Fun events shower county parks in April

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013

April brings special events to Charleston County Parks.

Lowcountry Cajun Festival

When: Sunday, April 7, noon to 6 p.m.

Where: James Island County Park.

Details: Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, Cajun Fest is a full-day of foot-stompin’ Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and all around ragin’ Cajun entertainment. Enjoy live music throughout the day by Zydeco acts “Swamp Pop” Shelly Waters, Unknown Tongues and Sidewalk Zydeco. Don’t forget to sign up for the 2:30 p.m. crawfish eating contest! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers, outside beverages, or pets permitted. Admission: $10 for adults (13 and up); free for children 12 and under and Gold Pass holders.

Pet Fest

When: Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Where: Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park

Details: Pets, their owners and the whole family are invited to take part in a weekend of exhibits, demonstrations, rescue groups and entertainment at Pet Fest. Enjoy live music on Sunday, dock diving, exciting demonstrations, contests, shows, kids’ activities and much more! For more information visit www.ccprc.com/petfest. Pets must be restrained/leashed at all times. No outside food or beverages. Admission: $5 (ages 13 and up). Free for ages 12 and under, Gold Pass Holders and pets.

Paddlesports, Outdoor Festival

When: Friday – Sunday, April 19-21. For a daily schedule, visit www.ccprc.com/outdoorfest

Where: James Island County Park

Details: Formerly known as the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival, this newly expanded 23rd annual event is a full- weekend immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience, and fun of canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. New this year is the Try It Zone, where you can try your hand at a variety of outdoor activities including slacklining, archery, climbing and more. Register in advance for access to paddling classroom lectures, unlimited boat demos from the world’s leading manufacturers, social opportunities with the world’s top instructors, on-water classes and paddling trips. Or, just stop in to the park to enjoy the sights and sounds of this family-friendly festival for the regular admission. Visit www.ccprc.com/outdoorfest or call 795-4386 to register. Children 17 and under are free with an accompanying adult registration.

Where the Wild Things Run 5K

When: Saturday, April 27, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Details: Explore your wild side on a scenic run through the trails of this 654-acre site rich in natural and historical resources. Caw Caw Interpretive Center features areas favored for many species of rare wildlife. An award ceremony with light food and beverages will be held immediately afterward. Online registration will end Apr. 26. Participants ages 10-15 are welcomed to register, but must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Fee: $34/$28. CCR discount is available.

Cooper shaggin’

When: Saturday, April 27, 7 – 11 p.m.

Where: Mount Pleasant Pier

Details: Spend an evening dancing on the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier to live music performed by Groove Train! Beverages will be available for purchase. Only 800 tickets will be sold. Advance purchase is recommended. In the event of cancellation, tickets will be good for any 2013 Shaggin’ on the Cooper event. Series passes also available. Call 795-4386 for more information. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $10/$8 CCR Discount/$10 on-site if still available.

Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival

When: Sunday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and the Mount Pleasant Pier

Details: Mount Pleasant Pier is proud to be a part of this annual event hosted by the Town of Mount Pleasant. The festival features a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp and fishing fleet, plus seafood samplings from local restaurants, live music, an arts and crafts show, shag dancing and shrimp-eating contests. Admission to the event and parking is free. For more information, go online to www.townofmountpleasant.com.

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