This is far and away the busiest weekend in the tri-county and beyond.
You’ve got the weekend’s big three: the Cooper River Bridge Run, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival and the Flowertown Festival; plus the Family Circle Cup is still happening.
And then you have everything else.
Seriously, every corner of our coverage map is hosting an event.
Last week, the Folly Association of Business kicked off a new weekly promotion called Folly Fridays, an event that will round up food and drink specials, live entertainment, prizes, giveaways and more every Friday through May 10.
Sponsored by Mix 95.9 Radio and Corona, this week’s event takes place at Blu Restaurant at Tides Folly Beach Hotel, 1 Center St., and will include a free concert by “American Idol” contestant Stefano Langone. The Season 10 singer, who has a new single on the charts, “Yes to Love,” will take the stage at 7 p.m. on the deck at Blu.
The fun starts at 3 p.m., as Slammin Sammy from Mix 95.9 will broadcast his afternoon show live from the restaurant, with the station hosting contests, trivia, giveaways and promotions throughout.
Specials on Corona and Corona Light will be offered, and attendees will have the chance to win prizes from Corona and gift certificates from business on Folly.
Bed Race pre-party
Thursday, get a jump on celebrating the fourth annual Charleston Bed Race with a pre-party at The Alley, 131 Columbus St.
And as the event will be held at the peninsula’s first bowling alley in decades, it’s only fitting that a group of College of Charleston students will be hosting a Bow-a-thon at 7 p.m.
Registration for bowling is $25 per team in advance and $30 the day of. Email CHDbowlathon@gmail.com.
From 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Mezzanine Space (aka the upstairs bar), 10 percent of all bar purchases at the pre-party will benefit Camp Happy Days, the host and beneficiary of the Bed Race.
Camp Happy Days is a year-round program for South Carolina children with cancer that aims to give the kids and their families hope and support by providing programs, special events, emotional support and access to crisis resources.
The Charleston Bed Race will be April 14 in Hampton Park. Registration and information will be available at the pre-party.
In Walterboro, the Lowcountry Regional Airport and Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 477 will host the fifth annual Wings-n-Wheels.
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the airport on Aviation Way, check out more than 100 antique aircraft and show cars, with pilots and owners available for a meet-and-greet. The family-friendly event will include helicopter rides and food vendors.
Something sure to thrill the whole family is an air show, where aviators will display aerobatic flying skills.
A donation of $5 per car is requested, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Find out more by calling 549-2549 or going to www.wings-n-wheels.org.
Honey & Bee Expo
Things will be buzzing in Mount Pleasant as Cinebarre plays host to the second annual Charleston Honey & Bee Expo.
From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, meet beekeepers, see live bees hard at work and take part in a free honey-tasting. There also will be educational presentations, honey cotton candy and local honey available for purchase.
At 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., two bee-themed movies will be presented: “Colony” and “Silence of the Bees.” A $5 donation is requested for movie tickets.
Cinebarre is at 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Call 849-5095 for more.