Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall South Carolina Festivals in 2016

Celebrate fall at one of the fabulous seafood and music festivals in SC.  Shrimp, oysters and blue crab await as each has a festival dedicated to it.  And jazz, blues and bluegrass can all be heard during the month among other enthusiasts at a music festival.  So move past Oktoberfest in South Carolina. We currently have dates for ten things to do in SC in the autumn but we are tracking another 10+ events and will update their information when we have found them. If you know of any other opportunities for fall fun near Charleston, Columbia or Greenville, please let us know!

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2016

Lowcountry Jazz Festival - North Charleston, SC - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016
Jazzing with a purpose at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Star Spangled Labor Day Celebration - Marion, SC - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016

Famously Hot SC Pride - Columbia, SC - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2016

Aiken’s Makin’ - Aiken, SC - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
40th annual event. A 2 day arts & crafts show.

MFBG Beerfest - Lake City, SC - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016

Shaggin’ on Main - Columbia, SC - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016

Jubilee: Festival of Heritage - Columbia, SC - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Euphoria - Greenville, SC - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016
Food trucks, craft brews and distilleries take over the outfield of the Greenville Drive’s Fluor Field.

South Carolina Tobacco Festival - Florence, SC - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016

South Carolina Tobacco Festival - Lake City, SC - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016

Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival - Murrells Inlet, SC - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
40th annual event.

Okra Strut Festival - Irmo, SC - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
Features a Friday evening street dance, a Saturday morning parade, arts & crafts, amusements & rides, live bands and festival food.  Attendance is typically between 55,000-60,000 annually.

Taste of Charleston - Charleston, SC - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Iron chef competition, Sweet & Southern on Charleston Harbor, and Taste of Charleston. Taste of Charleston will be the 35th anniversary event at the Historic Boone Hall Plantation. Fifty restaurants serve samples. Beer tasting tent and live music as well.

Golden Leaf Festival - Mullins, SC - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
A BBQ cook-off, car show, craft show and more.

Irish Italian International Festival - Myrtle Beach, SC - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Italian food, two stages of live entertainment, street performers, art & craft vendors, dance groups and children’s area.

Oktoberfest Sumter on Main - Sumter, SC - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Aiken Oktoberfest - Aiken, SC - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest - Charleston, SC - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
A family friendly Oktoberfest with games, food, beer and music hosted by the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club and the Summerville Evening Rotary Club. Contests include the chicken dance, stein hoisting, brat eating, best beer belly and best German costume. Admission: $5. Children under 3 are free. Proceeds benefit various organizations and scholarship funds.

Swamp Fox Biker Bash Fall - Marion, SC - Sep 28 to Oct 2, 2016

Gopher Hill Festival - Ridgeland, SC - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2016

Oktoberfest at NOMA Square - Greenville, SC - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016

Beaufort Shrimp Festival - Beaufort, SC - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
Free admission. Food and drink tickets are $1 each. Items cost between 2 and 7 tickets each. Arts & crafts market. Live musical entertainment, restaurant competition with best shrimp dish, shrimp race, run/walk and more.

Clio Cotton Festival - Clio, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival - Gaston, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Barbecue competition, parade, live entertainment, kids’ rides.

Congaree Bluegrass Festival - Cayce, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

Greer Station Oktoberfest - Greer, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Two stages of German oompah bands, German food and beer from Warsteiner. Local artists work will also be on display in downtown Greer. Menu items include knackwurst, bratwursts, fresh pretzels, kettle korn and lots more. Sample a large selection of German beers and wines.

Newberry Oktoberfest - Newberry, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Celebrate Newberry’s German Heritage with a festival featuring lots of authentic German cuisine, German and domestic biergartens, classic cars, and plenty of art & craft vendors. The Rocktoberfest stage will feature polka music, variety hits, our Best German Outfit contest, and SC’s own Swingin’ Medallions! As always we’ll host the Chamber of Commerce liver nips contest, Grow Newberry Farmers Market, and Kindertown: our kids ride, craft, and fun zone! Be sure to visit our new Artist Walk on Boyce Street, featuring local artists demonstrating their craft. Over 20,000 people attended the 2014 festival making it Newberry’s largest city event! Come on down and bring your family to see what’s new at Newberry’s Oktoberfest! For more information contact Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 803.321.1015

Oktoberfest at Music Farm Columbia - Columbia, SC - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016

Downhome Blues Festival - Camden, SC - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2016

Balloons Over Anderson - Anderson, SC - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016

Fall for Greenville - Greenville, SC - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Six stages of live entertainment and food from 40 restaurants along 8 blocks of Main Street.

Lee County Cotton Festival - Bishopville, SC - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Annual celebration the second weekend of October.

South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival - Darlington, SC - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

ShrimpFest - Little River, SC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
22,000 visitors for a shrimp cook out, kids activities, over 150 vendors, arts and crafts, fresh local seafood, and entertainment. Held at the Little River Waterfront, 4460 Mineola Ave., Little River, SC.

Florence Oktoberfest - Florence, SC - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

Oktoberfest Charleston - Charleston, SC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
The Community Outreach center at St. Matthew’s Lutheran church is having an Oktoberfest fundraiser to support community ministry programs. Oct. 8 & 9,2016 from 3:00-8:00pm Admission is $20 including entertainment, full German dinner and kinder activities! Holy City brewery will be onsite. Purchase tickets online at oktoberfestcharleston.com or visit them on Facebook, OktoberfestCHS. St. Matthew’s is located at 405 King St. Charleston,SC 29403.

South Carolina State Fair - Columbia, SC - Oct 12 to Oct 23, 2016
Equine events, Heritage Village, crafting shows, prince & princess pageant, fair food, entertainment and more.

South Carolina Jazz Festival - Cheraw, SC - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Over 20 regional musical artists from the Carolinas will perform in the hometown of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.

Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest - Myrtle Beach, SC - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
The 9th Annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest at the Market Common. German food, Oktoberfest beer, live German music on Saturday and Sunday, kids games and activities. Pumpkin patch for kids, face painting, inflatables, and Oktoberfest steins. Over 20 vendors plus large selection of Oktoberfest beers.

Oktoberfest Columbia - Columbia, SC - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
This Columbia Oktoberfest will have authentic German food, live oompah bands and lots of beer. Hosted by Incarnation Lutheran Church. Admission is free. Entertainment includes the German Friendship Folk Dancers, the Walhalla Bavarian Dancers, The German Connection Band and Die Lustigen Musikanten. Lunch and Dinner menu includes wiener schnitzel, jaegerschnitzel, weisswurst and bratwurst with sauerkraut, spaetzle, kartoffelsalat (potato salad) and more. Beers on Tap from Conquest Brewery, Carolina Brewery, Becks, Widmer and more. Location: 3005 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205

Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival - Bluffton, SC - Oct 15 to Oct 23, 2016

Oktoberfest in Old Town - Rock Hill, SC - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Oktoberfest in Old Town is a family friendly Bavarian styled street festival. It will be held on E. Main Street in Rock Hill, S.C. on Sat., October 15th from 4-9 P.M. There will be music from a strolling accordionist & the Foothills Oompah Band. The festival features the very popular “Wiener Dog Run” that benefits the York County Humane Society. Check website ( www.onlyinoldtown.com) for details. You will find German food & pastry, German beer and more. There’s a Kids Zone area along with assorted vendors. There’s no admission fee.

Walhalla Oktoberfest - Walhalla, SC - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016
The 36th Annual South Carolina Oktoberfest in Walhalla will have live music, food, Oktoberfest dancers, 5K road race, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and family friendly activities. Kids ride the carnival rides all day on Sunday for only $12! Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-10. Location: Sertoma Field Walhalla, SC 29691

Oktoberfest at Marion Square - Charleston, SC - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016
Charleston’s German Heritage Societies will sponsor an authentic Oktoberfest on Friday, October 21st from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM and on Saturday, October 22nd from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM in downtown Charleston on Marion Square. The two day Oktoberfest will feature “The Stratton Mountain Boys”, a traditional Bavarian entertainment group that performs authentic German music and dancing. German fare and beer will be available.

Habersham Harvest Festival - Beaufort, SC - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016

Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival - Pendleton, SC - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
This historic Pendleton South Carolina festival will be held on Saturday from 10 until 5. It will feature great food, wonderful entertainment, talented crafters, and old fashioned games for the kids. When you arrive in Pendleton, you will be greeted by the over 100 Scarecrows who are participating in the annual Scarecrow Contest.

Form Mill Fall Festival - Fort Mill, SC - Oct 31 to Oct 31, 2016

SC Pecan Festival - Florence, SC - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
Held annually on the first Saturday in November. Hosted by the Florence Downtown Development Corporation and The City of Florence. Over 50,000 attend for the live entertainment, food & craft vendors, rides, antique tractor show, car show, competitions, 5K/10K/half marathon runs, half metric century bike ride and more.

Hilton Head Oyster Festival - Hilton Head Island, SC - Nov 11 to Nov 13, 2016

Future Events – 2017

If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
September 2015:

South Carolina Tobacco Festival – Lake City, SC – Sept 17-20, 2015
South Atlantic Shrine Association – Myrtle Beach, SC – Sept 16-19, 2015
Crady’s Mac ‘n Cheese Bake-Off – Conway, SC – Sept 19, 2015

Soul Food Festival – Charleston, SC – September 26, 2015
A travelling music and food festival that attracts about 10,000 visitors per city. Internationally recognized artists. Ticket price depends on location. Options include early bird tickets, general admission, preferred viewing and VIP seating. Brought to you by the Kinfolks Foundation.

Yemassee Shrimp Festival – Yemassee, SC – September 17-20, 2015

October 2015:

Congaree Bluegrass Festival – Cayce, SC – October 3, 2015

Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival – Pendleton, SC – October 24, 2015
This historic Pendleton South Carolina festival will be held on Saturday from 10 until 5. It will feature great food, wonderful entertainment, talented crafters, and old fashioned games for the kids. When you arrive in Pendleton, you will be greeted by the over 100 Scarecrows who are participating in the annual Scarecrow Contest.

Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival – Bluffton, SC – October 11-18, 2015
Where Fine Art & the Bounty of the Sea Come Together. 11th annual event. A week of activities featuring Southern hospitality, culture, seafood, local cuisine and art. Streetfest has juried fine art show, food, music and live entertainment.

Little River Shrimp Fest – Little River, SC – October 10-11, 2015.  Join about 22,000 visitors for a shrimp cook out, kids activities, over 150 vendors, arts and crafts, fresh local seafood, and entertainment.  Held at the Little River Waterfront, 4460 Mineola Ave., Little River, SC.

Ridge Spring Harvest Festival – Ridge Spring, SC – Oct 24, 2015

South Carolina Pride Festival and Parade – Columbia, SC – October 24, 2015. 

St Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church Fall Festival – Summerville, SC – October 24, 2015
Annual Fall Family Festival on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10am – 4pm. This community event will be held at 11001 Dorchester Road in Summerville, SC and includes free admission and free parking. During the festival, you may enjoy ham and cheese biscuits in the morning, a car show, arts & crafts, vendors, a Christmas shop, a pet fair, a book sale, food trucks, baked goods, games for all ages, pony rides from 10am-1pm, a flight simulator, free entertainment, a silent auction, a white elephant sale and so much more.
With something for everyone, the Fall Family Festival is a great way to enjoy time with friends and family and meet others in the community. Please no pets allowed. For more information about this event, please call St. Theresa’s parish office at (843) 875-5002, visit sttheresachurch.com, or like, share and join the Fall Family Festival event on St. Theresa’s facebook page.

Charleston Wild Oyster Lightning Regatta – Charleston, SC – Oct 24-25, 2015

South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival – Darlington, SC – October 10, 2015
Awendaw Blue Crab Festival – Awendaw, SC – October 2015 (cancelled)
Fort Mill Fall Festival – Fort Mill, SC – Oct 31, 2015
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival – Camden, SC – October 1-3, 2015

November 2015:

Hilton Head Oyster Festival – Hilton Head, SC – November 13, 2015

 

 

Find other fun things to do in South Carolina in October:

Oktoberfest in South Carolina
South Carolina Corn Mazes
South Carolina Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in South Carolina
South Carolina Pumpkin Patches

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