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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.

The Starving Artist Market is on Paris Avenue in Port Royal, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It’s an awesome way to find creative, unique, one of a kind items while supporting our local artists.

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].

December 1:
The St. Helena Island Community Market was established by The Beautification Committee of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park to create a regular community marketplace for small local farmers, craft vendors, and young entrepreneurs. The Market will also be used to continue enhancing the positive image of the MLK Park in the community. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (843) 441-0657 or

December 1 & 2:
Edisto Community Chorus Christmas Concert December 1st at 7 p.m. and December 2nd 9 p.m. at the Edisto Beach Baptist Church.

December 1 & 2:
USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., presents Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas! Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits and spectacular lights! December 1, 7:30 p.m. December 2, 3 p.m. Adults $20, Senior/Military $18, Students/Children $14. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or

December 2:
SNOW DAY, as part of the Festival of Trees! Bring the kids from 11  a.m. – 2 p.m. to enjoy playing in the snow, building a snowman or having snowball fights with our outdoor snow fields, face painting and more. Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen will also be there to enjoy talking with the kids and taking photos. $3 for children 5 & UP, 4 and under – FREE! 913 Port Republic St., Beaufort.

December 4-6:
The 2018 Festival of Trees, December 4th – 6th: One of Beaufort’s most beloved holiday celebrations, The Festival of Trees to benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice, continues a tradition that started more than 30 years ago. Over 60 beautifully and whimsically decorated trees will be on display at Tabby Place in Downtown Beaufort.  General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. A special Angel Tree will be adorned with Angel ornaments in memory or honor of a loved one. Ornaments are only $25 and will be tagged with your special message during the event.

December 5:
University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch with Authors Series! Lunch with Author JULIE CANTRELL! 12 p.m. Sea Pines Country Club, 30 Governors Rd., Hilton Head Island​. 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

December 6:
Join us on December 6 from 6-7 p.m. for Ridgeland Christmas Parade 2018!

December 6:
Celebration of Giving Gala! Enjoy a magical night filled with beautiful trees, delicious food, and friends! Bid on a select assortment of Silent Auction items, and purchase raffle tickets to win a Stand Up Paddle Board among other great items. 6 – 9 p.m. at 913 Port Republic St. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting

December 7-9:
Join us for the Beaufort Holiday Weekend, a family-friendly weekend celebrating the holiday season! Join us downtown Beaufort for a weekend of holiday cheer featuring local choirs, dance groups, community organizations, parades and the annual Christmas tree lighting. This event offers something for everyone: entertainment, food, and the opportunity to experience great downtown shopping and dining. This is a free event open to the public!

☃️Friday 12/7: 6-9 p.m. – Night on the Town, Downtown Bay street and surrounding blocks.

☃️Saturday 12/8: 6 p.m. – Light Up The Night Holiday Boat Parade – Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Promenade @ The Beaufort River.

☃️Sunday 12/9: 3 p.m. – Beaufort Christmas Parade – Downtown, (Boundary, Carteret, and Bay St.). For inquiries, email: [email protected] or go their Facebook page.

December 8:
Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Hardeeville! The parade begins at 6 p.m. and marchers, floats and music will energize Hardeeville streets. The traditional tree lighting ceremony follows at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Hardeeville Mayor Williams and Council Members will light the tree. Holiday music will fill the air as the Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School Marching Band performs and Santa and his elves will be on hand for photos. For More Details Call (843) 784-2231.

December 8: 
The 2nd Annual Gingerbread 5K run will wrap up this year’s event on Saturday, December 8th in downtown Port Royal. Run or walk through the beautiful Old Village and down to the Sands. Then celebrate your accomplishment with s’mores. Costumes are encouraged, and we cannot wait to see Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and reindeer running through town. With average December temperatures hovering around 61°, it’s the perfect weather to get out and enjoy a fun run. For more information about registering for the Gingerbread 5K, please visit

December 8: 
Parris Island Marine Band Holiday Concert. Music lovers, make plans to join the Parris Island Marine Band for their Let the Bells Ring! Holiday Concert at Battery Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center on December 8 at 3:30pm.  An annual favorite, the group will again be performing a variety of seasonal favorites in a magical concert that is free for all ages. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

December 8: 
Join us for the full-stage musical, “Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish”.  Through soul-stirring, foot stopping singing and dancing, the audience is drawn into the excitement of this local holiday favorite every Yuletide season.  It’s December of 1860, the last Christmas before the Civil War, Reconstruction is soon to come…Masters in the Big House talking about the war coming, Servants in the Quarters talking about freedom coming.  Aunt Pearlie Sue & Gullah Kinfolk bring to life all the history of that long ago holiday season on the Sea Islands of historic Beaufort South Carolina. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Admission is $12 for those under 17. For more information contact the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce at (843) 986-1102 or

December 8:
The local chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Pi Zeta, will host A Blue and White Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Beaufort SC. This is a fundraising event hosted by the sorority. The proceeds from this holiday event will help support several community projects such as Stork’s Nest, elder care awareness, mental health and autism awareness, annual scholarships, and mentoring programs. Stork’s Nest is a national program that shines awareness on prematurity awareness to expectant mothers. Mu Pi Zeta has three locations within Beaufort County that provide free resources to expectant mothers as well as educational support. For more information on vendor space, contact Mu Pi Zeta at [email protected] or (843) 476-0526.

December 8: 
Join historian Dr. Edda Fields-Black for her talk “Combee: Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid and the Civil War Transformation of the Gullah Geechee.” Learn more about this important and little-known chapter of Gullah Geechee and American history when Harriet Tubman joined forces with newly freedmen and Union soldiers to liberate over 750 men, women and children on one day in June 1863 from the plantations that lined South Carolina’s Combahee River. 1-3 p.m. at 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Rd., St Helena Island. (843) 818-4587 or

December 9:
Join us for the annual Fill Santa’s Sack: Point South – Santa & Toys for Tots Event at Frampton Plantation House. It’s all about celebrating the Season of Giving in the Lowcountry! The annual Authors Under the Live Oaks / Toys For Tots event presents great Lowcountry authors for a Christmastime book signing plus accepting toy donations for the United States Marine Corps’ TOYS FOR TOTS toy-raiser for needy and deserving children! Hosted by the Lowcountry and Resort Islands Tourism Commission and J&C Wordsmiths to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Parking and admission into the Plantation House & Gift Shop is complimentary. The Frampton Plantation House is located at 1 Low Country Ln., Yemassee, SC. (843) 717-3090.

December 9:
University of South Carolina Beaufort Chamber Music Concerts: Beethoven: 14 Variations in E-flat Major for Piano Trio, Opus 44. Elgar: Sonata in e minor for Violin and Piano, Opus 82. Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, D. 929. Andrew Armstrong, piano. Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin. Edward Arron, cello. 5 p.m. 801 Carteret St. (843) 208-8246 or

December 9:
Liven up the Holidays with Coastal Stage Production’s ‘Great American Trailer Park Musical’ at The SHED, 809 Paris Ave. Armadillo Acres, set in North Florida, is NOT a mobile home location at water’s edge with views to the Atlantic and named for a celebrity such as Lawrence Welk. Our Armadillo Acres is a trailer park in every sense of the word – right down to the slabs with aluminum folding chairs, nail-on butterflies, plastic flowers, year-round outside Christmas lights, garden hoses, flamingos, oh, and TV dishes. 8 p.m. (843) 717-2175 or

December 10:
Beaufort Drum Circle! Bring a chair and your favorite percussion instrument. Come enjoy our community drum circle. No experience necessary and open to all ages. Rain or shine, as we enjoy the gazebo on wet days. If you have a heart beat, you can drum or shake. Pay to park at the marina, right next to the Contemplative Garden at Henry Chambers Waterfront Park. 5:30-7 p.m. Questions? Contact Jane at (732) 259-1935 or Lanny at (843) 441-0169 or [email protected].

December 11-15:
The 26th Annual Christmas Trains, model train display by the Beaufort Railroaders at the Beaufort Library. Free! Everyone is welcome! December 11th – 14th:  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. December 15th: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC. (843) 255-6456 or

December 13:
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, celebrating their 32nd season presents Home for the Holidays, Bach Concerto for Two Violins, Frederick & Katie Devyatkin: Soloists, Holiday Pops. 7:30 p.m., at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. Tickets can be purchased at

December 15 & 16:
USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., presents THE NUTCRACKER! Enjoy an evening of magic with this community children’s performance of the classic holiday ballet. December 15, 7 p.m. December 16, 3 p.m. Adults $20, Senior/Military $18, Students/Children $14. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or

December 15:
Join us for the Wreaths Across America presentation at the Beaufort National Cemetery. On this wonderful day Your donation of $15 will purchase a Wreath to be placed at the base of one of our Veterans Headstones. This Event is open to the public. Purchase your Wreath soon so we can order them in time, they are all handmade in Maine, just call (912)-313-1506 to order. Plan to be there early to witness the wonderful procession into the Cemetery. Donate by phone, credit card acceptance will be up operating soon. Event starts at 12 p.m., 1601 Boundary St, Beaufort.

December 15:
Met Opera Live in HD – LA TRAVIATA (Giuseppe Verdi). 12:55 p.m. Reserved Seating. Tickets, $20 ($18 OLLI Members). USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or

December 16:
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, celebrating their 32nd season presents Home for the Holidays, Bach Concerto for Two Violins, Frederick & Katie Devyatkin: Soloists, Holiday Pops. 4 p.m., at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. Tickets can be purchased at

December 17:
Adult DIY Holiday Craft at the Beaufort Library at 5:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided. No craft experience necessary! REGISTRATION REQUIRED To sign up, please call (843) 255-6458.  311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC. (843) 255-6456 or

December 17:
White Christmas Sing-a-Long! Where else can you enjoy a cherished holiday tradition – than watching this beloved 1954 film? With all the lyrics on the screen, you can sing until your heart’s content along with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye, and the film’s remastered soundtrack. 7 p.m. All seats, $7. USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or

December 19:
Sweaters for Seniors! Come and join us for some Holiday Cheer Cranberry Martinis for those far and near enjoy holiday snacks by the fire and bring a sweater, blanket or anything thing of warmth to pack in our bus to be donated for seniors in need here in Beaufort. the Retreat at Lady’s Island, 9 Sunset Blvd. Bring Business Card for a chance to win Gift Certificates to Beaufort Day Spa! Sponsored by The Retreat and your local DSS. 3-5 p.m. (843) 379-9502 or

December 25:


Featured Event

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 […]

A WILD Winter

Explore the great outdoors this season and enjoy exceptional hiking and biking opportunities at area nature preserves, state parks and greenways. Bluffton Buckwalter Place Greenway Trail This 1.35-mile scenic trail attracts residents and visitors alike. Enjoy the opportunity to explore nature at your own pace. A free interpretive walking guide is available for download by scanning […]

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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