Started in 1987 to support and honor the local shrimping and fishing industry, the town of Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival is celebrating its 27th year. Held on the waterfront, the event features live music, local crafts, kids' activities, a boat parade, a ceremonial blessing of the shrimp and fishing fleet, and more. The family-friendly event is a seafood lover's heaven as numerous local restaurants will be serving up a variety of options. A shag contest and shrimp-eating contest will round out the festival. Funds raised at this year's festival will go to East Cooper Meals on Wheels and the Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society.

When: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Hallman Boulevard

Price: Free

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The Food Film Festival returns to Charleston after debuting here last year, expanding from two days to three this year. A special opening night event called The Kings of Barbecue will be held aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown, featuring a screening of "The Kings of BBQ Barbecue Kuwait" and an all-you-can-eat barbecue feast. The second night will feature the Food Porn Party, a fan favorite at the New York and Chicago Food Film Festivals. The brainchild of documentary filmmaker and Travel Channel host George Motz, the festival showcases the best and the most memorable of the world's favorite foods through documentaries, features and shorts, but takes things to the next level by serving up the food that folks see on-screen, creating a multisensory, full-bodied experience. This year's festival features 21 food films, including three world premieres.

When: Thursday-Saturday

Where: Various locations

Price: $50-$200

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The Charleston Home + Design Show is an open-air event that allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds: being outside while perusing the latest in interior design. The third annual show will feature more than from 75 local companies lining the stadium concourse, which is shaded from the sun and protected from the elements, which means the show goes on rain or shine. In addition, there will be Food Truck Row and the self-guided Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, which will offer attendees a peak into seven custom-built private homes.

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Family Circle Cup Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island

Price: Free; tickets for the Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour are $20 in advance, $25 the day of

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Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park will transform into a boat-lover's paradise for the return of the Charleston In-Water Boat Show. With more than 60 lines available, regional dealers and manufacturers will be on-site offering "show only" prices and rebates. From skiffs to yachts, the show promises to have a boat for every budget. In addition, there will be boating apparel and accessories, electronics, marine safety equipment, nautical artwork and home decor, outdoor living products and more.

When: Friday-Sunday; noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park, Lockwood Boulevard

Price: $10 for adults, $5 for military with valid ID, $5 for kids ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and under

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Eat and drink like an Italian at the second Italian Festival. Featuring Italian food, drinks, music and dancing, the family-friendly event will feature a bocce tournament, grape stomping, lessons on dancing the tarantella, a Kid's Korner, and more. Roman soldiers will be on-site and music will be provided by the Port Authority Band. The organization behind the festival, nonprofit Lowcountry Festa Italiana, says options will abound as Italian wines and beer, and gelato will also be available.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Azalea Park, 118 W. 5th St. South, Summerville

Price: Free

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Singer-songwriter Gillian Welch and her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings, have hit the road this spring for a special eight-show tour of the Southeast. With Charleston as one of her limited stops, the show will feature songs from their entire catalog over the course of two acoustic sets. Known for a musical style that combines elements of Appalachian music, Bluegrass and Americana, their five albums have been released to critical acclaim and have garnered the duo Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

When: Sunday, doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $35

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With a music career spanning more than six decades and worldwide record sales in the millions, it should come as no surprise that Tony Bennett is a musician who has touched the hearts and souls of audiences worldwide. With signature tunes that include "Steppin' Out With My Baby" and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," the 17-time Grammy-winner is still going strong. Bennett's daughter, Antonia Bennett, has been touring with her father and will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards.

When: Friday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $67.50-$175

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Boasting to be the biggest farm-to-table event in Charleston, the seventh annual Chef's Potluck is a celebration of partnerships between local restaurants and farms. Chefs from 16 area restaurants will prepare dishes for attendees using the ingredients that Lowcountry farmers and fishermen provide. Participating restaurants include Caviar & Bananas, Closed for Business, Cru Cafe, Cypress, Edmund's Oast, EVO Pizza, The Glass Onion, Indaco, Middleton Place Restaurant; Monza Pizza, The Ordinary, Poogan's Porch, SNOB, Social Restaurant + Wine Bar and Two Boroughs Larder. Coast Brewing and Palmetto Brewing companies will supply beer while Grassroots Wine and Firefly Distillery will supply wine and spirits.

When: 4-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: $75 in advance, $85 the day of

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The FANS of the Charleston Museum, a volunteer group, will host the annual Evening Under the Stars fundraiser. The event is being billed as "two parties for the price of one." The evening will start off with signature cocktails and wine with hors d'oeuvres at the Joseph Manigault House, set to the sounds of live music by David Archer. The party will then move to the Charleston Museum's newly renovated Courtyard, where Lowcountry Eats will provide Southern treats, including a seafood raw bar and a quail and grits station. A live and silent auction will top off the night.

When: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday

Where: Joseph Manigault House, 350 Meeting St., and Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: $75 for members, $80 for non-member

For more info: or 722-2996, ext. 235

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 seventh year, is all about celebrating the natural beauty of South Carolina by providing wildlife watching and natural history opportunities throughout the Midlands and beyond.

When: Friday-Sunday

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

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