Fall is in the air, with festivals, live music, and plenty of spooky things to do and see throughout the Holy City. Halloween is just two weeks away so we’ve made sure to include plenty of scary events to up the fear factor.


The Charleston Greek Fall Festival is upon us all weekend, starting Friday at 5 p.m. Save some spanakopita for me!

Sanavandi Gallery is presenting their in-house artist, Susan Sanavandi, with her newest collection called Laili and Majnun. It was inspired by a 12th century poem of the same name and is considered by many scholars to be the original Romeo and Juliet.

Charleston Comedy Festival Stand Up Competition kicks off their preliminary rounds at 10 p.m. with 14 comedians performing five-minute sets, all for $8.

The first Charleston Art Explosion at Gage Hall is free to attend from 6-9 p.m. Check out the various works by nine different local artists.

Air Sex: The Movie plays at the Tin Roof at 7 p.m. Air sex is, surprisingly, just what it sounds like.

If you prefer movies with a little less air-humping head to the Carolina Surf Film Festival at Brickhouse Party Plantation from 5 p.m.-midnight.

Hay Fever, one of our Fall Arts picks, premiers at Footlight Players Theatre at 8 p.m. tonight.


You could make a spooky evening for yourself by going to listen to Ghostly Tide Tales at 6:30 p.m. on IOP, then going over to the Terrace Theater for the 9:20 p.m. showing of Goodnight Mommy. This foreign film is up for an Oscar next year and is sure to give you the creeps. 

If you’ve got some little ones that couldn’t handle Goodnight Mommy, James Island Recreation Complex is hosting a Halloween Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens hosts a family fright night from 6-10 p.m. which includes ghost stories, face painting, pony rides, and more.


The last night of Her Story Dance Concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Simons Center for the arts in the Emmett Robinson Theater.

Chris Boone will be playing some Americana, acoustic music at 8 p.m. at the Crafty Draught.

It’s the 22nd annual Race for the Cure to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The breast cancer research and awareness charity has teamed up with Shotgun Fairies to provide shuttles to the race on Daniel Island. After, they’ll be hosting an Official After Party including face painting, live music, and a gift card raffle.

All day is Family Fishing Day in Awendaw at Sewee Vistor Center.

Take advantage of this gorgeous weather and check out the Edisto Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jungle Road. The beach is right around the corner if you can handle a little bit of a chill in the wind for the last of the warm weather rays.

The Stingrays are playing the Reading Royals at 7 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Check out some hot models strut their stuff at Bay Street Biergarten’s Miss Hot-Tober while you enjoy $4 shots and $5 mixed drinks from Crown Royal Apple and Captain Morgan Cannon Blast.

North Chuck hosts its Harvest Festival on East Montague Avenue with live music, trick-or-treating, and costume contests (for humans and pets).

Listen to parody country songs while donating to a good cause at the Raging Idiots concert which raises money for flood victims in South Carolina. Head to the PAC at 7 pm.

The Grove at Patriot’s Point hosts the Rockumentary Series where you can party from 12- 9 p.m. and watch Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City at dark.

The Windwood Island Jam at the Windjammer features bands like Whiskey Before Breakfast and The Night Caps from 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Your $10 donation goes to Windwood Family Services.

The Cinema Wasteland art show at Tua Lingua from 8 p.m.-midnight features faux movie posters created by local artists.


Let’s face it, if you have a furry friend, you’re probably dressing it up for Halloween. Compete in Dogtoberfest’s pet costume contest, enjoy wine, beer, food trucks, and maybe look for a new addition to your family among all the rescue shelters participating.

Head to DIG in the Park to start on the Brain Squasher Zombie pub crawl where you and the other un-dead can enjoy Holy City’s Brain Squasher pumpkin stout while bar hopping and listening to DJ Trail MIX.


Thomas Champagne will be playing pop and rock tunes at 1 p.m. at Tabbuli’s. It’s rumored that A Splash of Orange Juice will make an appearance to accompany Champagne.

Mt. Pleasant’s Children’s Day will be at Park West Recreation Complex, filled with carnival games, wall climbing, face painting, and of course, inflatable slides. Food concessions will raise money for East Cooper schools.

Tailgator’s Grill is hosting a benefit for the residents of French Quarter Creek who lost so much during the floods. A silent auction will help raise funds as well as any donations that Neighbors Helping Neighbors can make.

Red’s Icehouse is hosting a concert for musicians affected by breast cancer called Rockers for Knockers as part of a pub crawl featuring Vickery’s, Shem Creek Bar and Grill, RB’s, and the Shelter.

The Obstinate Daughter, The Drawing Room, 5 Church, and Barony Tavern are participating in a Commune at Sea dinner at Carolina Queen.

This year’s Jazz Jam will be a tribute to the families of the Mother Emanuel tragedy, where admission will be free, but donations are greatly encouraged.

Woof! Head to Bark in the Park! Oktoberfest at Wannamaker county park from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with a costumed pet.

Nexton’s Oktoberfest takes place at Brown Family Park from 12-4 pm. and includes food trucks, a beer garden, and music by the Gootman Sauerkraut Band.

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