Here’s hoping we can finally say goodbye to April showers (and generally bizarre weather). Give a warm welcome to May with several exciting events this weekend, ranging from fine artistic endeavors to getting dirty with the dogs.

The Charleston International Film Festival runs through Sunday. Don’t miss your chance to see unique films from around the world (and shorts! When do you get to see shorts except at a film festival?) Then get your party on at the Music Farm in celebration of the festival’s success at the closing party on Saturday night.

If the film festival made your artistic eye curious, be sure to check out the Local Art show over One Respé on Spring Street, with refreshments from Dell’z Deli, Sesame, and King of Pops and music performances by Gregory Guay and Will Kinnard.

Or you could head to the Halsey Institute for the Young Contemporaries exhibit, displaying impressive artwork from College of Charleston students. There’s also the art exhibits New Works by Sue Sneddon and Nance Lee Sneddon and Southern Progressives.

 For those craving some living art, Charleston’s theater scene is here to help. Check out Driving Miss Daisy, the play on which the famous film is based. Several plays will have their last performances this weekend, including Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, an updated version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and the French farce The Liar.

On Saturday, one of Charleston’s biggest arts festivals will happen in the most unlikely of places — jail. The fifth installment of Jail Break features all kinds of art forms from music to comedy to visual art. Feeling like some live music? Head to Coconut Joe’s for Shem Creek Boogie on Friday, the Flying Buganskis on Saturday, or Mark Schuler on Sunday.

Also on Saturday, check out MINI’s yard sale to raise money for Pet Helpers. If that got you thinking about the animals, be sure to check out the Charleston Dog Show in Marion Square.

Finish your weekend right with some classic Charleston cuisine at the Town of Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival.