Many things to celebrate this weekend

Pet Fest returns March 18-19 at Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant.

I don’t know about you, but I am loving this weather. It’s not too hot, not too cold; the perfect time to be outside, especially with my four-legged furball.

Pet Fest If you’re a pet lover like myself, this is the perfect weekend to show our furbabies we care, not that we don’t do it every day.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is hosting this festival for pets (they must be leashed), their owners and those in search of a pet 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Parkway in Mount Pleasant.

Highlights include exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment, contests and more. Children’s activities include jump castles and slides, and food, beverages and beer will be for sale.

Admission is $5 per day, and the first 500 dogs each day will get treats at the gate. Children 12 and under, Gold Pass holders and leashed pets get in free. For a schedule of events, call 795-4FUN (4386) or check out

Birthday party And speaking of dogs ...

Recovery Room, 685 King St., will round out its four-year celebration with a dog parade at 8 p.m. Sunday

Before the pooches take their stroll, participate in field day events including an egg toss, potato sack race, half-court shot, hula hooping and more.

The fun begins at 3:30 p.m. and food trucks and drinks, obviously, will be on hand. Check out

Battery’s 20th season If you’re looking for a celebration of another sort, The Charleston Battery kicks off its 20th season Saturday night with a game versus its oldest rival, the Richmond Kickers. Gates at Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive, open at 6 p.m. Get $2 drafts in the Battery Beer Gardens until kickoff at 7:30 p.m. A fireworks show will round out the night.

Tickets are $10-$18. Find out more at or by calling 971-GOAL (4625).

Earth Day events There’s still more celebrating going on at Earth Day festivities all around the area.

Charleston County: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park on the former Charleston Naval Base in North Charleston. Events include an art contest, science projects and information about composting, wildlife, energy and water conservation. Free; food and beverages will be available for purchase. 720-7111 or

Johns and Walmalaw islands: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Coordinated by Lowcountry Local First as part of Eat Local Month, visit local farms on the islands by car or bike. Meet the farmers, tour their property and learn about each farm’s process. And enjoy some food truck fare and local eateries along the way. Fresh produce will be for sale. Tickets are $30 for LLF members, $35 for nonmembers. Go to for more.

Medical University of South Carolina: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Horseshoe Park, 171 Ashley Ave. Celebrate with live music, local food, eco-crafts. plants and more. Experts on composting, collecting rainwater, saving energy, reducing waste and green tips will be on hand. Go to or email Caroline at

Kiawah Island: Starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Night Heron Park. Enjoy eco-friendly vendors, artists and family crafts. Live entertainment will be provided by Jim Sawgrass and the South Carolina Birds of Prey. Contests and games held. Admission is free, and food will be available for purchase.