Johns Island’s annual family friendly bluegrass festival is back. Local bands will play throughout the day, including YeeHaw Junction, Gravel Road, The Blue Plantation Band, Watt’s Brothers and Cane Creek String Band. Festivalgoers can enjoy a crafters market with various handmade items from local artisans and delicious treats from local food vendors. Children’s activities include hayrides, horse jumps, pumpkin decorating, fall arts and crafts and books and games from Charleston County Public Library. There will also be an archery competition for kids aged 8-17, and the best male and female archers will receive a free frozen turkey for a Thanksgiving celebration.
Nov. 5. 11 a.m.-5. p.m. $10. Johns Island County Park. 2662 Mullet Hall Road. Johns Island. ccprc.com/138/Harvest-Festival.
6th Annual Pedal & Panache
Charleston Moves’ fundraising event Pedal & Panache returns to the Holy City after a two-year hiatus. All proceeds from this family friendly outdoor event will fund Charleston Moves’ efforts to advocate for safe and equitable access to pedestrian and bike paths as well as public transit. Guests can enjoy live music and delicious food and drinks during the event. You can also bid in an online silent auction through Nov. 3 at 9 p.m.
Nov. 3. 9 p.m. Nov. 3. 6-9 p.m. $85. The Bower at Edmund’s Oast. 1081 Morrison Drive. Downtown. charlestonmoves.com/pedal-panache
Charleston Literary Festival
It’s the opening weekend of Charleston Literary Festival, which hosts more than 25 notable authors from around the world Nov. 4-13. Festivalgoers have a chance to hear award-winning writers speak not only about their books, but how literature is an integral force for uncovering the truth behind social issues and appreciating the endurance of the human spirit. Ticket bundles and virtual viewing options are available. Nationally known authors include Geraldine Brooks, Hernan Diaz, Eddie Glaude Jr. and more.
Nov. 4-13. Various times and locations. Free-$35. charlestonliteraryfestival.com
Fall Garden Tour of I’On and Olde Park
This year, Charleston Horticultural Society explores 10 gardens in two Mount Pleasant neighborhoods: Olde Park and I’On. On this self-guided tour, guests will see a variety of beautiful flowers and native plants with trained guides at each garden to answer questions.
Nov. 6. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $50 members/$60 nonmembers. Charleston Horticultural Society. 46 Windermere Blvd. West Ashley. chashortsoc.org
Gullah Geechee Fest
Learn more about Lowcountry cultural heritage during a day of fun at the Jenkins Youth & Family Village’s Gullah Geechee Fest. This all-day event features film screenings as well dance and musical performances that celebrate the richness of Gullah Geechee heritage. Festivalgoers will experience music spanning from jazz to hip-hop and a diverse range of artisans including blacksmiths and basket makers.
Nov. 7. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Jenkins Orphanage. 3923 Azalea Drive. North Charleston. gullahgeecheegroupinc.org
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