Things to Do in Charleston (October 2021)

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Welcome to October! Fall is officially here and there are so many fun festivals, pumpkin patches, and spooky events happening this month! Here’s a look at all of the fun, family-friendly events taking place in Charleston during the month of October!

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*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them. 

October Events

Oct
1
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
1
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
1
Family Storyhour – Summerville
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills. All ages welcome
Oct
1
Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 2 to 4 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he is currently working on and to help identify your fossil finds. FREE for Members and FRE...
Oct
1
LEGO Club – Summerville
Play and build with LEGO toys. ages 6 -9
Oct
1
Family Happy Hour
Our popular happy hour is still happening. For only $10, you get to jump on the aqua park and enjoy our beach area from 4:30-6:00pm every Wednesday and Friday. This is a great activity to wind down after a long day at work and at school. Please book ...
Oct
2
Pumpkin Junction – Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Fall in Love with Jedburg Junction as we become your new family fall tradition. We will have all the making of an amazing fall season. Halloweentown at Pumpkin Junction will please any and all members of your family
Oct
2
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
2
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
2
Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop
Join local artisan Sarah Edwards-Hammond for in-depth instruction on sweetgrass basketry which has been an integral part of the Lowcountry’s Gullah Geechee community since the 17th century. Edwards-Hammond comes from a long line of basket makers an...
Oct
2
Goose Creek Fall Festival
The 2021 Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 2. Rain date: October 9. We are looking forward to a great event in 2021. Free parking and admission. Bring canned goods in benefit for Helping Hands of Goose Creek and receive 2 raffle tick...
Oct
2
Kids Flight
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids running...
Oct
2
Oktoberfest
The Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club and the Summerville Evening Rotary Club present their annual Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest. This is a family-friendly event with games, music, food, and beer. Located in Hutchinson Square, Summerville, South Caro...
Oct
3
Sunday Brunch Farmers Market
The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market is a 100% local market, featuring 40+ local farmers and artisans. The market offers a full deck bar, live music, delicious eats and all kinds of amazing local goods and goodies! 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday behind The ...
Oct
3
4th Annual Bridge to Recovery Walk
Join us and celebrate the many ways to recover! You can expect food trucks, jump castles, live music, recovery info, and much more at this family friendly event! Interested in providing an info table or sponsoring this event? Contact [email protected]
Oct
4
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
4
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
5
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
5
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
5
Kids Flight
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids running...
Oct
5
National Night Out 2021 at Park Circle
Come on out and join us for our National Night Out this year at Park Circle. There will be vendors and entertainment for attendees so we look forward to you joining us for some fun….Stay tuned for updates!!! NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to: H...
Oct
6
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
6
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
6
MOPS & MOMSNEXT Summerville
Come ready to be refreshed from the daily grind, connected with other real moms, and inspired to lead your kids into greatness! Join us for two kid-free hours while they are safely nurtured. Child care provided with registration. Savor free steaming ...
Oct
6
Baby & Me – Summerville
A language enrichment program for caregivers and babies under 2 years old. Learn new bounces and rhymes you can do at home
Oct
6
Kid Tours: Bats
They can see with their ears, they love to eat insects, and they can fly! What’s not to love about bats. Come learn about these popular pollinators and create a bat craft. Kid Tours is a series designed to highlight artifacts from our collection th...
Oct
6
Holy City Farmers Market
Shop our fledgling market for local handmade goods every Wednesday from 4-7PM. The market is held outdoors at Holy City Brewing with views of the Noisette Creek. Vendors rotate weekly to provide shoppers with a tiny but mighty shopping experience.
Oct
7
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
7
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
7
Kids Flight
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids running...
Oct
7
Ariel is splashing by East Bay Deli for Kid’s Night!
It’s Story Time at East Bay Deli’s Kid’s Night! Come by our West Ashley location October 7th between 5-7pm for Princess Story Time with Ariel! Parents, receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal. *Dine in or take out o...
Oct
7
Live Under The Oaks Concert Series
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our fall outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Every Thursday in October, 6pm to 8pm. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend. Grab take-out from your favorite Towne Centre r...
Oct
8
Flowertown Festival
The Flowertown Festival is the Y’s premiere fundraiser founded in 1972 to support health and wellness programs at the Y. On this three-day weekend, festival-goers transcend this gracious Southern town to take in the flowers and hospitality and atte...
Oct
8
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
8
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
8
Family Storyhour – Summerville
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills. All ages welcome
Oct
8
Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 2 to 4 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he is currently working on and to help identify your fossil finds. FREE for Members and FRE...
Oct
8
LEGO Club – Summerville
Play and build with LEGO toys. ages 6 -9
Oct
9
Pumpkin Junction – Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Fall in Love with Jedburg Junction as we become your new family fall tradition. We will have all the making of an amazing fall season. Halloweentown at Pumpkin Junction will please any and all members of your family
Oct
9
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
9
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
9
Kids Flight
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids running...
Oct
9
Oktoberfest
You enjoy dancing, beer and brats and the kids can enjoy the Kinderzone for children age 2 and up. The best part is all activities are included with the purchase of a children’s admission.
Oct
9
Fairy Hair at Pitt Street Kids
Fairy Hair will be set up inside of this sweet little Kids Boutique on Saturday, October 9th! Appointments available, Walk-ins Welcome. Text or call Katherine at 910-524-2971 to book or with any questions! Come check out their selection of funky, sus...
Oct
9
Hands-On, Educational Reptile Encounter at Crosswind Farm
We are so excited Reptile Innovators are coming to Crosswind Farm. Their mission statement is to educate people about reptiles while allowing hands-on experiences in a safe environment. We will split the kids into groups and they will do several educ...
Oct
9
Parent’s Night Out
Bizzy Bee is offering the opportunity to spend a night out (or in!) while your child enjoys private, after-hours exploration of our play area. Your child will enjoy a kid friendly dinner of pizza and lemonade, which is included with tickets. Particip...
Oct
10
Sunday Brunch Farmers Market
The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market is a 100% local market, featuring 40+ local farmers and artisans. The market offers a full deck bar, live music, delicious eats and all kinds of amazing local goods and goodies! 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday behind The ...
Oct
10
Latin American Festival
The annual Latin American Festival brings people together to celebrate Charleston’s vibrant Latin and Caribbean cultures through non-stop merengue, reggaeton, bachata and salsa music; traditional dance; folkloric artwork and crafts; and authentic L...
Oct
10
Second Sunday on King Street
2nd Sunday on King Street is the premier monthly event held in historic downtown Charleston every month, year ’round. Visitors and locals alike are invited to shop, dine and enjoy Charleston’s “Main Street” on a vehicle-free, pedestrian-o...
Oct
10
Fairy Hair in Park Circle at Game Night Charleston
Come see us at Game Night Charleston for SUNDAY FUNDAY! Game Night Charleston is the newest cool spot in Park Circle, they offer all day games for only $5 per person! We will be set up inside the shop providing sparkles from 1-4pm. Appointments are a...
Oct
11
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
11
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
11
Fairy Hair at Lowcountry Whimsy
We will be set up inside of this wonderfully magical store at 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd in Mount Pleasant. You can do some shopping and get your Fairy Hair refill at the same time! Appointments are recommended but not required. Text or call Katherine at 9...
Oct
12
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
12
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
12
Kids Flight
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids running...
Oct
12
Fairy Hair at Nellie & Lo
We will be set up inside of this supercute gift shop at 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd in Mount Pleasant for their anniversary party! You can do some shopping and get your Fairy Hair refill at the same time. Appointments are recommended but not required....
Oct
12
Women, Wealth & Wine
Women, Wealth and Wine is a Community Event for independent, professional women who want to learn steps to take NOW to be empowered in their finances. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE, register today at www.jennesevilla.com/event. What can you expect from Wom...
Oct
13
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
13
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
13
Baby & Me – Summerville
A language enrichment program for caregivers and babies under 2 years old. Learn new bounces and rhymes you can do at home
Oct
13
Holy City Farmers Market
Shop our fledgling market for local handmade goods every Wednesday from 4-7PM. The market is held outdoors at Holy City Brewing with views of the Noisette Creek. Vendors rotate weekly to provide shoppers with a tiny but mighty shopping experience.
Oct
13
Tinkerbell at Kid’s Night in Mt. Pleasant
It’s Story Time at East Bay Deli’s Kid’s Night! Come by our Mt. Pleasant location October 13th between 5-7pm for a magical story time with Tinkerbell! Parents, receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal. *Dine in or ta...
Oct
14
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
14
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
14
Kids Flight
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids running...
Oct
14
Homeschool History Day: What is it? Analyzing Artifacts
What can we learn by looking at artifacts? Study items from the Museum’s collection to see if you can figure out their function and learn the importance of material culture. Homeschool History Day programs feature a field trip experience, a chance ...
Oct
14
Live Under The Oaks Concert Series
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our fall outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Every Thursday in October, 6pm to 8pm. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend. Grab take-out from your favorite Towne Centre r...
Oct
15
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
15
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
15
Family Storyhour – Summerville
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills. All ages welcome
Oct
15
Fossil Friday with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History on Fridays from 2 to 4 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he is currently working on and to help identify your fossil finds. FREE for Members and FRE...
Oct
15
LEGO Club – Summerville
Play and build with LEGO toys. ages 6 -9
Oct
15
Scarecrows on the Square
Scarecrows on the Square, an annual Junior Service League of Summerville event, is back for 2021! Guests of all ages are invited to tour the Scarecrow display, featuring Scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals,...
Oct
15
Ghostly Tide Tales
Are you brave enough? Come out and join us on the beach to listen to local haunting stories as you sit by an open campfire.
Oct
15
Parents Night Out
Each ticket includes pizza, drinks, face painting, glow party and endless fun throughout the entire playground! Reserve your spot now! Limited spots available. Ideal for kids 4-12 years* *Kids must be bathroom independent
Oct
16
Scarecrows on the Square
Scarecrows on the Square, an annual Junior Service League of Summerville event, is back for 2021! Guests of all ages are invited to tour the Scarecrow display, featuring Scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals,...
Oct
16
Pumpkin Junction – Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Fall in Love with Jedburg Junction as we become your new family fall tradition. We will have all the making of an amazing fall season. Halloweentown at Pumpkin Junction will please any and all members of your family
Oct
16
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
16
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
16
Intro to Natural Dyeing Workshop with Kristy Bishop
Charleston fiber artist, Kristy Bishop will lead workshop participants through the exciting world of natural dyes. We are surrounded by plants that may seem ordinary, but with some knowledge they can yield the richest and most beautiful colors. Wheth...
Oct
16
Kids Flight
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids running...
Oct
16
Pony Up for CATR Movie Night
Join us at the farm for our Pony Up for CATR Movie Night & 30th Anniversary Celebration! Kid-friendly games, photo booth, a cake trot, spin-to-win game with fun prizes and our 3rd Annual Pony Up Stick Horse Derby await! Enjoy a delicious dinner f...
Oct
16
Ghostwalk
The ghouls are back for 2021! The Junior Service League of Summerville’s annual Ghostwalk will take place on Saturday, October 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. All are invited to dress up in their best costumes and meet in Town Square for an evening of fall...
Oct
17
Scarecrows on the Square
Scarecrows on the Square, an annual Junior Service League of Summerville event, is back for 2021! Guests of all ages are invited to tour the Scarecrow display, featuring Scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals,...
Oct
17
Sunday Brunch Farmers Market
The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market is a 100% local market, featuring 40+ local farmers and artisans. The market offers a full deck bar, live music, delicious eats and all kinds of amazing local goods and goodies! 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday behind The ...
Oct
17
Children’s Day Festival
The Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Children’s Day Festival presented by Publix returns for 2021! Families will enjoy carnival rides, giant inflatable slides, live entertainment, and many other activities! Admission and all activities are free. Free ...
Oct
17
Kids’ DIY Trick or Treat Bag Workshop
Bring your child to create a personalized & reusable burlap tote bag that is perfect for Trick-or-Treating this Halloween! Several Halloween designs to choose from. Spooky Season is here! Enjoy some creative family fun this Halloween! Get your se...
Oct
18
Scarecrows on the Square
Scarecrows on the Square, an annual Junior Service League of Summerville event, is back for 2021! Guests of all ages are invited to tour the Scarecrow display, featuring Scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals,...
Oct
18
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
18
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
19
Scarecrows on the Square
Scarecrows on the Square, an annual Junior Service League of Summerville event, is back for 2021! Guests of all ages are invited to tour the Scarecrow display, featuring Scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals,...
Oct
19
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
19
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!
Oct
19
Kids Flight
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids running...
Oct
19
Discovery Day: Pluff Mud Party
Say yes to the mess as we let early learners play with mud and use it so create art projects. Discovery Day is a NEW program designed for young learners (ages 2 to 5 yrs) to explore the Museum, historic houses and Dill Sanctuary with a parent or guar...
Oct
19
Kid’s Night: Princess Story Time with Snow White
It’s Story Time at East Bay Deli’s Kid’s Night! Come by our Summerville location October 19th between 5-7pm for Princess Story Time with Snow White! Parents, receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal. *Dine in or take...
Oct
20
Scarecrows on the Square
Scarecrows on the Square, an annual Junior Service League of Summerville event, is back for 2021! Guests of all ages are invited to tour the Scarecrow display, featuring Scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals,...
Oct
20
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Stop by the West Ashley library to complete our spook-tacular scavenger hunt and learn all about the history of Halloween! Bring your completed sheet to either the front desk or the children’s desk for a fun prize.
Oct
20
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Baxter-Patrick James Island – Dare to pick up a spooky scavenger hunt to see if you can find all the creatures hiding in the Children’s Area!

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