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5 Around Town: It's all about being outdoors in the Lowcountry

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As the weather continues to heat up, so do the activities around the Lowcountry. This weekend features several opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation.

Charleston Outdoor Fest 

Paddling, climbing, riding, shooting and more are on the schedule for Charleston's ultimate weekend for the outdoor enthusiast.

The annual Charleston Outdoor Fest features a plethora of recreation activities at James Island County Park from Friday through Sunday. The Try It Zone includes archery, a bike obstacle course, a mountain bike short track, disc golf, a temporary climbing wall and a slackline course. A Try It pass is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger with an adult. The Try It Zone is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Click here for more details on other Outdoor Fest activities.

Lowcountry Strawberry Festival 

The fields are ready for picking at the annual Lowcountry Strawberry Festival this weekend.

The annual strawberry fest returns to Boone Hall in Mount Pleasant Thursday through Sunday. The festival includes four days of family-friendly entertainment, rides for all ages, a petting zoo, acrobatic dog performances, and giant inflatables for the kids.

You can head into the fields to do some strawberry picking of your own. The fields will be open during the daytime hours each day until 5 p.m. while the strawberries last.

Admission is $10 for ages 12 and older and $5 for ages two to 11. Kids under 2 are Free with a paying adult. Tickets for rides are extra. Wristbands good for rides all day are $25 at the gate.
The festival is open 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, click here.

Charleston Race Week

Hundreds of boats will sail through the Charleston harbor this weekend for the largest regatta of its kind in the U.S.

Sperry Charleston Race Week is back for a 22nd year, featuring competitors from 24 states and seven foreign countries. They will participate in practice sails on Thursday with competitive racing Friday through Sunday.  The first races in the harbor start at 8:30 a.m. each day. 

Spectators can watch from a variety of areas based on the types of boats and races. White Point Gardens along the Battery will be the best viewing spot to see J/80s, J/88s and VX One Designs. Parking is limited at Demetre Park on James Island, but this will be the best spot to see the J/70s racing in the South Channel between Castle Pinckney and James Island. The Charleston Maritime Center is the best bet to see the J/22s and J/24s race just south of the Ravenel Bridge.

New this year, Charleston Race Week will stage its first Pro-Am event Saturday at 5:30 p.m. This will consist of a series of very short races right off the Wedding Pier at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. The Pro-Am races will raise funds for the College of Charleston's Sailing Program.

Each evening wraps up with a post-race party at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. Event passes are available online or at the venue. For more information, click here.

Mullet Haul Trail Run

It's all business up front, and party in the back as runners hit the trails Saturday at Johns Island County Park.

The Mullet Haul Trail Run features a 5K, 10K and 10K relay at the Mullet Haul Equestrian Center. All three races start at 8:30 a.m. After the races, runners can stick around for the awards, live music, food and drinks, and free relay for kids 3 to 10.

Registration on site will be open from 7 to 8 a.m. on race day. It's $34 for the 5K, $44 for the 10K and $60 per team for the 10K Relay. For more information, click here.

Charleston Home + Outdoor Living Festival

Home and design professionals will be at the Volvo Car Stadium for the annual Charleston Home and Outdoor Living Festival this weekend.

The festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring booths, a craft beer garden, live music and a kids' zone.

A Craft Beer Festival is happening on the court from 12 to 5 p.m. both days. A $25 admission buys a "Craft Beer Passport," good for sampling over a dozen local and regional craft beers.

In addition to the home and design advice at the Volvo Car Stadium, guests can also purchase a ticket for the Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour for $25. The home tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday includes self-guided looks inside six private homes, hosted by the builders. 

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

Drop-In Picnic at The Bend

A 17-acre waterfront property off Azalea Drive in North Charleston is inviting the community out for a drop-in Picnic Saturday.

The Bend is an area once home to the Ashley Shores apartments. It has plans to be an event space, a nature area, and a community gathering place. A free drop-in picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include barbecue from Rodney Scott and Jim 'N Nick's. It also includes live music and the chance to explore the area and learn more about the development.

Click here for more information about The Bend.

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