival, this expanded event features immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience and fun of canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and all things outdoors. In its 23rd year, enjoy archery, disc golf, mountain biking, climbing and more, all in addition to the paddling fun. There will be evening concerts Friday and Saturday. New this year is the Try It Zone, where attendees can try everything from archery to climbing to slacklining. A full schedule of event can be found online.
Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive
Price: Gate admission is $1; a “Try It” pass is $10; a daily pass is $55 and a weekend pass is $115
For more info: 795-4386 or ccprc.com/outdoorfest
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry will transform Marion Square into a giant playground where families can enjoy fun-filled physical challenges, relay races, outdoor play and more. This ninth annual event, while focusing on fun, also strives to tackle childhood obesity. Partnering with the farmers market and with a theme of “homegrown family fun with no sugar added,” the community festival will include fitness demonstrations, jump castles, live music and more.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Marion Square
For more info: 853-8962 or www.explorecml.org
Undoubtedly one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics, Comedy Central darling Carlos Mencia has returned to his roots the last few years, focusing on performing stand-up for smaller and more intimate audiences. And locals will be able to catch one of these shows, thanks to Music Farm Productions and the Comedy Zone. Maybe best known for his “Mind of Mencia” TV show, the actor-comedian appeals to a diverse audience as he skewers the current and the cultural.
When: 8 p.m. Friday; doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Music Farm, 32 Ann St.
Gimme Shelter benefits Operation Home, which will use proceeds from the party to build wheelchair ramps and repair roofs, windows and floors for at least 60 homes this year. The retro-themed party will feature a DJ, bowling, arcade games, skee ball, live and silent auctions, and a raffle for a Scout boat. Comfort foods and American classics will be prepared by Home Team BBQ executive chef Aaron Siegel.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: The Alley, 131 Columbus St.
Price: $20, VIP passes are $100
For more info: operationhome.org
Frank Abagnale Jr., the real-life subject of “Catch Me If You Can,” will participate in a Q&A on April 27 as part of the Charleston International Film Festival.×
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale Jr. in the film ”Catch Me If You Can.” The movie will be played on April 27 at the Charleston International Film Festival.×
Gov’t Mule will perform at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Sunday.×
Charleston Race Week runs Thursday through Sunday.×
Actor/comedian Carlos Mencia will perform at the Music Farm on Friday.×
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