Another work week is wrapping up, and you know what that means. It’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening this weekend in the Charleston area. Break out your best ’80s gear, lip sync the night away, enjoy some of the best smooth jazz around, and more. And as always, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a happy and safe weekend!

Don’t miss South Carolina’s biggest smooth jazz event of the year, the 11th annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival, taking place at the Charleston Gaillard Center this weekend. The festival returns this year with a stellar lineup of superstar artists as well as up-and-coming vocalists and musicians. Festivities kick off on Friday with the All White Party Affair and run all weekend, featuring performances from the likes of The Sax Pack, Richard Elliott, Peter White, DW3, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, The West Coast Jam Horns, and more. This event is the primary fundraiser for Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary mission is decreasing health disparities and increasing health literacy, especially for African Americans and the underserved in our community, our state, and the nation. Proceeds from the festival support the mission of Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. and the Thaddeus John Bell, M.D. Endowment Fund. 

Slithering snakes and lazing lizards are taking over the Omar Shrine Center in Mt. Pleasant this Saturday and Sunday for Repticon Charleston! This is a great opportunity for lovers of reptiles and exotic animals to see thousands of top-quality animals not found anywhere else in the area. The complete experience includes socializing with fellow “herpers” in interactive live animal presentations, free raffles, and shopping for supplies, cages, merchandise, and feeders to support new pets. Repticon Charleston is THE premiere event for reptile and exotic animals enthusiasts.

Join the Charleston Pipe Band, Moonlight Ale, and the Charleston Hurling Club at Ghost Monkey Brewery this Saturday from 11am until 10pm for Piping Hot Celtic Music Summer. Get your fill of good old Irish tunes with Irish trad music (also known as Irish traditional music or Irish folk music). Then, at 4pm, the Charleston Pipe Band takes the spotlight with Highland bagpipes so good you’ll think you’ve been transported to another place and time. Around 6pm, Moonlight Ale will take the stage with their amazing brand of foot-stomping Celtic folk rock. There will also be a cornhole tournament, raffles, and giveaways throughout the day. 

Okay, so you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but you can lip sync like nobody’s business. If this is you, then get on out to Frothy Beard Brewing Company and join Oshi Goode for a Lip Sync Competition: Benefit for The American Lung Association. Get in line to compete—or cheer on your friends/family who are competing—for a first-prize gift package valued at $300. Second and third places will also receive gifts. Costumes or band t-shirts are encouraged for all who attend. Winners will be selected based on crowd response and overall performance, so be sure to recruit an entourage to cheer you on! The two highest-performing contestants will be selected to perform in a Lip Sync Battle for first place, featuring Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” 

Scurry on up to the attic and break out your old leg warmers, neon shirts, acid-washed denim, Miami Vice suits, and friendship bracelets. It’s time to kick it old school this Sunday at the ’80s Bar Crawl on King Street! Check in at King Street Public House between 2pm and 5pm to pick up your scorecards and other swag, then make your way to the other participating venues, enjoying drink specials and having your scorecard marked at each one. The first 400 participants to check in will receive a signature ’80s Bar Crawl koozie, and the first 250 crawlers to complete their scorecards will receive a custom ’80s Bar Crawl t-shirt. Note that crawlers do not have to imbibe to get their scorecards marked and win a t-shirt. Designated drivers are encouraged and welcomed to play along. A portion of all ticket sales will support the Charleston Animal Society.

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