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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.

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

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

The Verdier House Museum in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District is open for tours, Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment. 801 Bay St. (843) 379-6335 or

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

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

Heart of the Home: Kitchen Archaeology at Mont Repose Exhibit. A kitchen collapsed and artifacts in situ offer a unique opportunity to explore the domestic duties and lifeways of women and girls on a 19th-century Beaufort District plantation. Curated by Georgia Southern University Public History Graduate Student, Lilith Logan. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street. Event is free. Ages 12 – Adults. (843) 255-6468 or

USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., presents MOVIE NIGHT! Every Monday night enjoy a wide variety of amazing independent films. $7. 7 p.m. Click here for our full list of movies. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or

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.

Mondays & Thursdays:
One on One Computer Help! Need help with computers? Stop by the Beaufort Branch Library on Thursday evenings; a tech expert will be standing by to assist you with all your technology needs! Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. – please call to confirm. Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Event is free. (843) 255-645 or

Frist & Third Mondays:
Parris Island Rod and Gun Club Meeting! We’re a group of Active Duty and Retired military as well as civilians. We’re hunting, shooting, fishing, and outdoors enthusiasts. Meeting Social hour: 1800-1900 (6-7 p.m.) Meeting Business Meeting: 1900–2000+ (7-8 p.m.) Parris Island Club House.

Mondays – Fridays:
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

Mondays – Fridays:
Heart of the Home: Kitchen Archaeology at Mont Repose Exhibit. A kitchen collapsed and artifacts in situ offer a unique opportunity to explore the domestic duties and lifeways of women and girls on a 19th century Beaufort District plantation. Curated by Georgia Southern University Public History Graduate Student, Lilith Logan. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays, except  May 25. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort.

Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort official monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lady’s Island Country Club on Lady’s Island. [email protected].

Beaufort Track Club Track Night! Join the Beaufort Track Club each Tuesday night for an open community track workout. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced workouts are posted each week to ensure that you are getting the workout that you need. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Beaufort High School Track, 84 Sea Island Pkwy.

First Tuesdays:
Beaufort Kennel Club meetings, 7-8 p.m. 102 Heronwyck Plantation Dr.(843) 509-1903.

Second Tuesday & Thursday:
Beaufort Writers meeting, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lady’s Island Airport. (843) 524-9119.

Wednesdays & Second Saturday:
Beaufort Shag Club, 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7-10 p.m. on Second Saturday of the month. Amvets Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $35 per year and must register for lessons. (843) 812-1825 or

Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market, May – October! 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

Palmetto Dancers at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. Dance Team classes, include batons, twirling, pom pons and learning organized group routines, starting at 6 p.m. $25 one time registration fee then $20 month for weekly classes. [email protected] or (843) 379-2787 or

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!

Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or

First Fridays:
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.

First Fridays:
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.

Fridays & Saturdays:
Tours of Historic 1846 St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Graveyard. 1-3 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 710 Carteret St. Free. (843) 522-9555 or

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.

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.

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

Third Saturday:
Adaptive Golf Clinic at the Legends of Parris Island golf course. The session, sponsored by Beaufort Memorial in conjunction with the Legends course, will be take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on the driving range. Civilians, veterans and active military personnel are all invited to join the two-hour session and learn how to use adaptive techniques and tools to tee off and putt better than ever. For more information or to register for the Adaptive Golf clinic, contact Giammona at (843) 522-5850 or [email protected] or PGA professional Andy Hinson at (843) 228-2240.

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 protected].

May 3-4:
2019 A Taste Of Beaufort! Music, Arts & Food, Friday, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Admission! The beautiful, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for A Taste of Beaufort! For more information, (843) 525-8525 or

May 4:
Shark Tooth Frenzy! No matter your age, come out and enjoy hunting for sharks teeth on The Sands Beach of Port Royal. This is a family fun event that will create memories that will last a life time! We will have sharks teeth of all species and sizes including MEGALODONS hidden in the water waiting to be found so don’t miss out and purchase your tickets now! 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Have little ones? We’ve got you covered! Ages 0-4 can hunt in our kiddos section. Anyone above the age of 13 requires a ticket and anyone under the age of 12 has FREE admission. There will be a MAX of 2,000 tickets sold to ensure safety and maximum fun at this years Frenzy. Some of the proceeds will be donated to March of Dimes! Want more info, checkout our website:

May 7:
Beaufort History Museum Annual Tea! Invite your Book Club, reserve a table, wear your favorite pearls and plan to join Beaufort History Museum for a fun, fabulous and delicious afternoon featuring celebrated authors Kristy Woodson Harvey (The Secret to Southern Charm) and Patricia Bee (Mama’s Pearls). Reservations open April 1. Advance Reservations for the Tea will be required (reservations will not be available at the door the day of the event). The deadline for making reservations is Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Dataw Island Club, 100 Dataw Club Rd. 1-4 p.m.

May 10-11:
The Southern Comforts Quilt Show! Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Beaufort Readiness Center, 1 Cavalry Lane (just outside the Marine Corps Air Station). Admission Price, $7.

May 10:
USCB Movies on the Lawn presents Forest Gump, 8 p.m. 801 Carteret St. Admission is FREE!

May 11:
The Help of Beaufort Color Fun Run will be an opportunity for the local community to get to know what HELP is all about!! This will also provide a great opportunity to raise funds to support the many programs they have! Activities include 1 Lap, 1 Mile, 5K events, Face painting, Bounce Houses, Fire Truck, Photo Opportunities, Food Trucks, Local Vendors, Balloon Animals. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Beaufort Academy, 240 Sams Point Road, Beaufort.

May 11:
“The Storied Past of Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve” program, 1-2 p.m. at the Santa Elena History Center, 1501 Bay Street, Beaufort. Join instructor Amanda Hughes as she expresses in detail the storied past of this marvelous area. The Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve is rich in history as it is natural beauty.  This three acre piece of property on the edge of the Beaufort River has seen multiple and diverse uses throughout its past from local indigenous peoples to finally the state of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources hands within the last 284 years. Programs at the Santa Elena History Center are offered at no cost to Annual Passholders. Others in attendance are asked to make a donation of their choice. (843) 379-1550 or

May 11:
Eliza Lucas Pinckney Comes to Life! In honor of Mother’s Day, Author Margaret Pickett brings Eliza Lucas Pinckney to life through costume and story. Learn about this fascinating and strong woman. Hear about how Eliza would have experienced tea in colonial times and how the traditions changed over time. For extra fun, you are encouraged to wear a favorite hat or a Sunday-special frock! Soak up the history while enjoying a variety of imported teas along with tea sandwiches, macarons, scones, and other treats. Eliza’s Tea Parlor takes place on Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP. (843) 284-9227, [email protected], 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd. S. Ridgeland, SC.

May 11:
Met Opera Live in HD – DIOLOGUES DES CARMELITES (Francis Poulenc). 12 p.m. Reserved Seating. Tickets, $20 ($18 OLLI Members). USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or

May 16:
University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch with Authors Series! Lunch with Author MARY ALICE MONROE! 12 p.m. Belfair Country Club 4881, 200 Belfair Oaks Blvd, Bluffton. Individual Luncheons $45 (all inclusive). Enjoy a delicious lunch and hear featured authors speak on their writings, creative process, research and more! We celebrate New York Times Bestselling authors, as well as up and coming new authors, including a variety of genres and subjects. (843) 521-4145 or

May 16:
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, celebrating their 33rd season presents Grand Romance, Brahms Piano Concerto #2, Nadia Azzi: Pianist, Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien/ Romeo & Juliet. 7:30 p.m., at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. Tickets can be purchased at

May 17-18:
The Golf Tournament! The annual Spring tournament is the premiere golf event in South Carolina and is played on the weekend following Mothers Day at Fripp Island. Celebrating its 43rd year, The Beaufort Charities Invitational is the oldest golf tournament of its kind in South Carolina and the 2nd oldest in the nation. Since our inaugural event in 1976, we have raised over $900,000 in NET proceeds for our local need organizations with 100% of the monies staying in Northern Beaufort County. Our players and their families love our event. They enjoy the golf, the beach and their time together. In addition, we routinely hear from our players that they love the fact we are a “First class golf tournament.” The players relish the opportunity to feel the same nerves on the 1st tee and coming down the stretch that they see the PGA Tour Professionals endure weekly on TV. Like the PGA Tour, our golf events longevity has afforded us the opportunity to see a multi-generation of familial participants. For more information, please visit

May 17-19:
USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., presents THE WIZARD OF OZ! Beaufort Children’s Theatre presents the classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home. Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Reserved seating. Adults $20, Senior/Military $18, Students/Children $14. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or

May 18:
13th Annual YMCA Beaufort River Swim! Take a jump into the Beaufort River with the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry in the 13th Annual Beaufort River Swim on Saturday, May 18th at 7:15 a.m. Participants will test their meddle on either a 3.2 mile competitive open water swim that starts at the Port Royal Landing Marina, 1 Port Royal Landing Drive in Port Royal, and ends at the landing at the Downtown Beaufort Marina. The 13th annual event raises funds for the YMCA Learn to Swim Program, teaching local youth swimming lessons for free. It’s a perfect event for competitive age group swimmers like Masters and Youth Swim Teams as well as triathletes and those who can swim at least 1 mile in the pool without stopping. Check in is at 6 a.m. All swimmers will swim WITH the tide. The 1 mile fun swim is not timed and is a great way to try open water or salt water swimming. For more information or to register, call (843) 522-9622 or visit

May 18:
Join us for a grand opening celebration of our newest exhibit: “Beyond the Oaks,” which explores stories of the Lowcountry plantations. This free and open to the public event will include a screening of the documentary film that accompanies the exhibit and a Q&A with the director, Drew Baron, and cinematographer, O’Neal Peterson. Afterwards, there will be an interactive panel discussion with Shawn Halifax from McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Joseph McGill from The Slave Dwelling Project, and Beaufort author and former plantation docent Kim Poovey. Exhibit runs from 1-3 p.m. Stick around for a complementary guided tour of the exhibit at 3 p.m. with it’s curator, Kayleigh Vaughn. Event is free. The Morris Center hours 10 a.m-5 p.m. and it is located at 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd. S. Ridgeland, SC. (843) 284-9227, [email protected] or

May 19:
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, celebrating their 33rd season presents Grand Romance, Brahms Piano Concerto #2, Nadia Azzi: Pianist, Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien/ Romeo & Juliet. 4 p.m., at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. Tickets can be purchased at

May 23:
“A New Plantation World” Book Lecture with Daniel Vivian. In the 1920s and 30s, wealthy sporting enthusiasts from the North created large estates in the coastal region of South Carolina by turning former sites of slave labor into places of leisure. In the process, they changed the meaning of the word ‘plantation’, in regards to historical memory of slavery and contemporary views of the South. In the book, “A New Plantation World,” Daniel Vivian explores the changing symbolism of plantations in Jim Crow-era America. Event is free. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC. (843) 284-9227 or

May 24-26:
The Gullah Festival of South Carolina celebrates and recognizes the history, customs, cultures, language and accomplishments of the African Americans of the Lowcountry. The festival is always held on the weekend leading up to Memorial Day and this year it’s May 24th, 25th & 26th at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort. Enjoy Storytelling, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Reggae, & Caribbean Music, African Drumming & Dancing, Native American Heritage, Educational Forums, Black Inventors Museum, Arts & Crafts, Vendors Market, Food Court, Family Day, Teen Pageant, Jr. Pageant, Re-dedication of the Historical Marker in Port Royal, Lest We Forget. Three days of Arts, Crafts, Music, Food and Fun for the whole family! Call Now or Email us at [email protected] or (843) 525-0628 or (843) 321-9288 or

May 25:
Join us at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 911 Craven Street, Beaufort for our annual Run for Christ 5K race! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to run through historic downtown Beaufort. It’s an event for the whole family! The course starts and finishes at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Race day registration and packet pick up begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Parking will be located in the church parking lot behind the church. There will be post-race refreshments and an award ceremony. The race is $25 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. Awards will be given out to overall winners and top three male and female in each age division.

May 25:
The Town of Port Royal presents Street Music on Paris Avenue Free Concert! Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Music provided by Annika Chambers. Annika Chambers, like so many powerful vocal artists, can trace her love of music back to early childhood. “I grew up singing in the church,” she says. Not that she had to tell us. Citing the gospel influences of Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples and Whitney Houston, you can’t help but feel the Spirit moving through the entire room when Annika throws herself into the heart of a song. Between 9th & 10th Streets on Parris Ave. Rain location The Shed, one block from concert site.

May 26-27:
Water Festival Regatta! Sail in the regatta that inspired an entire year’s worth of competition and recreation. That’s right, the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club’s Water Festival Regatta is the origin of Beaufort’s popular and expanded Water Festival. The regatta is open to all one-design dinghy classes, catboats and PHRF boats. This event is sponsored by the Beaufort Water Festival Committee and the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club 30 Yacht Club Drive, Beaufort. (843) 522-8216 or


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Auldbrass Plantation!

Auldbrass Plantation showcases the architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Location: Combahee River, East of Yemassee on River Road, Beaufort County A true architectural treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is nestled in the backwoods of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Located just outside Yemassee, Auldbrass Plantation is the only Southern Plantation designed […]

Sea Island Magic!

The sea islands that extend along the Eastern coast of South Carolina and Georgia have a history and a style all their own. From the sandy beaches of Edisto Island, SC to the isolated beauty of Cumberland Island, GA, the South Atlantic coast boasts a variety of islands that appeal to the dreamer in each […]

The Parris Island Museum

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 Depot is home to the Marine Corps’ first Command Museum, the […]

The History Of Sea Island Cotton

In the 18th century, cotton truly was king in Beaufort. Sea Island Cotton – a strain of cotton unique to the Lowcountry — served as a lucrative crop for local planters like the Elliott, Fripp, Barnwell, Heyward, Pope and Jenkins families. After the Revolutionary War, the British market for indigo disappeared, so planters needed a […]

Hunting Island

With five miles of pristine beach, an historic lighthouse, a nature center, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet, fishing pier, trails through acres of marsh and maritime forests and oceanfront camping, Hunting Island State Park attracts more than a million visitors each year. South Carolina’s most popular state park was forever changed after Hurricane Matthew hit […]

Hunting Island Lighthouse

The historic Hunting Island lighthouse was originally constructed in 1859 and is the only lighthouse in the state of South Carolina that is open to the public. From the top platform, for those who are adventurous enough to climb the 167 step spiral staircase, one truly can get a birds eye view of the Atlantic […]


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