The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is one of the most unique events in Charleston, and a favorite of animal lovers across the country. The three-day showcase is a spectacle to behold, plus a chance to learn more about wildlife and nature. The Charleston Wildlife Expo focuses on conservation education, fine art, sporting demonstrations, food, drink, and more.
With more than 40,000 attendees each year, as well as hundreds of exhibits and artists to explore, even the less nature-inclined can find entertainment at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. The event takes place this year from February 15-17, so schedule your vacation getaway to Charleston accordingly. Admission is $25 on Friday and Saturday tickets, or $15 for a Sunday ticket. A three-day ticket costs $50. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, then open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Charleston Southeastern Wildlife Expo is proud to be host to the only two-tank DockDog competition east of the Mississippi River. You’ll be able to watch dogs of all breeds and sizes compete in various water jumping competitions. The action all takes place in side-by-side tanks. Waves of the event are hosted throughout Friday and Saturday, with the finals taking place on Sunday. Do you think your dog has what it takes to be crowned king of the DockDogs? Visit DockDogs.com to register your furry friend, and for more information on the competition.
Fine Art Gallery
The Fine Art Gallery at the exposition will be located inside the Charleston Place Ballroom & Grand Hallway, at 205 Meeting Street. This is where you’ll get a chance to bear witness – pun completely intended – to some of the country’s greatest wildlife painters and sculptors. You don’t have to be a fine art collector to enjoy a walk through the gallery.
This year’s featured artist is Ezra Tucker, a painter from Monument, Colorado. His pieces expertly depict some of the most beautiful and powerful animal species of the west, like his painting of a brown bear titled “Big Mountain Rising.”
Besides the Fine Art Gallery, there are countless other exhibits that will surely catch your eye. From sporting goods stores to beef jerky, there’s something for everyone at the exhibits. Don’t get too startled from the mega-realistic taxidermy displays that line the streets! You should be sure to check the SEWE’s website leading up to the Wildlife Expo, as the exhibits are subject to change each year.
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