It’s Friday once again, and you know what that means! Time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening throughout the Charleston area this weekend. The Big Game might be the talk of the town this week, but there’s lots more going on around the Lowcountry. Take in some student art, get your weekly oyster fix, support our pet-loving community, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents here at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

Bring the whole family out to the Charleston Area Convention Center this Saturday for the 2019 Lowcountry Family Expo, hosted by Lowcountry Parent. Come be entertained, inspired, informed, and engaged through fun, interactive activities. There will be activity centers, exciting exhibitions, and fun contests. Some of the vendors include the Charleston RiverDogs, Trident United Way, the Lowcountry Children’s Museum, Coastal Kids Dental & Braces, the Carolina Ice Palace, and many more! This event takes place from 10am until 3pm. General admission tickets are $5 for adults and ages 13+. Children age 12 and under get in free.

Get your oyster fix this Saturday evening at the annual Paws & Pearls Oyster Roast at Summerville Country Club. Beginning at 6pm, you can enjoy endless oysters, flowing beer and wine, live music from Saluda Shoals, dancing, and live and silent auctions, all to benefit Dorchester Paws (formerly the Francis R. Willis SPCA). Tickets are $60 and include all the oysters you can eat, food, beer, and wine. All proceeds benefit the animals in care at Dorchester Paws and programs to support the pet-loving community.

For a unique, family-friendly experience, check out the Art to Go Student Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum this weekend. Art to Go is an in-school outreach program that pairs teaching artists with classroom teachers to allow students to create unique works of art inspired by exhibitions at the Gibbes. It is sponsored in part by the Women’s Council, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Town of Kiawah. Students from Mitchell Elementary School, Hunley Park Elementary School, Angel Oak Elementary School, and Northwoods Middle School participated this year and will display their work at the Gibbes. The students were inspired by works in the permanent collection as well as the artists featured in A Dark Place of Dreams: Louise Nevelson with Chakaia Booker, Lauren Fenterstock, and Kate Gilmore as well as Anna Heyward Taylor: Intrepid Explorer.

Join the effort to support and preserve the Morris Island Lighthouse at the Save the Light Half Marathon & 5K this Saturday, February 2nd. Both the half marathon and the 5K race are USATF-certified and will start and end near the Folly Beach Pier. Those who register for the 5K may run or walk, but the half marathon is a run-only event. No earbuds or pets are allowed on the course. Strollers will be permitted in the 5K only, but those with strollers must start behind the other runners and walkers. Awards and food will be provided after the race.

Join the Charleston Animal Society and Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre on Saturday from noon until 3pm for the second annual Pup Bowl to benefit the animals at the Charleston Animal Society. Attendees can register to adopt a new pet or just have a fun family day, complete with photo booth, bounce house, face-painting, balloon animals, caricatures, and of course two teams of adorable and adoptable puppies battling it out in an adorable game of puppy football!

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