I'm truly starting to wonder if there's some competition I'm unaware of to schedule the busiest weekend in Charleston.
After last weekend's big three - the Cooper River Bridge Run, Flowertown Festival and the Lowcountry Cajun Festival - I was expecting this weekend to offer a bit of a breather.
Boy was I wrong.
This weekend is event busier than the last, with no less than five festivals taking place.
This weekend also sees an influx of home and garden tours, the continuation of Easter events and more.
Blackbeard's Cove will be celebrating Easter this weekend with its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and park-wide Easter Egg Hunt.
On Saturday, guests are invited to enjoy a waffle breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $6 and space is limited.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place Sunday, with the event split into age groups. Kids up to age 3 begin at 2 p.m., ages 4-6 begin at 2:15 p.m. and ages 6-10 begin at 2:30 p.m. Thousands of Easter eggs filled with prizes will be hidden throughout the park for the kids to find, and the first 100 kids to arrive for the hunt will receive an Easter Head Bopper.
For more information, go to BlackbeardsCove.com. To purchase tickets for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, call 971-1223.
The Charleston Museum will be celebrating Easter on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon with its Easter Eggstravaganza.
Families are invited to participate in spring-themed crafts for all ages followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the museum's Joseph Manigault House garden next door at 11:15 p.m.
The event is free for Museum members or free with regular admission ($10 for adults, $5 for children, free for those under age 3).
For more information, go to www.charlestonmuseum.org or call 722-2996.
Attendees of the Easter Eggstravaganza are invited to continue the springtime fun at the museum and stay for "The Velveteen Rabbit," put on by the Charleston City Ballet (formerly the Robert Ivey Ballet) at 12:30 p.m.
During the break between the Easter Eggstravaganza and the ballet, food will be available from vendors on-site.
Tickets to the ballet will be available at the door for $5 for children 10 and under and $8 for all others.
For more information on the performance, go to www.robertiveyballet.net or call 556-1343.
Spring Concert Series
Freshfields Village, at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands, is kicking off a new season of its three-part Spring Concert Series.
Held on the Village Green, the free, family-friendly concerts will begin on Friday and take place every Friday in April. The shows will feature local acts and will cover a range of musical genres.
This Friday's show will be 6-9 p.m. and will feature a performance by Shrimp City Slim, aka Gary Erwin.
Specializing in blues and blues-based originals, Shrimp City Slim has more than 25 years of experience in the business.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
Blues by the Sea
Also taking place at Freshfields Village, though on Sunday, Blues by the Sea is organized by Erwin.
The 10th annual free event will be held from 2-7 p.m. and will feature performances by the Shelly Waters Band, Spider John Koerner, Beverly Guitar Watkins and Tinsley Ellis.
This blues show is appropriate for the whole family. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, but coolers are permitted. And don't forget to bring your lawn chairs and/or blanket. Pets are not permitted.
Second Sunday on King
A favorite monthly event of locals and visitors alike, Second Sunday on King Street will be held 1-5 p.m.
With a portion of King Street closed to vehicular traffic, folks are invited to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping, dining and enjoying Charleston at its finest.
The April event will feature local authors Holly Herrick and Ken Burger signing copies of their respective books at the Information Booth (at the corner of Wentworth and King streets), complimentary mimosas and markdowns at House of Sage, and numerous other promotions and events at various shops and restaurants.
To print out a free parking voucher, go to www.2ndsundayonkingstreet.com.
Wine Down Wednesday
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is inviting folks to come check out a park that is not yet open to the public.
With only three opportunities throughout April, folks will be able to get a sneak peak of Old Towne Creek County Park during Wine Down Wednesdays.
The second event in this series is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.
Attendees will be able to enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music while taking in the sights of the new West Ashley park.
Admission is $20, $15 for Charleston County residents, and includes a commemorative wine glass.
For more information, call 795-4386 or go to www.charlestoncountyparks.com.