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November 2021 Happenings

Art shows, plays & performances

The Nutcracker

The Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker will be performed at the Seahawk Cultural Center. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on November 12, 13, 19, and 20 and at 2:30 p.m. on November 14 and 21. An online encore of the performance will be available for viewing in December. For tickets, visit

Featured artist: Wally Palmer
his month La Petite Gallerie is featuring Wally Palmer, a sculptor and son of famed sculptor, Walter Palmer. In his Smoking Bird Studio along the banks of Okatie River, he creates a diverse collection of work including Lowcountry bas-reliefs, mosaics and large conceptual fountains. In addition to his visual skills, you can enjoy his guitar playing on festival days and Fridays at the La Petite Gallerie decks. For more information, visit

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

On November 14 and 15 Michelle Cann will be performing at the First Presbyterian Church as part of Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s Orchestra Series. On November 28 and 29 ring in the season at the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops performance with holiday classics and enchanting new favorites. Singers from Savannah’s American Traditions Vocal Competition will join the HHSO Chorus and cello sensation Brandon Leonard. For more information and tickets, visit

Fall Celebration of the Arts

Join the John Paul II Catholic School Theatre Department for the Fall Celebration of the Arts at 7 p.m. on November 19 in the school commons in Ridgeland. Students will be presenting a series of scenes, monologues and songs that highlight their various talents and skills. Fall-themed drinks and snacks will be provided.

Music from the Manger

The Port Royal Music Academy’s holiday-themed festival Music from the Manger is coming to the Port Royal Village December 10-12. The music-filled festival will feature a unique Christmas village and a performance by local recording artist, Liz Jane. For tickets and more information, visit

Live music

The Rooftop at Poseidon

Silicone Sister
Coastal Country Night: November 3, 10, 17, 24
Dueling Pianos + Ladies Night: November 4, 11, 18, 25
Island’s Biggest DJ Dance Party: November 6, 13, 20, 27

Silicone Sister: November 27

The Roasting Room

Emily Scott Robinson
Nick Fradiana: November 4
Emily Scott Robinson: November 5
Into The Fog: November 6

The End of America: November 11

Savannah Civic Center

Foreigner: November 8
ZZ Top: November 17
TOBYMAC: November 19

Tedeschi Trucks Band: November 20

Local markets

Farmers Market of Bluffton
Every Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. the Farmers Market of Bluffton will be open at 71 Green Street. Vendors include 7th Heaven Spices, Clark & Sons Farm, Palmetto Pops, Myers Family Farms, Sprout Momma and Tuten Farms, just to name a few. Check out the market’s Facebook page or text FARMER to 484848 for updates.

Bluffton Artisan Market

The Bluffton Artisan Market will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on November 20 at Martin Family Park. Enjoy live music, food trucks and local makers.

Fashionable & fun

Marco Bicego Trunk Show
Join the staff of Forsythe Jewelers for the Marco Bicego Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 16 and 17. Marco Bicego has redefined the phrase “everyday luxury” with sensuous, extraordinarily beautiful jewelry which blends Old World Italian hand craftsmanship with tradition, passion and imagination. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Miss South Carolina, Julia Herrin of Bluffton, from 1-4 p.m. on November 16 during the show. Enjoy a complimentary gift with your Marco Bicego purchase. RSVP to 843-671-7070 or [email protected]

Pop-up portrait shoot

Island Child will be hosting a pop-up portrait shoot for your little ones at 1000 William Hilton Pkwy, Unit G-4 from 4-6 p.m. on November 12 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 13. This would make a one-of-a-kind timeless gift for your loved ones this holiday season. For more information and to book a time slot, contact Photography 46 at photography46[email protected] or 843-655-5439.

Festivals & events

Palmetto Dunes Lowcountry Boil
Join Palmetto Dunes for an all-you-can-eat Lowcountry boil from 6-9 p.m. on November 12 at Center Court Pavilion. There will be live music and yard games. For questions, email [email protected].

Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade

On November 13 from 5-7 p.m. at South Forest Beach, enjoy giant puppets, lanterns and marching musicians as they light up the shoreline. The free event features Chantelle Rytter and her “krewe” of puppeteers, along with children and adults from the community who will parade with their handmade lanterns.

Hilton Head Oyster Festival

Taking place from 5-8 p.m. on November 12 at Shelter Cove Community Park, the Friday Oyster Fest offers all-you-can-eat steamed local oysters, Lowcountry boil, pulled pork, seafood chowder and chili. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 13 at Lowcountry Celebration Park, attendees can enjoy live music, local artisan pop-up shops, food, beverages and kids’ activities. For tickets and additional information, visit

Santa at Village at Wexford

Santa Claus will arrive at the Village at Wexford on November 27. Enjoy Storytime with Santa and the Gingerbread Trail. For additional information, visit

Thanksgiving Wagon Rides

Enjoy a festive wagon ride and the fall colors and wildlife in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. For additional information, visit

November 23, 24, 26 (3 and 4 p.m.) and November 27 (10 and 11 a.m.)

Holiday Preview Event

On Saturday, November 13th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Greenery, Inc. (960 William Hilton Pkwy) Reservations appreciated! Call Amy at 843-593-9351 for details of this special event.

Veterans Day Parade

The annual Veterans Day Parade takes place at 10 a.m. on November 11 at Beaufort National Cemetery. For more information, call Beaufort County Veterans Affairs at 843-255-6880.

Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 15th Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, taking place February 21-27, 2022, to celebrate southern heritage and culture. The event is planned to surpass over $1 million in funding to local charities and over $31 million in economic impact to Hilton Head Island. Events include Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water, Pitmaster 101, Salt Water Supper and Pig Pickin’ & Oyster Roast, just to name a few. The main event will be held at Shelter Cove Harbour + Marina, where samples will be offered from over 100 food and beverage vendors, and two stages will provide live music, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and wine, beer and cocktail seminars. For tickets and additional information, visit

Hilton Head Island High School is proud to present Little Women
The Broadway Musical by Allan Knee, Jason Howland’s music and Mindi Dickstein’s lyrics will run November 4-6 at 7 pm and November 7 at 4 p.m. at the Seahawk Cultural Center on the campus of Hilton Head Island High School. The musical is based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic American novel by the same name and shares the story of love and family during the Civil War. Purchase tickets at; $20 for adults, $10 for students.

Fundraising events
Cocktails on the Sound

On November 13 from 4-8 p.m., join SOAR Special Recreation of the Lowcountry at their 6th annual Cocktails on the Sound fundraising event. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, entertainment, and catering by Red Fish. For additional information and tickets, visit

Thanksgiving Turtle Trot 5K
The Palmetto Dunes Property Owners Association will host its second annual Thanksgiving Turtle Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day. The family-friendly event is a 5 kilometer run/walk on the beach in Palmetto Dunes Resort, starting at 9 a.m. at 14 Dunes House Lane. The proceeds will benefit the Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund. To register, visit runsignup. com/Race/SC/HiltonHeadIsland/ PalmettoDunesTurtleTrot5K.

5th Annual HHAHBA Education Foundation Cornhole Tournament
The tournament takes place on November 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 16 Promenade Street at St. Joseph’s Park. To participate, cost is $80 for teams of two, which includes buffet and two drink tickets per player. Spectator tickets are $25 and include two drinks and access to full buffet. This event will benefit the Home Builders Education Foundation 2022 scholarship fund. For more information and to register, visit

Enlightening conversations
A Year of Turmoil

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s popular Friday Speaker Series “A Year of Turmoil” continues on the first and third Fridays of each month at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. For tickets and more information, visit or call 843-384-6758.

November 5: John Tierney, Questions that Congress is Failing to Ask
November 19: Anand Menon, UK in a Changing Europe
December 3: Nury Turkel, The Future of the Uyghurs
January 7: Farah Pandith, Countering Extremism Together Here & Abroad