Find a South Carolina fall festival to attend in 2018. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 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.
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Star Spangled Labor Day Celebration - Marion, SC - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016
Shaggin’ on Main - Columbia, SC - Sep 10, 2016
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.
Colatown Oktoberfest - Columbia, SC - Sep 24, 2016
Clio Cotton Festival - Clio, SC - Oct 1, 2016
Oktoberfest at Music Farm Columbia - Columbia, SC - Oct 2, 2016
Balloons Over Anderson - Anderson, SC - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Lee County Cotton Festival - Bishopville, SC - Oct 8, 2016
Annual celebration the second weekend of October.
Oktoberfest in Old Town - Rock Hill, SC - 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.
Form Mill Fall Festival - Fort Mill, SC - Sep 28 to Oct 1, 2017
Soca City Oktoberfest - Columbia, SC - Sep 30, 2017
South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival - Darlington, SC - Oct 14, 2017
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!
South Carolina Jazz Festival - Cheraw, SC - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2017
Over 20 regional musical artists from the Carolinas will perform in the hometown of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.
Greer Station Oktoberfest - Greer, SC - Oct 21, 2017
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.
Habersham Harvest Festival - Beaufort, SC - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2017
Promoting Lowcountry values, family, entertainment, agricultural education and supporting the local economy.
Lowcountry Jazz Festival - North Charleston, SC - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
10th annual. Jazzing with a purpose at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
Chapin Labor Day Festival and Parade - Chapin, SC - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
Enjoy free admission to a variety of activities including a classic car show, street vendors, children’s play area, live music, parade, and food!
Aiken’s Makin’ - Aiken, SC - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
A 2 day arts & crafts show, plus food vendors.
MFBG Beerfest - Lake City, SC - Sep 8, 2018
5th annual. 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.
9-11 Candlelight Vigil - North Myrtle Beach, SC - Sep 11, 2018
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, 2018
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 13 to Sep 14, 2018
Florence update – Saturday is canceled due to high wind forecast, but hurricane relief has been added to the causes that will receive support, so come out on Thursday and Friday! 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.
South Carolina Tobacco Festival - Lake City, SC - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2018
Florence update – Cancelled for 2018 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!!
Fox Hole Fall Bike Rally - Marion, SC - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2018
Florence update – cancelled for 2018 21+ event. Live entertainment, vendors, food and drinks, plus camping.
Euphoria - Greenville, SC - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
Tasting events, musical experiences over meals, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, concerts and multi-course dinners.
Golden Leaf Festival - Mullins, SC - Sep 22, 2018
A BBQ cook-off, live entertainment, kids’ park, car show, craft show and more.
Oktoberfest Sumter on Main - Sumter, SC - Sep 22, 2018
Jubilee: Festival of Heritage - Columbia, SC - Sep 22, 2018
40th annual. 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!
River Rat Oktoberfest - Columbia, SC - Sep 22, 2018
5 beer stations with German guest taps, German food, and an Oktoberfest mug you can buy and refill all day!
Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival - Murrells Inlet, SC - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
43th annual event. Features more than 100 artists and crafters, plus food and local musicians.
Okra Strut Festival - Irmo, SC - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
45th annual. 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.
Irmo Okra Strut - Irmo, SC - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
45th annual. Free admission to this event featuring live music, arts & crafts, rides & amusements, parade, food and drinks!
Irish Italian International Festival - Myrtle Beach, SC - Sep 29, 2018
15th annual. Italian food, two stages of live entertainment, street performers, art & craft vendors, dance groups and children’s area. Free admission and parking.
Aiken Oktoberfest - Aiken, SC - Sep 29, 2018
Celebrating Oktoberfest with German-inspired food,beer vendors, authentic Oompah Band as well as local music.
Jam Room Music Festival - Columbia, SC - Sep 29, 2018
Two stages of music, beer garden, food vendors, and kids zone.
Gopher Hill Festival - Ridgeland, SC - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2018
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.
Oktoberfest at NOMA Square - Greenville, SC - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2018
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.
Beaufort Shrimp Festival - Beaufort, SC - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
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.
Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival - Gaston, SC - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
Barbecue competition, parade, live entertainment, kids’ rides, arts & crafts and more
Congaree Swamp Fest - Hopkins, SC - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
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.
Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest - Charleston, SC - Oct 6, 2018
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.
Newberry Oktoberfest - Newberry, SC - Oct 6, 2018
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
Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival - Pendleton, SC - Oct 6, 2018
20th annual. 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.
BFF Pink Ribbon Run - North Myrtle Beach, SC - Oct 6, 2018
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
South Carolina State Fair - Columbia, SC - Oct 10 to Oct 21, 2018
Equine events, Heritage Village, crafting shows, prince & princess pageant, fair food, entertainment and more.
Fall for Greenville - Greenville, SC - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Seven stages of live entertainment and food from 40 restaurants along 8 blocks of Main Street.
Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest - Myrtle Beach, SC - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
The 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 12 to Oct 14, 2018
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
Florence Oktoberfest - Florence, SC - Oct 13, 2018
Oktoberfest Charleston - Charleston, SC - Oct 13, 2018
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.
Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival - Bluffton, SC - Oct 13 to Oct 21, 2018
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.
Little River ShrimpFest - Little River, SC - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
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
Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon - Columbia, SC - Oct 13, 2018
Half marathon, 5K, 10K run to raise funds for the Palmetto Health Breast Center. Since 1991.
Oktoberfest at Marion Square - Charleston, SC - Oct 13, 2018
Live music, children’s games, plus authentic German fare and beer from Holy City Brewing will be available. Proceeds benefit St Matthew’s Community Outreach Center.
Walhalla Oktoberfest - Walhalla, SC - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
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
Famously Hot SC Pride - Columbia, SC - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
The largest and longest-running Pride event in South Carolina. Street party and parade, live music, guest speakers, and more.
SC Pecan Festival - Florence, SC - Nov 3, 2018
15th annual. 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.
Columbia Home & Garden Show - Columbia, SC - Nov 3 to Nov 4, 2018
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
Downhome Blues Festival - Camden, SC - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2018
An award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe. Draws music fans from around the Southeast.
Hilton Head Oyster Festival - Hilton Head Island, SC - Nov 9 to Nov 10, 2018
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.
South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival - Myrtle Beach, SC - Nov 22 to Nov 24, 2018
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.
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
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
Hilton Head Oyster Festival – Hilton Head, SC – November 13, 2015
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