The Scouted Calendar / October 2015

October has always been one of our favorite months. Fall weather, an abundance of festivals, fun costumes…what’s not to love? From antique shows to house tours to food festivals to galas galore, here’s a list of events we’re looking forward to attending in our Scouted cities:


Taking place October 1 – 4 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Antiques at The Gardens will offer attendees the opportunity to discover beautiful art, jewelry, and antiques; enjoy lectures and events; and meet regionally and nationally recognized tastemakers. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Birmingham here.}  


To quote our TSG Charleston editor, “Touring Charleston’s grand, historic homes is the Super Bowl of all house tours.” The Preservation Society of Charleston’s Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens is said Super Bowl of house tours, and it takes place from October 1-25. Each day a different private property is featured, allowing attendees to learn the unique histories of a variety of special spaces. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Charleston here.}


Tastings, pairings, seminars…the three-day Denver International Wine Festival, which kicks off on October 28, is a must-attend for oenophiles in the area. (But you don’t have to take our word for it – Fodor’s listed it as one of the “10 can’t-miss fall wine festivals.”){Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Denver here.}


October 9-11, locals and visitors are invited to Fall For Greenville. The festival, which takes over the entire downtown, offers delicious food from more than 40 local restaurants, drinks, and live music from more than 60 entertainers. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Greenville here.}


TSG National is heading to High Point! We will be sponsoring the Designer Lounge and Recharge Station at the Antique & Design Center of High Point from October 15 – 22, and hosting a “Sip & Scout” party on Sunday, October 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. Please come find us on the mezzanine level above the Boiler Room Bar to say hello and pick up copies of your favorite Guides.


October brings a few major events to Virginia’s horse country. Locals and visitors can enjoy the 61st running of the Virginia Fall Races on October 10th in Middleburg; four days of films and Q&A sessions with esteemed filmmakers and actors at the Middleburg Film Festival, which begins on October 22nd; and the International Gold Cup Races on October 24th in The Plains. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Hunt Country here.}


Often cited by Louisvillians as one of their favorite events of the year, the St. James Court Art Show (October 2-4) is a huge juried art festival that takes place in the Old Louisville neighborhood, a historic preservation district with the largest component of Victorian homes in the U.S. According to our TSG Louisville editors, this show offers tons of eye candy (apparently the beautiful homes that line the fair alone make it worth attending). Also worth attending: the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Frederick Law Olmstead-designed Iroquois Park, which takes place at dusk October 8 through November 1. Another Halloween-themed must-see is “Haunted Hillcrest,” which takes place nightly close to Halloween, which entails residents of this quaint street in Louisville’s historic Crescent Hill neighborhood transforming it into an informal walking tour of spooky haunted yards (neighbors go all out!). {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Louisville here.}


Hot on the heels of the October 20th launch party for The Scout Guide Miami at the Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables, the Beaux Arts Ball—Miami’s oldest costume ball—will return for its 63rd year, taking place at the same location. The theme is “Come As You Art,” and we’re already excited to see photographs from the affair. On October 30, The Vizcaya Museum will host its 29th Annual Halloween Sundowner at the stunning estate located on Biscayne Bay, complete with live music, delicious treats, drinks, and a costume contest. 


Rebecca Vizard’s exquisite pillows have earned her legions of fans, and her new book, Once Upon a Pillow, is going to be a must-have for each and every one. On October 28, those in the New Orleans area can help celebrate the volume’s launch (and see Vizard’s beautiful work in person) at Bremermann Designs on Magazine Street. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in New Orleans here.}


October 8 – 10, the TerraVita Food & Drink Festival brings chefs, sommeliers, brewers, and food industry experts to Chapel Hill to celebrate sustainability and serve up delicious food (and learning opportunities). Later in the month, on October 16th, the 21c Museum Hotel Durham kicks off a newly minted series, Underground: A Pop Up Cocktail Series in The Vault, which will feature a special menu of Durham Distillery gin cocktails and small bites by Counting House in the historic bank vault. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill here.}

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