Happy October! It’s the first weekend of a brand new month, which means it’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place throughout the Charleston area this weekend. Celebrate the fall season, close out a local arts festival, learn about fire safety, and more. As always, whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

The Isle of Palms Connecter Run & Walk for the Child takes place this Saturday at 8am, presented by the Exchange Clubs of Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms, the City of Isle of Palms, and the Town of Mount Pleasant. The IOP Connector Run, now in its 27th year, offers a 5k run, a 5k walk, and a 10k run with one of the most scenic views in the South. All funds raised go directly to support local organizations for the prevention of child abuse right here in Charleston. The post-race festival for the whole family will feature a complimentary live band, beer garden, cash prizes, awards ceremony, and vendor exhibits. Last year’s race hosted over 1400 runners and walkers, and this year’s should be even bigger and better!

The Annual Fall Festival at Knightsville General Store takes place this Saturday from 11am until 8pm, and Sunday from 11am until 6pm. Bring the whole family and enjoy fun activities like a petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, games with prizes, local crafters and small businesses, La’Son Anchor Grill Food Truck, small pumpkins, face painting, music from Tar & Feather on Saturday night, Cow Patty Bingo on Sunday, and much more. Admission to this event is free, and activity tickets are $1 each or $10 for 11. Cow Patty Bingo tickets are $5 per square, and the winner will receive $250. 

On Saturday afternoon, the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club and the Summerville Evening Rotary Club present the annual Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest. Admission is free for this family-friendly event, which takes place from noon until 6pm in Hutchinson Square. Enjoy games, music, and family time all afternoon long. Food and beverages will be available for purchase as well. Get your limited-edition glass beer mug for $5 with a 12-ounce pour. The Oktoberfest Committee asks that you drink responsibly, and please leave your pets, coolers, and glassware at home. 

Help close out the 2019 MOJA Arts Festival in style with the MOJA Finale this Sunday in Hampton Park from 4pm until 8pm. The entire family will enjoy the free-to-attend celebration of all everything the MOJA Arts Festival has to offer. From fascinating vendors and fantastic food choices to an evening of live music, brought to you by Motown Throwdown, this party is sure to entertain each and every person who attends! Vendors include The Ashanti Collection, Irie Innovations, LLC, Anthony’s Perspective Drawing, Virginity Naturals, Afrocentric Connection, Roswell’s Souvenirs, Sistah-tude, Heaven Scent Charleston Market, Charleston Caribbean Creole Food Truck, ChuckTown Mobile Seafood Café, Taste of the Islands, We Do Treats & More, Art and Remedies Oisphere Gallery, and more!

This coming week is the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week, and the Charleston Fire Department is putting on a show to kick it off! On Saturday at 9:30am, the 2019 Fire Prevention Week Parade will feature emergency equipment from around the area, traveling from the Charleston Peninsula to the Home Depot in West Ashley. Vehicles will depart President Street and Fishburne Street at 9:30am, travel through the Peninsula, and proceed on Highway 61 to the Home Depot in West Ashley, where they will join a Fire Prevention Week Family Event. The kickoff event takes place from 10am until 2pm and will provide fire safety information and activities for all ages, car seat inspection station, a variety of emergency equipment, and free food and ice cream.

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