Here are some highlights of the upcoming weekend.
Pets and their owners have been invited by Charleston County Park and Recreation to enjoy a weekend of “fun, frolic and exploration” at Pet Fest. Featuring exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment and more, the event is sure to keep the family and four-legged fur baby entertained (dogs are required to be on a leash). The festival will include Search Tactics & Rescue/Recovery Team demonstrations, dog shows, K9s in Flight Frisbee demos, dock diving, pet-washing stations, a pet contest (categories include best trick, best costume, owner-pet look-alike and more), pets up for adoption and more. Also on tap will be live music and children's activities including jump castles; food, beverages and beer will be available for purchase.
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Parkway, Mount Pleasant
Price: $5; children 12 and under and Gold Pass holders get in for free
more info: 795-4386 or www.ccprc.com/petfest
Dig South Sideshow
Dig South is an interactive festival that explores the intersection of technology, social media, marketing and the arts with a focus on the Southeast's digital economy. In addition to a conference and expo, the Sideshow offers a full music lineup, comedy shows and after-parties. Performers include Dangermuffin, Elim Bolt, HeyRocco, Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Tarlatans and comedian Dusty Slay, among numerous others.
Where: Multiple locations
more info: digsouth.com
A Tribute to Joe
The Center for Women is hosting a program and reception in honor of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley's 38 years of service. The program, which will be similar in format to the Kennedy Center Honors, will recognize Riley for his career achievements in the arts, urban planning, social justice, community development, tourism and other areas. A number of prominent women will be paying tribute, including S.C. Chief Justice Jean Toal, Martha Rivers Ingram, Anita Zucker, Linda Ketner, Nancy McGinley, Liz Alston, Fire Chief Karen Brack and Lucille Whipper. The event will begin with champagne cocktails and end with a reception featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and music.
When: 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.
Price: $125; $500 for two preferred-seating tickets
more info: www.c4women.org or 763-7333, ext. 201
In-Water Boat Show
The latest model boats built in South Carolina, such as Scout Boats, Sea Fox and Beneteau, will be joined by others as dealers from throughout the state will display designs from Sea Ray, Whaler, Meridian, Cobalt, Regal, Edgewater and Chaparral. In addition, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Coast Guard and Power Squadron will be on-site for the event, with the new Charleston fire boat and police boat on display. The family-friendly show also will feature boatbuilding displays, presentations, boating and fishing demos, live music, local food and a children's area.
Where: Daniel Island Waterfront Park
Price: $8 in advance, $10 at the gate, $5 for students and active military, kids 12 and under get in free
more info: www.scinwaterboatshow.com
Tribute to the Yorktown
“The Fighting Lady,” aka the Yorktown, the nation's oldest aircraft carrier museum, is turning 70, and the public is invited to celebrate the milestone. A full day of activities will be offered in addition to a special nighttime program. An expanded Open Cockpit Sunday will provide access to even more aircraft on display, and living history programs will give visitors a chance to meet and interact with sailors who served aboard the ship. At 2 p.m., the Charleston Community Band will perform, along with several other musical groups throughout the day. At 7 p.m., the party will kick off with performances by Lonnie Hamilton III and Ann Caldwell, followed by a USO-style show hosted by Brad and Jennifer Moranz. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Where: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
Price: Daytime events are free with regular admission ($18 for adults, $11 ages 6-11, $15 for seniors 62 and up); evening event is $22
more info: www.patriotspoint.org
Second Sunday on King Street
Take advantage of the warming weather at this month's Second Sunday. At King and Society streets, a series of runway shows will be presented by the Art Institute Fashion Club featuring House of Sage, Sam's Closet, Bob Ellis Shoes and Copper Penny at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. In addition, Le Creuset will have a Taste of Tea Celebration complete with a tea sampling and prize, the Charleston International Film Festival and Spoleto Festival USA will have info booths set up and will be selling tickets, and more.
When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: King Street