4-11 Ford Productions presents the inaugural What the Folk Music Festival on April 11th

4-4, 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run, is April 5, 2014, http://bridgerun.com/register.php, http://bridgerun.com/index.php

3-29- 4-6 ,Family Circle Cup is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world, and Family Circle Magazine is the longest running title sponsor of a sporting event in the United States, as well as in all of professional tennis, worldwide. For more information on the Family Circle Cup, call (800) 677-2293, email info@familycirclecup.com http://www.familycirclecup.com

4-17, The Motet’s Album Release Party w/ The Broadcast | The Charleston Pour House |  Ages: 21 $12 ADV / $15 DOS Ticket link: http://charlestonpourhouse.strangertickets.com/events/13327351/the-motet

Through 4/19 Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showhouse – Built in 1852, this year’s showhouse at 67 Rutledge Ave. is known for its broad porch with a gray and white marble floor and Moorish arches framed in latticework. www.csolinc.org | 843-723-0020

Through 4/19 67th annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens – Explore the city’s old and historic district in a series of tours showcasing Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture.www.historiccharleston.org | 843-722-3405

3-13 “Catfish Moon” by the Flowertown Players in Summerville – In an attempt to recapture the friendship and settle all disputes, three childhood friends go on an overnight fishing trip just like old times. www.flowertownplayers.org/catfish | 843-875-9251

4-5 Living History Days at Middleton Place – This two-day event commemorates the 230th anniversary of Gen. Nathanael Greene’s encampment of the southern army at Middleton Place during the Revolutionary War.www.middletonplace.org | 843-556-6020

4-26 “Other Desert Cities” – During a family Christmas holiday, one daughter returns home to announce she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history – a wound they don’t want reopened. www.puretheatre.org | 843-723-4444

4-26 “Gershwin at Folly” by Charleston Stage – This original full-scale musical, written by Charleston playwright Julian Wiles, tells the story of George Gershwin’s 1934 vacation on Folly Beach when he and DuBose Heyward began work on “Porgy and Bess.” www.charlestonstage.com | 843-577-7183

4-6 Flowertown Festival – Thousands of locals and visitors converge on the Town of Summerville for this annual festival in Azalea Park, which will be blooming with azaleas, wisteria and dogwood. Arts and crafts displays fill the park and nearby streets, making this one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The event benefits the Summerville YMCA. www.flowertownfestival.org | 843-871-9622

5 37th annual Cooper River Bridge Run – Some 30,000 runners and walkers will race across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in this world-class 10K race that promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.www.bridgerun.com | 843-937-4183

6 Lowcountry Cajun Festival at James Island County Park – Louisiana comes to the Lowcountry in festival filled with Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and all around ragin’ Cajun entertainment.www.ccprc.com | 843-795-7275

6 French Tea at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens – Have tea amid colorful azaleas and a stringed classical trio, reminiscent of a bygone Southern tradition but with a French twist. www.magnoliaplantation.com | 800-367-3517

9-13 DIG South Festival – Go high tech at this interactive conference featuring speakers from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more plus entertainment, networking, comedians and workshops/presentations on technology, entrepreneurship, marketing, social media, gaming and ecosystems/culture. www.digsouth.com

11-12 The Garden Club of Charleston’s 79th annual Walking Tour of Private Houses & Gardens – The tour includes some of Charleston’s finest houses and gardens in the historic district as well as flowers arranged by members of The Garden Club of Charleston and refreshments in a Charleston garden.www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org | 843-406-7626

11-13 The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation – More than 30 attractions and rides, including a petting zoo, pig races, magic shows, live music, pie-eating contests and plenty of strawberries ripe for the pickin’. www.boonehallplantation.com

11-13 29th annual Grits Festival in St. George – This festival is about all things grits so get ready to eat grits, buy grits, learn how grits are made and even join dive into a vat of grits for the Grits Rolling Contest.www.worldgritsfestival.com | 843-563-7943

12 Founders’ Day Festival at Charles Towne Landing –Groups of 17th-century re-enactors will interact with visitors in authentic encampments located within the reconstructed palisade wall that protected Charles Towne in the 1670s. Demonstrations include the firing of blackpowder cannons and muskets, as well as cooking and other daily chores crucial to the colony’s survival. Site archaeologists will be available at the current excavation site to show visitors the latest research discoveries. www.charlestownelanding.travel | 843-852-4200

13 American Red Cross Home, Garden & Art Tour – Stroll through the Old Village of Mount Pleasant, stopping at lovely homes, sampling food and talking with local artists whose work will be for sale.www.redcross.org/carolinalowcountry

14 Kiawah Beverage Series – Head to Kiawah Island Golf Resort for beverage dinners that highlight seasonal flavors paired with spirited beverages. www.kiawahresort.com | 843-768-6253

19 Easter Eggstravaganza at Middleton Place – This family event goes beyond the traditional Easter egg hunt with activities like the egg toss, egg roll, egg dying, a reading of classic children’s tales, and a variety of colonial games. www.middletonplace.org | 843-556-6020

19 Ovation Concert Series by Chamber Music Charleston – Enjoy a 1920s flapper party featuring Mozart, Gershwin and Poulenc at Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston. www.chambermusiccharleston.org | 843-763-4941

19 The Hat Ladies 14th annual Easter Promenade – Head to Marion Square to see The Hat Ladies in their stylish Easter bonnets promenading down Meeting, King and Market streets and posing for photos.www.hatladies.org | 843-762-6679

26-27 “Pinkalicious the Musical” presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre – Adapted from a beloved contemporary children’s series, this performance tells the story of a headstrong little girl who loves the color pink so much that she can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents.www.charlestonstage.com | 843-577-7183

27 27th annual Town of Mt. Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet – Send local shrimpers off to a safe and prosperous shrimping season at this event that dishes up fresh seafood and showcases local crafts at Memorial Waterfront Park and Pier. www.townofmountpleasant.com | 843-884-8517