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Festivals and Events


Taste of Beaufort

Save the Date: May 4-5, 2018

Music, Arts, and Seafood Festival

The festival kicks off annually the first weekend in May. Restaurants showcase Beaufort’s culinary treasures along Beaufort's historic waterfront. Come enjoy music, arts, and seafood with free admission! Local and regional bands entertain on the Pavilion Stage. There is also a children’s area, and a 5K run. Craft market featuring local artists and crafters. The Friday evening before the main event there is always live entertainment and restaurants come out early to satisfy your taste buds until Saturday.

For More Information:

       Visit:  ATasteofBeaufort.com


The Gullah Festival

Save the Date:  May 25-27, 2018

A multi-day celebration of diversity and of the Gullah heritage, this May festival showcases talent from the local, regional, national, and international levels and prides itself on having something to appeal to every taste.

Since 1986, the festival has provided a range of art and history exhibits including local choirs, jazz, storytelling, symphonic music, arts and crafts, and theater.

Each year the Gullah Festival has grown bigger and better, recently hosting more than 70,000 people from 32 states and several different countries.

A worship service is given Sunday morning on the waterfront, and a marketplace in Port Royal once used in the slave trade is rededicated in memory of Gullah predecessors. The festival is the recipient of sixteen awards, including citations from both houses of the South Carolina State legislature and the U.S. Congress.

For More Information:

Visit and Like their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/thegullahfestival/?fref=ts


The Beaufort Water Festival

Save the Date: July 13-27, 2018

Successful from the beginning, the Beaufort Water Festival has grown each year, with activities and entertainment changing with the times for both children and adults to enjoy.  The first festival was held in July 1956.

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Beaufort Shrimp Fest

Save the Date:  October 5-6, 2018

Please Note New Hours:  Friday, October 5th:  6pm to 10pm
                   Saturday, October 6th:  11am to 8pm

Join us for this annual festival featuring local area restaurants serving a variety of signature shrimp dishes and other favorites.  This award-winning Beaufort tradition will feature:

  • Live Entertainment
  • Saturday Morning 5k Run/Walk
  • Arts & Crafts
  • shrimping and fishing industries
  • Interactive and informative educational fair dedicated to highlighting our coastal waterways
  • Rotary Club Shrimp Race
  • Shrimp Boat Tours

This year we have festival favorite Deas Guyz who will be performing on Friday and Hometown favorite & Season 12 American Idol Winner Candice Glover will top off the evening on Saturday.  All activities at the event are free and open to the public.  Food tickets are $1 each and can be used to purchase food and beverages.

For More Information:

Visit and Like our Facebook page: Beaufort Shrimp Fest

Email:  events@cityofbeaufort.org


Downtown Trick-o-Treat Halloween Party

Save the Date:  October 27, 2018 

Hours:  11am to 2pm

An afternoon of games, music, costume parades and candy!  Open and free to the public.  Parents and children are invited to come to the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in costume and spend time with friends and neighbors for an old-fashioned Trick-o-Treat celebration.  Kids of all ages are welcome, and parents are encouraged to accompany them.  Come downtown and be part of the fun!

For More Information:

Visit and like our event invite on Facebook, click here.

Email:  events@cityofbeaufort.org


Beaufort Holiday Weekend

Save the Date: December 7-9, 2018

A family friendly weekend celebrating the holiday season! 

Join us downtown Beaufort for a  weekend of holiday cheer featuring local choirs, dance groups, community organizations, parades and the annual Christmas tree lighting.  This event offer something for everyone:  entertainment, food, and the opportunity to experience a great downtown shopping and dining.  This event is open to the public.

2018 Holiday Weekend Activities:

  • Night on the Town: 
    • Friday, December 7th - 6pm to 9pm (Downtown Bay Street and surrounding blocks)
  • Light Up The Night Holiday Boat Parade: 
    • Saturday, December 15th  at  6pm (Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Promenade at The Beaufort River)
    • Application Deadline is Monday, December 3, 2018.
    • To view the 2018 Boat Parade application, click here.
  • Beaufort Christmas Parade: 
    • Sunday December 9th - 3pm (Downtown - Boundary, Carteret, and Bay Street)
    • Application Deadline is Friday, November 30, 2018.  Late fees will be applied after due date.
    • To view the 2018 Christmas parade application, click here.

For More Information:

Visit and like our event invite on Facebook, click here.

Email:  events@cityofbeaufort.org