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10 Things to Do in Pawleys Island in October

By Marissa Polascak • September 19, 2017

Ah, October, when the air temperature is cool and crisp and the feeling of autumn is coming into full effect. Some people may think that October is a bad time to visit the Pawleys Island area, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth.  In fact, October is an enjoyable month to visit the Grand Stand and Pawleys Island because the weather is beautiful and there are less crowds to deal with. Plus, there are tons of things to do!

Here are 10 things to do on your October vacation to Pawleys Island:


Of course, one of the best things about being in Pawleys Island during the month of October is celebrating Halloween! Halloween is a fun event for the whole family, as everyone can enjoy getting dressed up as their favorite character. There are also plenty of events going on in the area, like Halloween on the MarshWalk at the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. This event will feature trick-or-treating, costume contests for kids & adults, and more!

Festivals & Events

Pawleys Island and the surrounding Grand Strand region will be hosting quite a few events such as the following:

  • 2017 Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally – October 1-7
  • 2017 Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art – October 5
  • Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival – October 6
  • Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Weekend Festival – October 7-8
  • •2017 Lip Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cookoff – October 8
  • Oktoberfest at The Market Common – October 13
  • 2017 Little River ShrimpFest – October 14- 15
  • Taste of the Town – October 17
  • Loris Bog-Off Festival – October 21
  • BooFest! At Barefoot Landing – October 28
  • Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach – October 31

Live Music

You can usually find live music along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and at other places in and around Pawleys Island, but be sure to check out these live music events as well:

  • Clint Black at Alabama Theatre – October 14
  • The Oak Ridge Boys at Alabama Theatre – October 21
  • St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the House of Blues – October 27
  • Dirty Heads at the House of Blues – October 28

Bars & Restaurants

One of the best parts about visiting Pawleys Island is treating yourself to a variety of food and beverages. There are tons of restaurants worth visiting in the Pawleys Island, offering various cuisines such as Lowcountry classic, fresh caught seafood, Mexican food, Asian food, and much more. Visit our restaurants page for inspiration on where to go during your October trip to Pawleys Island!

Play Outside

Since the weather in Pawleys Island during the month of October is pretty great most days, playing outside is a completelynacceptable thing to do. There are many outdoor activities to take part in, such as strolling on the beautiful beach, kayak tours, boat tours, visiting the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, take a spin on the East Coast BrewBoat, and much more. You’ll never get bored here!


The Grand Strand is known as one of the top destinations for golfers, but did you know that the Pawleys Island area is home to some of the top-rated courses in the region? Experience Lowcountry beauty and awesome layouts at these Pawleys Island courses.

Holiday Shopping

With the holidays right around the corner, why not use some of your vacation time to knock out some holiday shopping? Pawleys Island is home to several specialty shops where you can get one-of-a-kind or hard to find items that your special someone will love as a gift. Check out these places to shop while you’re in Pawleys Island, and while you’re at it, be sure to grab yourself something nice, too!


The Pawleys Island area is a great place to grab some amazingly delicious fresh seafood, but why not catch your own? There are several places to fish in the area on your own, or you can set up a day with a fishing charter and go out on the water with professionals. Here are some services to look into if you’re interested in fishing in Pawleys Island:

Day Trip

There are so many things to do in Pawleys Island that we don’t blame you if you don’t want to leave, but if this isn’t your first time here or if you’re here for an extended stay, consider going on a day trip! There are several wonderful destinations that are just a short drive from Pawleys Island such as Charleston, Calabash, Wilmington, and more!


One of the best things to do in Pawleys Island on vacation is relax. Whether you find your relaxation basking on the beach or by grabbing a few drinks by the water, relaxation is definitely achievable in Pawleys Island. For more inspiration on how to relax in Pawleys Island, check out our blog post.