It’s the very first Friday of 2020! Let’s make it a good one. Find something awesome to do in the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place in the Charleston area this weekend. Walk in the footsteps of history, enjoy delicious oysters for a good cause, 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!

January is Museum Mile Month in Charleston. Our Museum Mile features the richest concentration of cultural sites open to visitors, consisting of six museums, five nationally important historic houses, four scenic parks, and a Revolutionary War powder magazine, as well as numerous historic houses of worship and public buildings. This month, the price of one pass ($25 for adults, $10 for children ages three and up) will allow you access to up to 13 sites. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor’s Center throughout the month of January.

Bring the whole family to Drayton Hall this Saturday for Daily Life at Drayton Hall—Interactive Learning for Kids. Get an inside look at what daily life would have been like at Drayton Hall in the late 18th century. Participate in hands-on activities and speak with interpreters about the many important jobs that took place on this well-known plantation. Learn how the Drayton family and the community lived and worked, how children were educated, how jobs and trades were taught, and more. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $10 for members when you register in advance. Get same-day tickets for $22 for adults and $15 for children. 

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum hosts its 2020 Pay What You Can Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. In lieu of the standard $24 admission and $5 parking fees, guests are encouraged to pay any amount of money they can afford in order to visit. “The ‘Pay What You Can’ weekend has become a tradition for Lowcountry families,” says Patriots Point Executive Director Larry Murray. “Budgets are tight after the holidays. This is a great way for people to enjoy time with their families without having to worry about the cost. We are also proud to serve as a wonderful learning opportunity to students who are out on winter break.” Families can pay whatever they feel comfortable paying for both admission and parking this weekend. Each ticket includes access to all three historic vessels, the Medal of Honor Museum, and the Vietnam Experience Exhibit. As always, active duty military in uniform and children under six are free.

The holidays may technically be over, but we’re still in a festive mood here in Charleston. If you’re not quite ready to stop celebrating the holidays, you might want to join the Holiday Pub Crawl this weekend. Back by popular demand, the Original Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston celebrates the season with a fun and festive twist, complete with local flare and good cheer. Bring your friends and family on an adventure to historic taverns and pubs to feast on appetizers and holiday treats, while tasting a pint of local craft beer, Christmas ale, or beverage of choice. This is a unique spin on a historic city tour through the oldest pubs and taverns that can often be hard to find. As you visit four historic pubs, a local guide will regale you with tales of pirates, prohibition, patriots, and presidents who once walked the streets of Charleston. Reservations are required. Cost is $38 per person and includes appetizers and holiday treats. Drinks are available for purchase at each stop on the tour. Crawls depart at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm daily. A portion of all proceeds from the tour go to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Head to Bowens Island this Sunday for the 2020 Save the Light Oyster Roast! Enjoy all you can eat local oysters, served steaming outside and under the restaurant in an enclosed area; chili from 82 Queen; hot dogs and trimmings from Swig and Swine; chicken bog and desserts; wine from Southern Wine; beer from Southern Eagle Distributors; as well as soft drinks and water. Multi-genre, toe-tapping dance tunes will be provided by Shakin’ Martinis. Bring extra cash for the raffles and merchandise sales, including lodging and dinner basket, hats, t-shirts, and more. All-inclusive tickets are $45 in advance at the link above, or $50 at the gate. All proceeds are used to support the restoration and preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. 

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