Cooper River Bridge Run April 6, 2013, Mount Pleasant – Charleston The 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run is just around the corner. And you don’t have to be an avid runner to participate – walkers are welcome and you can walk or run for yourself or for charity. Started in 1978, the Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. Last year 36,652 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Meeting Street. The Cooper River Bridge Run is well organized and includes world-class competition in a beautiful setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. The run promotes community cooperation and participation in healthy events throughout the year. On March 27, 2012 a new initiative was launched by Mayor Joseph Riley called Lighten Up Charleston to help the Charleston community become more active and lose 100,000 pounds. Walking the Bridge Run is a great way to cement your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament March 30 – April 7, 2013, Daniel Island The Williams sisters will be back at the Family Circle Cup this year. Serena Williams will join sister Venus at this year’s clay-court tournament in April at the wonderful Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island . Serena Williams won the championship in her last two appearances at Daniel Island in 2008 and 2012. Also on the roster is #8 ranked Sara Errani (Italy) and #9 ranked Samantha Stosur (Australia) among others. The Family Circle Cup, a WTA Premier Event, has a roster of past champions that include some of the biggest names in the history of women’s tennis including Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Justine Henin, Serena Williams, and Caroline Wozniacki. Flowertown Festival April 5 – 7, 2013, Summerville Every year the town of Summerville heralds the arrival of spring with its now-famous Flowertown Festival. This year’s event is the 41st and will be held amidst flowering azaleas, wisteria and dogwoods. Consistently ranked one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the three-day festival features: Over 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country who display their work for sale; Delicious foods from restaurants at The Taste of Summerville; Fun activities and rides for children at the Children’s Jubilee; live music; free admission; and free parking. It’s a great way to welcome spring, warm weather, and to just have a great time! Charleston Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens March 21 – April 20, 2013, Charleston At the height of Charleston’s blooming season, the 66th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 21 – April 20 is a great opportunity to get a rare look inside Charleston’s gracious homes and hidden gardens. Located in the Old and Historic districts, some of these private residences date to the 18th century and are filled with fascinating history, antiques and art. You’ll have the chance to see homes from the Colonial, Antebellum, Victorian and 20th century eras. Beautiful architecture and lavish gardens are woven throughout the historic neighborhoods of Charleston. Experience true southern hospitality by participating in a house and garden tour, which feature seven to 10 properties each day in one of 11 neighborhoods. Or learn some history with a morning history walk. Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Charleston International Film Festival April 24 – 28, 2013, Charleston Lights…Camera…Action! Charleston’s premiere film event showcases an eclectic mix of films from the US and around the globe. Meet directors and actors at intimate Q&As and nightly after-parties, all culminating at the Awards Gala. Events include an international film and screenplay competition, dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging filmmakers and writers from the U.S. and around the world; also, screenings of feature film, documentaries, shorts and animated films. Over the five-day spring event, which attracts visitors and aficionados from across the region and U.S., all genres of film including a wide range of subject matter are explored. Make your plans now so you don’t miss the fun events in Charleston in April! Planning a trip to Charleston, SC for any of these great events? Check our Bed and Breakfast Accommodations and Amenities that are second to none. Let us spoil you with complementary off street parking, gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese and true southern hospitality. Click here to Search Availability.