Charleston In October


Peaceful scene of boats in a Charleston marina.

October is one of the best months of the year to visit Charleston, with weather that is warm but not too hot, and a great variety of things to do.

Music festivals such as the MOJA Arts Festival (continuing from September); Oktoberfest and Folly Beach’s annual street party, Follypalooza; several charity road races; and the Fall Tour of Homes bring thousands of people to the city.

See also:
October weather in Charleston
Visiting in fall and ideal activities
Attractions and other things to do in Charleston
Charleston’s biggest festivals
Things to do near Charleston

!Event dates, venue and other details can change at short notice. Please check all information at the official website before making plans to attend an event.

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Events From October 1 To The Weekend Of October 3-4 2020

See September events

– CANCELLED Quilt Week Show, September 20 - October 2 2020
Quilt show at the Charleston Area Convention Center, with exhibits of quilts from around the world, workshops, lectures and vendors. Single-day admission $14, 2-day $25. More details

– Boone Hall Fright Nights, Thursday-Sunday, September 26 - October 31 2020
Ghost-themed special events at Boone Hall Plantation. Tickets from $15. More details

– VIRTUAL EVENT Bird Fest, September 28 - October 2 2020
Bird-themed festival at Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner, with local bird organizations, artists, ecology associations, demonstrations, bird walks and more. Admission $5. More details

– VIRTUAL FESTIVAL MOJA Arts Festival, October 1-31 2020
Week-and-a-half-long African-American and Caribbean arts festival, with music, dance, arts and crafts, food and more. Admission to many events is free, others are ticketed. More details

– CANCELLED ArtWalk, October 2 2020
Monthly first Friday art walks in downtown Charleston galleries. More details

– CANCELLED Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-2pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

– CANCELLED Isle of Palms Connector Run, October 3 2020
Charity 5K and 10K runs around Isle of Palms and the Connector bridge, to benefit selected children’s charities in the Charleston area. Registration required. More details

– Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, Friday-Sunday, October 3-25 2020
Family-friendly fall festival at Boone Hall Plantation and Farms, with children’s games, petting zoo, pick-your-own pumpkins and more. Admission $12. More details

– CANCELLED Kiawah Island Triathlon, October 4 2020
Swim, bike and run event on Kiawah Island. Registration required. More details

Events From October 5 To Columbus Day Weekend, October 10-12 2020

– Boone Hall Fright Nights, Thursday-Sunday, September 26 - October 31 2020
Ghost-themed special events at Boone Hall Plantation. Tickets from $15. More details

– VIRTUAL FESTIVAL MOJA Arts Festival, October 1-31 2020
Week-and-a-half-long African-American and Caribbean arts festival, with music, dance, arts and crafts, food and more. Admission to many events is free, others are ticketed. More details

– Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, Friday-Sunday, October 3-25 2020
Family-friendly fall festival at Boone Hall Plantation and Farms, with children’s games, petting zoo, pick-your-own pumpkins and more. Admission $12. More details

– The Fall Tours: Homes, History & Architecture, October 8 - November 7 2020
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– CANCELLED Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-2pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

– Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon & 5K, October 10 2020
Half-marathon and 5K races at Johns Island County Park. Registration required. More details

– Autumn on the Ashley Arts and Crafts Fair, October 10-11 2020
Annual arts and crafts fair at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, with handmade items from lowcountry artisans and plant sale. Regular garden admission applies: adults $20, children $10. More details

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Events From October 13 To The Weekend Of October 17-18 2020

– Boone Hall Fright Nights, Thursday-Sunday, September 26 - October 31 2020
Ghost-themed special events at Boone Hall Plantation. Tickets from $15. More details

– VIRTUAL FESTIVAL MOJA Arts Festival, October 1-31 2020
Week-and-a-half-long African-American and Caribbean arts festival, with music, dance, arts and crafts, food and more. Admission to many events is free, others are ticketed. More details

– Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, Friday-Sunday, October 3-25 2020
Family-friendly fall festival at Boone Hall Plantation and Farms, with children’s games, petting zoo, pick-your-own pumpkins and more. Admission $12. More details

– The Fall Tours: Homes, History & Architecture, October 8 - November 7 2020
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Wine Down Wednesday, October 14 2020
Wine, food trucks and live music at Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. $20 per person, or $15 in advance. More details

– CANCELLED Victory Cup Polo Match & Hot Air Balloon Festival, October 16-17 2020
Annual polo event and hot air balloon festival, with live music, food, children’s activities, balloon rides and more. Free evening admission to the hot air balloon festival (parking $15), general admission from $10. More details

– CANCELLED Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-2pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

– CANCELLED Charleston Night Bazaar, October 17 2020
Evening arts and crafts market at the Pacific Box & Crate Company. Third Saturday of the month: April-October, 5pm-10pm and November-March, 4pm-9pm. More details

Events From October 19 To The Weekend Of October 24-25 2020

– Boone Hall Fright Nights, Thursday-Sunday, September 26 - October 31 2020
Ghost-themed special events at Boone Hall Plantation. Tickets from $15. More details

– VIRTUAL FESTIVAL MOJA Arts Festival, October 1-31 2020
Week-and-a-half-long African-American and Caribbean arts festival, with music, dance, arts and crafts, food and more. Admission to many events is free, others are ticketed. More details

– Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, Friday-Sunday, October 3-25 2020
Family-friendly fall festival at Boone Hall Plantation and Farms, with children’s games, petting zoo, pick-your-own pumpkins and more. Admission $12. More details

– The Fall Tours: Homes, History & Architecture, October 8 - November 7 2020
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– CANCELLED Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-2pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

Events From October 26 To Halloween, October 31 2020

– Boone Hall Fright Nights, Thursday-Sunday, September 26 - October 31 2020
Ghost-themed special events at Boone Hall Plantation. Tickets from $15. More details

– VIRTUAL FESTIVAL MOJA Arts Festival, October 1-31 2020
Week-and-a-half-long African-American and Caribbean arts festival, with music, dance, arts and crafts, food and more. Admission to many events is free, others are ticketed. More details

– The Fall Tours: Homes, History & Architecture, October 8 - November 7 2020
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– CANCELLED Southern Spirits, October 30 2020
Adults-only Halloween event at the South Carolina Aquarium, with spirit tastings from local distilleries, food and entertainment. Costumes encouraged. $50 per person. More details

– CANCELLED Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-2pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

See November events

October Events TBC

– Follypalooza, returning in 2021
Street festival at Folly Beach with live music, art contest and auction to benefit people with cancer. Ticket purchase required. More details