Hop through the weekend with these Easter events

Those eggs can be hidden in the sneakiest places.

This week’s Dollar Days theme is all things Easter.

This being the Holy City, it shouldn’t surprise you that there are a number of events going on this weekend. And the best part of all is that they’re free. Well, most of them. I did break our budgeting rule for one event, but I would have been remiss to leave it out.

The holiday weekend kicks off with a free concert 6- 9 p.m. Friday as local party band Plane Jane hits the stage to perform everything from shag to ’60s favorites.

On Saturday, the fun continues from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Freshfields Village, at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands.

With activities for the whole family, including a visit from the Easter Bunny, kids can enjoy an inflatable slide, jump castle, face painting and crafts. There also will be opportunities to dance, sing and play instruments with interactive performer John Cusatis, who will form his band with members of the audience.

The event is free, and food and beverage will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, the Calvary of the Sea Islands Church will hold an Easter service at 9:30 a.m. on the Village Green at Freshfields Village. The service is casual and open to everyone. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket for the service.

Go to www.freshfields village.com for more information.

This family-friendly event brings all the things folks love about Easter to one place in a beautiful setting.

To be held 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Middleton Place, enjoy egg hunts, egg decorating, an Easter Bunny meet-and-greet, story time, crafts and more. There will be games such as egg rolls, tosses and old-school jacks, hoops and sack races. Lambs, bunnies and chicks will be on-site.

There’s no additional charge beyond general admission to the plantation, which is $25.

A Low Country buffet will be served in the Pavilion and will cost $30, $15 ages 6-13, $5 ages 5-4, 3 and under are free.

Sunday offers a three-course brunch menu that costs $50 and includes admission to the plantation. Seating begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. Mimosa and bloody marys will be available for an additional cost.

To attend either day, call 266-7477 or go to www.middletonplace.org.

Take the kids to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Saturday for a hunt on the great lawn.

The hunts will take place in three age groups: 3-5 at 11 a.m., 6-7 at noon and 8-10 at 1 p.m.

Participation is free with admission, which is $15, $10 for kids 6-12, ages 5 and under get in free.

The fun begins 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. today with a city-wide Easter egg hunt. Plastic eggs will be hidden throughout the city.

Collect them and turn them in at St. Julian Devine Community Center, 1 Cooper St., to collect a prize. This event is open to all ages.

On Friday, the following events will be held:

An Easter egg hunt will take place 10 a.m.-noon at Martin Park Playground, 155 Jackson St.

An egg hunt will take place 1-3 p.m. at Johns Island Park, 1727 Bozo Lane.

At 3 p.m. at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, 1 Vendue Range St., will be the “Hop Diggity Dog Easter Event.”

At 4 p.m. at the Westchester Playground on Secessionville Road, an Easter Egg Hunt will be held.

On Saturday, the following events will be held:

An egg hunt will be held for ages 7 and under at the Bees Landing Recreation Complex,1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd., at 4 p.m.

For ages 1-12, an annual event at Hampton Park (near The Citadel) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. will include a visit from the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, activity stations, games, jump castles, snacks, refreshments and more.

Abiding Word Family Ministries is sponsoring this inaugural event noon-2 p.m. Saturday.

Designed for ages 12 and under, thousands of plastic eggs will be dropped from a helicopter onto an open field at Berkeley Intermediate School in Moncks Corner.

The event also will feature kids’ play zones and prizes.

For more information, call 899-6955 or go to www.abidingwordsc.com.

As part of the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament at 161 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island, 1,000 eggs will be hidden throughout the Grand Lawn for kids to find at noon Sunday. A visit from the Easter Bunny also is scheduled.

For more information, go to www.familycirclecup.com.

Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, watch as the ladies parade down Broad Street to The Battery in all their finery.

Check out hatladies.org for details.

This 18th annual presentation of Gospel Fest on Easter Sunday will be performed 3-7 p.m. at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

Free and open to the public, this event will feature national recording artists Norman Hutchins and Preashea Hilliard, as well as performances by Terence Young, LeTroy Brown, Javetta Campbell, Janean Henderson and the David Hill Trio.

There also will be a fireworks show. Go to www.projectlovecharleston.org for more info.