Friends, Families and Traditions: The 2017 Beaufort Water Festival


With tournaments and talent shows, country concerts and Commodore Balls, Motown music and open-air markets, shrimp boat tours and acrobatic air shows, parades and dances, Blessing of the Fleet and a Lowcountry Supper, the Beaufort Water Festival is a 10-day celebration of coastal life. July 14-23, head down to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in historic Beaufort for the 62nd Annual Beaufort Water Festival to enjoy “Families, Friends & Traditions.” Listed below are the special events scheduled this year. For details and ticket information, visit bftwaterfestival.com.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, July 14

  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, noon-7 p.m.
  • Opening Ceremony with the Parris Island Marine Band & Fireworks, dusk

Saturday, July 15

  • Raft Race, 8:30 a.m.-noon
  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Bocce Tournament, 9 a.m.
  • Badminton Tournament, 9 a.m.
  • Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Sponsor’s Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Shrimp Boat Tours, noon-4 p.m.
  • Ski Show, 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
  • Concert in the Park featuring Aaron Lewis, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 16

  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • River Rally, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Children’s Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Shrimp Boat Tours, noon-4 p.m.
  • Teen Dance, 6–9 p.m.

Monday, July 17

  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Motown Monday with Deas Guyz, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 18

  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Hometown Tuesday with Bootless, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19

  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Talent Show, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 20

  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Lowcountry Supper, 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 21

  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Bed Race, 5 p.m.
  • River Dance with The Band Punch, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 22

  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Water Festival Grand Parade, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Non-Profit Expo, noon-4 p.m.
  • Air Show, 1-4 p.m.
  • Commodore’s Ball with The New Royals, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 23

  • Festival Arts & Crafts Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats, noon-2 p.m.