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Festivals and Events

The Gullah Festival

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.

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The Beaufort Shrimp Festival

The Beaufort Shrimp Festival is held annually the first weekend of October in beautiful downtown Beaufort; An event with the family that you don’t want to miss! Main Street Beaufort, USA, partners with The South Carolina Shrimper’s Association each year to bring awareness to thousands of visitors and residents.  Enjoy free admission and tastes of South Carolina’s wild fresh shrimp! And believe us, there are more than a few ways to eat a shrimp, just ask Bubba Gump!

Festivities Include:

  • Food & Beverages
  • Live Entertainment
  • 5K Bridge Run / Walk
  • Popcorn Run
  • Arts & Crafts Market
  • Children’s Activities
  • Sea Island Rotary Charity Shrimp Race
  • Restaurant Competition
  • Adult Shrimp Heading Competition
  • Kids Shrimp Peeling Competition

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Taste of Beaufort

A Taste of Beaufort: 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.


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The Beaufort Water Festival