Kick Off Festival, Tour Season in Charleston

Kick Off Festival, Tour Season in Charleston

SEWE photo 2013It’s a big weekend for Charleston. The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition opens Friday and runs through Sunday. This three-day celebration of wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations marks the unofficial kickoff to Charleston’s festival and event season. (photo at left courtesy of SEWE)

Even though we’ve had some unusual winter weather, we’re ready for some outside time and spring festivals. So get ready to celebrate spring in Charleston at some of these great upcoming events:

Here at Charleston Harbor Tours, we kick off the 2014 tour season with a Valentine’s Day Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise on the Carolina Queen. Join us from 7-9 p.m. Friday for a two-hour cruise with a barbecue buffet provided by Home Team BBQ and live blues music with Shrimp City Slim.Valentines Day Blues and BBQ

Also get ready to rock with a special Blues Cruise from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Carolina Belle while enjoying the tunes of blues band Shrimp City Slim.

The Charleston Wine + Food Festival coming March 6-9 is an absolutely delicious way to spend a weekend in Charleston. The annual event is a celebration all Charleston’s amazing food and beverage scene. Enjoy tastings and cooking demonstrations while meeting some of the country’s best chefs. Just don’t forget to pack your stretchy pants.

Charleston Fashion Week set for March 18-22 in Marion Square showcases emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast. Attendees enjoy more than 35 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition.

For arts and crafts displays amid beautiful blooming azaleas, head to the Flowertown Festival April 4-6 in downtown Summerville. One of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast, the Flowertown Festival features more than 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country who display their work for sale.

For the tech lovers, DIG SOUTH returns for a second year to celebrate the Southeast’s digital culture. The festival from April 9-13 includes a two-day interactive conference featuring presenters from Facebook, Twitter and Inc. magazine. Startups will participate in a Wild Pitch event plus there are workshops, music and comedy performances and networking.

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