It’s a great weekend to celebrate, whether you’re a fan of Easter, Passover or you just can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the weather. We’ve got a list of activities to keep you occupied. Enjoy and happy weekending!
Friday, March 30
On Good Friday, Dance Lab will bring to you, once again, “The Baddest Show In Town.” If you’ve missed previous installations of this all-your-eyes-can-handle performance then do yourself a favor and plan to go. Dance Lab presents Moonwalk On Mars, a live music and dance concert celebrating Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars. The show will feature original choreography over unique arrangements of some of our favorite songs from the legendary King of pop and today’s contemporary funk/pop powerhouse. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. The event takes place at Footlight Players Theatre at 20 Queen St. at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. dancelabcharleston.com
Saturday, March 31
Don’t miss the Easter Eggstravaganza at Middleton Place. The free event starts at 10 a.m. Bring a basket and hunt for undyed natural eggs and special prize eggs in the Gardens. Children can dye their newly found hard-boiled eggs, play games, hear classic stories, make Easter crafts and, of course, meet the Easter Bunny! Families are encouraged to spend the rest of the day exploring the National Historic Landmark and dine at the new Easter Brunch. middletonplace.org
The ninth annual Easter Egg Hunt at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens features 20,000 (you read that right) eggs stuffed with candy and prizes, strewn all over Magnolia’s field and house. Starting at 10 a.m. there will be waves of egg hunts for different age groups, with several eggs in each age division holding special prizes, like a nature train ride or nature boat ride at Magnolia. magnoliaplantation.com
The annual Spring Festival is back and promises free fun for the entire family from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children can enjoy a jump castle, inflatable slide, mechanical bull, face-painting, balloon animals, spring crafts and perform on stage with interactive performer John Cusatis. Plus, be sure to bring your camera to snap a photo with the Easter Bunny as he hops through the village. Enjoy tasty treats from local food vendors including sno-cones, kettle korn, popsicles, BBQ and more. Freshfields Village, 149 Village Green Lane.
The Hat Ladies 17th Annual Easter Promenade returns to Broad Street. Whatever the weather, The Hat Ladies will “reign” and shine on in their 17th elegant Easter Promenade down Broad Street as in the days of yore. Grab your camera and a curbside seat as The Hat Ladies and their families exit the park next to City Hall, stroll down Broad to East Bay then back again to Meeting from 11-11:30 a.m. hatladies.org
Sunday, April 1
Set amid the historic ambience of the city’s old and historic district, the Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens series is an award-winning tour that showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. These tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences, dating to the 18th century. The event runs from April 1-April 21 throughout downtown Charleston. Check website for details. historiccharleston.org