Hooray for Fridays! It’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening around the Charleston area throughout the weekend. Attend a comic convention, celebrate Mardi Gras at the beach, see a kids’ classic cartoon come alive, 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!

Head to the Omar Shrine Temple at Patriot’s Point this Saturday and Sunday for the 11th Annual Captain’s Comic Expo, presented by Captain’s Comics and Toys. The 2019 expo is bigger than ever, with a 17,000 square foot venue, and two full days of comics, toys, art, costumes, special guests, and more! See over one million comics from the 1930s through today, and participate in cosplay fun all weekend. Advanced ticket sales have ended, but there are still plenty of tickets at the door. Kids ages 10 and under and free with an adult ticket.

Laissez le bon temps rouler…Folly Beach style! Celebrate Mardi Gras at the beach with Folly Gras, taking place this Saturday from 10am until 4pm. Dressed in their Folly Gras finest, folks from all over the Lowcountry take to Center Street to spread Folly Gras cheer. Festivities will include a parade at 11am; dozens of arts, crafts, and fashion vendors; live music; free kids’ activities; and of course, lots of mouth-watering food and drinks. Follys’ participating restaurants and bars will serve up New Orleans-inspired dishes on the street and inside their establishments. Enjoy $5 Deep Eddy cocktails all day at participating locations. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the link above or at Folly Beach City Hall for express entry. Admission is free for full-time Folly Beach residents (with a valid ID) and for kids 12 and under. Animals, coolers, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and similar items are not permitted at Folly Gras.

Potterheads of the Lowcountry unite! Muggles and wizards alike will gather at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert. Experience the full film projected in HD on the big screen while a full symphony orchestra performs the unforgettable score live. Performances take place at 7:30pm on Saturday and 1:30pm on Sunday. Tickets are $50 to $80 each, depending on seat location. Feel free to dress as your favorite character, put on your hand-me-down dress robes a la Ron Weasley, or don your best Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or Hufflepuff attire.

There’s a brand new generation that’s found a love for an updated classic, The Magic School Bus! Kids and parents can see one of their fave book/cartoon series come to life on the stage at the Gaillard Center through The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System. Hope on the bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic. When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip. But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Performances take place on Saturday at 1pm and 3:30pm.

Join Home Team BBQ on Saturday for their second annual block party for a cause, Rock the Block 2019, benefitting Hogs for the Cause. Enjoy food from some of the region’s best chefs and drinks from local breweries and distilleries. The kids will love bouncing the day away in the jump castle while you rock out to live music from some amazing artists, including Elise Testone with the Led Zeppelin Tribute, Kevn Kinney, and Great Peacock. This is a free event, with proceeds from food and drink purchases and a suggested donation at the door going to Hogs for the Cause, a non-profit organization that provides grants to help alleviate the financial strain on families as they band together in their fight against pediatric brain cancer.

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