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Celebrate Fall with Bluegrass and Barbecue at Harvest Festival




Charleston County Parks is hosting a traditional Southern fall shindig on Saturday, November 3rd. The 17th annual Harvest Festival is set to be held from 11 am to 5 pm at Johns Island County Park.

The event is perhaps known best for the showcase of Charleston’s own bluegrass talent. Performing throughout the day will be five bluegrass bands – Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours, Marshgrass Mamas, Gravel Road, Yee Haw Junction, and River Boy.

Plenty of food will be available for purchase, including Southern barbecue, roasted and boiled peanuts, kettle korn, and traditional favorite festival fare, plus cold beverages. After feasting and dancing, festival-goers are invited to stop by the festival crafters’ market to get a jump on holiday shopping.

Families will find plenty to keep the kids occupied including hay rides, a stick pony corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving, and more. This year’s Harvest Festival will also feature a youth Archery Turkey Day Shoot. Turkeys will not be harmed in this competition, but the winning archer will take home a frozen turkey. The showdown is open to ages 8-17, and turkeys will be awarded to the male and female competitor with the highest score. Interested competitors can sign up at the event. Or, ages 8-17 can also just try out archery between 1 and 5 pm at the event without competing. All activities are free with the festival admission fee.

Admission is $8 per person, but kids 12 and under and Gold Pass holders are admitted free. Food and beverages available for additional fees. For more information, call 843-795-4386, visit or download Charleston County Parks’ mobile app.

Music Schedule

  • 12 pm: Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours
  • 1 pm: Marshgrass Mamas
  • 2 pm: Gravel Road
  • 3 pm: Yee Haw Junction
  • 4 pm: River Boy

As part of the festival, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center at Johns Island County Park offers the Harvest Festival Weekend Trail Ride for horse owners on November 2nd through 4th. Equestrians are invited to bring camping gear and supplies for two nights of camping and trail riding on 20 miles of beautiful, wooded trails. For details, call 843-795-4386 or visit

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