10 things to do this weekend: There's no excuse for boredom with this much going on

Charleston Race Week

UPDATE: The weather forecast for Saturday, which includes severe storms and a strong possibility of tornadoes, has prompted Folly Beach to postpone the Sea and Sand Festival activities scheduled for Saturday until April 30. Sunday's activities will go on. See Number 9, below.

If you know of other events that are being postponed or rescheduled because of the forecast for Saturday, please email reporter David MacDougall or call him at 937-5655.


Sure, it's supposed to rain some on Saturday. So what? The thunder might not even happen, the sun could come out, and there's enough going on to keep you dodging drops. The best things to do this weekend are:

1 Charleston Race Week

When: All weekend.

Time/place: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Various locations.

Tickets: Free to watch. Beach party, $20. Shoreside event pass, $75.

Local info: The sailboat race in Charleston Harbor, featuring nearly 300 inshore or offshore boats. Hightail it to the Battery at 11 a.m. to get the best glimpse of inshore racers. www.charlestonraceweek.com.

2 Charleston RiverDogs

When: Games all weekend.

Time/place: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday at Riley Park.

Tix: $6-$16.

Local info: The Dogs let out a red carpet, tuxedoed ushers and fireworks to kick off another season with a nine-day home stand. 577-3647 or www.riverdogs.com.

3 Blessing of the Fleet

When: Sunday.

Time/place: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant.

Tix: Free admission.

Local info: One of the venerable Lowcountry traditions, a prayer for the shrimp-boat fleet as it launches for the season, with touches like shrimp-eating and shagging contests. 844-8517 or www.townofmountpleasant.com.

4 East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival

When: All weekend.

Time/place: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. James Island County Park.

Tix: $1 entry fee. Sampler day pass, $15. Daily event pass, $50. Festival package pass, $110.

Local info: Got paddle envy? Dip it into a pondful of boats and gear to make your mouth water. Lessons, lore. www.ccprc.com.

5 Krispy Kreme Donut Run

When: Saturday.

Time/place: 9 a.m. St. Andrews School of Math and Science.

Tix: $25.

Local info: Interrupt a 5K run/walk/waddle to down a dozen sugary doughnuts at the West Ashley Krispy Kreme, for a good cause. www.pushingforward.org.

6 Seashore Farmer's Lodge Museum and Cultural Center

When: Grand opening Saturday.

Time/place: 1-4 p.m. Sol Legare Road, James Island.

Tix: Free admission. $10 Lowcountry meal.

Local info: A century ago this lodge became the heart of the rural Sol Legare community, offering everything from burial assistance to ice cream socials. Today it holds the heart of the people's history. 327-2213 or www.sollegare.shutterfly.com.

7 Festival of Houses and Gardens

When: Today, Saturday.

Time/PLACE: 2-5 p.m. Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation.

Tix: $40 one day, $70 both days.

Local info: See how the other half lives. 722-3405 or www.historiccharleston.org.

8 Garden Club of Charleston Walking Tour

When: Today, Saturday.

Time/place: 2-5 p.m. Various locations.

Tix: $40-$70 both days, Charleston Visitor Center.

Local info: South of Broad has nothing on Ansonborough or Harleston Villlage. The club accents home and garden tours with its own displays. 530-5164 or www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org.

9 Sea and Sand Festival

ALERT: The 5K Run and the street festival planned for Saturday were postponed to April 30 due to severe storms in the weather forecast.

When: Sunday, April 17 and Saturday, April 30

Time/place: 8 a.m. (11 a.m. Sunday)-5 p.m. Folly Beach.

Tix: Free admission.

Local info: The Edge of America lets some of its vibe hang out at this outdoor fest. No need to find it; come over the causeway and it will find you.

Sea and Sand Festival

10 Find an umbrella

At least one steady rain is expected in the early afternoon Saturday, and any thunderstorm can douse you. Scattered showers are expected on either end of the front coming through.