Beaufort's Calendar
of Events for September, 2017

Today is Sunday, September 24, 2017

Featured Calendar Events

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort official monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lady’s Island Country Club on Lady’s Island.

First Tuesdays:
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 & Saturdays:
Beaufort Shag Club, 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7-10 p.m. on Second Saturdays of the month. Amvets Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $35 per year and must register for lessons. (843) 812-1825 or

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

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. or (843) 379-2787 or

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!

Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or

First Fridays:
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.

First Fridays:
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

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.

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.

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

Third Saturday:
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 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

September 1-3:
Edisto Beach Music & Shag Fest! Bay Creek Park (beside the Marina at Edisto Beach), 3706 Dock Site Rd. Dance to Shem Creek Boogie Band, The Entertainers, Shag Doctorz, East Coast Party Band and Band of Oz., the best beach music bands in the country. Park opens at 12 noon on Friday and Sunday with arts and craft fair and food vendors, Saturday events begin at 10 a.m. The Shag is the State dance of SC. Come to Edisto Beach and be entertained by the top Beach Bands and best Shaggers in the Southeast. Sponsored by The Town of Edisto Beach, Dockside Bar & Grill and the Edisto Chamber of Commerce (843) 869-3867 or

September 1:
First Friday After 5 in downtown Beaufort! Grab a friend and head downtown to explore & support our charming local downtown shops, restaurants & art galleries. Enjoy tasty refreshments & live local music! This is a perfect opportunity to shop local & keep your money where your heart is! 101 W St Ext.

September 9:
The Parris Island Historical and Museum Society will sponsor the Iron Mike Bike Tour of historic Parris Island on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Iron Mike Bike Tour is 15 scenic miles and takes riders on a 16-stop tour of Parris Island’s history including several archaeological sites, colonial plantation site and military historical sites. At some of the stops along the way, museum representatives will be available to discuss the rich history and culture of MCRD Parris Island. A separate five-mile walking tour will be offered simultaneously. The tour is self-guided and starts at the Parris Island Museum, Bldg. 111. Directions to the museum will be available at the Gate. The museum will be open throughout the day for guests to visit. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the tour, contact the Parris Island Museum at (843) 228-2951.

September 9:
The Revolution Ballroom Presents, “LOVE: Tales From The Heart” at 7:30 p.m. Join our host Tony, the wise & witty bartender at Molly’s Pub as he tells tales of the greatest story of all – love. Scenes of romance, heartbreak, and reunion set to music and beautifully danced by the professionals and students of Revolution Ballroom with guest performances by Emerald Ballroom. Enjoy a night of spellbinding entertainment, invite your friends, and settle in for a cozy conversation about LOVE. Professional and student dance exhibitions, presented in two acts with a short intermission will be followed by open dancing, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and decadent desserts until 11 p.m. Tickets: $25 (adult), $15 (ages 16 & under). 2121 Bundary St., Ste. 207. Purchase tickets online or call (843) 338-2870.

September 12-13:
Auditions for Shrek the Musical Jr. at Beaufort Children’s Theatre, USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. There is no charge to audition. Tuesday, 5:15–6:30 p.m. for ages 7-9 and 6:30–8 p.m. for ages 10-12. Wednesday, 5:15–6:30 p.m. for ages 13-18. Call Backs 6:30–8 p.m. Actors are requested to arrive fifteen minutes prior to audition time, fill out an audition form, and bring a recent non- returnable photo. Not all who audition will be cast. If you are cast, there is a $120 participant fee which is due on Nov. 22. (843) 521-4145 or

September 12-15:
Escape to the Best Small Town in the South and enjoy a 3 night stay at The Beaufort Inn, 809 Port Republic St.,  located in the heart of historic downtown Beaufort. The peaceful gardens and picturesque landscapes make for a great backdrop to your wellness retreat, led by ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, Tammy Randolph. Tammy has carefully curated wellness sessions for people in all stages of practice, making sure to leave plenty of time to explore Beaufort and add on an optional activity. For additional information or specific questions, please call (843) 379-4667.

September 15 & 16:
Hardeeville Catfish Festival! This is a two day, fun filled, community festival that includes an educational day, parades, beauty pageants, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, rides, games and tons of fun for the whole family! The festival kicks off on Friday night with live entertainment and rides for the kids. Enjoy food from our many food vendors as you walk through exploring the crafts and handmade items. Annual Catfish Festival t-shirts will be available for purchase during the festival. Saturday is fun for all! There is the morning parade where all of our local friends, community groups and anyone wanting to participate is invited to come out and show off their pride. The parade is followed by the bake off and cook off competitions. Live entertainment and rides all day. We welcome participants in our corn hole tournament. The night ends with an exciting fireworks display for all to enjoy.
Saturday: Festival Lineup:
10 a.m. Grand Parade
12 p.m. Registration for Corn Hole Tournament
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
1 p.m. Corn Hole Tournament
3:30 p.m. Baked Goods Auction
6 p.m. Baked Goods Auction
10 p.m. Fireworks
Hardeeville City Hall. 205 Main St.

September 16: Author Under the Live Oaks on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Frampton Plantation, 1 Lowcountry Lane, in Yemassee. Featuring local Lowcountry authors and their books, as well as an assortment of food, wine and music on historic grounds which have a mini-museum and gift shop. The FREE Author Under the Live Oaks event is family and pet friendly! For details, see their Facebook page.

September 23:
Fort Fremont Lecture and Tour, 10:30 a. m. Learn the history, see scale models of Fort Fremont as it stood in 1898 and travel down Land’s End Road to walk through the remains of the fortifications.  Docent-led tours start at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Rd., St. Helena Island and last about 2 hours. Free and Open to the Public. Reservations are not required. For more information: or (843) 255-6540.

September 23:
The 2017 Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival will be heading back to its roots September 23, 2017 on Calhoun Street in Downtown Bluffton. The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is excited about the changes they have made to make the 6th Annual Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival the best one yet. One of the major decisions is focusing more on the Peanut Cook-off! So start perfecting your recipe and enter the peanut cook-off. Festival starts at 11 a.m. For more information about the festival or to enter, call (843) 757-1010 or go to

September 23:
Low Country Rock Fest hosted by MayWood Booking and Promotions featuring national and regional hard rock and metal acts for ages 18 and older at Rockin M Ranch in Ridgeland, noon-11 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jasper County Distillery, Noah’s Ark Rescue and Tabby Tails. 1824 Smith’s Crossing. For details and tickets, visit

September 26:
“The Story of Santa Elena” History Program at the Heritage Library. Before Jamestown and Plymouth, there was the Spanish settlement of Santa Elena on Port Royal Sound in Beaufort County, SC. Fee is $10 per person; reservations are required. 852 William Hilton Parkway, 2nd FloorSuite A-2, Hilton Head Island. (843) 686-6560 or

September 28:
Beaufort County Historical Society guest speaker, Dr. Valinda Littlefield – Low Country Women – will speak at 2 p.m. at Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, Meridian Rd., Lady’s Island.

September 29:
Classic Nashville Roadshow at the USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. Let Classic Nashville Roadshow take you on a journey down memory lane with your favorite classic hits honoring the world’s most beloved country greats! Starring Jason Petty and Katie Deal, Classic Nashville Roadshow features renowned duets, such as Golden Ring; Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man and Jackson; poignant tunes like Crazy and He Stopped Loving Her Today; and gospel traditions such as Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Get swept back in time with songs made famous by Dolly, Hank, Patsy, Tammy, George, Merle and many, many more! For more information, (843) 521-4145 or

September 30:
Come out and and have some fun and friendly competition while supporting our 7th Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by Bright Wings and Praise Assembly of God. Bright Wings’ mission is to make a difference in the hurting places of the world including in our own back yard. 4 Players Captains Choice. Prizes will be given. Tournament takes place at the Sanctuary Golf Club, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 8 Waveland Ave., Beaufort.For more information click here.


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Sea Island Magic!

The sea islands that extend along the Eastern coast of South Carolina and Georgia have a history and a style all their own. From the sandy beaches of Edisto Island, SC to the isolated beauty of Cumberland Island, GA, the South Atlantic coast boasts a variety of islands that appeal to the dreamer in each […]

Farmers Markets of the Lowcountry

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Auldbrass Plantation!

Auldbrass Plantation showcases the architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Location: Combahee River, East of Yemassee on River Road, Beaufort County A true architectural treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is nestled in the backwoods of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Located just outside Yemassee, Auldbrass Plantation is the only Southern Plantation designed […]

The Parris Island Museum

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 Depot is home to the Marine Corps’ first Command Museum, the […]

The History Of Sea Island Cotton

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Hunting Island

With five miles of pristine beach, an historic lighthouse, a nature center, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet, fishing pier, trails through acres of marsh and maritime forests and oceanfront camping, Hunting Island State Park attracts more than a million visitors each year. South Carolina’s most popular state park was forever changed after Hurricane Matthew hit […]

Hunting Island Lighthouse

The historic Hunting Island lighthouse was originally constructed in 1859 and is the only lighthouse in the state of South Carolina that is open to the public. From the top platform, for those who are adventurous enough to climb the 167 step spiral staircase, one truly can get a birds eye view of the Atlantic […]


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