September may be one of the best months to travel to Charleston. As the kids go back to school, the beaches get a bit quieter and calmer. The weather is still warm and the water is perfect for swimming, and there is plenty to do when you’re not spending the day at the beach.

Explore the iconic and historic attractions throughout the Charleston islands and beyond. Read on for some of the best Charleston Events in September, activities, and things to do during the fall.

What is the Weather like in Charleston SC in September?

The weather in Charleston SC in September is still hot, but you can start to feel the signs of cooling down. The average high temperature is about 83 and the low is 72, so the warm and mild weather makes going outside very enjoyable. It can still be a bit humid, but less so than during the peak summer months.

Be sure to bring light clothing, swimsuits, sunscreen, sunglasses, a sunhat, and flip flops as well as some light layers for cooler nights.

Can't Miss Charleston Events in September

Charleston Restaurant Week – Fall Edition

This bi-annual event usually takes place the first 2 weeks of each September. The 2024 FALL Charleston Restaurant Week Fall Edition takes place September 5-15, 2024 (approximate) Try the world-renowned

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Things to do in September in Charleston

  • Spend the Day in the Water

September is a great time of the year to get out into the water at Charleston beaches. By this time of the season, the ocean water is at its warmest of the year and perfect for swimming. Temperatures are still hot, so you can bask in the sun and cool off in the water.

  • Visit the Historic Charleston City Market

Established in the 1790s, the four blocks known as the Charleston City Market is a must-visit for their architectural significance and quaint shops. Considered one of the nation’s oldest public markets, this market is a designated National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s located between Church Street and East Bay Street and is open daily 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.

  • Stroll the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of the oldest plantations in the South and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stroll the stunning and meticulously maintained grounds to see what's in bloom or go on a tour to learn the history of the space and learn about the incredible biodiversity that currently exists here.

Labor Day at Charleston's Beaches

September Events at Charleston Beach

If you are spending the holiday at the beach, then you’ll find a variety of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Labor Day weekend events to attend.

Every year, Charleston’s sea islands close out the summer with live music, great food, and more. Welcome to the Sea Islands.  We hope you enjoy our summer traditions and festivities!