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.

The Beaufort Shrimp Festival

The Lowcountry has so much to offer, beautiful coastlines, rich history, and shrimp! This festival celebrates all of those (but mostly the latter).

The Beaufort Shrimp Festival is held each October in Beaufort’s beautiful Waterfront Park. There is always music, events, fun and, of course, more ways to enjoy the freshest, finest shrimp anywhere.

Free public concerts feature local and national bands of all types. Events include the blessing of the fleet, a golf tournament, and a 5K run/walk.

Of course the center of the festival is all the delicious shrimp! Many of our favorite local restaurants serve up their own special shrimp recipes as well as other delectable examples of Lowcountry cuisine.

For more information, contact the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.

Taste of Beaufort

This three day festival celebrates Beaufort's culinary treasures. Local restaurants showcase spectacular tasting menus along Beaufort's historic Bay Street.

Additional events include an Earth Day celebration, wine tastings, contests, and so much more.

Musical acts are showcased throughout the festival with a number of free concerts on festival stages and in other venues throughout downtown.

The festival takes place in late April and is hosted by Main Street Beaufort, USA. A number of private sponsors make the even a success year after year.

The Beaufort Water Festival