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Things to do for kids and families in Charleston from Sept. 23-29

Family friendly events Sept. 23-29

The final weekend in September ushers in the first official weekend of fall, and it's a time for celebrations big and small in the Charleston area. There are so many family-friendly events taking place, it's always such a busy and fun time of year with fairs, walks, sports, outdoor music and festivals!

Friday, Sept. 23

At Family Happy Hour at Charleston Aqua Park at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island, jump or climb for only $18 from 4:30-6 p.m.

The Carnes Crossroads Farmers Market provides opportunities for neighbors, friends and families to connect with more than 75 local farmers, crafters, artisans, musicians, and small business owners from 4-8 p.m. at Carnes Crossroads Village Green in Summerville.

The Charleston Battery will take on the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros at Patriots Point at 7 p.m.

The Village Concert Series presents the Gravel Road Bluegrass Band from 7-9 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

The College of Charleston Hispanic-Latino Club will host a Multicultural Festival with food trucks, music and carnival games in the Cistern Yard downtown.

Hanahan Recreation Department presents "Grease" Movie In The Park at 7:30 p.m. at the Hanahan Amphitheater, located at 3100 Mabeline Road in Hanahan. There will be a best costume look-alike contest. Concessions will be available and adult beverages. Bring a blanket and a chair.

Oktoberfest at Two Blokes Brewing in Mount Pleasant will be held from 4-9 p.m. with special food, German music and a new beer release.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Free Saturday at Cypress Gardens for Berkeley County residents from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stop by the park with family or friends and enjoy the beauty of nature. Guests must show proof of residency.

Sea Islands Farmers Market will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Charleston Collegiate Campus on Johns Island.

Located in Marion Square downtown, the Charleston Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features farmers, growers, prepared/packaged food, artisans, crafters, live performers and community groups and activities.

The 6th Annual Teal Diva Lowcountry 5K Walk will start and finish on Little Main in Summerville, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

The 19th Annual Care-Run-Give 5K is a partial trail run and family fun walk that will benefit Carolina Children’s Charity. Come enjoy food trucks, live music, and activities for kids at 9 a.m. at Palmetto Islands County Park, Mount Pleasant.

The Wando Library in Mount Pleasant will host a Community Engagement Fair at 10 a.m. to provide information about volunteer opportunities for teens and adults at local nonprofit organizations.

Moss Grove Plantation Fall Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 1055 Moss Grove Dr. in Moncks Corner and will have more than 35 vendors, food trucks and music.

The annual family-friendly Pumpkin Patch DIY Workshop and fall sidewalk sale will be held by Board and Brush Charleston from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Intro to Archery lets attendees practice archery skills on the six-target archery range at Johns Island County Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Equipment will be provided. For ages 10 and up. Cost $30.

The ARC of the Lowcountry and Firefly Distillery will host the inaugural Getting Saucy BBQ Sauce Competition with a family-friendly event that features a corn hole competition, jump castles, face painting and live entertainment by Lauren Hall, Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans, LaFaye, and DJ Natty Heavy. The event will be held at the Firefly Distillery, North Charleston, form 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, kids 12 and under are free.

The Second Annual Apple Festival at Jedburg Junction, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., will celebrate the beginning of fall with a large variety of apples, as well as music, food, desserts, beverages, and family friendly activities in Summerville. The festival will continue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Library Day at Patriots Point will be from 10 a.m. to noon as a community event in partnership with the Charleston County Public Library and Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Musuem to celebrate history and reading. Visit the theater on the USS Yorktown for story times and special programming during the event. Participants will be able to explore the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, Medal of Honor Museum, and Vietnam Experience from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy food trucks and explore CCPL’s mobile library.

Itinerant Literate Books, located at 4824 Chateau Ave. in North Charleston, presents Feminist Magic Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A Princess Tea Party will take place from 12–2 p.m. at New Realm Brewing on Daniel Island. The magic begins with a tea party where guests will meet and greet their favorite princesses for photos, hugs, fun crafts, and storytime. Tickets are required; babies under 12 months are free.

Buxton Books will host a free event at the Unitarian Church downtown with Dr. Annie Andrews and Lisa Ellis to discuss issues impacting our children at 4 p.m. Tickets are free but registration is required. Sign up here.

The third annual Sweet As Can Bee: Mother-Son Dance will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bizzy Bee Indoor Play Center in North Charleston. Each mom will get a velvet toy rose from their son to take home, photo booth sessions, playtime, pizza, and dancing! Tickets are $15 per person.

North Charleston Pops! Presents Lakisha Jones: Queens Of Rock And Soul at 7:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, Sept. 25

Charleston Parks Conservancy is hosting its fall Brunch in the Park series. Enjoy local food trucks and live music with Charleston Jazz at the Rose Pavilion in Hampton Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Free for children 12 and under.

Find farmers market fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at either the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market at The Pour House on James Island or at the Holy City Farmers Market at Holy City Brewing in North Charleston.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is open from 10 a.m. – noon on the second and fourth Sundays of every month exclusively for children with special needs and their families to visit the museum for free. Register at

Weekends at the Point mean Sunday Funday from 1-5 p.m. with crawdad specials, jump castles, and children’s crafts at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant.

Don't miss the College of Charleston's women's soccer team as they face the Delaware Blue Hens at 1 p.m. at Patriots Point Stadium.

Sponsored by Postpartum Support Charleston, Climb Out of Darkness is a free event that raises awareness of pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders from 2-4 p.m. at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

Cinema Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library downtown presents "Selma," a film that chronicles the tumultuous 3-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights. Rated PG-13.

The 5th Annual Bridge to Recovery Walk will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. With food trucks, jump castle, live music and  guest speakers, this family friendly event will focus on ways to recover from substance use disorder.

Rising Rhythm Yoga will take place from 6-7 p.m. at Brittle Bank Park downtown. This community focused yoga class brings social justice and mindful movement together. All to the soundscape of a live DJ! Tickets are $15 to $25, and 10% of the proceeds go toward Charleston Moves, a local nonprofit.

Monday, Sept. 26

Library events:

  • Baby Storytime, with songs, rhymes, books and plenty of movement for children ages 0- 24 months and their caregivers, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Library in downtown Charleston.
  • Baby Storytime at 10 a.m. at the John’s Island Library
  • Baby Storytime at 10 a.m. at Wando Library in Mount Pleasant
  • PlayStation Day at Baxter-Patrick Library teen lounge at 3:30 p.m.
  • Chess Club from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Jennie J McMahan Library, 506 N Parler Ave, Saint George.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Charleston County Library events:

  • Preschool storytime at Bees Ferry Library in West Ashley will be held at 10 a.m. with stories, poetry, music and crafts.
  • Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. at Baxter-Patrick Library
  • Toddler Storytime at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Library
  • Family storytime at 10:30 at Poe’s Library on Sullivan’s Island
  • 10:30 a.m. family storytime at John L. Dart Library on King Street
  • At 10:30 a.m., Baby Storytime will have books, songs, rhymes and movement that help promote pre-literacy skills for children ages 0-24 months at the West Ashley Library.

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at 645 Coleman Blvd., with local vendors and live music.

Come cheer on the College of Charleston's men's soccer team as they face the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Patriots Point Stadium at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Charleston County Library events:

  • Baby storytime at Baxter-Patrick Library at 10 a.m. on James Island
  • Baby storytime at Bees Ferry Library in West Ashley will be at 10 a.m. for ages 0-24 months with caregiver.
  • Toddler and Preschool Storytime at the West Ashley Library at 10:30 a.m.
  • Baby Storytime at St. Paul’s Library in Hollywood at 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschool Storytime at the Main Library in downtown Charleston at 10:30 a.m.
  • Relax with Rover: Chill with dogs at 4 p.m. at Wando Library in Mount Pleasant
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Those in grades 6-12 can learn how to play the game with other teens at the Main Library downtown. Registration required: call 843-805-6903.

Dorchester County Lbirary events:

  • Baby & Me: 10:30-11 a.m. at the George H Seago, Jr Library at 76 Old Trolley Road in Summerville.
  • Read! Build! Play: 10:30-11 a.m. at the Jennie J McMahan Library in Saint George for kids 5 and under, followed by a Parenting Workshop from 11 a.m. - noon. presented by Josephine Appleby of the South Carolina Department of Education.
  • Storytots: This special storytime from 11-11:30 a.m. at George H Seago, Jr Library will have books, fingerplays, and rhymes designed to engage little minds and foster early literacy skills for kids 5 and under.

Charleston Southern Women's Soccer will play against UNC Asheville at 3 p.m. at Charleston Southern University, 9200 University Blvd.

Learn about the amazing plant kingdom through a study of anatomy, diversity, and plant uses during the Junior Naturalist program at Palmetto Islands County Park from 4-6:30 p.m. Cost is $10.

The West Ashley Farmers Market will be selling fresh seasonal produce from local farmers and food from area vendors from 3-7 p.m. at Ackerman Park. Live entertainment and family-friendly activities will enhance the experience.

Join Awendaw Green every Wednesday for Barn Jams, an outdoor concert event featuring different bands performing original music each week. The first band takes the stage at 6 p.m. Event entry is $10. Children under 12 are free.

The Sound of Charleston series will be held from 7-8:15 p.m. at the Circular Congregational Church at 150 Meeting St. with music that is a large part of Charleston’s rich history: gospel, Gershwin, jazz, music of the Civil War, and light classics, all presented live by the Lowcountry’s finest professional artists. Tickets are $28, children under 7 are free.

Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, Sept. 29

Don't miss these library events:

  • Family Storytime at Hurd/St. Andrews Library at 9:30 a.m. and Baby Storytime at 10:30 a.m., geared towards children 0-24 months.
  • Enjoy age appropriate stories, flannelboard and finger plays for kids ages 24-36 months with a caregiver at Bees Ferry Library in West Ashley for Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m.
  • Family Storytime at McClellanville Library will be at 10 a.m.
  • Preschool storytime at Baxter-Patrick Library on James Island at 10 a.m.
  • Preschool Playtime is at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s library in Hollywood.
  • Teen Café at Baxter-Patrick Library at 3 p.m.
  • Twisted Thursdays: Compete against your friends in Lotería. For teens in grades West Ashley Library from 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Game On in the Teen Lounge at 3 p.m. at Dart Library on King Street
  • Afternoon Arcade from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Jennie J McMahan Library in Saint George. Ages 6-11 can hang out and play classic Nintendo arcade games.
  • Inbetweeners: Monthly middle grade book and activity club for tweens at 4 p.m. at Wando Library in Mount Pleasant

Come meet red wolves and “Wolfman” Rob, who will conduct an interpretive talk about the animals during this free event at the Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center in Awendaw from 2-3 p.m.

Cheer on the College of Charleston's women's soccer team as it takes on the Hampton University Pirates at Patriots Point stadium. The game starts at 2 p.m.; free admission.

Visit the North Charleston Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. for fresh, locally grown produce, along with arts and crafts and specialty food vendors at Exchange Park, 5025 Lackawanna Blvd.

Dogs and their owners are invited to the dog park at James Island County Park for Yappy Hour with live music and fun from 5-7 p.m.

Celebrate Círculo Hispanoamericano de Charleston’s 48th birthday and the Hispanic Heritage Month with a free event at the Charleston Gaillard Center from 6-8 p.m. Mayor John Tecklenburg will be there along with awards presentations and live music.

Live Under the Oaks presents Isabella Ullo at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre from 6-8 p.m. Bring a blanket or folding chairs for a night under The Oaks. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, the free outdoor concert series will also feature food truck Johnny Focaccia.

Watch "Hocus Pocus" on the big screen at Charleston Music Hall from 7:30-9 p.m.

*Please note – While we make every effort to provide current links and event details, we always encourage you to confirm details with event organizers before making final plans.