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Mom’s Guide to October: Family Events in Charleston

Moms Guide to October

Welcome to October! There are so many fun, family-friendly events going on around Charleston this month! For a complete look at everything Fall and Halloween related going on in the area, check out our Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween in Charleston!

Don’t forget to check out our Resources Page for all our local guides – parks & playgrounds, photographers, birthday parties, and more! Please click on the tabs above to view our family friendly Charleston events by week!

Sunday, October 1

 15th Annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour

The Dorchester Children’s Center will host the 15th Annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour on October 1, 2017. Homes and yards will be open for touring, with a chef/restaurant in every kitchen and most yards.

Address: Sumter Avenue in Summerville
Time: 1 – 5 pm
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here

Sunday, October 1

MUSC Oktoberfest

This family-friendly event will feature live German music, seasonal beer, food, dancing and activities!

Address: MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Dr., Charleston, 29492
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Advance admission is $10, day of is $13, children 10 & under are FREE, military is $10

Sunday, October 1

Shrimp on the Barbie

What better way to celebrate National Seafood Month than with a shrimp festival on the beach! It will feature local shrimp, live music, kids activities, and a large beer selection.

Address: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant, 29464
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Cost: $10 general admission, $5 for ages 5 – 12

Tuesday, October 3

Animal Forest Tuesday at Charles Towne Landing 

Bring your toddlers to watch the animals and stay for a story and a walk out to the habitat. Recommended ages is 2-4.

Address: Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston
Time: All day
Cost: FREE

Wednesday, October 4 

Free Verse Poetry Festival

The Free Verse Festival is the City of Charleston, SC’s first poetry festival. The Free Verse Festival will consist of three parts; poetry as public art, workshops and events for students, and poetry at night.

Address: Various locations; check here 
Time: Times vary, check here
Cost: Prices vary, check here

Thursday, October 5

Toddler Tails 2017: Fall Series

The City of Charleston’s Environmental Education Division is proud to announce the Fall Toddler
Tails session for 2017! This program is designed to introduce your toddler to many aspects of the
natural world through crafts, stories, live animals, and other fun activities. Program will also take place on October 12th and 19th. To register, email [email protected] or call (843) 965-4002

Address: Tiedemann Park Nature Center, 38 Elizabeth Street, Charleston
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Cost: City of Charleston resident; $15/child, Non-resident; $18.75/child

Thursday, October 5 – Sunday, October 29

Fall Tours of Homes, History & Architecture

Charleston’s fascinating culture, architecture, and hospitality come alive in a rich assortment of private house tours, lunch lectures, walking tours, and behind-the-scenes programs.

Address: Preservation Society of Charleston, 147 King St, Charleston, 29401
Time: Varies, check above for complete listings
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here

Friday, October 6

Art Walk

Located along Historic Broad Street, Gallery Row opens its doors for “First Fridays on Broad” and a variety of other events hosted by the 15 galleries, restaurants, shops, and boutiques on the Row.

Address: 1 Broad St., Charleston, 29401
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
Cost: FREE to browse

Saturday, October 7

Hike For Mike

The Hike for Mike is in honor of Michael Lonon, father, husband, friend and nature enthusiast who believed in instilling a love and appreciation for nature to his children.  The Hike promotes his passion for nature as well as raises awareness and funds for children, like his own, who have been affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer.

Address: Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Highway, Ravenel, 29470
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: Check here for ticket prices

Saturday, October 7

Hippie Dash 5k

The second-annual Hippie Dash is a timed 5K that raises awareness and funding for people with disabilities. Don your best 70’s attire as you groove their way through a psychedelic 3.1 mile course around Park Circle. Runners, walkers, children and pups of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Address: Park Circle, 1087 E Montague Ave., North Charleston, 29405
Time: 8 am – 10 am
Cost: Check here for ticket prices 


Sunday, October 8

2nd Sunday on King Street

Shop, dine, and walk along King Street, which is closed off to traffic, on the 2nd Sunday of each month! Print this voucher to receive two hours of free parking!

Address: King Street, Downtown Charleston
Time: 1 pm-5 pm
Cost: FREE

Wednesday, October 11

Wine Down Wednesday

Explore beautiful Old Towne Creek County Park during Wine Down Wednesday. You will enjoy wine, food truck fare, and live music at this hidden gem located in West Ashley.

Address: 1400 Old Towne Road, Charleston, 29407
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm
Cost: Advance tickets are $15, $20 at the gate

Wednesday, October 11

Charleston, SC: Evening Bike Ride and Social

Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance and our partners Charleston Moves and East Cooper Land Trust for an evening group bike commute and social! One group will ride from Charleston to the West Ashley neighborhood for a social event at Mellow Mushroom. The east-bound group will ride to Patriots Point for a simultaneous social event at Fish House.

Address: Start at White Point Garden, 2 Murray Blvd, Charleston, 29401
Time: 5;45 pm
Cost: FREE

Thursday, October 12

Yappy Hour

Bring your favorite furry friend to enjoy live music and beverages at Yappy Hour at the James Island County Park Dog Park.

Address: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., Charleston, 29412
Time: 4 pm – 8 pm
Cost: FREE with $2 park admission

Thursday, October 12

Lovin’ the Lowcountry Fall Fundraiser

Join The Footlight Players for an fall fundraiser, Lovin’ the Lowcountry on Daniel Island. Come out for an evening of great food, beer, wine and a silent auction. Plus, enjoy live music from the Shem Creek Boogie Band.

Address: Pierce Park , 1801 Pierce St., Charleston, 29492
Time: 6 pm
Cost: Check here for pricing

Friday, October 13

Dessert Stroll

Did someone say dessert? Head to downtown Summerville for an evening of sweets and specials! Stroll the shops and enjoy features, specials, and a sweet treat at each stop. 

Address: Downtown Summerville
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
Cost: FREE to browse

Friday October 13 – Sunday October 15

That BIG Book Sale 

Book lovers and bargain hunters are in for a real treat when the Charleston Friends of the Library host its 36th annual That BIG Book Sale. Over 60,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, sheet music and maps will be on sale to the public with prices starting at just $.50.

Address: Omar Shrine Auditorium, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston, 29401
Time: Friday; 9 am – 7 pm, Saturday; 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday; 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: FREE!

Saturday, October 14

Avondale 5K Run and Walk

Lace up your running shoes for the 8th Annual Avondale 5K Run + Walk for Special Kids. Avondale 5K runners and walkers will make their way through the lovely streets of the Avondale neighborhood in West Ashley. Strollers and dogs are welcome! 

Address: Starts at Triangle Char Bar, 828 Savannah Highway, Charleston
Time: Check in begins at 7:30 am
Cost: Check here for prices

Saturday, October 14

Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5K

Runners will have a chance to embrace the breathtaking fall foliage, moss-draped oaks and native wildlife as they make their way through beautiful Johns Island trails. Races are offered for two distances: a half marathon and a 5K.

Address: Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island

Time: Race begins at 8:30 am
Cost: Registration for half marathon is $40, 5k is $28

Sunday, October 15

Children’s Day Festival

East Cooper schools will host carnival games centered on this year’s theme: Lights, Camera, Action! Families will enjoy carnival rides, enormous inflatable slides, live entertainment, wall climbing, face painting and many other activities! 

Address: Park West Recreation Complex, 1251 Park West Blvd Mt., Pleasant, 29466
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Sunday, October 15

Latin American Festival

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latin world with live Salsa and Merengue music, authentic food and crafts, and plenty of activities for families to enjoy.

Address: North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston, 29406
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Cost: $10

Tuesday, October 17

Animal Forest Tuesday at Charles Towne Landing 

Bring your toddlers to watch the animals and stay for a story and a walk out to the habitat. Recommended ages is 2-4.

Address: Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston
Time: All day
Cost: FREE

Tuesday, October 17 – Sunday, October 22

Colour of Music Festival

The Colour of Music Festival offers a musical kaleidoscope highlighting the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers on American and world culture. 

Address: Various locations, check here
Time: Times vary, check here
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here

Wednesday, October 18

Follypalooza Festival

Follypalooza is an annual cancer benefit & street festival on Folly Beach, SC that raises money for local cancer patients & other Folly Beach residents in need of medical help. Follypalooza is family-friendly with live music, a 5K, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, carnival games, jump castles, face painting, balloon animals, mechanical bull, Art in the Park, and craft vendors.

Address: Folly Beach
Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Thursday, October 19

Third Thursdays in Summerville

On the third Thursday of each month, downtown Summerville becomes a prime spot for live entertainment, special offers from restaurants, shopping, and local music. 

Address: 129 South Main St., Summerville 29483
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Cost: FREE

Friday, October 20

Underwater Pumpkin Carving at the Aquarium

Head downtown to the Aquarium for some underwater pumpkin carving! This event will also take place on Friday, October 27th. Divers will carve three pumpkins during the 11:30 dive show on both days, then guests will be invited to vote for their favorite design. Additionally, there will be special pumpkin-themed animal enrichment on October 27

Address: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, 29401
Time: 11:30 am

Saturday, October 21

SCDNR Open House

Every two years, the doors of the Marine Resources Center in Charleston are open to the public for an Open House. Come meet our marine biologists, fisheries managers, and educators and learn about the work we do in a fun, relaxed setting. Open House is a free, family-friendly event with a lot of activities for kids (and grown-ups!). 

Address: Marine Resources Center, 217 Fort Johnson Rd., Charleston, 29412
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE

Saturday, October 21

Third Eye Blind at Volvo Car Stadium

Call a babysitter and head out to Volvo Car Stadium to see Third Eye Blind for a much needed date night or girls night out! Third Eye Blind is donating $2 of every ticket sale to the Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure.

Address: Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, 29492

Time: 7:30 pm

Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here

Saturday, October 21

Race for the Cure

This important annual event raises significant funds for the breast cancer movement. Choose from a competitive 5K and 8K Race on Daniel Island or the 1 mile fun run/walk.

Address: Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island, SC 29492
Time: Registration opens at 7 am
Cost: Find out more here

For a complete look at all of the Halloween fun going on this weekend, please check out our Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween in Charleston!

Tuesday, October 24

Animal Forest Tuesday at Charles Towne Landing 

Bring your toddlers to watch the animals and stay for a story and a walk out to the habitat. Recommended ages is 2-4.

Address: Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston
Time: All day
Cost: FREE

Saturday, October 28

Harry Potter Film Concert Series

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. 

Address: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, 29418
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: Check here for ticket prices

Saturday, October 28

The 19th Annual James Island Connector Run

Both the 10K run and the 5k run start at Cannon Park near the corner of Ashley Ave. & Bennett St. Proceeds from the Charleston James Island Connector Run benefit the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation (GKF), a local charity that awards annual scholarships to students with physical disabilities. 

Address: Cannon Park, Charleston
Time: Packet pick-up begins at 6 am and race day events begin at 8:30 am
Cost: Prices vary, check here
Cost: Check ticket prices here

For a complete look at all of the Halloween fun going on this weekend, please check out our Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween in Charleston!

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