Charleston In September


Sunset view of Charleston's Waterfront Park.

In September, the weather in Charleston and its vicinity is still hot, tempting many people to the beach to take advantage of the warm water and the last weeks of summer sun.

The Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer vacation season proper, and the resumption of Charleston’s busy events calendar.

Charleston’s Lowcountry Jazz Festival and the bigger MOJA Arts Festival toward the end of the month are September highlights. Other events include Charleston’s second Restaurant Week of the year and the tail end of the city’s regular summer music and dance evenings.

See also:
September weather in Charleston
Visiting Charleston in fall
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 September 1 To Labor Day Weekend, September 5-7 2020

See August events

– CANCELLED ArtWalk, September 4 2020
Monthly first Friday art walks in downtown Charleston galleries. More details

– CANCELLED Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival, September 4-6 2020
Annual jazz festival in downtown Charleston. Ticket purchase required. More details

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

– Weekend Wine-Down, Saturdays, 12pm-4pm
Weekly wine-tasting event with food trucks and live music, at Deep Water Vineyard, Wadmalaw Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Charleston Water Week, September 5-13 2020
Watersports festival at several Charleston area locations, with boating, paddling, surfing, kitesurfing, wake sports, swimming, boating and other water-related activities. More details

Events From September 8 To The Weekend Of September 12-13 2020

– Charleston Water Week, September 5-13 2020
Watersports festival at several Charleston area locations, with boating, paddling, surfing, kitesurfing, wake sports, swimming, boating and other water-related activities. More details

– CANCELLED Charleston Restaurant Week, September 10-20 2020
The second of Charleston’s Restaurant Weeks, offering special fixed-price menus at many of the city’s restaurants. More details

– The Malibu Open, September 11-12 2020
Professional waterskiing competition at Trophy Lakes, Johns Island. More details

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

– Weekend Wine-Down, Saturdays, 12pm-4pm
Weekly wine-tasting event with food trucks and live music, at Deep Water Vineyard, Wadmalaw Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

– CANCELLED Shaggin’ on the Cooper, September 12 2020
Monthly (spring through summer) live music and dancing at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Ticket purchase required. More details

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Events From September 14 To The Weekend Of September 19-20 2020

– CANCELLED Charleston Restaurant Week, September 10-20 2020
The second of Charleston’s Restaurant Weeks, offering special fixed-price menus at many of the city’s restaurants. More details

– (Summerville) Sweet Tea Festival, September 14-18 2020
Annual sweet tea and food festival in downtown Summerville, with antique and crafts vendors, local musicians, plus food and sweet tea vendors. More details

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

– Weekend Wine-Down, Saturdays, 12pm-4pm
Weekly wine-tasting event with food trucks and live music, at Deep Water Vineyard, Wadmalaw Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

– CANCELLED Charleston Night Bazaar, September 19 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

– 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

Events From September 21 To The Weekend Of September 26-27 2020

– 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

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

– Weekend Wine-Down, Saturdays, 12pm-4pm
Weekly wine-tasting event with food trucks and live music, at Deep Water Vineyard, Wadmalaw Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Chucktown Showdown, September 26 2020
SUP and paddlesports races on the Ashley River at Folly Beach. Registration required. More details

– CANCELLED Motown in the Moonlight, September 26 2020
Music and dancing at the Mount Pleasant Pier. $10 per person, or $8 in advance. More details

– CANCELLED Charleston Beer Fest, September 26 2020
Beer festival at Riverfront Park, North Charleston, with regional craft beers, games, live entertainment and food. Ticket purchase required. 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

Events From September 28-30 2020

– 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

See October events