Regional Events

Note: Event date, venue and other details may change at short notice due to the pandemic. Please check all information at the official website before making plans to attend an event.

Through Spring 2021
Virtual Savannah Book Festival
Savannah
Virtual festival author lineup includes Michael Connelly, Sandra Brown, Jane Smiley, Brit Bennett, Dave Barry, James Lee Burke, John Connelly and Brad Thor. savannahbookfestival.org

March 29, 30
Prohibition Cocktail Classes
Savannah
Certified bartenders teach how to make classic cocktails and share the colorful stories behind them. 6-7:30 p.m. Mon. and Tues. nights. $44. Limited space available; private classes available. American Prohibition Museum. (912) 220-1249, americanprohibitionmuseum.com

March 11-August 17
Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens
Charleston
The 2021 festival has been re-imagined with smaller audience sizes, virtual programming, more outdoor programming and social distancing protocols in place. All tours this year will feature private gardens and exteriors only. historiccharleston.org

March 19-28
International Cherry Blossom Festival
Macon
Outdoor festival features more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees in bloom, live music, equestrian shows, historic tours, road race, parade and amusement rides. Carolyn Crayton Park. cherryblossom.com

March 27
Palmetto Swamp Fox Adventure Race
Charleston
Racers are challenged to traverse 60 miles across land, swamp and water in Francis Marion National Forest in less than 12 hours. Solo racers and teams of two, three and four must kayak, mountain bike and trek with a compass (no gps) to find 22 checkpoints as fast as they can. kandoadventures.com

March 27-28
Georgia Bridal & Wedding Expo
Atlanta
Interactive bridal event let’s guests sample food, see gowns and flowers, listen to dance music and meet dozens of wedding professionals. Advance tickets required and are limited for social distancing. Face coverings required. Noon-5 p.m. Free passes available online. Georgia World Congress Center, Building B. gabridalshows.com

April 1
38 Special
Charleston
The Southern rock group performs at North Charleston Performing Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. $39-$79. northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

April 1, 15
Toast Under the Oaks
Charleston
Enjoy drinks and live music under the oaks of Johns Island County Park. Limited tickets; preregistration required. Bring seating. Masks required. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $15; includes beer, wine and music. Food truck available. (843) 795-4386, ccprc.com

April 2
An Evening with Gregory Porter
Charleston
The two-time Grammy-winning jazz vocalist performs at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $69-$89. northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

April 3-11
Volvo Car Open
Charleston
Tournament features nine days of high-level tennis and family activities. Daniel Island. (843) 856-7900, volvocaropen.com

April 8-11
Charleston Race Week
Charleston
The international sailboat regatta, celebrating its 25th anniversary, features inshore and offshore races. Includes smaller post-race festivities and additional festivities at nearby sites for proper social distancing for all attendees. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. charlestonraceweek.com

April 9-11
Monster Jam
Columbia
Watch giants like Bad Company, Grave Digger, Megalodon, Slinger and Xtermigator compete in racing, wheelie contests and freestyle action. Includes health and safety measures. Various times and costs. Colonial Life Arena. 

Sherlock Holmes Convention
Virtual
Fans of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes gather online for a truncated schedule of panels and breakout room beginning 6 p.m. Friday and concluding 4 p.m. Sunday. Free; must register through Zoom. 221bcon.com

April 11
Georgia Audubon Field Trip
Atlanta
Take a guided walk around the grounds and nine historic gardens of Atlanta History Center while looking for spring migrants and resident birds. Recommended for beginner birders and families with children over 10. No dogs or strollers. Walk covers 2-3 miles of mild hiking terrain, including dirt paths and grass. Bring hiking shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen and water. 8-10:30 a.m. Free; registration required. atlantahistorycenter.com

April 12-18
RBC Heritage
Hilton Head
Some of the top names in golf compete in the PGA Tour event. Limited spectators; health and safety protocols will be in place. Harbour Town Golf Links. rbcheritage.com

April 14-18
Atlanta International Auto Show
Atlanta
Five-day show includes 400 new cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles at Georgia World Congress Center, Building C. $6-$12. Kids 5 and under free. goautoshow.com

April 16
World of Jazz
Charleston
Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents an outdoor evening of jazz at Firefly Distillery. Bring your own chairs for socially distanced seating. Masks required. Drinks and food available for purchase; no outside food or beverages allowed. 6-7:30 p.m. $25-$30. charlestonjazz.com

April 17
Soft Shell Crab Festival
Beaufort
Local chefs serve a variety of soft-shell crab dishes along with other fare. Includes crab races, live music, artisan craft vendors and family activities. Noon-5 p.m. (843) 470-1110, beaufortsc.org

April 17, 24, 25, 29
Safe Sounds at Firefly Music Series
North Charleston
Socially distanced concert series is arranged so up to four guests can enjoy live music in 10×10 squares. Performers include Zac Brown Tribute Band, 20 RIDE (4/17), Randall Fowler (4/24), The Allman Betts Band (4/25) and Sam Bush (4/29). 7 p.m. Firefly Distillery. $110-$225 for 4 people. citypapertickets.com

April 18
Blessing of the Fleet Boat Parade
Darien
The shrimp boats will be blessed for a bountiful 2021 season at 2 p.m. Darien River Bridge and Waterfront. The full Bounty of the Fleet Festival is now scheduled for September 17-18. blessingofthefleet.com

April 24
Take3
Charleston
The trio presents a genre-crossing concert of pop, jazz, movie themes and classical tunes including “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Game of Thrones,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” 7:30 p.m. North Charleston Performing Arts Center. northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

April 25
Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival
Mount Pleasant
Festival features shrimp-eating contest, live beach music, shag contest, art show, arts and crafts, boat parade and kids’ activities. Bring chairs and blankets. Admission and activities are free. Free parking and shuttles. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Waterfront Park. experiencemountpleasant.com

April 28-May 2
North Charleston Arts Fest
North Charleston
Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the five-day celebration of arts and culture highlights regional and local artists and performers in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and literature. Masks and social distancing required; some virtual programming will be offered. northcharlestonartsfest.com

May 1-2
Tour of Kitchens
Atlanta
Junior League of Atlanta tour features newly designed outdoor kitchens, lush gardens, façade hardscaping and some of Atlanta’s finest indoor spaces. Each home will adhere to CDC and state health guidelines including limited occupancy and other restrictive safety measures. $25 and up. jlatlanta.org

May 1-June 13
Georgia Renaissance Festival
Fairburn
16th-century entertainment includes a medieval amusement park, jousting knights, Shakespearian plays, juggling, sword fighting, live music, entertainment and a 32-acre world bazaar. Weekends 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. garenfest.com

To have your event considered for publication, please submit materials to info@columbiacountymag.com. All listings require a two-month lead time.