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.
Mondays & Wednesdays:
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, is continuing fall registration for adult learners who are speakers of other languages. Registration takes place from 6:30–8:30 p.m., at Battery Creek High School, 1 Blue Dolphin Dr., Beaufort. Registration fee is $60.00 for the entire program year. ESOL classes are held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. For more information, call our Bluffton Learning Center at (843) 815-6616 or lowcountryliteracy.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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! 2-6 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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
Beaufort Networking, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 1500 Queen St. (843) 525-8500 or beaufortsc.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.
Habersham Market Place 1st Fridays, 2nd Annual Blues & Brews Festival. Enjoy live Blues Music, great BBQ and try Craft Beers from Five Carolina Breweries. 6-8:30 p.m. Tasting tickets are $10. We only have a limited amount of tickets available and expect to sell out, so be sure to reserve your tickets today to get a taste of beers brewed in the Carolinas! Must present proper identification when you pick up your ticket at will call. No refunds will be given if you cannot show proper identification or if you are not 21 years old. Event is rain or shine. (843) 846-3444 or habershammarketplace.com.
5th annual USCB Homecoming at Hilton Head Gateway Campus, Hwy 278 Bluffton, presents Eric Hutchinson. Gather with fellow Sand Shark families, alumni, community and friends to enjoy the beauty of the Lowcountry and celebrate the 5th annual Homecoming. Gates open at 5 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m. at Hargray Plaza. (843) 208-8008 or uscb.edu/homecoming.
Sea Island Rotary Club Adopt-A-Shrimp Charity Shrimp Race, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. 5,000 rubber floating shrimp will be dropped into the Beaufort River around 3:15 p.m. 100% of net proceeds will benefit CAPA, Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, various local Beaufort children’s charities, and Rotary International projects. rotaryshrimprace.com.
Street Music on Paris Avenue in Old Village Port Royal with Carroll Brown Celtic Band. This community event is a free concert series that is a gift from the Town of Port Royal, produced by ARTworks, the arts council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands. 6 p.m., bring your chairs and dancing shoes. The rain location is The Shed, adjacent to the street venue, in Old Village Port Royal. ARTworks at (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
“Rockin the Farm 2013” sponsored by Butler Chrysler Dodge, Coast 94.5! Bands, Bikes and BBQ at The Deep Sigh Horse Farm, 163 Keans Neck Rd., Seabrook. 1 p.m. until midnight. The Beaufort MC/RC Cook-off is cooking for charity, and all the BBQ cooked by the clubs for competition will be served for donations until the food runs out. Join us for a day of family fun and fabulous music from Shag to Rock you will hear it all over 6 local bands and a surprise Nashville recording artist will be here to entertain you. Deep Sigh Horse Farm will provide pony rides and other fun! $15 adults, $5 children 12 under. (843) 368-4980 or purchase tickets online, dshorsefarm.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.
Sam Doyle Night at Penn Center, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy Penn’s Sam Doyle Collection and student art show & sale. $25. (843) 838-2432 or penncenter.com.
Business After Hours, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hosted by CBC National Bank, 36 Sea Island Pkwy. Lady’s Island. FREE – All are welcome! (843) 525-8500 or beaufortsc.org.
October 11 – 12, 18 – 20, 25 – 27:
21st Annual Ghost Tours to Benefit CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association). Take a carriage ride or walking through the moss lined streets of Beaufort’s historic district while listening to storytellers tell haunting tales of the area shared by residents of Beaufort. You may witness a “vision” or two along the way! Carriage Rides, $20 per adult, $10 per child ages 3-11. Carriage tours leave every 20 minutes between 6:30 and 8 p.m., from the parking lot at 1006 Bay St. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Walking tours begin at 6:50 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes from Cannon Park (across the street from 611 Bay St.). $12 all ages. Each tour lasts approximately one hour. All proceeds benefit CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association). Tours run rain or shine. No refunds. Reservations, (843) 524-GHOST (4678).
Calligraphy II at ARTworks with Natasha Lawrence, covering Holidays, Weddings and Celebrations. To get a seat (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
29th Annual Chili Cookoff hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, 12-4 p.m. All-you-can-eat chili provided by over 20 local professional and amateur chefs, music from the Chilly Willy Band, there will be a supervised children’s area with games and activities including a water slide so parents can fully enjoy the festivities. Bring bathing suits for the kids! Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. 70 Honey Horn Dr. (843) 689-7219 or hiltonheadkiwanis.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.
“Sharing Our Past: Public Archaeology in South Carolina” with Helena Ferguson. The Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Hilton Head Chapter is partnering with Beaufort County Planning Department and Beaufort County Library’s Beaufort District Collection to celebrate SC Archaeology Month. 311 Scott St. at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Dwayne Pickett, President ASSC/HH, assc.net.
Beaufort’s Art History and You. Enjoy a presentation and discussion about the depths of Beaufort’s art scene, designed to give perspective and tools to artists thinking about their marketing and publicity, with Lisa Annelouise Rentz, Transmedia Publicity Leader for ARTworks. $20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (843) 525-6911 to get a seat or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Lecture by American environmentalist, author, and journalist Bill McKibben who
the Boston Globe called “the nation’s leading environmentalist” and Time magazine describes as “the world’s best green journalist.” (Bluffton, SC – location to be announced soon). For more information, click Here.
Coffee with Colleagues, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Blackstone’s Café, 205 Scotts St. (843) 525-8500 or beaufortsc.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.
Mustard’s Retreat! Guitar Duo/Folk Music presented by the Fripp Island Friends of Music, at 5 p.m. at the Fripp Island Community Center, 222 Tarpon Blvd. $25. (843) 838-6655.
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 Port Royal Golf Club. (843) 785-7469 or hhiconcours.com.
October 25 – 27:
Bill Patton in “One for the Road” in the black box theater at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 3 p.m. on Sunday. $17 per person, $12 for students (13+), $7 for children (12 and under) and $12 for groups of 10 or more. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
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.
5th Annual Habersham Harvest Festival! 10 a.m.-4 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. 13 Market. (843) 846-3444 or habershamharvestfestival.com.
Calling all ghosts, goblins, ghouls, princesses and super-heroes to join in the fun at Tanger Outlets Halloween Harvest Festival and Trick-Or-Treat, 1- 3 p.m. This will be a great afternoon of “frightful fun” games, activities and contests for families, especially children ages 12 and under. The Coastal Discovery Museum and The Sandbox will also be on hand to share exciting facts about bats and make craft projects. Festivities will take place in the courtyard near Shopper Services at Tanger 2 and Trick-Or-Treating will take place at both centers. (843) 837-5410 or tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead.
“Motown at the Market” concert featuring Deas-Guyz, sponsored by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce. Deas-Guyz will bring their entertaining mix of Motown, R&B, pop, rock, reggae and dance beats for a fun-filled, high-energy evening. Rain or Shine. 7-11 p.m., at The Jasper County Farmer’s Market Pavilion, 9935 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The United Way of the Lowcountry. (843) 726-8126 or jaspercountychamber.com.
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, at noon. (843) 726-9463 or septemberoaks.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.