It’s Friday once again, and you know what that means! It’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening in the Charleston area this weekend. Enjoy the very best in food and wine, bring the family dog (and maybe even the rest of the family) to a fun music festival, learn about Lowcountry STEM efforts and participate in hands-on activities, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very safe and happy weekend! 

The 15th installment of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival continues into this weekend after having begun this past Wednesday. You have three more delicious days to experience the gathering of top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe. This year’s festival features more than one hundred unique culinary experiences that will fill your belly and nourish your soul. Visit the heart of the festival, the Culinary Village in Marion Square, which opens Friday and continues through Sunday. An all-inclusive daily ticket gives you access to five hours of tasting, sipping, chef demos, live music, retail therapy, and more. Take part in Signature Events, which range in size, concept, and identity and allow guests to experience food and beverage in a non-traditional event atmosphere. Enjoy beverage workshops, excursions, brunches and lunches, signature dinner, and hands-on classes all weekend long. There’s so much to delight all the senses at the 2020 Charleston Wine + Food Festival!

Lowcountry Dog Magazine, Pet Supplies Plus, The Bridge 105.5, and 98 Rock come together this Saturday at Hanahan Amphitheater to bring you Woofstock 2020: A Lowcountry Dog Music Festival. Gates open at 11am for this family- and dog-friendly event, proceeds of which benefit eight shelters and rescues: Pet Helpers Adoption Shelter and Spay/Neuter Clinic, Dorchester PAWS, Berkeley Animal Center, Eunoia Rescue, Waters Edge Great Dane Rescue, Inc., Carolina Coonhound Rescue, Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary, and Valiant: Animal Rescue + Relief. The music lineup includes such well-known acts as Drivin n Cryin, Ken & Drew from Sister Hazel, Lauren Morrow, Greg West, Gaslight Street, Emily Curtis, and more. Be sure to check out the vendor village and food trucks too! Tickets are $28 in advance and $40 at the gate. Kids’ tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the gate. This is a rain or shine event. No coolers or outside food or drinks allowed. Chairs and blankets are welcomed and encouraged!

The City of Isle of Palms welcomes the spring season this Saturday afternoon with Isle of Palms Front Beach Fest, a free street festival featuring fun for the whole family. From noon until 4pm Saturday, kids of all ages will enjoy jump castles, a bungee trampoline, face painting, balloon artists, and other activities. The street will be lined with local arts and crafts vendors and local restaurants. Don’t miss these fun features along with live music, food trucks, a climbing wall, and street performers.

Head out to the Exchange Park in Ladson this Saturday for the 7th annual Charleston STEM Festival, an initiative of the Lowcountry STEM Collaborative, managed this year by the STEM Center at the Citadel. This exciting, free community event will take place from 10am until 3pm and will feature about 80 exhibitors providing hands-on activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and family-oriented STEM entertainment. The Charleston STEM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math in the Lowcountry. This year’s festival will be a highly visibile indoor/outdoor event that provides opportunities for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local STEM professionals.

Take a walk (or a jog) on the wild side on Saturday morning during the Where the Wild Things Run 5K, sponsored by The Foot Store and ShineWater. Walkers, joggers, and runners are invited to explore their wild sides on the scenic nature trails at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. The center is managed for a variety of wildlife and a favorite habitat for rare wildlife, so there really is a good chance you’ll see a “wild thing” or two! This is a trail run, so the course will consist of occasional areas of uneven terrain and varies from hard-packed trails with roots to grass and boardwalks. Strollers are not recommended. Adults and kids alike are encouraged to take advantage of family-friendly yoga as well as readings from Maurice Sendak’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. Be sure to stick around after the race for the awards ceremony. To help preserve and protect the natural resources and interpretive trails, dogs are not permitted. 

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