It’s Friday once again, and you know what that means. It’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun things happening around the Lowcountry this weekend. Honor and celebrate our nation’s veterans, sample a famous Lowcountry dish, have a ladies’ day out, and more. Whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

Celebrate our nation’s veterans on Saturday at the sixth annual Red, White, & Blue Festival at the Hanahan Amphitheater from 9am until 5pm. This event is free and will be fun for the whole family with jump castles, kids’ games, face-painting, balloon artists, food and craft vendors, and live entertainment on two stages. Don’t miss the military displays, including World War II reenactors from the decorated 36th Infantry Division.

On Saturday, Touch of Magic Events will host the Lowcountry Women’s Fair at the Gaillard Center from 10am until 3pm. Treat yourself to a day of free massages, makeovers, health screenings, henna tattoos, a fashion show, self-defense classes, shopping, and more. Admission and activities are free. A kids’ area will be set up with face-painting and balloon animals, so feel free to bring the little ones along!

Put on your best “tails” and pounce on over to the Francis Marion Hotel Saturday evening for the 14th Annual Fur Ball to benefit Pet Helpers. The Fur Ball is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Every dollar raised through Charleston’s premiere pet-loving gala enables Pet Helpers to continue its life-saving work of the past forty years. This year’s Fur Ball promises to be the best yet with its Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter theme and entertainment from Plane Jane.

Head on down to “The Joe” Sunday afternoon for the Charleston RiverDogs Shrimp & Grits Festival. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event and can be purchased at the Riley Park box office or online. Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of shrimp & grits from participating vendors, which include Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Charleston Caribbean Creole Food Truck, Charleston Harbor Fish House, Gillie’s Soul Food, Morgan Creek Grill, Ms. Rose’s Fine Foods & Cocktails, and more. While you savor your samples, enjoy the vendor village, kids’ zone, cash bar, and live music. Upgrade to a VIP ticket for $40 to enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and oysters.

Steeplechase of Charleston returns this Sunday to finish out the 2018 National Steeplechase Association Fall Racing Circuit. This Charleston tradition began in 1792 and will be ushered into a new era with the addition of The Steeplechase Gala and a weekend full of activities. Sunday’s family-friendly event will feature five high-stakes races. Fun in the infield includes a VIP Chalet, vendor village, food trucks, live entertainment, and activities for the whole family. Pack your coolers, grab your biggest hat or your loudest bowtie, and meet your friends at the races!


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