Charleston Scene Food Truck Rodeo
Presented by The Post and Courier, the bi-annual Charleston Scene Food Truck Rodeo will lasso up a selection of food offerings, live music, exhibitors and more for a day full of fun in the newspaper's parking lot. The event will feature locally owned food trucks with specialties that run the gamut of cuisine, including Auto Bahn, Baja Burritos, Ben & Jerry's, Cast Iron Food Truck, Cilantro's Rolling Gourmet, Creole Food Truck, Diggity Doughnuts, Dulce Truck, Geechee Island Food Truck, Kickin' Chicken, King of Pops, La'Son Anchor Grill, Little Star of the Caribbean, Mooses' Mobile BBQ, Outta My Huevos, Pink Bellies, Refueler's Mobile Cafe, Roti Rolls, The Big Southern Smoke House and Tokyo Crepes. Attendees will be able to wash down their food truck finds with wine and beer as they enjoy live music provided by The Travelin' Kine, Volcanoes in the Kitchen, Cranford Hollow, Jordan Igoe, Tyler Boone and Mozo. Bringing lawn chairs is recommended as seating will not be provided. Friendly pets are welcome but must be on a non-retractable leash.
When: 3-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Post and Courier parking lot, 134 Columbus St.
Price: Free admission
For more info: http://eveningpostevents.com/food-truck-rodeo
North Charleston Arts Festival
What started as a one-day community celebration, the North Charleston Arts Festival has expanded into a nine-day event that features nearly 200 dance, theatre, music and arts performances, workshops, exhibitions and more. Celebrating its 32nd year, the festival is produced by the city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. The free main event will be held this weekend at the North Charleston Convention Center and offers more than 40 performances on four themed stages: General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands and Youth Entertainment. Other activities will include judged art and photography shows, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children's activities, a food courtyard and more. The festival continues with more than 60 events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations. The event will be bookended by the Sweetgrass Soiree, an art show and gala event at the Performing Arts Center, and the Grande Finale at Riverfront Park.
When: Friday-May 10
Where: Various locations
Price: Varies depending on event
For more info: http://northcharlestonartsfest.com
Sweet Grass Music Festival
The Sweet Grass Music Festival returns for a second year, adding a second day. Festivities will kick off Friday afternoon with bluegrass bands Subject to Change, Common Ground, Barefoot Movement, Adkins and Loudermilk, with the Lonesome River Band wrapping things up. Saturday will see the day begin with an hour-long set by Common Ground, followed by two (afternoon and evening) one-hour sets from the Grass Cats, Flatt Lonesome, Nothin Fancy, and Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. The group Grasstowne will wrap things up with a 90-minute set. The festival will be held rain or shine. It's suggested that attendees bring a chair, but recliner-type chairs, along with coolers and pets, should stay at home. A portion of the proceeds will go to Carolina Studios, a nonprofit that helps students learn how to create, arrange and record music through a software program that also teaches them computer skills.
When: Friday and Saturday; music begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant
Price: Friday tickets are $25, Saturday tickets are $35; combo tickets for both days are $50; kids 12 and under get in free
For more info: 452-5131 or www.sweetgrassmusicfestival.com
Gibbes on the Street
For the fifth year, the Gibbes Museum of Art will host a street party with food from some of Charleston's top chefs, an open bar, dancing, art and more. This year, the street in front of the museum will be transformed into a multi-cultural bazaar where East meets West. Promising to be the best event yet, 20 Charleston restaurants will be serving up tasty treats. Participating restaurants include Butcher & Bee, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, Cypress, FIG, The Glass Onion, The Grocery, Halls Chophouse, Hank's, Husk, Kitchen 208, The Macintosh, McCrady's, Oak Steakhouse, Penninsula Grill, Slightly North of Broad, WildFlour pastry and Wild Olive. Libations will be provided by Ciroc Ultra Premium, Bulleit Bourbon and Canyon Road Winery. Attendees must be 21 or older. All proceeds will benefit the Gibbes Museum of Art.
When: 7:30-10 p.m. Thursday
Where: Street in front of the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.
Price: $150, $125 for museum members
For more info: gibbesmuseum.org or 722-2706, ext. 21
The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry will transform Marion Square into a giant playground where families can enjoy fun-filled outdoor activities and fitness demonstrations. Celebrating its 10th year, the annual event focuses on fun but also strives to tackle childhood obesity. Partnering with the city of Charleston Farmer's Market, the event has a theme of "homegrown family fun with no sugar added." Attendees will be able to learn kung fu, participate in a carnival relay race, bounce in jump castles, scale a climbing wall and more. Various activity stations will be set up around the square and live music will be performed by Electric Company, The Dirty Birds, The Fishermongers and more.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Marion Square, at the corner of King and Calhoun streets
For more info: www.exploreCML.org
Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival
Billed as South Carolina's largest Cinco de Mayo event, the ninth annual Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival is all about offering local residents the chance to experience Hispanic food, dance and music. Revelers of all ages are invited to the rain or shine event to enjoy live music by Bachata Flow, a salsa dance exhibition, a Zumba exhibition and more. Food vendors will be on-site and tequila tastings will be offered.
When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Visitor Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St.
For more info: www.charlestoncinco.com
Cinco De Mayo Block Party
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina will be throwing its second annual Cinco De Mayo Block Party, an event that will also double as the official after-party for Dragon Boat Charleston. With music from Malandro Soul and The Dubplates, the event will feature two bars outside, a Mex 1 food truck, capoeira dancers and a Black Market featuring vendors selling local art, handmade jewelry and clothing. The event will benefit Dragon Boat Charleston, a group that promotes physical and mental wellness among cancer survivors and their community.
When: Noon-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, 817 St. Andrews Blvd.
Price: $5 suggested donation
For more info: 751-4001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rockin' the 'Ville
The Summerville Evening Rotary Club's sock hop fundraiser Rockin' the 'Ville is getting a derby-style makeover this year. Held on the same day as the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, the races will be shown on the big screen and derby dress is suggested. After the running, the Carolina Breakers will take to the stage to get the dance floor full. Additional features of the event include a silent auction, golf contest, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar.
When: 5-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Miler Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd., Summerville
Price: $50 in advance, $60 at the door
For more info: rockin-the-ville.org
Night at the Races
Break out your pastels, seersucker and big hats; it's time again for the Junior League of Charleston's Night at the Races. Serving as a fundraising event, proceeds will benefit JLC's nonprofit partners, including Fields to Families, Florence Crittenton Programs, Lowcountry Food Bank, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, MUSC Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Pet Helpers. The event will feature Kentucky Derby coverage, a silent auction, live music, food and an open bar.
When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Johnson Hagood Stadium, 68 Hagood Ave.
Price: $75 for individuals, $125 for couples
For more info: www.jlcharleston.org
Southern Baby Show
Billing itself as the premier baby event in the South, the Southern Baby Show welcomes expecting and new mothers for an afternoon filled of meet-and-greets, educational opportunities, shopping and more. Parents will be able to find everything "from bump to baby" at the event. Attendees will be able to shop at nearly 50 local and national pop-up shops; enter to win baby gear and raffle prizes worth more than $2,500, with all proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes Signature Chef's Auction; attend free classes on a variety of parenting and pregnancy topics; and meet Rosie Pope, a pregnancy and parenting guru, designer, educator and star of Bravo TV's "Pregnant in Heels."
When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Citadel Alumni Center, 69 Hagood St.
Price: $10 for general admission, $35 for VIP tickets; $25 for "MommyIQ" talks
For more info: www.southernbabyshow.com