Enjoy Fall in Charleston at These Festivals and Events

As we say farewell to the hottest days of summer and welcome the milder, sunny days of autumn here in the Lowcountry, major festivals and events spring up to take advantage of the near-perfect weather. Here are some longtime Charleston classics and a relatively new fall event thrown in for good measure that you and your family can enjoy this season.

Southern Living Taste of Charleston, September 28

Charleston is increasingly known as a top culinary destination and the Southern Living Taste of Charleston at Boone Hall Plantation puts our outstanding restaurants in the spotlight. Fifty of the area’s top restaurants, both casual and upscale, will be on hand, providing sample-size portions of select entrees. There is also beer and wine, as well as live entertainment. One of the highlights is always the waiters’ race where local servers try to be the first to make it with a tray full of items to the finish line without spilling! At the kids’ area, children can enjoy crafts, jump castles, juggling and more.

MOJA Arts Festival, September 25-October 5

Get a taste of African and Caribbean culture at this popular annual festival that hosts a variety of events from dance to cooking to visual arts and theatre over 10 days. At the MOJA Arts Festival, so named for the Swahili word meaning “one,” half of all events are free and the rest are modestly priced. There’s something for everyone and a great chance to learn about African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures.

Charleston BatteryFall Tours of Homes & Gardens, October 2-26

Step inside some of Charleston’s most historic and beautiful homes in this annual downtown tradition. On docent-led tours hosted by the Preservation Society of Charleston, you can see the interiors of properties in different areas of the historic district from Church Street and South of Broad to Tradd Street and more. Tours are also divided into themes, such as the Civil War Era, Charleston Style and Charleston’s Literary and Cultural Renaissance. View the complete schedule.

Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, October 11-12

Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island will play host to the fourth year of Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival. The two-day event features performances by the Zac Brown Band, of course, as well as Blues Traveler, Gov’t Mule, The Wailers, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Bela Fleck and more. Each evening, the Zac Brown Band closes the concert with special “super sets,” featuring sit-ins by other artists on the bill. Food is also a headliner at this event with gourmet chefs from around the country on site preparing a variety of fare.

Is there an event you attend every year in Charleston? What about a new event you’d like to try?

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