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November Events in Charleston

Stepping into November in Charleston is like entering a whole new world. The city undergoes a remarkable transformation, offering a delightful blend of captivating events, sun-kissed days, crisper evenings, and a welcome decrease in humidity. November breathes fresh life into the Holy City with a diverse array of thrilling events. It’s time to prepare your schedule, as this month is set to keep you occupied, from enchanting pumpkin patches to vibrant art festivals. Discover our handpicked recommendations for the top things to experience in Charleston, the #1 city, this November!

First Friday Artwalks

When: November 3 | 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.

2nd Sunday on King Street

When: November 13 (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.

Charleston’s Farmers Market

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.

Charleston Beer Week



The 10th Annual Charleston Beer Week will promote Charleston’s craft beer community as a whole and be comprised of 50+ different events, over 10 days, taking place all over the Charleston tri-county area. Guests can expect a little bit of everything: beer dinners, special releases, brewery events, educational events, food pairings, meet the brewers, outdoor events, style showcase, tap takeovers, festivals, and charity fundraisers.

Charleston Literary Festival



The Charleston Literary Festival is a boutique literary festival that highlights and celebrates unique authors in unique settings. Venues this year include the Dock Street Theatre and the new International African American Museum. Against the backdrop of Charleston’s charming streets and rich history, guests have the chance to learn more about the history of the Holy City as they enjoy their love for literature.

Sweet Shindig at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens



Held under the plantation’s iconic live oak trees, this adults-only event allows guests to indulge in endless desserts, savory dishes, and alcoholic beverages. Dance along to tunes from Deep Drawl and take photos in the Live Oak Pavilion. The Sweet Shindig is a fun and delicious way to celebrate the fall season, so purchase your tickets before they sell out!

Brunch Cruises

WHEN: NOVEMBER 5, 12, 19, 26

Step aboard the Charleston Princess, where an exquisite gourmet buffet brunch awaits, expertly prepared by Charleston’s best! The menu showcases a variety of local Lowcountry delights, such as shrimp and grits, French toast casserole, scrambled eggs, and more! Sail around historic locations such as Fort Sumter, Patriots Point, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and the Arthur Ravel Jr. Bridge. If you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of dolphins skimming the surface! Learn more about the history of the Holy City with light narration and fantastic views. This event is perfect for families and couples alike! Purchase your tickets today and take a voyage around Charleston Harbor and enjoy your Sunday morning from the waters!

Holiday Festival of Lights



Embrace the magic of the holiday season at the Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights, a cherished annual event held at James Island County Park in Charleston, South Carolina. This enchanting festival transforms the park into a winter wonderland, bedecked with millions of dazzling lights. Visitors can stroll or drive through a three-mile tour featuring the city’s finest light displays. They also feature a sculpture made from 50 tons of sand, a holiday train, an enchanted walking trail, a Victorian carousel, Santa Claus, Santa’s sweet shop, gift shops, marshmallow roasting, and more! Get your tickets today for this heartwarming, family-friendly experience that captures the true spirit of the season!

Steeplechase of Charleston



Rally a group of friends or family and spend the at the Steeplechase of Charleston. Originally opening its doors in 1792, this Lowcountry tradition is the perfect opportunity to dress up in big hats and bow ties, grab a drink, and observe some world-class horse races. The event starts at 8 am, with five races taking place throughout the day. Whether you’re a horse racing enthusiast or just want to get out and mingle, the Steeplechase of Charleston is the perfect way to connect with some deep-rooted southern heritage. Click here for race times, event details, and ticket options.

Aquarium Aglow



Check out the South Carolina Aquarium from a whole new perspective with Aquarium Aglow. This one-of-a-kind event has quickly become a Charleston holiday tradition. Aquarium Aglow is an intricate light show that stretches throughout the aquarium. Using thousands of lights and an array of colors, the aquarium transforms its space into something truly magical. This memorable event is ticketed, with prices varying depending on the day you plan on attending.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Middleton Place



Join Middleton Place for a memorable Thanksgiving this year! Gather with family and friends in the Pavilion, where the Middleton Place Restaurant will serve up a traditional Thanksgiving buffet feast with stunning views of ancient live oaks. The bountiful buffet menu features turkey, ham, stuffing, collards, sweet potato casserole, a delightful array of pies, and plenty more! You will also have the opportunity to stroll “America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens” throughout your time at the event. Make this Thanksgiving extra special with the natural beauty and historic charm of Middleton Place!

November is a busy month offering a variety of events in Charleston! The 'Holy City' has something for everyone, from wine tasting to brunch cruises to a celebration of local breweries. November is a great time to book your stay and immerse yourself in November's festivities!