Yet again we find ourselves with so many great, inexpensive options to choose from over the next week.
From movies to concerts to fishing tournaments, you've got plenty to choose from.
Ready. Set. Go!
Get your weekend off on the right foot with the Dive-In Movie series at The Sanctuary pool at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, One Sanctuary Beach Drive.
Families are invited to swim or lounge at the pool while watching this week's film, “Wreck-It Ralph.”
An Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, this wonderful film is one that kids and adults will enjoy. The story shows what happens at the arcade once the players have gone home. Watch as Ralph, the villain of the game Fix-It Felix Jr., decides he would rather be the hero for a change. He game-jumps to make his dream come true, but in doing so, causes chaos through the arcade.
The movie, which begins at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, is free and open to the public.
For more information, go to www.kiawahresort.com or call Leisure Services at 768-6253.
Music on the Green
Another concert event Friday, this one happening at Freshfields Village, is the annual Music on the Green concert series.
From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by The Coconut Groove Band, which performs a wide range of musical styles, including easy listening, soul, R&B, island, rock, funk and blues. The quintet promises to deliver “feel good music” for all ages.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. Go to www.freshfieldsvillage.com for more.
Ladybugs at Magnolia
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, is enlisting the help of Lowcountry kids to help them release more than 70,000 ladybugs in the famed garden.
On Saturday, families will be given a container holding several hundred ladybugs, which will then be set free throughout the 60-acre garden beginning at 10 a.m.
Classified as a beetle, ladybugs are natural predators to harmful insects such as aphids, scale insects and other small insects, according to Chris Smith, Magnolia's Nature Center director.
The $15 general garden admission is required to participate. Children under six will get in for free.
For more, go to www.magnoliaplantation.com.
Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island, again will be hosting its long-running series Sippin' Saturdays on, you guessed it, Saturday.
From noon-4 p.m., enjoy live music by Don Merkle & The Blacksmiths and food from Lowcountry Creole as you sip on tastings from the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House winery.
Tastings are $6 for six samples of 24 flavors of Firefly Spirits and $5 for five wines. Patrons also will receive a complimentary glass during both tastings.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend an afternoon under the oaks. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Coolers are not allowed.
Call 559-6867 or go to www.charlestonwine.com.
Summer Concert Series
Another event at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the Saturday Summer Concert Series.
Held on The Grand Lawn from 5-8 p.m., this week's free show will feature the 17 South Band.
The eight-piece ensemble performs hits from the '60s to the present along with favorites from Motown, R&B, beach, hip-hop, classic rock, and jazz and swing.
This family-friendly event is open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring beach chairs or blankets. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Kick It at Bohicket
On Tuesday, consider checking out the weekly Kick It at Bohicket event, a free family fun night featuring music, a jump castle, face painting, and a variety of games and activities.
Sponsored by the Bohicket Merchants Association and the town of Seabrook, kids can get their face painted, enjoy the offerings from a balloon artist, play games and take a turn in the jump castle as the adults get out and shag to the beach music.
The event will be 6-9 p.m. (weather permitting) at Bohicket Marina and Market, 1880 Andell Bluff Blvd. on Seabrook Island. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Marina restaurants and shops. Call 768-1280.
Kids' Fish Tournament
If you're looking to keep the kids busy during the day Wednesday, a great $5 option is the Kids' Fish Tournament, a weekly event sponsored by the Bohicket Marina Merchants' Association.
Children ages 5-13 can fish during two sessions, from 9-10 a.m. or from 10-11 a.m. (weather permitting), with prizes awarded in each age category for the biggest fish caught.
The cost includes a pole and all the bait you can use.
Join the fun at Bohicket Marina and Market.
Kiawah Sundown Fest
Yet another weekly event, this one at Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island, is the Kiawah Sundown Festival.
From 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, enjoy a live band, Southern lawn games and an inflatable bounce house. Night Heron Grill will be open extended hours throughout the event.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 768-6253 or go to www.kiawahresort.com.
Another event happening at Freshfields Village is the Starlight Cinema movie series.
A free outdoor screening of “Big Miracle” begins at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Village Green. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
“Big Miracle” stars John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore in this telling of a true story where a small-town news reporter enlists his ex-girlfriend, a Greenpeace volunteer, to help save a pod of gray whales trapped by ice in the Arctic Circle.