Colleton County Rice Festival
Enjoy three days of family fun from fireworks to music and live entertainment. The festival includes the Taste of Walterboro, the 5K Rice Run/Walk, a Horseshoe Tournament, performances by The Marvelous Mutts and more. Adding to the atmosphere will be rides, games, a dog show, car show, arts and crafts, and, of course, food. With food booths, fair food and a rice cooking contest, everyone in the family is sure to find something to munch on. Live music performances are scattered throughout the weekend, including shows by Common Ground, Visions, PlaneJane and Straight Shooters.
Where: Downtown Walterboro
For more info: www.ricefestival.org
Lowcountry Festa Italiana
Eat and drink like an Italian! This weekend, experience life as an Italian at “the first Italian cultural festival in the Lowcountry.” Featuring Italian food, drinks, music and dancing, the family-friendly event will feature bocce ball, grape stomping, lessons on dancing the tarantella, kids’ games, face-painting and more. Roman soldiers will be on-site as well as local crafters and wine vendors..
When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Azalea Park, 118 W. 5th St. South, Summerville
For more info: festaitalianasc.org
Santee Birding and Nature Festival
Sponsored by a variety of nonprofits, community groups, and state and federal agencies, the Santee Birding and Nature Festival offers an array of wildlife-oriented field trips and workshops. The festival, in its sixth year, is all about celebrating the natural beauty of South Carolina by providing wildlife watching and natural history opportunities throughout the Midlands and beyond. Field trips in the Santee Region and into the ACE Basin and Cape Romain regions are being offered, as well as numerous workshops and presentations.
Where: Various locations
Price: $25 for adults, $5 for youths 15 and under, $20 for seniors 64 and over; some field trips will require an additional fee
For more info: www.santeebirdingfestival.com
Charleston Dog Show
Held in conjunction with the farmers market at Marion Square, the 10th annual Charleston Dog Show is inviting pups of “all shapes, sizes, talents and tails ... to show off style, form, personality and showmanship in 13 different classes.” The family-friendly event promises “all of the fun and none of the fuss of a traditional dog show.” The event will open with a “Blessing of the Dogs” ceremony and then move into the competition. Categories include sporting dog, toy dog, Heinz 57, children’s handling, puppy, senior, costume and rescue. Top performers in each class will be awarded trophies and ribbons, with a “Best in Show” winner announced toward the end of the day.
When: 9 a.m. Saturday; registration opens at 8 a.m.
Where: Marion Square, 329 Meeting St.
Price: $10 to participate, free to watch.
For more info: 849-8096 or charlestondogshow.com
Celebration for a Cause
To celebrate receiving her honorary doctoral degree from The Citadel, decorated combat photographer and author Stacy Pearsall is hosting a fundraising party to support the Lt. Dan Weekend Retreat, which benefits severely wounded soldiers and their families. Recently named a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama, Pearsall will share her story of heroism under fire as well as the continuing challenges of survival and recovery. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, door prizes, an auction and entertainment, and serves as a precursor to a September visit and performance by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.
When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Pearson Lounge at Johnson Hagood Stadium, The Citadel
For more info: www.LDW4.org
Southern Flame Food & Music Festival
Enjoy a day of blues, bluegrass and barbecue, all in the name of baseball. A fundraiser for the Summerville Miracle League, a baseball league for children with special needs, the festival will feature live music and a barbecue competition. Headlining this year is Eddie Bush and the Mayhem, a Charleston-based blues and rock musician. Other acts set to perform throughout the day include Common Ground, Dee Dee Cumbee and Hugh Price. The BBQ Cook-Off will have professionals and amateurs competing to see who can cook up the best ’cue. There will be cashe prizes and trophies for the top finishers in each category. Additional food and drinks will be on-site and available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs; pets and coolers should be left at home.
When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Ponds, 324 Hundred Oaks Parkway, Summerville
Price: Free; parking is $8 in advance or $10 at the gate; entry fees for the BBQ Cook-Off range $75-$225 depending on division
For more info: southernflamefestival.org
Charleston International Film Festival
The Charleston International Film Festival is back for a sixth year, offering films, workshops and fun. Saturday features two special events: 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 Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the festival is capped off by an awards gala Sunday.
When: Through Sunday
Where: Various locations around Charleston
Price: Free-$99 for the awards gala
For more info: www.CharlestonIFF.org
The Santee Birding and Nature Festival is all about celebrating the natural beauty of South Carolina. The festival runs Friday-Sunday.×
The Charleston Dog Show is open to anyone who wants to participate. The event will be held Saturday in Marion Square.×
Stacy Pearsall (left) served as a combat photographer and is celebrating receiving an honorary doctoral degree from The Citadel with a fundraiser on Wednesday.×
Gary Sinise rocks out with Molly Callinan. The Stacy Pearsall fundraiser on Wednesday is a precursor to Sinise’s September visit with the Lt. Dan Band.×