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. email@example.com.
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! Habershamfarmersmarket.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 3 – 5:
42nd Annual Gopher Hill Festival: “Agriculture: A Home Grown Business, The Economic Driver” in Ridgeland, SC. 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. (843) 384-2055, 258-4008 or gopherhillfestival.org.
October 4 – 5:
19th 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.
October 10 & 13:
“The Last Word” Franz Joseph Haydn’s “London” Symphony No. 104, Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony No. 9 presented by the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra at the USCB Performing Arts Center, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m. 801 Carteret St. (877) 548-3237 or beaufortorchestra.org.
Pickin by the River 2013, Beaufort SC Waterfront Park! All acoustic, Bluegrass, Country and Folk music open jams, stage show, beginner to advanced pickers are welcome. 12-5 p.m. Listeners and pickers welcome, No amps, no alcohol and no drums. If you have a group who are interested in performing, call Pat, (843) 379-9084.
11th 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.
Red Ribbon Fest – Picnic in the Park! Bring a picnic lunch or buy one from the Relay for Life Booth, to enjoy the “Picnic in the Park”. There will be live music, games, puppet shows and a whole lot more. Local law enforcement groups will have information stations set up throughout the park. The family fest celebrates drug free family fun, so come enjoy. 1-4 p.m. Free with regular park admission of $3 per person. Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner, 900 Stony Landing Rd. (843) 899-5200 or oldsanteecanalpark.org.
Trick-Or-Treat In Downtown Beaufort, 4:30-6 p.m. Bring the entire family to Trick-or-Treat from Bay Street and beyond. Join us in the Park until 7 p.m. for some ‘bouncing’ around with Jumpin Jaxx, in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. This free event is presented by Main Street Beaufort, USA and co-sponsored by the Beaufort Police Department and the Downtown Merchants & Businesses. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com.
October 25 – November 3:
Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance at various locations. Savannah Speed Classic at Hutchinson Island, Oct. 25-27; Motoring Midway (Nov. 2-3), Car Club Jamboree (Nov. 2) and Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 3) at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. (843) 785-7469 or hhiconcours.com.
October 25 – 27:
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.
4th Annual Habersham Harvest Festival! 12-6 p.m. The festival boasts a one day regionally expanded farmer’s market and is a celebration of food, fun, art and music. Entertainment includes live music by main stage band Lowcountry Boil, dancing, hayrides, face painting, obstacle courses, a pumpkin patch, outdoor games and more. Vendors span the state of South Carolina and merchants of the marketplace transform the village with whimsical, fall décor. A few surprise guests are sure to add to the excitement that is fall in The Lowcountry! There is no cost to enter and food and drink will be available for purchase. habershamharvestfestival.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.