It’s time once again for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening in the Lowcountry throughout the coming weekend. Have some technicolor fun at The Joe, visit with mermaids and pirates, watch teams try to pull—yes, pull—a fighter jet across an aircraft carrier, and more. Whatever you choose to do this weekend, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a safe and happy weekend! Get out there and play!

This weekend marks your last chance to see the Weeki Wachee Mermaids and pirates at the South Carolina Aquarium. These underwater mermaid performers never fail to fascinate guests with choreographed routines to music. As a special addition this year, there will also be special dives featuring pirates! Mermaids will be available for photo opportunities, and guests can also participate in mermaid and pirate activities and interactive education stations throughout the aquarium. Check the aquarium’s website for performance times. Shows are included with admission.

Help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston by spectating or participating in the RMHC Charleston Plane Pull on Saturday from 12-4pm. Teams of ten will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try their hand at pulling a fighter jet atop the U.S.S. Yorktown’s flight deck. Teams will compete for the fastest time at pulling the F-18 Hornet, which weighs about 18,000 pounds, over fifty feet. Proceeds from this event (with a minimum of $2,500 raised per team) benefit families staying at Charleston’s own Ronald McDonald House.

Head out to the Joe Saturday for Riverdogs baseball and Joseph P. Riley and the Amazing Technicolor Ballpark! Presented by NASH and Fox 24, the most colorful night of the year will feature a park-wide color powder celebration, food specials like tie-dye grilled cheeses and rainbow sugar funnel cakes, a kids’ coloring station, a painting area, and more.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will host a Mad Hatter Tea Party on Saturday from 11am until 3pm. The horticultural maze area will be turned into a wonderland of entertainment that includes a giant chess set, flamingo croquet, face painting, photo booth, games, refreshments, and more. There will be a costume contest at 1pm, where prizes will be given in categories of children ages 3 and under, ages 4-6, ages 7 and up, and family or group costumes. Participation in the tea party requires a $5 wristband in addition to garden admission.

Runners and pet lovers will gather on Sunday at James Island County Park for the first annual Race for the Paws 5K, benefitting Pet Helpers. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit Pet Helpers, which is celebrating forty years as a no kill shelter. The event is $40 per runner and $10 per dog. There will be overall winners and age group winners, tech shirts for runners and bandanas for dogs, food trucks, and more. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed during the run and in the park grounds.  

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