Happy Friday! It’s time for this week’s edition of the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun things happening around the Charleston area over the weekend. Spend some time stargazing, see the latest and greatest in boats and watersports, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a very happy and safe weekend!

The Charleston Boat Show, now in its 41st year, takes place this weekend at the Charleston Area Convention Center. It may look a bit different this year, but it’s still on! See sport cruisers, motor and express yachts, sportfishing boats, center console fishing boats, bass boats, bowriders, deck and aluminum boats, ski and pontoon boats, runabouts, bay boats, shallow water flat skiff, and more from the region’s premier boat dealers. This is the perfect opportunity to come find your dream boat along with all the products and services you’ll need to support your coastal lifestyle. Come prepared to support the small businesses participating in this year’s show. There will also be live music and food vendors. Note that tickets for this event are available online only.

Start your Saturday off giving back to your community by participating in the Walk For SC Homeless 2021. This walk will help to raise funds for the designing and building of the family sleeping quarters at The Village of South Carolina Homeless Shelter. The family sleeping quarters allow married couples and their children to share a sleeping room without having to be separated. Registration for the walk is free, but you must pre-register. To do so, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the word “Pre-Register” as the subject. The walk starts promptly at 10am and will finish at 11am. Start/finish line is behind East Bay Deli in Downtown Charleston. Please bring posters that read “We Walk For the Homeless.” If you cannot walk but would like to help, you can make donations to assist with the building of the family sleeping quarters on the fundraiser’s GoFundMe page. 

Illuminated is back at The Woodlands Nature Reserve this Saturday evening. Watch the forest at the Woodlands come alive during this drive-up event that showcases an appreciation of nature and the great outdoors. Take an optional stroll through the illuminated majestic oaks and longleaf pines. Then watch the magic of laser projection and dynamic lights over Observation Lake. Purchase hot chocolate, popcorn, and s’mores to enjoy around multiple campfires while you listen to live music from Will McCranie. If you skipped dinner and would like some yummy food to enjoy before indulging in the snacks, food truck RikiQuito will be on hand as well. Admission is $15 per vehicle in advance or $20 per vehicle at the gate. If you plan an overnight stay in one of the Zun tent cabins, Casita Annie, or your own tent, admission to Illuminated is included.

Join the College of Charleston’s Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics Program and ABC News 4 Chief Meteorologist Dave Williams at Fatty’s Beer Works this Saturday for the 2nd annual Atmospheric Science + Meteorology Day! If you have a child who’s curious about all things scientific—or even if you’re curious yourself!—this event is sure to inspire a lifelong love of science. Dave Williams will be on hand performing live weather experiments and demonstrating how the most accurate weather forecast in the Lowcountry is brought to you each day. CofC’’s Atmospheric Science Students will also conduct live interactive experiments that bring science to life right in front of your eyes. Fatty’s will be releasing new beers brewed with a high degree of science in honor of the event. Black Burger will also be there from 1pm until 6pm with delicious burgers and frito pie.

Fatty’s Beer Works is also hosting Space Night on Saturday night. Space Night is a fun followup event held in conjunction with the Atmospheric Science + Meteorology Day and features members of the Lowcountry Stargazers. There will be high intensity telescopes available for pristine night imaging and observing (while practicing physical distancing, of course). See the rings of Saturn or Jupiter’s many moons while listening to Fatty’s Fog Machine performing music. This is a free event.

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