11 Autumn Activities and Events to Enjoy in the Palmetto State

11 Top Events in South Carolina this Fall

As the summer heat gives way to the cool embrace of fall, the Palmetto State transforms into a colorful destination––one that offers an array of captivating events that celebrate the season’s bounty and cultural diversity. From scenic foliage tours to festive harvest festivals, there is an abundance of events in South Carolina that embody the spirit of autumn. 

In this post, we will explore 11 events that promise unforgettable moments, cultural delights, and an opportunity to connect with the vibrant community during this magical season.

1. South Carolina Apple Festival | September 8-9

Established in 1961, the South Carolina Apple Festival signals the start of the apple harvest season. Set on Historic Main Street in Westminster, this two-day celebration features live music, local crafts, and culinary delights. For those eager to put their culinary creativity on display, the apple baking contest presents an exciting opportunity to showcase your skills and delight taste buds with your apple-infused creations. 

2. Aiken’s Makin –– Chamber’s Annual Art & Craft Show | September 8-9

Aiken’s Making, also known as the Aiken Chamber’s Annual Art & Craft Show is a beloved event in Aiken, South Carolina, showcasing the area’s rich artistic talent and craftsmanship. This vibrant gathering brings together diverse local artists and crafters who specialize in various mediums, offering visitors a unique opportunity to explore and purchase one-of-a-kind handmade creations. Attendees can engage with artists, watch live demonstrations, and enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with food vendors and entertainment. The event not only celebrates creativity but also supports the local economy by promoting small businesses. 

3. Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival | September 9-10

As autumn sets in, Myrtle Beach comes alive with its Seafood Festival, a paradise for seafood lovers. Held along North Ocean Boulevard, the festival offers a delectable array of fresh seafood delights, live entertainment, and a variety of family-friendly activities. Visitors can revel in the ocean breeze while savoring the flavors of the sea.

4. Euphoria Food, Wine, and Music Festival | September 14-17

Savor an unparalleled sensory symphony at the Euphoria Food, Wine, and Music Festival in Greenville, drawing attendees from across the region for 17 years. Here, you can indulge in delectable flavors crafted by renowned chefs, explore a diverse array of exquisite wines, and enjoy vibrant live musical performances.

4. The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch | September 29-October 29

Experience the magic of autumn at The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, South Carolina’s largest fall festival since 1997. Running from September 29 to October 29 in Mount Pleasant, there will be acres of pumpkins, hayrides, delightful treats, and intricate corn mazes-–an enduring Lowcountry tradition. 

5. Beaufort Shrimp Festival | October 6-7

Beaufort, a charming coastal town, hosts the 29th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival as a celebration of the region’s prized seafood. During the two-day event, you can indulge in succulent shrimp dishes, compete in shrimp-peeling contests, and enjoy live entertainment along the picturesque waterfront. The festival captures Beaufort’s profound connection with the ocean and its deep-rooted love for fresh, flavorful shrimp.

6. South Carolina State Fair | October 11-22

From October 11 to 22, embrace the spirit of the season during the classic South Carolina State Fair, located in Columbia. Explore thrilling rides, indulge in delicious cuisine, enjoy live entertainment, and feel the strong community spirit during these memorable 12 days. Join us in honoring this treasured tradition that has been a hallmark of both Columbia and the entire state for generations.

7. Myrtle Beach Greek Festival | October 12-15

Immerse yourself in vibrant Greek culture, flavors, and traditions while supporting local charities at the Myrtle Beach Greek Festival. Hosted at St. John’s Orthodox Church, you can indulge in a wide array of Greek classics, including gyros, spanakopita, and souvlaki, while enjoying traditional music and dancing. 

8. Fall for Greenville | October 13-15

Fall for Greenville, located in the Upstate region, is one of the largest food and music festivals in the Southeast. The event brings together over 40 local restaurants, each showcasing their signature dishes, along with live music, arts, and family-friendly activities. It’s a delightful opportunity to experience Greenville’s culinary scene and take part in this lively festival.

9. Oktoberfest Columbia | October 20-22

Don your lederhosen and join the lively festivities of Oktoberfest Columbia––a German-inspired celebration held in the heart of the capital city. This event brings together traditional German music, authentic cuisine, and an array of craft beers to create an atmosphere reminiscent of the famous Oktoberfest in Munich.

10. The Walhalla Oktoberfest | October 20-22

Looking for a mountain day trip with a lively twist? Discover The 44th Walhalla Oktoberfest from October 20 to 22! Taking place in the picturesque surroundings of Walhalla, this event brings Bavarian charm to South Carolina. Savor authentic German cuisine, dance to lively music, and explore a bustling bazaar filled with treasures. Experience the German heritage of Oktoberfest in SC!

11. South Carolina Pecan Festival | November 4

Cap off the fall season with the South Carolina Pecan Festival in Florence, a grand celebration of all things pecan! The festival brings together local artisans, pecan growers, and vendors, offering a delightful assortment of pecan treats, crafts, and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Enjoy Events in the Palmetto State, All Year Long

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