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Fun October Events in Charleston

Posted by charleston on October 14, 2016

Gray Line Charleston – October BLOG

One of the oldest and largest sightseeing companies in the world, Gray Line is an international association of operators with more than 100 years of experience in the tourism industry. A trusted name in travel, Gray Line Charleston provides informative, entertaining mini- bus tours of Charleston’s historic district daily to visitors from around the globe. Gray Line Charleston will happily arrange private bus tours of the city during daylight hours, with special pick-up and drop-off locations. Just call ahead to friendly Reservationists to customize your door-to-door service and tour.

It’s easy! Gray Line of Charleston can get you and yours seamlessly to any of the great Events and Festivals, below, throughout the Charleston Lowcountry area.

Learn about historic Charleston, SC and see this Port City up close and personal, via Gray Line Charleston. Gray Line City Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9:30am until 3:30pm from the Charleston Visitors Center located at 375 Meeting Street. Parking directly adjacent.

Several types of COMBO Tour Tickets are available. Examples ~ Charleston City Tour + Charleston Museum. Charleston City Tour + Charleston Mansion. Charleston City Tour + Fort Sumter Boat Tour, to name just a few. Take advantage of COMBO Savings and enjoy 2 top-notch Tours by 2 expert area Tour Operators. Leaving your Charleston visit in the hands of the experts will make for great memories!

Booking online is easy via For more information… Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email [email protected]

Daniel Island, South Carolina
Oktoberfest ~ MUSC Health Stadium ~ 10/02/2016
The event will feature seasonal beer, live German music, great food, dancing and activities for the whole family. The first 500 patrons through the gate will receive a commemorative Oktoberfest mug. The popular Bavarian Games will also return, where adults team up and compete for the title of Oktoberfest. Events include bratwurst eating contests, keg barrel races, tug-a-war and more. In addition, the Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons game will be streamed live on the stadium's 3,000 sq. ft. video board during the event. 12:00 – 5:00pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, and kids 12 and under are FREE.
Oktoberfest activities include: - Live music - Jump castles - Face painting - Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons viewing party - Corn hole - Balloon artist - Charleston Fun Park putt-putt - Giant chess set - Soccer Shots activity station - Beer pong tables - Concessions and German food served by Crave.

Historic Charleston, SC
40th Annual Fall Tours of Homes, History & Architecture ~ 10/06/2016 - 10/23/2016
The historic beauty and charm of Charleston come alive this October as friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston welcome you inside the private interiors of some of the nation’s most exceptional historic houses. Experience firsthand the rich history of Charleston's culture, architecture and hospitality on The Fall Tours. Discover the stories of these magnificent residences and the people who have lived in them for centuries and learn why visitors from all over the world are still drawn to this special place today. Different properties are featured each day, so whether you wish to learn about great periods in early American history or simply want to enjoy the ambience of Charleston living, these tours allow you experience the best of historic Charleston.

Dracula, King of Vampires ~ Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre ~ 10/19, 10/21, 10/22, 10/23, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30/2016
"Dracula, King of Vampires" raises the stakes on the classic tale with the Prince of Darkness not only lusting for blood but after world domination as well. In Julian Wile's original, sweeping and imaginative retelling, we follow Count Dracula as he journeys from his Transylvania castle, to a ghostly shipwreck on England's shore, to Dr. Seward's famed asylum for the insane and to a romantic masquerade ball where he meets the luminous Mina Harker.  Prices: Adults $30.00 - $63.00, Seniors (60+) $28.00 - $63.00, Students (25 and under) and Active Military $25.00 - $63.00. Age Suitability: Age 10 on up. ..

Frankenstein (National Theatre of London broadcast) ~ 34 West Theatre ~ 10/30 & 10/31/2016
Experience a night of the best in British Theatre with this intimate live-recorded screening of FRANKENSTEIN starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Beer, Wine, Champagne Cocktails, sodas and light snacks are available.

Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour ~ 10/01 – 10/31/2016
Bulldog Tours is offering a Haunted Pub Crawl. In the spooky month of October, learn about Charleston’s ghostly past while enjoying libations at some of the city’s finest bars and taverns. As seen on the Travel Channel, Food Network, Southern Living Magazine and New York Times, the Haunted Pub Crawl not only takes you through the seedy history of the Holy City, but it also fills you in on the city’s historical relationship with alcohol, from the days of rum trade to Prohibition to speakeasy bootleggers. You can look forward to tales about:

  • Charleston’s ghosts, poltergeists and spirits doomed to the realm of mortals. Hear the tales of the ghosts that wander the streets of Charleston and that haunt our local establishments.
  • Lowcountry superstitions of nighttime spirits like Plateyes and Boo Hags.
  • The respectable origins of the Charleston PubPublic House and Tabernae (taverns).
  • Prohibition, and how locals found ways to circumvent the laws.
  • Piracy and the rum trade.
  • The old speakeasies where bootlegger Vincent J. Chicco made a fortune selling tickets to “Blind Tiger Fights,” then used his money and influence to win election to the City Council for four consecutive terms. He also managed to be the chief investigator of all alcohol-related crimes.
  • The brutal murder of Rumpty Rattles in front of what is today the Gucci store on Market street.

4pm on Friday and Saturday. $25 per person. Must be at least 21 years old to participate in tour.

Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Ghostly Tidal Tales ~ Isle of Palms Beachfront ~ 10/28/2016
Are you brave enough?  Come out and join us the beachfront tale spinners to listen to local haunting stories as you sit by a open camp fire.  Meet at 28th Ave Beach Access. Bring Chair, blanket, flashlight and friends. 6:30pm - 7:30pm. And…….

Halloween Carnival ~ Isle of Palms Recreation Center ~ 10/31/2016
Enjoy games for all ages, Jump Castles, temporary tattoos, face painting, Halloween candy, prizes and more! 5:00 – 7:00pm.
Costume Contest – 7:00pm. Age Divisions: 1 and under  2-3 years old  4-5 years old  6-7 years old  8 years old  9 years old  10 years old  11-12 years old  13 and older. Concessions provided by the IOP Exchange Club. Hot Dogs, Chips & Drinks   $1.00 -  $3.00. Come visit us at the Isle of Palms Recreation Department. #24 28th Avenue, Isle of Palms, SC.

Johns Island, South Carolina
Legare Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch ~ October 2016 Weekends
Opening Saturday, October 1st thru October 31st. Johns Island’s Legare Farms hosts the annual Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. Fridays 5-9pm, Saturdays 10am-9pm, Sundays 1-6pm, October 2016. Gate Admission, Ages 2 & up - $1 per person. Pumpkin Picking, $2 - $20 (based on Pumpkin Size). Hayride - $3 per person (ages 2 and up). Horse Rides - $3.00 (hours limited to Saturdays 11am – 5pm, Sundays 1pm – 5pm). Scarecrow Factory - $10 including Scarecrow Materials and you take it home. Gem Mine - $2 & $12 per Bucket. Fish & Turtle Feeding - $2.00 per snack bag or $5 per quart size. Corn Cannon $1 for 2 Shots. Duck Races - $1 per Duck and Race as much as you like. FREE Activities: Farm Animals Barnyard - $.25 & $4 (No outside Food or Drink). Mini-maze. Playground.

Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon & 5K ~ Mullet Hall Equestrian Center ~ 10/08/2016
Take to the trails of Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on foot during the Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5K. Breathtaking Fall Foliage, Moss-Draped Oaks, and native wildlife provide a scenic backdrop reminiscent of days gone by. An Awards Ceremony with Live Music and Beverages will be held after the races. Registration takes place on site from 7 to 8 am. Participants ages 10–15 can register, but must be accompanied by an Adult Chaperone. Half Marathon Race Fees: $48. 5K Race Fees: $34. 8:30am to 1:00pm.

Fall Festival Weekend ~ Freshfields Village ~ 10/07 & 10/08/2016
At the Crossroads of Kiawah & Seabrook Islands
Fall Festival includes a FREE, family-friendly event will feature a variety of activities for each generation. Enjoy live music as you browse a fall Farmer’s Market featuring seasonal goods and produce along with an art show featuring the Kiawah & Seabrook Artist Guilds. Kids will enjoy complimentary face painting, specialty balloons, inflatable games, mechanical bull, and fall crafts. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of local vendors. 10/07/2016: 6:00 -9:00pm.10/08/2016: 11:00 am to 3:00pm.

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch & Maze ~ 10/01–10/31/2016
The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch draws visitors of all ages with a variety of Fall Attractions, Events, Activities, and Pumpkin Patch fun. In addition to the Corn Maze, attractions for this year include two of the largest jump pillows in the state which provide plenty of jumping fun for all ages. Everybody can board the Family Friendly Monster Hayride that winds through the "spooky" woods of Boone Hall. The Giant Slide Tower is three stories tall and features slides located on two different levels. Other attractions include the Hay Mountain, two Rock Climbing Walls, a Tire Climb and Sand Pit Play area, King of The Mountain, a giant Rope Spider Web, a Goat Walk and Rabbit Enclosure, and more. Also on hand this year every Friday - Saturday and Sunday the event is open will be the All American Petting Zoo with a variety of family friendly farm animals on display. The Corn Maze and all of the attractions mentioned above are included with the price of admission. Pony rides will also be available for an additional fee. Additionally, there will be a number of other special attractions and features that will take place on weekends only. And of course, there will be plenty of pumpkins available that are to be paid for by the pound. Hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Admission to the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is $10 each for ages 3 and up. Children two and under are admitted FREE with a paid accompanying adult.

Cast Off Fishing Tournament ~ Mt. Pleasant Pier ~ 10/22/2016
The Mount Pleasant Pier is one of the best destinations in the Lowcountry for Pier fishing. This breathtaking landmark stretches out 1045’ into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and offers spectacular views, fishing, dining, tournaments, special events, and more throughout the year! Online registration ends the Thursday before each Tournament. Onsite registration is available at 6am on the morning of each event. Tournaments end at 2pm and prizes are awarded at 2:15pm. Tournaments are held rain or shine. Adult chaperones require for those 15 and under. $8 for ages 3-12 and Seniors 60+. $13 for ages 13 & up.

North Charleston, South Carolina
25th Annual Latin American Festival ~ 10/02/2016
North Charleston’s Wannamaker County Park
Experience sensational sounds and vibrant performances at the Latin American Festival! Celebrations of Latin American music, dance, art, food and children’s activities are highlighted by amazing performances inspired by culture from around the globe. All ages are invited to come groove to live Latin music! Noon – 6:00pm.

After visitors work up an appetite on the dance floor, they’re invited to indulge in authentic cuisine from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, along with traditional festival foods and beverages. Little niños will enjoy jump castles, crafts and the Charleston County Public Library’s educational area at Cypress Hall. Event admission to the Latin American Festival is $10. Student & Military I.D.: $5, Children under 12, FREE.

West of the Ashley, South Carolina
9th Annual Autumn on the Ashley ~  10/08 & 10/09/2016
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
More than 50 vendors will exhibit wood carvings, paintings, textiles, pottery, jewelry, culinary oils and photographs during the 9th Annual Autumn on the Ashley Crafts Fair at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Autumn on the Ashley, which is free to the public, opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m., Oct. 8-9. The Tri-County Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions and receive soil samples. The Philip Simmons Artists Blacksmith Guild will demonstrate their craft.

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