Shakespeare in Love
Charleston Stage brings the seven time Oscar-winning film “Shakespeare in Love” to South Carolina for the first time to close their 40th season. Playwright William Shakespeare finds inspiration when he meets Viola, who is so in love with theatre that she disguises herself as a man to perform on stage. Tickets are $31 to 64. Times vary. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. For tickets, visit www.charlestonstage.com.
Cooper River Bridge Run
Get over it! More than 40,000 people are expected to participate in the country’s third largest 10K over the Ravenel Bridge. The race starts at 8 a.m. along Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant and ends at Marion Square in downtown Charleston, where there’s a Finish Festival, which features live music. Registration for the race is closed but you can join racers at many of the after parties around town. Visit bridgerun.com for more race information.
Thrive Oyster Roast and Silent Auction
Support ThriveSC and its efforts to eradicate domestic violence in the Lowcountry when you attend its oyster roast and silent auction. Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters, a Lowcountry Boil and two beer tickets. Thrive SC provides transitional housing and services for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. 6 to 9 p.m., Charleston Beer Works, 480 King St. Tickets are $35. Visit facebook.com/thrivesc.life for more information.
RiverDogs Opening Day
The first-place RiverDogs open their home slate for their 25th season against the Kannapolis Intimidators, the affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. This season’s schedule includes 12 Thirsty Thursdays, 12 Friday Fireworks, 10 Saturday games and 10 MUSC Health Family Sundays. The Riverdogs also will play at The Joe on July 4 for the first time in three years and will host an Independence Day fireworks super show. In celebration of their 25th season, the RiverDogs are offering a special Silver Anniversary Dog, an all-beef frankfurter wrapped in edible silver leaf and topped with pork belly, lobster and champagne. Tickets prices vary. The opening night game starts at 7:05 p.m. at The Joe, 360 Fishburne St. Visit www.riverdogs.com for more information.
Moms’ Brunch to Register for the Mom’s Run
Join skirt! and Postpartum Support Charleston to shop, brunch and sign up for the Mom’s Run on May 12. Postpartum Support Charleston is dedicated to eradicating the stigma surrounding maternal mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, OCD and psychosis during and after pregnancy to ensure all women who suffer receive support. The Moms’ Brunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Athleta, Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, 1224 Belk Drive. For more details and to get a free ticket to the brunch, visit www.ppdsupport.org.
An Afternoon with Dr. Aprille Ericsson
The Center for Women hosts an Dr. Aprille Ericsson, a aerospace engineer whose trailblazing work has taken her from a childhood in Brooklyn to a career at NASA. She will speak about her contributions to cutting-edge space science and exploration and the importance of diversity in the field. General admission tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit the Center for Women. 1:30 p.m. Charleston Music Hall. For more information, visit www.c4women.org.
Lowcountry Strawberry Festival
Celebrate spring by picking your own strawberries and enjoying the family activities on the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation. Activities include a petting zoo, giant inflatables, jump pillows, interactive games, live music and pie-eating contests. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and up and $5 for ages 2-11. One-day ride wristbands are $25. Individual tickets also are available. Hours vary by day. Boone Hall Plantation. Enter a half mile north of Long Point Road on Highway 17. There is no access from the main entrance. For more information, visit www.boonehallplantation.com.
Bloom – A Night for Moms
A night for moms to come together to be encouraged, inspired and celebrated. Join other local moms and listen to motivating speakers. There will be food, breakout sessions, a mini market to shop, swag bags and raffle prizes. This is the a moms night out giving moms a night to be filled back up. Tickets are $26.17 and can be purchased at kerilynnsnyder.com/bloom . 6:30 p.m. Northwood Church, 4020 2nd Ave. Summerville
St. Philip’s Tea Room
St. Philip’s Church holds its annual Tea Room, a tradition that dates back to 1952. Enjoy a Lowcountry lunch of okra soup, chicken salad sandwiches, ham biscuits, and shrimp salad as you sip tea or coffee and listen to live music. Don’t forget to dessert! 1:30 till 2pm., St. Philip’s Parish House and Courtyard. Proceeds benefit St. Philip’s foreign and home missions, St. Philip’s choirs and junior and senior high youth ministries. For more information, visit www.stphilipschurchsc.org.
Red Cross Gala
Help support the American Red Cross so the organization can continue to support the community and state during disasters. Dress in your finest masquerade attire and enjoy delicious food, drinks, dancing and auctions. Individual tickets are $200. 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Boulevard. For tickets, go to redcross.org/sc.
Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival
Celebrate Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry. Watch a boat parade, dance to live music, shop craft shows and enjoy local seafood, with the Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor as a backdrop. Admission is free. Free parking and shuttles are available. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. For more information, visit experiencemountpleasant.com.
Joe Riley Waterfront Park Dedication
Celebrate as The City of Charleston rededicates Charleston’s Waterfront Park in honor of former Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Mayor John Tecklenburg and former Mayor Riley will speak, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform. 10:30 a.m. at the Vendue Plaza, Waterfront Park, 1 Vendue Range
Chefs from more than a dozen restaurants including Fig, The Glass Onion, The Grocery, Magnolia’s and The Obstinate Daughter, are paired with local farmers, fishermen and ranchers to bring you the fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy live music, local libations and the landscaped gardens of Middleton Place. Proceeds support Lowcountry Local First’s Growing New Farmers program. Tickets are $115 for non-members. 4 to 7 p.m. Middleton Place. For more information, visit lowcountrylocalfirst.org.