Looking for the perfect time to visit Historic Beaufort, SC?
October is a great month!
A visit to Beaufort is always a good idea – no matter what season you pick. October is packed with events that will keep you busy.
The action-packed month starts off with the Beaufort Shrimp Festival. This two-day event features some of the best shrimp dishes you will ever try!
This is a heritage event, free to the public that celebrates Lowcountry cuisine. Participating local restaurants prepare samples of Lowcountry dishes featuring South Carolina wild-caught shrimp. Prizes are awarded for “best recipe” and “most creative recipe”. Food vendors will be set up along the park both days.
Friday night’s concert in the park features the phenomenal band Deaz Guys! They will be performing at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Come and enjoy an entertaining mix of Old Motown, Jazz Standards, Rhythm and Blues, Country, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance beats. Beaufort’s First Friday After 5 events will be going on as well. Stores on and around Bay Street will be open extended hours and Bay Street will be closed to vehicles.
Don’t wear yourself out too much because the Run Forrest Run 5K Bridge Run/Walk is the next morning. After the race head over to and peruse the Shrimp Festival Arts & Crafts Market. The musical line-up for Saturday includes the Brewster Band, the Cluster Shucks and MXM Productions Disk Jockeys. Next grab lunch from a food vendor, or two.
After you’ve eaten your fill watch the Sea Island Rotary Club’s Annual Shrimp Race at 3 p.m. 5,000 shrimp will be dropped into the river and will race toward the finish line. The first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line will share $5,000.00 in cash prizes. Watch all the excitement from the waterfront park. Want to join in the fun? You can adopt a shrimp and you too can compete for cash and other prizes.
History comes to life at the Santa Elena History Center 16th Century Encampment on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. Walk over and make the museum a part of your Shrimp Festival weekend.
A quick trip over the bridge to Lady’s Island will take you to the Fall Bazaar at St Peter’s Catholic Church. See what treasures you might find at this annual event that has been around for 60 years.
If you survive Beaufort’s first weekend in October, you might want to stick around for the second! The 3rd Annual Beaufort Food Truck Festival is hosted by the Lowcountry Jaycees. The festival raises money for Camp Hope – a camp for those with cognitive disabilities. The festival will be held at Beaufort Town Center on October 12th, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
After you stuff your face at the Food Truck Festival, head downtown and take a walk on the scary side at the CAPA & Exchange Club 27th Annual Ghost Tours! Book online to schedule a walking or carriage tour. You won’t regret it!
The third weekend of October brings more fun your way. Start the day with the Swing Bridge 5K & Sunrise Prayer Walk. This fun 5K and 1-mile race will run through historic downtown and across the Woods Memorial Bridge.
After the race walk over to Carteret Street United Methodist Church for their fall festival. There you’ll find all kinds of goodies and visit the famous pumpkin patch.
Next, head over to the waterfront park with the little ones for the Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat Celebration. Fill your candy bag, dance, play games and watch Monsters Inc on the big screen. Don’t forget chairs and blankets. What a weekend. Rest up, because the month isn’t over yet!
The third weekend of October brings the Beaufort Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens. Each day has a different tour. Pick your favorite and book your tour.
A selection of private homes and gardens normally not open to the public welcomes 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.
Right down the street in the heart of Port Royal, you can celebrate OktoPRfest and Party Port Royal Style! Here you’ll find great food, craft vendors, live entertainment and a kid zone!
Oh, and don’t forget – if you didn’t make a ghost tour last weekend, it’s not too late.
Come back on Sunday with the little ones for Trunk or Treat in Historic Downtown Port Royal! Bring your vehicle and be part of the fun.
Don’t forget – you have one more chance to travel the streets of downtown Beaufort on a ghost tour. October 30th is the last night to experience this spooky event.
At this point, you deserve a good rest! If you are a local, you’re used to this much excitement. If you’re just visiting, you’re probably Googling a real estate agent about now! Beaufort is a fun place to hang your hat and call home!
For more information on Beaufort and other Lowcountry events visit the southcarolinalowcountry.com events calendar.