Image to the left of Pet Fest, taken from the Charleston County Parks website
Below are some unique, must-attend events happening in the Lowcountry this year:
PET FEST 2013: (Apr. 13, 2013 and Apr. 14, 2013) Charleston’s premier pet festival, Pet Fest, will take place at the Palmetto Islands County Park, and sponsored by the Charleston County Parks. All are invited, including leashed pets! Whether you own a pet, are thinking of owning a pet or just want to join in on the fun, this will be a full weekend of exhibits, demonstrations, pet experts, and entertainment. For example, there will booths from veterinarians, groomers, retailers and trainers, a jump castle and slides for the kids, food and beverages, the Low Country Dog Magazine Cover Model Contest, dog shows, pet contests, search and rescue demos and much more. Local pet rescue groups will be available as well if you are looking to adopt a new best friend, with adoptable animals on site.
This is a wonderful way for the whole family to give back to our pets that give so much to us! Admission is $5.00 per person and children under 12 are free. Gold Pass Members and leashed pets are free as well. There will be live music on Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 by Rawberry Jam. For further questions call: 843-795-4386 or visit the Charleston County Parks website.
BLESSING OF THE FLEET & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL (Apr. 29th from 11:a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) The Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival event is a celebration of the shrimping industry and the Waterfront Park provides a beautiful playground and large lawns for the chefs, artists, and crafters, with great views of the shrimping fleet! The festival features award winning seafood, cooking demonstrations, a shag dancing contest on the pier, and many other activities centering around this local maritime culture.
Because this festival has become so popular, it has outgrown its original venue and relocated to the Memorial Waterfront Park, at the base of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, in Mt. Pleasant. For more information call: 843-884-8517 or click here to visit the Town of Mount Pleasant website.
THE LOWCOUNTY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: (Apr. 18, 2013 through Apr. 21, 2013) This festival is presented by Boone Hall Plantation and Amusements of America. For the first time, this festival has been expanded to four days and will be open at night in addition to daytime hours. The Strawberry Festival is true family fun, complete with pig races, magic shows, jugglers, vendors, and a wide variety of festival foods will be available. U-picking of strawberries will also be offered during the event daytime hours. This event will feature over 20 fabulous attractions and thrill rides, great for all ages!
The festival takes place at Boone Hall Plantation, located in Mt. Pleasant, just off Hwy. 17. Click here to see Boone Hall Plantation website for ticket pricing and festival hours.
MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL: (Sept. 26, 2013 through Oct. 6, 2013) This year will mark Charleston’s 30th annual MOJA Arts Festival, a celebration of African-American and Caribbean art. For many years, this event has been selected by the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, and this year promises to include an exciting line-up of events with a rich diversity of traditional favorites. This festival focuses on the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to the western and world cultures. Event highlights include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, crafts, ethnic food, and much more!
Almost one-half of MOJA’s events are admission free and the remainder is offered at a reasonable price, ranging from $5.00 to $35.00. This event takes place at: 180 Meeting Street, Suite 200, in Charleston. For more information call: 843-724-7305 or click here to visit their website.