Things to Do Around Charleston this September

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This September, venture out with the family or friends to enjoy the fall weather and take advantage of local community events happening all around Charleston. Below are a few Charleston-area celebrations that we recommend.

  • Cast-Off Fishing Tournaments on the Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach Piers: On Sept. 1, head to the Mount Pleasant Pier to take part in a friendly fishing tournament. On Sept. 29, the tournament takes place at Folly Beach Pier.Charleston
  • Wine Down Wednesdays at Old Towne Creek County Park: For a relaxing night out with friends, head to the Old Towne Creek County Park on Sept. 5 and Sept. 9 to enjoy tasty local food, wine, and live music.
  • Charleston Restaurant Week: This year, Charleston Restaurant Week takes place Sept. 5-16 and showcases delicious local fare, from quick bites to fine dining. Come out to taste the local flavors! Charleston Beer Week takes place concurrently from Sept. 7-15, and you won’t want to miss it.
  • MOJA Arts Festival: Taking place from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7, the MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. The festival will feature live music, dance, theatre, visual arts galleries, and more. Many of the events are free, making it very family-friendly.

Of course, if you find you need a new or pre-owned vehicle to attend these events, come and visit us at Palmetto Ford.

Celebrate Good Taste at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival

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A fun community atmosphere, gourmet food, and a variety of wine samples await you at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival. This annual celebration of good taste will take place from February 28 until March 4, 2018, and interested parties can attend more than 21 various events in a packed schedule that was lovingly put together by a passionate group of culinary enthusiasts. Now in its 13th season, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival is feeling lucky this year regardless, featuring a steadily growing world-class event.

 Charleston Wine and Food Festival

The guest list for the festival ranges from reputable chefs from all over the world to local favorites, farmers, and experts. There are also a number of difference experiences offered, from the central “Culinary Village,” to dining events at local restaurants, to brunches and beverage workshops, and even educational classes on Charleston cuisine. The festival is also mission-based, which means you can feel good about buying a ticket: 92 cents of every dollar the event makes goes towards funding the festival’s community efforts and giving back.

There are a number of packages for guests who want the full experience of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival (that would include several of us at Palmetto Ford), but you can also just as easily check out the online schedule and buy tickets for the events you want to attend a la carte. The choice is yours.

Don’t Miss the Annual Spoleto Festival

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Annual Spoleto FestivalIf you want natural beauty, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to Charleston, South Carolina. The city is known for its lovely nature, as well as its collection of beautiful historic buildings which make quite an impression on both visitors and natives alike. These things combined with the generous number of stunning venues and the area’s love for the arts make Charleston the perfect location for the annual Spoleto Festival.


The Spoleto Festival was created in 1977 as an American counterpart to Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The festival was founded largely by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and Christopher Keene. The two gentlemen sought a place that would offer just as much charm, beauty, and space as Spoleto, and Charleson was the perfect location. Now the program has run for 40 years, providing Charleston natives and visitors a place to catch everything from theatre premiers, symphonies, jazz, opera, dance, and more.


This year’s festival begins on May 26, 2017 and runs through June 11th and takes place at venues like the Charleston Gaillard Center, City Hall, and Dock Street Theatre, many of which are just a short drive from Palmetto Ford Lincoln. Visitors can catch things like the US premiere of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace, multiple performances of Waiting for Godot, the Charles Lloyd jazz quartet, and much, much more. For tickets and a full lineup, visit

Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k Postponed Due to Hurricane Matthew

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Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k

Note: the Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k has been rescheduled for October 16, due to the imminent threat of Hurricane Matthew. Palmetto Ford is also closed for the rest of the week.

Runners, put on your running shoes, fill up your water bottle and get ready for one of the most beautiful annual races in South Carolina. The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k is back again this October 16 on John’s Island. Walk or run this beautiful organized trek through some of South Carolina’s most breathtaking scenery. The Half Marathon and 5k follow trails that will take you through landscapes of fall foliage, gorgeous old oak trees and enchanting wildlife.

The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k both start at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 16, at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Registration for the half marathon is $40 for Charleston County residents and $48 for everyone else, while the 5k is $28 and $34 respectively. Registration runs through October 7.

Friends and family who aren’t participating are welcome to come along for the experience and enjoy the pleasant fall weather while they wait for their runner or walker to finish. At the end of the race, all can stick around to enjoy a celebratory post-race meal and complimentary live music. This race is one of the most scenic and rewarding of its kind in the area. You won’t want to miss it!

Best Drive-In Theaters in South Carolina

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There’s nothing like pulling up to the silver screen outside and watching it from the comfort of your vehicle. Nostalgia, great food at the concession stand, and a night out with loved ones make the experience of going to a drive-in unlike anything else. Unfortunately, the best drive-in theaters in South Carolina are all likely to be a decently long drive due to the fact that most of them have been closed or demolished. Still, for the experience, it is every bit worth the inconvenience.  If you’re headed from Charleston to any of these theaters, make a plan for a day trip with the family!

Monetta Drive-In Theater

This theater, about a two-hour journey away from Charleston, almost succumbed to a market shifting away from drive-ins when it was restored in 1999. It is free for anyone 11 and under, and $5 admission for anyone over the age of 11. Keep in mind this theater is only open on the weekends.

Hwy 21 Drive-In Theater

Even further away than Monetta, this Beaufort theater is about three hours away. This one’s impressive, as it expanded its capacity to 500 cars and runs every night, year-round. Weeknights are single features, while weekends are double features.

In conclusion, we’d like to give an honorary mention to the three best drive-in theaters that were once in Charleston, but were closed or demolished: Victory Downs Drive-In, Magnolia Drive-In, and 4-Mile Drive-In. The demand for these theaters may have diminished, but they’re still a great, fun novelty to enjoy with the family.

Classic Restaurants In Charleston From Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives

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Everyone loves Guy Fieri on DD&D! Check out some of the places he visited in Charleston, SC. Taken by Wendy Berry. No changes. Copyright 2007.

TV Food Maps is a site that investigates restaurants seen on TV, and they have a particular section on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – which, coincidentally, covers the full range of where we like to take our classic muscle cars for a cruise. If you have a nice vintage car and you’re looking for a suitable place to cruise in your old-school Mustang, check out these recommendations pulled right from the site’s TV-approved archives.

Fuel Cantina

Located inside an old, refurbished gas station, this restaurant is championed by a young chef who dazzles with unique fare benefiting from a Caribbean twist.

Early Bird Diner

You can’t go wrong with this one: a mom-and-pop diner inspired by good ol’-fashioned Southern heritage.

Glass Onion

True Southern cuisine rears its deliciously unhealthy head at this restaurant, which features favorites like the pork loin po’ boy or the crispy chicken leg.

Dixie Supply

Another breakfast joint, you might find some creative dishes tucked in between the traditional favorites on the menu, like a delectable shrimp BLT.

Tattooed Moose

This husband-and-wife duo claims they specialize in “all things bird,” so if you like poultry or duck, you should probably give this a shot.

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives continuously updates as more cool hang-out joints appear on the Charleston, SC map, so keep an eye on them in the future!