Bless this fleet

Hundreds of onlookers waved as shrimp boats passed by Mount Pleasant’s Memorial Waterfront Park for a blessing in 2013.

Down here in the Lowcountry, there are three levels of appreciation: the polite-thing-to-say “thanks” that comes after just about everything; the sincere “thank you so much,” often followed by a hug; and then the paramount “God bless you.” So how much do we love our shrimp, the sweet, juicy, jumbo sea bugs that populate just about every menu in town? The Blessing of the Fleet Festival should give you an idea.

The annual party in Mount Pleasant started 28 years ago as a religious send-off for fleets before the commercial shrimp trawling season kicked off in mid-May. Like many local events that have stood the test of time, the Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival has evolved over the years into a celebration of all sorts of unique activities that characterize life in the Lowcountry, namely shrimp eating. You also can expect a lot of shagging, South Carolina’s signature dance that involves some pretty complex footwork; delicious gourmet Southern food; incredible views of the Charleston Harbor, highlighted by a boat parade; local crafts; and much more.

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

Where: Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: Free

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Party at Patriots Point

When spring rolls around, there’s rarely a weekend when Patriots Point doesn’t have something going on. Planted right on the edge of town on the Charleston Harbor just a few miles from Waterfront Park, it’s one of the most scenic properties in the Lowcountry, and it’s also one of the few outdoor venues where you can catch a good sea breeze when it’s hot and humid everywhere else. The 15th Party at the Point series returns this weekend to the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina’s sandy backyard, where bands take the stage every Friday evening to kick off the weekends through the end of June. Beer, wine, spirits and food are sold on-site, making it one of the largest and most popular happy hour parties in the area. This week, Departure, a Journey tribute band, takes the stage. In the coming months, local artists such as Atlas Road Crew, Dead 27s, Blue Dogs, Sol Driven Train and Jordan Igoe will perform.

When: 5:30 p.m. Fridays through June 26

Where: Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road

Price: $7

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Dig these gigs

While Dig South Interactive Festival mostly centers on startup companies and innovation, the conference starting this week also highlights local and national performers with a robust live music schedule. Most concerts are open to the public, and some of them are even free, such as “Field Trip at the Dig Show” April 29-May 1 at Cinebarre, featuring local artists such as Regina Ferguson and She Returns From War. Headliner performances during the so-called “Shindigs” also are open to the public and a $50 ticket gets you drinks, food and networking opportunities if you’re in the tech biz. Here are the details for those large concerts.

David Wax Museum, an Americana indie rock group with hints of Latin rhythms, plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Charleston Museum. Holy Ghost Tent Revival, a six-piece rock outfit with a horns section, performs at 6 p.m. April 30 at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. Then, the critically acclaimed Americana artist Langhorne Slim will perform with backing band the Law during the festival finale at 6 p.m. May 1 at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant.

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Moving movie night

The Park Circle Film Society will screen “The War Around Us” during the second installment of its spring film series. The documentary follows seasoned war correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and journalism newcomer Sherine Tadros as they find themselves trapped in the Gaza Strip during an Israeli invasion in 2008. As the only two Western reporters on the ground at the time, Mohyeldin and Tadros become responsible for reporting the events to the rest of the world, all while trying to survive the air strikes.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave., North Charleston

Price: $6

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Lunch alfresco

Lunch breaks are always painfully short-lived, so you might as well make the most of it this week with the Charleston Parks Conservancy. The organization has partnered with local radio station 105.5 The Bridge to host a picnic in Hampton Park where food trucks such as Auto-Banh, Zombie Bob’s Pizza, Cory’s Grilled Cheese, Cannonborough Beverage Co. and King of Pops will serve curb-side foods. Guests can use the free Wi-Fi service, play lawn games and listen to live music.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive

PricE: Free to attend

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Not just for kicks

Revelry Brewing Co., the MUSC Master in Health Administration program and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston are teaming up to host a kickball tournament to raise money for the expansion of the local Ronald McDonald House. Individuals can sign up to participate in random-assignment teams, or groups of at least eight members can register as one team. The event also features live music by local band Moose Kick, a raffle giveaway, beer from Revelry Brewing Co., and bites from Kickin’ Chicken and Smoke food trucks.

When: Noon Sunday

Where: Cool Blow Park, 388 N. Nassau St.

Price: $15 for individual tickets, $120 for teams

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