With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene and friendly locals, Charleston is one of America’s best loved travel destinations. Come, experience what’s new in the Charleston area this fall!
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128 Columbus Street Suite 101, Charleston
beautifulsouthchs.com | @beautiful_south__
This new concept features American-style Chinese takeout classics. Menu highlights include slow-poached crystal chicken, dim sum, fried rice and crab roe tofu along with Cantonese-style roasted meats, such as duck. Opened August 2023.
8 D Line Street, Charleston
bintuatelier.com | @bintu.chs
Experience the flavors of traditional African cuisine in the heart of Charleston at Bintu Atelier. Inspired by her Senegalese and French roots, Chef Bintou Ndaw serves a rotating menu featuring dishes from around the continent including jollof rice, fufu and mafe. Opened August 2023.
2901 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
colectivocharleston.com | @colectivochs
Colectivo centers around the authentic preparations and ingredients of Mexico’s cuisine combined with a traditional, family-style eating experience. The restaurant features a menu of unique Mexican fare such as ceviches, suadero and longaniza paired with cocktails, beer and wine inspired by flavors from south of the border. Opened September 2023.
GOLD STAR COFFEE
3293 Maybank Highway, Suite 20, Johns Island
goldstarcoffeeshop.com | @goldstarcoffeeshop
This restaurant’s name is inspired by the “Gold Star” award, which is presented to families of military members who have died in the line of duty. Gold Star Coffee supports and collaborates with organizations that work with Gold Star veterans and families. This coffee shop works to create an inclusive and creative space for the Johns Island community to gather and enjoy with a purpose. Opened August 2023.
213 E Bay Street, Charleston
The Habit is a “multi-tiered entertainment experience” that features an upscale dining space, a speakeasy lounge and a rooftop deck. This unique hybrid of dining and entertainment offers a mix of live music, dance parties, theme nights, burlesque performances and comedy acts. The second-floor lounge and the rooftop are available for exclusive performances and as private event spaces. Opened August 2023.
1939A Maybank Highway, Charleston
thejameschs.com | @thejameschs
Locally owned and operated by The Neighborhood Dining Group, The James offers traditional American cuisine with a family-friendly atmosphere. Along with its classic menu, the restaurant also creates a community gathering place. Opened July 2023.
3540 Park Ave Boulevard, Mount Pleasant
lolarosemtp.com | @lolarose_mtp
Lola Rose is the second concept from the James Beard-Nominated Chef Kevin Johnson and his wife Susan. The couple opened The Grocery in downtown Charleston in 2011 and are building on the same neighborhood spirit they brought to the area. Lola Rose aims to bring the same spirit to Mount Pleasant, featuring coastal Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed, convivial setting. Opened August 2023.
ODD DUCK MARKET
1082 E Montague Avenue, North Charleston
oddduckmarkets.com | @oddduckmarket
Odd Duck Market is a community-focused cafe and retail market that specializes in local proteins, produce and grocery items from small businesses nationwide. The full café offers coffee, breakfast, lunch, beer and wine. Opened August 2023.
97 Ronnie Boals Boulevard, Mount Pleasant
sunsetswaterfrontdining.com | @sunsetsshemcreek
Experience the Lowcountry at Sunsets in Mount Pleasant. Relish soulful waterfront dining with delightful flavors, crafted cocktails and Shem Creek’s allure. The downstairs kitchen serves a “Lowcountry-inspired” seafood menu while the upstairs kitchen focuses on sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi. The full bar offers local brews, wine and a signature frozen drink called the “Sunset Slushie.” Opened August 2023.
90 Folly Road Boulevard, Charleston
Sweatman’s Garden makes its mark by becoming Charleston’s first “sodary” and fondue lounge. Enjoy a variety of gourmet sodas and a full menu of treats in their garden-inspired room designed with wood accents, a plant wall and additional greenery. Opened August 2023.
181 Church Street, Charleston
frannieandthefox.com | @frannieandthefox
Whether you’re looking for a post-work pick-me-up or an after dinner nightcap, sneak over to The Den, a new bar concept hidden inside the Emeline bar and restaurant Frannie & The Fox. Enjoy shareable plates, champagne, mini martinis and caviar in an intimate setting that will be open daily to the public or for private events. Opening September 2023.
23 Ann Street, Charleston
bodegachs.com | @eatdrinkbodega
Executive Chef Alec Gropman brings a full suite of playful and creative breakfast items with a colorful drink menu to match. Keeping all the mainstay breakfast sandwich offerings, Bodega’s new menu adds a fresh variety of benedicts, pancakes, salads, bowls and toasts to satisfy any brunch and lunch craving. Available August 2023.
550 King Street, Charleston
felixchs.com | @lacavefelix
Inspired by owner Félix Landrum’s travels to the South of France, La Cave at Félix will be a sipping lounge and salon privé. The space will complement its sister restaurant with an expanded wine list, craft cocktail program, small bites and a focus on private parties and events. Opening November 2023.
185 East Bay Street, Charleston
magnoliascharleston.com | @magnoliaschs
Magnolia’s Uptown Down South restaurant has served as a staple in the Charleston area. They are now offering a chance to try their menu at home. Magnolias Classic Southern Cuisine: Collected Recipes from the Heart of Charleston is their new cookbook that encapsulates dishes from the 30+ years since Magnolia’s opening. There are nine chapters featuring over 100 recipes including pantry items, meat and poultry, sides to sweets, along with bits of history and anecdotes from the storied restaurant. Available October 2023.
730 Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant
mix.life | @mixcharleston
An “eatertainment” concept developed by Boston-based PiNZ Entertainment Group, MIX will feature upscale foods and beverages that will be paired with a variety of entertainment activities. MIX will be home to eight lanes of duckpin bowling, ax throwing, curling, arcade games, ping pong, two bars and a patio space for social events and live entertainment. Opening Fall 2023.
CHARLESTON CRAFTS COOPERATIVE GALLERY
140 East Bay Street, Charleston
charlestoncraftsgallery.com | @charleston_crafts
Recently relocated to East Bay Street, the Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery is now just a few blocks from Rainbow Row. With nearly 30 of South Carolina’s fine craft artists, the selection of artistic wares ranges from jewelry, apparel and accessories, to functional and decorative objects crafted from wood, clay, glass and paper. Opened July 2023.
123 King Street, Charleston
doyle.com | @doylenewyork
Doyle Auction House is opening a Charleston gallery at 123 King Street. Doyle will host consignment days featuring their internal team of specialists alongside thought leaders on a range of collecting topics. They will also host preview exhibitions of property to be auctioned in New York and online to collectors around the globe. Opening October 2023.
MARSH & MAGNOLIA
404 King Street Suite 101, Charleston
marshandmagnoliachs.com | @marshandmagnoliachs
Founded by Charleston locals Adele Cisco, Erin Engebritson and Kristin Smoak, this custom hat bar gives guests the opportunity to work with skilled hat stylists to create a unique and personalized hat just for them. Located on the ground floor of Hotel Bennett, the experience is central to the heart of Charleston. Opening Fall 2023.
287 King Street, Charleston
thereformation.com l @reformation
Reformation is opening its first South Carolina store on King Street in Charleston. As a sustainable fashion brand they combine stylish, vintage-inspired designs and release limited-edition collections that are 100% carbon neutral. This location will feature Reformation’s tech-driven retail concept and shoppers can browse a selection of dresses, sweaters, denim, boots, handbags and more. Opened September 2023.
BOEING LEARNING LAB AT THE MARITIME CENTER
10 Wharfside Street, Charleston
scaquarium.org | @southcarolinaaquarium
The South Carolina Aquarium broke ground on renovations for a new multidisciplinary learning center, the Boeing Learning Lab at the Charleston Maritime Center. It will be comprised of 8,500 square feet that includes four indoor classrooms, one open-air classroom, a broadcast studio to conduct virtual programs and office space for Aquarium staff. Opening 2024.
BOONE HALL COTTON GIN HOUSE RENOVATION
1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant
boonehallplantation.com | @boonehallplantation
This historic cotton gin building was developed in the 1850’s. During the years the McRae family had owned Boone Hall Plantation, it was home to a gift shop and restaurant called Serena’s Kitchen. A decision was made to remodel the interior in 2006. The interior was excavated and braces were put up on the outside of the building to support the brick structure and maintain the historical integrity of the building. The renovated facility features a new visitor center and a museum that spans over three centuries of history. There is a gift shop and event space upstairs that can be used for a variety of purposes. Opened September 2023.
CHARLES PINCKNEY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
1254 Long Point Rd, Mount Pleasant
nps.gov/chpi | @nationalparkservice
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site and its visitor’s center have undergone numerous improvements to protect the historic integrity of the park resource. A new cedar shingle roof has been installed, copper gutters and downspouts have been replaced, and storm shutters have been rehabilitated on the 1828 historic plantation home. The park features new interactive museum exhibits, a walking trail, picnic area, and junior ranger program for kids. The park highlights the Pinckney family, Charles Pinckney’s contributions to the US Constitution, enslavement at Snee Farm and the Gullah Geechee culture. Opened July 2023.
GALLERY BY SOUTHEASTERN WILDLIFE EXPOSITION
205 Meeting Street, Charleston
sewe.com | @sewe
Joining The Shops at The Charleston Place hotel, Gallery is an art gallery and studio space showcasing the expression of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition’s passion for the great outdoors. The gallery is a year-round extension of SEWE’s mission with some of the country’s finest wildlife art and artists. The space is home to curated exhibitors and artist residencies, special exhibitions and events. Opened August 2023.
MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL: THE EXHIBITION
56 Beaufain Street, Charleston
chapelsistine.com/exhibits/charleston | @chapelsistine
In this limited-run exhibition held at Festival Hall, experience the awe and wonder of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes up-close. Engage with every brushstroke and color in the new internally lit, life-size prints. Open July 14 – October 1, 2023.
THE FALL TOURS OF ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY AND GARDENS
Preservation Society of Charleston, 147 King Street, Charleston
preservationsociety.org | @preservationsociety
Now in its 47th year, the Fall Tours serves as one of the Preservation Society’s signature annual events and offers guests unique and rare opportunities to experience first-hand Charleston’s historic architecture, distinctive landscapes, urban neighborhoods and rich cultural heritage. Take part in the Piazzas and Gardens Tours, go behind the scenes on an Insider’s Tour or try a new Specialty Tour to discover why history and preservation make Charleston what it is today. October 11 – November 4, 2023.
THE MEN WILL ALWAYS BE THERE: EDWARD STEICHEN AND THE NAVAL PHOTOGRAPHIC UNIT
40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
patriotspoint.org | @patriots_point
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum has opened a temporary photo exhibition called The Men Will Always Be There: Edward Steichen and the Naval Photographic Unit. The exhibition is located aboard the historic aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown. The museum is also currently offering screenings of Steichen’s Academy Award Winning Documentary The Fighting Lady in the Smokey Stover Theater. Opened September 2023.
FOLLY BEACH 50TH ANNIVERSARY
101 E Arctic Avenue, Folly Beach
visitfolly.com | @visitfb
Get ready to revel in nostalgia and loads of fun as Folly Beach gears up to commemorate its golden milestone, the 50th Anniversary of becoming a city. The calendar showcases Folly over the years and the city’s vibrant history. There will be street festivals, dancing on the pier, a classic car show, a 20’s themed gala, classic carnival games and more. September 22 – October 1, 2023.
Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting Street, Charleston
gather-charleston.com | @explorecharleston
Enjoy two days of some of the city’s favorite chefs, local goods and cultural experiences for a celebration of all that makes Charleston a dynamic destination. Come experience why Charleston is named Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Awards Top City in the US year after year. September 29 – October 1, 2023.
1061 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston
riverfrontrevival.com | @riverfrontrevival
Curated by Darius Rucker and produced by a seasoned team, this two-day festival is a love letter to country music and to the South Carolina Lowcountry. Loaded with unforgettable live music, engaging culture and delicious tastes inspired by the region’s unique foodways, guests will leave feeling revived deep in their souls, through the music, environment and community we’re building together. October 7 – 8, 2023.
LEXUS FASHION WEEK
56 Beaufain Street, Charleston
theevents.charlestonfashionweek.com | @chasfashweek
Lexus Charleston Fashion Week® (Lexus CFW), one of the leading regional fashion weeks in the United States, announces “Lexus CFW The Events,” a two-night celebration at Festival Hall in Charleston. This year, the event will host the first online social media Emerging Designer Competition for fashion designers from all over the country. October 13 – 14, 2023.
PARK CIRCLE ART WALK
Park Circle Neighborhoods, North Charleston
The creative minds of Park Circle banded together to create a walking, biking or driving art show in the community. Each artist/musician will display or perform their works of art in their front yards throughout the Park Circle area. October 14, 2023.
AFROSOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
301 Savannah Highway, Charleston
afrosouth.com | @afrosouth_sc
The AfroSouth Film Festival is a showcase event highlighting and celebrating the contributions of the African Diaspora on Southern Culture through the art of filmmaking. The Festival is inspired by the multi-ethnic culture of the Lowcountry through its arts scene, Gullah culture, southern cuisine and stunning architecture. November 2 – 5, 2023.
CHARLESTON LITERARY FESTIVAL
Circular Congregational Church and the Dock Street Theatre
charlestonliteraryfestival.com | @charlestonlitfest
With its roots in the Charleston House in the United Kingdom, the Charleston Literary Festival will return this fall. The annual ten-day boutique literary festival will play host to 30+ events featuring world-class creators and thinkers exploring today’s most pressing ideas and discussing with guests and authors from around the world. November 3 – 12, 2023.
Brittle Bank Park and Isle of Palms
lowvelo.org | @lowvelo
LOWVELO rallies everyone together for the great cause of raising money for innovative and lifesaving cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. LOWVELO connects a dedicated group of cyclists, volunteers, virtual participants, sponsors and staff members who are driven by compassion and a determination to end cancer. Participants have a choice of five cycling routes or a virtual LOWVELO Home Team option for those who can’t join the event in person or who prefer to cycle, walk or run on their own. November 4, 2023.
HOLY SMOKES BARBECUE FESTIVAL
1061 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston
holysmokeschs.com | @Holysmokeschs
Experience the annual Holy Smokes Barbecue Festival at Riverfront Park. Over 30 of the country’s best pitmasters and chefs will be serving up all-you-can-eat BBQ. With live music playing on stage against the backdrop of the Cooper River, guests will have a unique opportunity to sample a range of barbecue styles from the group of renowned pitmasters. Support will help benefit Hogs for the Cause, MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and The Ronald McDonald House of Charleston. November 11, 2023.
100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston
This holiday season the Aquarium will open its doors at dusk for a dazzling light spectacular. From the icy starlight of the mountains to the neon lights of the coast, let wildlife lead the way to celebration this holiday season. November 16 – December 30, 2023.