The fourth annual Charleston Dragon Boat Festival will be Saturday at Brittlebank Park. The festival kicks off at 8:30 a.m. While it's too late to register a team, spectators and supporters are encouraged to cheer on the more than 60 teams competing in the 250-meter races. Proceeds from the event will benefit Dragon Boat Charleston's cancer survivor wellness programs. For more info: www.dragonboatcharleston.org.
The Charleston Museum will host a series of special curator-led tours in May and June. Each of these tours will examine a specific area of museum collections and will often show objects rarely on exhibit. The brief, focused tours will last about 30-45 minutes each and are free with general admission ($10/adults, $5/children, under 3 free; members free). The next tour, focusing on 19th-century quilts, is 2 p.m. today. The Charleston Museum is at 360 Meeting St. For more info and a tour schedule: www.charlestonmuseum.org or 722-2996.
Enjoy your Saturdays this summer at Irvin-House Vineyards' Sippin' Saturdays. From 1 to 5 p.m. every Saturday, the winery will serve up a different local food vendor and musical group to entertain locals and visitors. Admission is free, but food and drinks will be on sale. This Saturday's event will feature music by Southern Flavor Bluegrass and food from Geechee Island Kitchen. Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio and Irvin-House Vineyards wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle and enjoyed outside. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House Vineyard winery are $6 for vodka and Sea Island Rums and $3 for wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings. Winery tours begin at 2 p.m. Irvin-House Vineyards is at 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island. For more info: 559-6867 or www.charlestonwine.com.
The North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is hosting the fifth annual quilt and fiber art exhibition on display at North Charleston City Hall daily through June 13. Inspired by a quote from actor Brock Peters, "In art there is compassion, in compassion there is humanity, with humanity there is generosity and love," African-American art quilters from across the nation will explore and depict themes of art, humanity, compassion, service, generosity and love in cloth through traditional and nontraditional techniques. For more info: 740-5854 or email: email@example.com.
The second annual Art for Charity is being hosted by the Michael Mitchell Gallery (438 King St.) May 20-June 20. The event will feature various media of original work from more than 30 regional artists, with gallery proceeds benefiting area nonprofit organizations. Starting May 20, the gallery will remain open seven days a week to benefit the American Red Cross, Charleston Waterkeeper, Crisis Ministries, Friends of MUSC Children's Hospital, Roper St. Francis Ryan White Program and MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. Patrons can select which of the six charities they want the proceeds from their purchased artwork to benefit. For more info: www.artforcharitysc.com.