Ready For Fall? Check Out These Great Events Coming To Charleston & Daniel Island!
Happy Fall! When it comes to events and special activities, this is one of the busiest times of year in the Charleston. If you’re looking for reasons to visit Daniel Island and the Lowcountry – or if you already live here and are looking for things to do during the season – check out this list of our favorite fall events in Charleston:
Taste of Charleston
September 23 @ 8:00 am / Sept 25 @ 5:00 pm
This year will mark the 36th anniversary of the Lowcountry’s premier culinary event featuring taste-tempting delights served by Charleston restaurants. The festivities kick off on Friday with the Iron Chef Competition at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, featuring local chefs vying for supremacy in head-to-head battles. For the main event on Sunday, Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens will be transformed into a sea of culinary delights! 40 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants will be serving sample size portions along with beer and wine. Other highlights include a specialty and imported beer tasting tent, live music by Cowboy Mouth, the legendary “Waiters’ Race” and the “Kid’s Kitchen Sideshow.” Get your tickets at the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association website.
MOJA Arts Festival
September 29 – October 9
Moja, a Swahili word meaning “One,” is a fitting name for this celebration of harmony among people in the Lowcountry community. Now in its 33rd year, the MOJA Arts Festival is a showcase of African-American and Caribbean arts and culture. Regularly selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, the Festival features a wide range of entertainment including music, dance, storytelling, children’s activities, ethnic food, and more. Most of the events during the weeklong festival are admission-free. Visit the MOJA website to learn more.
Preservation Society of Charleston Fall Tours
October 6 – 30
As the oldest community-based historic preservation organization in America, the Preservation Society of Charleston hosts a variety of Fall tours that take you inside some of Charleston’s most historic privately-owned homes and gardens. Whether it’s a self-paced walking tour of private houses and gardens, a guided plantation tour, or a historically themed “Up-close and Personal” tour, there is something for everyone. The series also includes lunch lectures on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Some of the individual tour locations include South of Broad, Tradd Street, East Battery, and the Ansonborough Gardens. Tickets may be purchased at the Preservation Society website.
Susan G. Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure on Daniel Island
October 15 @ 9:15 am
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. It was created to raise funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrate breast cancer survivorship and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. The 22nd edition of the 5K race on Daniel Island begins and ends at the Family Circle Tennis Center, winding through shady, tree-lined neighborhood streets along the way. A 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and Kids for the Cure Dash will precede the Run. The Tie One On pre-party will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13th, from 5:00 until 9:00 at the Tennis Center featuring food trucks, live music and children’s activities. To register for the race, visit: Race for the Cure Lowcountry.
Charleston International Film Festival
November 2 – 6
Celebrating its 9th year, Charleston’s original film festival provides a premier local showcase for all aspects of filmmaking art. All genres of film and a wide range of subject matter are explored over the course of this five-day event, which attracts aficionados from all over the country. The latest sneak previews and premieres of some of the best new features, documentaries, shorts and animations of local, national and international filmmakers are screened. After the shows, be sure to check out the nightly after-parties at some of the city’s hottest venues. In addition to films and special events, insightful industry panels and educational workshops are offered. The culmination of the festival is the formal Awards Gala, where the standout films and filmmakers are recognized. Get all the details at the Film Festival website.
Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown
November 11, 5 pm – 9 pm / November 12, 12 pm – 5 pm
The 5th Annual “Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown” hosted by Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is back for 2 days of intense gastronomical competition. Located on the banks of the Charleston harbor, this finger-lickin’ event will feature a large competitor and vendor village centered around The Lookout Pavilion. Competition categories include chicken wings, chicken, pork ribs, pork, and beef brisket. Samplings of chicken wings and pork butts will be available for purchase, along with numerous other options for food and refreshments. Enjoy live music, a cocktail competition, and a Kids Zone all within a family-friendly, casual and fun atmosphere. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina will also host a Food Drive benefiting East Cooper Meals on Wheels. Patrons who bring non-perishable food items will receive $5.00 off admission. For more information, visit smokeontheharbor.com.
Holiday Festival of Lights
November 11 – January 1
For many Lowcountry residents, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. Millions of colored lights transform the night into a dazzling wonderland with over 700 displays in all shapes and sizes. Not just a driving tour, Festival offerings include a marshmallow roasting station, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, a Victorian carousel, handmade gingerbread houses and more. Don’t miss this wonderful event that the whole family will love. Festival hours and admission vary, learn more at the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission website.
Park Day on Daniel Island
Daniel Island will once again host its annual Park Day festival on the banks of the Wando River at the island’s Children’s Park from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. A fall tradition in the Lowcountry, Park Day is a day of outdoor family fun for all ages that showcases and supports local charitable organizations. Enjoy live music, games, children’s attractions, great food, beer, wine and much, much more in Charleston’s Island town. For more information, visit danielislandparkday.com.
Charleston Gallery Association Winter Art Walk
December 2, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bundle up for a twilight stroll over the cobblestones at the Charleston Gallery Association’s Winter Art Walk. Over forty galleries will participate with many of the featured artists in attendance. View breathtaking works of art and get in the holiday spirit while sampling complimentary holiday refreshments. And who knows, you just mind find the perfect piece to hang over the mantle. Visit the Gallery Association website for more information.
Garden & Gun Made in the South Weekend Jubilee
December 2 – 4
Hosted by Charleston-based Garden & Gun Magazine, this three-day festival is a lively celebration of all things southern, promising to delight and inspire. Combining a colorful mix of sporting, shopping, food, music, and art, as well as one-of-a-kind dinners and live entertainment, it will be a highpoint of the holiday season. Appropriately, the Jubilee takes place on the historic grounds of Charles Towne Landing, the birthplace of South Carolina. Admission to the park and access to its stunning grounds and surprising amenities come with each Jubilee daily pass. Other Jubilee experiences and ticketed events happen outside the park at various venues around the city. Tickets are limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis. For more information on this unique southern soiree, visit the Garden & Gun Jubilee website.