Charleston is getting set for one of the busiest weekends of the year. From Bridge run to Flowertown, this weekend is packed solid with things to do for the whole family. Not sure where to begin? This guide should help lay it out.
Friday, April 6
If you haven’t had time to check out the Volvo Car Open, why not go see what all the fuss is about? We went last weekend and it was truly a blast for the whole family. It runs through April 8. As one of the hottest tickets in professional sports, the Volvo Car Open (formerly known as the Family Circle Cup) is more than just a tennis tournament, it’s a festival with some world-class tennis thrown in. During the week, fans are entertained with a variety of activities aimed at making their week on Daniel Island a memorable one. Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island. volvocaropen.com
The Kids Run and Wonderfest takes place in beautiful Hampton Park in downtown Charleston, this Friday, held the day before the Cooper River Bridge Run. The event is geared toward kids age 13 and younger and their families. Activities include face painting, jump castles, live musical performances, live magic show, arts and crafts, kids petting zoo, pony rides, climbing wall, child entrepreneurs with their products and more. The event runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive. Registration with race packet and t-shirt $8 in advance;$10 on race day. bridgerun.com/kids-run-wonderfest/
This weekend is also the Flowertown Festival, now in its 46th year, which is the YMCA’s premiere fundraiser founded in 1972 to support health and wellness programs at the Y. Every spring, thousands of people visit Summerville to see nature’s bounty awash in color, from the hot pink azaleas, to the purple wisteria, to the delicate white dogwood. The free event runs all weekend in downtown Summerville. summervilleymca.org/flowertown-festival/
Saturday, April 7
The Cooper River Bridge Run is the third largest 10K in the US and one of the largest in the world averaging 40,000 participants. If you’re not running the race, still be prepared for tons of people funneling into downtown. The race starts at 7 a.m. bridgerun.com
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you won’t want to miss Harry Potter in Concert! Experience the full film from one of the most beloved movie series in history. While the movie is projected onto a huge screen, experience a full orchestra performing the unforgettable score live. 7:30 p.m. on April 7, 1:30 p.m. on April 8 at the North Charleston Coliseum. northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com
Do you love all things Cajun? Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, Cajun Fest is a full-day of foot-stompin’ Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and all around raggin’ Cajun entertainment as well as Cajun, Creole and other foods will be available for purchase. Carpooling is recommended. No coolers, outside beverages or pets permitted. The events runs from 12-6 p.m. at James Island County Park. Tickets are $15 for adults (13 and older); free for children 12 and younger and Gold Pass holders.
Sunday, April 7
And of course, what better way to enjoy a Sunday than a leisurely stroll down King Street? From 1-5 p.m., come enjoy your Sunday afternoon shopping and socializing on King Street. This month features new product launches, lots of great sales, great food and more. There will be events and activities, shopping, food and wine and more.