The weekend of the Cooper River Bridge Run is a weekend you need to think ahead. You don’t want to get your car towed, you don’t want to get stuck on the wrong side of the bridge, and you want to eat as many carbohydrates as possible beforehand and drink as much as possible afterward, regardless of whether or not you actually participated. Stay up all night at the Pre-Bridge Run Celebration. If you’re one of the fakers, head to the I Slept Through the Bridge Run Pajama Party at Market Street Saloon or the one at Blind Tiger. Runners and their friends can also recover at the Official Post Bridge Run Party or the Post-Run Concert.
The circus comes to town, and will leave with anyone who’s ever threatened to run away and join it.
The Festival of Houses and Gardens continues.
It’s a Final Friday on Spring Street, with art from real life Real World/Road Rules Challenge competitor. Most likely, his art features competitions.
The Flowertown Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary in Summerville, while tennis takes over Daniel Island with the opening of the Family Circle Cup.
It’s OK to drink excessively when your base is tomato juice. Fill your vegetable quota at the Bloody Mary Break Your Own World Record Attempt and the Bloody Mary Throwdown.
We don’t suggest doing any “Bye Bye Birdie” impressions at An Evening Honoring Ann-Margret.
Avoid Cinebarre on Sunday if you have a bee allergy, because the Charleston Honey and Bee Expo is taking over the movie theater.
The world’s largest touring grill will be in Mt. Pleasant, cookin’ up Johnsonville wieners.
Charleston has, what, three major beer festivals now? It’s not enough. Bring on the newest, the Lowcountry Beer Festival.
But there’s only one Lowcountry Cajun Festival.
The Crab Crack Fundraiser is another chance to help raise money for Chantay Evans-Glisson.
For people who’d rather watch physical activity than participate in it, the South Carolina Stingrays have their last game of the regular season, while the Lowcountry Highrollers have Skatin’ Fast, Turnin’ Left.
Rag & Bone takes over a runway at Westbrook Brewing Co.
Mixson’s first Maker’s Market will bring together local artisans, food trucks, and more.
Theatre 99 keeps busy with Bingo Improv, Friends with Benefits, and The Have Nots!, while the Parade of Fools makes its way through the Hippodrome.
The Magnetic South series kicks off? with Bookends: Chamber Symphony Then and Now. The Summerville Orchestra performs Flowertown Rhythms, and there’s a Spring Choral Concert and The Great Migration: 1915-1930 African-American Southern Exodus.
Going to see The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) counts as church, right? For something more secular, you can also see Burn This, In The Next Room: The Vibrator Play, Mark Twain’s Final Tour, and The Robber Bridegroom (and there’s Sticks and Stones for the kids).
A sneak preview of the newest season of Art:21 will screen at Redux, while Park Circle has Selected Shorts from the Rural Route Film Festival.
Gush over all the dogs and cats at the Humane Net Mega Match-A-Thon.
Take the Cape Romain Lighthouse Tour.
Rainbow Fish Ballet is a kid-centric dance interpretation of the famous story.
Get a head start on egg hunting at Blackbeard’s Cove.
And movie start Kevin Costner brings his band Modern West to the Music Farm. I can only assume their songs are about worlds made of water and ghosts playing baseball.
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