With fall finally having arrived in the Lowcountry, a number of events are starting to move indoors. But there are still those who are trying to eke out every last bit of outdoor fun.

Park Day

A fall tradition, Daniel Island’s popular Park Day is scheduled for Saturday.

The annual family fun event features a variety of activities for all ages that showcases and supports a diverse range of local charitable organizations. In addition to live entertainment, games, jump castles and animal exhibits, this year’s festival will feature several new events and new food and beverage options.

In addition to the numerous interactive events, performances will be given by Peace Love Hip Hop, singer Lauren Hall, bluegrass from Common Ground, The Electric Company dance band and The Island Band. Two 3 Ways will cover ’80s and ’90s hits, Motown and Big Band classics.

The event will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the city of Charleston’s Governors Park, located on Seven Farms Drive. Admission and parking are free.

Go to danielislandparkday.com.


While we’re just past Halloween and still weeks away from Thanksgiving, there are numerous folks out there who are already jumping on the Christmas bandwagon.

If you’re one of those folks, consider heading out to Wonder Works on Saturday for the free family holiday kick-off festival.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., enjoy free holiday activities, the season’s hottest toys, hourly giveaways and guest appearances from Rainbow Loom inventor Cheong Choon Ng, Thomas & Friends’ Sir Tophem Hatt and the Elf on the Shelf.

For the first time, the world’s largest toy company, Mattel, is coming to Charleston to take part in this third annual event at Wonder Works at 975 Savannah Highway.

Four local charities will benefit.

Go to www.wonderworkscharleston.com.

Castra Romana XII

Yet another event on Saturday is the Castra Romana festival, an event that brings ancient Rome to life.

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Givhans Ferry State Park, 746 Givhans Ferry Road, in Ridgeville, attendees will have a chance to check out an authentic Roman Army camp, army drill demonstrations by authentically equipped Roman Legionaries and Centurions, legionary training exhibits, equipment and armor displays, gladius and pila demonstrations, Roman era artillery and engineers, and Roman Cavalry.

There also will be gladiatorial games in the “arena,” Roman-era pottery and civilian demonstrations, papyrus writing examples, Biblical museum displays, military games and competitions including mock combat, army pay and ration issues, guard mount and more.

Admission to the state park is $2. There is no cost for the event itself, but a $5 donation is recommended.

Call 437-5587 or go to www.castraromana.com.

Disc golf barn jam

Also Saturday, the Sewee Outpost will be celebrating the official opening of its new disc golf course (the first east of the Cooper) with a tournament, live music, food and more.

The gates open at 9:30 a.m. with the first tournament kicking off at 10 a.m.

A barn jam at Awendaw Green starts at 4:30 p.m. and will feature Ten Toes Up and Sun Dried Vibes.

The $25 cost for the tournament includes two rounds of singles play, lunch, an Innova disc and entry into the barn jam.

The barn jam alone is $5, and the course will be open for free play after the tournament.

Call 928-3493 or go to www.seweeoutpost.com for more.

Second Sunday

A favorite monthly event of locals and visitors alike, Second Sunday on King Street will be held 1-5 p.m. on, you guessed it, Sunday.

With a portion of King Street closed to vehicular traffic, folks are invited to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping, dining and enjoying Charleston at its finest.

The November event will feature a visit from Santa Clause, in addition to numerous other promotions and events at various shops and restaurants.

To print out a free parking voucher and to find out more, go to www.2ndsundayonkingstreet.com.

Italian film fest

If you’d rather spend your time inside on a chilly fall day, consider heading to the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Thursday through Sunday for the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival.

In its seventh year, the festival will include screenings of 13 recent Italian movies along with panel discussions and Q&A sessions with the four visiting filmmakers.

Screenings of the films are $6. Go to http://italianfilmfest.cofc.edu for details.