Find a South Carolina fall festival to attend in 2020. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2020 has things to do across South Carolina including activities in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Lowcountry Jazz Festival - Charleston, SC - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2020
Jazzing with a purpose at the Charleston Gaillard Center.
9-11 Candlelight Vigil - North Myrtle Beach, SC - Sep 11, 2020
Commemorate loved ones that fell victim to the 9-11 attacks at the annual 9-11 Candlelight Vigil. The ceremony begins at 7:00 pm at the Horseshoe (end of Main Street). Spectators line the streets holding American Flags as the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle group, North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Color Guard, and more travel down Main Street to the Horseshoe. After the presentation of a remembrance wreath by the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety and Fire Department, join everyone on the beach for a twenty-one gun salute by the Marine Corp League. Complete silence and only a glow from the crowd’s candles light up the night as Taps is played and the dedicated wreath is taken out to sea for our fallen Americans to rest.
Run for Our Troops 5K - West Columbia, SC - Sep 11, 2020
The Cayce – West Columbia Junior Chamber presents the annual 5K event to support military veterans and first responders that are coping with physical and emotional injuries resulting from their heroic service to our nation. The race course begins on Alexander Road near the parking entrance to the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater.
SpartOberfest - Spartanburg, SC - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
The Oktoberfest celebration for Spartanburg. It is two and half days of family friendly fun featuring live music and entertainment, great food, drink and Christmas Market filled with local artisans and small businesses selling unique gifts for the holidays.
Aiken’s Makin’ - Aiken, SC - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
A 2 day arts & crafts show, plus food vendors.
Euphoria - Greenville, SC - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
Tasting events, musical experiences over meals, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, concerts and multi-course dinners.
South Carolina Tobacco Festival - Lake City, SC - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2020
Celebrate Lake City’s tobacco heritage at the annual South Carolina Tobacco Festival. Activities will include live performances and demonstrations, the kids zone, Eastern South Carolina Mustang Club Car Show, heritage games, amusement rides & carnival, petting zoo, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, farmers’ market and so much more!!
MFBG Beerfest - Lake City, SC - Sep 19, 2020
1:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday at Moore Farms Botanical Garden. VIP ticket holders get access for a sneak peek and first taste at Noon. Enjoy beers from over 35 local and regional craft breweries and devour delicious local food truck eats. Beautiful botanical Garden serves as backdrop. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Florence County Disabilities Association.
Jubilee: Festival of Heritage - Columbia, SC - Sep 19, 2020
This outdoor festival started in 1978, and continues to bring together artisans, dancers, musicians, and storytellers to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site. This family friendly event includes kids activities and games, house tours of the Mann-Simons Site and the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, bus tours of significant sites in downtown Columbia, and more!
Okra Strut Festival - Irmo, SC - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
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.
Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival - Murrells Inlet, SC - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Enjoy fine art, quality crafts and local food, along with the musical offerings of several of the area’s finest musicians.
BFF Pink Ribbon Run - North Myrtle Beach, SC - Sep 26, 2020
This family friendly event has walking and running events, and raises funs for breast cancer research and treatment. Celebrate with those who are fighting and surviving breast cancer, and honor those who have passed on. Pick your BFF (Breast Friend Forever) and run with a purpose! This 5K and 10K run/walk will inspire you, and you’ll inspire others
Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – South Carolina - Edisto Island, SC - Sep 26, 2020
Going virtual for 2020. Normally: CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with different route options. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, ride marshals to cheer you along the way and plenty of support vehicles to help you complete the ride. This unique event empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis in a tangible, emotional and powerful way.
Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon - Columbia, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2020
Going virtual for 2020. See the event website for more details. Normally: Half marathon, 5K, 10K run to raise funds for the Palmetto Health Breast Center. Since 1991.
Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival - Gaston, SC - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Barbecue competition, parade, live entertainment, kids’ rides, arts & crafts and more
Newberry Oktoberfest - Newberry, SC - Oct 3, 2020
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, Best German Outfit contest, and more! Plus the Classic car show, Kindertown: a kids ride, craft, and fun zone, and take a stroll down the Artist Walk on Boyce Street, featuring local artists demonstrating their craft. Come on down and bring your family to see what’s new at Newberry’s Oktoberfest!
Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival - Pendleton, SC - Oct 3, 2020
This historic Pendleton South Carolina festival will be held on Saturday from 10 until 5. It will feature food, live entertainment, crafters and other vendors, and old fashioned games for the kids. When you arrive in the town of Pendleton, you will be greeted by the over 100 Scarecrows who are participating in the annual Scarecrow Contest.
Fall for Greenville - Greenville, SC - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
Seven stages of live entertainment and food from 40 restaurants along 8 blocks of Main Street.
Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest - Myrtle Beach, SC - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2020
The annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest at the Market Common. Come for the 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.
Florence Oktoberfest - Florence, SC - Oct 10, 2020
The evening’s activities include crowd favorites, Weenie and Almost a Weenie Dog Races benefiting the Florence Area Humane Society, Beer Stein Races, Beer Barrel Races, and more! Don’t forget their array of authentic German food. beer, and fine German wines! Florence Downtown Oktoberfest is FREE to the public. Beer and food tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth
Little River ShrimpFest - Little River, SC - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
22,000 visitors for a shrimp cook out, kids activities, over 150 vendors, fresh local seafood, and two stages of live entertainment. Held at the Little River Waterfront
South Carolina State Fair - Columbia, SC - Oct 14 to Oct 25, 2020
Equine events, Heritage Village, crafting shows, prince & princess pageant, fair food, entertainment and more. Held annually since 1869.
Famously Hot SC Pride - Columbia, SC - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
The largest and longest-running Pride event in South Carolina. Street party and parade, live music, guest speakers, and more.
South Carolina Jazz Festival - Cheraw, SC - Oct 16 to Oct 18, 2020
Over 20 regional musical artists from the Carolinas will perform in the hometown of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.
Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival - Bluffton, SC - Oct 17 to Oct 25, 2020
Where fine art & the bounty of the sea come together. This festival is a week long event offering activities showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, Southern hospitality, and art of the area. Highlight is the Streetfest on the second weekend which includes a juried fine art show featuring over 100 artists from 10 different states displaying and selling their art, delicious food provided by the area’s premier restaurants and caterers and great music and entertainment.
Columbia Home & Garden Show - Columbia, SC - Oct 31 to Nov 1, 2020
Everything you may need in or around your home! Meet vendors who can help with home improvement, building, kitchens, bath, gardens and landscaping, pools and spas, security systems and so much more
SC Pecan Festival - Florence, SC - Nov 7, 2020
Held annually on the first Saturday in November, and 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 13 to Nov 14, 2020
Shuck and slurp at the Oyster Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park. Buckets of oysters and a variety of stewed, steamed and fried oysters. Live entertainment stage and a kid zone with bounce houses and other activities.
Coastal Highland Games - Myrtle Beach, SC - Nov 14, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: Clans dating back centuries come together to celebrate tartan culture, compete in athletic contests, and have a great time. Enjoy border collie demonstrations, face-painting, live music and dance performaces, and more – this Celtic celebration has something for everyone! Join family and friends for a day of celebration and culture, with competitions, Scottish traditions, great food, cold beer, and more.
Incredible Con - North Charleston, SC - Sep 18 to Sep 29, 2021
Incredible Con is a new Two Day Pop Culture Convention where fans get to geek out and celebrate their favorite fandoms with friends and family. They’ve got TV/film stars, cosplayers, anime actors, artists, crafters, authors, and more. Featuring unique programming in the form of panels, gaming, and contests.
Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest - Charleston, SC - Oct 2, 2021
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. Proceeds benefit various organizations and scholarship funds.
South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival - Darlington, SC - Oct 9, 2021
9am to 4pm on Saturday. More than 100 craft, food, and arts vendors, live entertainment, music, puppets, exhibits, an antique car show, appearances by Spud, and plenty of funnel cakes and sweet potato pies!
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Fox Hole Fall Bike Rally - Marion, SC - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2018
21+ event. Live entertainment, vendors, food and drinks, plus camping.
Lovefest Music and Arts Festival - Marion, SC - Aug 16 to Aug 18, 2019
Celebrating 50 Years of the original Music & Arts Festival, WOODSTOCK
Chapin Labor Day Festival and Parade - Chapin, SC - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2019
Enjoy free admission to a variety of activities including a classic car show, street vendors, children’s play area, live music, parade, and food!
Oktoberfest Sumter on Main - Sumter, SC - Sep 21, 2019
Sumter’s largest street party and celebrate the revitalization of the downtown
River Rat Oktoberfest - Columbia, SC - Sep 21, 2019
5 beer stations with German guest taps, German food, and an Oktoberfest mug you can buy and refill all day!
Irish Italian International Festival - Myrtle Beach, SC - Sep 28, 2019
Italian food, two stages of live entertainment, street performers, art & craft vendors, dance groups and children’s area. Free admission and parking.
Golden Leaf Festival - Mullins, SC - Sep 28, 2019
A BBQ cook-off, live entertainment, kids’ park, car show, craft show and more.
Oktoberfest at NOMA Square - Greenville, SC - Oct 3 to Oct 5, 2019
NOMA Square will be transformed into a Bavarian Biergarten during a free 4 day community celebration. Includes German food such as grilled bratwurst, pretzels with beer cheese & mustard, Sauerbraten and more! Beers including Paulaner’s Munich Lager, Hefe-Weizen, or Oktoberfest. Games and contests including cornhole, Jenga, the chicken dance, and stein holding competition. Festival-goers will also get to compete in a Bratwurst-eating contest for some great prizes. Live entertainment every night.
Gopher Hill Festival - Ridgeland, SC - Oct 3 to Oct 5, 2019
Named for the now endangered gopher tortoise. Annual festival offers family fun and entertainment including a parade, arts and crafts, kiddie rides, games, free outdoor concert with a variety of entertainers and the popular turtle race.
Beaufort Shrimp Festival - Beaufort, SC - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
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.
Congaree Swamp Fest - Hopkins, SC - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
Two days, two locations! BBQ, Blues, Oyster Roast, vndors, kiddie rides, live music, and more! Friday ($35) is at Harriet Barber House, Saturday night (free) is at the Old Mt Moriah Site on Old Bluff Road.
Clio Cotton Festival - Clio, SC - Oct 5, 2019
Plenty of vendors, kids games, food, crafts, entertainment, etc.
Oktoberfest Columbia - Columbia, SC - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
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
Oktoberfest Charleston - Charleston, SC - Oct 12, 2019
The Community Outreach center at St. Matthew’s Lutheran church is having an Oktoberfest fundraiser to support community ministry programs. Admission is $20 including entertainment, full German dinner and Kinder activities! Holy City brewery will be onsite. St. Matthew’s is located at 405 King St, Charleston, SC 29403.
Walhalla Oktoberfest - Walhalla, SC - Oct 18 to Oct 19, 2019
This 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 in Old Town - Rock Hill, SC - Oct 19, 2019
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.
Habersham Harvest Festival - Beaufort, SC - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2019
Promoting Lowcountry values, family, entertainment, agricultural education and supporting the local economy.
Jam Room Music Festival - Columbia, SC - Oct 26, 2019
Two stages of music, beer garden, food vendors, and kids zone.
South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival - Myrtle Beach, SC - Nov 28 to Nov 30, 2019
This is an indoor bluegrass festival and offers seating both on the floor and elevated and is available both as reserved and general admission. Parking is $5.
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