October 2019: Things to Do in SC

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Our October 2019 festivals and events calendar includes tons of fun things to do in South Carolina. We list non-commercial events free of charge. Events must be of statewide interest — i.e., things people would be willing to travel for. Add your event here!

DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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Oct
1 - 6
Orangeburg County Fair
Carnival rides, midway with games & food, crafts, livestock competitions and shows, live music
Orangeburg
Fair
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Oct
1 - 6
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally
Motorcycle event along the Grand Strand - cruises, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Sports
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Oct
1 - 6
MOJA Arts Festival
Celebration of African-American and Caribbean visual and performing arts - traditional crafts, food
Charleston
Festival
00000003
Oct
2 - 6
Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference
Brings together those who share an interest in learning about the contribution of African Americans
Charleston
North Charleston
Conference
00000004
Oct
2 - 5
Rock Hill
Sports
00000005
Oct
3 - 5
Albino Skunk Bluegrass Festival
Live bands, bbq, kids' activities, beer garden, food trucks, camping available onsite
Greenville
Greer
Festival
00000006
Oct
3 - 19
Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art
Events Thursday-Saturday throughout the month includes food and wine gala, concerts, performances, art
Georgetown
Pawleys Island
Arts
00000007
Oct
3 - 5
Moonshiners Reunion and Mountain Music Festival
Live bands, camping, all-night pickin'
Spartanburg
Campobello
Festival
00000008
Oct
3
Open Arms Topgolf
Three hours of game play, t-shirt, divot tool, food and beverages - benefits the Open Arms Foundation
Greenville
Sports
00000009
Oct
3 - 31
Fall Tours of Homes & Gardens
Different tour offered daily - visits include gardens, homes, churches, public buildings - proceeds benefit the Preservation Society of Charleston
Charleston
Historical
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Oct
3 - 5
Gopher Hill Festival
3-day event includes kidz fest, turtle races, parade, street dance, contests, live music
Ridgeland
Festival
00000011
Oct
3 - 4
Blues & Jazz Festival
2-day event with live music at various locations
Rock Hill
Concert
00000012
Oct
3
Keepin' Jazz Alive
Three-course dinner and live auction followed by a concert featuring The Charlton Singleton Project - benefits Charleston Jazz
Charleston
Concert
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Oct
4 - 5
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000014
Oct
4 - 5
Pamplico Cypress Festival
Classic car shows, amusement rides, arts and crafts, food, local musical talents, pageant, street dances
Florence
Pamplico
Festival
00000015
Oct
4 - 5
SC Pride Festival and Parade
Friday night parade on Main Street and Saturday festival - supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community
Columbia
Festival
00000016
Oct
4 - 5
Rock Around the Clock Festival
2-day festival features a car show, food trucks, children's amusements, and main events all day!
Columbia
Winnsboro
Festival
00000017
Oct
4 - 13
Greater Pee Dee State Fair & Expo
Rides, live entertainment, attractions and carnival games for all ages and lots of fair foods
Florence
Fair
00000018
Oct
5
NAMIWalks Lowcountry
5K walk - benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Lowcountry
Hilton Head
Sports
00000019
Oct
5
All GM and Hot Rod Car Show
Trophies will be awarded - hosted by Ridge Runner Corvettes - benefits Service Dogs for Veterans
Greenville
Travelers Rest
Holiday
00000020
Oct
5
Ray Tanner Home Run
12K run, 5K run/walk 1-mile run, and kids' fun run plus post race party - benefits the Ray Tanner Foundation
Columbia
Sports
00000021
Oct
5
Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child
10K run and 5K run/walk, post race party - benefits local children's programs
Charleston
Isle of Palms
Sports
00000022
Oct
5
Newberry Oktoberfest
German cuisine, German Biergarten, art & craft vendors, Rocktoberfest stage will feature live music, Best German Costume contest, kids' activities
Newberry
Festival
00000023
Oct
5
Goose Creek Fall Festival
Local entertainment, crafters, exhibitors, food vendors, kids' activities - hosted by the City of Goose Creek
Charleston
Goose Creek
Festival
00000024
Oct
5
Fur Ball Moonlight Gala
Event features a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, dinner, raffles - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Gala
00000025
Oct
5
PWC 5K Race
5K run/walk and kid's fun run for 10 and under - benefits the Piedmont Women's Center
Greenville
Travelers Rest
Sports
00000026
Oct
5
American Revolution Symposium
Theme is State of Rebellion: South Carolina's Place in the American Revolution
Columbia
Conference
00000027
Oct
5
SC African-American Tourism Conference
Workshops and sessions include topics covering resource development, marketing strategies, heritage tourism, and product development
Charleston
Conference
00000028
Oct
5
Rosewood Art & Music Festival
Enjoy multiple stages of live entertainment, visual artists, fine crafters, performing arts, authors, poets and more
Columbia
Festival
00000029
Oct
5 - 6
Indian Land Fall Festival
A variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment for all ages
Lancaster
Indian Land
Festival
00000030
Oct
5
Art on the Trail
Visual and performing artists, food trucks, art market, literary readings, children's art activities - hosted by Travelers Rest Artists Alliance
Greenville
Travelers Rest
Arts
00000031
Oct
5
Black Ink: Charleston African American Book Festival
Event features author exhibits, featured author sessions, and entertainment - hosted by the Charleston County Public Library
Charleston
Educational
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Oct
5
eSTEAM Sumter
Exhibits for all ages highlighting science, technology, engineering, art and math plus live entertainment and food vendors
Sumter
Educational
00000033
Oct
6
Transformation Walk & 5K Run
5K run or walk - benefits United Ministries' programs
Greenville
Sports
00000034
Oct
7 - 13
Piedmont Interstate Fair
Midway rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, contests
Spartanburg
Fair
00000035
Oct
8 - 12
Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair
Rides, food, games, exhibits, contests, live entertainment
Florence
Fair
00000036
Oct
9 - 20
South Carolina State Fair
Midway rides and games, exhibits, live entertainment, food, livestock, exhibits
Columbia
Fair
00000037
Oct
9
SCORE Golf Tournament
Captain's Choice tournament with breakfast, lunch and more - benefits SCORE's mission to help small businesses
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Sports
00000038
Oct
10 - 13
Arkhaios Film Festival
3-day event showcasing the discovery of past cultures gained from archaeological research and illustrated by documentary films
Columbia
Historical
00000039
Oct
10 - 12
Ridge Spring Harvest Festival
3-day event includes BBQ battle, Bluegrass music, parade, arts and craft, live entertainment, car show, pie and cake contest
Saluda
Ridge Spring
Festival
00000040
Oct
10 - 12
Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Conference
Topics may include architecture, landscapes, preservation, and urban histories
Greenville
Conference
00000041
Oct
11
Igniting Innovation Gala
Keynote speaker, live entertainment, black-tie optional - benefits Future Entrepreneurs Foundation
Columbia
Gala
00000042
Oct
11 - 13
Fall For Greenville
3-day event includes cuisine from 40+ restaurants, five music stages, contests and Silver Spoon challenges, kids' area
Greenville
Festival
00000043
Oct
11 - 13
Oktoberfest Columbia
German beer, homemade German food and treats, entertainment for all ages
Columbia
Festival
00000044
Oct
11 - 12
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000045
Oct
11
Walhalla Makers Market
Local artists and artisans from Oconee County will be offering their wares including items by hand thrown potters, fiber artists, jewelry makers, and more
Clemson
Walhalla
Expo
00000046
Oct
12 - 20
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
9-day event includes juried fine art show, live music, tours, Iron Chef competition, 5K/10K, street fest, kids' fishing tournament, fireworks
Hilton Head
Bluffton
Festival
00000047
Oct
12
Locally Sourced
A Spartanburg Philharmonic event plus other pieces performed by local musicians
Spartanburg
Concert
00000048
Oct
12
Pumpkin Festival
Parade, arts and crafts, country and bluegrass music, food and pumpkins
Clemson
Pickens
Festival
00000049
Oct
12
Crowfield Plantation 5K Run / Walk
USATF certified 5K wooded, paved trail course, walk or run - benefits the Callen-Lacey Center for Children
Charleston
Goose Creek
Sports
00000050
Oct
12 - 13
Little River ShrimpFest
2-day event includes live entertainment, kids' activities, vendors, fresh shrimp and seafood specialties
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Festival
00000051
Oct
12
Gilbert House of Terror
Traditional outdoor haunt with 13 terror filled scenes - proceeds benefit four local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000052
Oct
12
Pynkalycious
4K breast cancer awareness event including entertainment and treats - benefits the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health
Greenville
Fountain Inn
Sports
00000053
Oct
12
Walk For Life + Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon
Take a 3.1-mile walk through historic Columbia, or run in the Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K - benefits the Palmetto Health Breast Center
Columbia
Sports
00000054
Oct
12
Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon & 5K
Run the trails of Johns Island County Park followed by an awards party with music, food, and beer
Charleston
Johns Island
Sports
00000055
Oct
12 - 13
Oktoberfest Charleston
German food and drink, polka dancing, children's games - benefits Community Outreach Center
Charleston
Festival
00000056
Oct
12
South Carolina Upstate Pagan Pride Day
Speakers, classes, vendors - will be collecting non-perishable food items for humans and pets for donation
Clemson
Easley
Festival
00000057
Oct
12
Walk for Research
5K, walk or run, route is wheelchair and stroller accessible, dogs are permitted - 100% raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research
Hilton Head
Sports
00000058
Oct
12
Scots & Brats
A Scottish Oktoberfest with demonstrations of highland games, herding border collies, dancers, bagpipes, beer garden, food, and Celtic rock band performance
Laurens
Clinton
Festival
00000059
Oct
12
Avondale 5K Run and Walk
Run or walk the 5K with after-party with music, food and drinks - benefits the Charles Webb Center special needs daycare
Charleston
West Ashley
Sports
00000060
Oct
12
Summerton Duckfest
Parade, duck calling contest, 5-K color run, cook-off, beauty queens, craft vendors - hosted by the Summerton Revitalization Commission
Manning
Summerton
Festival
00000061
Oct
13 - 16
Government Finance Officers Assoc of SC Conference
4-day conference with networking opportunites
Hilton Head
Convention
00000062
Oct
13
Latin American Festival
Salsa and Merengue music, authentic food and crafts, and plenty of activities for families
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000063
Oct
14
Columbus Day
Federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000064
Oct
15 - 18
Charleston Child Trauma Conference
To encourage dialogue among front-line professionals in the child maltreatment field and researchers - hosted by the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
Charleston
Conference
00000065
Oct
15 - 29
Union County Agricultural Fair
Carnival rides, live entertainment, midway for food and games, exhibits, livestock
Union
Fair
00000066
Oct
17 - 19
Conway Ghost Walk
Professional storytellers weave tales of lowcountry haunts through the shadowy streets of Downtown Conway
Myrtle Beach
Conway
Holiday
00000067
Oct
17
Jam for the Soul
Live bands plus dance troop performances - bring lawn chairs, blankets - benefits Food for the Soul
Camden
Concert
00000068
Oct
18 - 27
Western Carolina State Fair
10-day event includes midway rides, concerts, exhibits, livestock
Aiken
Fair
00000069
Oct
18 - 19
Dracula
The Aiken Civic Ballet performs the Halloween classic
Aiken
Holiday
00000070
Oct
18 - 20
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000071
Oct
18 - 20
Walhalla Oktoberfest
3-day event includes carnival rides, German music, dancers, arts and crafts, food, Saturday night fireworks
Clemson
Walhalla
Festival
00000072
Oct
18 - 19
Gilbert House of Terror
Traditional outdoor haunt with 13 terror filled scenes - proceeds benefit four local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000073
Oct
18
Oktoberfest
Enjoy German cuisine and beverages while listening to live music
Greenwood
Festival
00000074
Oct
19
SC Yoga & Healing Arts Festival
Sample a large array of healing arts practices and services including yoga, Reiki, massage, and holistic medicine - a Black Creek Arts Council event
Hartsville
Festival
00000075
Oct
19
Euro Auto Festival
Car shows, technical sessions, driving events
Greenville
Festival
00000076
Oct
19 - 20
Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
Features one of the southeast's best wooden boat exhibits, boat-building competition, kid's model boat building, food, music and more - free admission
Georgetown
Festival
00000077
Oct
19 - 20
A Day to Remember Colonial Times
Reenactments, demonstrations, and living exhibits
Aiken
North Augusta
Historical
00000078
Oct
19
Night on the Sound
Cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, and an inspiring presentation - benefits the Port Royal Sound Foundation
Beaufort
Port Royal
Misc
00000079
Oct
19 - 20
The NESS Fest
A range of health and lifestyle seminars, live fitness classes, talk one-on-one with leaders in the medical field, work out with professional trainers and more
Greenville
Expo
00000080
Oct
19
TriSumter Triathlon
USAT sanctioned race with a 300 yard pool swim, 17 mile bike ride and a 5K run - individual and teams compete
Sumter
Sports
00000081
Oct
19 - 20
Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon
2-days with 5K, 1 mile Doggie Dash on Saturday with 13.1 mile mini marathon on Sunday - benefits Young Foundation and Grand Strand Humane Society
Myrtle Beach
Sports
00000082
Oct
19
Saxophone Legends
Saxophonist Ernie Watts joins the CJO to play John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and more - a Charleston Jazz event
Charleston
Concert
00000083
Oct
19
Deep in the Heart Celebration
Wear your boots and best western dress for a night of music, dancing, BBQ dinner, drinks, raffle, silent auction - benefits Children's Attention Home
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Misc
00000084
Oct
19
Loris Bog-Off Festival
Enjoy chicken bog, children's area, two stages of live entertainment, vendors, concert and fireworks
Myrtle Beach
Loris
Festival
00000085
Oct
20
Children's Day Festival
Inflatables, carnival rides, games, face painting, food, and more
Charleston
Mt Pleasant
Festival
00000086
Oct
20
Summerville Italian Feast
Authentic Italian cuisine and wines, entertainment, local artists celebrating Italian culture and heritage - benefits Dorchester District 2 Educational Foundation
Charleston
Summerville
Festival
00000087
Oct
20
Columbia Buddy Walk
1.5 mile walk celebrating the Down syndrome community
Columbia
Sports
00000088
Oct
20
Shuck N' Shag
Live band, open bar, oysters plus other food by local chefs, silent auction - benefits Palmetto Place Children and Youth Services
Columbia
Culinary
00000089
Oct
21 - 23
Southeastern Museums Conference
Networking, exhibits, awards, and more
Charleston
Conference
00000090
Oct
25 - 26
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000091
Oct
25 - 26
Francis Marion / Swamp Fox Symposium
2-day event about the Southern Campaign of Revolutionary War includes lectures, reception, discussions, displays
Manning
Historical
00000092
Oct
25 - 27
Gilbert House of Terror
Traditional outdoor haunt with 13 terror filled scenes - proceeds benefit four local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000093
Oct
25 - 26
Jack-O-Lantern Jubliee
2-day event includes live entertainment, food and arts & crafts vendors, car show, amusement rides and lots of activities for the kids
Aiken
North Augusta
Festival
00000094
Oct
25 - 31
Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance
10-days of vintage automobile shows and races - benefits Driving Young America
Hilton Head
Festival
00000095
Oct
26
Tiger Bass Race
10K, 5K, and 1-mile fun run options - benefits nine local charities
Hilton Head
Bluffton
Sports
00000096
Oct
26
Edisto & Beyond Tour
Tour historic churches, graveyards and plantations
Learn about other South Carolina Plantations
Charleston
Edisto Island
Historical
00000097
Oct
26
Jam Room Music Festival
Come down to Main Street and enjoy live music
Columbia
Festival
00000098
Oct
26
James Island Connector Run
10K run or 5K run or walk with post-race festival - benefits the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation to assist students with disabilities
Charleston
Sports
00000099
Oct
26
Italian Heritage Festival
Celebration of Italian culture includes great food and live entertainment plus grape stomping contest and pizza eating contest
Hilton Head
Festival
00000100
Oct
26
Fur Ball
Gala with cocktails, heavy hors d'ouvres, sit down three-course dinner, wine, live entertainment - benefits Pet Helpers
Charleston
Gala
00000101
Oct
26
BOOtanical Garden
Wear your costume for a family friendly afternoon with trick-or-treating through the garden, games, face painting, crafts
Florence
Lake City
Holiday
00000102
Oct
26
Archaeological Society of SC Fall Field Day
Gathering of archaeologists, prehistoric and historic skills demonstrators, story tellers, and others
Columbia
Cayce
Historical
00000103
Oct
31
Coastal Carolina Fair
Live entertainment, over 60 amusement rides, exhibits, competitions
Charleston
Ladson
Fair
00000104
Oct
31
Boo Ha Ha
Trick or treating, live entertainment, dance party, costume contest for ages infant-12
Rock Hill
Holiday
00000105
Oct
31
Gilbert House of Terror
Traditional outdoor haunt with 13 terror filled scenes - proceeds benefit four local charities
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000106
Oct
31
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000107
Dates TBD
Amazing Road Rally
A scavenger hunt in a car followed by dinner - benefits the Charles Lea Center
Spartanburg
Misc
00000108
Dates TBD
Bar Stool Classic
8 hole putt-putt bar crawl through Five Points bars and restaurants - benefits The Babcock Center Foundation
Columbia
Misc
00000109
Dates TBD
Beaufort Shrimp Fest
2-day event includes live entertainment, contests, lots of food, children's area, 5K run/walk plus Popcorn Shrimp Run
Beaufort
Festival
00000110
Dates TBD
Belton Standpipe Heritage & Arts Festival
Heritage skills artisans, 5K, games, inflatables, children's area, exhibits, car show, street dance, fireworks
Anderson
Belton
Festival
00000111
Dates TBD
Benefit Golf Tournament
Captain's Choice (scramble) tournament, lunch, contests - benefits the Rotary Club of North Charleston charities
Charleston
Summerville
Sports
00000112
Dates TBD
Bid to Benefit Spina Bifida
Car, truck, and bike show - chicken bog, live music, auction
Hartsville
Darlington
Festival
00000113
Dates TBD
Bonneau Peanut Festival
2-day family fun festival with lots of peanuts, live music and entertainment, amusement rides, parade plus craft and food vendors
Moncks Corner
Bonneau
Festival
00000114
Dates TBD
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival
3-days of live music at various locations - hosted by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
Camden
Concert
00000115
Dates TBD
City of Stars Charity Fashion Show
Cocktails, food, and 100+ models showcasing SC based designers - benefits ColaJazz's music education programs for children
Columbia
Arts
00000116
Dates TBD
Exchange Club Ghost Tours
Take a carriage ride tour or walk through Beaufort's historic district while listening to storytellers tell haunting tales - benefits Child Abuse Prevention Association
Beaufort
Historical
00000117
Dates TBD
Festa Italiana
Lots of authentic Italian foods, live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, Italian themed gift shop, spaghetti eating contest - hosted by Son and Daughters of Italy
Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000118
Dates TBD
HALOS Oyster Roast
Oysters, chili, hot dogs, beer, wine, live entertainment, silent auction and wine toss - benefits HALO's mission to help abused and neglected children
Charleston
Mt Pleasant
Culinary
00000119
Dates TBD
JerryFest
Celebrate the life and art of Jerry Garcia with live music, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors and family friendly activities for the kids
Columbia
Festival
00000120
Dates TBD
Lander Players Playwriting Festival
Five original one-act plays at each performance - 18+ only, 13+ admitted with parent or guardian permission
Greenwood
Arts
00000121
Dates TBD
Lodges of Hope Charity Golf Tournament
Two man golf tournament with lunch, raffles and prizes - benefits the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge
Charleston
Summerville
Sports
00000122
Dates TBD
Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival
Seafood vendors, kid activities, live entertainment, beer and wine garden, corn hole tournament - hosted by Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corp
Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000123
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest
Bavarian street festival celebrating the autumn season with live music, German food and beers, a kid zone, and more
Rock Hill
Festival
00000124
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest @ NOMA Square
3-day event with German food and beer, entertainment, contests including a bratwurst-eating contest - benefits the Community Foundation of Greenville
Greenville
Festival
00000125
Dates TBD
Pinwheel Gala
Live music, silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar - cocktail attire - benefits Dorchester Children's Center
Charleston
Summerville
Gala
00000126
Dates TBD
Pumpkin Run
5K run/walk on USATF certified course, kids fun run - benefits the YMCA
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
00000127
Dates TBD
Rock Out Hunger
Enjoy live music and tastings from the state's best distilleries - benefits Loaves and Fishes
Greenville
Concert
00000128
Dates TBD
SEED: Science Education Enrichment Day
Exhibits on a wide-range of science and related topics
Aiken
Expo
00000129
Dates TBD
Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour
Tour homes while enjoying gourmet treats, local musicians, and beautiful floral arrangements - benefits Dorchester Children's Center
Charleston
Summerville
Culinary
00000130
Dates TBD
South Carolina Jazz Festival
3-day event includes concerts, Bebop Parade, art, tours, kids' activities, 5K run/walk, golf tournament
Cheraw
Festival
00000131
Dates TBD
Spartanburg International Festival
Explore world cultures through food, music, dance, folk art, and more
Spartanburg
Festival



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