The big race may be the biggest thing going on in town this weekend, but that doesn't rule out these other festivals and happenings. From Summerville to James Island to Daniel Island to Mount Pleasant, here are the other big goings-on that you can enjoy during your stay in the Holy City.
A sure sign that springtime is here, the 47th annual Flowertown Festival is presented by the Summerville YMCA. Among the pink azaleas, purple wisteria and white dogwoods, the three-day arts and crafts festival features more than 200 jury-selected artists and their work, children’s rides and activities at the Children’s Jubilee/Kids Fest, food from restaurants and vendors at The Taste, Food Truck Friday and a farmers market on Saturday and Sunday. It's set on the grounds of Azalea Park in the heart of Summerville.
An opening night celebration is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday and features live music from The Music City Band, food trucks, beer and wine. Admission is free, and adult wristbands will be sold for $1.
Should you take sunscreen and bug spray? It’s April in the Lowcountry, so that would be a “yes.” Should you take an allergy pill? It’s April in the Lowcountry, so that would be another “yes.” And since the event covers a lot of ground, over several blocks, appropriate walking shoes are suggested.
WHEN: April 5-7
WHERE: Azalea Park area, W. 5th S. St. and along Main Street to Richardson Avenue and to W. 6th Street and Joyce Lane, Summerville
PRICE: Free parking and admission
MORE INFO: 843-871-9622, summervilleymca.org/flowertown-festival-2019
Lowcountry Cajun Festival
“Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry” is the aim of Sunday’s 28th annual Cajun Festival at James Island County Park. The focus is Creole food and music, bound to tickle those taste buds and get those feet in motion. Local and regional restaurants, caterers and food trucks will have all of the jambalaya, alligator, etouffee, andouille sausage and crawfish you can handle, and of course, a crawfish-eating contest is on the agenda. If those slippery little creatures aren’t your thing, there's Southern BBQ, hot dogs, snow cones and funnel cakes.
Live Zydeco and Cajun music performers are Randy McAllister and the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland, Pine Leaf Boys and Gerard Delafose & the Zydeco Gators. Additional activities include a crafts market and some mechanical joy-rides, inflatables and carnival games for the kiddos. Note: Pets are not allowed at the event and the dog park will be closed.
WHEN: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, April 7
WHERE: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive
PRICE: $15 per person; free for ages 12 years and younger and Gold Pass members
MORE INFO: 843-795-4386, ccprc.com/137/Lowcountry-Cajun-Festival
Volvo Car Open
Over 90,000 people will be attending the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament on Daniel Island, where the court is the central attraction and the stands are full of daily onlookers. But don't worry; the people don't come all at once, but throughout the week. The tournament, now in its 19th year on the island, is an orderly operation. Traffic backups and lines are to be expected but probably won't make you rant. Refreshments and food are sold onsite (no outside food or beverages allowed). See some of the best in the world compete on the green clay, where more than 100 women athletes will play in the largest women's-only tennis tournament in North America.
WHEN: March 30-April 7
WHERE: Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island
PRICE: single sessions range from $10-$82
MORE INFO: 800-677-2293, volvocaropen.com
Honey & Bee Expo
Get buzzed. Sunday will be the perfect day to literally "mind your own beeswax" as the 8th annual Charleston Honey & Bee Expo returns to Cinebarre in Mount Pleasant, with an afternoon full of education, fun and food. Local beekeepers and exhibitors will be on hand to teach about the importance of bees and beekeeping and how you can take part in helping save one of the Earth's biggest pollinators. There will be live honey bees enclosed in glass, local honey tastings, honey cotton candy (!!!) and food trucks with menu items using local honey. Kid-friendly games and live music by the V-Tones of Charleston also are on tap.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 7
WHERE: Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant
PRICE: Free admission
MORE INFO: charlestonbees.org/honeybee-expo
If all of that is not enough, check out our calendars in this section for more events.