Dog days of summer

Children usually pack Riley Park for Big Splash Day.

There’s rarely a dull day at Riley Park during the summer months. This week, two of the park’s special events should be home runs for the Charleston RiverDogs off the field, drumming up support for medical research and care, and treating fans to a splash park experience.

On Saturday, the RiverDogs will hold its 16th annual Kindness Beats Blindness auction.

Proceeds from the auction go to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Storm Eye Institute. The auction will run from 5 p.m. through the sixth inning. Items on the auction block will include everything from sport memorabilia to packages for dining and visiting local tourist sites.

Over the past decade and a half, the auction has raised more than half a million dollars. The auction was inspired by Rebecca Veeck, who has a degenerative eye disease and is the daughter of RiverDogs’ president Mike Veeck.

When: 6:05 p.m. Saturday

Where: Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St., Charleston

Price: Tickets range from $6 to $19

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On Tuesday, the stadium will transform into a water park for “Big Splash Day.” If you don’t mind get soaked on your lunch break, stop by the park armed with a water gun.

The event is perfect for kids of all ages and fans can come dressed in their swimsuits and ready to get wet. Those who prefer not to be drenched can stick to the designated dry zones throughout the park.

When: 12:05 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St., Charleston

Price: $6 to $19

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Fly away

As far as insects go, ladybugs certainly rank among the cutest of the creatures. These speckled beauties also are a gardener’s friend, munching on aphids and other plant-devouring pests. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is looking for help to welcome more than 150,000 of these lovely bugs on Saturday.

The ladybug release will be heralded with a red Volkswagen Beetle. Children will set ladybugs free throughout the gardens. Prizes will be given for best ladybug costume in three categories by age. A face painter and nature displays also will be set up for the event. Carpooling and early arrival is recommended.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston

Price: $15 adult general admission, $10 for children age 6 to 12, free for children ages 5 and younger

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Dig in, drink up at Wild Dunes

For a sampling of local beers and Southern eats in a lovely, air-conditioned setting, Isle of Palms is your place this weekend.

Wild Dunes Resort will host the third Island Brews & Chews Craft Beer Festival Sunday afternoon with unlimited drink samples and nibbles. Westbrook White Thai and Holy City Washout Wheat will be just a few of the local brews on tap.

The resort’s chefs will serve summer treats including braised beef short rib and open-faced chocolate and blood orange s’mores.

When: 3-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Palmetto Hall and Pool at Wild Dunes Resort, 1 Sundial Circle, Isle of Palms

Price: $40 for adults, $25 for ages 13-20, $15 for children ages 4-12, free for kids 3 and younger. Ticket includes unlimited beverage and food tastings.

More Info:, 866-2218

Here come the bridal shows

From romantic locations to dreamy dresses, Charleston is a mecca for all things wedding-related. And sorting through all the florists, caterers and venues for the big day can be easier at an event like The Charleston Bridal Show. More than 80 vendors ready to cater to every wedding day detail (and all aspects of a couple’s new life together) will gather Sunday for the 16th show in Mount Pleasant. Bride-to-bes can sample wedding cakes, check out bridal fashions and meet wedding professionals. Brides would be wise to bring address labels with them to quickly enter drawings and giveaways from vendors and the event.

When: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Omar Shrine Convention Center, 176 Patriots Point St., Mount Pleasant

Price: $10

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Brides can head across the bridge Sunday afternoon for a wedding show on the go. The Scarlet Wedding Tour will give brides and their guests an afternoon of food, cake and cocktail tastings at different wedding locales around town. Venues will include The Cedar Room at The Cigar Factory, Wingate Plantation, Cannon Green and The Striped Pig Distillery. Attendees will be divided into tour groups and bused to the sites.

The event caps off at The Cedar Room with a cocktail hour complete with prizes and performers.

Attendees also will take home swag bag of goodies from the event sponsored by Southern Bride. The shindig is organized by Scarlet Plan and Design, a wedding planning company.

When: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, check-in starts at 11:30 a.m., buses will leave promptly at 12:15 p.m.

Where: The Cigar Factory, 701 East Bay St. No. 6100, Charleston

Price: $40 for one person, $75 for two people in advance, $50 at the door for one, $95 at the door for two

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