31 MustDo Fall Events in Charleston πŸ‚

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It’s officially Fall, Charleston – and believe it or not, it actually feels like it. While this cool weather may be fleeting and the autumn foliage won’t be noticeable until around mid-November, grab that Pumpkin Spice Latte you don’t want to admit that you’ve been craving + soak up the beautiful days ahead.

While it isn’t quite time to break out that oversized sweater + boots, we are happily welcoming the start of fall alongside the arrival of all of our favorite annual fall events, festivals, + celebrations. From Charleston’s Oktoberfest (Oct. 12) to the Coastal Carolina Fair (Oct. 31-Nov. 10), there’s a bounty of fall happenings.

September

36th Annual Moja Arts Festival 🎨
πŸ‚ Thursday, Sept. 26- Sunday, Oct. 6
πŸ“ Locations vary
⏰ Times vary
πŸ’° Prices vary
🎑 β€œA Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts.” Find the full calendar of events here.Β 

Mozart in the Lowcountry
πŸ‚ Friday, Sept. 27- Saturday, Sept. 28
πŸ“ Gaillard Center
⏰ 7:30 p.m.
πŸ’° $27+
🎑 Join Charleston Symphony Orchestra for its 2019-2020 season premiere. 

7th Annual Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-Off
πŸ‚ Sunday, Sept. 29
πŸ“ Alhambra Hall | 131 Middle St., Mount Pleasant
⏰ 2-5 p.m.
πŸ’° $15-$45
🎑 β€œJoin us for family fun, oysters, live music, chili and more to support Florence Crittenton Programs.”

October

β€œHospital and Hospitality” Benefit Dinner
πŸ‚ Tuesday, Oct. 1
πŸ“ 5Church Charleston | 32B N. Market St.
⏰ 6:30-9 p.m.
πŸ’° Menu prices vary
🎑 Kids from MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital will help greet, seat + serve patrons. The normal menu will be available along with special kid-inspired dishes. All proceeds will benefit the hospital.

House and Garden Tours
πŸ‚ Thursday, Oct. 3- Saturday, Nov. 2
πŸ“ Locations vary
⏰ 2-5 p.m.
πŸ’° $50 per person
🎑 Self-guided tours of 6-7 private homes + gardens 

Pinwheel Gala
πŸ‚ Friday, Oct. 4
πŸ“ Summerville Country Club | 400 Country Club Blvd., Summerville
⏰ 7-11 p.m.
πŸ’° Prices vary
🎑 The gala will feature local culinary talents, a silent auction, open bar + live music.

Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour
πŸ‚ Sunday, Oct. 6
πŸ“ President Circle | Historic Downtown Summerville
⏰ 1-5 p.m.
πŸ’° Prices vary
🎑 β€œUnique homes, notable chefs + restaurants, talented musicians, premier craft brews + wines” 

Oktoberfest Charleston
πŸ‚ Saturday, Oct. 12
πŸ“ St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church |Β  405 King St.
⏰ 12-6 p.m.
πŸ’° $10-$20
🎑 German polka music, beer, wine, food, face painting + more 

Charleston Fall Wine Festival
πŸ‚ Saturday, Oct. 12
πŸ“ Charleston Harbor Cruise Terminal | 196 Concord St.
⏰ 1-5 p.m.
πŸ’° $45-$60
🎑 50+ wines + beer, live music and a beautiful view.

Fall Reggae Jam
πŸ‚ Saturday, Oct. 12
πŸ“ Music Farm | 32 Ann St.
⏰ 7:30-11:30 p.m.
πŸ’° $18 advanced
🎑 A night spent with 5 reggae bands + artists

stage and audience at follypalooza
Live bands and crowded streets are to be expected along Folly Road during Follypalooza | Photo by @follycharm

Follypalooza
πŸ‚ Saturday, Oct. 12
πŸ“ Center Street, Folly Beach
⏰ 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
πŸ’° $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Free for children 12 and under + Folly Beach residents.
🎑 β€œA cancer benefit that raises money for Folly Beach residents who are receiving cancer treatments, this street festival features live music, an art competition, an auction & carnival atmosphere.”

12th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair
πŸ‚ Saturday, Oct. 12-Sunday, Oct. 13
πŸ“ Magnolia Plantation and Gardens | 3550 Ashley River Rd.
⏰ 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
πŸ’° Free
🎑 β€œDozens of Lowcountry artisans will feature their handcrafted items for sale.”

Taste of North Charleston
πŸ‚ Sunday, Oct. 13
πŸ“ ExQuis Event & Conference Center | 5101 Ashley Phosphate Rd., Suite 149,Β  North Charleston
⏰ 4-8 p.m.
πŸ’°Β  $15- $20
🎑  Sample bites from various North Charleston eateries + vote for the restaurants with the best tastings, spirits and desserts 

Latin American Festival
πŸ‚ Sunday, Oct. 13
πŸ“ North Charleston Wannamaker County Park | 8888 University Blvd.
⏰ 12-6 p.m.
πŸ’° $10 adult, $5 with student ID, free 12 + under
🎑 Live salsa + merengue music, authentic food, crafts + plenty of activities for families to enjoy 

2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving
πŸ‚ Saturday, Oct. 19
πŸ“ Avondale Wine & Cheese | 813 Savannah Hwy. B
⏰ 6:30-9:30 p.m.
πŸ’° Free
🎑 BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) or use one provided for this free pumpkin carving event.

8th Annual Halos Oyster Roast
πŸ‚ Sunday, Oct. 20
πŸ“ Harborside East | 28 Bridgeside Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
⏰ 4-7 p.m.
πŸ’° $50 in advance, $60 at door
🎑 Ticket price includes oysters, hot dogs, chili, beer, wine + live music

cannoli
Cannolis are one of many treats served up at the annual Summerville Italian Festival | Photo by @riobertolinispasta

Summerville Italian Feast 🍝
πŸ‚ Sunday, Oct. 20
πŸ“ Historical Downtown Summerville | Hutchinson Square, Summerville
⏰ 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
πŸ’° Free
🎑 Experience authentic Italian cuisine + sample a variety of imported and local Italian wines 🍷

Children’s Day Festival
πŸ‚ Sunday, Oct. 20
πŸ“Park West Recreation Complex | 1251 Park West Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
⏰ 12-5 p.m.
πŸ’° Free
🎑 Enjoy carnival rides, giant inflatable slides, live entertainment, face painting + many other activities 

Fall Wine Stroll at Drayton Hall
πŸ‚ Saturday, Oct. 26
πŸ“ Drayton Hall | 3380 Ashley River Rd.
⏰ 2-4 p.m.
πŸ’° $15-$25
🎑 Sip + stroll by the riverside at Drayton Hall.

Pet Helpers’ 15th Annual Fur Ball
πŸ‚ Saturday, Oct. 26
πŸ“ Charleston Marriott | 170 Lockwood Dr.
⏰ 6-11 p.m.
πŸ’° $175 single ticket
🎑 Live and silent auction, plus entertainment provided by Carol + Bob Linville

ferris wheel
This time of year, what better place to watch the sunset than atop the Coastal Carolina Β ferris wheel? | Photo by @flaekingur

Coastal Carolina Fair
πŸ‚ Thurs., Oct. 31- Sun., Nov. 10
πŸ“ Exchange Park | 9850 US-78, Ladson
⏰ Gate hours vary by day
πŸ’° Prices vary
🎑 Opening day for the fair is Thursday, October 31 at 3 p.m.

November

Harvest Festival
πŸ‚ Saturday, Nov. 2
πŸ“ Johns Island County Park | 2662 Mullet Hall Rd.
⏰ 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
πŸ’° $8
🎑 Live bluegrass music, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, BBQ, carnival food + craft market.

Charleston Scottish Games
πŸ‚ Saturday, Nov. 2
πŸ“ Boone Hall Plantation
⏰ 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
πŸ’° $20
🎑 Come watch the Scottish athletic competition + learn about Scottish heritage, history + customs. The entire schedule of events can be found here.

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival
πŸ‚ Thursday, Nov. 7-Sunday, Nov. 10
πŸ“ Charleston Library Society | 164 King St.
πŸ“ Dock Street Theatre | 135 St., Charleston
⏰ Times may vary
πŸ’° Prices vary
🎑 Lectures that focus on literature, memoir, art + history, as well as elegant receptions will be held at either of these two locations 

The Woodlands Fall Music Festival
πŸ‚ Friday, Nov. 8-Saturday, Nov. 9
πŸ“ Charleston Woodlands | 4279 Ashley River Rd.
⏰ Times vary
πŸ’° $89+
🎑 13-band lineup including Umphrey’s McGee + Big Something

YALLFest: Young Adult Book Festival
πŸ‚ Friday, Nov. 8-Saturday, Nov. 9
πŸ“ Blue Bicycle Books | 420 King St., Charleston
⏰ Times vary
πŸ’° Prices vary; some events are free
🎑 Check out the entire lineup of events + purchase tickets here. 

Hot Air Balloon Festival + Victory Cup Polo Match
πŸ‚ Friday, Nov. 15-Saturday, Nov. 16
πŸ“Johns Island County Park | 2662 Mullet Hall Rd., Johns Island
⏰ Times vary by day
πŸ’° $5-$35
🎑 Join dozens of vendors, chefs, local musicians, artists, cooking demonstrations, pop-up art galleries + food and alcohol tasting partners. There will be a morning launch as well as evening glows + tethered rides.

Holiday Festival of Lights
πŸ‚ Friday, Nov. 15-Tuesday, Dec. 31
πŸ“ James Island County Park
⏰ Open nightly from 5:30-10 p.m.
πŸ’° $20 per vehicle; or $15 per vehicle Mon.-Thurs. with the donation of a canned food item or dog/cat food
🎑 A driving light tour plus a holiday train, carousel, treats + much more.

Charleston Animal Society’s Paws in the Park 5K
πŸ‚Β  Saturday, Nov. 16
πŸ“Β  North Charleston Riverfront Park
⏰  9 a.m.-2 p.m.
πŸ’°Β  $40 general admission
🎑  Charleston Animal Society’s biggest fundraising event of the yearΒ 

42nd Annual Turkey Day Run + Gobble Wobble 5K
πŸ‚ Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving)
πŸ“ Starts at Marion Square at intersection of Meeting + Calhoun
⏰ 9 a.m. for 5K run + walk
πŸ’° $30-$38
🎑 Register by November 1 and you can choose opt to have your packet mailed along with your race bib + timing chip, t-shirt and event information. Register here. 

Holiday Swing
πŸ‚ Saturday, Nov. 30
πŸ“ Charleston Music Hall | 37 John St., Charleston
⏰ 5 p.m.
πŸ’° $10-$60
🎑 A 18-piece big band will play your favorite holiday tunes to get you in the Christmas spirit. 

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