My Charleston Weekend: Feb. 26-March 4

The 10th annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival kicks off on Wednesday with the Opening Night Gala.

The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival kicks off its milestone 10th year next week with the Opening Night Gala ($150) in Marion Square. Presented by The Art Institute of Charleston, the night’s events and food will be inspired by the Lowcountry’s culinary classic Junior League of Charleston cookbook, “Charleston Receipts.” Join the “who’s who of Charleston chefs” to eat and drink your way through a celebration of a decade of Charleston Wine + Food. The event, which suggests gala attire, will also include live music by The V-Tones.

Drawing from a local food culture rich in tradition and James Beard Award-winning chefs, the festival infuses homegrown flavor with top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers and food enthusiasts. With more than 100 events scheduled over the five days of the festival, there’s sure to be something that appeals to every palate. Events range from bourbon workshops to wine tastings, cooking classes to signature dinners, brunches to the Waffle House Smackdown. The Culinary Village again will set up shop in Marion Square, offering an all-inclusive day ($70-$85) of more than 60 interactive chef demos in the new Third Space presented by Summers Corner, a new Hands-On Kitchen presented by SCE&G, an Artisan Market presented by Rewined, the Grand Tasting Tent presented by Baker Motor Company, a new Cocktail Pop-Up presented by Bulleit Bourbon and company, an expanded Biergarten presented by Bay Street Biergarten, Rose & Grilling presented by Chateau d’Esclans, Wine Retail Shop presented by Bottles, Cookbook Retail Shop presented by Williams-Sonoma and a new music stage.

When: Wednesday-March 8

Where: Various locations around Charleston

Price: $40-$750

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To celebrate Brewvival weekend, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club will welcome “beer visionary” Sean Lilly Wilson of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, N.C., for a Barrel-Aged Bash featuring Charleston’s High Wire Distilling Co. and the newly released barrel-aged Hat Trick Gin. With a relationship that goes back before either business launched, Fullsteam and High Wire take part in a barrel swap program, with High Wire using new barrels to age their spirits, then sending freshly emptied barrels to Fullsteam to age their beer. The bash will feature samples of Fullsteam beers as well as a cash bar that will be serving signature cocktails featuring High Wire spirits. The distillery will be on hand providing limited tastings of Rhum Agricole and its new Hat Trick Gin. The V Tones will provide the entertainment while chef Bryan Cates and Jeff Allen will provide the food.

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, 4401 McCarthy St., North Charleston

Price: $25; free for members

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Each year, members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run along with local Special Olympics programs invite the local community to brave the freezing cold waters during their respective Polar Plunge events, which take place from Florida to North Dakota, California to Washington. This weekend, folks are invited out to the Isle of Palms to dive in to the Atlantic Ocean at this fundraiser event. With all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics South Carolina, participants will get to take part in the Plunge Party between registration and the big moment. Open to plungers and spectators of all ages, the party will include food, music, games and door prizes.

When: Saturday, registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the plunge taking place at 1 p.m.

Where: Front Beach at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms

Price: Minimum donation of $50

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Promising to have attendees dancing all night long, Jam Fest will make a one-night stop in North Charleston. This year’s lineup will take you back to the ’90s with appearances by multi-platinum award winner Keith Sweat along with Ginuwine, Dru Hill, SWV and Slick Rick.

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

Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $57.70-$83.75

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Award-winning artist Jonathan Green is known for his use of vibrant colors in his art depicting the Gullah lifestyle in the Lowcountry. His paintings and imagery have been brought to life by Columbia City Ballet in their production called “Off the Wall.” With choreography by William Starett, the company’s troupe of dancers will depict the cultural heritage of the Gullah and Geechee communities set to a combination of traditional work songs, gospel music, Motown and jazz.

When: Saturday, doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the show starting at 5:30 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $21-$46

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