Oh October, how lovely to see you finally! I never thought I’d be so happy to turn off my AC and open all the windows but after the brutal summer we had, it is a welcomed change.
Lately, I have had a multitude of people ask me “What is there to do in Charleston in the Fall?”
The answer: So many I don’t even know where to begin!
- The 40th Annual Fall Tour of Homes, History and Architecture: Organized by the Preservation Society of Charleston, The Fall Tour allows you to experience the absolute best of historic Charleston. You’re able to tour different areas of historic Charleston each day while simultaneously enjoying the pleasant Lowcountry weather. The tour starts on October 6th and ends on October 30th.
- Charleston Gallery Association Art Walk: Over 40 art galleries in historic Charleston open their doors to anyone interested in art and photography. It’s a free, self guided tour and most, if not all, of the galleries offer refreshments (wine, anyone?). The next art walk is scheduled for Friday, October 14th from 5pm-8pm.
- Second Sunday on King Street: On the second Sunday of every month from 12-4pm, a portion of King Street closes to vehicular traffic (starts at the intersection of King and Calhoun Streets, and ends at the intersection of King and Broad Streets). It’s a great way to explore local shops and eateries while having a cocktail or two and spending time with family and friends. (It’s also a great time to come check out The Real Estate Studio of Dunes Properties at 214 King Street)
- Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch: Nothing will get you into the Halloween spirit like visiting the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch. Other attractions include a corn maze, rock climbing wall, and hayride. The pumpkin patch is open from October 1st-31st. It’s a great time for the kids and adults!
- Bark in the Park – Oktoberfest: This is a fun way to spend quality time with your beloved four legged friend while treating yourself to delicious German food and beer. The bark-tastic good time is scheduled for Sunday, October 16th from 11am-4pm at Wannamaker County Park.
- Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square: Every Saturday from 8am to 2pm from April to November, people gather in the heart of historic downtown Charleston to support local farmers, growers, artisans, and performers. It’s a great time for both locals and tourists to support the beautiful Lowcountry. And who wouldn’t love some fresh Fall produce?
- Moonlight Sails on the Schooner Pride: Sit back , relax, and enjoy a magical moonlight sail while seeing Charleston in the most romantic way possible. You’ll be able to capture night time views of historic Charleston while listening to live acoustic music by a local musician. The final two sails of the year will occur on October 16th and 17th at 7:30pm.
- The Third Annual Folly Beach Battle of the Bags: I am proud to say this event is hosted by Dunes Properties! All proceeds from this event benefit the Folly Angels, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the people of Folly Beach who are battling cancer. The cornhole tournament is organized by Holy City Cornhole and will start at 12pm. Not the best cornhole player? That’s ok, you can still come out and cheer on those playing while eating from some of Charleston’s best food trucks and having some adult beverages! This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th from 12pm-5pm at the Folly Beach County Park. Don’t forget your costume!
- Party for the Parks: Come one, come all to the recently renovated Colonial Lake for a circus themed bash with signature cocktails, treats from some of the best restaurants in Charleston and live music. All proceeds will go the Charleston Parks Conservancy to help benefit over 25 Charleston area parks. If you haven’t been to Colonial Lake since it’s re-opening then this would be a great time to check it out! This great time is currently scheduled for Saturday, November 5th from 6-10pm.
- Charleston International Film Festival: Since 2007, The Charleston IFF’s mission has been “to educate, entertain, and inspire through the art and science of film”. I’ve had the privilege of attending this event multiple times over the years and each year it gets better and better. Films have made me laugh to the point of tears and cry to the point of weeping, but most importantly, I’ve been inspired by people whom I never would have known about without this platform for their creativity. This year’s festival will be held from November 2nd through 6th at the Charleston Music Hall.
Those are just a few events Charleston has to offer. Are you planning a trip to Charleston and want to know more? Comment below or email me!