Weekend Round-Up: Happy Earth Day! 

The best events in Charleston April 19-21

Hug a tree, recycle, reduce, reuse, compost, and don't forget your reusable bags. Celebrate the Earth all day Saturday at the Charleston County Earth Day Festival in Riverfront Park with animals, fun activities, and chances to learn about composting, sustainable building, and more. Then head to James Island County Park for the East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival for more earth-loving, outdoors time. Wrap it all up with the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which showcases action sports across the world's mountains.

Want to get out of town? The Artfields Art Festival in Lake City, S.C. starts Friday and it's just a couple hours from Charleston. It's a huge to-do, with art and artists taking over the whole downtown area.

Of course, Movies in Marion Square is on for Friday night, and the movie is The Hunger Games. Just don't blame us if you're a bit jumpy walking back to your car in the dark.

You can go inside beautiful, historic downtown homes with the Festival of Houses and Gardens. It's Charleston Race Week, too, which means lots of sailboats, marina parties, and drunken sailors.

If you're feeling like some comedy Friday night, you've got lots of options. There's the 3-on-3 Improv Tournament, Carlos Mencia, and This is Chucktown.

Give contra dancing a try.

Check out the rockin' coming-of-age musical Spring Awakening, the classic musical comedy Anything Goes, or The Mountaintop. Or take the kids to see A Franciful Tale.

Drown your sorrows in sweet tea at the S.C. Humanities Festival, which is celebrating the birthplace of the Southern beverage, Summerville.

See some more nice homes at the Charleston Home + Design Show or the Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour. Celebrate the Powder Magazine's 300th anniversary with cake. Help raise funds for autism research at the Walk for Autism, or catch the Charleston Battery's Home Opener against the Antigua Barracudas.

Shop the Artisan Market for clothing, food, gifts, art, and more from local artisans and vendors, or stock up on vinyl at Record Store Day at Earshot or Monster Music. Monster's got a full lineup of in-store concerts, too.

See DanceFX adult students perform in V.

Karen Keene Day will give a live painting demonstration Saturday at Michael Mitchell Gallery. Learn to communicate better with man and woman's best friend at a Dog Training Workshop with Sarah Kalnajs. Or learn about loggerhead sea turtles at the Sewee Center.

Kids will love the Fam Jam hosted by Children's Museum of the Lowcountry.

Think you've got SUP skils? Show them off at the Half Moon Open Ocean Challenge. Stroll pretty Mt. P during the Old Village Home, Garden, and Art Tour. Bring your sense of humor to Jewtopia Live!

Did you know Charleston has a handbell ensemble? They're performing at St. Johannes Luthern Church on Sunday.

See what climate change looks like through the eyes of the president of the Maldives at the screening of The Island President. Stay afterward for a discussion with the Coastal Conservation League.

 


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