2-10 North Charleston Arts Festival – This event is a celebration of arts and culture featuring national, regional and local artists and performers. More than 100 events take place around the area with most free or modestly priced making this festival accessible to all. www.northcharlestonartsfest.com | 843-740-5854

3 FAM JAM celebrates the power of PLAY and shows children and their families that being active can be fun.  With childhood obesity rates in South Carolina at an all-time high, CML and FAM JAM 2014 allow families to spend the day competing in a series of fun-filled physical challenges and enjoying engaging activities that provide trustworthy and compelling information about healthy and active living. Come PLAY with us in Marion Square on Saturday, May 3 from 10am – 2pm. It’s FREE! 843-853-8962 www.explorecml.org

3 Sheep Shearing at Middleton Place – The flock will be shorn between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and interpreters will demonstrate shearing as it was done in the past using steel-bladed hand shears. www.middletonplace.org | 843-556-6020

3-4 “Pippi Longstocking” by the Flowertown Players in Summerville – The world’s most beloved troublemaker has moved into Villa Villekulla with her pet monkey and horse while her father is pirating the South Seas. www.flowertownplayers.org/catfish | 843-875-9251

9 Free Friday Family Fest offers FREE ADMISSION FOR EVERYONE at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry! Thanks to PNC Bank,   Each family will receive FREE Museum Admission, FREE dinner and a complimentary pass to come back to CML.  The first 250 families will receive a free children’s book.  No registration required, just come and enjoy the fun! 25 Ann Street, 843-853-8962 www.explorecml.org

15-17 Rice Planting at Middleton Place – Take part in the centuries-old tradition of rice cultivation as Middleton Place embarks on the annual planting of the demonstration rice field. Costumed interpreters will instruct guests in traditional methods of planting, discuss the history of Carolina Gold rice on Lowcountry plantations, and explain the African origins of rice and its cultivation in South Carolina in the 18th and 19th centuries. Planting will take place each day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.www.middletonplace.org | 843-556-6020

15 Charleston Beer Garden – The city’s largest pop-up beer garden returns to Brittlebank Park craft beer, live music, homebrewers, beer Olympics, food and more. www.charlestonbeergarden.com

15 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

17-18 Sculpture in the South – More than 35 world-class sculptors present their artwork for sale during event in Summerville’s Azalea Park. This weekend event has drawn national recognition and become a mainstay within the community. Proceeds from the event go to support sculpture purchases for the Summerville Permanent Public Sculpture Collection. www.sculptureinthesouth.com

18 Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series – This summertime race kicks off in May and wraps up Aug. 10 with a championship race. The race is at James Island County Park. www.ccprc.com

23-6/8 “Three Musketers” by the Flowertown Players in Summerville – It’s action, adventure, romance and comedy as this group travels across France to foil the evil machinations of Rochefort, Malady De Winter, and the nefarious Cardinal Richelieu. www.flowertownplayers.org/musketeers | 843-875-9251

23-6/8 Piccolo Spoleto – Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto complements the international scope of Spoleto Festival USA with dozens of inexpensive programs, including visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film. www.piccolospoleto.com | 843-724-7305

23-6/8 Spoleto Festival USA – Considered a premier international performing arts festival, this annual event fills Charleston historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with more than 140 performances by world-renowned artists and performers in opera, theater, dance, chamber, symphonic, choral, bluegrass and jazz music. www.spoletousa.org | 843-579-3100

24 First Flush FesTEAval – The Charleston Tea Plantation welcomes the growth of new leaves on the tea plants in the spring time after a winter of rest. Their “first flush” of new growth is harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh and amazing cup of tea. The festival on Wadmalaw Island includes music, entertainment, art and local cuisine. www.charlestonteaplantation.com

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