Eclectic events make for a busy weekend

The Charleston Boat Show will offer a variety of marine equipment, supplies and accessories, in addition to kids’ activities, entertainment and more.

In checking out the events calendar for this week I made two observations:

First, the holiday lull is finally over!

Second, the line-up is one of the most eclectic I’ve ever seen.

From the world’s largest oyster festival to traditional Chinese dance to what’s listed below, if ever there was a weekend that proved there is truly something for everyone in Charleston, this is it.

Billed as “the biggest boat show and sale in the Lowcountry,” the Charleston Boat Show returns to the Charleston Area Convention Center this weekend for its 35th year.

With hundreds of boats from the area’s top retailers on display, the show will feature a variety of marine equipment, supplies and accessories. Boats on display will include sport cruisers, motor and express yachts, sport fishing boats, center console fishing boats, bass boats, bow riders, deck and aluminum boats, ski and pontoon boats, runabouts, bay boats, shallow water flat skiffs and family cruisers.

There also will be family-friendly fun, education opportunities, the Coastal Fishing Expo and entertainment.

The Charleston Boat Show will be held Friday-Sunday at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, in North Charleston. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for military with a valid ID, $4 for children, with children 3 and under getting in free.

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Having just emerged from what is fondly known as “engagement season,” the timing is right for brides-to-be to get a helping hand from the folks behind the Charleston Bridal Show. Bringing more than 75 area vendors together under one roof, it’s a great place to start for those overwhelmed with wedding decisions.

From venues to honeymoons, rentals and decor to musicians and DJs, caterers, cakes and more, attendees will have plenty of help in planning their big day. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste food and cake samples, sip on cocktails, play in photo booths, speak with florists, check out the latest in bridal fashions and register to win all kinds of items to help with their big day.

The Charleston Bridal Show will be held noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Shriners Auditorium at Patriots Point, 176 Patriots Point Road, in Mount Pleasant. Admission is $10 at the door.

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Entering its 12th year, the Charleston Home + Design Show promises to be the biggest and best yet.

Put on by Charleston Home + Design Magazine, the event will feature free 30-minute design consultations (don’t forget to bring house plans, fabric and paint swatches, and photos), chances to win $2,000 home-improvement packages, a tiny home inspired by the TV’s “Tiny House Nation” built just for the show, thousands of custom home products and more.

The show will be Friday-Sunday inside The Citadel’s heated Johnson Hagood Stadium, 68 Hagood Ave. Admission for the show is $7, with children 13 and under getting in free. Friday will feature free admission with extended hours to accommodate the Home Show Happy Hour from 5-8 p.m., which will feature beer, wine and free hors d’oeuvres.

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The oldest kennel club in South Carolina, the 79-year-old Charleston Kennel Club will hold its annual all-breed dog show this weekend.

Drawing more than 900 registered dogs, the event will include obedience and rally trials.

The show will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Exchange Park, 9850 Highway 78, in Ladson. Admission is $3.

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A section of Folly Beach’s Center Street will be shut down to vehicular traffic on Saturday to allow local restaurants and bars to take over for the annual Taste of Folly street festival.

With Folly restaurants and bars participating, everyone in the family should be satisfied by the offerings. There also will be a chili cook-off, a hot dog-eating contest and the Server-lympics.

In addition to the food fun, the festival will feature local street vendors, live music by One Kool Blow and Bottom Feeder, a date auction, a silent auction and more.

The street festival, which is free to attend, will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; the street will be closed off from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

On Friday night from 7-11 p.m., the Taste of Folly Bartender Mix-Off will take place at the Grand Ballroom of the Tides Hotel. Area venues will compete in the third annual Signature Cocktail Series while live music will be provided by Red Cedar Review. Tasting tickets are $20, and guests must be 21 or older.

A portion of proceeds from Taste of Folly events will benefit Surfer’s Healing. For more information, go to

Carriage tours around the peninsula are an iconic part of “the Charleston experience.”

On Sunday, local residents, along with their family and friends, will have the chance to get a free tour from Palmetto Carriage Works.

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., folks are invited to the Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard St. for a free tour around downtown Charleston.

For more information, call 723-8145 or go to