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Foodies pack Charleston Wine + Food Festival's opening night at Marion Square in March 2017.

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By Michael Pronzato

We asked Facebookers to tell us about a local event they look forward to every year and why. Here is a sampling of the answers.

Charleston Dragon Boat Festival ...  It began as a cancer survivor outreach team and now has grown to epic proportions! We host a festival every May and sell out to 66 teams that race competitively throughout the day — attendance is several thousand people. — Patty Byrne

Charleston Wine + Food. We wouldn't miss attending at least one event of this festival. We have had amazing food, beverage experiences and met the most interesting people from all over and locals. — Monique Gravel O'Neill

Blessing of the Fleet in Mount Pleasant and the Shrimp Festival in McClellanville. — Michelle Gillette

Charleston Food and Wine Festival! Taste of Charleston is a close second ... why? It's wine and food ...'nuff said. —Donna Reeves 

Flowertown Festival in Summerville. Great art, food, family atmosphere. — Richard Nelson 

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Some runners encouraged others to join them for the 40th Cooper River Bridge Run on April 1, 2017.


Cooper River Bridge Run weekend! Love the fun race for all types of runners/walkers and all the after-run festivities! — Anne Wyman Cipolla

The Cajun Festival, because it kicks off the summer. —Barry Underwood 

Swim around Charleston — 12 miles lots of bridges and no traffic! — Janine Serell 

Spoleto, Cajun Festival, oyster festivals, jazz on the edge, Festival of Lights, farmers market, all outdoor movie events, Mount Pleasant Artfest. — Maria Byerley

Christmas festivals and Citadel football games and parades. — Bob Gaydosh

James Island Festival of Lights! — Noelle McKenzie Itharat 

Restaurant week because I can afford to try the nice places. — Jean F. Miller

Boone Hall oyster roast. — Lauren Carruthers Kincaid

Spoleto! — Ken Davis 

Highlands festival. — Jennifer Smith Goings

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Kristina Wright showcases a kite during a Birds of Prey demonstration at the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Marion Square.

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We enjoy SEWE every year. – Louis Settle

Wine and food festival without a doubt. — Rosemary Wright

Wine and Food Festival — as a volunteer! — Nancy Orosz 

Harvest Festival on Johns Island. — Melissa Couture 

Grits Festival in St. George. — Ann Gaydosh 

Can't really think of any. When I lived here in the '80s, it was Spoleto, but now unless it's something I just HAVE to see, I'm not bothering with the crowds and traffic. Haven't been to a Spoleto event in 3 or 4 years. — Clisby Williams