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Top Fall Activities in Lake Murray Area for October 2023

The Lake Murray area, often referred to as “The South Carolina Jewel,” prides itself in its natural beauty and convenient proximity to the state capital, making the cities and small towns that surround the lake incredibly convenient places to call home. 

While it’s well-known for its water-centric summer activities, don’t dismiss it as a summer-only destination. As September and October roll around, the focus shifts from sun-soaked days on the lake to a tapestry of food fairs and community events. 

Add the changing colors of autumn in its predominant natural spaces and you’ll get a hint of what draws thousands of locals and tourists alike during the fall season.

Girls seated and enjoying a concert in South Carolina

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As a Lexington neighbor who has worked in real estate here for more than 26 years, I can tell you the fall season in the Lake Murray area has its own unique charm, starred by the stunning natural scenery and welcoming southern community

It is definitely my favorite place to be during these months and I hope it becomes one of your favorite places too. 

3 Key Reasons Lake Murray Shines as a Fall Destination

Is the Lake Murray area an attractive destination in the fall? In a word, yes, and here are my top 3 reasons why: 

Boat sailing on the calm waters of Lake Murray

Source: southcarolinalakes.info 

1- Spectacular Sunsets: If you’ve ever witnessed a Lake Murray sunset, you know they’re worth adding to any bucket list. The warm hues of autumn nature blend seamlessly with the burning colors of the sky at sunset time, casting a breathtaking 360° reflection on serene lake waters. 

It’s the kind of scene that instantly reconnects you with the wonders of nature.

Source: Emily Grace Corley at Unsplash

2- Perfect Urban-Nature Balance: The Lake Murray area offers the perfect harmony between urban convenience and natural beauty. 

Just a quick 20-minute drive separates this haven from the vibrant city of Columbia, while the tranquil shores of the Lake are within walking distance. 

If you are craving a break from city noise and pollution, Lake Murray is the ideal spot for a breath of fresh air and a nature escape. 

3- Diverse Activities: Beyond its natural beauty, Lake Murray offers an array of activities during the fall season. 

Whether you’re a seasoned local or a first-time visitor, you won’t want to miss these events. 

Your Ultimate Agenda for October 2023 in the Lake Murray Area

Blimp flying overhead promoting the Irmo Okra Strut

Source: The Irmo News 

49th Irmo Okra Strut. With its 45-year history, the festival is back to celebrate community achievement and local cuisine. Join the +25,000 visitors who enjoy this celebration yearly. 

When: Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th 

Where: In Irmo, at Irmo Community Park 

Free event 

Find more details at this link 

Crystal’s Insider Tips: There is a Saturday morning parade as part of the Irmo Okra Strut. It is the largest in the entire state of South Carolina and I highly recommend checking it out as a family activity. 

Dog enjoying the Chapin Fall Fido Festival

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Chapin Fall Fido Festival: If you’re a dog enthusiast, this is for both you and your four-legged companion. A Sunday afternoon full of games, vendors, food trucks, demonstrations, adoptions, raffles, and much more. 

When: October 1, 2023, from 1 pm-4 pm 

Where: In Chapin, at the Crooked Creek Park. 

Tickets go from $5-$15 

Find more details here

Picture of Deanna Carroll

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Lady Supreme: Diana Ross Tribute. Deanna Caroll’s exceptional vocals, backed by an outstanding band and dazzling costumes, will transport you back in time to the world of the iconic R&B/Soul diva, Diana Ross. 

When: Friday, October 6, 2023 at 8 pm

Where: In Newberry, at the Newberry Opera House. 

Tickets go from $45 

Find more details in this link 

Crystal’s Insider Tips: It’s always great to rediscover the Newberry Opera House. This beautifully restored French Gothic-style building has been used for exhibitions and performances since 1915. 

I suggest checking their events calendar often. It always has great options for a date night. 

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Big Red Barn Retreat Fall Jam. The country singer and songwriter, Chris Janson, who has written for artists like Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, and Cody Johnson, arrives at Segra Park for a good session of country music. This is a veterans’ benefit event. 

When: Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 7:30 pm 

Where: In Columbia, at Segra Park. 

Tickets are: $25 

Find more details in this link 

Source: The Chapin Theater Company Official Website 

Stilt Girl, a play from Chapin Theatre Company. A night at the theater is always a fun experience. Immerse yourself in the charm of this New York City-inspired comedy throughout the month of October. 

When: All weekends from October 6th to October 22nd. Times vary depending on the day. Where: In Chapin, at the Chapin Theatre 

Tickets are: $18 

Find more details here 

Crystal’s Insider Tips: Did you know Chapin is famous for its charm and warm hospitality and has been continuously getting featured as one of the top ten places to reside in South Carolina? 

Source: The Dirt Road Disciples Official Website 

The Dirt Road Disciples In Concert. Get ready for a classic rock treat. The Dirt Road Disciples are set to make their debut at the Timberlake Country Club. 

When: October 16, 2023 at 7 pm

Where: In Chapin, at Timberlake Country Club 

Find more details here 

Jack-o'-lanterns at The Foodees Food and Culture Festival Spooktacular

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The Foodees Food and Culture Festival Spooktacular. Imagine a more perfect setting for trick-or-treating than a food festival. We certainly can’t! This is South Carolina’s very first Halloween-themed food festival. 

When: From Friday, October 20, 2023 to Sunday, October 22, 2023 

Where: In Gilbert, at Gilbert Community Park 

***Free event ***

Find more details here 

Flier for the Capital City Blue Festival in Columbia, SC

Source: The Colonial Life Arena Website

The Capital City Blues Festival. A night to delight in the contemporary blues scene. The lineup includes King George, Tucka, Calvin Richarson, and more. 

When: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm 

Where: In Columbia, at the Colonial Life Arena 

Tickets go from $59 

Find more details here

Band photo of Foreigner

Source: Foreigner Official Website 

Rock Concert in Columbia: Foreigner 

Relive the Rock of the 70s with Foreigner. The iconic band will be in the Township Auditorium in Columbia, only 20 minutes from Lexington, to bring you the best of the 70s back. There are a few tickets left! 

When: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 @ 7:30 PM 

Where: In Columbia, at the Township Auditorium 

Tickets start at $47 

Find more details here 

Which did you add to your calendar?

Each event offers a unique experience that adds to the vibrant cultural tapestry of the Lake Murray area. Whether you’re a frequent visitor to Lake Murray or it’s your first time, there’s always something exciting to do. And if you’ve been considering investing or living in the area, I’m here to help. Book a discovery call with me, and let’s explore the possibilities together.

Crystal Wallace


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