Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
In its 10th year, the annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival is all about celebrating the Gullah-Geechee cultural heritage and provides "the most extensive showcase of sweetgrass baskets in the Lowcountry area." The event, named a Top 20 event in by the Southeast Tourism Society, will feature an assortment of unusual handmade arts and crafts, paintings, live performances and documentary films. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy entertainment that includes gospel songs and praise dance, storytelling and Gullah-Geechee skits, basket-making demonstrations, and the Adande African Drummers and Dancers. Attendees will also be able to check out a variety of authentic Gullah cuisine, classic barbecue, fish, chicken and beverages offered for sale by more than 15 Lowcountry restaurants and food vendors. A family-friendly affair (that means no alcohol), the festival will include events for children, including a waterslide. The festival will kick off with a special event Friday night at Memorial Waterfront Park called The "Real" Taste of Gullah ($50).
When: Noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard
For more info: www.sweetgrassfestival.org