Fall Events Guide
Fall in Charleston is the perfect time to enjoy cooler weather and a variety of events, festivals, and celebrations. We have put together a list of some of our favorites that you won’t want to miss!
When: Saturdays April 8-November 25, 2023
Where: Marion Square-329 Meeting Street
You will find a variety of local produce, plants, herbs, and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment, and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans every Saturday at the Market.
When: September 1, October 6, November 3 | 5-8 pm
Where: Various locations in Downtown Charleston
One of Charleston’s best traditions, First Friday Artwalks are a way of debuting the city’s vibrant art scene. This special occasion occurs on the first Friday of every month (excluding January and July) and highlights dozens of art galleries and studios across the entire city. This is your chance to check out local art studios and mingle with local artists.
When: September 2-3
Where: Charleston Gaillard Center
This annual two-day music festival is a Charleston Labor Day weekend tradition.
When: September 16 | 7-10:30 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Pier
If you’re looking for some fun summer entertainment, head over to the Mount Pleasant Pier where you can enjoy an evening of dancing to a variety of music. This month, guests can groove to popular hits from the 80s and 90s. The pier is located on the Cooper River, which provides an incredible view of the city skyline while you dance the night away. Purchase your tickets and spend the evening socializing, dancing, and enjoying the city’s evening scene!
When: September 22-October 1.
Where: Folly Beach
Celebrate 50 years at one of the city’s most popular spots this September. Despite expanding and growing in size, the island has kept its laid-back beach vibe that has made it so popular. Originally a small fishing town, this popular tourist spot is spending September celebrating the past half century with a variety of activities. From car shows to galas, there is something that people of all ages can enjoy. Be sure to purchase tickets to each event to secure your spot for this must-see celebration!
When: September 28-October 8, 2023
Where: Various Locations
Moja meaning “individual” in Swahili, is a multi-disciplinary festival that highlights the rich history of African-American and Caribbean Arts and their contributions to Western and International Cultures. Festivities will include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, crafts, ethnic food, and more.
When: September 29-October 29, 2023
Where: Boone Hall Plantation
Are you looking for the perfect family-friendly fall activity? Look no further. Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch has something for everyone. Since 1997, this nearly one-month-long fall festival has become an autumn tradition that brings people of all ages together for a day of good old-fashioned fun on the farm. Enjoy a Halloween tractor tour, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable slide and obstacle course, and more! Before you go home, don’t forget to pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
When: September 30 | 5-7 pm
Where: Magnolia Plantation
Widely considered one of the best date night ideas, Magnolia Plantation plays host to this popular wine event. Spend the evening surrounded by the beautiful scenery at Magnolia Plantation with wine and light bites from local vendors. This popular event also includes live music and tours throughout the gardens of the plantation. This event is perfect for new couples wanting to get away from the busy city for the evening and stroll through beautiful gardens with some complimentary wine.
When: September 30 | 10 am
Where: Drayton Hall
Join us for an immersive indigo dyeing workshop at Drayton Hall to close out September. Led by experienced instructor Caroline Harper, participants have the chance to learn about the art of dyeing fabric with indigo. Learn the meticulous process of dye preparation, fabric treatment, and application in the tranquil setting of Drayton Hall. At the end of this experience, you’ll take home your own unique, hand-dyed scarf.
When: October 7-8
Where: Riverfront Park
Darius Rucker curated this popular event that features the country’s hottest new artists such as Lainey Wilson and Band of Horses. Riverfront Revival is poised to become a heartfelt ode to both the vibrant world of country music and the rich tapestry of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. This exhilarating two-day festival promises a journey filled with unforgettable live performances, immersive cultural experiences, and flavors deeply rooted in the region’s distinctive culinary traditions. Guests will depart with a deeper appreciation for Charleston.
When: October 7th, 28th
Where: Drayton Hall
Guests have the opportunity to the historic Charleston Home Drayton Hall. A must-see stop in the city, this event allows guests to stroll throughout the property, learning about the history, while enjoying light bites and drinks (including some from our local breweries). You will also receive a complimentary wine glass or koozie to remember the wonderful evening. So whether you’re a history buff or a connoisseur of fine wine and beer, Sip and Stroll at Drayton Hall is the perfect event for you.
When: October 8th and November 12th, 2023
Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun
Every second Sunday of the month from noon until 5 pm, the City of Charleston shuts down King Street from Queen to Calhoun to through traffic. In addition, no cars are allowed to park, giving pedestrians the ability to stroll through the street and visit businesses they might not have known about. There are also artists displaying their work on the street and unique food vendors tempting guests with their fare.
When: October 11-November 4, 2023
Where: Historic Downtown Charleston
The Fall Tours offerings are designed to maximize the educational experience for guests while minimizing impacts on the historic district. Guests taking the Piazzas and Garden Tour will go beyond the garden gate and onto the porches and piazza of some of Charleston’s finest homes. The Insider’s Garden Tour is designed for the garden enthusiast and will be led by notable professionals such as landscape architects, garden designers, and horticulturalists. Other tours include Insider’s Architecture Tours, Specialty Tours, Historic Walking Tours, and more.
When: October 14 | 11 am-7 pm
Where: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
Oktoberfest in the Holy City is a vibrant celebration of German culture that brings a taste of Bavaria to the heart of our state. Locals and visitors don traditional lederhosen and dirndls as they gather to celebrate. One of the city’s most popular events, guests can enjoy live music, authentic German food, and a Biergarten with local craft beers. Included in this lively festival is also a German bakery, and visits by our local leaders. As the lively band sets the tone, visitors can partake in games, dance the polka, and immerse themselves in the cheerful atmosphere that makes Oktoberfest in Charleston a truly unforgettable cultural celebration.
When: October 19
Where: Edmondston-Alston House
Looking for the perfect Charleston evening? If so, look no further than Wine on the Piazza at the historic home, Edmondston-Alston House. Those taking part will get to enjoy a glass of wine, spectacular views of the Charleston harbor, and a self-guided tour of this famous piece of Charleston history. Tickets for this relaxing evening start at $30 per person. Wine on the Piazza is a great way to experience the beauty of Charleston and the history of the Edmondston-Alston House
When: October 21
Where: Magnolia Plantation
Join us as we celebrate autumn in the #1 city. Spend the day enjoying hayrides, face painting, all kinds of sweet treats and snacks, and live music! This festival is also the perfect opportunity to explore the gardens at the peak of their beauty in the fall. Magnolia Plantation plays host to a variety of plants, including azaleas, camellias, magnolias, and crape myrtles. This event is perfect for any family looking for a daytime excursion away from the historic district.
When: October 28-November 5, 2023
Where: Various Locations
The 10th Annual Charleston Beer Week will promote Charleston’s craft beer community as a whole and be comprised of 50+ different events, over 10 days, taking place all over the Charleston tri-county area. Guests can expect a little bit of everything: beer dinners, special releases, brewery events, educational events, food pairings, meet the brewers, outdoor events, style showcase, tap takeovers, festivals, and charity fundraisers.
When: November 3-12
Where: Multiple Venues
The Charleston Literary Festival is a boutique literary festival that highlights and celebrates unique authors in unique settings. Venues this year include the Dock Street Theatre and the new International African American Museum. Against the backdrop of Charleston’s charming streets and rich history, guests have the chance to learn more about the history of the Holy City as they enjoy their love for literature.
When: November 5
Where: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Held under the plantation’s iconic live oak trees, this adults-only event allows guests to indulge in endless desserts, savory dishes, and alcoholic beverages. Dance along to tunes from Deep Drawl and take photos in the Live Oak Pavilion. The Sweet Shindig is a fun and delicious way to celebrate the fall season, so purchase your tickets before they sell out!
When: November 5, 12, 19, 26
Step aboard the Charleston Princess, where an exquisite gourmet buffet brunch awaits, expertly prepared by Charleston’s best! The menu showcases a variety of local Lowcountry delights, such as shrimp and grits, French toast casserole, scrambled eggs, and more! Sail around historic locations such as Fort Sumter, Patriots Point, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and the Arthur Ravel Jr. Bridge. If you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of dolphins skimming the surface! Learn more about the history of the Holy City with light narration and fantastic views. This event is perfect for families and couples alike! Purchase your tickets today and take a voyage around Charleston Harbor and enjoy your Sunday morning from the waters!
When: November 10-December 31
Where: James Island County Park
Embrace the magic of the holiday season at the Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights, a cherished annual event held at James Island County Park in Charleston, South Carolina. This enchanting festival transforms the park into a winter wonderland, bedecked with millions of dazzling lights. Visitors can stroll or drive through a three-mile tour featuring the city’s finest light displays. They also feature a sculpture made from 50 tons of sand, a holiday train, an enchanted walking trail, a Victorian carousel, Santa Claus, Santa’s sweet shop, gift shops, marshmallow roasting, and more! Get your tickets today for this heartwarming, family-friendly experience that captures the true spirit of the season!
When: November 12. 2023
Where: The Stono Ferry Racetrack
Rally a group of friends or family and spend the at the Steeplechase of Charleston. Originally opening its doors in 1792, this Lowcountry tradition is the perfect opportunity to dress up in big hats and bow ties, grab a drink, and observe some world-class horse races. The event starts at 8 am, with five races taking place throughout the day. Whether you’re a horse racing enthusiast or just want to get out and mingle, the Steeplechase of Charleston is the perfect way to connect with some deep-rooted southern heritage. Click here for race times, event details, and ticket options.
When: November 16-December 31, 2023
Where: South Carolina Aquarium
Check out the South Carolina Aquarium from a whole new perspective with Aquarium Aglow. This one-of-a-kind event has quickly become a Charleston holiday tradition. Aquarium Aglow is an intricate light show that stretches throughout the aquarium. Using thousands of lights and an array of colors, the aquarium transforms its space into something truly magical. This memorable event is ticketed, with prices varying depending on the day you plan on attending.
When: November 23
Where: Middleton Place
Join Middleton Place for a memorable Thanksgiving this year! Gather with family and friends in the Pavilion, where the Middleton Place Restaurant will serve up a traditional Thanksgiving buffet feast with stunning views of ancient live oaks. The bountiful buffet menu features turkey, ham, stuffing, collards, sweet potato casserole, a delightful array of pies, and plenty more! You will also have the opportunity to stroll “America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens” throughout your time at the event. Make this Thanksgiving extra special with the natural beauty and historic charm of Middleton Place!