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July Happenings

Festivals & Fun

The 64th annual Beaufort Water Festival

When: July 12 – July 21

Once a year in mid-summer the sea island that holds Beaufort becomes a gigantic stage for one of the South’s biggest outdoor events. Successful from its beginning, the Beaufort Water Festival has grown each year in importance and entertainment value, but is still worked as a community, nonprofit project.

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Christmas in July at The Village at Wexford

‘Tis the “sea”son as the Village at Wexford transforms its Farmers Market into a winter holiday wonderland. Meet Surf “Sand-a” and celebrate the year-round spirit of giving at a day of holiday-themed food, fun, entertainment and crafts, while benefitting the Child Abuse Protection Association (CAPA).

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 17

Where: The Village at Wexford

Details: or Facebook

Surf camp for adults & kids

Always wanted to learn to surf? Spend a day (or two) with a local firefighter and EMT and learn the joy of surfing our local waves.

When: July 9-10

Where: Burke’s Beach at Chaplin Community Park


Kids Waterfun Day

It’s an unforgettable morning of sail and powerboat rides on beautiful Calibogue Sound to see dolphins, crabbing, beach games, scavenger hunt and more.

When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 27

Where: South Beach Marina, Sea Pines Plantation

Notes: $45, ages 4-12


Shelter Cove Town Centre Movie Nights

Unfortunately, there is no drive-in movie theater here on Hilton Head Island. These movie nights at Shelter Cove Community Park are the next best thing though. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and pillows and sit back and enjoy the movie. Free and open to the public. Family entertainment; pets welcome.

When/Where: 9 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park (rain or shine)

Notes: No movie on July 4


July 11: Jurassic Park July 18: Top Gun July 25: Frozen Aug. 1: The Parent Trap Aug. 8: Monsters, Inc. Aug. 15: Indiana Jones-Raiders of the Lost Ark

Sunset Celebration Summer Concert Series

Those cool summer concerts at Shelter Cove Community Park are back. Free and open to the public. Pets welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music and the breeze off Broad Creek.

When/Where: 7-10 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park


July 5: Cranford Hollow July 12: Target the Band July 19: Lowcountry Boil

July 26: The Headliners Aug. 2: The Headliners Aug. 9: Deas-Guys
Aug. 16: Cranford Hollow

Breaking it Down:
Old Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance beats
Headliners: Big Band, the Classic 50s & 60s Rock & Roll, Beach Music, Motown, hits from 90s to today Target: 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today’s music. Cranford: Blends original songwriting with flavors of Appalachian traditional music and Southern rock.
Lowcountry Boil: Lowcountry-inspired bluegrass music


Named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeastern Tourism Society and a “Best of Southern Fests” by The South magazine, HarbourFest returns with music from the beloved Shannon Tanner, weekly Tuesday night fireworks and family friendly entertainment with Cappy the Clown.

Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

Details: or Facebook

HarbourFest 2019 – Schedule of Events

Shannon Tanner show

6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m through August 30, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7 p.m. Labor Day Weekend  — Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 (Parrot Palooza Caribbean Concert)

Cappy the Clown

6- 9 p.m. through Aug. 30, Monday through Friday
6-9 p.m. Labor Day Weekend –  Aug. 31 and Sept. 1

Parrot Palooza

Jimmy Buffett Caribbean Concert with Shannon Tanner & the Oyster Reefers

(shows start at 7 p.m.)

Every Thursday from June 13 – August 22 (No Parrot Palooza show on Thursday, July 4)

July 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8, 15, 22

Labor Day Weekend — Saturday, August 31

Sunday, September 1

Fireworks dates (shows start at dusk)

July 4 (no show on Tuesday, July 2) • July 9, 16, 23, 30 • August 6, 13, 20

Gregg Russell summer concerts

Over the years, Gregg Russell has become a Sea Pines classic. You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak in Harbour Town entertaining adults and children alike. His concerts are not to be missed. Free.

When: 8-9:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, through August 23

Art Showings, Plays & Performances

Coastal Kaleidoscope: A colorful expression of life in the Lowcountry

John Kenney’s work is characterized by a wide range of expression and bold use of color. His mentor, Paul Edwards, was a friend of Andy Warhol and Kenney’s vision was strongly influenced by pop culture and the industrial cityscape of his native Pittsburgh. Kenney is featured artist of Beaufort Art Association Gallery June 30 through Sept. 1. Coastal Kaleidoscope portrays our life — the water, landscape, people and places of our Lowcountry home. Join Kenney for an opening night reception from 5-8 p.m. July 5 at BAA Gallery.

When: June 30-Sept. 1

Where: Beaufort Art Association Gallery, Beaufort

Details: 843-521-4444 or

Weekends at The Jazz Corner

Celebrating 20 years of jazz and acclaimed as one of the “Top 100 Jazz Rooms” in the world by Downbeat Magazine, the Jazz Room hosts the hottest acts in the area at The Village at Wexford.

When: Doors open at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Details: or 843-842-8620

Davis and Johnson present The Fabulous Equinox Jazz Band July 5-6

Award-Winning Bassist/Vocalist Nicki Parrott and The All-Star Hilton Head Jazz Camp Faculty July 12-13

The Noel Freidline Quartet featuring Maria Howell July 19-20

Reggie Deas and Deas Guyz – Honoring Soul Greats Sam Cooke, Brook Benton, Otis Redding and more. July 26-27

Lauren Terrett’s “The Lowcountry Is My Home”

The people, landscape, architecture and the culture of the South are the subjects of
Lauren Terrett’s art, whose paintings often “find their own composition.” An opening reception will be held at 3 p.m. July 7 at the gallery.

When: Exhibit runs July 1-August 4

Where: The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) gallery, Old Town Bluffton.

Details: or 843-757-6586

Meetings and Gatherings

Social media’s impact on local newspapers

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head Island presents Lynne Hummel, editor of The Hilton Head Sun and The Bluffton Sun. Hummel will discuss credibility and reliability in the world of social media, and its impact on local newspapers.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. July 17

Where: Tide Point Retirement Community

Details: or  843-384-6758

How Social Media Has Changed the Rules

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head Island presents David Lauderdale, a senior editor and columnist for The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island’s daily newspaper, as well as The Beaufort Gazette. Lauderdale’s columns, Facebook posts and editorials about Lowcountry life are “must reads” for local citizens.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., Aug. 14

Where: Tide Point Retirement Community

Details: or  843-384-6758

Find the beat in Beaufort

All are invited to share some good vibes with the Beaufort Drum Circle. Family friendly, no experience necessary. Bring a chair, a friend, and extra drum or hand percussion if you have one.

When: 5:30-7 p.m., second Mondays of the month, and 7-8:30 p.m., fourth Thursdays of the month

Where: Contemplative Garden, Henry Chambers Waterfront Park, Downtown Beaufort

Details: [email protected] or Facebook

Find better balance and core fitness with SUP yoga

Get active on the water with SUP Yoga. Inspire better balance and excite your yoga practice with this invigorating and remarkably relaxing core fitness workout. Only basic knowledge of SUP needed to participate.

When: 7:30 a.m., Wednesday and Friday

Where: Outside Hilton Head

Details: or 843-686-6996

Happenings at the Coastal Discovery Museum

Art & Environment  After Hours

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursdays

Notes: $15 per person. additional materials fee may apply, depending on the program.


The Art of Flintknapping

When: July 11

For 10,000 years Native People in the Americas crafted beautiful tools from obsidian, chert, flint, and other glassy stones by carefully removing stone flakes from a chunk of rock. Learn the techniques behind making these tools and how to identify chipped stone tools found in this area. Take home your own chipped stone tool and a lot of appreciation for how difficult it is to craft a thin and symmetrical arrowhead or spear point. (over age 14 only)

Herbs and Art  

When: July 18

There are so many fun, helpful, and surprising uses for herbs, from flavoring to clearing negative energy, to medicine, to keeping away mosquitoes, and so much more. Learn about the many uses of herbs from Shelly Welch, director of wellness at Moss Creek Community. Decorate a pot to start your own container garden for your home. (ages 10 and older)

Indigo Exploration

When: July 25

Journey to the past and “meet” Eliza Lucas Pinckney. In 1739, when Eliza was just 17 years old, her experiments with indigo resulted in a very profitable industry for the colony of South Carolina. Hear her unique story, learn how indigo dye was made, and make your own indigo tie-dyed T-shirt to take home. This family-friendly educational experience is fun for all ages. (ages 10 and older)


This is a casual “Meet and Greet” to learn about the alligators, snakes, and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Take this opportunity to walk in and see these animals up close, get hands-on and hold a critter or two, take pictures with your favorite critters, and learn more about these animals and how to safely share the Lowcountry with them.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from June through August


Family Fun Day

Experience hands-on, educational programs and activities. Museum volunteers and representatives from many other historical, cultural, and environmental groups will be on site to share the wonders of the Lowcountry. No charge for admission. Proceeds from sales benefit Coastal Discovery Museum educational programs.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 13


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One Island. One Community. One Hilton Head. (July 4)

John Hardy Trunk Show at Forsythe Jewelers  (July 5-6)

Palmetto Quilt Guild meeting (July 18)

Disaster Relief Preparedness for Businesses (July 30)

Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon (Aug. 9)

Share the Bounty for Second Helpings (Sept. 26)

July happenings at Outside

Kaenon Pint Night (July 12)

Full Moon Kayak Tours (July 15, 16, 17)

Family Ski Day (ongoing)

Long Term Beach Rentals (ongoing)

Guided Kayak Tours (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays)

The Outside Foundation Reef Builds (July 2, 30)

The Outside Foundation Beach Clean Up (July 6)

July happenings at Coastal Discovery Museum

Hilton Head Farmers Market (Tuesdays)

Blue Crab Discovery Tour (Tuesdays)

Preschooler Program, Wonderful Wings (Tuesday)

Beach Discovery Tour (Tuesdays)

Kayak Tour of Jarvis Creek (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)

May River Maritime Cruise (Tuesdays, Thursdays)

Butterfly Discovery (Tuesdays, Fridays)

Forts of Port Royal (Wednesdays)

Explore Honey Horn (Wednesdays)

Dolphin & Nature Cruise (Wednesdays, Fridays)

Under the Sea (Fridays)

July happenings at Sea Pines

Nighttime Shore Explore (Mondays)

Craft Cove (Wednesdays, Fridays)

Freshwater Fishing (Mondays-Thursdays)

Tennis Exhibition (Mondays)

Dive In Movie (Tuesdays)

Crabby Encounters (Tuesdays-Thursdays)

Fun with Albert (Sundays)

Tie Dye Creations (Tuesdays, Thursdays)

July happenings at Heritage Library

Ft. Mitchel Tour in Hilton Head Plantation (Mondays)

Bike tours in historic district (Wednesdays)

Hilton Head haunted history tales (Wednesdays)

Costumed tours at Baynard Mausoleum (Thursdays)