Your Ultimate Guide to SEWE: The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

If you’ve never attended the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, also known as "SEWE" you are missing out on the experience of a lifetime. This one-of-a-kind event brings together the best of art, nature, and wildlife. It attracts thousands of visitors year after year! Come experience the Lowcountry through fine art displays, sporting demonstrations, and exciting social events. Read on to learn more about this three-day celebration. Then, start making plans to attend!

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is the largest event of its kind, and it’s happening this February. Are you are looking for recommendations about things to do during your stay? Request our free Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Vacation Guides. The guides are full of suggestions about the best local events, maritime parks, museums, and more!

Your Guide to the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

What Is the Southeastern Wildlife Expo?

The Southeastern Wildlife Expo started in 1983 as a small sporting event during Charleston’s slow season. Today, it is one of the Lowcountry’s most anticipated yearly happenings! Here, you'll learn from talented artists, exhibitors, and wildlife experts from around the world.

Not only will you have a great time, but you can also take heart in knowing that your participation supports conservation efforts. SEWE‘s mission is to provide the public with easy and affordable access to informative wildlife programs.

When Is the Southeastern Wildlife Expo?

Recently announced January 5, 2021: SEWE 2021 is canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. The southeastern wildlife expo  (SEWE) takes place annually each February. Enjoy three full days of art, demonstrations, wildlife shows, delicious food, and kid’s activities. Check out the SEWE website for a complete schedule of events!

The Most Anticipated SEWE Events

Lace up your duck boots! It’s time to celebrate wildlife, nature, and the environment. The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition brings together artists, art lovers, sportsmen, conservationists, and families. While there are many amazing events, some of our favorites include:



SEWE hosts several wildlife demonstrations. Don’t miss the coveted Dock Dogs competition, a favorite among locals and visitors alike! Watch as dogs jump, dive, and splash in the water during this fun-filled retrieving contest. We also recommend the Birds of Prey Demonstration at Marion Square. See falcons, eagles, owls, and hawks take flight. Learn about the role that they each play in our ecosystem. Other phenomenal sporting events include fishing, duck and sheep herding, and retriever demos.



At SEWE, artists, activists, and conservationists speak on various environmental topics. Learn about local reptiles and amphibians or take the kids to an interactive puppet show. Choose from conservation education workshops, cooking demonstrations, lectures, children’s classes, and more!



Browse countless galleries, exhibitions, and auctions all weekend long at Charleston Place and the Gaillard Center. Take home your favorite masterpieces or a few Southeastern Wildlife Exposition posters to keep as a memento.



Along with workshops and demonstrations, you’ll want to mark your calendar for SEWE’s fabulous celebrations. Not-to-miss festivities include the Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast, the South Carolina Waterfowl Association Sportsman’s Ball, and the Lowcountry Social


Plan Your Lowcountry Getaway Today

After a day of fun at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, head home to one of Charleston’s beautiful sea islands. Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island are home to some of Charleston’s most diverse and beautiful ecosystems. Here, you will find miles of pristine beaches, serene salt marshes, maritime forests, and abundant wildlife.

If you are bringing along your pet to compete in the Dock Dogs competition, then our pet-friendly Seabrook Island rentals are perfect for you.

When you book any of these lovely vacation rentals, you can always look forward to the best amenities, vacation packages, and top-notch customer service. Championship golf and world-class tennis are a few perks to enjoy during your stay.