The first weekend of October is in the sweet spot where we can delude ourselves into thinking it’s still summer, or pretend it’s a crisp fall, crank up the A/C, and hit up some fall festivities. Which you decide is up to you.


Bring your folks and hit Folktoberfest at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library. If you didn’t get your fill of folksy tunes, head back on Saturday for a double dose.

Don’t be petty. Honeysmoke and Friends are paying tribute to Tom Petty at the Pour House at Pettysmoke.

Say “see ya” to Shonuff’s frontman and Home Team BBQ chef Madison Ruckle at Jam on the Water.

Want to go to the late night, double feature, picture show? Catch Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Terrace.

If you’re craving the creeps, Boone Hall’s fright nights will provide chills and thrills.

In First Friday tradition, here’s where to get artsy:

Check out Kyle Stuckey’s “50 Portraits of Charleston” at the Principle Gallery.

Meet local artist Chambers Austelle and browse her latest, including original paintings, at Jahde Made.

Take a stroll down Gallery Row during the First Fridays on Broad.

And of course, check out our critics picks for this week.


The Digital bookmobile will be at the Dorchester County Library to show you the wonders of ebooks.

In honor of National Blind Sports Day, head to Universal Yoga at the Pour House for an accessible yoga class.

One of the best views in Charleston is from the top of the IOP Connector. Really earn it at the IOP Connector run.

There’s nothing like a good laugh. Get one at Ms. Rose’s Comedy Hour with Keith ‘Big Daddy’ Dee as the emcee.

The Women in Defense’s 6th Annual Lowcountry Boil at Wannamaker Park has it all: live music, jump castles, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and of course, beer and mimosas.

India Fest at Liberty Square will have dance performances representing different regions of India and live Bollywood music.

The 6th Annual Chucktown Showdown will be at Brittlebank Park. After the four-mile or nine-mile race, there are vendors, food, and a beer garden.


Enjoy seasonal biers and German music, dancers, and food at Charleston Oktoberfest at MUSC Health Stadium.

Bring the kids for Enchanting Princess Storytime at 34 West Theatre.

Buy local, eat local, shop local, be local at the Family Farm Fest at Joseph Fields Farms on Johns Island.

Need some retro cool to spice up your fall looks? Holy City Vintage Market is the place to be.

Start the season off right at Pearlz Avondale’s oyster roast, the first of the season.

See the grande finale at the MOJA Finale in Hampton Park.

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