Scottish Games kilts

The 47th annual Scottish Games and Highland Gathering returns to Boone Hall Plantation on Saturday.

Scottish Games & Highland Gathering

Scottish Games bagpipes

It's not the Scottish Games and Highland Gathering with the pipe bands.

The annual Scottish Games and Highland Gathering at Boone Hall Plantation is one of the most exciting events of the year, so be sure to “get aff yer bahoochie” on Saturday and head over there. You don’t have to don your tartan kilt or your tartan scarf, but you’re bound to have a tartan good time with a day full of music and sport.

Scottish Games caber toss

The Caber Toss will be one of the heavy athletics competitions at the Scottish Games and Highland Gathering.

The heavy athletics competitions will include the Caber Toss (think telephone pole), Hammer Throw (not a Bob Vila-type hammer; a long and heavy rod with a heavy ball on the end) and Sheaf Toss (pitchforks with heavy burlap sacks filled with about 16 pounds of straw), as well as the female division. There also will be the Piping & Drumming Bands and Highland Dancing competitions, and the Border Collie demonstrations.

Scottish Games female division

For the fourth year, the female division will be included in the heavy athletics competitions at the Scottish Games.

The “rousing and crowd-pleasing” Celtic rock band Cleghorn will provide additional musical entertainment, complete with bagpipe, fiddle and didgeridoo. Commonhouse Aleworks and Highland Brewing will provide the craft beers, and food vendors will offer up traditional Scottish fare, fish and chips and American fare for the non-adventurous palates. According to Jeffrey Castle, past president of the Scottish Society of Charleston, “We may even have haggis, depending on how the hunting season went back in Caledonia.” The Children’s Games will include the Scotch Egg Relay, face painting, storytelling and a bounce castle, and merchandise vendors will be on-site. Check the website for details on additional events on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3

WHERE: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

PRICE: $20-$30 adult; $5 ages 6-12 years; free for ages 5 years and younger


Fall Festivals

Halloween is over, so now comes all things autumn-y and that means fall festivals, of which there are two this weekend.

Harvest Festival bluegrass band

It will be a day full of bluegrass at the Harvest Festival at Johns Island County Park.

It’s time again for bluegrass and barbecue at the annual Harvest Festival at Johns Island County Park on Saturday. At this “traditional Southern fall shindig,” it’s going to be about the music and the food. The “foot-stompin’ showcase” of local bluegrass bands includes Roger Bellow & The Drifting Troubadours, Marshgrass Mamas, Gravel Road, Yee Haw Junction and River Boy. As for the groceries, expect Southern barbecue (as if there’s any other kind that matters), roasted and boiled peanuts, kettle korn and festival fare from Dashi, Smokey Oak, Big Daddy’s Pork Skins and others. More than 20 vendors will be on-site at the festival’s crafters market and the kids can be entertained with hay rides, a stick pony corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving and archery. Those ages 8-17 years can compete in the youth Archery Turkey Day Shoot. In truth, no turkeys will be harmed during this competition, but the winners will take home a frozen turkey. Folks that are interested in camping and horseback riding can check the website for details on the weekend trail ride at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center.

Harvest Festival boys pony corral

A stick pony corral will be one of the kids' activities at Saturday's Harvest Festival at Johns Island County Park.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3

WHERE: Johns Island County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Road

PRICE: $8 general; free for ages 12 years and younger

MORE INFO: 843-795-4386,

Load up the car, the kids and your dogs and head out to Wadmalaw Island on Saturday for the blessing of the vines at the Boots, Bottles & Blessings Festival at Deep Water Vineyard and Firefly Distillery. This “music-rich” and “foodie-focused” festival will have a little bit of everything for everybody, with entertainment provided by Nashville recording artist and “American Idol” contestant Carly Moffa and local band TrickKnee. Food trucks include Mac Daddy, Greekin’ Out, Dave ‘N’ Dubs, The Holy City Cupcakes and Braised in the South. As for beverages: Firefly Cocktails, Wine-a-Ritas and Low Tide Brewing, as well as tastings from the vineyard and distillery.

Boots, Bottles & Blessings

Deep Water Vineyard and Firefly Distillery will host the Boots, Bottles & Blessing Festival on Saturday.

The “Fun for Kids” areas include slushies, swurfers, animals, a jump castle and mechanical bull rides, and local vendors will have gifts and other items available for purchase. Don’t forget to wear your finest footwear for the Best Boots Contest, which has some pretty cool prizes for winners. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3

WHERE: Deep Water Vineyard and Firefly Distillery, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island

PRICE: $5-$10 per car; $6-$7 tastings (cash-only)

MORE INFO: 843-559-6867,

Fam Jam

Fam Jam girl with bubbles

The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry's annual Fam Jam returns to Marion Square on Saturday.

The Fam Jam, presented by the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, returns to Marion Square on Saturday with a day full of fun, designed to celebrate family, community togetherness and the power of play with hands-on activities for kids to “move their bodies and stretch their imaginations.” This year’s Play Partners include Charleston County Parks, Society of Women Engineers, S.C. Stingrays, Birthdays For All and Soccer Shots, and entertainment will be provided by Electric Company, The Dirty Birds, Good Clean Fun and Peace, Love, Hip-Hop.

Fam Jam climbing wall

Saturday's Fam Jam in Marion Square is designed to keep kids active and moving.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3

WHERE: Marion Square, 329 Meeting St., downtown Charleston


MORE INFO: 843-724-7327,

Food Truck Festivals

If you’re tired of stuffing your face with Halloween candy, there are some events this weekend where you can stuff your face with alternative foods.

Lola's Lumpia food truck

You can hit all three food truck rodeos around town this weekend because they are on different days.

MUSC Health Stadium will host the inaugural Charleston Battery Food Truck Festival on Sunday, with more than 35 local food trucks. You’ll get your Cory’s Grilled Cheese, your Holy City Waffles, your Happy Thai, your Holy Rolly and so much more. There will be beer, including the Battery’s own private label, Golden Boot Lager, brewed by Rusty Bull Brewing. Don’t worry about your Sunday afternoon football games; NFL games will be broadcast on the Jumbotron. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs or tents, their own games or kids’ activities (frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, of course) and leashed dogs are welcome. There also will be a DJ, so it sounds like it may be one great big tailgate party.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 4

WHERE: MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive

PRICE: Free admission


The Lowcountry Food Truck Rodeo at Riverfront Park on Saturday is a fundraiser for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, featuring 20 food trucks ranging from Grill Kings to Semilla, Samira’s Gyros to Fauzia’s Kitchen. There will be a beer and wine garden, local musicians Bender Funk and Chris Dodson will provide live entertainment and the kids’ zone includes face painting, jump castles, corn hole and Paw Patrol. Local mascots are also expected to drop by. Speaking of Paw Patrol, leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the festivities.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3

WHERE: Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston

PRICE: Free admission


Braised in the South food truck

Braised in the South

The season’s final Food Truck Friday at The Ponds is, well, Friday, featuring Page’s Okra Grill, Bac’n Me Crazy, Brunch Holiday and four other food trucks. Local musician Cat Strickland will provide live entertainment and there will be some activities for the wee ones as well. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and coolers (with adult beverages) are permitted.

WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2

WHERE: Schulz-Lotz Farmhouse, 326 Hundred Oaks Parkway, Summerville

PRICE: Free admission

MORE INFO: 843-900-8556,

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