If you’ve been downtown lately around Marion Square or Brittlebank Park you’ve noticed the Southeastern Wildlife Expo starting to take shape. The temporary village of tarps, tents and canopies represent the beginning of a 3 day celebration of everything outdoors. The Southeastern Wildlife Expo brings sportsmen, conservationists, artisans and wildlife lovers together to explore sporting demonstrations, fine art exhibits, wild-game culinary demonstrations, local vendors featuring sporting gear, handmade jewelry, accessories and apparel for every member of the family, and of course tons of dog-focused, crowd pleasing competitions that are scheduled throughout the weekend.
Although SEWE lasts for 3 days, it’s a challenge to make an appearance at all of the events that are spread across the downtown area, so we put together this handy guide for the must-see events:
Dockdogs is one of the absolute highlights of the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Watch dogs of all kinds and skill levels compete in various water jumping competitions in side-by-side tanks. These competitions are held throughout the weekend at Brittlebank Park beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday morning with the championship following on Sunday afternoon.
Birds Of Prey Flight Demos
Witness several varieties of raptors including eagles, falcons and owls as they take part in a live flight demonstration at Marion Square. These birds fly outdoors, where they swoop and soar over the heads of delighted audiences to show off their amazing aerial skills. This event is both spectacular and educational as spectators learn about these birds’ importance in our ecosystem. This demo will be held at 11 a.m. everyday and at varying times in the afternoon throughout the weekend.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show
Checkout the more exotic side of the Southeastern Wildlife Expo with an up-close look at a number of critters that you probably won’t find in the Lowcountry including bobcats, large snakes, wild foxes and much more. Learn about the natural ecosystem and the significance of each organism and what role they play in the wild. The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show will be held in the Charleston Music Hall at 4 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. This event is first come first serve.
SEWE Chef Demonstrations
Experience some of the finest cuisine in the South from local chefs right here in Charleston. Starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, you can watch chefs prepare their favorite dishes in live demonstrations and sample some of their delicious creations. Learn new recipes and familiarize yourself with unique cooking techniques that the professionals use. Featured chefs include Nick Ingram from 82 Queen, Miles Huff of the Culinary Institute of Charleston and David Pell of Coast Bar and Grill. These chef demos will all take place in Marion Square and times vary.
Duet & Quintet And Auction
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and South Eastern Wildlife Expo artists will pair up again to delight SEWE attendees. Featured Artist Grant Hacking and John Seerey-Lester will paint an original oil painting while sculptors Scott Penegar and David Turner create a piece of sculpture out of plaster and clay—all to the background of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet. A live auction will be held after for attendees to bid on these one-of-a-kind pieces of art. This event will be held at the Charleston Place hotel at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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