Here’s What You Need to Know About the Cooper River Bridge Run

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Runners… on your mark, get set, go! Every year, the Cooper River Bridge Run brings countless locals and visitors together to race across the most famous bridge in town. Challenge yourself to beat last year’s time or get competitive with your fellow runners as you make your way over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Here’s everything you need to know about the Cooper River Bridge Run. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Cooper River Bridge Run

The Cooper River Bridge Run is fun for everyone! Whether you prefer running or walking, you can participate in the run of the year. The race itself is a 10K, but you are welcome to walk it. All you need to do is register! 

Registering for the Cooper River Bridge Run

Registering for the Cooper River Bridge Run is easy. You can do it all online! Local tip: To get the best price, you’ll want to register as early as possible. For example, if you register from June 1 to July 31, you can race for just $40. After February 1, the price goes up to $60 per runner. 

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The Course

The Cooper River Bridge Run shuts down the entire road on the course between Mount Pleasant and Charleston. You’ll start the run on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, then run across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. From there, you’ll run through some of Charleston’s most popular streets: Meeting Street and King Street. You’ll end the race after six miles and head to Marion Square for the Finish Festival

The Starting Line

Runners should park downtown and hop on one of the bus shuttles in the morning to be brought to the starting line on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. That way, your transportation will be downtown when you finish! You must wear your racing bib to be allowed on the shuttle. Once you get there, you’ll line up based on the color code on your bib. Racers are lined up based on their estimated finishing times. 

The Finish Festival

Celebrate your completion of the race at the Finish Festival! Marion Square will be packed with racers and their loved ones enjoying entertainment, vendors, food, and refreshments. It’s the perfect end to your race day. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, SEWE

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Do you love wildlife and nature? You have to attend the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition this year! For three days, you can celebrate wildlife and nature through events, socials, fine art, and tons of exhibits. Thousands of locals and visitors of all ages look forward to this special festival all year. You won’t want to miss it! Learn about all the other things to do and see on the Charleston Coast when you access our complimentary Destination Guide

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About the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, also known as SEWE, is three days full of incredible events that honor and celebrate the wildlife and nature of our area. We love this festival because it is not only entertaining, it’s educational, too! Have fun while learning about the need to protect our natural environment. 

Getting Tickets

Tickets are easy to get– you can purchase them all online. If you’re looking to go to the main educational events, you’ll just need a general admission ticket. You can purchase a three-day pass or opt to choose which days you would like to attend the festival. Local tip: Kids under 10 don’t need a ticket to lectures, shows, and demonstrations– they’re free! Adults will need a general admission ticket to attend. 

Educational Events and Exhibits 

Learn something new during your vacation when you attend some of the events at SEWE. From a sheep herding demo to learning how to throw a cast net, you’ll get a true taste of the nature and wildlife in our area. Many of these events show how important all of this is to our fragile ecosystem and the steps we are taking for their conservation. 

There are hundreds of exhibitors that participate in SEWE every year! Check out the full list of exhibitors to see who will be there. 

Special Events

SEWE isn’t just about education– there’s plenty of entertainment, too! Everyone looks forward to the annual oyster roast, and there are plenty of other social events to attend. Find some unique art at the auction, or take your sweetheart on a date to one of the cocktail parties. Check out the events schedule and get your tickets! 

Be a VIP

If you’re coming with a group and want to attend all that the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has to offer, VIP might be the perfect option for you. There are multiple VIP packages to choose from, and packages range from two to 10 badges. Arrive in style with the VIP shuttle, and make use of the VIP Lounge! 

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Yum! Here’s What You Need to Know About Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week

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It’s no secret that thousands of people flock to the Charleston Coast every year to experience our famous Lowcountry cuisine. With so many restaurants to choose from, it’s impossible to try them all! If you consider yourself a foodie, make sure to plan your vacation during Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week. This event only happens twice a year, and you’ll get multi-course meals for a great price. Start planning your Charleston getaway today when you access a copy of our complimentary Destination Guide!

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About Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week

Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week gives you the excuse you’ve been waiting for to go to all those restaurants you have been wanting to try out. Participating restaurants usually offer a special lunch and dinner menu that has been designed to give you a taste of their fare. Plus, these multi-course meals are always a great price. We recommend going with a group of friends or someone you know won’t mind sharing a little bit. That way, you can each get something different and try them all!

Local tip: Don’t feel like you are just limited to their multi-course menu. Most restaurants still offer their regular menu, and you can also order restaurant week items à la carte. 

Lunch Menus 

Restaurants participating in Restaurant Week lunch usually create a menu with two courses to choose from. You’ll get an appetizer and an entree! 

Dinner Menus 

The restaurants in Charleston go all out for this special week. The dinner menu usually consists of three courses: an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Don’t worry– portions are controlled so these three courses won’t be too much food. If you’re too full, just take your dessert to go! 

When Is Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week?

There are actually two Restaurant Weeks here! One is in September and the other is in January. The dates change every year, so make sure you check before making your plans. Plus, Restaurant Week lasts a little longer than a week. It’s usually about 10 days!

Who Is Participating?

From the city to Folly Beach, the entire Charleston area participates in our Restaurant Week! Dozens of restaurants join in every year, and you can see exactly who is taking part on the Restaurant Week website. As the week gets closer, the restaurants begin to release their menus. Take a peek and choose which ones you want to try out!

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Foodies, This Is Why You Need to Go to Taste of Folly

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The Charleston area is known for its incredible cuisine. Thousands of food connoisseurs visit our area each year to experience our local restaurants. If you consider yourself a foodie, make sure you’re in town for the Taste of Folly. This food-centered event showcases the beach town with an emphasis on food. Start planning your Charleston getaway today when you access our complimentary Destination Guide. Inside, you’ll find even more restaurants to check out!

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About Taste of Folly

We can’t wait for Taste of Folly to come to town every year! Not only does this annual event exhibit all the food this beach town is known for, it also showcases other local businesses. You’ll truly get a taste of Folly! Walk around to the vendors, have a few bites from Folly-based food vendors, do a little shopping, and relax in front of the live bands. 

When Is Taste of Folly?

Taste of Folly takes place every year at the end of January. For the exact dates, you can check Folly Beach’s events page!

Where Is Taste of Folly?

Taste of Folly is right in the center of all the action on Folly Beach. Center Street is shut down and transformed into this awesome event. There are tons of businesses along Center Street you’re welcome to explore, and other vendors and artists set up along the main drag. 

How to Get Tickets

You can purchase tickets to Taste of Folly in advance or at the door. Part of the ticket price goes toward a cocktail competition– you get to taste samples and vote on the best cocktail! 

The Entertainment

You’ll never be bored at Taste of Folly! There are tons of traditions that festival-goers look forward to every year. The chili cookoff and hotdog eating contest are fan favorites, and the kids will love the carnival games. Grab a drink and a bite to eat, then make yourself comfortable by the stage to listen to live music.

Is It Family-Friendly?

If you’re wondering if the Taste of Folly is family-friendly, you’re in luck! It is! Locals and visitors of all ages love Taste of Folly– there’s truly something for everyone. There are even fun activities that have been designed to keep your little ones busy. Plus, everyone loves food! 

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