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.
Second & Fourth Tuesdays:
Beaufort Writers meeting, 4:30-6 p.m. Lady’s Island Airport. (843) 524-9119.
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 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! 3-7 p.m. West Street. Join us each week and visit Area Farmers & Growers. Live Entertainment. Cooking Demonstrations by local Chefs. Each week, a local non-profit organization will be selling soft drinks and water. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com/farmers-market.
Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or jaspercountysc.org.
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.
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/.
3 on 3 Basketball at Habersham Park Basketball Court, 13 Market! Lace up those high tops and bring your team! 5-7 p.m. Free! All ages and levels welcome! If you have a team or are you looking for teammates, email email@example.com.
Time for Tots, Story Time and Crafts! Come enjoy some special time with your child(ren) ages 3-5 as we do a wide variety of things. We may read a book, watch a movie, do some seasonal related arts and crafts or maybe go out on the boardwalk to catch a view of a dragonfly or a turtle. 10–11:30 a.m. $5 per child (adults are free). Old Santee Canal Park, off of U. S. 52 By-pass (R. C. Dennis Blvd.) in Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200 or oldsanteecanalpark.org.
July 4th Celebration – Port Royal! Independence Day is celebrated in the Town of Port Royal with a dual fireworks display presented by Parris Island and the Town of Port Royal. Festivities will be held on Sands Beach and will commence at 5 p.m. Bring your beach chairs and bug spray and celebrate our birthday. Presented by the Historic Port Royal Foundation and the Town of Port Royal.
July 4th Celebration Parris Island! Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is scheduled to host its annual Independence Day event and fireworks display on Wednesday, at the Peatross Parade Deck from 6:30-10 p.m. The Fourth of July celebration is free and open to the general public. The Parris Island main gate is scheduled to open to traffic at 5 p.m. Visitors are required to have their driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance with them in order to enter the depot, and all vehicles are subject to search by military police. The Parris Island Marine Band is scheduled to perform a mix of patriotic to popular music from 6:30-9:15 p.m. Following the band’s performance, a fireworks display will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. and conclude by 10 p.m. The Parris Island Historical and Museum Society will also present a living history display with volunteers wearing period Marine Corps uniforms and exhibiting equipment from World War I through Vietnam. Visitors may bring blankets and lawn chairs for this event. No outside fireworks, including sparklers, pets or coolers, will be allowed at the event. Food and beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase. mccs-sc.com/july4th/index.asp.
ARTblast Summer Camp at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. ARTblast is an opportunity for children and young adults to experience art in different mediums and themes: Week Three (July 8-12) All about the oddities: learn to create works of art from odd and unusual things. (843) 379-2787 or artworksinbeaufort.org.
Cornhole Tournament sponsored by DA Roofing at Live Oaks Park, Port Royal. Rules meeting at 9:30 a.m., play begins at 10 a.m. $30 per 2-person team. Participants must be 12 years or older. Applications must be submitted by June 29 to receive a t-shirt. Sign up through the tournament date is on a space available basis. Awards presented to the top 2 teams. (843) 524-0600 or bftwaterfestival.com.
July 19 – 28:
58th Annual Beaufort Water Festival! A ten day event which includes music, food, crafts and art, the blessing of the fleet, and many special events. 12 noon-12 p.m. (843) 524-0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org or bftwaterfestival.com.
DragonBoat Race Day! DragonBoat Beaufort and the 58th Annual Water Festival have teamed up to bring you the First Annual DragonBoat Race Day! It will be a fun filled day of camaraderie and keen competition. We invite you to start building your team today! Noon to 5 p.m. on the Beaufort River. dragonboatbeaufort.org/.
Beaufort Water Festival’s “Concert in the Park” sponsored by New Country Bob 106.9. 8 p.m.-midnight in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Opening Entertainment by Chris Jones, followed by The Chuck Courtenay Band. Gates open at 7 p.m. NO STROLLERS, COOLERS OR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Shuttle service from Beaufort County Government Center. Tickets are $25. (843) 524-0600 or email@example.com or bftwaterfestival.com.
The Friends of Hunting Island’s 5th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Hunting Island State Park, 1 to 4 p.m. Contestants register at the North Beach, near the Lighthouse. No cost to compete and entertainment will be provided by local musical favorites, the Side Street Walkers. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats! Sponsored by the Past Beaufot Water Festival Commodores, noon–2 p.m. Blessing of the fleet and parade of boats will be on the Beaufort River in front of Waterfront Park. Free- boats must register to be eligible for prizes. All applications must be at the judge’s stand prior to Noon. Prizes will be awarded for: Best decorated commercial boat, $100. Best decorated personal watercraft, $100. Judges award, $100. (843) 524-0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org or bftwaterfestival.com.