How to Celebrate Fall: Lowcountry Edition!

It's fall! The weather is cooling down, and it's time to explore the Lowcountry. Here are some fun events and happenings to experience this fall in and around Charleston!

House and Garden Tours

DATE: Thursday, Oct.4- Sunday, Oct. 28
TIME: 2-5 p.m.
LOCATION: Throughout the Lowcountry!
COST: $50

On various days in October PSC will offer traditional self-guided tours of the interiors of 6-7 private houses and gardens. These are real houses and not the museum or staged buildings. They have had modifications and updating but they are privately owned and only open once or twice a year. In some instances, only the garden is open.

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Pinwheel Gala

DATE: Friday, Oct. 5
TIME: 7-11 p.m.
LOCATION: Summerville Country Club – 400 Country Club Blvd., Summerville
COST: Varies

This event will have hors d’oeuvres prepared by local culinary talents such as private chefs, caterers and more, an open bar, live band and dancing, and a wonderful array of silent auction items at the mobile bidding auction.

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Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 7
TIME: 1-5 p.m.
LOCATION: President Circle – Historic Downtown Summerville
COST: Varies

Enjoy historic homes in the heart of Summerville, as you sample creative cuisine and decadent desserts prepared by notable Lowcountry chefs and restaurants.

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Taste of North Charleston

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 7
TIME: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
LOCATION: ExQuis Event & Conference Center – 5101 Ashley Phosphate Rd., Suite 149,  North Charleston
COST: $10- $20

Several North Charleston restaurants will provide samples of their unique menu items and will be accompanied by restaurants visiting from other districts nearby.

The Chamber and its Council will spearhead the event annually, at locations throughout the North Charleston area, giving different non-spotlighted districts an opportunity for exposure and positive light. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit 3 non-profit and local charities. Remaining proceeds will cover event expenses, future marketing, advertising and events focused around growth and awareness of the Taste, its supporters, and businesses within the City of North Charleston.

Restaurants will serve two to three-ounce samples of signature menu items and guests will have the opportunity to try these samples and then vote for the restaurants with the best tastings, spirits, and desserts.

In addition to food, music, and entertainment, the taste festivities will also include an Opening Bev Tasting & Jazz Reception (Friday, October 5, 2018, 7:00p-10:00p). On the day of the event, you can look forward to a Taste of Tech Business Hour (4:30p-5:30p), a Cocktail Competition, and a Vendor Alley including exhibitors from area non-profit and for-profit businesses.

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Oktoberfest Charleston

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 13
TIME: 12- 6 p.m.
LOCATION: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church – 405 King St.
COST: Varies

You can enjoy some beer, wine, German polka music, food, children’s games, face painting, and more at this event!

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Hot Air Balloon Festival & Victory Cup Polo Match

DATE: Fri., Oct. 12- Sun., Oct. 14
TIME: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyde Park Farm & Polo Club – 6763 Davis Rd., Ravenel
COST: $5-$30

Bring the entire family and come to enjoy Charleston’s only Hot Air Balloon Festival!

Held on a large polo field just minutes from downtown Charleston, join dozens of vendors, chefs, local musicians, artists, cooking demonstrations, pop-up art galleries, PLUS food and alcohol tasting partners.

Weather permitting, Saturday will include a morning launch and evening glows and tethered rides. Not just about the balloons, Saturday will include Live Music, a Wine Tasting Tent, a Battle of the Chefs Tasting Competition, Polo Matches and a kids play area!

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Fall Reggae Jam

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 13
TIME: 8-11:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Music Farm – 32 Ann St.
COST: $15 advanced

Join in on this music event for a good cause! The Proceeds will benefit the Montego Bay Animal Haven.

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7th Annual Halos Oyster Roast

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 14
TIME: 4- 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Harborside East – 28 Bridgeside Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
COST: $45 in advance, $55 at door

Enjoy amazing views of the Charleston Harbor, live music, all the delicious oysters you can eat and an exciting silent auction!

Individual tickets for this event include oysters, hotdogs, chili, beer, wine, and live entertainment. A silent auction and wine toss offer guests another way to support kinship families in the tri-county area with the opportunity to win exciting items and packages.

All proceeds from the HALOS Oyster Roast will be used to support services for the kinship children and families we serve. Thank you for caring about kinship families of our community!

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Latin American Festival

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 14
TIME: 12- 6 p.m.
LOCATION: North Charleston Wannamaker County Park – 8888 University Blvd.
COST: $10 adult, $5 with student ID, free 12 + under

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latin world with live Salsa and Merengue music, authentic food and crafts, and plenty of activities for families to enjoy at the Latin American Festival!


Festival Details

  • Food, beverages, and souvenirs will be available for purchase on-site.
  • ID is required to purchase alcohol.
  • Outside food, alcohol, and coolers are prohibited.
  • No dogs allowed at this event.

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DATE: Saturday, Oct. 20
TIME: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Center Street, Folly Beach
COST: $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Free for children 12 and under & Folly Beach residents

Founded in 2007 by DJ Rich, a Folly Beach resident and business owner, Follypalooza has successfully raised over $50,000 for over 35 Folly locals with cancer and other medial ailments.

To raise money, Follypalooza hosts an annual cancer benefit via a street festival on Folly Beach, SC. An all-day event, Follypalooza is family-friendly with live music, 50/50 raffle, free kids games and activities, jump castles, face painting, as well as art, craft and food vendors

Local restaurants set up food stands & food trucks along Center Street throughout the day.

With the street closed off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., patrons are permitted to roam freely with adult beverages with purchase of admission.

A community fundraiser with fun-filled & family-friendly activities, Follypalooza is a great reason to show support for a good cause & one of the longest running cancer benefits in the State of South Carolina.

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Children’s Day Festival

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 21
TIME: 12-5 p.m.
LOCATION: Park West Recreation Complex – 1251 Park West Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
COST: Free

Old and new traditions delight at the Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Children’s Day Festival presented by Publix! East Cooper schools will host carnival games centered on the events theme. Families will enjoy carnival rides, giant inflatable slides, live entertainment, face painting, and many other activities!  Admission and all activities are free. Free parking is available at Cario Middle School and Charles Pinckney/Laurel Hill – shuttles run all day or simply use the cut-through and enjoy a nice short walk! Food concessions are offered by East Cooper schools for fundraising.


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“Hospital and Hospitality” Benefit Dinner

DATE: Monday, Oct. 23
TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 5Church Charleston – 32B N. Market St.
COST: $150 per person

This event will have kids from MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital will help greet, seat, and serve patrons throughout a three-course meal.

All proceeds will benefit the hospital.

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Harvest Feast

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 25
TIME: 6-9 p.m.
LOCATION: East Cooper Land Trust – 1002 Anna Knapp Ext., Ste 202, Mt. Pleasant
COST: $125

Reconnect with the land and agricultural heritage on this permanently-conserved property formerly known as Thornhill Farm. Enjoy an intimate five-course supper prepared by local chef Brannon Florie, featuring food from new tenants Johnson Family Farms and music by The Lowhills and Bogan Mask.

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Coastal Carolina Fair

DATE: Thurs., Oct. 25- Sun., Nov. 4
TIME: Varies
LOCATION: Exchange Park – 9850 US-78, Ladson
COST: Vary

It’s time to get ready for the South Carolina State Fair! Tickets are now on sale for the Palmetto State’s unofficial welcome of Fall. From the smell of popcorn and the taste of warm funnel cakes to the squeals of those on rides, the State Fair is the one time everyone understands breaking your typical diet. It’s hard not to be adventurous at the state fair with plenty of new additions coming to the fold such as the Red Beans and Rice sundae and the Frito Chili Pie Burger. You can always go for tradition – an extra large corn dog, fried Oreos, or a state fair favorite – the doughnut burger. While food often takes center stage, there will be plenty of artists providing entertainment during the fair. You can purchase tickets to see crowd favorites like Fantasia, Tokyo Joe and Rocketman, Bret Michaels and more. Tickets are on sale now for the low price of $7, but only until October 9th. the fair will kick off October 10th and run through the 21st.

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Dogtober Fest

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 27
TIME: 1-5 p.m.
LOCATION: Freshfields Village – 165 Village Green Dr., Kiawah
COST: Free

Dogtoberfest is hosted by the Kiawah Island Community Association and presented by the Charleston Animal Society.

Bring your dog, sip some wine and help out local pet rescues at the 12th
annual Dogtoberfest: Dogs, Dine, and Wine Pet Expo. The event, which brings together pet rescue
organizations from around the Lowcountry, returns to Freshfields Village near Kiawah Island.

In addition to meet-and-greets with local rescue groups and the annual wine tasting, this free event includes:

  • Local Craft Beer and Delicious Food
  • Live entertainment
  • On-site vendors
  • Pet costume contest at 3 p.m.
  • Blessing of the animals
  • A commemorative wine glass
  • Exciting prizes and giveaways (Grand Prize: A 3-night Stay in an Oceanfront Villa Courtesy of Akers Ellis Real Estate)

Proceeds from Dogtoberfest benefit the participating pet rescue organizations!

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Charleston Coffee Cup

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 28
TIME: 10 a.m.
LOCATION: Memminger Auditorium – 56 Beaufain St.
COST: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

The event will feature local coffee shops, local and regional roasters from all over, favorite local brunch purveyors, artisans, live music and kids activities. This year’s event lands on Halloween weekend, you know what that means, come dressed in your best coffee inspired costume for the chance to win “Best Caffeinated Costume” Prize! Don’t forget to dress up the kiddos for “trick or treating”!

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Charleston Scottish Games

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 1- Sunday, Nov. 4
TIME: Varies
COST: Varies

The Scottish Society of Charleston, Inc., a non-profit organization, promotes our Scottish heritage, history and customs through the conduct of ongoing events in the Lowcountry which educate our youth and assist other Scottish-American organizations.

Thursday, November 1, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Scotch Whisky Tasting

Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Friday, November 2, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

The Charleston Tartan Ball

Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive Charleston, SC 29492
Regimental Pipes & Drums, The Citadel; Swingsation Band; Haggis; Heavy hors d’oeuvres
(Black-Tie, Mess Dress, Highland Evening Dress, miniatures)

SATURDAY • NOVEMBER 3 • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

47th Annual Charleston Scottish Games & Highland Gathering
Boone Hall Plantation, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Piping & Drumming and Bands Competition

Inaugural Southern USA Pipe Band Championship (grade III)
“The Ellice & Rosa McDonald Memorial Trophy Targe”
Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT)

Scottish Heavy Athletic Competitions

The Sheaf Toss, the Stone of Strength, and of course, the Caber Toss, performed by professional and amateur athletes from across the Southeast.

Highland Dancing Competitions

Inaugural Lowcountry Best Male Dancer Competition
“Colonel John MacDonnell of Lochgarry Memorial Targe”
Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT)

Scottish Fiddle Competition

Best Senior Lowcountry Fiddle Championship
“Bishop Faber MacDonald Memorial Trophy”
Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT)

Children’s Activities

Games, Crafts, and Culture for the 12-and-under set.

Appearance by Ronald McDonald

Border Collie Demonstrations

Beer Garden • Scottish Merchandise • Border Collie Demonstration

Rain or Shine Event – No Pets Please

SUNDAY • NOVEMBER 4 • 8:45 AM & 11:15 AM

Kirkin o’ the Tartan

First (Scots) Presbyterian Church

53 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

DATE: Monday, Nov. 8- Thursday, Nov. 11
TIME: Varies
LOCATION: Charleston Library Society – 164 King St. & Dock Street Theatre – 135 St., Charleston
COST: Varies

The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival is a partnership between the Charleston Library Society in historic Charleston, South Carolina, and the celebrated Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England. The event will include lectures that focus on literature, memoir, art, history, and receptions will be held at either of these two locations.

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YALLFest: Young Adult Book Festival

DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 9- Wednesday, Nov. 10
TIME: Varies
LOCATION: Blue Bicycle Books – 420 King St., Charleston
COST: Varies, some free

Here’s the entire lineup of events & you can purchase tickets here!


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Pet Helpers’ 14th Annual Fur Ball

DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 10
TIME: 6:30-11 p.m.
LOCATION: Francis Marion Hotel – 387 King St.
COST: $175 per ticket

This event will include a live and silent auction, as well as entertainment provided by PlaneJane!

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Charleston Animal Society Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 17
TIME: 12-4 p.m.
LOCATION: North Charleston Riverfront Park
COST: $30 general admission

This is the largest fundraising event for the Charleston Animal Society. Thousands from the greater Charleston area will converge in North Charleston, to support the over the 20,000 abandoned, sick, abused, and neglected animals from throughout the area that enter our care annually.

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41st Annual Turkey Day Run + Gobble Wobble 5K

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving)
TIME: 9 a.m.
LOCATION: Starts at Marion Square at intersection of Meeting & Calhoun
COST: Varies

  •  Pull Behind Wagon Option!
  •  All online registrations this year
  • Digital Race Bags with lots of goodies
  • Packet Pickup Festival in Marion Square on Wed Nov. 21st
  • Music, Fun, and Free Beer at the After Party (21+)

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Holiday Festival of Lights

DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 9- Tuesday, Jan. 1
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: James Island County Park
COST: You have options! $20 per vehicle; or $15 per vehicle Mon.-Thurs. (with the donation of a canned food item or dog/cat food)

This is a Lowcountry must! Holiday Festival of lights is a  driving light tour plus a holiday train, carousel, treats, as well as so much more to experience at James Island Country Park!

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Holiday Swing

DATE: Saturday, Dec. 1
TIME: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Charleston Music Hall – 37 John St., Charleston
COST: $25-$60

Your Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) presents Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition, featuring guest vocalist Quiana Parler.

Maestro Charlton Singleton and our 19-piece big band will swing you into the holiday spirit with popular hits from Season 10, plus big band arrangements of holiday favorites. Add a little jazz to your holiday cheer with this popular Charleston tradition!

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Wine Under The Oaks at Boone Hall Plantation

DATE: Sunday, Dec. 2
LOCATION: Boone Hall Plantation – 1235 Long Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant
COST: $55

Admission will include but is not limited to the following:

  • Wine samples from a variety of wine distributors and winery partners
  • Complimentary “bubbles” provided by Biltmore Estate
  • Complimentary desserts
  • Complimentary Oysters
  • Food and Wine Pairing with complimentary gourmet food and wine samples provided by Boone Hall Farms
  • Complimentary samples – Breads and Spreads
  • Wine and cooking demonstrations presented by some of Charleston’s finest chefs in a portable kitchen provided courtesy of The Culinary Institute at Trident Technical College and The Charleston Restaurant Association
  • Complimentary table seating on a first come first serve basis
  • Live musical entertainment
  • See the plantation home beautifully decorated for Christmas

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Now, you have no excuse not to get out an explore the Lowcountry this fall! What things on this list are you planning to do?