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 parrisislandmuseum.com/.
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 historicbeaufort.org.
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/huntingisland/introduction.aspx.
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 beaufortcountylibrary.org.
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.
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 beaufortcountylibrary.org.
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. pirodandgunclub.org.
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 rosehillmansion.com.
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. beaufortcountylibrary.org.
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 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 beaufortshagclub.com.
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 downtownbeaufort.com/farmers-market.
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 beaufortcountyarts.com.
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.
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 stpeters-church.org.
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.
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].
BBQ, BOURBON, & BELVEDERE’S DINNER at Roadhouse Ribs, 7 Toppers Lane, Port Royal! $125 per person, Price includes FIVE COURSES of BBQ paired perfectly with premium select bourbons, followed by cigars on the patio with celebrity “Cigartainer” Joe Sweigart. 6:30 p.m. Reservations Required. (843) 379-8899.
79th annual meeting Beaufort County Historical Society! 2 p.m. Yacht and Sailing Club, 30 Yacht Club Dr. www.beaufortcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
The Beaufort Theatre Company presents “The Producers.” “The Producers” is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in aBroadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures of homosexuals and Nazis, and many show business in-jokes. Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets:Adults $30, Senior/Military $25, Students $15. USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
2018 A Taste of Beaufort Music, Arts & Seafood Festival! The beautiful, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for A Taste of Beaufort – Music, Arts, and Seafood Festival produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, and the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce in downtown Beaufort. Friday, 6–10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free Admission! (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com.
Beaufort Music Fest! Beaufort Academy is proud to be host of the 1st Annual Music Fest featuring DRIVIN N CRYIN. Gates will open at noon and the fun starts at 1:30 p.m. with opening acts by Cranford Hollow, Bounty Hunter, and Pat Cooper. This event promises to be a day that is jam packed with music and fun. There will also be food and beverage vendors on site. Make your plans now to have a fun-filled day at the drive-in. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-fest-beaufort-sc-tickets-43481369948.
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, celebrating their 32nd season presents “Cherishing Tchaikovsky”, Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 5, Tamas Kocsis: Soloist, 7:30 p.m. at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. Tickets can be purchased at www.beaufortorchestra.org or (800) 595-4849.
Beaufort Charities 2018 Golf Tournament. The 2018 Beaufort Charities weekend kicks off with registration and a putting contest at the Ocean Point putting green and then moves across the street to the Ocean Point pool for refreshments by Lee Distributors and Bill’s ABC and Frogmore Stew by Cooking Just for Fun. Friday and Saturday Shotguns, 7 a.m. & 1 p.m. Saturday, Awards Banquet at the Ocean Point pool from 8 p.m. until 12 midnight with refreshments by Lee Distributors and Bill’s ABC and food by Cooking Just for Fun. Ocean Point Golf Course, 2119 Sea Island Pkwy. www.beaufortcharities.org.
The Beaufort Children’s Theatre presents “Willy Wonka JR.”, Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. Adults $20, Senior/Military $18, Students/Children $14. Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka JR.” follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences. USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
12th Annual Beaufort River Swim! Join us on May 19th for the annual River Swim. The 3.2-mile swim will start at 8:30 am with check in at 7 a.m. The event will be held at the Port Royal Landing Marina with check in at the downtown Beaufort Marina. The 1-mile swim will start at approximately 9:15 a.m. with check in also at 7 a.m. The 1-mile swim will take place at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital dock with check in at the downtown Beaufort Marina. For more information with times, locations, and age requirements, please visit our website, http://www.beaufortriverswim.com.
63rd Annual Beaufort Water Festival Paddle Battle, Battery Creek Landing. 9 a.m. start time https://www.bftwaterfestival.com/sports-and-water–air.html.
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, celebrating their 32nd season presents “Cherishing Tchaikovsky”, Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 5, Tamas Kocsis: Soloist, 4 p.m. at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. Tickets can be purchased at www.beaufortorchestra.org or (800) 595-4849.
32nd Annual Original Gullah Festival! Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Bay St. Our 2018 Gullah Festival, celebrates Beaufort County, South Carolina’s rich Gullah Geechee heritage and the role Beaufort played in shaping the historic period of American history known as the Reconstruction Era. This year’s theme is, “Come Home to a Celebration of Reconstruction…The Untold Story”…the story of the newly freed Gullahs, a people determined to persevere out of the bondage of slavery to self-governing and full citizenship from the ashes of the American Civil War. theoriginalgullahfestival.org.
63rd Annual Beaufort Water Festival Sailing Regatta, 30 Yacht Club Dr. Registration 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Races begin at 2 p.m. Yacht Club open to spectators. https://www.bftwaterfestival.com/sports-and-water–air.html.