This weekend is all about festivals and fall

It’s time to start thinking Halloween thoughts. Boone Hall’s Pumpkin Patch opens Tuesday.

It’s officially fall!

Time to break out the jackets and start thinking Halloween thoughts!

I’m ready. Are you?

To help you get in the mood, consider heading out to the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, one of my personal favorites in the area.

Featuring an eight-acre corn maze that pays tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, there will also be numerous other events to take part in. Complete with a petting zoo and pony rides, a giant slide, a jump pillow, a hay mountain, hay rides, a rock climbing wall, corn hole, the pick-your-own-pumpkin patch and more, there’s more than enough going on to make a day out of it.

A tent will be set up offering food and beverages, as well as jams and jellys, fresh produce, candy, toys and more.

The Pumpkin Patch is appropriate for all ages and opens Tuesday and will run through Nov. 2. Admission is $8 for ages 3 and up Mondays through Thursdays, and $10 on Fridays and Saturdays. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Lowcountry affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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For those who are still holding on to that thread of summer, consider heading out to the third annual Edisto Shrimp Fest.

Set for 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Bay Creek Park, 3702 Docksite Road, on Edisto Island, the Edisto Chamber of Commerce and the town of Edisto Beach have teamed up to bring seafood fans this free event.

Spend a full day getting your fill of local seafood, arts and crafts vendors, live music and more. Shag lessons will be offered so folks can cut a rug as the Sea-Cruz Band performs or DJ Jim Bowers spins.

Find out more at 869-3867 or

This weekend also is catering to film fans, as there will be two film festivals held.

New Belgium Brewing, which makes the delicious Fat Tire, will hold its fourth Clips Beer & Film Festival on Thursday in Marion Square. Read more about the free event in David Quick’s Get Out column.

The second film event, the Lowcountry Shorts Festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Terrace Theater, 1956 Maybank Highway.

Put on by Park Circle Films, the group is celebrating its fifth year with a two-day event featuring Charleston-area filmmakers as judges and 32 competitive shorts, cut down from a record 179 entries from 25 countries.

General admission tickets are $10, and full festival passes are available. Head over to for more.

Another event that will be taking place on Saturday is the Dance Block Party 2.0, a fundraiser celebration to kick off the upcoming Charleston Dance Festival.

From 5-10 p.m., dancers will take over as Annex Dance Company, Dancefx Performance Companies, The Charleston Dance Project, Home Spun Hoops, Dance Explosion, United We Dance, Dance Moves and Daft Concept, to name a few, will perform.

Games, a DJ, a number of food trucks and a cash bar will round out the night at Dancefx Charleston, 635 Rutledge Ave.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. Find out more about the Block Party and the Dance Festival at

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