Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

The folks over at Boone Hall have taken the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival to the next level after taking a year off. They have added more than 30 attractions and rides, two days and additional hours to the event. In addition to the tradition of picking berries and enjoy a day on the farm, Amusements of America will be adding to the fun with about 25 rides for the whole family and additional attractions such as pig races, juggling and magic shows. The family-friendly event will feature vendors and a variety of festival-type foods.

When: Today-Sunday

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up, $3 for ages 3-11, free for children 2 and under; ride-everything wrist bands are $10 Thursday, $15 in advance and $20 at the gate Friday-Sunday

For more info: boonehallplantation.com

Charleston International Film Festival

The Charleston International Film Festival is back for a sixth year, offering five days of films, workshops and fun. View a mix of shorts and feature-length films from amateurs, emerging and veteran filmmakers from Charleston, throughout the U.S. and countries including Argentina, Greece, Italy and more. Scattered throughout the schedule are numerous informative and educational workshops and a few special events. April 27 features two: a Q&A with producer Chris Brigham, who worked on “Argo,” “Inception” and “Analyze This,” among others; and a special screening of “Catch Me If You Can” and a Q&A with the subject of the film, Frank Abagnale Jr. With after-parties on April 25, 26 and 27, the festival is capped off by an awards gala April 28. The gala will include a cocktail hour, three-course dinner, live music and the presentation of the Spire Award to cinematographer Bill Butler, honoring his lifetime achievements of for his work on “Jaws,” “Stripes,” “Grease” and “Rocky.”

When: Wednesday-April 28

Where: Various locations around downtown Charleston

Price: Free-$99 for the awards gala

For more info: www.CharlestonIFF.org

Gov’t Mule

Initially formed as a side project to the Allman Brothers Band by Warren Haynes and Allen Woody in 1994, the Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule has grown into a force of its own. Producing seven studio albums, a handful of DVDs and live albums, and sold-out coast-to-coast tours, the group bills itself as “one of the hardest working bands in rock history.” The quartet continues their trek on their Prepare to Shout! Tour with a stop in North Charleston.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $31 in advance, $36 day of

For more info: www.NorthCharlestonColiseumPAC.com or www.Mule.net

Charleston Race Week

One of the largest and most popular regattas in the nation, Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week will again take over Charleston Harbor for four full days of racing and parties. With nearly 300 boats from across the U.S. and six other countries having registered to compete as of last week, this record-setting race year looks to be the best of the bunch. In addition to the races, numerous parties will be held at Race Village, including Cocktails on the Beach Thursday through Saturday, Thursday Fish Tacos, a Friday Lowcountry Feast, and the Sunday afternoon Beer and Chili Cookout.

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Race Village at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: Free-$75 for shoreside event passes

For more info: www.charlestonraceweek.com

East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival

Formerly known as the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival, this expanded event features immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience and fun of canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and all things outdoors. In its 23rd year, enjoy archery, disc golf, mountain biking, climbing and more, all in addition to the paddling fun. There will be evening concerts Friday and Saturday. New this year is the Try It Zone, where attendees can try everything from archery to climbing to slacklining. A full schedule of event can be found online.

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive

Price: Gate admission is $1; a “Try It” pass is $10; a daily pass is $55 and a weekend pass is $115

For more info: 795-4386 or ccprc.com/outdoorfest

Fam Jam

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry will transform Marion Square into a giant playground where families can enjoy fun-filled physical challenges, relay races, outdoor play and more. This ninth annual event, while focusing on fun, also strives to tackle childhood obesity. Partnering with the farmers market and with a theme of “homegrown family fun with no sugar added,” the community festival will include fitness demonstrations, jump castles, live music and more.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Marion Square

Price: Free

For more info: 853-8962 or www.explorecml.org

Carlos Mencia

Undoubtedly one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics, Comedy Central darling Carlos Mencia has returned to his roots the last few years, focusing on performing stand-up for smaller and more intimate audiences. And locals will be able to catch one of these shows, thanks to Music Farm Productions and the Comedy Zone. Maybe best known for his “Mind of Mencia” TV show, the actor-comedian appeals to a diverse audience as he skewers the current and the cultural.

When: 8 p.m. Friday; doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

Price: $25

For more info: musicfarm.com or carlosmencia.com

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter benefits Operation Home, which will use proceeds from the party to build wheelchair ramps and repair roofs, windows and floors for at least 60 homes this year. The retro-themed party will feature a DJ, bowling, arcade games, skee ball, live and silent auctions, and a raffle for a Scout boat. Comfort foods and American classics will be prepared by Home Team BBQ executive chef Aaron Siegel.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Alley, 131 Columbus St.

Price: $20, VIP passes are $100

For more info: operationhome.org