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LOW­COUN­TRY STRAW­BERRY FES­TI­VAL > APRIL 2023

Take the whole fam­ily to pick fresh straw­ber­ries dur­ing Boone Hall Plan­ta­tion & Gar­dens’ Low­coun­try Straw­berry Fes­ti­val. Stick around for more fam­ily fun, in­clud­ing a pie- eat­ing con­test, pet­ting zoo, fes­ti­val rides, gi­ant in­flat­a­bles and live mu­sic. Ad­mis­sion and ticket prices vary. 1235 Long Point Road, 843.884.4371

BLESS­ING OF THE FLEET & SEAFOOD FES­TI­VAL > APRIL 30

Cel­e­brate Mount Pleas­ant’s shrimp­ing and fish­ing in­dus­try at the an­nual fes­ti­val that fea­tures a boat pa­rade, shrimp-eat­ing and shag­ging con­tests, live mu­sic, a craft show, and a sam­pling of Mount Pleas­ant’s best seafood, all with the scenic Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Har­bor as the back­drop. Free ad­mis­sion. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wa­ter­front Me­mo­rial Park, 99 Harry Hall­man Blvd., Mount Pleas­ant

NORTH CHARLESTON ARTS FES­TI­VAL > MAY 37

Free and tick­eted events in­clude a comic book show, bluegrass con­certs, gospel shows, chil­dren’s fes­ti­val and theater pre­sen­ta­tions. New to the fes­ti­val is the Arts Fest Arty Block Party, which is part art walk, part street dance. Var­i­ous venues in North Charleston

OUT OF THE WILD: AN­I­MALS IN CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART > MAY 12SEPT. 24

Artist, sci­en­tist and ex­plorer Mark Catesby trav­eled through South Carolina in 1722, doc­u­ment­ing birds, rep­tiles, am­phib­ians, fish and mam­mals. The wa­ter­color paint­ings of the wildlife he saw will be on dis­play at the Gibbes Mu­seum of Art be­gin­ning in May, of­fer­ing a once-ina-life­time chance to see the works of art in the state that in­spired them. The 44 paint­ings are on loan by Queen El­iz­a­beth II from the Bri­tish Royal Col­lec­tion. The Gibbes also is show­cas­ing works by three con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can artists in a com­pan­ion ex­hibit, “Out of the Wild: An­i­mals in Con­tem­po­rary Art.” 35 Meet­ing St., 843.722.2706

CHARLESTON BEER GAR­DEN > MAY 20

Cheers! The beer gar­den pops up at The Grove at Pa­tri­ots Point with craft brews, home brew­ers and live mu­sic. 21-and- over - only event, noon to 7 p.m., 40 Pa­tri­ots Point Road, Mount Pleas­ant

> PIC­COLO SPO­LETO> MAY 26JUNE 11

While its par­ent fes­ti­val her­alds in­ter­na­tional artists and per­for­mances, Pic­colo Spo­leto, or­ga­nized by the city’s cul­tural coun­cil, brings lo­cal and re­gional acts to Charleston dur­ing the same three weeks. Look for art ex­hibits, jazz, dance, theater, po­etry read­ings, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tions, crafts and film at a va­ri­ety of venues through­out the city.

SWEETGRASS CUL­TURAL ARTS FES­TI­VAL > JUNE 3

Vis­i­tors can find the work of more than 20 tal­ented sweetgrass bas­ket mak­ers and other arts and crafts, as well as par­tic­i­pate in bas­ket mak­ing demon­stra­tions. Also, en­joy gospel mu­sic, praise dancers and Gul­lah sto­ry­telling. The fes­ti­val serves to ed­u­cate vis­i­tors about Gul­lah Geechee his­tory, cul­ture and tra­di­tions. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. , Wa­ter­front Me­mo­rial Park, 99 Harry Hall­man Blvd., Mount Pleas­ant

Beer Gar­den

Sweetgrass Fes­ti­val

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