Destination Spotlight | Charleston, South Carolina

Greetings, Festiva travelers. Are you going to Charleston soon? Let’s take a look at all the wonderful festivals in store for this month and beyond at this southern destination.

Packed with historical sights, cultural centers, beaches and prime dining locations, Charleston offers many autumn delights. The variety of opportunities available appeal to people of all ages. It’s a family-friendly location that can keep everyone happy.

Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze: through Oct. 31 Boone Hall Plantation is proud to welcome Coca Cola as the presenting sponsor for this year’s maze. The corn maze is a favorite attraction for attendees to the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch and the opportunity to explore the maze is included with paid admission. Choose from a vast field of juicy pumpkins to take home for all your pumpkin carving needs.

Magnolia Plantation Family Fright Nights: Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 Activities at Family Fright Nights include haunted train rides, Mad Scientist Lab, hay-bale maze, pony rides, big hay mountain, face painting, crafts, children’s games, photo booth, costume contest and more. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes each night. Admission is $10 per person (free for children under 6).

The 11th Annual Follypalooza Festival: October 20 This family-friendly event will feature Folly restaurants showcasing their fare on Center Street alongside more than 40 local food, art and fashion vendors. Event-goers will enjoy live entertainment by Sunny Ledfurd, The Ol’ 55s, The Joint Chiefs, and more plus a kids area presented by Good Clean Fun that will include dancing with dinos, glitter body art, spin art, stilt walkers plus kids arts & crafts, inflatables and carnival games.

Colour of Music Festival: Oct 24-28 The Colour of Music will feature vocal, piano and organ recitals, classical mixed ensembles and a finale chamber festival orchestra of black musicians presenting works by Saint-Georges, William Grant Still and George T. Walker.

Coastal Carolina Fair: Oct. 25 to Nov. 4 The Coastal Carolina Fair is in its 60th year with rides, games, live music and entertainment plus animal shows and craft shows.

17th Annual Harvest Festival: Nov. 3 The Harvest Festival is perhaps known best for its foot-stompin’ showcase of Charleston’s own bluegrass talent. Performing throughout the day will be five bluegrass bands.  Plenty of food will be available for purchase, including Southern barbecue, roasted and boiled peanuts, kettle korn, and traditional favorite festival fare, plus cold beverages. After feasting and dancing, festival-goers are invited to stop by the festival crafters’ market to get a jump on holiday shopping.

Garden & Gun Made In the South Weekend: Nov. 9-11 Now in their ninth year, the G&G Awards recognize standouts in six categories—food, drink, style, home, crafts, and outdoors. This three-day experience showcases innovative artisans and their craft. This year includes a Kickoff Concert with Amanda Shires and Aaron Lee Tasjan, a Made in the South Marketplace with award winners and finalists at G&G’s headquarters.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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