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
Free 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 2-3 2021

See September events

– MOJA Arts Festival, September 30 - October 10 2021
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

– Randy Rainbow: The Pink Glasses Tour, October 1 2021
Comedy show at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– ArtWalk, October 1 2021
Monthly first Friday art walks in downtown Charleston galleries. More details

– The Malibu Open, October 1-2 2021
Professional waterskiing competition at Trophy Lakes, Johns Island. More details

– Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-1pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

– Rodrigo y Gabriela with Silvana Estrada, October 2 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Music of the Movies: Heroes and Villains, October 2 2021
Performance by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Isle of Palms Connector Run, October 2 2021
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

– Bird Fest, October 2 2021
Bird-themed festival at Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner, with local bird organizations, artists, ecology associations, demonstrations, bird walks and more. More details

– Charleston Pride, October 3 2021
Charleston’s annual LGBT+ pride festival, at Riverfront Park. More details

– The Beach Boys, October 3 2021
Event at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Kiawah Island Triathlon, October 3 2021
Swim, bike and run event on Kiawah Island. Registration required. More details

Events From October 4 To Columbus Day Weekend, October 9-11 2021

– MOJA Arts Festival, September 30 - October 10 2021
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

– Lauren Daigle: World Tour, October 7 2021
Concert at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, October 7 2021
Tribute concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– The Fall Tours: Homes, History & Architecture, October 7 - November 6 2021
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Alabama: 50th Anniversary Tur, October 8 2021
Concert at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– Big Boi, October 8 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Charleston Greek Festival, October 8-10 2021
Festival of Greek food, music and culture at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Adults $5, children/seniors $3, young children (12 and under) free. More details

– Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-1pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

– Charleston Beer Fest, October 9 2021
Beer festival at Riverfront Park, North Charleston, with regional craft beers, games, live entertainment and food. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Mike Epps: In Real Life Comedy Tour, October 9 2021
Comedy show at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon & 5K, October 9 2021
Half-marathon and 5K races at Johns Island County Park. Registration required. More details

– Candlelight Tour of Drayton Hall, October 9 2021
Evening candlelight audio tour of the 18th-century plantation house at Drayton Hall. Registration required, $45 per person. More details

– Woofstock Lowcountry Dog Music Festival, October 10 2021
Pet-friendly music festival in Hanahan, with food trucks, local vendors, live music and local pet rescue groups. Tickets $35, or $25 in advance. More details

– Twiddle, with Schema, October 10 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Emerson String Quartet, October 10 2021
Concert at the Gaillard Center. More details

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Events From October 12 To The Weekend Of October 16-17 2021

– The Fall Tours: Homes, History & Architecture, October 7 - November 6 2021
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Home Free: Dive Bar Saints World Tour, October 13 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Boléro, October 15-16 2021
Performance by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-1pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

– One Night With Nikki Glaser, October 16 2021
Comedy show at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Cars on Kiawah, October 16 2021
Annual car show on Kiawah Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Charleston Night Bazaar, October 16 2021
Evening arts and crafts market at Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Third Saturday of the month: April-October, 5pm-10pm and November-March, 4pm-9pm. More details

– Needtobreathe: Into the Mystery Tour, October 17 2021
Concert at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– Beatles vs Stones – A Musical Showdown, October 17 2021
Tribute concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

Events From October 18 To The Weekend Of October 23-24 2021

– The Fall Tours: Homes, History & Architecture, October 7 - November 6 2021
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, October 19 2021
Concert at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Steely Dan: The Absolutely Normal Tour, October 20 2021
Concert at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– Melissa Etheridge, October 20 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– For King & Country: Relate Fall Tour, October 21 2021
Concert at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– The Marshall Tucker Band, October 21 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Theo Von, October 22-23 2021
Comedy show at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-1pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

– Groovin’ High: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie Featuring Jon Faddis, October 23 2021
Tribute concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Donut Fest Charleston, October 24 2021
Donut-centric food festival. More details

– LOL Suprise! Live, October 24 2021
Children’s performance at the Gaillard Center. More details

Events From October 25 To Halloween, October 31 2021

– The Fall Tours: Homes, History & Architecture, October 7 - November 6 2021
Tours of selected private homes and gardens in Charleston, plus walking tours and other events. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Million Dollar Quartet, October 26 2021
Musical at the Gaillard Center. More details

– August Burns Red Present Leveler 10 Year Anniversary Tour, October 26 2021
Concert at the Charleston Music Hall. More details

– Wine, Women & Shoes, October 28 2021
Annual food and fashion show at the Gaillard Center, to benefit the Florence Crittenton Programs of SC. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Coastal Carolina Fair, October 28 - November 7 2021
Annual fair with fairground rides, live music, arts and crafts and animal displays at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Beethoven and Witches, October 29-30 2021
Performance by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Gaillard Center. More details

– Fiddler on the Roof, October 29-31 2021
Musical at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. More details

– Charleston Beer Week, October 29 - November 7 2021
Annual celebration of Charleston’s craft beer culture, with events across the city. More details

– Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am-1pm
Weekly farmers market in historic Marion Square. More details

– Holy City Farmers Market, October 30 2021
Popup farmers market at Firefly Distillery in association with Holy City Brewing, with local produce and vendors, food truck and live music. More details

See November events

October Events TBC

– Quilt Week Show, 2021 event TBC
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

– Bird Fest, 2021 event TBC
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

– Autumn on the Ashley Arts and Crafts Fair, 2021 event TBC
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

– Wine Down Wednesday, 2021 event TBC
Wine, food trucks and live music at Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. $20 per person, or $15 in advance. More details

– Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, 2021 event TBC
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

– Boone Hall Fright Nights, 2021 event TBC
Ghost-themed special events at Boone Hall Plantation. Tickets from $15. More details

– Southern Spirits, 2021 event TBC
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

– Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour, 2021 event TBC
Food and music walking tour of Summerville’s homes. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Oktoberfest, 2021 event TBC
Festival of German food and culture at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Tickets $20. More details

– Taste of North Charleston, 2021 event TBC
Food event organized by the Southeastern Chamber of Commerce highlighting the cuisines and restaurants of North Charleston, with food tastings, vendors, music and other entertainment. At the ExQuis Event & Conference Center. $20 per person, $15 in advance. More details

– Festival of Mountain Music, 2021 event TBC
Festival of southern music at the East Beach Conference Center, Kiawah Island. More details

– Trick or Treat in the Park, 2021 event TBC
Annual trick-or-treat event at Hampton Park, with costume contest, hay and pony rides, arts and crafts, games and music. More details

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

– First Saturday Stroll, 2021 event TBC
Self-guided visits to Charleston art galleries on the first Saturday of every month, with special exhibitions and the opportunity to meet local artists. More details

– Charleston Country Music Fest, 2021 event TBC
Festival of country music at Exchange Park, Ladson. More details

– Charleston Arts Festival, 2021 event TBC
Festival of lowcountry visual and performing arts, including music, dance, poetry, art, film and food. More details


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