Hunting Island State Park is located just 16 miles east of the historic town of Beaufort and is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in South Carolina. This 5,000 acre park and it’s 3 miles of natural beach hosts more than a million visitors a year. It’s a place where you can truly find yourself again. It’s a place where humans and nature have always seem to co-exist. Park Hours: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time). Park Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Park Admissions Fee – cost per person: Adults: $5, SC Seniors, $3.25, Children 6-15, $3, Children 5 & Under, Free. huntingisland.com.
Artists learn, teach, share and create at ARTworks. Classes registering for all ages and a compelling variety of media. ARTworks Community Art Center, Theatre & Gallery, 2127 Boundary St. (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
The Parris Island Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Family and Graduation Days. Explore the long, rich legacy of the Marine Corps, as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Admission is free. The public is welcome to visit Parris Island, access may be dependent upon current security needs. A driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance and registration are required. Boulevard de France. (843) 228-3650 or mcrdpi.usmc.mil.
The Verdier House Museum in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District is open for tours, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment. 801 Bay St. (843) 379-6335 or historicbeaufort.org.
Daily tours of Bluffton’s Rose Hill Mansion, a Gothic Revival-style home built circa 1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Reservations required. 199 Rose Hill Way. (843) 757-6046 or rosehillmansion.com.
Gullah Heritage Trail Tours depart from the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, Tuesday-Sunday. Experience the Gullah culture of Hilton Head Island on a two-hour tour of 10 neighborhoods established during the Civil War. Reservations required. 70 Honey Horn Dr. (843) 681-7066 or gullaheritage.com.
Self-Guided Tours of the Hunting Island Lighthouse, South Carolina’s only publicly accessible historic lighthouse dating from the 1870s, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Lighthouse admission is $2. Hunting Island State Park also offers a variety of Barrier Island educational programs for all ages throughout the year, such as “Beach Explorations,” “A Walk in the Woods“ and “Salt Marsh Kayaking.” Call the Nature Center for details and reservations. 2555 Sea Island Pkwy. (843) 838-7437 or southcarolinaparks.com.
Beaufort Belles Women’s Chorus, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sea Island Presbyterian Church choir room, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. New members welcome. (843) 838-2643.
Beaufort Harbormasters, 6:45 p.m., Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. beaufortharbormasters.org.
Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays:
Tours of Historic 1846 St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Graveyard. 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Tues. 1-3 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 710 Carteret St. Free. (843) 522-9555 or stpeters-church.org.
Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort official monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lady’s Island Country Club on Lady’s Island. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beaufort Kennel Club meetings, 9 a.m. 102 Heronwyck Plantation Dr.(843) 509-1903.
Beaufort Writers meeting, 4:30-6 p.m. Lady’s Island Airport. (843) 524-9119.
Wednesdays & Saturdays:
Beaufort Shag Club, 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays. Amvets Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $25 and must register for lessons. (843) 812-3486 or beaufortshagclub.com.
Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market, May – September! 2-6 p.m. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Pavilion. Join us each week and visit Area Farmers & Growers, Live Entertainment, Prepared Foods made with local ingredients. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com/farmers-market.
Farmers Market at Habersham Marketplace! 4–7 p.m. The Farmer’s Market complete with local and regional growers, as well as arts, crafts and specialty food vendors. Family friendly and children’s activities will also be offered. Everyone welcome! HabershamMarketplace.com.
Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or jaspercountysc.org.
Habersham Marketplace Concert Series Continues Year-Round! Join us on the First Friday of the every month for our First Friday Concert Series sponsored by Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep and 94.5 The Coast. Enjoy dining in one of the Marketplace’s three restaurants before the live music starts at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee. HabershamMarketplace.com.
Cruise-In at Grayco, 136 Sea Island Pkwy., Lady’s Island. Classic Car & Truck Club! 5 p.m. All Year Long! All Clubs and Visitors welcome.
Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Located in Beaufort across from Regions Bank on Route 170 (Robert Smalls Parkway). Look for the big red antique tractor! (203) 417-7512 or pickpocketplantation.com/farmersmarket.
Port Royal Farmers Market! 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Located in Heritage Park on Ribaut Road by the Naval Hospital. South Carolina Produce, Seafood, Beef, Cheese, Honey, Flowers & Live Music. portroyalfarmersmarket.com.
Lunch and Learn Series presented by the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association, The Gazebo at the Farmer’s Market, Heritage Park, Port Royal. 12:00 noon-1 p.m. Free, just bring a folding chair. lowcountrymga.org/.
Pentecostals of Beaufort Seafood Fundraiser! The “Award Winning” Seafood Shack will be serving fresh, cooked to order seafood lunches every Saturday in the church parking lot from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. as a fundraiser for the church. Your choice of fried fish, fried shrimp, crab cake, grilled fish or fish sandwich served with french fries and homemade coleslaw all for only $7 per plate. Everything is fresh right off the boat! 206 Sea Island Pkwy., Lady’s Island. (843) 592-2299 or pentecostalsofbeaufort.com.
Threshold Singers of the Lowcountry practice from 3-4:30 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lady’s Island. We are a mixed acapella group that sings at the bedside for those who are ill. We sing songs to comfort and support. There is no charge for our services and we come per request of family and practitioners. If this resonates with you, come join us. New members are always welcome. (843) 476-6073 or email@example.com.
August 1, 5 & 6:
Rube Goldberg Challenge! Love to play with dominos and do you like to make tools? This program is the best of both worlds because you will learn how to create domino effects that produce a chain reaction to make a tool. Great program for groups – call in advance to schedule a day to participate. 1 to 3 p.m. St Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Rd. St Helena Island. Free! (843) 255-6547 or firstname.lastname@example.org or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
August 1 – 2:
Teen Lock-in! How would you like to spend all night with your friends in the library? We will be playing games, watching movies, have a virtual author visit, and eating pizza. Friday, 6 p.m. to Saturday, 7 a.m. Free, registration required! 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Rd., St. Helena. (843) 255-6542 or email@example.com or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Songwriters In The Round Beaufort County Artworks Black Box Theater, 2127 Boundary St. Big Frank Waddell, Ed Hunnicutt and David Owens perform songs and stories that will pluck your heartstrings one moment and tickle your funnybone the next. 7:30 p.m. Discounts are available for students, groups of 10 or more, and children under 12. Tickets are $17 per person online at beaufortcountyarts.com or by calling the box office (843) 379-2787.
August 8-10, 15-17, 22-24:
The May River Theatre Co. Inc., is pleased to announce the production of Man of La Mancha. 8 p.m., Sunday matinee performances will be at 3 p.m. Box office hours are Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $25. Ulmer Auditorium, Bluffton Town Hall, 20 Bridge St. (843) 815-5581 or mayrivertheatre.com.
“Robert Smalls’s the Planter” with Dr. Nicholas Butler! Dr. Butler, Public Historian, Charleston County Public Library shares contemporary evidence about the ultimate fate of the steamship Planter. Ages 12 – Adults, from 1–2 p.m. Free! St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Rd. (843) 255-6468 or firstname.lastname@example.org or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
In its third year, the Bluffton Sunset Party Series presents Dog Days of Summer, 5-9 p.m. Rocking Hot Summer Night, Live Rock & Reggae. Food Court. Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Tickets, $5 while children 12 & under get in for FREE. Lawn Chairs and leashed pets are permitted but no outside food or drinks will be allowed. Bear Foot Sports (843) 757-8520 or blufftonsunsetparty.com.
Cooking Club! Share a themed dish and learn how to make other dishes. August the Cooking Club with host Chef Diaz who will razzle dazzle the audience with Caribbean Cuisine! 6 p.m. St Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Rd. St Helena Island. Free! (843) 255-6487 or email@example.com or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
“‘Tide of Death:’ The Sea Island Hurricane of 1893.” Grace Cordial, manager of the Beaufort District Collection, shares first person accounts and rare materials of the night that death came to call. Ages 12–Adults, 6–7 p.m. Free! Beaufort District Collection, Beaufort Branch Library Meeting Room, 1st floor, 311 Scott St. (843) 255-6468 or firstname.lastname@example.org or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
August 29 – September 1:
Shop Tanger Outlets during the big Labor Day Weekend Sale. Find extra savings in your favorite name brand outlet stores during this 4-day sales event. (843) 837-5410 or tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead.
August 29 & 30:
The annual fun-filled Music & Shag Fest will be held at Edisto Beach, SC., at Big Bay Creek Park (beside Edisto Marina). Top beach bands and the area’s best shaggers will highlight the weekend. For more information, call (843) 869-3867 or visit edistochamber.com.