They’re Plentiful in The SC Lowcountry.
Fall rolls around with much applause in the South Carolina Lowcountry. It is a celebration of many things, with harvest and seafood being the biggest draw, but secretly we southerners are most happy about the cooler temperatures. October and November are stock-full of exciting events for those looking to get out and celebrate the bounty of our harvest and lower temperatures that come with the beloved season.
We begin the month with Beaufort’s Shrimp Festival. This 2-day event takes place at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Local restaurants compete and serve up their best shrimp dishes from 6 – 10 p.m. on Friday night and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t forget to sign up for Saturday’s Run Forrest Run 5K.
Ridgeland’s Gopher Hill Festival will also be held on the first weekend in October. This fun-filled festival is held on the town’s Main Street, and features music by the Catalinas and Deacons of Swing and includes a magical performance by Magic Mike. Don’t miss Thursday’s kiddie parade, turtle race and pet show, followed by the famous pink bathtub race! Carnival rides will be in full swing Friday and Saturday.
Daufuskie Island’s Fall Fest will feature a lowcountry boil & oyster roast. Grab your seats for live music by the Horan Brothers from 2 – 6 p.m.
The second weekend of October rolls around with Beaufort’s Food Truck Festival. This fun event will be held at Beaufort Town Center from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and raises money for Camp Hope.
Bluffton’s Arts and Seafood Festival will be held October 12 – 20, in the state designated cultural district of Bluffton, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival is a week-long event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious lowcountry cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality.
The Kiwanis Clubs of Hilton Head Island will host the 35th Annual Chili Cookoff at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 PM, Saturday, October 12, with all-you-can-eat chili!
The Habersham Harvest Festival will feature a vintage fair with family activities, celebrated local food purveyors and artisan crafts set against the backdrop of timeless southern architecture on Market Street. The Harvest Festival is a two-day event beginning Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring the whole family and spend the day browsing art vendors, enjoy great local food, live music on the main stage, plus plenty of activities for kids of all ages including the 47-ft Ferris wheel, vintage rides, hayride, bookmobile, petting zoo and more!
Beaufort’s Fall Festival of Homes is an event that shouldn’t be missed. Explore private historic houses in this beautiful coastal city during this once a year event. Tours are self-paced through three centuries of Beaufort architecture. Tickets are limited. Reservations are recommended. Tour dates are October 25-27.
Hardeeville will hold its inaugural Festival on Main November 1st – 2nd. The festival will include a family fun zone, inflatables, amusement rides, rock wall, food & craft vendors and a beer garden. Live entertainment will include the Swinging Medallions and other local favorites.
Beaufort’s Pat Conroy Literary Festival will also be held on the first weekend of November. Pat Conroy’s legacy as student, teacher, and mentor will be honored through the 2019 festival. The annual festival is an immersive weekend of panel discussions, readings, book signings, performances, film screenings, tours, and social gatherings in celebration of the writing and teaching life of Pat Conroy.
For more information on all Lowcountry happenings see our event calendar at https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/events-calendar/ .