Top 10 Things to do this Fall in Lake Murray Country 2022
September 19, 2022
With summer winding down and football season in full swing, Autumn is finally here in Capital City/Lake Murray Country. There are many exciting events and activities for the whole family to explore. The Lake Murray Country region is home to some of the best farms, festivals, and attractions in the state. Fall in love with Lake Murray Country as we dive into our top 10 things to do.
1. Go Shopping
Blythewood Farmers Market
Open Wednesdays 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Doko Meadows Park, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood, SC 29016
This small town market is rich in agricultural history dating back hundreds of years. Perfect for families and shoppers, this market offers locally grown produce, heritage-raised meats, and local arts and crafts. This market has it all including food, live music, and special promotional events throughout the year (don’t miss the free wine tasting every 3rd week!). Visit their website for more information: BlythewoodFarmersMarket.com.
2. Eat Some Okra
Irmo Okra Strut, Presented by Lexington Medical Center
Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24
Irmo Community Park, 7507 Eastview Drive, Irmo, SC 29063
The Irmo Okra Strut Festival is a free festival thanks to sponsors! Enjoy family fun, live music, and all the goodness that is Okra. This festival includes rides, amusements, and food/drinks (individual fees apply). Friday: 6 PM – Concert featuring Cowboy Mouth, opener: The Root Doctors. The amusement rides will be running until 11 PM, so bring the whole family on down for a great night! Saturday: 9 AM – Grab a spot for the Annual Irmo Okra Strut Parade. Located at St. Andrews Road and Lake Murray Blvd. 10 AM – Head over to Irmo Community park for the festivities including the Columbia Marionettes, an Okra eating contest, and more. The fun goes till 4 PM. 6 PM – Concert featuring Corey Smith, with opener OuterEgo. Visit OkraStrut.com for more information.
3. Explore a Corn Maze
Clinton Sease Farm
Through November 6
Fridays: 6 – 10 PM | Saturdays: 10 AM – 10 PM | Sundays: 2 – 7 PM
382 Olde Farm Rd, Lexington, SC 29072
There’s nothing like exploring a corn field on a crisp Fall day. Add in wagon rides, a playground, and a pumpkin patch and you’ve got yourself a fall outing! Gather your friends, and family or treat yourself to a fall outing and so much more at Clinton Sease Farm. Did we mention their haunted attraction Deceased Farm (not for the faint of heart)? Visit their website for pricing and more information: ClintonSeaseFarm.com.
4. Pet an Alpaca During National Alpaca Farm Days
Carolina Pride Pastures
Sep 24, 10:00 AM – Sep 25, 4:00 PM
Pomaria, 1416 SC-34, Pomaria, SC 29126
This year’s Alpaca Farm Day will feature live demonstrations, chats with the alpaca farmers to learn more about the furry friends, plenty of opportunities for alpaca/llama selfies, and outdoor family fun. Saturday’s food vendor will be Sarah’s Rockin’ Food Truck. Enjoy an outdoor lunch picnic over the two days. Get up close and feel the alpaca fleece. The farm store is fully stocked with all things alpaca/llama themed including a new shipment of our most popular alpaca product, SOCKS! Learn more about Alpaca Farm Days by visiting CPPastures.com. During your visit to Newberry County, plan a stop at nearby Lever Farms, only 3 miles down the road!
5. Eat BBQ and Listen to Great Music
Serco Congaree Swampfest
September 30 – October 1
Featuring: BBQ, Blues & Soul music
Harriet Barber House & Grounds: 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, SC 29061
Congaree National Park,100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061
Get ready for a two-day BBQ and Blues/Soul Music Weekend. The party kicks off, Friday, September 30 at 7 PM at the Harriet Barber House with musical guests Tony Terry, Chairman of the Board, Paris Bennett, and The Blues Deluxe Band. There will be vendors and food trucks. Get your tickets early! Day two kicks off at the swamp – at Congaree National Park where visitors can experience the rich culture of the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor through guided tours and meet the local wildlife. The fun continues 12 – 5 PM back at the Harriet Barber House with live entertainment, food/drink & Craft vendors, children’s carnival, a veggie giveaway to senior citizens, prize giveaways, shuttle service, golf cart central, & more. Learn more at CongareeSwampFest.com.
6. Drink Craft Beer
Lower Saluda Craft BeerFest
Friday, September 30, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saluda Shoals Park: 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212
Saluda Shoals Park in partnership with KW Beverage is hosting the Lower Saluda Craft BeerFest! Taste more than 25 unique craft beers, enjoy live music, and take home a commemorative tasting glass. Local food trucks will have food available for purchase, and must be 21 + years of age. Visit Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission for more information.
7. Break out Your Lederhosen
Annual Blythewood Oktoberfest
Friday, September 30 – October 1
Doko Meadows Park, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood, SC 29016
Come out to beautiful Blythewood and enjoy hiking Doko Meadows Park trails and visiting the local historical sites and interacting with local business owners throughout the Town Center District of Blythewood.
The festivities kick off September 30, 2022, at 6 PM with the Stampede followed by German Dress & Keg Toss Contests, live music from the Mountaintop Polka Band, and Stein Race & Yodeling Contests. Day two packs even more German heritage fun! Get started early at 7 AM with the Grin & Bier It – 5K Run/Walk followed by the Volksmarch (Hiking Doko Meadows Park Trails and Town Center District), and Kindertown Children’s Games. There’s so much to do at the Blythewood Oktoberfest this year. A portion of net proceeds will be donated to non-profit charities. Learn more at BlythewoodChamber.com/Oktoberfest.
8. Fall in Love With the Region
Cayce Fall Fest
Saturday, October 1, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Granby Gardens Park, 1800 12th Street, Cayce, SC 29033
The City of Cayce is excited to announce the return of the Cayce Fall Fest! This culturally diverse event will have a multitude of fun festivities including live music, a DJ and dance floor, local cultural food vendors, beer and wine, a kid’s area, face painters, balloon artists, inflatables, and more! This event is free and open to the public!
A local favorite, Mystic Vibrations, a reggae group, will be headlining the event. More live music from The Accused, a five-piece rock cover band, and Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass, a bluegrass band will play throughout the afternoon. Learn more by visiting their Facebook event.
9. Drink Cranberry Wine in Newberry
Enoree River Vineyards & Winery Harvest Festival
October 8, 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
1650 Dusty Rd, Newberry, SC 29108
Enjoy an afternoon at Enoree River Vineyards & Winery with special guest winery, Southbend Winery from Greenwood. This festival features 2 live bands, 2 food trucks & 30 local vendors. Plus, Cranberry Wine will debut for the season along with cranberry wine slushies. This year there will be TWO Bands with live music by The Time Pirates: 12 – 2:30 PM & Cash Money Experience: 3 PM – 5:30 PM. Visit the winery website for more information: EnoreeRiverWinery.com Make sure to check out Enoree’s “Unpack the Porch” events – with more wine, music, and food and dates through November. *There is no rain date for the Harvest Festival. The event will proceed (unless there is a hurricane!).
10. Take a Horseback Ride in Ward
Wonderful Weekend ‘n’ Ward
Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13
209 Ward Avenue, Ward, SC 29166
A weekend in Ward is a perfect place to trade in your tie for a red bandana, your skirt for blue jeans, and your worries for a time to relax, have fun, make unforgettable memories, and enjoy your surroundings. Load up your horse and travel to Ward, South Carolina for a good ole’ fashioned trail ride. Ward is home to gorgeous riding trails and open fields. Enjoy wagon trains, great food with family and friends, and dancing to the best bands in the southeast! Learn more at TheWardRide.com.
Ready for Your fall adventure?
To find more fall favorites and other events visit our website at Capital City/Lake Murray Country events page. The Midlands boasts a wide variety of things to do, from food festivals to art and entertainment to cultural, historical, and contemporary sites. Stop by the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center in the historic Lorick Plantation House to discover hidden gems and more trip ideas or, contact the Lake Murray Country staff at [email protected] for personalized service.