April Events Calendar

April Events
Spring has sprung! It’s everyone’s favorite time of year to get outside and enjoy the warm weather and natural beauty of our city. Don’t miss favorite Charleston events such as the Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Cooper River Bridge Run, the Volvo Car Open and the Hat Ladies Easter Promenade. Enjoy local food and vendors at the Charleston Farmers Market. Join Skirt at the Mugs for Moms event to register for the Moms’ Run in May and at our Book Club presented by Buxton Books.

Through  4.18
Festival of Houses and Gardens
The Festival of Houses and Gardens continues through April and allows you peek inside some of the city’s most beautiful homes and gardens. Daily events include a morning history walk, a tour of the historic district and other activities.Tickets, times and venues vary by event. Visit historiccharleston.org.

3.27 – 4.28
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League presents its designer showhouse, a 1903 Queen Anne Victorian-style home near Colonial Lake. Each room has been decorated by local designers. Enjoy light fare at the café and shop local designers at the new pop-up shop, SCORE. Tickets are $25 at the door. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, except Easter. 16 Rutledge St. Visit csolinc.org.

4.3 – 4.28
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
The childhood classic, “Beauty and the Beast,”  features amazing sets and costumes and the score by including, “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Tickets and times vary. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Visit charlestonstage.com.

Marjorie Spruill at Charleston Museum
Marjorie Spruill, the author of the critically acclaimed “New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States,”  will be speaking about intersecting gender and politics and her latest book, “Divided We Stand.” Tickets are $25. 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Visit charlestonmuseum.org.

The Big Fake Wedding
The Big Fake Wedding created to connect future bride and grooms to vendors and offer an opportunity to see them in action. The Big Fake Wedding includes a vow renewal ceremony, tastings of food and a reception to follow. Tickets are $25. 7 p.m. 563 King St. Visit thebigfakewedding.com.

Flowertown Festival
Enjoy nature’s beauty at Summerville’s Flowertown Festival. The Arts and Crafts festival features fun activities for children, a farmers market and delicious treats from local restaurants. Three flowers are front-and-center of this year’s event: the azalea, dogwood and wisteria. Free. Times vary. Summerville Family YMCA, 140 S. Cedar St., Summerville. Visit summervilleymca.org.

Golden: A State of Being Yoga Event
One of the featured events at this year’s Volvo Car Open, this empowering yoga experience will be led by Charleston’s Sarah Frick and Ashley Cebulka. Champagne toasts and small bites follow. World No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands will join guests as they workout and mingle. Tickets are $98 and include admission to the finals. 9 to 11 a.m. Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island. Visit volvocaropen.com.

Cooper River Bridge Run
The race that makes the entire city halt is back again. This 10km run features nearly 40,000 racers and includes a finish festival and a separate run for kids. Tickets are $55. 8 a.m. 716 S. Shelmore Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. Visit bridgerun.com.

Gospel Brunch
On the last day of the finalist weekend for the Volvo Car Open, this brunch will feature a world-renowned gospel choir and lots of delicious treats. Tickets are $115 and include admission to the finals. 9 to 11 a.m. Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island. Visit volvocaropen.com.

Lowcountry Cajun Festival
This festival is an energetic taste of Louisiana cajun fun that features plenty of traditional creole dishes such as jambalaya, etouffee and crawfish. Dance and bop to Zydeco and Cajun music playing on the stage. Tickets are $15. 12 to 6 p.m. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Visit charlestoncountyparks.com.

Books for Bier
Free beer and books? Yes, please! Bring friends and a gently used book to receive a free beer in celebration of National Library Week. Kiddos are welcome to bring a children’s book and will receive a free root beer. Charleston Friends of the Library will also be selling books and there will be a silent auction. Free. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Bay Street Biergarten, 549 East Bay St. Visit charlestonlibraryfriends.org.

TEDX Charleston
Ready to gain some knowledge and network? Twenty Lowcountry thought-leaders, including LB Adams, Melissa Moore and Melissa Maddox-Evans, will present on the theme: Currents, the forces that enhance our world and inspired transformation. Tickets vary. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street. Visit tedxcharleston.org.

A Meal to Remember Gala
East Cooper Meals on Wheels hosts a gala and auction benefiting the organization’s mission. Local chefs and restaurants will create delectable small plates for guests to enjoy. Tickets are $150. 6:30 p.m. Wild Dunes Resort, 1 Sundial Circle, Isle of Palms. Visit ecmow.org.

Family Movie Night at Allan Park
Kids and parents will experience the happiness of “Trolls” screened outdoors. Games and activities for kids will keep them entertained until the movie begins at sunset. Register for free tickets online. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Allan Park, 365 Ashley Ave. Visit charlestonparksconservacy.org.

Mugs for Moms
Join Skirt, Postpartum Support Charleston and Mugs for Moms for brunch and to register for the Moms’ Run, which is May 11. Guests will take home a lovely mug handmade by local artists. Tickets are $40. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Dr. Visit www.ppdsupport.org.

Plow to Chow
Kick off the season at the Charleston Farmers Market with free tastings by local chefs, fresh produce and fun activities for kids promoting Lowcountry Local First’s Eat Local month. Free. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Visit charlestonfarmersmarket.com.

4.13 – 11.24
Charleston Farmers Market
A favorite for locals and tourists alike, the Farmers Market is back for the season every Saturday with fresh produce, food vendors and locally made crafts. Free. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Visit charlestonfarmersmarket.com.

Queen of Soul and Gospel: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin
The Charleston Gospel Choir presents an homage to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The choir will tell the story of Aretha’s life through her classic hits and renditions of music. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children. 6 p.m. Charity Missionary Baptist Church, 1544 Montague Ave, North Charleston. Visit charlestongospelchoir.org.

Easter Egg Hunt at Magnolia Plantation
A fun event for the whole family, children can hunt for 20,000 eggs across the gardens. Times vary by age group. Free with admission to Magnolia Plantation. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston. Visit magnoliaplantation.com.

The Hat Ladies Easter Promenade
Join the Hat Ladies for an Easter hat-pen-ing for the whole family. The Hat Ladies is a group of women who love wear their colorful hats with pride and volunteer to give back to the community. The parade begins at the corner of Broad and Meeting. Free. 11 a.m. Visit hatladies.org.

Skirt Book Club
Join Skirt magazine executive editor Shelley Young and author Patti Callahan Henry for Skirt’s book club presented by Buxton Books. We’ll discuss “Lost Girls of Paris” by Pam Jenoff. Also enjoy sips and light bites. Free. 5:30 – 7 p.m., Buxton Books, 2 Cumberland St. Visit buxtonbooks.com.

Legends of Soul Presents Patti LaBelle
The Godmother of Soul presents “A Night Out on the Town” to entertain guests with musings of soul and her popular hits. Tickets vary. 6:30 p.m. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston. Visit northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.

March for Babies Walk
The March for Babies Walk raises money to help fund research to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality across America. This three-mile walk is a family friendly event. 8 a.m. Cannon Park, 261 Calhoun St. Visit marchforbabies.org.

Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival
A boat parade, live music, craft show and free activities for all ages, the Blessing of the Fleet is not to be missed. Free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Hallman Blvd, Mount Pleasant. Visit experiencemountpleasant.com.

Sunday Brunch in Hampton Park Series
Charleston Parks Conservancy hosts the first of the series of Sunday Brunch at the Rose Pavilion. Guests will enjoy tasty treats and upbeat bluegrass music surrounded by nature. Tickets are $15. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Visit charlestonparksconservacy.org.

Lowcountry Local Chef’s Potluck
The Chef’s Potluck highlights the talents of local chefs and joins them with farmers in the community to facilitate the “Eat Local” challenge by Lowcountry Local First. With live music to sway to while tasting delicious eats from your favorite restaurants, the Chef’s Potluck is a lovely way to spend Sunday Funday. Tickets are $100. 4 p.m. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. Visit lowcountrylocalfirst.org.

St. Philip’s Church Tea Room

Enjoy a Lowcountry lunch and take part in an honored tradition a the St. Philip’s Church Tea Room. Enjoy
favorites such as okra soup, pimento cheese, classic chicken salad and shrimp salad as well as a selection of desserts, including Haummingbird cake and Huguenot torte. Dine outside in the courtyard, sit inside the Parish Hall or place a take-out order. Proceeds from the Tea Room benefit St. Philip’s international and local missions, St.

Philip’s choirs, and youth ministries. 11:30 to 2 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 142 Church St. Visit stphilipschurchsc.org.