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September Happenings

Festivals & Fun

Music & Taste on the Harbor
Music & Taste on the Harbour is an exciting seasonal event at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina returning this fall at the Neptune Statue, combining the best local bands with delicious food and drinks. This outdoor concert series features a variety of bands on select Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. Featured Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants will set up around Neptune and will offer a variety of specially priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. Limited seating will be provided, so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs. All events are weather permitting and subject to change.
September 9, 30 & October 21: Deas Guyz
September 16, 23 & October 14: Target the Band featuring the Headliner Horns
October 7: Stee & the Ear Candy Band

Make-A-Wish Polo at the Bluff
Make-A-Wish South Carolina and Palmetto Bluff present Polo at the Bluff on Sunday, September 26. The inaugural event will celebrate the incredible life-changing impact wishes have amid a stunning venue and thrilling polo match.The impeccably designed VIP tent provides an intimate and exclusive experience for guests, featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Sponsors and VIP guests will have ringside seating to view the fast-paced arena polo exhibition, which will also mark the first time this type of polo is played in our area. Players and ponies are coming from Polo Adventures, led by Tiger Kneece, who recently retired from a high-goal international polo career. The event starts at 1 p.m. at Longfield Stables, Montage Palmetto Bluff. Learn more at

Save the date
The 7th annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival takes place October 16-24. The week-long festivities will take place in the charming and historic district of Bluffton. Attendees can enjoy locally harvested seafood, Lowcountry cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area. For more information, visit the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival Facebook page.

Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival returns Sept. 14-18. Celebrating its 37th year, the five-day event features exceptional wine dinners, music events, a grand tasting and a popular public tasting, which has moved to Celebration Park across from Coligny Beach Park. VIP Lounge, Grand Tasting and Stay Gold events are sold out.
2021 events
6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 9
Movie Night at the Park: 6-9 p.m., Sept. 14
Sip and Stroll: 4-7 p.m., Sept. 15
Public tasting: 12-3 p.m., Sept. 18 (Celebration Park)

Birds and Brew
Hilton Head Audubon is collaborating with South Carolina Audubon to host a Birds and Brew event on September 23 at Southern Barrel Brewing in Bluffton. For additional information, visit Hilton Head Audubon recently unveiled its newest shorebird conservation sign, created by Lydia Smith of Holy Trinity Classical Christian School, through the Coastal Discovery Museum’s “Sharing with Shorebirds” program.

Local Markets

Bluffton Farmers Market
Every Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., the Bluffton Farmers Market 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 the morning of the market for a complete list of vendors.

The Back Door Trunk Show
The Back Door will host a Kinross Cashmere Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 23 and 24. Located at The Shops at Sea Pines Center, 71 LIghthouse Road, #215

Fashionable & Fun

Custom design event at Forsythe Jewelers
Repurpose your beloved jewelry and create something new during the Custom Design Event at Forsythe Jewelers from September 29 through October 1. Work directly with trusted professionals jewelry designer Paula Dawkins to select a new setting or stones to reimagine a new custom designed piece. To schedule your appointment, call 843-671-7070 or email [email protected]

Sidewalk Sale
The semi-annual Water Side Walk Sale is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., September 3-6.

Art shows, plays & performances

On The Border – Ultimate Eagles Tribute

The Rooftop at Poseidon
Coastal Country Night: September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Dueling Pianos Show: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
On The Border – Ultimate Eagles Tribute: September 4
Island’s Biggest DJ Dance Party: September 4, 11, 18, 25

The Jazz Corner
Enjoy live music from 6:30-10:30 p.m. with these artists
and bands. For a full list of performers and tickets,
The John Brackett Quartet: September 3-4
The Rossano Sportiello Trio: September 10-11
The Andrae Murchison Quartet: September 17-18
Svetlana & The Delancey Five: September 24-25

Red Wanting Blue

The Roasting Room
Enjoy live music from 8-10 p.m. with these artists and bands. For a full list of performers and tickets, visit
Tall Tall Trees: September 8
Whitley Deputy Band: September 10
Caleb Lee Hutchinson: September 11
The High Divers: September 17
Dan Rodriguez: September 18
John McLaughlin: September 22
The Way Down Wanderers: September 23
Hank, Pattie & The Current: September 24
Red Wanting Blue: 6 p.m., September 25
Jeff Scott Soto + Jason Beiler: September 30

Enlightening conversations

World Affairs Council in-person speakers are back
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s live events at First Presbyterian Church are back after a year of speakers and discussions over Zoom. For details visit

2021 WACHHI Speaker Program
Oct. 1: John Bolton, “National Security Challenges & Opportunities” (learn more on page 46)
Oct. 22: Deborah McCarthy, “Russia and the Baltics”
Nov. 5: John Tierney, “Questions that Congress is Failing to Ask”
Nov. 19: Anand Menon, “UK in a Changing Europe”
Dec. 3: Nury Turkel, “The Future of Uyghurs”

2021 WACHHI Community Global Forum
Sept. 10: Todd Wright, “The Future of Nuclear Energy.”
Wright is the former executive vice president of operations for the Energy and Environment Business Unit for AECOM, an international firm connecting knowledge and experience across the globe to solve complex engineering challenges. In his career, Dr. Wright has worked in essentially every segment of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Sept. 17: Dr. Larry Valero, “Cyber Threats and
the Evolution of Cyberwarfare: Russia and
China as Case Studies.”
Department Head and Associate Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, Dr. Larry Valero will be speaking about cyber warfare, its possibilities, and contingencies for how such conflicts may play out in the coming decades. This program is free and open to the public.

Sept. 24: Blair Streitenberger, “What is Bitcoin?”
Attorney-at-Law Blair Streitenberger will discuss what cryptocurrency is and how it works. He has followed cryptocurrencies closely after picking up interest in Bitcoin in 2014. He will cover topics such as the history of attempts at digital currencies that lead to the invention of Bitcoin, philosophy behind the question of what money is, common misconceptions, and more. This event, part of the World Affairs Council’s Community Global Forum Program, will take place at 10 am on September 24 at First Presbyterian Church. It can also be viewed on the WACHH YouTube page. This program is free and open to the public.

Fundraising events

OluKai Lowcountry Boil Paddle Battle
Paddleboarders and kayakers are invited to race in the 2021 OluKai Lowcountry Paddle Battle on Skull Creek from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on September 11. The race is open to all ages and skill levels, with 8-mile, 3.5-mile, and 1-mile courses. It will be held at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, and lunch will be provided for participants. Proceeds will benefit The Outside Foundation. There will be supplementary events such as a boat ride to Page Island, stand up paddleboard yoga and a litter sweep. For additional information and registration, visit

Relay for Life
The Relay for Life event will take place this year from 5-9 p.m. on September 25 at Shelter Cove Community Park. This event honors those who have been affected by cancer. The opening ceremony will start at 5 p.m., with the survivor/caregiver walking following after. For additional information, visit the Relay For Life of the Lowcountry Facebook page.

Memory Matters 5K/10K
The 5K/10K hosted by Memory Matters will raise funds for local caregivers and their loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia. This event takes place on September 18 at the May River High School.
To register, visit

Cashew and Friends Fundraiser
Cashew and Friends are having their last fundraiser. Take a guess at how many beach toys will be collected this summer from local beaches. The car will be at The Courtyard building on the south end of Hilton Head Island. All proceeds will go to the Hilton Head Humane Association. Guessing will begin after Labor Day and will continue throughout the month. For more information, email [email protected] or call 843-816-6388.