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 taking place around the Charleston area over the weekend. Chase chills and thrills, learn all about a new hobby, hoist a stein to Oktoberfest, 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 happy and safe weekend! 

Beginning this weekend, you can experience gills, chills, and thrills at the South Carolina Aquarium’s Haunted Trail all month long. Enter the Haunted Trail and adventure through eight spooky themed rooms with creepy crawlers, ghostly ghouls, and scary surprises. As you travel through the trail, you’ll find Scare Control sensors marked by LED lights. Wave your hand in front of the sensor to take your frightful thrills to the next level. Note that this attraction is designed to be scary. As such, the recommended minimum age is eight years old. Guests under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The trail uses strobe effects and flashing lights, near or complete darkness, tight spaces, loud and sudden noises, and uneven/moving floors. Please take these into consideration when deciding whether this attraction is safe for you and your family. Attendance is free with admission or membership. Masks and social distancing are required. 

Those interested in photography will enjoy Charleston Photography Group’s Beginners Guide to Photography this Saturday from 9am until noon. This three-hour session is a photography walk that will wean you off of “Auto” mode and transform your everyday snapshots into something the pros would admire! You’ll learn all about aperture and depth of field, different focal lengths, correctly exposing photos, and using composition techniques, white balance and color, and shutter speed. During this hands-on class, you’ll practice your new skills by taking tons of shots. This class is open to all skill levels, from beginner to amateur. Bring a camera that has full manual or semi-manual modes. Book in advance at the link above. 

Two Blokes Brewing says, “Nothing is normal this year, so why should Oktoberfest be?” So head to the brewery this Saturday for NOT-toberfest at Two Blokes and stretch out the summer just a little longer! Outdoor music by BrotherMan begins at 5pm, and The Immortal Lobster will be on hand with food beginning at 4pm. There will be a special firkin, and the release of Two Blokes’ new Tropical Hazy Pale Ale. Anyone who orders a pint of the new release will be put into a raffle for a chance to win some Two Blokes swag. Wear your best Tropical/Hawaiian shirts to blend in with the theme, and feel free to bring beach chairs to sit in the grass or parking lot if no tables are available. Masks are required inside the taproom unless seated at a table.

If you’d rather celebrate actual Oktoberfest, head to Frothy Beard Brewing Company in West Ashley this Saturday for the Frothy Oktoberfest Celebration. Now that the weather is a little cooler, the beer has turned slightly darker and more malty as Frothy gears up for Oktoberfest. Join them Saturday for socially distanced fun and festivities with Hans Schmidt German Band from 3pm until 6pm, food and drink specials, and the ever-popular stein hoisting competition.

This Saturday evening, Charleston Opera Theater and Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park bring you Opera on the Waterfront. This is a free, socially distanced event on the lawn at Memorial Waterfront Park, co-hosted with the Town of Mount Pleasant, Innovative Event Services, and Fox Music House. Join these sponsors at 7pm Saturday to see an exciting cast with international and national credits perform a program of opera’s greatest hits. This fun event will appeal to both the seasoned opera lover and the novice. Bring your blankets and chairs, and arrive early to grab a prime spot on the lawn. Don’t forget to stop by the food truck while you’re there! 

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