Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life


Can’t Miss Events


Talk a walk on the wild side…. SEWE has invaded downtown Charleston! Celebrate the best of wildlife and nature all weekend long by visiting our five official venues: Charleston Place Hotel, Brittlebank Park, Gaillard Center, Charleston Marriott and Marion Square.

Whether you’re looking for fine art galleries, sporting demos or hands-on fun for the kids, SEWE has a little something for everyone!

Below are a few of this weekend’s can’t-miss events. Still needing to purchase tickets? Click here for more information.

Some of SEWE’s most spectacular guests are the ones that crawl, climb, slither and flap their wings. From alligators and king snakes to massive eagles and owls, there are tons of opportunities to get up close and personal with animals from around the world. Kids will love the front-row view into the lives of these fascinating creatures.

Jeff Corwin Live Animal Shows – Friday & Saturday
Best known as host and executive producer of Ocean Mysteries on ABC, Jeff Corwin is recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation. He will delight and entertain SEWE audiences with his crew of wildlife friends. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Where: Gaillard Center
When: Friday, 2/15 at 3pm. Saturday. 2/16 at 1pm.

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Shows – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at pythons, turkeys, foxes, skunks, pelicans and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Where: Gaillard Center
When: Friday, 2/15 at 11am. Saturday, 2/16 at 3pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 11am.

Birds of Prey Flight Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
See amazing flight demos up-close by a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks and learn about the important role they play in our ecosystem.
Where: Marion Square
When: Friday, 2/15 at 11am and 3pm. Saturday, 2/16 at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 1pm.
The Orianne Society: Reptile Ecology and Conservation Shows – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our natural world. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species, like quail, turkey and deer, in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.
Where: Marion Square
When: Friday, 2/15 at 1pm. Saturday, 2/16 at 3pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 3pm.

SEWE’s family-friendly environment has fun activities for every member of your pack, including your favorite four-legged pals. Catch talented K9s in action during SEWE weekend!

Dock Dogs – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Show off your pooch’s skills during the 20th anniversary of the worldwide phenomenon, dockdogs! Beginner and advanced jumpers are all welcome.
Where: Brittlebank Park
When: Registration opens at 9am on Friday, 2/15, Saturday, 2/16 and Sunday, 2/17. Waves of competition happening throughout the weekend.

Sheep and Duck Herding Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Join Windy Knolls Farm owner and master trainer, Bill Coburn, as he showcases the fascinating world of herding instinctive to the Border Collie breed. Watch his collies artfully muster sheep and ducks through a variety of obstacles with only a whistle and a few verbal commands.
Where: Brittlebank Park
When: Friday, 2/15 & Saturday, 2/16 at 10:30am & 2:30pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 12:30pm.

NEW Search and Rescue Dog Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Witness the real-life heroes of the canine world! Catch the Search Tactics and Rescue Recovery (S.T.A.R.R.) Team in action as they demonstrate their efficient and organized search and rescue skills. These specially trained K-9’s will display training and small-scale demonstrations similar to their urban and rural search and recovery missions in the Carolinas and surrounding states.
Where: Brittlebank Park
When: Friday, 2/15 & Saturday, 2/16 at 3:30pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 1:30pm.

Retriever Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
We’ve all played fetch with our dogs before, but not quite like this. Watch from the sidelines as canine showcase their ability and retriever skills. These go-getting pups are sure to put a smile on your face!
Where: Brittlebank Park
When: Friday, 2/15 & Saturday, 2/16 at 12:30pm & 4:30pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 10:30am & 2:30pm.

If you’ve developed a taste for the finer things in life, SEWE’s wildlife art in Charleston Place and chef demos in Marion Square are just your thing! Peruse our curated Fine Art Gallery and catch the talent in action at one of our live art demos. And, taste food from the South’s best chefs during our cooking demonstrations, hosted by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt & Auction – Friday
Witness first-hand the imagination, talent and process behind SEWE artists. Watch participating artists paint or sculpt an original piece from start to finish in just one hour. A live auction will be held after at 5 p.m. sharp for attendees to bid on the one-of-a-kind paintings and sculpture.
Where: Charleston Place Hotel
When: Friday, 2/15 at 3pm

NEW Live Auction With Yeti – Saturday
Join wildlife artists Ryan Kirby and Chad Poppleton as they each paint outdoor scenery on YETI® Tundra coolers. Upon completion, the coolers will be auctioned off where a portion of the proceeds will benefit SEWE and the conservation group of the artists choice.
Where: Charleston Place Hotel
When: Saturday, 2/16 at 2pm

Copley Fine Art Auction – Saturday
Copley Fine Art Auctions is the world’s leading American sporting art auction company, located in Boston. Copley specializes in antique decoys and 19th- and 20th-century American, sporting, and wildlife paintings. Copley’s bi-annual sales are the premier events for collectors of sporting art, decoys, fishing collectibles, and other related folk art. Quality objects start at $100 and range to more than a million dollars.
Where: Charleston Marriott Hotel
When: Saturday, 2/16 at 10am. Auction previews on Friday, 2/15 (3 – 5pm) & Saturday, 2/16 (8:30am – 10am)

Chef Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Experience South Carolina’s farm-to-food culture in Marion Square! This year’s featured culinary pros will be paired up with some of their favorite producers to create fresh and delicious dishes. There is no additional fee to attend the South Carolina Department of Agruculture’s chef demos and delicious samples will be available.
Where: Marion Square
When: Friday, 2/15 & Saturday, 2/16 from 11am to 4:45pm. Sunday, 2/17 from 11am to 2:45pm.