Fall Festivals in Pawleys Island

By Marissa Polascak ˙ September 25, 2019

Pawleys Island is gorgeous all year round, but fall along the Grand Strand is the perfect time for outdoor festivals where locals and visitors can enjoy the lowcountry in cooler temperatures while the sun is shining.

If you’re planning on visiting Pawleys Island this fall, then be sure to add the following Fall Festivals in Pawleys Island to your itinerary. These family-friendly events are fun for all ages and offer something unique to do in the off-season.

Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival

The Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival is an annual event that takes place at Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park. This three-day weekend festival features art for sale from over 100 unique vendors, as well as live music and a variety of food and beverages.

The 2019 Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival will take place on Friday, September 27 from noon – 6 pm ; Saturday, September 28 from 10 am – 6 pm; and Sunday, September 29 from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, and free for people 15 and under. Learn more about the festival in our guide to the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival here.

2019 Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala

2019 marks the 20th year of the Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, October 3 from 7 – 10 pm at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Guests at the Wine & Food Gala will be able to sample over 100 different wines from around the world in a complimentary wine glass. There will also be a selection of hors d’oeuvres crafted by local chefs, as well as a three-hour dessert tasting. The event will also feature a silent auction. Guests are encouraged to wear casual cocktail attire. Tickets to the Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala are $100 per person.

2019 Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art

Love music and art? Then this festival is for you! The 2019 Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art is set to take place on several dates throughout the month of October. This annual event is a celebration of art, food, wine, music, dance, and more. The 2019 festival will feature performances from October 4-19 in the tent at The Reserve Club of Pawleys Island. Below is a schedule of performances:

• Friday, October 4: Decades Rewind
• Saturday, October 5: Blood, Sweat & Tears
• Thursday, October 10: We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered
• Friday, October 11: Next Generation Lady
• Saturday, October 12: Pablo Cruise
• Sunday, October 13: Marshall Tucker Band
• Thursday, October 17: The Lords of 53rd Street – Legends of the Billy Joel Band
• Friday, October 18: Shades of Buble: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Buble
• Saturday, October 19: Soultown – Tribute to Classic Soul

Brookgreen Harvest Home Weekend Festival

Join Brookgreen Gardens for their fantastic Harvest Home Weekend Festival on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 9:30 am – 4 pm both days. This family-friendly festival features all sorts of fall fun, including a huge pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, a scarecrow-building contest, hayrides, and more! Plus, enjoy delicious food and live entertainment as well as opportunities for kids to meet animals from the Lowcountry Zoo.

This event is free with regular admission. Hayrides will depart from 10 am until 4 pm and cost $4 per person. Visitors can choose a small pumpkin to paint for only $4, and a large pumpkin for $9. Those who build their own scarecrow can take it home for only $5!

The Harvest Home Weekend Festival entertainment schedule is as follows:

Saturday, October 5
• Shelley Sasser: Singer and guitarist playing children’s favorites and Top 40 hits
•Danza Azteca: Native American dance troupe featuring colorful traditional costumes

Sunday, October 6

•Randy McQuay: Bluesman and singer featuring guitar and harmonica music
•Mimi B: DJMB playing dance and children’s tunes

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

The 30th annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show will take place on October 19 and 20, 2019! This festival is always held on the third weekend of October and is one of the biggest wooden boat shows in the Southeast. Visitors will see over 140 classic wooden boats displayed both on land and in the water. In addition, the festival also features children’s model boat building, knot tying, arts & crafts, as well as a variety of food and music. Saturday’s event features a Wooden Boat Challenge where teams of two will race to build a rowing skiff in 4 hours. Sunday’s event includes a Corrugated Boat Regatta and an Opti Pram Regatta.

Admission to the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show is free.

Halloween on the MarshWalk

Celebrate Halloween on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk on October 31, 2019! Halloween on the MarshWalk is one of the biggest Halloween parties along the Grand Strand. This is a family-friendly event that includes Trick-or-Treating for the kids beginning at 5 pm. There will also be a Children’s Costume Contest at 6 pm at Drunken Jack’s. There will be prizes for the Most Creative, Funniest, Scariest, and Best Group for kids 3 and up.

Adults will also have a chance to compete in a costume contest at 7 pm with over $4,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for People’s Choice, Best Individual, Best Duo/Group, Big & Bulky, Murrells Inlet Themed, and Honorable Mention.

2019 Brew at the Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens

Make your way to Brookgreen Gardens on Saturday, November 2 from 5:30-8:30 pm for a unique event! Brew at the Zoo features tastings of more than 30 regional and national craft beers as well as a variety of menu items from food trucks. But that’s not all – this fall event will also include live entertainment from local favorite The Paul Grimshaw Band as well as games like giant Jenga and cornhole.

Tickets for the 2019 Brew at the Zoo are $40 for members, $45 for the general public, and $20 for designated drivers.

Note: This event is only open to those who are 21 and up.

Taste of Georgetown

Join historic downtown Georgetown for their 10th annual Taste of Georgetown special event on Saturday, November 2, 2019. This family-friendly event will feature tasty items from restaurants, bakeries, and more. Guests will enjoy a restaurant crawl-style event along Front Street in Georgetown and will also get to sample items from a tent in Francis Marion Park. Many downtown shops will also offer discounts on merchandise during the event.

Tickets are available in advance as well as the day of the event and all proceeds will benefit the Family Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides services for victims of domestic violence.