October 2023: Things to Do in SC

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  Georgetown Wooden Boat Show - October 21-22, 2023

FUN Things to Do in South Carolina

Our October 2023 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 - 9
MOJA Arts Festival
Celebration of African-American and Caribbean visual and performing arts - traditional crafts, food
Charleston
Festival
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Oct
1
Indian Land Fall Festival
A variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment for all ages
Lancaster
Indian Land
Festival
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Oct
2 - 8
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally
Motorcycle event along the Grand Strand - cruises, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Sports
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Oct
5 - 7
Albino Skunk Music Festival
Live bands, bbq, kids' activities, beer garden, food trucks, camping available onsite
Greenville
Greer
Festival
00000004
Oct
7
Carolina Pagan Fest
Event for the purpose of education, networking and fun to dispel erroneous misconceptions of Paganism with speakers, vendors and more
Clemson
Easley
Festival
00000005
Oct
9
Columbus Day
Federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000006
Oct
11 - 22
South Carolina State Fair
Midway rides and games, exhibits, live entertainment, food, livestock, exhibits
Columbia
Fair
00000007
Oct
13 - 15
Fall For Greenville
3-day event includes cuisine from 40+ restaurants, five music stages, contests and Silver Spoon challenges, kids' area
Greenville
Festival
00000008
Oct
14
Cars on Kiawah
Classic to current automobiles, test drives, vendors - benefits Barrier Islands Free Medical Center
Charleston
Kiawah Island
Misc
00000009
Oct
21 - 22
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
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Oct
21
Famously Hot SC Pride Festival
Festival supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community
Columbia
Festival
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Oct
21
iMAGINE Lakelands STEAM Festival
STEAM-centered experiences for students of all ages to promote innovation and entrepreneurial activity in SC
Greenwood
Educational
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Oct
22
Children's Day Festival
Inflatables, carnival rides, games, face painting, food, and more
Charleston
Mt Pleasant
Festival
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Oct
28
Edisto & Beyond Tour
Tour historic churches, graveyards and plantations
Learn about other South Carolina Plantations
Charleston
Edisto Island
Historical
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Dates TBD
A Day to Remember Colonial Times
Reenactments, demonstrations, and living exhibits
Aiken
North Augusta
Historical
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Dates TBD
Amazing Road Rally
A scavenger hunt in a car followed by dinner - benefits the Charles Lea Center
Spartanburg
Misc
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Dates TBD
Archaeological Society of SC Fall Field Day
Gathering of archaeologists, prehistoric and historic skills demonstrators, story tellers, and the community for a family-friendly day of activities and demonstrations
Columbia
Cayce
Historical
00000017
Dates TBD
Arkhaios Film Festival
Showcases the discovery of past cultures gained from archaeological research and illustrated by documentary films
Columbia
Historical
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Dates TBD
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
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Dates TBD
BOOtanical Garden
Wear your costume for a family friendly afternoon with trick-or-treating through the garden, games, and more
Florence
Lake City
Holiday
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Dates TBD
Beaufort Shrimp Festival
2-day event includes live entertainment, contests, lots of food, children's area, 5K run/walk
Beaufort
Festival
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Dates TBD
Belton Standpipe Heritage & Arts Festival
Heritage skills artisans, exhibits, food vendors, live entertainment
Anderson
Belton
Festival
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Dates TBD
Bicycle Across South Carolina
Choose single or multi-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
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Dates TBD
Blythewood Oktoberfest
2-day event with live music, 5K, yodeling contest, keg rolling contest, food, biergartens, children's games
Columbia
Blythewood
Festival
00000024
Dates TBD
Boo Bash
Games, prizes, candy, costume contest, and hay rides
Greenwood
Holiday
00000025
Dates TBD
Braelyn Aubrey Foundation 5K
Run or walk the 5K - benefits the Braelyn Aubrey Foundation's mission to advocate for children with impairing conditions and special needs
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
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Dates TBD
Car Show
Trophies will be awarded - hosted by Ridge Runner Corvettes - benefits Service Dogs for Veterans
Greenville
Travelers Rest
Holiday
00000027
Dates TBD
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival
4-days of live music at various locations, restaurant crawl - hosted by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
Camden
Festival
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Dates TBD
Central Railroad Festival
Food, craft vendors, kid's games, activities, music, and more
Clemson
Central
Festival
00000029
Dates TBD
Champions Run
Certified 5K, run or walk, strollers welcome - benefits The Champions Center for special children
Anderson
Sports
00000030
Dates TBD
Charleston Beer Fest
Craft brews, live music, home brewers, beer games - benefits Palmetto Community Care
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000031
Dates TBD
Charleston Beer Week
50+ different events over 10 days highlighting the tri-county craft beer community
Charleston
Various Locations
Culinary
00000032
Dates TBD
Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast
Oysters, beer, wine, music, silent auction - benefits Friends of the Pickens Guardian Ad Litem
Clemson
Central
Culinary
00000033
Dates TBD
Coastal Carolina Fair
Live entertainment, over 60 amusement rides, exhibits, competitions
Charleston
Ladson
Fair
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Dates TBD
Conway Ghost Walk
Professional storytellers weave tales of lowcountry haunts through the shadowy streets of Downtown Conway
Myrtle Beach
Conway
Holiday
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Dates TBD
Corvette Expo & Swapmeet
Showcasing some of the most beautiful Corvettes from across six states, music, chili cook-off - benefits Project Unity USA
Columbia
Expo
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Dates TBD
Doko Film Fest
High school age film makers, from the across the USA and beyond
Columbia
Arts
00000037
Dates TBD
Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair
Rides, food, games, exhibits, contests, live entertainment
Florence
Fair
00000038
Dates TBD
Euro Auto Festival
Car shows, technical sessions, driving events
Greenville
Greer
Festival
00000039
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
00000040
Dates TBD
Fall Festival
Live music, vendor market, locally-curated silent auction, and lots of activities and games, tiny bike shenanigans - benefits Second Chance Bikes
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
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Dates TBD
Fall Festival Rodeo
Eight pro events, food, axe throwing, pony rides, mechanical bull, patriotic grand entry
Columbia
Blythewood
Sports
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Dates TBD
Francis Marion / Swamp Fox Symposium
2-day event about the Southern Campaign of Revolutionary War includes lectures, reception, discussions, displays
Manning
Historical
00000043
Dates TBD
Fur Ball Moonlight Gala
Gourmet food, open bars, live music, dancing, live and silent auctions - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Gala
00000044
Dates TBD
Goose Creek Fall Festival
Local entertainment, crafters, exhibitors, food vendors, kids' activities - hosted by the City of Goose Creek
Charleston
Goose Creek
Festival
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Dates TBD
Gopher Hill Festival
3-day event includes kidz fest, turtle races, parade, street dance, contests, live music
Ridgeland
Festival
00000046
Dates TBD
Government Finance Officers Assoc of SC Conference
4-day conference with networking opportunities
Myrtle Beach
Conference
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Dates TBD
Hampton Lake Tiger Bass Race
10K, 5K, and 1-mile run/walk options - benefits multiple local charities
Hilton Head
Bluffton
Sports
00000048
Dates TBD
Hardeeville Festival on Main
Featuring amusement rides, games, food and craft vendors, cornhole tournament, free live music, a car display and much more!
Hardeeville
Festival
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Dates TBD
Hispanic Heritage Festival
15+ countries represented - food, music, folkloric dances, arts, activities for children and more - benefits AHAM Hispanic nonprofit organization
Greenville
Festival
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Dates TBD
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
9-day event includes juried fine art show, live music, tours, dinners, 5K/10K, street fest, kids' fishing tournament, fireworks, boat parade
Hilton Head
Bluffton
Festival
00000051
Dates TBD
Hope Rocks
Outdoor concert - benefits Camp Happy Days
Charleston
Concert
00000052
Dates TBD
Hush No More Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
Awareness walk, community outreach, vendors, live performances, Domestic Violence Survivor and Fallen Officer Tributes
Columbia
Misc
00000053
Dates TBD
Isle of Palms Connector Run
10K run and 5K run/walk, post race party + virtual option - benefits the Exchange Club's support of local children's programs
Charleston
Isle of Palms
Sports
00000054
Dates TBD
Italian Heritage Festival
Celebration of Italian culture includes great food and live entertainment plus grape stomping contest and pizza eating contest - hosted by Italian-American Club
Hilton Head
Festival
00000055
Dates TBD
Jack-O-Lantern Jubliee
Live entertainment, food and arts & crafts vendors, car show, activities for the kids
Aiken
North Augusta
Festival
00000056
Dates TBD
Jam Room Music Festival
Enjoy live music at the intersection of Main and Hampton streets in Downtown Columbia
Columbia
Festival
00000057
Dates TBD
James Island Connector Run/Walk
10K run or 5K run or walk with post-race festival - portion of profit benefits Gavalas Kolanko Foundation to assist students with disabilities
Charleston
James Island
Sports
00000058
Dates TBD
JerryFest
Outdoor concert featuring multiple bands performing Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead music, vendors - family and pet friendly
Columbia
Concert
00000059
Dates TBD
Kingstree Pig Pickin' Festival
2-day event with parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, competitions, car show, bbq cook-off
Kingstree
Festival
00000060
Dates TBD
Korean Festival
Celebrate the Korean community's rich heritage, culture and traditions with food, music and special attractions - benefits several local charities
Columbia
Festival
00000061
Dates TBD
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
00000062
Dates TBD
Latin American Festival
Merengue, reggaeton, bachata and salsa music, authentic food and crafts, and plenty of activities for families
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000063
Dates TBD
Little River ShrimpFest
2-day event includes live entertainment, kids' activities, vendors, fresh shrimp and seafood specialties
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Festival
00000064
Dates TBD
Loris Bog-Off Festival
Enjoy chicken bog, children's area, two stages of live entertainment, vendors, concert and fireworks
Myrtle Beach
Loris
Festival
00000065
Dates TBD
Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon & 5K
Run the trails of Johns Island County Park followed by an awards ceremony
Charleston
Johns Island
Sports
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Dates TBD
McCormick Gold Rush Festival
Parade, live music, car show, rides, arts and crafts vendors, gold mining
McCormick
Festival
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Dates TBD
Moonshiners Reunion and Mountain Music Festival
Live bands, camping, all-night pickin'
Spartanburg
Campobello
Festival
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Dates TBD
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
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Dates TBD
Newberry Oktoberfest
German cuisine, German Biergarten, art & craft vendors, Rocktoberfest stage will feature live music, kids'activities
Newberry
Festival
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Dates TBD
Night on the Sound
Cocktails, dinner,and an inspiring presentation - benefits the Port Royal Sound Foundation
Beaufort
Port Royal
Misc
00000071
Dates TBD
North Charleston Harvest Festival
Live music, an artist market, costume contests, trick-or-treat on the street, a petting zoo, children's activities, food trucks
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000072
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest
Bavarian street festival celebrating the autumn season with live music, German food and beers, a kid zone, Wiener Dog Run
Rock Hill
Festival
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Dates TBD
Oktoberfest Charleston
German food and drink, polka dancing, children's games - benefits Community Outreach Center of St Matthew's Lutheran Church
Charleston
Festival
00000074
Dates TBD
Oktoberfest Columbia
Two biergartens with German beer, homemade German food and treats, kinderzone, entertainment for all ages
Columbia
Festival
00000075
Dates TBD
Orangeburg County Fair
Carnival rides, midway with games & food, crafts, livestock competitions and shows, live music
Orangeburg
Fair
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Dates TBD
Palmetto Goodwill Open
18 hole, captain's choice, scramble, golf tournament with proceeds benefiting Palmetto Goodwill's educational, training and employment programs
Charleston
Summerville
Sports
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Dates TBD
Palmetto Peanut Boil
Teams battle for the championship trophy plus live music, other food, kids entertainment - benefits the Animal Mission
Columbia
Festival
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Dates TBD
Pat Conroy Literary Festival
3-day event with presentations by internationally celebrated authors and journalists, meet writers, workshops - hosted by and benefits the Pat Conroy Literary Center
Beaufort
Festival
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Dates TBD
Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art
Various events throughout the month includes food and wine gala, concerts, performances, art
Georgetown
Pawleys Island
Arts
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Dates TBD
Piedmont Interstate Fair
Midway rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, contests
Spartanburg
Fair
00000081
Dates TBD
Race the Helix
5K run or 1-mile walk/run plus virtual option - benefits the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation
Greenwood
Sports
00000082
Dates TBD
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
00000083
Dates TBD
Research Symposium
Hosted by Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground Historic Preservation Project and Legacy Council at Clemson University
Clemson
Historical
00000084
Dates TBD
Ridge Spring Harvest Festival
3-day event includes BBQ battle, parade, arts and craft, live entertainment, car show, pie and cake contest
Saluda
Ridge Spring
Festival
00000085
Dates TBD
Rock Around the Clock Festival
2-day festival features concert, street dance, a car show, food trucks, children's amusements, vendors
Winnsboro
Festival
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Dates TBD
Rosewood Art & Music Festival
Enjoy multiple stages of live entertainment, visual artists, fine crafters, performing arts, authors, poets and more
Columbia
Festival
00000087
Dates TBD
SEED: Science Education Enrichment Day
Exhibits on a wide-range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
Aiken
Expo
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Dates TBD
South Carolina Jazz Festival
3-day event at various locations with concerts, Bebop Parade, art, food trucks
Cheraw
Festival
00000089
Dates TBD
Spartanburg International Festival
Explore world cultures through food, music, dance, folk art, and more
Spartanburg
Festival
00000090
Dates TBD
Spartanburg Soaring!
Professional kite flyers, live music, food trucks, art market, kids encouraged to bring their own kites or get one at the festival - benefits Chapman Cultural Center
Spartanburg
Festival
00000091
Dates TBD
Summerton Duckfest
Parade, duck calling contest, color run, cook-off, beauty queens, vendors - hosted by the Summerton Revitalization Commission
Manning
Summerton
Festival
00000092
Dates TBD
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
00000093
Dates TBD
Sumter American Legion Fair
Amusement rides and games, live entertainment, livestock, art show, flower show, exhibits
Sumter
Fair
00000094
Dates TBD
Taste of the Town
Area restaurants will serve tapas style food, beverages - benefits St Andrew Catholic School
Myrtle Beach
Culinary
00000095
Dates TBD
The Fall Tours & Master Series
Enjoy a rare glimpse into Charleston with piazza and garden tours or the new Master Series - proceeds benefit the Preservation Society of Charleston
Charleston
Historical
00000096
Dates TBD
Union County Agricultural Fair
Carnival rides, live entertainment, midway for food and games, exhibits, livestock
Union
Fair
00000097
Dates TBD
Rock Hill
Sports
00000098
Dates TBD
Walhalla Oktoberfest
3-day event includes carnival rides, German music, dancers, arts and crafts, food, Saturday night fireworks
Clemson
Walhalla
Festival
00000099
Dates TBD
Walk For Life & Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon + 5K
In person 5K/3.1-mile walk or run + virtual option for 5K and half-marthon - benefits the Prisma Health Breast Center
Columbia
Sports
00000100
Dates TBD
Western Carolina State Fair
10-day event includes midway rides, concerts, exhibits, livestock
Aiken
Fair
00000101
Dates TBD
Wine, Women & Shoes
Designer shopping, food and wine tastings, fashion show - benefits Florence Crittenton Programs of SC
Charleston
Fashion
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Dates TBD
eSTEAM Sumter
Exhibits for all ages highlighting science, technology, engineering, art and math plus live entertainment and food vendors
Sumter
Educational



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