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 throughout the Charleston area over the weekend. Sip some sweet tea, race for the turtles, shop some of the country’s best vintage vendors, and more. Whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

Head to downtown Summerville this Saturday for the 8th Annual Sweet Tea Festival from 3pm until 9pm. What started out as a small event held on the lawn of Hutchinson Square has blossomed into a full-blown festival! Join Summerville Dream and Visit Summerville for live music in the Square, on West Richardson, and on Short Central. Buy a festival mug, sponsored by Raising Cane’s, and use it to sample all the varieties of sweet tea at various tea stops. Be sure to cast your vote in the tea-tasting contest for the People’s Choice for Best Sweet Tea. And be sure to stop by a take a picture with local “celebrity,” Mason, the World’s Largest Sweet Tea Mug. This is a family-friendly event, but pets are not allowed due to the number of people attending the event.

The annual Sea & Sand Festival returns to Folly Beach this weekend for its 29th year, making it Folly’s longest running festival. From the Folly River Park straight to the beach, the Sea & Sand weekend will include the annual Miss Sea & Sand pageant on Friday, an artisan and food-focused street festival on Saturday, and some healthy competition in the sand on Sunday. Saturday’s street festival will include up to 75 arts, crafts, and fashion vendors; live music from four of Charleston’s top bands, two areas with kids’ activities; and the best Folly restaurants serving up delicious food. Get tickets for $6 in advance, $5 cash at the Folly Library, and $10 at the door. Children 12 and under get in free, and Folly Beach residents get in free with a valid ID. 

The South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek 5K, a 5K sunset beach run and kids’ fun run, takes place this Saturday on the Isle of Palms. Turtle Trek is presented by Crews Subaru of Charleston and Publix Super Markets Charities. Proceeds from the Turtle Trek support the Sea Turtle Care Center and the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives. To date, they have rehabilitated and released more than 270 sea turtles back into their natural habitats! Registration gets you race entry, a technical t-shirt, and access to the after-party at the Windjammer. The after party will include awards, food for all runners, music, and a raffle with excellent prizes. Remote Runners are also invited to join in supporting in sea turtles! Run the 5K in your own city, share your photos and race time, and receive a race t-shirt and race bib in the mail. 

If you love antiquing, “flea”ing, and all things vintage, the Exchange Park in Ladson is the place to be this weekend! Voted one of Country Living Magazine’s “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won’t Want to Miss,” Vintage Market Days of Charleston has expanded and planned an even bigger and better event than ever. Join Vintage Market Days for this upscale, vintage-inspired, indoor/outdoor market filled with original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and more. Fill your weekend with live music and shopping from the very best of vintage vendors from across the United States. 

This Saturday morning at Summer’s Corner in Summerville, Acuity Dental presents the Big Obstacle Challenge, an opportunity for healthy fun for the whole family. Participants who conquer the challenge course will complete ten obstacles before they cross the finish line. Fitness enthusiasts who want to test their strength can register for the Ultimate Challenge, in which 18 obstacles stand between you and the bragging rights of a conqueror. Spectators can enjoy the Fan Experience Zone with games, community resources, and local vendors while watching participants take on the challenge. Individual and team participation are both welcome. The Big Obstacle Challenge will raise funds for the Dorchester Two Educational Foundation’s Innovation Awards, which has awarded 36 grants over four years for a total of $122,780 to fund learning opportunities across Dorchester District Two classrooms.



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