Things To Do in Charleston For the Whole Family This Fall

Emma Saunders

 Blue truck surrounded by pumpkins.
Don't forget to pick out your pumpkin. Image courtesy of Unsplash.


The FestivALL in Charleston is a family friendly event happening October 7th through the 16th. Get ready to celebrate the season with fun for everyone!

Here are all the events happening at FestivFALL that you don’t want to miss:

An Evening with the West Virginia Dance Company

Two people dressed in purple dancing.
Enjoy an evening of living art. Image courtesy of FestivFALL.

October 13th from 7:30pm-9:30pm

This live show depicts the human body’s movements, turning dance into art. It will be a unique experience for everyone, bringing culture and abstract art into modern dance. Tickets will be $5 for students, and $10 for adults.

Glow in the Park

A line of people using glow-in-the-dark accessories.
There’s glow in the dark fun for the whole family. Image courtesy of Charleston Events.

October 14th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

A free event brought on by the City of Charleston Office of Public Art, Glow in the Park includes live music, art, and glow in the dark crafts. The event is located at Slack Plaza.

Failure is Impossible: West Virginia’s Struggle for Women’s Suffrage

October 14th and 15th from 7:30pm-9:00pm

A one-act play depicts the times during the times in West Virginia when the 19th amendment was being passed.


October 15th from 11:30am-3:30pm

This event will have local eats from around Charleston. There will be music, entertainment, and kid’s activities. There will be unique food items exclusive to Taste-of-ALL from each restaurant. Tickets cost $1.

A table with green, orange, and purple drinks.
Try some spooky-themed treats. Image courtesy of FestivALL.

Carriage Trail Leaf with Music, Art, and Theater

October 16th from 1:00-4:00pm

This event is located on a nearly one-mile long trail. Put on by the Children’s Theater of Charleston, there will be music, theater, poetry readings, and more. 


Art-for-Fall is an event that will be occurring throughout FestivALL from October 7th-16th. It will be held at the Annex Gallery of Taylor Books. You can find the works of art here. The exhibition will feature art from children in 13 counties from grades 7-12, and will be teen-juried. The award ceremony will occur on October 16th from 3:30-4:00pm.

Bat Night Bonfire

October 22nd at 6:00-9:00pm

At this event, you and the whole family can sit around a fire, enjoy the outdoors and learn all about bats, plus there will be activities for children. The event will be at Kanawha State Forest. There are nine bat species that inhabit Kanawha, and this event will allow you to learn about each one. 

Pumpkin Patch

A sign of a truck and pumpkins with holes cut out for people to put their faces through.
There’s something for all ages at Chandler Pumpkin Farm. Image courtesy of Chandler Pumpkin Farm, LLC.

The best way to celebrate fall is to be immersed in all the natural beauty of the season. One place you can enjoy a pumpkin patch is the Chandler Pumpkin Farm. Admission is $7 per person, and children under 2 are free. They are open every Friday through Sunday from September 24th-October 29th. There, you can pick and purchase pumpkins for $3-10 depending on their size. They have a variety of activities including a petting zoo, a slide, apple slingshots, archery, an obstacle course, and more. 



Spooktober banner.
Conduct the spookiest science experiments. Image courtesy of the Clay Center.

Every Saturday in October from 11:00am-4:00pm

This spooky, science-themed event is located at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. This event will be like a scientific scavenger hunt, where kids can find creepy creatures they find in the museum, and take them to the research lab. Plus, they will experience various Halloween-themed scientific exhibits, and have the opportunity to see demonstrations and science experiments done by educators. 

Downtown Art Walk

October 20th, 5:00-8:00pm

The Downtown Charleston Art Walk is a great opportunity to see all kinds of various artists and pop-ups. Take a tour of downtown shops, galleries, and businesses. There will be vendors lined up, each one with crafts, artwork, food, fashion, antiques, and more. Experience the culture of Charleston and take something home with you, too!

Wizarding Weekend

Two women with a fire lit, dressed as wizards.
Live like a wizard for the day. Image courtesy of WVNS TV.

October 22nd from 8:00am-8:00pm

This exciting wizard-themed event is inspired by fans of Harry Potter, although not endorsed by the media. It will take place in Capitol Market, and is a free event where people of all ages can come together to turn downtown Charleston into a magical world of wizards, witches, wands, and spells. Activities include live music, lessons about potion-making, food, desserts, and much more. 


Of course, the biggest event of the fall season, especially for kids, is trick-or-treating. If you’re in Charleston, they have set-up a county-wide time for trick-or-treating from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Halloween night. Bring your best costume.

If you’re in Charleston, West Virginia, check out any or all of these mostly free events. They are all great opportunities to get in the fall spirit with the whole family. Of course, the best way to celebrate fall is to go outside and appreciate the beautiful foliage. There’s truly nothing like West Virginia during the fall time. 

While doing things outside of the house is a great way to spend time with your family and de-stress, sometimes you need that extra mental boost. 

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