September Events in Charleston
As summer comes to an end, autumn brings in a season of festivals, concerts, and relaxing evenings sipping on your favorite wine. September may be one of the best times to visit the #1 city in the U.S.! Charleston is stacked with various events catering to everyone’s tastes. Whether you are here for the art scene, or searching for something to do with the family, Charleston caters to both locals and guests alike. Check out our favorite upcoming events this month!
When: September 1 | 5-8 pm
Where: Various locations in Downtown Charleston
One of Charleston’s best traditions, First Friday Artwalks are a way of debuting the city’s vibrant art scene. This special occasion occurs on the first Friday of every month (excluding January and July) and highlights dozens of art galleries and studios across the entire city. This is your chance to check out local art studios and mingle with local artists.
When: September 2-3
Where: Gaillard Center
This year’s festival will feature some of the biggest names in smooth jazz such as Gregory Porter and Jonathan Butler. Join us for a weekend of world-class jazz in the heart of downtown Charleston. This festival will be sure to elevate your experience in the holy city. Whether you are a seasoned jazz enthusiast or just looking for something new to try in Charleston, the Lowcountry Jazz Festival guarantees a spectacular weekend.
When: Shows hosted throughout September
Where: Credit One Stadium
September is stacked with several artists visiting the #1 city. The newly renovated Credit One Stadium now hosts a range of musicians every month. Whether you are looking for rock or country, this stadium will fit every person’s musical tastes. Artists like Train (September 2), Old Dominion (September 28), and Noah Kahan (September 29) are just a few of the celebrities taking on the Holy City. Get ready for an unforgettable night dancing and singing away to some of the most popular artists this year!
When: September 9 | 1-7 pm
Where: Riverfront Park
Beer lovers from all over the city have the opportunity to spend the day tasting new craft beer, trying small bites, and enjoying live music. This year will feature over 60 breweries from all over the southeast. Beers will range from local IPAs, new stouts, and tasty sours. Proceeds from the festival will also be donated to Palmetto Community Care. Raise a glass to this must-see event that will take over Riverfront Park.
When: September 10 (Every month on the second Sunday)
Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street, Downtown Charleston
Discover the charm of King Street without the hassle of traffic! You can explore the street and discover a selection of carefully chosen artists showcasing their work, as well as unique food vendors and other delightful surprises. Take your time to explore the area and uncover hidden shops that you might have missed before.
When: September 16 | 7-10:30 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Pier
If you’re looking for some fun summer entertainment, head over to the Mount Pleasant Pier where you can enjoy an evening of dancing to a variety of music. This month, guests can groove to popular hits from the 80s and 90s. The pier is located on the Cooper River, which provides an incredible view of the city skyline while you dance the night away. Purchase your tickets and spend the evening socializing, dancing, and enjoying the city’s evening scene!
When: Saturdays, April 8-November 25, 2023 | 8 am- 2 pm
Where: Marion Square | 329 Meeting Street, Charleston|
Located on Marion Square, this weekly event features over 200 vendors, ranging from fresh produce to baked goods, and even crafts. These vendors are all local farmers, with fresh food grown right in the Lowcountry. The market also features live music so you can enjoy some entertainment while shopping. The Farmers Market is a great way to kick off your Saturday in the Holy City.
When: September 22-October 1, 2023
Where: Folly Beach
Celebrate 50 years at one of the city’s most popular spots this September. Despite expanding and growing in size, the island has kept its laid-back beach vibe that has made it so popular. Originally a small fishing town, this popular tourist spot is spending September celebrating the past half century with a variety of activities. From car shows to galas, there is something that people of all ages can enjoy. Be sure to purchase tickets to each event to secure your spot for this must-see celebration!
When: September 30 | 5-7 pm
Where: Magnolia Plantation
Widely considered one of the best date night ideas, Magnolia Plantation plays host to this popular wine event. Spend the evening surrounded by the beautiful scenery at Magnolia Plantation with wine and light bites from local vendors. This popular event also includes live music and tours throughout the gardens of the plantation. This event is perfect for new couples wanting to get away from the busy city for the evening and stroll through beautiful gardens with some complimentary wine.
When: September 30 | 10 am
Where: Drayton Hall
Join us for an immersive indigo dyeing workshop at Drayton Hall to close out September. Led by experienced instructor Caroline Harper, participants have the chance to learn about the art of dyeing fabric with indigo. Learn the meticulous process of dye preparation, fabric treatment, and application in the tranquil setting of Drayton Hall. At the end of this experience, you’ll take home your own unique, hand-dyed scarf.