October is one of the best months in Charleston if you ask locals. The weather is still warm during the day, offering cooler mornings and a hint of fall in the evenings.  It is a fabulous time for Charleston October Events!   Daytime still allows for beach fun and swimming on Charleston’s Sea Islands, and downtown is most enjoyable in the milder temps. You won't lack things to do in Charleston during October. See why locals and guests alike agree that October is one of the best times to visit Charleston, SC!

Read on for some annual Charleston October Events and find answers to What is there to do in Charleston SC in October?

What is the Weather Like in October in Charleston?

In October, the weather is still warm during the day, offering cooler mornings and a hint of fall in the evenings. Daytime still allows for beach fun and swimming on Charleston’s Sea Islands, and downtown is most enjoyable in the milder temps.

The average high during October is 75° and the daily lows average in the 60s.

Things to Do In Charleston in October

With weather still pleasant and mild, October is an ideal time to spend time enjoying the beaches and parks that can be found near Charleston. Explore Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, and Seabrook Island as you enjoy the gorgeous warm weather that is fall on South Carolina’s coast.

As a town steeped in history, Charleston is the perfect setting to get into the spooky October spirit. You can find a variety of ghost tours including a Graveyard walking tour, USS Yorktown ghost tours, and even tours of the Old City Jail. Learn about the history and legends of these historic sites and more in Charleston during the month of October.  We love Bulldog Tours!

Can't Miss Charleston Events in October

Each October, the Preservation Society of Charleston hosts the Fall Tour of Homes where guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the nation’s most exceptional historic houses.  Strolling through these magnificent residences, you’ll experience the rich history of Charleston’s culture, architecture, and hospitality, and will hear stories about the people who have lived here for centuries. It’s the perfect way to get to know our charming city!

St Matthews Lutheran Church
405 King Street, Charleston
October 8, 2022
11:30 am to 7:00 pm

It wouldn't be October without Oktoberfest! Come out for a festive day of German music, dancing, brats, beer, and fresh pretzels, Take home some scrumptious baked goods from the German bakery, Proceeds support St. Matthew's service ministries as well as our community partner, Neighborhood House.

Tickets are on sale now at www.oktoberfestcharleston.org (Rain date, October 15th)

Riverfront Park
N. Charleston, SC
October 8-9, 2022
Music begins at noon each day.

Charleston is so fortunate to be home to Darius Rucker, founding member of Hootie and the Blowfish.  His generosity and community spirit come to life in this two-day music festival at Riverfront Park in N. Charleston.  Featured musicians include Darius Rucker, Charley Crockett, Brothers Osborne, Trampled by Turtles and so many more.  Food vendors include Callies Hot Little Biscuits, Roti Rolls, Southern Roots Smokehouse, and many more Charleston favorites.  See the festival Line up here.

Middleton Place
October 14, 2022
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Art in the Barn is a delightful fall event.  This special evening includes BBQ, live music, drinks, a silent auction, and an art sale. Each ticket includes dinner from the Middleton Place Restaurant smoker trailer + 2 drink tickets. $55-$60 per ticket.

Johnson Hagood Stadium at the Citadel
October 15, 2022
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Hosted by Charleston Wine Festivals, it's time to brunch!  Come out for some Saturday fun with your friends.  Live DJ, food, and of course mimosas!  Your ticket includes entry, entertainment, a souvenir cup, and all drinks from 1 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.; food costs extra. (Beer, brunch punch, wine and non alcoholic drinks available too).

Riverfront Park
October 22, 2022
1:00 pm
This fall event is not to be missed!  Starring the North Mississippi All Stars it promises to be a special day of music and fun.  Over 50 breweries and 30 food trucks are participating. Games and fun for all over 21!  Come on out.  Tickets are available here.  


Head downtown to Marion Square every Saturday from 8 am til 2 pm for the Charleston Farmer’s Market, featuring over 100 local vendors. This family-friendly event is fun for all ages and includes live music, sweet and savory food concessions, artisans and crafters, farmers and growers, community groups, and more.

Swing by for a quick bite, or your weeks’ worth of fresh veggies and produce. You won’t want to miss Charleston’s most unique mix of local artisans! The Charleston Farmers Market runs April thru November.

Each month, Second Sunday in Charleston offers an afternoon of vehicle-free, pedestrian-only exploration on King Street, which ranks as one of U.S. News & World Report’s 10 Best Shopping Streets in the U.S.

The event is held from 1 pm to 5 pm on the second Sunday of the month, every month. This event is the perfect time for you to explore Charleston’s most widely recognized avenue whether it be strolling, shopping, dining, or enjoying live music.

What’s a festival without your best friend? Woofstock 2022 is an event that both you and your dog will enjoy! Mark your calendar for October 8 at Hanahan Amphitheater and get ready to have a blast at this Lowcountry music festival.

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather, wonderful live music, food trucks, local vendors, and quality time with Fido. Visit the event’s website to see the current lineup and get your tickets now.

Kiawah Island & Seabrook Island October Events

This renowned Level 1 Clay court championship tournament returns to The Club at Seabrook Island October 5-9, 2022. The tournament attracts over 250 high-level players from throughout the Southeastern United States. Players contest for titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles play.  Read more here.

Tri-Kiawah is a USAT-sanctioned intermediate distance competition featuring a .7-mile swim, 25.1-mile bike, and 6.1-mile run. The competition kicks off Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 7:30 am with the .7-mile point-to-point swim in the calm Atlantic waters off Kiawah Island's coastline.  Sign up here.

The bike and run portions of the race pass by scenic marshland, maritime forest, and beachfront, allowing participants to capture the unique tranquility of Kiawah Island. This race is currently the only intermediate distance triathlon in the Charleston SC area to feature an ocean swim!

Held the 3rd Saturday of every month on the Village Green, Cars and Coffee offers the opportunity to see some unique, antique, and other cool styles of cars. Swing by from 9 - 11 am, on October 15th. Don’t forget to grab breakfast from JAVA JAVA!

Head up to Freshfields every Thursday night in October for Fall Shag Night each Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Put on your dancing shoes and sway to the timeless sounds of beach music with fun people and plenty of libations nearby!  Sponsored by Doin' the Charleston gift shop located in Freshfields Village.

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