5 Around Town: Art, Dragon Boats, Dog Days, And A 9 11 Exhibit

The Lowcountry weekend features events catering to art lovers, dogs, historians, and anyone who loves to paddle.

North Charleston Arts Fest

North Charleston's annual arts festival includes dozens of activities and performances around the city through the weekend.

The highlight of the North Charleston Arts Fest is the Arts Fest Expo. The two-day expo is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The free event includes more than 40 performances on multiple stages. It also features art and photography shows, children's activities, art and craft vendors, live demonstrations, and more.

The festival schedule also includes many free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions. For a full schedule of events, click here

Dragon Boat Festival

The beat of the drums and the slap of the paddles will ring across the Ashley River Saturday for the 11th annual Charleston Dragon Boat Festival. 

Hundreds of paddlers in dozens of boats will race down the river from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fans can watch the races for free at Brittlebank Park. Each boat consists of 20 paddlers and one drummer. The boats race the 250-meter course in three heats and compete in four categories: men, women, mixed, and cancer survivors.

Cancer survivors participate for free, and fees for other boats help to raise money for cancer survivor programs through Dragon Boat Charleston. A survivor ceremony is also scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Click here for more details of the festival.

9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit

A traveling exhibit to remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. has rolled into the Lowcountry. 

The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will be set up at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum through Sunday. The 1,100 square foot exhibit comes with tours led by New York firefighters. It includes artifacts from the World Trade Center, a documentary video, and recordings of first-responder radio transmissions. 

The exhibit is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parking is $5. Click here for more details about the exhibit. 

Independence day for Battery

The Charleston Battery will have an Independence day of sorts at MUSC Health Stadium.

The Charlotte Independence come to town for a Cinco de Mayo match Saturday night. The Battery will celebrate with dollar beers and margarita specials beginning when gates open. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. Click here for ticket information.

Riverdogs Weekend Homestand

The Riverdogs will celebrate superheroes and Cinco de Mayo when they host the Lexington Legends for a weekend series.

The series opens with a Friday Fireworks show after the game. The Riverdogs celebrate Cinco de Mayo(nnaise) on Saturday with plenty of Mayo-themed contests during the game. The Saturday post-game also features the first helicopter bouncy ball drop of the season. 

Superheroes are not just teaming up on the big screen. You can get a picture with some of the most popular comic book heroes at Joe Riley Park on Sunday. 

Sunday is also a bonus dog day at the ballpark. Bark for your Brews features craft beer and hot dog samplings from 2 to 4 p.m. It also includes a dog parade. The $25 ticket for Bark for your Brews is also good for admission to Sunday's game at 5:05 p.m. Click here for more details on the Riverdogs.

May the Dogs Be With You Festival

Deep Water Vineyard will go to the dogs on Saturday for "Revenge of the Fifth: May the Dogs Be With You."

Dogs and humans alike are invited to the vineyards for the festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival includes live music, drinks, Star Wars character appearances, and a dog magazine cover contest. Animal rescue and pet service groups will be on site. 

Admission is $5 per car in advance or $10 at the gate. Click here for more information.

Race the Helix Lowcountry

Runners can help raise awareness for genetic disorders and funding for genetic research with a 5K or one-mile walk.

Race the Helix Lowcountry races at Wannamaker Park in North Charleston will benefit the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation. Races get started at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $15 for the one-mile walk and will be open Saturday from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Click here for more details.

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