The 31st annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition takes over downtown Charleston for three full days of events. Featuring some long-time favorites such as the Center for Birds of Prey and chef demonstrations in Marion Square, DockDogs competitions and Retriever Demos in Brittlebank Park, and art exhibits taking over numerous locations, there truly is something for everyone in the family, including the loyal four-legged friend. Numerous VIP and special events are held beginning Wednesday, from galas to oyster roasts, bourbon tastings to breakfast.

When: Friday-Sunday with special events beginning Wednesday

Where: Various venues on the Charleston peninsula

Price: General admission tickets are $20 Friday and Saturday, $10 Sunday, $40 for a three-day pass; VIP packages are $150-$5,000

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Elise Testone

Charleston sweetheart Elise Testone makes her return to the Lowcountry for a special Valentine’s Day show titled “A Whole Lotta Love.” After finishing Season 11 of “American Idol” as sixth runner-up and traveling the world with the American Idol Live tour, Testone is set to perform a personal show in her town of residence. This live and unplugged performance will feature Testone’s original music as well as a handful of classic covers.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $18-$20

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Rascall Flatts

Country vocal group Rascal Flatts will perform a special Valentine’s Day show with opener Kristen Kelly and special guests The Band Perry. Rascal Flatts is one of the best-selling country acts of the past decade with songs such as “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts the Most,” “My Wish” and “Feels Like Today.” Selling more than 21 million albums since their debut in 2000, the group has delivered 13 No. 1 singles and has earned more than 40 trophies at award shows such as the American Music Awards, Country Music Association awards, Academy of Country Music awards and more.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $29.75-$59.75

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Charleston Blues Festival

The Charleston Blues Festival returns for a second year and will feature Millie Jackson, Mel Waiters, TK Soul, Latimore, Theodis Ealey and The Klass Band.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr.

Price: $40-$48

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Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!

Get the sillies out with DJ Lance Rock and the colorful cast of “Yo Gabba Gabba” in this live show. Featuring favorite characters Brobee, Foofa, Toodee, Muno and Plex, fans are invited to jump, shake and shimmy in this interactive show. The award-winning television series is currently one of the most popular with fans ranging from preschoolers to teens to adults. The live tour infuses retro-style and beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons.

When: 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr.

Price: $18-$48; kids 1-year-old and above will need a ticket to attend

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