Lowcountry weekends are always filled with lots to do, but the first weekend in April may be the biggest one of all! Summerville will be blooming with the Flowertown Festival while Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston are booming! They’ll be hosting the thousands of people here for the Cooper River Bridge Run. The Volvo Car Open will be wrapping its final weekend on Daniel Island. Meanwhile, the Lowcountry Cajun Festival brings a little bit of Louisiana to James Island!
Cooper River Bridge Run
Nearly 80,000 people will “Get Over It” this weekend at the 42nd annual Cooper River Bridge Run. Race day is April 6th but there are several events leading up to the big day. All the while, Mount Pleasant and downtown will be alive with visitors and activities surrounding this highly anticipated event.
The Bridge Run Expo is a two-day event where participants go to pick-up their race packets. Additionally, event sponsors will be handing out freebies and valuable offers for race enthusiasts. And on Friday evening, you can pick up your packet and then head to the Taste of the Bridge. For just $15, you can sample cuisine from over 25 Charleston restaurants!
Kids are encouraged to start their love of running early at the Kids Run! This is held at Hampton Park along with Wonderfest. Kids can enjoy face painting, jump castles, live music, pony rides, a climbing wall, and even a mechanical bull!
Then on Saturday, April 6th it’s race day! The Cooper River Bridge Run kicks off at 8 a.m. This 10K, founded in 1978 is the 3rd largest 10K in the United States! Contestants of all levels start in Mt. Pleasant and then make their way up and over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and on to Marion Square in downtown Charleston.
And if you can’t make it to the race but would love to watch from the comfort of home, you can do that too! Live 5 will have live coverage from all over on race day from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
What: Bridge Run Expo
When: Thursday, April 4, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. & Friday April 5, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Charleston Area Convention Center
What: Taste of the Bridge
When: Friday, April 5, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Charleston Area Convention Center
What: Kids Run/Wonderfest
When: Friday, April 5, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Race at 6 p.m.
Where: Hampton Park
What: Cooper River Bridge Run
When: Saturday, April, 8 a.m.
Where: Starts in Mt. Pleasant and ends in Marion Square, downtown Charleston
It’s one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast! Summerville is the proud home to the annual Flowertown Festival. Started in 1972, this event raises money to support health and wellness programs at the Summerville Family YMCA. Attendees can shop the over 200 artists surrounded by the beauty of azaleas, wisteria and dogwood in this charming southern town. There will be activities and rides at the Children’s Jubilee, a Food Truck Friday and a farmer’s market on Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free
What: Flowertown Festival
When: Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Main St., Summerville
Volvo Car Open
This world class tennis event is the largest women’s-only event in North America and it happens right here in Charleston! More than 100 of the best women athletes come here to compete in the Volvo Car Open. Nine days of matches finish up on Sunday, April 7th when the 2019 Champion is crowned.
There is plenty of excitement of the court as well. Happy hours, theme nights and special events add even more to the experience!
For tickets, visit: volvocaropen.com
What: Volvo Car Open
When: Saturday, March 30th to Sunday, April 7th
Where: Family Circle Tennis Center, Daniel Island
Lowcountry Cajun Festival
You’ll feel like you’re down on the bayou at the Lowcountry Cajun Festival! Enjoy authentic creole cuisine like jambalaya, alligator, etouffee, andouille sausage and crawfish! And if you’d rather stick with Lowcountry favorites, they’ll be available too! Enjoy the beauty of James Island County Park while taking in the sounds of Zydeco music! Cost is $15 per person but it’s free for kids under 12. Lawn chairs recommended but no coolers or outside beverages are permitted.
What: Lowcountry Cajun Festival
When: Sunday, April 6, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: James Island County Park