Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

Last year, the folks over at Boone Hall took the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival to the next level, adding more than 30 attractions and rides, two days and additional hours to the event. This year, they're bringing back the rides, even adding a few new ones, and adding some new features in the vein of true festival-type activities. The Little Miss Berry Princess contest will return, along with the strawberry pie-eating contest and strawberry recipe contest. There also will be a petting zoo, a farming exhibit put on by the S.C. Department of Agriculture, a jump pillow, a three-story slide tower, rock climbing, live musical entertainment, face painting, magic shows, pig races, vendor displays, festival food and more.

When: 6-10 p.m. Thursday (student night); 4-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 2521 U.S. Highway 17 North, 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 and $20 at the gate Friday-Sunday, individual ride tickets are $1.

For more info: boonehallplantation.com/strawberry_festival_2014

East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival

Formerly known as the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival, the 24th annual event is said to be one of the country's premier showcases of canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Last year, the East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival expanded to include a multitude of popular outdoor recreation activities in addition to paddling, including mountain biking, slack lining, archery, climbing and disc golf. The festival will offer attendees the opportunity to try out equipment, compete in races and other hands-on activities on-site, and participate in everything from basic to expert skills classes. In addition, there will be food and drink vendors and live music by Sol Driven Train and Flatt City.

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive

Price: Park admission is $1 per person; a "Try It" pass is $10

For more info: 795-4386 or charlestoncountyparks.com

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 representing 27 states and seven countries registered to compete as of last week, this year's event promises to be bigger and better than before. While watching the race from the shores can be done for free, those wishing to attend the numerous events and parties at Race Village will need to acquire a Shoreside Event Pass. The pass includes access to Cocktails on the Beach on Thursday-Saturday, Thursday Fish Tacos, Friday Lowcountry Feast and the Sunday afternoon Beer and Chili Cookout, plus trophy presentations, raffle prizes, sponsor demonstrations, live bands and more.

When: Thursday-Sunday

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

Price: $75 for Shoreside Event Pass; $20 for individual dinners

For more info: www.charlestonraceweek.com

World Grits Festival

After some research revealed that the residents of St. George consumed more grits per capita than any other place in the world, the World Grits Festival was born. The 29th annual event is expected to swell the small town's population for a weekend all about grits. From the famed Rolling in the Grits contest and grits eating contest to eating samples, grinding grits, a recipe contest and more, there will be grits at every turn. In addition to the ground corn, there will be street vendors, carnival rides, art displays, a parade, a 5K, dancing, a hula-hoop contest and more.

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: St. George

Price: Free

For more info: www.worldgritsfestival.com

Folly Beach Sea & Sand Festival

After postponing the event two weeks ago because of forecasted severe weather, Folly Beach's longest-running and largest annual event returns for its 24th year. Serving as a kick-off to beach season, the Sea & Sand Festival features three days of events, including live music, food and art vendors, children's activities, a silent auction, 5K run/walk, a surf contest and more. The fun kicks off Friday night with the inaugural Miss Sea & Sand Fest Pageant, which will feature four age categories and contestants competing in evening gowns. Saturday will feature a full day of events, including the ESA Tides Kickoff Classic Surfing Competition; the Coffin Island 5K; nearly 100 local food, art and crafts vendors; live music from Bret Mosley, Folly Beach Reggae Allstars, Guilt Ridden Troubadour, Rusty Hook Ramblers, Shakin' Martinis, Sunflowers & Sin, and more; as well as kids games and activities and a silent auction. The fun continues Sunday with the fourth annual Sand Sculpting Contest and the East Coast Party Band finale concert. The festival serves as a fundraiser benefiting Folly Beach Parks and Recreation.

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Folly Beach

Price: Prices vary depending on event

For more info: www.follybeachfestivals.com

Charleston International Film Festival

The Charleston International Film Festival returned this week for a seventh year, offering five days of films, workshops and fun. Things kicked off Wednesday with the Opening Night Street Party and a showing of the feature film "Draft Day," starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Tom Welling. Beyond opening night, highlights of the festival will include about 85 films, including features, shorts, documentaries and animations; a Q&A panel with casting director Laray Mayfield ("Fight Club," "Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Social Network," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") along with numerous other workshops; after-parties; and the formal Awards Gala, which will see Gale Anne Hurd ("Terminator," "Armageddon," "Walking Dead") honored for Achievement in American Film.

When: Through Sunday

Where: Various locations

Price: Prices vary depending on event

For more info: charlestoniff.org

An Evening with John Legend

Nine-time Grammy Award winning artist John Legend embarked on a tour in March in support of his fourth studio album, "Love in the Future." On his website, Legend promises that his All of Me Tour "will be unlike any tour I've done before. Intimate, raw, and unplugged." That tour is coming to North Charleston next week. The show, An Evening with John Legend: The All of Me Tour, will feature Legend in "an intimate and acoustic setting, highlighted by guitar/vocal accompaniment as well as a string quartet" and is sure to be a show to remember.

When: Tuesday, doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $64-$79

For more info: www.JohnLegend.com or www.NorthCharlestonColiseumPAC.com

Billy Currington

Following the September release of "We Are Tonight," his first album in three years, Billy Currington announced his tour of the same name with supporting acts Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. With hit singles that include "Don't," "Good Directions," "Let Me Down Easy," "People Are Crazy," "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer," "That's How Country Boys Roll" and "Hey Girl," the Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling country crooner is sure to help you "Enjoy Yourself."

When: Friday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $35-$39.75

For more info: Billycurrington.com or northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

'Million Dollar Quartet'

The Tony Award-winning musical "Million Dollar Quartet" will be making its Lowcountry premier next week when it's performed at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Set on Dec. 4, 1956, the musical is based on the true story where a twist of fate brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. The four gathered at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time on that date, resulting in what became known as "one of the greatest rock 'n' roll jam sessions in history." Attendees of the show will be struggling to not sing along to hits such as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Ring of Fire," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Hound Dog."

When: Wednesday-April 17, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $32-$62

For more info: www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com or www.NorthCharlestonColiseumPAC.com