There’s plenty of fun to be had around Charleston with the family this weekend, including the return of Charleston Restaurant Week. Maybe that’s why there’s a lack of events on Friday this week…you’re supposed to be out eating. Enjoy the weekend!
Saturday Sept. 7
St. Francis Pregnancy Celebration
Got a little one on the way? You won’t want to miss this pregnancy event full of info and exhibits for parents-to-be. Along with being entered to win some great door prizes, attendees will also get an exclusive tour of the St. Francis Hospital birthing suites. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley. Rsfh.com
Taste of the Town Festival
If you’re not already getting your fill during Restaurant Week, there will be even more food for tasting at the Taste of the Town Festival in Mocks Corner. Food and beverages will be available for reasonably-priced samples along with arts and crafts vendors, live music, jump castles, a water slide (bring your own towel), games and a kids corner. The event is free at Old Santee Canal Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. facebook.com/oldsanteecanalpark
You can still squeeze in a few more outdoor movies this summer, even though school has started back. Bees Landing Recreation Complex will be showing “The Croods” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Concessions will be available to purchase on site. For more info, call 843-403-4571.
Save the Milkshakes festival
A new local nonprofit, Save the Milkshakes, will host this fundraiser festival starting at 10 a.m. for breastfeeding mothers fighting cancer. The festival will include a food truck rode with Dulce, Cast Iron, Refuelers, Auto Banh, King of Pops and Roadside Seafood. Live entertainment including music by Jefferson Coker, a dance show from the Ashley Ridge dance team, a magic show, face painting, jump castles, games and prizes will also be included. The event is free and all funds raised will go to opening and running a local milk depot, which will also take milk donations. The festival is at 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road. Savethemilkshakes.org.
Sunday Sept. 8
Dog Day Afternoon
Take the family pooch out to Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark on Sunday for an afternoon just for dog paddling. The Big Kahuna wave pool, the Rollin’ River lazy river and the Otter Bay kiddie pool will all be open for the dogs to partake — but don’t let the kids get too excited, there’s no human swimming allowed. The event requires all dogs to be up-to-date on their vaccinations and owners must keep dogs at close hand and in control at all times. Owners get in free, admission is $10 per dog, $8 per dog of Charleston County Resident. Ccprc.com
Second Sunday on King Street
The favorite monthly event is back with King Street shut down to car traffic from 1-5 p.m. Bring the family out for an afternoon of strolling, shopping, dining and enjoying Charleston at its finest. Don’t forget to print out a free parking voucher at www.2ndsundayonkingstreet.com