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Family-friendly Activities, equality rallies, and remodeling tips in this week's 5 Around Town

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A pair of family-friendly events, a Home Show, and a parade to celebrate equality are the highlights of this week's 5 Around Town.

CHARLESTON PRIDE PARADE & RALLY

The weeklong Charleston Pride Festival wraps up this weekend with the parade and rally in downtown. Everyone is invited to come out to celebrate diversity and support equal rights. The parade begins at 9:00 am at Wragg Mall on the corner of Meeting and Ann Streets. The parade route travels from Ann to King Street, then south to Broad Street. It turns right and continues to Colonial Lake. After the parade, you can stop by the rally at Brittlebank Park on Lockwood Boulevard from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The rally will include music, entertainment, and food trucks for lunch. Go to charlestonpride.com for more information.

HOMEGROWN FAMILY DAY

Hootie and the Blowfish will treat the Lowcountry to concerts on back-to-back nights at the Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island. Lowcountry native, Darius Rucker and the band will play shows Friday and Saturday nights. Click Here to find out more about tickets. In addition to the shows, the band also hosts the Homegrown Family day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday. The FREE event includes live music on the Grand Lawn from 6 different performers during the day. While the event is free, you are encouraged to bring school supplies to donate. Click here for more information.  

WANNAMAKER MOVIE NIGHT

Movie under the stars returns Saturday night at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. This year's instant classic, "The Lego Movie" will be on the big screen starting about 8:15 pm. Admission to the movie is free with the $1 admission to the park. No outside food is allowed. Food and drinks will be sold on site. You can bring your pets, but must keep them on a leash. Click Here for more.

GOODWILL HUNTING SCAVENGER HUNT

Palmetto Goodwill and the Charleston RiverDogs have teamed up for a tri-county scavenger hunt. It runs through Sunday, August 10 at select Goodwill stores. You can win tickets to a RiverDogs game at Joe Riley Park and qualify to win a daily prize pack. The items on the scavenger hunt have been placed a various Goodwill stores around the Lowcountry. Go to Facebook and "Like" the Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina and the Charleston RiverDogs pages to be eligible. Then watch for clues to the daily locations of scavenger hunt items. Check out the event Facebook page for more. 

SUNDAY FAMILY FUNDAY

The Center for Birds of Prey is hosting a family-oriented program Sunday, August 10 with activities for all ages. The day will offer the opportunity to learn about birds and nature. It will include guided walking tours of aviaries and pollinators' observation garden, flight demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours of the restricted Avian Medical Clinic (reserve in advance), and bird-related arts and crafts. Tickets are $15 for adults,$10 for kids, and free for kids under six. Go to the event website for more details.

SECOND SUNDAY ON KING

The shopping and entertainment spills out into the street for Second Sunday on King. Stroll and shop the stores on King Street this Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. King Street is closed off to vehicle traffic South of Calhoun Street. You can find a free parking voucher on the event website.

CUSTOM HOME AND REMODEL SHOW

If you're thinking about some late summer upgrades or remodels to your home, you can get some ideas and tips this weekend. Charleston Home & Design magazine is hosting the Custom Home and Remodel Show at the Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium. The weekend show will include displays for tile, granite, construction, décor, and more. You can learn a few tricks to be the king at your next cookout thanks to FREE grilling demonstrations. Plus, you can enter to win a $20,000 Backyard Makeover! Admission is $7 on Saturday and Sunday, but it's FREE on Friday. The show is 11 am - 8 pm Friday, 10 am - 6 pm Saturday, and 11 am 5 pm Sunday. Go to charlestonhomeanddesignshow.com for more information.

SHARK WEEK

Shark Week will wrap up this weekend at the South Carolina Aquarium. Shark education stations are set up throughout the aquarium. You can also catch the special Shark Show as trained divers swim with sharks in the Great Ocean Tank. You can dig for shark artifacts and even pet a bamboo shark. All Shark Week activities are part of your aquarium admission. The aquarium is open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. Shark Week ends Sunday, August 10.  Check out scaquarium.com for additional information.

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