CHARLESTON HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL AND VICTORY CUP NOV. 15 & 16
What if you could go to one place and see gorgeous hot air balloons, watch thoroughbred horses playing polo AND have a variety of foods, beverages and cocktails for the entire family to enjoy? It’s a reality at the Charleston Hot Air Balloon Festival and Victory Cup Polo Match, taking place in 2019 at the Johns Island County Park. Come and watch the hot air balloons take flight against an autumn blue sky, and then stay a while to see one of the area’s best polo matches. Want a chance to meet the polo players? There’s a farm to table dinner served al fresco that evening.
PAWLEY’S ISLAND FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND ART
Imagine watching fabulous bands that have stood the test of time — Blood, Sweat and Tears or the Marshall Tucker Band, for example — in gorgeous Pawley’s Island while sipping a delicious glass of wine. Or viewing world-class artwork and sampling incredible cuisine, all while knowing any purchase you make will benefit local organizations such as the South Carolina Arts Commission or Waccamaw Community Foundation. It’s all at this fantastic festival, now in its 20th year.
BROOKGREEN GARDENS HARVEST HOME WEEKEND FESTIVAL OCT. 5 & 6
Celebrate fall in the South (no matter what the temperature is) with a slew of activities at Brookgreen Gardens’ Harvest Home Weekend Festival. From hayrides to building your very own scarecrow, this is a must-do for longtime fans of Brook-green as well as first-timers. The gardens will be open and beckoning a stroll, plus family-friendly musical entertainment and yummy food round out the weekend. And did we mention the scarecrow building is a contest?! Start brainstorming.
BLUFFTON ARTS AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, BLUFFTON
Now in its 15th year, this weekend festival in the quaint town of Bluffton is the perfect reason to take a roadtrip. Indulge yourself with delectables such as fresh seafood, coffee, craft beer and sweets from local vendors such as Bluffton Oyster Factory, Melly Mel’s, The Crazy Crab and Hilton Head Ice Cream. Stroll along the historic riverfront and take in the sights while perusing artwork from more than one hundred local artists. Watch the fireworks at the “Rockin’ On the Dock” party that caps off a fun-filled Saturday. On Sunday, the boat parade and blessing of the fleet will be headed up by local Captain Johnnie Jenkins, a “dedicated man of the river.”
MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL, CHARLESTON
SEPT. 26 - OCT. 6
The word “moja” means “one” in Swahili — perhaps a rather lofty concept in today’s politically divided society, but nevertheless fantastically achieved at this festival, a mainstay of the scene in the Lowcountry every fall for 36 years. Featuring an array of Carribbean and African-American arts, the MOJA festival lasts an entire long weekend and is more than accessi-ble to everyone with plenty of free and low-priced events. In addition to sampling ethnic foods, attendees will be able to soak in visual art, performance art, music and more.
If you’ve ever been to one of Folly Beach’s iconic events, you already know how much fun they are. Now, you can feel great about yourself as well as have a good time while you attend this year’s Follypalooza on October 12. Featuring live music, tons of food provided by Folly Beach restaurants and an art competition all en-compassed by a “carnival atmosphere” according to the website, you won’t want to miss the 11th year running of this popular event.
AUTUMN ON THE ASHLEY, CHARLESTON
OCT. 12 & 13
Visiting Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of Charleston’s best to-dos, and what better time than during this beloved arts and crafts fair? With a little bit of everything from a variety of local crafters and artisans, this event is the perfect place to score anything from photography and visual art to natural skincare products and jewelry. And, if your porches need a little something to dress them up for the season, it’s also a great occasion to purchase fall and winter plants, from hanging ferns to flowers that will look lovely for the holidays.
SAVANNAH FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
NOV. 4 - NOV. 10
If you’ve never attended the Savannah Food and Wine Festival, this is your year not to miss out. With a solid week of exceptional events, you’ll discover all the cuisine, wine and hospitality that makes this iconic Lowcountry city a destination for so many people. Classes, meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs, decadent multi-course dinners, tastings, and more are all part of the experience against a beautiful backdrop of Southern trees and shoreline.
SOUTH CAROLINA PECAN FESTIVAL, FLORENCE
Come see what Florence, South Carolina has to offer and take part in one of the South’s most cherished fruits of nature: the pecan. Enjoy the heart of this charming town’s revitalized center with live music, great food, games and rides and plenty of pecans. With 250 craft vendors, you could even get an early start on your holiday shopping. The “Bike Like a Nut” and “Run Like a Nut” events are sure to get your blood pumping in the autumn air. Don’t forget to register for the pecan cook-off and prove your recipe is the best.
BOONE HALL PUMPKIN PATCH, MOUNT PLEASANT
SEPT. 29 - OCT. 31
Looking for something the entire family can do to celebrate the onset of fall? The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is always a great idea. Not only will you come home with the perfect pumpkin for your stoop, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy such as a corn maze, carnival rides, yummy foods that will delight young and old, festive items for sale and more.