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May Happenings

Festivals and Fun


Hilton Head Art Festival

More than 400 North American craftsmen will come together at the beautiful Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina to present works in pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, paintings, and more. Experience fine art, great food, music and shopping. Presented by the Nash Gallery, artists interested in having their work displayed at the festival can pick up applications at Nash Gallery or they can be found online at

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 25-26

Where: Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina

Notes: Free event

Details:, 843-785-6424

Horticulture Specialty Show

Beaufort Council of Garden Clubs will hold a Horticulture Specialty Show at Tabby Place. The event is free and open to the public.

When: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., May 16

Where: Tabby Place at The Beaufort Inn, Beaufort

Details: [email protected]

Fiesta de Mayo & Taco Competition

Immerse yourself in Latino culture and cast your vote for the best taco at this celebration of food, fun, music and dancing.

When: May 19

Where: Shelter Cove Community Park


41st Annual Mayfest

Also known as the Bluffton Village Festival, this eclectic and homespun Southern festival is famous for its distinctive arts and crafts, live music and scrumptious food. Be sure to come hungry, take some time to peruse the various arts and crafts (it’s the day before Mother’s Day), and be prepared for so much more…including the Ugly Dog Contest, the Children’s Doughnut Eating Contest and the Pie Eating Contest. And did we mention the live entertainment? There is everything from tiny dancers to rock bands to keep you moving throughout the day.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 11

Where: Calhoun Street in historic Old Town Bluffton

Notes: Admission is free

Details:, Facebook, or 843-815-2277

Memorial Day


“America Sings!”

Begin the summer and honor veterans and active military personnel at this red, white and blue tribute to the spirit of America. An all-American musical celebration.

When: 7 p.m., May 26

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island


Memorial Day Remembrance

Join the Hilton Head Navy League of the United States, along with the American Legion and Military Officers Association for the 26th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance. The guest speaker will be Col. Cesar Rodriguez, USMC, and Mayor Thomas McCann will issue a proclamation designating Memorial Day on Hilton Head as a Day of Remembrance for all local citizens in honoring those who gave their life defending freedom. The Hilton Head Choral Society will provide musical selections.

When: 10:30 a.m., May 27

Where: Shelter Cove Veterans Memorial Park


Gregg Russell Memorial Day concert

A special tribute to those who have served performed by a Sea Pines classic.

When: 8-9:30 p.m., May 24

Where: Harbour Town, under the Liberty Oak


Art Showings, Plays and Performances


“Expect the Unexpecting” with the Art of Joy Lillith Hermann

Allow your emotions to be stirred by the versatile works of well-known local artist Joy Hermann, who continues to find inspiration in the long ago words of her father, who asked her to look beyond the obvious in nature, and to be drawn in by the simple beauty.

When: Exhibit runs from May 6-June 2;  opening reception from 3-5 p.m. May 12

Where: SoBA Gallery

Details: or 843-757-6586

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Presents “A Chorus Line”

“A Chorus Line” examines one day in the lives of 17 dancers, all vying for a spot in the chorus line of a Broadway musical. After the first round of cuts, Zach, the director and choreographer, asks each dancer to speak about themselves in this nine-time Tony Award winner. With iconic music by Marvin Hamlisch and based on real Broadway dancers’ stories as told to fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett, “A Chorus Line” is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest.

When: May 1-June 2

Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Notes: Parental discretion advised. Advisory equivalent of a PG 13 film.


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 Corner hosts the hottest acts in the area at The Village at Wexford.

Schedule of Acts

May 3-4: The Harry Allen Quartet

May 10-11: The Ben Paterson Trio

May 17-18: Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist Tom Scott with The Howard Paul Trio

May 24-25: New Orleans All-Star Swing, featuring Duke Heitger, Tim Laughlin, Hal Smith & Kris Tokarski

May 31-June 1: The Keith Davis Trio

Details: or 843-842-8620

May happenings at Outside

Outside Hilton Head has many special events planned this month, including:

Event Schedule

May 9: Ladies Night! May 12: Mother’s Day sale
May 15: Oyster recycling talk at Coastal Discovery Museum
May 16-18: Full Moon Kayak Tours

May River Theatre presents ‘Love Letters’

The May River Theatre returns in its 19th season to present this emotional play that tugs alternately at the funny bone and the heart strings. It features Daniel and Debbie Cort. May River Theatre is coming back after an 18-month pause due to the Town Hall renovation where they perform.

When: 7 p.m., May 2-4; 2 p.m. May 6

Where: 20 Bridge St., Bluffton

Notes: Tickets $27.

Details:, 843-815-5581

Response to Nature: The Watercolors of P.A. Kessler

As a local artist with an international reputation, Kessler’s work is a departure from the static images created by historic botanical painters. We are invited to slow down and appreciate the magnificence of the natural beauty of the Lowcountry, such as a flower, a nest, or a feather dropped along a path. Kessler’s work has been featured in major watercolor exhibitions and is well represented in many corporate and private collections. In the tradition of botanical illustrations, both original works of art and high-quality reproductions will be available for purchase.

When: Exhibit runs May 6 through June 28; Meet the artist from 5-7 p.m. May 23

Where: Coastal Discovery Museum

Informative and Entertaining


Full Moon Cocktail Cruise event

Celebrate the Flowering Moon aboard the Salty Dog at South Beach Marina. This fundraiser cruise includes great food, live music, cash bar and the chance to win a trip to enjoy Nashville’s Tennessee Whiskey Adventure. Proceeds go to Osprey Village, a residential neighborhood for adults with disabilities. Don’t miss this opportunity to support independence and fulfilling lives.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 18

Where: The Salty Dog at South Beach Marina

Details: or 843-422-6099

TEDx Hilton Head: Ideas Worth Sharing

Stimulate your thinking, challenge your boundaries and brighten your day. TEDx Hilton Head comes to SoundWaves, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s new island headquarters. It’s a full day of inspiring talks, continental breakfast, catered lunch and more.

When: May 11

Notes: Tickets $75, only 100 available

Details: Facebook or [email protected]

Memory Fest 2019

Find out how your brain learns, how you create memories, how to manage emotions and more with these events hosted by Memory Matters.

When/Where: The Bluffton event is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at St. Gregory The Great St. Andrew’s Parish Hall. The Hilton Head Island event is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at First Presbyterian Church.

Notes: $25

Details: 843-842-6688,

Meetings and Gatherings


World War II’s promise for Liberal Democracy: A Retrospective and Prospective

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head will host David Eisenhower ll, Director of the Institute for Public Service, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, for a presentation on World War ll’s promise for democracy.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., May 17

Where: First Presbyterian Church, HHI



Coastal Discovery Museum events

May happenings at Outside

Summer camps

Memory Matters Connections Classes

Volunteers in Medicine Fundraiser (May 4)

Helping Parents Heal meeting (May 12)

Palmetto Quilt Guild meeting (May 16)

Carolina Shag Club Re-Up Party (May 22)

Sessions Presented by the Don Ryan Center (May 30)

Fun in the Sun for Everyone (June 7)

Hilton Head Island Music Festival (June 22-23)

Legally Blonde: The Musical (June 26-Aug. 4)

Ride of Silence honors cyclists who have been injured or killed

Hilton Head Island joins an international observance with a silent procession of cyclists that aims to raise awareness and encourage drivers to respect cyclists’ legal right to “Share the Road.” The 9-mile police-escorted ride rolls out at 7 p.m. Participants should arrive at the Street Meet parking lot in Port Royal Plaza with a bicycle, helmet (mandatory), lights, and a black armband.

When: 6:30 p.m., May 15

Where: Street Meet parking lot in Port Royal Plaza