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Hilton Head’s HarbourFest Celebrates 25th Year

Hilton Head HarbourFest It’s hard to believe, but Hilton Head Island’s favorite summer tradition is now celebrating its 25th year! That means our beloved Shannon Tanner, who performs family-friendly music at HarbourFest in his trademark beanie hat, has seen kids come back with their own kids decades later. He even sings some of the same songs he’s been singing since the beginning.

This year the phenomenon of HarbourFest is back beginning May 24 with performances from Tanner at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tanner will sing his trademark tunes like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “Flying Purple People Eater” to packed crowds each evening.

Don’t forget to bring your colorful propeller hat and have Tanner sign it for you. Some fans have hats with messages from Tanner on every panel inside and out – all inspirational thoughts to motivate kids. “Every summer HarbourFest is now a rock concert with thousands upon thousands of people. It has a life of its own now!” says Tanner.

Cappy the Clown will also be at Shelter Cove Harbour as part of HarbourFest this year to entertain and bring smiles to the faces of kids and kids at heart. Other fun activities include face painting, balloon animals, bounce house and arts and crafts. You won’t lack for fun at HarbourFest!

When many people think of HarbourFest, they think of Hilton Head fireworks lighting up the sky over Broad Creek. Fireworks are a cherished Hilton Head tradition, and this year they’ll delight on most summer Tuesday evenings at dusk. Scheduled dates include: June 18 & 25; July 4, 9, 16, 23 & 30; and August 6 & 13. Keep in mind the fireworks are weather permitting and that includes allowing time beforehand to get the show set up. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages if there’s rain in the forecast for live updates.

“Fireworks are a magical thing for families, especially in a setting as beautiful as Shelter Cove Harbour,” says Tanner.

For a unique view of the fireworks, consider taking a guided kayak tour or boat cruise, which operate out of Shelter Cove Harbour.

Never been to HarbourFest or want to relive the memories? Watch our video from HarbourFest 2012. 

Shelter Cove Harbour is also adding a new family-friendly show to the summer line-up for 2013. Parrot Palooza is an island-themed sunset celebration, featuring street performers, entertainment and food and drinks starting at 5 p.m. followed by a 5-piece Jimmy Buffet Tribute concert put together by Tanner. Shannon Tanner and the Oyster Reefers  will perform Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. Parrot Palooza will be Friday evenings on the following dates during the summer: June 21 & 28; July 5, 12, 19 & 26; and August 2, 9 & 16.

We hope to see you at Shelter Cove in your beanie hat this summer!

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