Things to do in Charleston in November

This post highlights the best things to do in Charleston, SC in November, updated for 2018, including a top ten list, free and family-friendly activities, and night time events. For even more ideas, make sure to check out our master Things to do in Charleston post.

Check out our Top Things to do in Charleston all year round!


This section features our top ten list for the month of November. For tips on more popular things to do in Charleston, make sure to check out our pages on our pay-what-you-want walking tours, harbor cruises, and city carriage tours. When possible, we’ve noted when an activity or event is free or kid-friendly.

Some of the items in this post are also included in a discount tourist pass.

Attend the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival – November 8-11

Literary enthusiasts will love this collaboration between the Charleston, SC Library Society and the Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England. The weekend with feature a series of programs and panels from authors and intellects from around the globe. Click here for tickets and more information.

See the Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island – begins November 9 (kid-friendly)

A classic holiday lights drive-through tour and so much more! Every evening through the month of November beginning on the 9th head to James Island to enjoy thousands of lights, a victorian carousel, visits with Santa Claus, a holiday train, holiday sweet treats and so much more! Check the website for more information and tickets.

Shrimp and Grits Festival – November 10 (kid-friendly)

Foodies will love this event in Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park! Bring the family to sample a number of shrimp and grits offerings from some of Charleston’s tastiest restaurants. Festival goers will also enjoy live music, a cash bar, and shopping vendors, and a kid zone! The event goes from 12pm-3pm; tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of.

Visit the Gibbes Museum of Art

Charleston’s only visual art museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art is sure to please any art lover. The museum showcases a number classic paintings as well as contemporary pieces including mixed-media, abstract, and sculpture. The first floor is free and open to the public while tickets are required for the second and third floors.

Take a Tour with DC by Foot (kid-friendly)

Get to know the Holy City with one of our name-your-own-price tours! We offer a variety of walking tours to suit everyone’s interest. Learn about Charleston’s deep history, its role in the Civil War, or for the more adventurous, spend an evening stroll in search of ghosts!

Charleston Farmers Market – through November 24 (kid-friendly)

Take advantage of the final month of the Charleston Farmers Market for the year. Through November 24th, stroll through Marion Square and shop fresh and local produce, handicrafts made by local merchants, and sample some of the city’s best food trucks and vendors. The market is free to attend and happens every Saturday from 8am-2pm.

Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner – begins November 23

For those wanting a lovely evening out to celebrate the holidays and enjoy Charleston, the 33rd annual Holiday Progressive Dinner is a lovely experience. Enjoy a festive evening where diners visit three restaurant venues by horse-drawn carriage. The evening begins at 5:30pm and wraps up around 8:30pm; tickets are $110 per person.

Charleston Classic NCAA Basketball Tournament – November 15, 16, 18 (kid-friendly)

ESPN presents three days of some of your favorite NCAA men’s basketball teams in the annual invitational Charleston Classic Tournament. Tickets are on sale now for this event that will feature teams like Purdue, Alabama, and Northeastern among others. This tournament is held at TD Arena.

Visit the Nathaniel Russell House (kid-friendly)

One of America’s most significant Neoclassical houses, the National Russell House dates back to 1808 when it was built by the wealthy shipping merchant. The home offers daily docent led tours of the house discussing the opulent architecture, art collection, and elite family who once resided here.

Tip: the Nathaniel Russell House can be found on some of the city’s discount tourist passes.

Spend a Day at Middleton Place (kid-friendly)

A day of history that the whole family can enjoy! Middleton Place Plantation houses 65 acres of the country’s oldest landscaped gardens in addition to a home museum, working stable yards with a variety of animals, restaurant, and organic farm. The whole property is fun for exploring as you take a step back in time. Tours are also available; check the website for more information.


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Charleston continues to charm after the sunset. A couple of the activities we’ve listed like the holiday lights festival and our Charleston ghost tours are great for the evening. Here are a few more ideas for the month of November.

Movie Night at Founder’s Hall – November 23 (kid-friendly)

Grab your lawn blankets and chairs and take the family to Family Flick Night at Founder’s Hall at Charles Towne Landing. Movies will be shown in the courtyard and food and snacks will be available for purchase. The evening begins at 7pm and is free to attend (though donations are accepted). Check back on the website to see the updated film for November!

See Of Mice and Men – through November 4

Spend an evening watching the classic John Steinbeck novel come to life at the Charleston Stage. Of Mice and Men portrays the life of two migrant workers over the span of a couple days in 1930s California. Tickets begin at $33.75 for adults. For tickets and more information click here.

Music by Ray LaMontongne – November 16

Enjoy a memorable night of solo acoustic music by the folksy, Ray LaMontongne. Playing at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performance Center on November 16th, this intimate show will not disappoint! Tickets are on sale now and the show begins at 7pm.


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Charleston offers a variety of free attractions and activities. Some of the items we’ve listed like the Charleston Farmers Market and Family Flick Night are free to attend. Here are a few more free items for November.

Consider Purchasing a Discount Tourist Pass

If you plan to visit a lot of attractions while in Charleston, a tourist discount pass might be right up your alley! While the pass itself costs money, it’s loaded with so much value that once you’ve done a couple of things included in the pass, the rest ends up paying for itself! To compare the passes available in Charleston, make sure to check out our discount tourist pass page.

Check out our personal experience with the Charleston Tour Pass when we used it on our visit to Charleston:


Second Sunday on King Street – November 11 (kid-friendly)

Free to attend, this fun shopping day on King Street brings merchants together to advertise new goods, offer special discounts and sales, and welcome shoppers with that classic southern hospitality! Additionally, look out for activities, food, and wine!

Visit the Big Red Barn (kid-friendly)

Even if you’re not planning a carriage tour, you can visit Palmetto Carriage Works big red barn where they keep their well taken care of horses and mules. With over 40 in the barn, it’s a site to see that children particularly enjoy!


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Charleston is a lovely town for families to take full advantage of! Some of the items we’ve listed like visiting Middleton Place and the Shrimp and Grits Festival are great for people of all ages. Here are a few more kid-friendly activities for November.

Harvest Festival – November 3 (kid-friendly)

Celebrate the beauty of fall with a day of autumnal activities people of all ages can enjoy! Johns Island County Park will host the Harvest Festival on November 3rd which will feature live music, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, and plenty of food! The festival goes from 11am-5pm; tickets are $8 and children under 12 are free!

Visit the South Carolina Aquarium (kid-friendly)Charleston Fort Sumter

Marine life lovers will enjoy a trip to this dazzling aquarium. Focused on connecting people with water, wildlife, and wild places, the aquarium features a number of exhibits that showcase animals like sea turtles, alligators, a large variety of fish, and more! Children especially like the hands-on touch tank!

Tour Fort Sumter (kid-friendly)

Take a boat ride to Fort Sumter for an hour of exploring where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. You’ll learn about the events leading up to the war and also take a tour around Charleston’s harbor. You may even spot dolphins on your boat ride! Tours run daily.


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