With miles of beautiful sand beaches, some of the country’s best golf, fantastic weather, and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality, it’s no wonder Travel & Leisure Magazine voted Hilton Head Island the number one Island in the Continental U.S.!
Your Hilton Head Island vacation is sure to be one to remember, thanks to all of incredible experiences you can see and do. To help you make the most of your Lowcountry getaway we’ve compiled a list of the best festivals and events on Hilton Head Island. Which one will you add to your bucket list?
HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is a summer staple for those who love the Lowcountry. Spend the evening on the beautiful shores of Shelter Cove Marina enjoying live music and entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show every Tuesday night. This event is now in its 29th year and has become a can’t-miss summer event for families.
Dates: May 27 – September 3, 2017
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
If you’re a car fan, you won’t want to miss this premiere motoring event on Hilton Head Island. Ten days of events and showcases including races, galas, auctions, and of course, the Concours d’Elegance. The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance was recently awarded the South Carolina Governor’s Cup for excellence in event and tourism promotion. Join the tens of thousands of people who know why.
Dates: October 27–November 5, 2017
HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
For a decade, the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival has been celebrating local chefs, seafood, and culture with a week’s worth of events including collaborative dinners, celebrity chef demonstrations, art showcases, live music, and more.
Dates: February 19–25, 2018
HISTORIC BLUFFTON ARTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Celebrate two things Bluffton is known for: a vibrant arts and culture scene, and delicious seafood! Every fall, the streets of Bluffton come alive with outstanding cuisine and beautiful works of art from across the region. There’s even a cooking competition and Fun Run!
Dates: October 14–22, 2017
MAY RIVER SHRIMP FESTIVAL
Enjoy all things Lowcountry—good food, good hospitality, beautiful sunsets, and unbeatable live music—at the May River Shrimp Festival at Oyster Factory Park this summer. This event is fun for the whole family; even pets are welcome!
Dates: July 20–21, 2017
MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK
Make the most of warm South Carolina summer nights at Movie Night in the Park at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Weekly showings of your favorite family films in the open air at Shelter Cove Community Park—it’s the perfect family activity for your Hilton Head vacation.
Dates: June 15–August 17, 2017
MUSIC & TASTE ON THE HARBOUR
Head to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for the best dance party on Hilton Head Island! Every Thursday in the fall and spring, Shelter Cove restaurants serve up delicious dishes while local bands play live music into the night. This outdoor food and music event has become a favorite of locals and returning Hilton Head guests alike.
Dates: March 30–May 18; September 7–October 19, 2017
Oysters hit their peak in the late fall months, and so what better time to have an Oyster Festival to celebrate our favorite shellfish? This annual festival serves up local oysters in every style, and has non-seafood options, too. Kids will love the Kid Zone and football fans will love the Sports Lounge.
Dates: November 10–12, 2017
RBC HERITAGE WEEK
The Island’s premiere golf tournament is a must-do for golf lovers! It’s a week of plaid, golf, camaraderie, and a good time like you can only have in Lowcountry. Watch your favorite golf pros in action at the RBC Heritage Tournament, enjoy family activities like movies and an Easter egg hunt, and of course, South Carolina sunshine.
Dates: April 9–15, 2018
WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Taste the best Hilton Head Island has to offer at this annual event, now in its 33rd year. Oenophiles will love the International Wine Competition, knowledge sessions and tastings. Foodies will delight in the dinners that pair cuisine by the region’s best chefs with the world’s top wines.
Dates: March 5–11, 2018
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