If this weekend got any more packed, it'd spill over into Monday. Here are our picks — if you manage to do everything on this list, buy yourself a present. You deserve it.
Friday kicks off the first-ever Dig South festival, which features a conference with speakers from the tech and innovation world, a creative industry expo, and some seriously kick-ass music events. There's no way we're missing Those Darlins or Lee Fields and the Expressions. The Studio Strut Friday also sounds pretty sweet.
Of course, tonight is also the first night for Movies in Marion Square, and the movie will be The Hunger Games. UPDATE: Cancelled due to thunderstorms. Stay tuned for a rain date.
Tour some beautiful old houses at the Historic Charleston Foundation's Festival of Houses and Gardens. Get some exercise and raise funds for a good cause at the Relay for Life. Check out the RiverDogs' opening weekend — they've got games Friday through Sunday — or take in the sounds of Verdi's massive Requiem Mass at the Sottile.
There's also tons of theater this weekend, from Anything Goes to Bug to The Liar to Much Ado About Nothing. Check out our theater listings to see them all.
Watch a French film about a woman whose one true love is Woody Allen with the French Alliance's Ciné Club.
Get your green thumb itching at Plantasia, the Charleston Horticultural Society's plant sale. They'll be turning Wragg Square into a leafy wonderland.
Saturday, head to Folly — but be prepared for serious traffic — for the Sea and Sand Festival, which also includes the Kickoff Classic surf competition. You can also brush up on your history at Charles Towne Landing's Founders' Day, celebrating the 343rd anniversary of the founding of Charleston. Shop local clothes, housewares, art, and more at the Lowcountry Artist Market. And Cartel Supply Co. is hosting a Second Saturday party with music, food, beer and wine, and lots of sales.
Learn what the face of hunger looks like at the screening of the documentary A Place at the Table. It probably looks a lot more familiar than you'd think. Bring your pet (or adopt a new one) at Pet Fest, or go on a Preservation Walk of Hampstead Village with the Charleston Preservation Society.
And on Sunday, if you're not completely beat, strut your stuff at Second Sunday. Or if you are completely beat, go the Charleston Bed Race to raise money for Camp Happy Days — maybe you can sneak in a nap. Relax with the sounds of Bach and Samuel Barber at CofC's Heart Strings II concert. And then, if you ask us, it'll be time to call it a day.