Now that the last dregs of the ice and snow are melted, let’s get out and enjoy all that the Lowcountry has to offer this weekend! It’s a three-day weekend for many, and there is much fun and celebration to be had. Take your pick from several events: run a marathon (or a 5K if that’s more your speed), learn about the latest trends in home remodeling and decor, and celebrate Dr. King’s accomplishments and leadership, all in one weekend.

Charleston Restaurant Week is here once again. This event, a big favorite with locals, lasts until January 21st and is the perfect time to make reservations at those popular restaurants you’ve been meaning to try out. During this time frame, popular Lowcountry eateries run specials (e.g. 3 courses for $40 at higher end restaurants or 3 courses for $20 at more moderate places). Get out and try something new!

Lace up your running shoes, because the 8th Annual Charleston Marathon takes place this Saturday morning. The main event, the actual marathon, begins at 8am on Fishburne Street near Joe Riley Stadium and ends near North Charleston High School. If you’re not a full marathoner, don’t worry. There are other events for all runners, including the Half Marathon, the Shrimp & Grits 5K, the Youth Marathon, and a Post-Race Celebration on the big stage near North Charleston High School.

If you’re taking on a building or remodeling project, make plans to attend the Build, Remodel, & Landscape Expo. This free event takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. The show promises to connect attendees with the area’s leading remodelers, builders, and design professionals. Enjoy various displays and exhibits and speak with experts for insider advice and tips, and learn about the latest design trends, product offerings, maintenance tips, and more.

This weekend marks the first Second Sunday on King Street event of 2018! From 1pm until 5pm, King Street will be closed to vehicle traffic to allow locals and visitors to shop, dine, and stroll. Bring the family, bring the dog, and enjoy some of the finest shopping and restaurants Charleston has to offer. This weekend, Sinbad-Sadie Second Chance Rescue will have a few of its adoptable dogs available for a meet and greet at 348 King St.

The YWCA will host several events to honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over the next few days, including the MLK Parade on Monday, January 15th. The parade starts at Burke High School and marches to Marion Square at 10am. Also included in the 2018 MLK Celebration is a Youth Speak-Out Poetry Slam on Saturday, January 13th at the Charleston County Public Library on Calhoun St. The poetry slam is hosted by South Carolina’s first poet laureate, Marcus Amaker.

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