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So much to do, so little time in this week's 5 Around Town

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

This weekend may not have the huge events like the Bridge Run or Flowertown, but that doesn't mean it's a slow weekend in the Lowcountry.  From food to film and boats to beaches, we have a variety of events on the schedule!

CHARLESTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 7th annual Charleston International Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with the South Carolina premiere of the new Kevin Costner film "Draft Day." Film buffs have the opportunity to take in dozens of films through Sunday in multiple block screenings. The schedule includes feature length and short films, as well as documentaries and animated films. The festival also includes Q&A sessions and workshops in various locations in downtown Charleston. It wraps with an Awards Gala at Memminger Auditorium on Sunday, starting at 6:30 pm. For schedules and ticket information, go to charlestoniff.com

24TH ANNUAL FOLLY BEACH SEA & SAND FESTIVAL

Inclement weather in late March pushed this annual Folly Beach Festival to this weekend, and we are looking at much better beach weather this time around. A surfing competition, a 5K, a sand sculpting contest, and a street party with live music highlight the 24th Annual Folly Beach Sea & Sand Festival. Events for the family-friendly festival are all day Saturday and Sunday. The festival benefits the Folly Beach Parks & Recreation Department and the on-going beach renourishment program. Check out follybeachfestivals.com for a look at the full schedule of events and admission prices.

EAST COAST PADDLESPORTS & OUTDOOR FESTIVAL

If you like paddleboarding, kayaking, archery, climbing, or other water and outdoor activities, then get yourself to James Island County Park this weekend. You can try your hand at a variety of outdoor activities and watch demonstrations and competitions. The Festival also features live music. You can sign up for a single class, try several activities, or sign up for a full weekend of events and programs. For a full schedule of the events and rates for activities, check out CharlestonCountyParks.com/outdoorfest 

MERMAIDS AT THE AQUARIUM

The South Carolina Aquarium is hosting the world famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids for nine days starting this weekend. The mermaids will put on performances three times a day; 11 am, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm. You'll also get a chance for pictures and the aquarium will also have a spot for kids to dress up like a mermaid or pirate. The Weeki Wachee Mermaids are visiting April 12-20. Check out scaquarium.com to find out more.

PLOW TO CHOW

The 2014 Charleston Farmers Market kicks off Saturday morning and to the non-profit, Lowcountry Local First adding some pizzazz to coincide with what it's dubbed as "Eat Local Month." Local chefs and farmers will team up to showcase "Plow to Chow" cooking demonstrations from 8 am to 2:00 pm. It's just one of several events by LLF this month to promote local farmers. To find out more, visit lowcountrylocalfirst.com

CHARLESTON RACE WEEK

The largest regatta of its kind in the Western hemisphere is sailing in Charleston Harbor this weekend. The Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week includes more than 2,000 sailors with races and events through Sunday. Charleston Race Week also features daily and nightly beach parties at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. The sailing races will be on Charleston Harbor and just off Sullivan's Island. The best spot to see the action may be White Point Gardens on the Charleston peninsula. If you want to check out the schedule and see prices for event passes, go to charlestonraceweek.com.

LOWCOUNTRY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Call it a "taste of spring!" The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival returns to Boone Hall Plantation this weekend. The festival includes rides, demonstrations, a petting zoo, a strawberry recipe contest, and pie eating contests on Saturday and Sunday! Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 3 to 11, and kids 2 and under are FREE. The festival is open 4-11 pm Friday,10 am-11 pm Saturday, and 12-7 pm Sunday. For more information, go to the Strawberry Festival website

WORLD GRITS FESTIVAL

If you want to roll around in a Lowcountry staple, the 29th Annual World Grits Festival gives you the chance to do just that. About 30,000 people are expected to make their way to St. George for the event. You can eat some grits, make some grits, and of course compete in the "Rolling in the grits" contest. The festival is open from 9 am-9 pm Friday and Saturday, 12-5 pm on Sunday. You can find out more at worldgritsfestival.com

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