November Happenings

November is packed full of fun and festive events around the Lowcountry. Check some of them out below.

Art Showings, Plays & Performances

“An American in Paris” holiday musical

A regional premiere of “An American in Paris” has a stunning combination of classic music, a timeless story and gorgeous dance resulting in a spectacular musical perfect for the whole family. “An American in Paris” is the story of World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan, who, hoping to build a new life, chooses newly liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret – and realizes he is not her only suitor. Songs include “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “’S’Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” “Stairway to Paradise” as well as beautiful, romantic music that includes “An American In Paris.”

When: Dec. 5-30
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Details: or 843-842-ARTS

SoBA Presents “It’s Hip to be Square”

This annual fall art exhibit will be displayed from Nov. 5 through Dec. 2, and features special square paintings submitted by members of the Society of Bluffton Artists. Paintings range in size from 10 x 10 inches to 36 x 36 inches and will be on sale in time for holiday art shopping.

When: Nov. 5 through Dec. 2
Where: The Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery
Details: or 843-757-6586

Clint Holmes

World Class Entertainment at The Jazz Corner

Catch a concert and dinner nightly in the intimate, elegant atmosphere of one of the greatest jazz rooms in the world, right here on Hilton Head Island. The menu features innovative Southern flavors and personal, attentive service.

When: Doors open at 6 p.m., concerts begin at 8 p.m.
Where: The Jazz Corner
November headliners: Nov. 2-3, The Christian Tamburr Quartet featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist Clint Holmes; Nov. 9-10, The Larry Fuller Trio; Nov. 16-17, Beyond the Neighborhood – The Music of Fred Rogers featuring The Kevin Bales Quartet with Keri Johnsrud; Nov. 23-24, Piano 2 Piano – award-winning pianists Noel Freidline and Martin Lesch; Nov. 30-Dec. 1, The Joshua Bowlus Trio.
Details: or 843-842-8620

Stanley Jordan to perform at The Arts Center

In a career that took flight in 1985 with commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Key to Jordan’s fast-track success was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan’s innovative “touch technique” is an advanced form of two-handed tapping. From bold reinventions of classical masterpieces and soulful explorations through poprock hits, to blazing straight-ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan always can be counted on to take listeners on a breathless journey into the unexpected.

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 8
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Notes: Single Tickets, $75
Details: or 843-842-ARTS

“Sea to Shining Sea and Places In Between” at SoBA Gallery

Linda Hilts’ “Sea to Shining Sea and Places in Between” will feature her favorite art mediums of watercolor, acrylic and pastel during an exhibit from Nov. 5- Dec. 1 at The Society of Bluffton Artists gallery, located on Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. An opening reception is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

When: Opening reception 3-5 p.m. Nov. 11, Exhibit runs Nov. 5-Dec. 1
Where: The Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery
Details: or 843-757-6586

Sea of Dreams exhibit at Karis Art Gallery

Karis Art Gallery is proud to present the work of L. Robert Stanfield, an accomplished artist who received his formal training at Savannah College of Art and Design. Using blue as his primary color and music as a working inspiration, L. Robert instills a symphonic and oceanic essence in his work. Featuring the title piece, “Sea of Dreams,” a table L. Robert created using his layering technique. Meet the artist Nov. 2.

When: Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 2, Exhibit runs Nov. 1-31
Where: Karis Art Gallery
Details and More: or 843-785-5100

Hilton Head Christian Academy goes ‘Into the Woods’

Be careful what you wish for as Hilton Head Christian Academy takes you on a spellbinding journey into the adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Into the Woods Jr.” This quirky retelling of Brothers Grimm stories is packed with familiar characters, but traditional storylines have been altered and all do not receive their happily ever after.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 3, 3 p.m. Nov. 3
Where: HHCA Performing Arts Center
Notes: Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for students
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No School Art Day! Educational Program – Visual Arts Workshop

Join us for an all-day art adventure where students ages 7-12 will make art that is “All about Me!” During this No School Art Day students will use a variety of mediums and techniques as they create original art inspired by some of the most iconic artists in history.

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov, 6
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Notes: Online registration required, $55
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Family Workshop – Earthenware Clay Nativity

Participants will use hand-building techniques to create a ceramic Mary, Joseph, and Jesus from white earthenware clay. Work will be fired and available for pickup the following week. Reserve a spot for each family member age 8 and up who wishes to make the project. Children 7 and under can make 1 project together with an adult. Online registration required, $30.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 27
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
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Ballet Memphis Educational Field Trip Performance

For more than 30 years, Ballet Memphis has created, presented and taught ballet in a way that celebrates the human spirit. It is a company that is reflective of its audience and beautifully diverse in mind, body and soul. The highly acclaimed, original repertoire speaks of the cultural significance of Memphis. It has been shared with audiences around the globe, including The Joyce Theater in New York City and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Called “a triumph” by Commercial Appeal

When: 11 a.m. Jan. 18
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Notes: Grades 1-12, Tickets $8.
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Ballet Memphis Great Performances Presentation Performing at the Arts Center on Jan. 18 for one show only.

When: 8 p.m. Jan. 18
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Notes: Tickets $60
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Ballet Memphis Master Dance Class Educational Program – Master Dance Class

Enhance your training with the renowned Ballet Memphis during this 90-minute master dance class. Beginner to intermediate dancers are encouraged to attend. At check-out, be sure to answer the questions, including the participant’s name and age (if under 18).

When: 10 a.m. Jan 19
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Notes: Tuition is $25.
Details and More: or 843-686-3945, ext. 205

Songwriters in the Round at The Hanger

Nashville’s most prominent songwriters perform their music and share the stories behind the songs. This year’s show will feature a special performance by the Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities.

What: Songwriters in the Round
When: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16
Where: The Hanger
Details and More: [email protected]

Virginia Repertory Theatre – “The Frog Prince” Educational Field Trip Performance

When a spoiled but lonely princess drops her golden ball into a wishing well, a noble frog retrieves it in exchange for her promise of friendship. The princess breaks her promise and must face the music. In the process she learns a valuable lesson about true friendship. This colorful, humorous adaptation of the classic fairy tale was first recorded by the Brothers Grimm. Virginia Repertory Theatre’s beautiful production of “The Frog Prince” showcases an amphibian ensemble created by internationally acclaimed puppet master Terry Snyder.

When: 10 and 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Notes: Grades Pre-K-5, $7
Details and More: or 843-686-3945, ext. 205


Hilton Head Dance Theatre presents “The Nutcracker”

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with the Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker for a performance the whole family will enjoy.

When: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Nov. 9
Where: Seahawk Cultural Center

Stomp Grapes at the Hilton Head Italian Heritage Festival

This event gets bigger every year and this year’s celebration will be no exception. As always, the festival is a robust celebration of Italian culture with food and live entertainment. The crowd-pleasing grape stomping contest will return, as will the pizza eating contest – and some new events too, so don’t miss it.

When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 17
Where: Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn
Notes: Rain or shine. No pets please!

Mix, Mingle and Jingle at Rollers

It’s a grown-up holiday party featuring one of the largest light displays in the area. Enjoy more than 20 local wine and beer vendors, hors d’oeuvres, food trucks, pictures with Santa, raffle and prizes, and more. Music by JD Music Group.

When: 6 – 10 p.m. Nov. 24
Where: Rollers Spirits, Wine, and Cheese

Go on a Holiday Wagon Ride in Sea Pines

Enjoy a festive wagon ride and take in the fall colors, as well as abundant plant and wildlife in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Cookies and refreshments will be provided before the tour. Reservations are required.

When: Nov. 20-24
Where: Sea Pines Resort
Details: The Sea Pines Resort’s recreation department at (843) 842-1979.

Holiday Happenings at The Village at Wexford

A Holiday Evening in the Village
Music, shopping, refreshments, and prizes. Christmas movie and cocoa for the kids.
5-8 p.m. Nov. 15

Santa’s Big Arrival and the Gingerbread Trail
Holiday family fun offering a Gingerbread Trail of treats, photos, music, stories, and photos with Santa.
3-5 p.m. Nov. 24

Santa at The Village
Santa will be at The Village at Wexford every Saturday from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 22.

Wine Down Wednesday
Dec. 5

Community Tree Lighting and Art Market

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their trusty reindeer Rudolph will help kick off the holiday season at the Town’s official Christmas Tree Lighting on the Arts Center festival grounds. It’s an old-fashioned Yuletide celebration, complete with Christmas carols, holiday crafts, yummy treats and a musical performance from the cast of “An American in Paris.” Start your holiday shopping early while supporting local artists who will be onsite with jewelry, art, crafts, Christmas treasures and more. Activities for children include face painting, holiday crafts and photo opportunities with Santa. Hot chocolate, coffee, BBQ and other treats will be available to help keep patrons warm. This family-friendly community festival is an Island tradition. Free and open to the public – on the Arts Center festival grounds.

When: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Festival Grounds
Notes: Free and open to the public

Holiday Market at Coastal Discovery Museum

Local artists will offer nature-themed gifts, Gullah art, jewelry and sweetgrass basket-making demonstrations. Book signings by local authors and Gifts for a Cause, including “Adopt-ANest” and “Adopt-A Dolphin” will ensure your holiday offerings are unique. Enjoy gumbo from “We Island” and samplings from Lowcountry Produce. Check out the latest exhibit in the gallery Daufuskie Island artisans and wander the grounds to view 19 sculptures in the Public Art Exhibit.

When: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Nov. 20
Where: Coastal Discovery Museum

Bluffton Tree Lighting & Parade

The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at DuBois Park in Bluffton’s Historic District. At 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Mayor Lisa Sulka will announce the grand marshal of the Bluffton Christmas Parade and town leaders will light the Bluffton Christmas tree. Refreshments will be served under the DuBois Park Pavilion, where Santa will greet the children. The Bluffton Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. beginning at the corner of Bridge and Pritchard streets. Parade participants will make their way along the parade route and end in Bluffton Park at the corner of Pin Oak Street and 8th Avenue.

When: Town of Bluffton Christmas Tree Lighting, 5 p.m. Nov. 30; Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade,10 a.m. Dec. 1
Where: Bluffton’s Historic District

Holiday Boutique features Local Art

The Society of Bluffton Artists’ sixth annual Holiday Boutique will be open from Nov. 14 through Dec. 14 at the Center for Creative Arts. The boutique offers a unique place to shop for the holidays with a variety of creative items from local artists from which to choose, including jewelry, cards, holiday decorations, small paintings, floral arrangements, and fiber art.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14-Dec. 14
Where: The Center for Creative Arts
Details: or 843-757-6586

Fundraising Events

Thrift Store Flip

Turn trash into cash for a great cause. Hospice Care of the Lowcountry is hosting their take on the HGTV show Flea Market Flip. Individuals will pick up an item or piece of furniture at one of the many local thrift stores. They will unleash their creativity and completely transform it into something creative and new for a silent auction.

When: 5-8 p.m., Nov. 8
Where: LOCAL Life, 400 Main Street, Suite 200A, Hilton Head Island
Details:, 843-706-2296, [email protected]

Hilton Head Island Bridge Run

This year’s Bridge Run 10K and 5K will start and finish at Crossings Park, taking participants over Broad Creek on the Cross Island Bridge. All participants will receive a Hargray Hilton Head Island Bridge Run T-shirt. The post-race party and awards ceremony will feature refreshments, music, and door prizes.

When: 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10
Where: Crossings Park
Details: or call 843-757-8520.

The Bluffton Book Festival

Rub elbows with New York Times best-selling authors and local talent at this family-friendly, three-day event. Workshops and lectures will be offered in conjunction with the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Join in a fun-filled time of good food, fun for the kids, and great books. The Bluffton Book Festival exists to raise funds for The Literacy Center and Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

When: Nov. 15 – 17
Where: Old Town Bluffton

Pedal Hilton Head Island

More than just a series of fantastic cycling events, Pedal Hilton Head is a celebration of the island’s music, culture, and two-wheeled lifestyle. An entire weekend of activities are planned, including the Music of the Grateful Dead on Friday and Saturday nights, live local music, the all new Beach Grinder Beach Race, and the Main Ride on Nov. 18. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

When: Nov. 16 -18

Blufftemberfest Sunset Party 2018 Series Finale/ Redux

The Bluffton Sunset Party originally scheduled Sept. 15 but cancelled due to Hurricane Florence has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24. It will feature live music from local favorites such as Cornbread and The Chiggers. Come for the food court, craft beer garden, wine bar, arts & crafts, vendors, and kids activities. Proceeds benefit local charities.

When: 3 – 8 p.m. Nov. 24
Where: Bluffton Oyster Factory Park
Notes: Tickets $5 at the door, children 12 & under free
Details: or 843-757-8520

Ambassador Pierre Vimont

Meetings & Gatherings

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

WACHH provides a forum to learn more about world events and their impact on the United State of America.

When: 10 a.m. Fridays
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway
Upcoming Speakers:
November 2Ambassador Pierre Vimont, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe. Mr. Vimont will discuss whether France, under President Macron’s government, is moving towards a genuine reform of its economy, institutions and social system in order to renew with strong leadership in Europe and world affairs.
November 16Dr. Jennifer Keene, professor and history department chair at Chapman University, will discuss the legacy of the conflict of World War I and why it extends beyond the failure of the United States to ratify the Treaty of Versailles.