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. email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
43rd Annual Gopher Hill Festival. This years theme for Gopher Hill Festival is KIDZ FEST! We are honoring all of the children in Jasper county. Pink Tub Race, Bake Auction, Pet Contest, Gopher Idol Talent Show, Fireworks, Street Dance with Fabulous Expressions and Shag Contest, 5K Run, Parade, Classic Car Show, vendors, live entertainment, kid’s activities and more. Main St., Ridgeland, SC. (843) 384-2055, (843) 258-4008 or gopherhillfestival.org.
20th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival, celebrating local wild caught shrimp. The South Carolina Shrimper’s Association partners with Main Street Beaufort each year to bring awareness to thousands of visitors and residents. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Historic Downtown. Free Admission into the Park! Restaurants compete for the coveted Silver Cup and bragging rights for best shrimp dish each year. Some festival goers take part in the Shrimp Heading Competition and some children touch their first shrimp in the Shrimp Peeling Competition. Sea Island Rotary organizes the rubber shrimp race each year and live entertainment, a children’s area, craft market, and 5K run round out this popular festival. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com.
First Fridays at Habersham Marketplace, 6-8 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or come just to explore the quaint village setting while enjoying live music, sidewalk shopping and great foods! Event is rain or shine. (843) 846-3444 or habershammarketplace.com.
25th Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival presented by the Savannah Folk Music Society, a popular weekend festival devoted to the enjoyment, preservation and continuation of the living art of folk music. It features national and regional talent, in four locations around the City, beginning in Ellis Square on Friday from 7 to 11 p.m., Youth Songwriting Competition and Folk Songwriting workshop / Old Time Country Dance on Saturday and culminating in the Sunday Concert at Grayson Stadium from 2-7:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. (912) 786-6953 or visit savannahfolk.org.
10th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival throughout Old Town Bluffton. Where Fine Art & the Bounty of the Sea Come Together! A showcase of locally-harvested seafood, cuisine, history, art and Southern hospitality with a boat parade and tours, concerts and performances, kayak tours, book signings, races, Art Around Town, a two-day Streetfest and much more. (843) 757-2583 or blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com.
The Polo for Charity event will be held at the historic Rose Hill Plantation, Bluffton. Come out and experience Bluffton’s biggest picnic… a polo event with loads of tailgating, divot stomping and plenty of people watching. The gates open at noon, and the match begins at 2 p.m. It’s a fabulous way to bring friends, family and business associates together for a fall day filled with action and fun! Tickets are $15 per person at the gate on the day of the match. Tickets are $20 at the gate on the day of the match. Tickets are $15 per person in advance Children under 12 are admitted free. For details, email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 706-3760 or (843) 707-7351.
October 16 & 19:
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra presents Journey to Austria! John Samuel Roper: Soloist, Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 4 p.m. Performances will be held at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. (877) 548-3237 or beaufortorchestra.org.
12th Annual Festival of the Sea! 12-5 p.m. FREE admission. Join us on Paris Avenue in the Old Village of Port Royal. The 3K Walk the Plank for CODA will kick off the Festival. Live music and radio remotes. Enjoy seafood, burgers, BBQ and more, with your favorite cold beverages. Visit the local shops and check out our craft and artisan booths. Collector Car Display, kid activities and much more! Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the Pirates of Port Royal, or become one of them. (843) 470-1110 or oldvillageportroyal.com.
October 24–November 2:
Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance at various locations. Savannah Speed Classic at Hutchinson Island, Oct. 24-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Motoring Midway (Nov. 1-2), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Port Royal Golf Club; Car Club Jamboree (Nov. 1), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Port Royal Golf Club; and Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 2), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Port Royal Golf Club. (843) 785-7469 or hhiconcours.com.
Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens hosted by the Historic Beaufort Foundation. During the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens visitors are invited to explore Beaufort from a rare vantage point: a selection of private homes, gardens, and plantations normally not open to the public welcome visitors inside. The houses represent three centuries of Beaufort architecture for which the city is justly famous. These self-paced walking tours offer a distinctive opportunity to observe how contemporary lifestyles are lived within the framework of our unmatched architectural heritage. Tour Headquarters is located at The Arsenal, 713 Craven St. (843) 379-3331 or historicbeaufort.org.
A ‘NOVEL’ WINE TASTING AND LITERARY FESTIVAL of Lowcountry authors at September Oaks Vineyards, 893 Grays Hwy., in Ridgeland… including psychological/thriller authors Jack Gannon and Cindy Williams-Barnier, who pen the Task Force series, noon-6 p.m. (843) 726-9463 or septemberoaks.com.