October 2020: Things to Do in SC

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FUN Things to Do in South Carolina

Our October 2020 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 - 3
Fall Albino Skunk Music Festival
Live bands, bbq, kids' activities, beer garden, food trucks, camping available onsite - CANCELED
Greenville
Greer
Festival
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Oct
1 - 3
Moonshiners Reunion and Mountain Music Festival
Live bands, camping, all-night pickin'
Spartanburg
Campobello
Festival
00000002
Oct
2 - 3
Colleton County Rice Festival
2-day event includes live music, bicycle race, pageant, parade, crafts, cooking contest, fireworks, dog show - CANCELED
Walterboro
Festival
00000003
Oct
2 - 4
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Greenville
Arts
00000004
Oct
2 - 3
Spartanburg International Festival
Explore world cultures through food, music, dance, folk art, and more - CANCELED
Spartanburg
Festival
00000005
Oct
2 - 3
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000006
Oct
3
Jam Room Music Festival
Come down to Main Street and enjoy live music - CANCELED
Columbia
Festival
00000007
Oct
3
SC Tour de Cure
Bicycling event with choice of 4 distances plus 5K ride, run/walk - benefits the American Diabetes Association - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
00000008
Oct
3
Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child
10K run and 5K run/walk, post race party - benefits local children's programs - CANCELED
Charleston
Isle of Palms
Sports
00000009
Oct
3
Newberry Oktoberfest
German cuisine, German Biergarten, art & craft vendors, Rocktoberfest stage will feature live music - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Newberry
Festival
00000010
Oct
3
Goose Creek Fall Festival
Local entertainment, crafters, exhibitors, food vendors, kids' activities - hosted by the City of Goose Creek - CANCELED
Charleston
Goose Creek
Festival
00000011
Oct
3
Walk For Life + Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon
3.1-mile walk or run in the Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K - benefits the Palmetto Health Breast Center - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Columbia
Sports
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Oct
3
Lake Jocassee Paddle Splash
Races for kayaks, surfskis, canoes, paddleboards, and other self-powered craft for beginners and advanced paddlers - benefits Friends of Jocassee
Clemson
Salem
Sports
00000013
Oct
3
Summerton Duckfest
Parade, duck calling contest, 5-K color run, cook-off, beauty queens, craft vendors - hosted by the Summerton Revitalization Commission - CANCELED
Manning
Summerton
Festival
00000014
Oct
3
Rock the Ranch
Outdoor music festival featuring performances by six bands - benefits three charities - CANCELED
Clemson
Seneca
Festival
00000015
Oct
3
Palmetto Peanut Boil Crawl
Hop in the car, bring a little cash, and go sample peanuts safely and conveniently - benefits the Animal Mission
Columbia
Festival
00000016
Oct
4
Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour
Tour homes while enjoying gourmet treats, local musicians, and beautiful floral arrangements - benefits Dorchester Children's Center - CANCELED
Charleston
Summerville
Culinary
00000017
Oct
4
Amazing Road Rally
A scavenger hunt in a car followed by dinner - benefits the Charles Lea Center
Spartanburg
Misc
00000018
Oct
5 - 11
Arkhaios Film Festival
Showcases the discovery of past cultures gained from archaeological research and illustrated by documentary films - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Columbia
Historical
00000019
Oct
6 - 11
Orangeburg County Fair
Carnival rides, midway with games & food, crafts, livestock competitions and shows, live music - CANCELED
Orangeburg
Fair
00000020
Oct
7 - 10
United States Disc Golf Championship
4-day tournament - NO SPECTATORS PERMITTED
Learn about disc golf in South Carolina
Rock Hill
Sports
00000021
Oct
8 - 10
Kingstree Pig Pickin' Festival
3-day event with parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, car show, golf tournament, bbq cook-off - CANCELED
Kingstree
Festival
00000022
Oct
8 - 10
Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art
Various events throughout the month includes food and wine gala, concerts, performances, art - CANCELED
Georgetown
Pawleys Island
Arts
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Oct
8 - 31
The Fall Tours
Tour the private interiors of some of the nation's most exceptional historic houses - proceeds benefit the Preservation Society of Charleston
Charleston
Historical
00000024
Oct
9 - 11
Fall For Greenville
3-day event includes cuisine from 40+ restaurants, five music stages, contests and Silver Spoon challenges, kids' area - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Greenville
Festival
00000025
Oct
9 - 10
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000026
Oct
10
All GM and Hot Rod Car Show
Trophies will be awarded - hosted by Ridge Runner Corvettes - benefits Service Dogs for Veterans - CANCELED
Greenville
Travelers Rest
Holiday
00000027
Oct
10 - 11
Little River ShrimpFest
2-day event includes live entertainment, kids' activities, vendors, fresh shrimp and seafood specialties - CANCELED
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Festival
00000028
Oct
10
Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast
Oysters, dinner buffet, beer, wine, music, silent auction - benefits Friends of the Pickens Guardian Ad Litem - CANCELED
Clemson
Central
Culinary
00000029
Oct
10
Sierra Hull Concert
See this sublime storyteller and mandolin master perform live - hosted by the Spartanburg Philharmonic
Spartanburg
Concert
00000030
Oct
10
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
00000031
Oct
10
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 - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
West Ashley
Sports
00000032
Oct
10 - 11
Drive-By Festa Italiana
Get authentic Italian food without leaving your car - hosted by Son and Daughters of Italy
Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000033
Oct
10
Charleston Duck Race
Adopted rubber ducks race across Smythe Park Lake with prizes awarded for the first 7 ducks - benefits 30 charities - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
Daniel Island
Misc
00000034
Oct
11 - 14
Government Finance Officers Assoc of SC Conference
4-day conference with networking opportunities - CANCELED
Hilton Head
Convention
00000035
Oct
11
Latin American Festival
Salsa and Merengue music, authentic food and crafts, and plenty of activities for families - CANCELED
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000036
Oct
12
Columbus Day
Federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000037
Oct
12 - 16
SEED: Science Education Enrichment Day
Exhibits on a wide-range of science and related topics - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Aiken
Expo
00000038
Oct
12 - 18
Piedmont Interstate Fair
Midway rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, contests - CANCELED
Spartanburg
Fair
00000039
Oct
13 - 17
Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair
Rides, food, games, exhibits, contests, live entertainment - CANCELED
Florence
Fair
00000040
Oct
14 - 17
Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art
Various events throughout the month includes food and wine gala, concerts, performances, art - CANCELED
Georgetown
Pawleys Island
Arts
00000041
Oct
15 - 18
Bicycle Across South Carolina
3-day ride on variety of road and trail conditions as the course traverses rough trails, logging roads and rural areas, tent camping
Midlands to Coast
Sports
00000042
Oct
16 - 17
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000043
Oct
16 - 17
Famously Hot SC Pride Festival and Parade
Friday night parade on Main Street and Saturday festival - supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community - CANCELED
Columbia
Festival
00000044
Oct
17 - 25
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 - CANCELED
Hilton Head
Bluffton
Festival
00000045
Oct
17
Central Railroad Festival
Food, craft vendors, kid's games, activities, music, and more
Clemson
Central
Festival
00000046
Oct
17
SC Yoga & Healing Arts Festival
Sample a large array of healing arts practices and services including yoga, Reiki, massage, and holistic medicine - CANCELED
Hartsville
Festival
00000047
Oct
17
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 - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Columbia
Sports
00000048
Oct
17 - 18
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 - CANCELED
Georgetown
Festival
00000049
Oct
17
Fur Ball Moonlight Gala
Event features a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, dinner, raffles - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Gala
00000050
Oct
17 - 18
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
00000051
Oct
17
Loris Bog-Off Festival
Enjoy chicken bog, children's area, two stages of live entertainment, vendors, concert and fireworks
Myrtle Beach
Loris
Festival
00000052
Oct
18 - 25
South Carolina Jazz Festival
Concerts, Bebop Parade, art - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Cheraw
Festival
00000053
Oct
18
Children's Day Festival
Inflatables, carnival rides, games, face painting, food, and more - CANCELED
Charleston
Mt Pleasant
Festival
00000054
Oct
18
Summerville Italian Feast
Authentic Italian cuisine and wines, entertainment, local artists celebrating Italian culture and heritage - CANCELED
Charleston
Summerville
Festival
00000055
Oct
19 - 22
Charleston Child Trauma Conference
To encourage dialogue among front-line professionals in the child maltreatment field and researchers - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
Conference
00000056
Oct
19 - 27
Grace Church Tea Room and Boutique
Lunch served 11:30 to 2:00, meals are to-go only - proceeds are used to support outreach efforts - CANCELED
Charleston
Culinary
00000057
Oct
20 - 21
South Carolina State Fair
Drive-thru only event with car-friendly attractions that highlight SC's agriculture history, arts and culture plus fair food will be available
Columbia
Fair
00000058
Oct
20 - 24
Union County Agricultural Fair
Carnival rides, live entertainment, midway for food and games, exhibits, livestock - CANCELED
Union
Fair
00000059
Oct
22 - 24
Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art
Various events throughout the month includes food and wine gala, concerts, performances, art - CANCELED
Georgetown
Pawleys Island
Arts
00000060
Oct
22 - 24
Conway Ghost Walk
Professional storytellers weave tales of lowcountry haunts through the shadowy streets of Downtown Conway
Myrtle Beach
Conway
Holiday
00000061
Oct
23 - 24
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000062
Oct
23 - 31
Western Carolina State Fair
10-day event includes midway rides, concerts, exhibits, livestock - CANCELED
Aiken
Fair
00000063
Oct
23 - 24
Francis Marion / Swamp Fox Symposium
2-day event about the Southern Campaign of Revolutionary War includes lectures, reception, discussions, displays
Manning
Historical
00000064
Oct
23
Sounds of the Lowcountry
Half of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra with special guest vocalist Zandrina Dunning will be performing outdoors - need to bring your own chair/blanket
Charleston
North Charleston
Concert
00000065
Oct
24
Edisto & Beyond Tour
Tour historic churches, graveyards and plantations - CANCELED
Learn about other South Carolina Plantations
Charleston
Edisto Island
Historical
00000066
Oct
24
Komen Lowcountry More Than Pink Walk
Raises funds and awareness of breast cancer, celebrates survivors and honors those who have lost their battle - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
North Charleston
Sports
00000067
Oct
24
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 - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
Sports
00000068
Oct
24
Italian Heritage Festival
Celebration of Italian culture includes great food and live entertainment plus grape stomping contest and pizza eating contest - CANCELED
Hilton Head
Festival
00000069
Oct
24
Komen Mountains to Midlands More Than Pink Walk
Raises funds and awareness of breast cancer, celebrates survivors and honors those who have lost their battle - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Greenville
Sports
00000070
Oct
24
Iron City Festival
Street fair with exhibits, food and vendors, live entertainment, children's activities and inflatables
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Festival
00000071
Oct
29
Boo Bash
Trunk-or-Treat drive-thru
Greenwood
Holiday
00000072
Oct
30 - 31
Fear Farm
Over 8000 square feet of terror with five attractions and escape room
Gaffney
Blacksburg
Holiday
00000073
Oct
30 - 31
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 - CANCELED
Aiken
North Augusta
Festival
00000074
Oct
31
BOOtanical Garden
Wear your costume for a family friendly afternoon with trick-or-treating through the garden, games, and more
Florence
Lake City
Holiday
00000075
Dates TBD
A Day to Remember Colonial Times
Reenactments, demonstrations, and living exhibits - CANCELED
Aiken
North Augusta
Historical
00000076
Dates TBD
Archaeological Society of SC Fall Field Day
Gathering of archaeologists, prehistoric and historic skills demonstrators, story tellers, and others - CANCELED
Columbia
Cayce
Historical
00000077
Dates TBD
Art on the Trail
Visual and performing artists, food trucks, art market, literary readings, children's art activities - hosted by Travelers Rest Artists Alliance - CANCELED
Greenville
Travelers Rest
Arts
00000078
Dates TBD
Coastal Carolina Fair
Live entertainment, over 60 amusement rides, exhibits, competitions - CANCELED
Charleston
Ladson
Fair
00000079
Dates TBD
Crowfield Plantation 5K Run / Walk
USATF certified 5K wooded, paved trail course, walk or run - benefits the Callen-Lacey Center for Children - CANCELED
Charleston
Goose Creek
Sports
00000080
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 - CANCELED
Beaufort
Historical
00000081
Dates TBD
Gilbert House of Terror
Traditional outdoor haunt with 13 terror filled scenes - proceeds benefit four local charities - CANCELED
Columbia
Gilbert
Holiday
00000082
Dates TBD
Gopher Hill Festival
3-day event includes kidz fest, turtle races, parade, street dance, contests, live music - CANCELED
Ridgeland
Festival
00000083
Dates TBD
Korean Festival
Celebrate the Korean community's rich heritage, culture and traditions with food, music and special attractions - benefits several local charities - CANCELED
Columbia
Festival
00000084
Dates TBD
MOJA Arts Festival
Celebration of African-American and Caribbean visual and performing arts - traditional crafts, food - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL
Charleston
Festival
00000085
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest Columbia
German beer, homemade German food and treats, entertainment for all ages - CANCELED
Columbia
Festival
00000086
Dates TBD
Ridge Spring Harvest Festival
3-day event includes BBQ battle, Bluegrass music, parade, arts and craft, live entertainment, car show, pie and cake contest - CANCELED
Saluda
Ridge Spring
Festival
00000087
Dates TBD
Rock Around the Clock Festival
2-day festival features a car show, food trucks, children's amusements, and main events all day! - CANCELED
Winnsboro
Festival
00000088
Dates TBD
TriSumter Triathlon
USAT sanctioned race with a 300 yard pool swim, 17 mile bike ride and a 5K run - individual and teams compete - CANCELED
Sumter
Sports
00000089
Dates TBD
Walhalla Oktoberfest
3-day event includes carnival rides, German music, dancers, arts and crafts, food, Saturday night fireworks - CANCELED
Clemson
Walhalla
Festival



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