By Bailey Laskowski
Time for haunted houses and fall fun. We’ve pulled some of the best October events to share with all our travelers of Charleston – we hope to see you at some of these Lowcountry special events. Be sure to check out the new restaurants in Charleston this month as well as a new trendy ice cream shop. Share with us your favorite happenings, new restaurants and fun things to do using #CharlestonTraveler.
Fright Nights: through Oct. 31
Located at historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, Boone Hall Fright Nights is South Carolina’s largest multi-attraction haunted event featuring four terrifying haunted attractions in one location.
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.
MOJA Arts Festival: through Oct. 8
The 34th annual MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts. Many events are free to the public or have a modest ticket price. Choose from a variety of events, including dance, literary, music, theatre and visual arts. Moja, a Swahili word meaning “One,” celebrates harmony and highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures.
Charleston Arts Festival: through Oct. 28
Charleston Arts Festival will similarly challenge both artists and attendees to reconsider preconceived ideas of art, creativity and community. This event “seeks to bridge the gap between artist intention and audience expectation by leveraging creative collaboration across artistic disciplines”
Marsh Jam: Oct. 5
Check out this monthly outdoor performance series featuring local musicians, artists and more at The Bend, a 17-acre property on the banks of the Ashley River in North Charleston. Marsh Jam is presented in conjunction with the team behind Awendaw Green Barn Jams. The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Folly Oktoberfest: Oct. 7
Enjoy authentic German cuisine, cold beer and live music (think, bratwurst, sauerkraut and apples, warm German potato salad, and desserts). There will be live entertainment by the Shakin’ Martinis, TVs for watching the games and children’s activities. at Folly Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest: Oct. 14
Celebrate the season with authentic German food, beer from Holy City Brewing, live music from The German Connection Band, a brat eating contest and children’s activities at Oktoberfest at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on King Street.
Autumn on the Ashley: Oct. 14-15
More than 30 artisans will exhibit their handcrafted arts and crafts at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Shop a selection of wood carvings, paintings, textiles, jewelry, driftwood furniture, photography, natural skincare and lawn art. The Philip Simmons Artist Blacksmith Guild and the Lowcountry Woodcarvers will do demonstrations. A basic admission to Magnolia Gardens includes the craft fair.
Colour of Music Festival: Oct 18-22
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.
Magnolia Plantation Family Fright Nights: Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28
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).
Coastal Carolina Fair: Oct. 26 to Nov. 6
The Coastal Carolina Fair is in its 60th year with rides, games, live music and entertainment plus animal shows and craft shows.
Harry Potter Film Concert Series: Oct. 28-29
This concert will feature the Charleston Symphony performing every note from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
For even more October events, be sure to check out our full online calendar regularly updated with festivals, performances, tours, seasonal events and more.
Restaurants You Have to Try
Pancito and Lefty, 708 King St., Charleston
Two years of home kitchen recipe development. Multiple research trips to the outer reaches of Oaxaca, Mexico City, and Guadalajara. Countless hours of fine-tuning everything from floor plans to finishes. Pancito & Lefty is a true labor of love for chef Robert Berry and partner Jimmy Poole, who share a commitment both to hospitality and to creating transportive, unforgettable food experiences with every meal.
Rodney Scott acquired his love for barbecue during his family’s weekly hog roasts in Hemingway, South Carolina. Taking everything he learned from those barbecue days, Rodney made his way to Charleston to bring the locals something they’ll keep coming back for. Try this homemade barbecue and sides for yourself.
This restaurant takes its culinary inspiration from Napa Valley – local fresh ingredients prepared simply with a passion for scratch cooking combined with bold wines.
Something Sweet: Ice and Pan, 567 King St., Charleston
Yep, it’s ice cream rolls. The rolled ice cream trend started in Thailand and involves a liquid sweet cream base poured over a frozen stainless steel chilling plate topped with fruit, candy, and other add-ins. That mix is then crushed and spread thinly and frozen into a sheet. Finally, the ice cream is scraped by hand into curls called “fat rolls.”
Take a tour
This is the perfect time of year to book a ghost tour! Learn all about Charleston’s spookiest spots while hearing the best ghost stories from years past.
Start with these:
- Bulldog Tours: Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour, Haunted Jail Tour, Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Tour and the Dark Side of Charleston Walking Tour. Tours meet at 18 Anson St.
- USS Yorktown Ghost Tours: After dark, come aboard the famous “Fighting Lady” on this guided, 90-minute tour. Meet at Patriots Point ticketing area.
- Sandlapper Tours: Hear the tales of lost fortunes, pirate ships and tragic death while riding Charleston’s dark waves.
- Ashley on the Cooper: Participate in an interactive Murder Walk. Retrace the steps of a killer and unfold an unsolved crime. Meet 10 minutes prior to tour time in front of The Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.
- Tour Charleston LLC: Take a nighttime tour of the Unitarian Church Graveyard built in 1772, while hearing stories from the book, “The Ghosts of Charleston” by Julian T. Buxton III. Check in 20 minutes prior to tour time at corner of Cumberland and Concord streets.
Now on our website you can book tickets direct and your tickets will be emailed to you.