Just because summer is over doesn’t mean your summer workouts should stop. October is perfect weather for a little outdoor exercise. Whether you choose to walk or run the five or 10 kilometers from James Island to downtown, you’ll enjoy a scenic view of the Ashley River and the downtown skyline, followed by a party at Cannon Park. Proceeds from the race benefit the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, which helps students with physical disabilities get a college education.
Back for its seventh year, The Alley’s annual birthday fiesta is adding a little Halloween flair to its usual Studio 300 disco theme. Expect to enjoy the most boogie-tastic haunted house you’ve ever seen complete with free arcade games, bowling, DJ United, and more. Tickets also include cocktails, beer, wine, and appetizers as well as all of the aforementioned entertainment. So cancel your trick or treating plans because this Halloween is going to be far out.
October 31- November 10
Exchange Park, Ladson
In between Halloween and Thanksgiving comes one of the most important events in Charleston: the Coastal Carolina Fair. Taking over Exchange Park in Ladson for 11 days, the fair offers a smorgasbord of neon lights, nausea-inducing rides, and plenty of deep-fried goodness.
Price: $6-$27 admission
Palmetto Brewing Co.
Cupcakes and beer. Is there a better combination? Cupcake Camp is a free event that raises money for Pattison’s Academy. Enjoy cupcakes from more than 18 local bakers with your donation, washed down with a delicious Palmetto brew (or water for those under 21).
Price: Cupcakes free with a donation
This annual event helps raise money for Charleston’s parks and is a rip-roaring good time. This year’s theme is Call of the Wild, so you can expect to see plenty of leopard print and animal onesies throughout the night. The event ticket includes food, drinks, and entertainment, and you can spring for a VIP ticket which includes a special lounge, VIP food, and VIP-only entertainment.
Johns Island County Park
Trek out to Johns Island for all of your favorite fall activities packed into a single day. Enjoy live local bluegrass bands, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, kettle corn, holiday shopping, and more. Those aged 8-17 can also participate in a friendly archery target shooting showdown, with prizes for the best overall male and female shooters.