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 on your vacation

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.

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

The 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 or go on a tour to learn the history of the space and learn about the incredible biodiversity that currently exists here.

Can't Miss Charleston Events in September

MOJA Arts Festival 

The 2022 MOJA Arts Festival is scheduled for September 30 through October 10. The MOJA Arts Festival celebrates African Americans and people of Caribbean heritage and their tremendous contributions to arts - from literature and music to dance and theater. The annual Charleston September event is celebrating its 37th year, offering a profusion of the Caribbean and African American culture, featuring live music, poetry, crafts, food, visual arts, and more.

Edisto Beach Shag Festival

Head down to Edisto Beach for this Labor Day weekend dance festival featuring the top beach bands and best Shaggers in the Southeast.  Food, drinks, and crafts are available.  The fun begins Friday, September 2, at 4 pm.  The Festival continues through Sunday, September 4.  Located at Bay Creek Park, next to the marina.  Bring lawn chairs. No smoking in the park. No coolers. No pets.

Lowcountry Jazz Festival

This renowned 2-day festival September 3-4 features some top performers.  Located at Galliard Hall in downtown Charleston, the Lowcountry Jazz Festival offers a great evening of music and is the main fundraising event for Closing the Gap in Healthcare.   Call (843) 242-3099 for more information. 

Charleston Restaurant Week

This bi-annual event usually takes place the first 2 weeks of each September. The fall Charleston Restaurant Week takes place on September 8-18. Try the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry during this popular event as dining establishments throughout Charleston boast pre-fixe menus and special deals. It’s the best way to taste the finest cuisine in Charleston!  If you are hungry now check out our Charleston Area Dining Guide for some delicious dining options. 

Second Sunday on King

Every 2nd Sunday of the month King Street becomes a pedestrian-only walkway with outside dining, street musicians, and area retailers opening their doors creating a one of a kind festive afternoon. The street is blocked off from 1 to 5 pm. King Street in downtown Charleston, SC is recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the 10 Best Shopping Streets in the U.S. So bring the family, or just come and meet up with your friends for the social event known as Second Sunday. You never know who you might see!

Kiawah Island & Seabrook Island September Events

Summer winds down with the last summer oyster roast party at Mingo Point.  Join Kiawah Island Resort on September 3 for their end-of-the-summer party.  Roasted oysters, delicious BBQ, chicken, side dishes, and desserts are on the menu.  It wouldn't be a party without live music.  Epic marsh and river views and games for the kids create a festive vibe for this event.  Read more and get tickets here. Advanced purchase required.

Freshfields Village hosts its last summer series concert on September 3.  Regional bands perform from 6-9 pm.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and maybe a picnic.  Lots of yummy takeaway options are available at various restaurants in the village.   Come early!  It's always a popular way to close out summer at the beach.


Labor Day Weekend Events Kiawah and Seabrook Island

Labor Day weekend events on Kiawah and Seabrook Island

  • Inshore Fishing on Kiawah Island

SEPTEMBER 3:  8:00 am to 10:00 am.  A brief fishing excursion cruising in the tidal creeks around the island.  Common Kiawah Island common creek fish include redfish, flounder, sea trout, croaker, sharks, stingrays, whiting, and croaker.  $450 (1-2 anglers).  $50 for each additional participant.  max. 6 people.  Single party only.  48-hour cancellation requested.  For reservations and additional information call 843.768.6001.

  • Morning Yoga on the Beach

SEPTEMBER 3:  8:00 am to 9:00 am. With a combination of Hatha yoga and vinyasa yoga, enjoy a session with long, gentle poses combined with breathing techniques.  Perfect for beginners and intermediate-level participants.  Held on the beach in front of the Sanctuary Hotel.  $20/person.  Call 843.768.6001 for advanced reservations.  Age 13+.  Mats are provided.  Please bring water and sunscreen.  Subject to change.  A minimum of 3 participants is required to host this class.

  • Tandem Kayaking on Kiawah Island

SEPTEMBER 4:  12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Great activity for KICA members with family visiting for the Labor Day weekend. Paddle the tidal creeks and experience the wonders of the marsh up close.  Appropriate for older children and adults (8 years old and up).

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No experience is needed. $65/person. Resort guests and KICA Members: $60/person. All participants 8 – 11 years old: $50/person. Please call the Nature Center for reservations: 843.768.6001.

  • Seabrook Island Artist Guild Fall Show


The Seabrook Island Artist Guild hosts their largest show of the year on Labor Day weekend.  Island residents share their stunning works of art.  Featuring regional area landscapes, seascapes, local wildlife, and more.  These talented artists offer works in pastel, watercolor, and oil mediums.


September Events Charleston Kiawah Seabrook

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!