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Popular water festivals, creative arts and craft events as well as tasty seafood and wine festivals held year round give the Lowcountry a true sense of community.


Hilton Head and Bluffton host a wide variety of exciting festivals, prestigious golf tournaments, 5Ks and events that will keep you busy throughout the year. Popular water festivals, creative arts and craft events as well as tasty seafood and wine festivals held year round give the lowcountry a true sense of community.

Festivals, Events, 5Ks, Golf Tournaments, Concours and so much more!

Treat yourself to a delicious day with the Hilton Head and Bluffton Seafood Festivals, enjoy the water and warm sun during the week long Beaufort Water Festival, or perhaps you’ll find Bluffton Village Festival’s soulful music, mouth watering food, and homemade arts and crafts as addictive as the thousands of visitors have each year.

Annual Hilton Head Island events

  • Gullah Celebration – Although threatened by the rapid increase in tourism, Gullah culture can be seen at the annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration which is held at Shelter Cove Community Park in February. In the summer, the acclaimed Hallelujah Singers present a Gullah concert series at Hilton Head’s Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
  • WineFest – The Annual WineFest is the largest outdoor, tented wine tasting on the East Coast, featuring over 1,500 domestic and international wines.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade draws over 20,000 people.
  • WingFest – The annual Hargray WingFest is held at Shelter Cove Community Park. The event is operated by the Island Recreation Association, and all proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund.
  • HarbourFest – HarbourFest, now in its 26th season, is held every Tuesday night from June to August at Shelter Cove Marina. It features arts and crafts, live entertainment, and fireworks at sunset. There is a special HarbourFest celebration on July 4.
  • Heritage Golf Classic – The annual Heritage Classic Golf Tournament is held every April at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort.
  • Rib Burnoff & Barbecue Fest – The annual Rib Burnoff & Barbecue Fest is held at Honey Horn Plantation.
  • Celebrity Golf Tournament – The annual Celebrity Golf Tournament is held at the Golf Club at Indigo Run, the Robert Trent Jones course in Palmetto Dunes and Harbour Town Golf Links. The tournament has contributed over $3 million to 18 children’s charities.
  • FoodFest – FoodFest celebrates the talent of the local hospitality industry and provides attendees with several spectator events including: The Best Bartender Drink Making Contest, The Hospitable Waiter’s Race, and The Tailgate Gourmet Challenge.
  • Chili Cookoff – The annual Chili Cookoff is held at Honey Horn Plantation.
  • Community Festival – The annual Community Festival at Honey Horn Plantation features a “haunted trail” in the “haunted forest” presented by the Hilton Head Rotary Club and the Interact Clubs from Hilton Head High School and Hilton Head Prep.
  • Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance – World-class automobiles take center stage each November at the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance at the Port Royal Golf Club. The festival features some of the country’s finest collector automobiles, including classic cars, two-wheeled machines, wooden boats, and beach mobiles.

Annual Bluffton Events

  • Bluffton Village Festival – Also known as “Mayfest” the Bluffton Village Festival is an annual event that started in the spring of 1978. It gathers local artisans and musicians to showcase a variety of goods as a “celebration of Bluffton life” and local culture.
  • Christmas Parade – An annual parade that takes place at the beginning of December and features a wide variety of unique parade floats both local and regional.
  • Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival – A fall festival that consists of many events and activities including an art show, kayak tours, a 5K run, and sampling of locally harvested seafood.
  • Shag & Drag – Classic car show and live entertainment, held in June.
  • May River Cleanup – Every year hundreds of volunteers organize to help remove trash and waste from nearly 12 miles of river and to help raise awareness of the challenges facing the May River