We’re wrapping up another productive work week with the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening throughout the Charleston area over the weekend. Sample food trucks and oysters galore, check out a home and design show, commit to fitness, and more. No matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

Join Charleston Home + Design Magazine all weekend long for its 14th annual Charleston Home + Design Show at the Gaillard Center. Meet A-list local contractors, see the largest collection of luxury and premium kitchen, bath, and building products. Find everything to build, remodel, or update your home including state-of-the-art appliances, cabinets, tile and stone, kitchen and bath fixtures, windows, doors, hardware, solar and other energy-saving systems, smart home technology, and more. Check out the VIP Home Show Party. Get a free design consultation. Enter the grand prize giveaway. And take advantage of features like the architect symposium and other free seminars. Go to the Gaillard and get inspired!

Taste the best of the best in food truck fare at the 8th annual Charleston Food Truck Festival near Park Circle this Saturday and Sunday. This festival started in 2011 with 5 food trucks and 500 customers. Since then it has grown to over 10,000 attendees. Sample street fare from 25 food trucks from all over the Southeast; dance to live music from local musicians; and wash down the yummy food with handcrafted beer, wine, and cocktails. There will also be a retail row, free adult games, a kids’ zone, axe throwing, and much more.

Get your favorite little mermaids and swashbucklers all dressed up and ready for Pirates & Mermaids Day at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens this Saturday. From 11am until 2pm, you can enjoy a pirate-led scavenger hunt, face painting, character interaction (including the Little Mermaid herself!), and a costume contest. Residents of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, and Colleton counties will receive free admission to Magnolia Plantations & Gardens with a donation of a canned good and a valid ID. The Pirates and Mermaids event is free with admission.

If you’re looking for a way to get fit this year, head to Nexton in Summerville on Saturday for Commit to Be Fit! Join Nexton and kick off 2019 with some great food, fitness classes, and a healthy dose of sunshine. Fuel your body at some of the area’s yummiest food trucks, then get set up for fitness classes like yoga and tai chi. Afterward, join Alta Brighton Park for some quick tips on healthy snacking. Learn how to create snacks from what you already have in your pantry, taste samples, and take home some easy healthy recipes. Other activities include fitness challenges, a biometric screening, fitness and nutrition games for the kids, and enter drawings to win fitness prizes.

This Sunday marks the return of the 36th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival, the world’s largest oyster festival and one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” according to the Southeastern Tourism Society. This event is hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association and takes place at Boone Hall Plantation from 10am until 5pm Sunday. The festival features over 80,000 pounds of oysters and a variety of other foods from local restaurants and food trucks. There will be oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, live music on the main stage, a selection of wine and beers, a children’s area, and more. This event benefits MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston County School District, Ronald McDonald House, the Coastal Conservation Association, and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.




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