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5 Festivals to Look Forward to this Season

Looking for some plans outside the house this fall? A simple scroll through the calendar will render a long list of possibilities. Here are just a few of the events we’re looking forward to this season.

Charleston Fall Festivals 2016

photo courtesy of Charleston Arts Festival

Charleston Arts Festival | Oct. 5-8

The first annual Charleston Arts Festival is brought to you by the creator of Jailbreak. Though Jailbreak’s technically defunct, the CFA finale will take place at the Old Jail on Magazine Street, so it’ll be like a Jailbreak reincarnated. Also on the agenda for CFA is Pecha Kucha 25 (8 presentations by local members of Charleston’s music community and Women & Radiohead, where local female musicians will perform Radiohead songs. Both of the latter events take place at the Music Hall, while the other facet of CAF, a Culinary Evolution, will go down at High Wire Distillery. For tickets, dates, and further details, go to  

MOJA Arts Festival | Sept. 29-Oct. 9

This will be Charleston’s 33rd year with the MOJA Arts fest, a celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. The city will be taken over by isual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much more. Guess what else — most events are free! Ticketed events are priced modestly.  For further details, see

Charleston Fall Festivals 2016

photo courtesy of MOJA Arts Festival

Lovin’ the Lowcountry Fall Festival | Nov. 3

The Footlight Players will bring their own festival to life on Nov. 3 at Pierce Park Pavilion (1801 Pierce Street, Daniel Island). Celebrating all that is fall, the fest involves a heapin’ helping of Lowcountry boil, plus bee, wine, and a silent auction. The Shem Creek Boogie Band will provide the beach music soundtrack, while SC Shagging Hall of Fame dancer Claude Robertson and dance partner Linda Ouzts cut a rug. Tickets are $35 and will benefit the Footlight Players, one of the oldest community theaters in Charleston. 

Y’allFest | Nov. 11-12

Something for the teens or any young adult fiction lover, Y’allFest celebrates YA fiction, welcoming best-selling authors to the city for a series of events at Charleston Music Hall, the Charleston County Library. This year’s featured authors are many, and they include Beautiful Creatures’ Kami Garcia, Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars), and Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn). Check for a complete list and schedule of events, like book signings and forums.

Charleston Fall Festivals 2016

photo courtesy of @colourofmusicfestival

Colour of Music Festival Masterwork Series | Oct 19-23

Colour of Music celebrates black classical musicians. This year’s edition brings renowned artists from around the world to Charleston for the occasion. Some notable events include the debut of18th-Century African-American French composer Chevalier de Saint George’s only discovered opera as well as “The Anonymous Lover,” featuring Magali Leger, native of Saint George’s birthplace, the Isle of Guadeloupe, showcasing the festival’s All Things French theme. The Masterworks series opens with the petit opera on Thurs. Oct. 20 at the Gaillard Center downtown and will also include Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 44 in G Minor.

What are you looking forward to this season?



Awendaw Green- A Mostly Unknown Charleston Treasure

 If you love music and you haven’t heard of Awendaw Green, you better get yourself down to a Barn Jam asap. 

 To quote their website “Awendaw Green may just be the coolest music venue in the lo-country. A low-key and friendly environment, the concerts occur in an old barn with a professional sound technician and equipment. Bon fires, food, music, friends, networking, an old barn, even canoeing…how could it get any better? ” 

I had heard about this place for a while now and made it to my first “Barn Jam” last night.  What a crazy, wonderful, happy experience.  It’s located down on Hwy 17 North right next to the Sewee Outpost station.  Sewee Restaurant sets up a table and sells casual fare like burgers, hot dogs and sea food. Visitors can b.y.o.b. and even their own picnic if they wish.  There are chairs and picnic tables scattered about but the ground is great for spreading a blanket and relaxing under the trees.

On the makeshift stage outside the “barn” you can find a cast of musicians- last night there was an acoustic set featuring a 14-year-old  local girl, a visiting Brit and a man from Maryland who is visiting his second home here in town.  The three were sharing the stage alternating songs and playing along with each other (having never met before).  After that “artists in the round,” local blues rock band Steel Petals, led by orthopedic surgeon Blake Ohlsen, took the stage for a more plugged in electric set, and they were followed by Megan Jean and The KFB Band (originally from New York).  Megan could give Florence and the Machine a run for her money with her singing pipes. 

The barn jams are usually free and they just pass around a collection plate for any donations patrons may wish to give.  Awendaw Green was founded by musical philanthropists – one of which is local dentist on Hwy 17 ,Eddie White.  Eddie is just a music lover who wanted to provide musicians and fans a good place to meet each other and enjoy one another’s company.  You find Eddie at almost every Barn Jam walking around and talking to everyone making them feel like they are at home. 

Casual fun at a Barn Jam

The crowd is full of children running around, off leash dogs playing with each other and sniffing around the trees, and people from all over Charleston just relaxing and having a good time with their family and friends.  What a way to enjoy live music- in a family backyard barbeque like environment.  

If you love music and love having a great, low-key good time, be sure  check out the Awendaw Green schedule and make it to the next Barn Jam.