It’s the end of another work week, which means it’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening throughout the Charleston area this weekend. Attend a charity gala, learn about butterflies and other pollinators, have a yummy brunch in the park, and more. Whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a very happy and safe weekend!

The Charleston Parks Conservancy will host a free Movie Night at Corrine Jones Park on Friday evening. Come at 6:30pm for circus-themed games and activities, including juggling from Good Clean Fun, then snuggle in with your blankets and chairs for a showing of the new live-action Dumbo starting at approximately 7:45pm. Food trucks The Pita Stroller and Lola’s Lumpia Food Truck will have food available for purchase. Rated PG, this new version of Dumbo revisits the classic story of a young elephant whose oversized ears enable him to fly and help him save a struggling circus. But when the circus plan a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer. This is a free event, but registration is appreciated at the link above so activities can be planned accordingly.

Join Lowcountry Orphan Relief on Friday evening for their annual Shoot for the Moon Gala at the Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom. This black-tie-optional event features silent and live auctions, a decadent dinner, signature cocktails, live music, dancing, and a chance to celebrate and support the amazing work Lowcountry Orphan Relief does for children in the Charleston Tri-County area. With the mission to provide programs and services to Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abuse and/or neglect, LOR is a “first responder,” restoring hope and dignity to children during a frightening and insecure time. The Shoot for the Moon gala is LOR’s largest annual fundraiser, and your support will deeply impact their mission looking forward to 2020. 

Head to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens this Saturday for their first annual Butterfly Bash. This family-fun event will delight each and every attendee with a celebration of butterflies, bumblebees, and other pollinators. Learn all about butterflies, wildflowers, and more from one of the many guest speakers; participate in a demonstration; take a guided nature walk; and be dazzled by butterfly stilt walkers. Learn how to plant a pollinator garden, discover all there is to know about Monarch Butterflies, and go on a journey along the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. Activities abound for butterfly lovers of all ages, including live music, storybook walk, Tinkerbell in the fairy garden, costumed characters, children’s train, sensory garden exploration, face-painting, tagged butterfly release, crafts, games, and much more. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best butterfly costume! Attendance to the festival requires garden admission: $20 for adults and $10 for children 6-12 years old. Children 5 and under get in for free.

Brothers Rich and Flood Tide Co. invite you to join the Lowcountry Boil Fundraiser for the Ocean to support Charleston Surfrider Foundation this Saturday. Pick through a delicious and traditional Lowcountry Boil while listening to live music from local band Deadwin. Local brewery Revelry will provide the cold beer to wash down the food and keep you nice and cool. Don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets for some awesome merchandise from Brothers Rich, Flood Tide Co., Marsh Wear Clothing, and Sea Bones. All proceeds from the raffles will be donated to support Charleston Surfrider in their mission to keep our beaches and waterways clean and accessible to the public. 

Sunday Brunch in Hampton Park returns this Sunday at 11am! Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy an afternoon of music and mimosas at Rose Pavilion in Hampton Park. Local indie rock band Argot will supply the music, and delicious food will be available for purchase from local food trucks Semilla, Lola’s Lumpia Food Truck, and Jonny Poppers. Independent Grounds Coffee House will have wonderful coffees, and MIX Bartending will be on hand with the beer, wine, and mimosas. New this year is a Create Your Own Mimosa Bar hosted by The West Edge. No coolers are allowed at this event. Pets on leashes are welcome. Get tickets in advance for $10, or purchase at the door for $15. Admission is free for children aged 12 and under.

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