Family Fun in the Fall: An Event for All Ages

By Pamela Brownstein

Featured in Lowcountry Parent 

Children enjoy a day in the sun, jumping through an inflatable course.
Photography by Caroline Herring.


Families are invited to a day of ground-shaking excitement at the Steeplechase of Charleston on Sunday, Nov. 13. Since kids 12 and under are free, it’s a wonderful way to spend a fall afternoon outside together watching world-class horse racing.

Whether your kids like ponies or racing or fashion or freedom to run around, this event will feature fun for everyone.

Attending this full day of horse racing means packing a cooler and bringing a kid-friendly tailgate spread. Food trucks will also be onsite offering sweets and treats and different dining options.

Steeplechase is a place to see and be seen, think Kentucky Derby-meets-Southern Charm, so big hats and bow ties are encouraged. Fashionistas and shoppers can get lost in The Merchant Market, with more than 50 vendors and local artisans selling items such as jewelry, accessories, apparel and hand-crafted candles.

Merchant tent at last year’s Steeplechase event.
Photography by Caroline Herring.


Sanctioned by The National Steeplechase Association, the Charleston event will feature five high-stakes races with coveted titles on the line, and a winner’s ceremony at the end.

You can make the experience as bougie as you want, with ticketing packages that range from general admission to VIP, which includes a lounge on the finish line with food service, open bar, elevated views and access to VIP bathrooms.

The Steeplechase of Charleston will be held at The Stono Ferry Racetrack in Hollywood, SC.

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