Each year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition kicks off the festival season in Charleston. And with about 40,000 people expected to attend, you’ll be in good company this weekend.

And those on a budget should take note that Sunday’s tickets are $10; half the price of general admission for Friday and Saturday.

For ticket holders

If you plan on attending any of the multitude of SEWE’s events, you should know that a free shuttle service between downtown exhibit locations will be offered to ticket holders during expo hours.

The shuttle will have several pick-up and drop-off locations, including ones at Brittlebank Park, the Charleston Visitor Center and Charleston Place. Check out a route map at www.sewe.com/locations.php. No pets are allowed on the shuttles.

Also, SEWE organizers suggest that expo visitors might be able to save some money by sharing the cost of a VIP package. VIP badges provide access to most of the main events and venues, along with hospitality suites offering snacks and adult beverages.

For non-ticket holders

If you don’t plan to purchase tickets, there are still quite a few ways you can enjoy what SEWE has to offer.

The public is welcome to walk through Marion Square this weekend and peruse some vendors, listen to live music and see the Birds of Prey Demonstrations for free. Tickets are required if you want to go inside the tents, however.

For everyone

From 5-8 p.m. Friday, SEWE will hold its King Street Stroll, which is free and open to the public.

During the stroll, businesses such as Reinert LePrince Fine Art, Bits of Lace, Savannah Bee Co. and others will extend their hours to accommodate demonstrations by some of SEWE’s featured artists.

In addition to browsing merchandise and art, participants will enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

Go to tinyurl.com/77slg8l for a list of participating businesses.

Outside of SEWE

If all this SEWE talk has you inspired to get outdoors, you might want to head to Sea Kayak Carolina on Saturday for an Open House and Kayak Sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

In addition to savings on kayaks and paddles, shoppers will enjoy free food and drinks, as well as mini-clinics, movies and on-water kayak testing.

Sea Kayak Carolina is located at 1731 Signal Point Road on James Island. Go to www.seakayakcarolina.com.

If you’re up for a little bit of a drive, Freshfields Village is kicking off its 2012 season with a free Art + Wine Walk on Friday 4-7 p.m.

Over a dozen businesses will participate in the event, which will feature artist receptions, complimentary wine and cheese, rum and champagne tastings, and more. Live jazz will be performed by the Williams Duo.

Freshfields Village sits at the crossroads of Johns, Kiawah and Seabrook islands. Go to www.freshfieldsvillage.com.