Top 10 Events to Attend in June

Summer has officially arrived! While heading to the beach and bike trails is an obvious activity for this time of year, here is a list of some fun events to attend this June all around the Lowcountry!

1. Tuesday, June 3-August 2: Jukebox the Musical, Savannah
Take a short road trip to Savannah to see the #1 downtown entertainment show of the year! Beginning at 8:00pm, music from the 1940’s-1980’s are presented in this fast moving production filled with awesome costumes and comedic skits. Don’t miss it! For more information, visit here.

2. Friday, June 6: The Swingin’ Medallions in Concert, Ridgeland
This energetic group will be performing for the 6th year at the Jasper County Farmer’s Market at 8pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information about the event, please visit here.

3. Friday, June 6-Saturday, June 7: 3rd Annual High On The Hog BBQ Festival, Beaufort
Brought to you by Habitat for Humanity, the festivities will begin Friday at 6pm-10pm and continue Saturday from 12noon-4pm. Deez Guys will perform on Saturday and there will be unlimited samples of competitive cooking. There will be plenty to do for the whole family. Please visit here for more information.

4. Friday, June 13: Relay for Life, Hilton Head
Beginning at 7pm at Honey Horn, this family event gives recognition to those who are battling cancer, have beat cancer, and those who have succumbed. To participate with a team, become a sponsor or make a donation, please contact Heather Lanning at the American Cancer Society at 757-7450.

5. Friday, June 13: Bluffton Sunset Party Blues & Brews on the Bluff, Bluffton
This is a kid and pet friendly event. Two local bands will be performing, there will be a craft beer garden and up to 8 local restaurants present. A portion of proceeds will benefit Palmetto Animal League. The event will take place at the Oyster Factory Park on the May River in Bluffton from 5pm-9pm. For more information, visit here.

6. Saturday, June 14-Sunday, June 1515: Bottles and Barrels-A Southern Living Inspired Event, Beaufort
Southern Living Magazine, Habersham Marketplace and Plum Productions is hosting the first annual Bottles & Barrels event that includes a tasting of wines and craft beers as well as a cooking competition. Tasting tickets are $40/person. For more information please visit here.

7. Saturday, June 14: The Parris Island Marine Band Summer Concert, Beaufort
The Parris Island Marine Band will perform their summer concert hosted by the University of South Carolina, Beaufort at 7:30pm. The concert will take place at the Beaufort Center for the Arts on Carteret St. The concert is free of charge but tickets are required. To pick up tickets, visit the Parris Island Band Building 6005 or at the Beaufort Center for the Arts ticket office. For more information, please call 843-228-4967.

8. Tues, June17-Sun July 27: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Hilton Head Island
Come to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and watch a musical tribute to life by the roadside. The show includes a combination of comedy and music. For more information on the show and tickets, please visit here.

9. Saturday, June 21: Beach Bum Triathlon #1, Hilton Head Island
The race includes a 0.25 mile ocean swim, 6 mile beach bike and a 3 mile beach run. A pre-race meeting will begin at 7:30 which will include instructions on the race. For more information, please visit here.

10. Saturday, June 28: TD Bank Hilton Head Island Kids Triathlon #1, Hilton Head Island
Located at the Island Recreation Center, the triathlon is for ages 4-14. The children will be broken up into 3 age groups: 4-6 will be swimming 25 yards, biking 0.5 miles and running 0.33 miles. Ages 7-10 will swim 75 yards, bike 2 miles and run 1 mile and ages 11-14 will swim 125 yards, bike 3 miles and run 1.5 miles. For more information, please visit here.

 

Happy June Ya’ll!!

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Top 10 Events to Attend in May

May is definitely one of the most beautiful months in the Lowcountry. The temperature is rising and people are coming out to enjoy the beautiful weather. If you are looking for things to do here in Bluffton, Hilton Head or even Beaufort, look no further! We’ve got our Top 10 Events to Attend in May right here:

1. Friday, May 2 & Saturday, May 3: The 15th Annual Taste of Beaufort

The 15th Annual Taste of Beaufort will be held at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort, SC. Join in for Music, Arts, and Seafood Festival. Arts and Crafts as well as Fresh Markets which open at Noon on Friday followed by the festival at 6pm. There will be live music performed by the Carolina Soul Band. Local restaurants will also be selling seafood as well as many other types of cuisines. Beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available and the festival ends at 10pm. On Saturday, the 5K Bridge Run/Walk will start the day at 8am followed by the Kid’s Fun Run ages 7 and under beginning at 8:45am. The festival will begin at 11am with entertainment, food and drinks. Don’t miss this fun event!

2. Saturday, May 3: 2nd Annual Hilton Head Island Community Beach Bike Ride

Did you know that May is National Bike Month? Come to Coligny Beach Park at 10am and ride the beaches for a 6 mile round trip. For more information, please contact Marcy at marcyb@hiltonheadislandsc.gov or visit http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/event-calendar/details/_2nd-annual-hilton-head-island-community-beach-bike-ride/

3. Sunday, May 4: The Hilton Head Humane Association Annual Dog Walk on the Beach

The 17th Annual Dog Walk on the Beach starts at 8:30am and will be held at Coligny Beach. Join other canine lovers along with your favorite canine companion. There will be live entertainment, food, dancing, giveaways, and the event will have DJ Alan Palchak as MC and entertainer. For more information, please call 843-681-8686 or visit www.hhhumane.org.

4. Sunday, May 4: 10th Annual Yacht Hop

This fundraiser benefits patient care programs at Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and will be held at the Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Hilton Head Island, SC. There will be live entertainment by the Headliners as well as silent and live auctions. Step aboard several beautiful yachts and enjoy delicious hor d’oeuvres prepared by the areas local chef’s. The day will close with dessert and a champagne toast. For more information and to buy your tickets, please call 843-706-2296 or visit hospicecarelc.org.

5. Saturday, May 10: The 36th Annual Bluffton Village Festival “Mayfest”

This event will take place in downtown Bluffton from 10am-5pm. Coordinated by the Rotary Club of Bluffton, the festival will be all things southern and is know for it unique art and crafts, music, and southern cuisine. Don’t miss the 26th annual Ugly Dog Contest or the second annyual Pie Eating contest that takes place during the day. Get out of the house and meet your Bluffton neighbors, this event is surely a hometown favorite! http://www.blufftonvillagefestival.com

6. Friday, May 16: Beach Bum Parade

Starting at 6:30pm, parade floats will have tons of different water-throwing devices. Spectators will line up along Butler Avenue on Tybee Island also with water guns, buckets of water and more. It’s a water-filled battle! Don’t miss it! For more information, visit http://visittybee.com/events/?event_id=59.

7. Monday, May 19: USCB Golf Tournament Fundraiser

The May River Golf Club at palmetto Bluff is holding USCB’s annual Golf Tournament starting at 10:30. Come support USCB while enjoying a fun day of golfing, eating, and drinking. For more information and admission details please visit http://www.uscbathletics.com/splash.aspx?id=splash_8.

8. Friday, May 16: Bluffton Sunset Party Pizzapalooza

Come to the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park from 5pm-9pm with your favorite furry friend! This is a kid and pet friendly Sunset Party with live music, craft beer, and food and activities for all. The events benefits Palmetto Animal League, a No Kill Animal Rescue and Adoption organization. For more information, please visit http://www.bearfootsports.com/blufftonsunset.htm.

9. Saturday, May 24-Sunday, May 25: 6th Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival

For all you art lovers, join over 150 local and national artists at the Shelter Cove Harbour Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. There will be works or art including mixed media, paintings, glass, jewelry and pottery. All ages are welcome. For more information, please visit www.ArtFestival.com.

10, Saturday, May 31: BBQ & Bluegrass

The Heyward House Historic Center in Bluffton hosts BBQ and Bluegrass from 3pm-6pm. The Lowcountry Boil Band will also be performing! For more information, please visit http://heywardhouse.org/events/.

Top Ten Things to do in January

Now that the weather has officially cooled down (most days), what is there to do in the Lowcountry area? I’ve found some great events to attend, and things to do on your own time while that bikini stays away for just a few more months!

Wanting to attend something already scheduled? Here is a list of fun events to attend during the month of January.

1. Tuesday, January 7th- Exploring Pinckney Island

Whether you go on your own time or decide to take a scheduled tour, Pinckney Island is a beautiful place to visit and appreciate. To learn more about the island, attend this tour by starting off with a  brief historical and natural history overview. That will be followed by a walking tour which includes the salt marsh as well as maritime forest. You may come across alligators, birds, perhaps some deer and much more. The tour is from 9:00-AM-11:00AM and is run by the coastal discovery museum. Be sure to make a reservation at 843-689-6767 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org.

2. Saturday, January 18- 3rd Annual Resolution Run/Walk 5k

What better way to start the New Year than to stay active? This race begins at 10AM and is located on the beautiful Dataw Island. This walk/run benefits the LowCountry Habitat for Humanity. The registration fee is $25. To register, visit www.lowcountryhabitat.org or call (843) 522-3500.

3. Saturday, January 25- 1st Annual Chowder Challenge and Silent Auction

Who doesn’t love a good chowder this time of the year? Stop by Reiley’s Plaza on Greenwood drive to taste some delicious chowders from 10 locally owned and operated restaurants on Hilton Head Island. There will be live music, a silent Auction and a Kids Zone. Bring the whole family to this fun event from 12:00PM to 4:00PM!

4. Saturday, January 25th- Bluffton Rotary Annual Oyster Roast

After you have attended the Chowder Challenge, make the short drive to Bluffton for some oysters! The event will take place at Bluffton Oyster Factory from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Help support Bluffton Rotary’s efforts in the community as well as around the world. Live music will be performed by Lowcountry Boil and admission is $25 for advance tickets and $30 the day of the event.

5. Saturday, January 25-February 1-Chamber Restaurant Week

Don’t miss this awesome deal! A selection of local restaurants will be offering a special menu for a special price during this time. The options are endless! Visit here http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/restaurantweek/ for a full list of restaurants and menus. Check daily because new places might be added!

6. Any Saturday! – Palmetto Running Company’s free Running Club

Every Saturday at 8:00AM, Palmetto Running Company welcomes runners and walkers of all abilities for long group walks and runs in Beaufort and Bluffton. They meet at their stores in both locations. What a great way to get outdoors and get in shape!

 

While there are plenty of planned events to attend, if you don’t want to be on a time schedule, here are some fun things to do on your own time.

7. Visit Hunting Island

What a neat place! Visit the many trails whether you like to bike, ride horses, hike, or just enjoy nature. If you like to fish, rent a boat, fish on the pier, and enjoy freshwater as well as saltwater fish. You can also do some boating. Bring your own boat, rent a pedal boat, canoe, or kayak. There is also a lot of history on Hunting Island. Attend a guided tour if you want to learn a little more, or just wonder around on your own. Learn about Native Americans, the Revolutionary War, and Civil War. You can also visit the Museum, zoo, farm, and nature center. Hunting Island also welcome campers if you’re wanting to stay a little longer than a day! Visit their website to learn more here.

8. Take your Dogs to the Beach

There are plenty of beaches to let your best furry friend run free until Memorial Day. Meet other dog lovers and have fun! I can’t think of a better place to take a man’s best friend.

9. Head to Savannah

Do some shopping, people watch, and just enjoy the day. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to stay busy for hours! Stroll along River Street and browse antique shops, stop in at a pub, or watch the ships sail by. You can also head to the Historic District and peruse the cobblestone streets, enjoy the outdoor cafes and gourmet restaurants, view museums, mansions, monuments, forts and churches. So much to do in just one day!

10. Head to Beaufort

There is plenty to see in the beautiful town of Beaufort. Head to the waterfront and enjoy the scenery, visit the “Big Chill” house, walk to the point and look at the old homes, head to a drive in movie, or do some shopping. It’s a great place to go to get away.

Hoping these events and ways to spend your January provide some fun for you, your friends and family! Happy January everyone!

-Morgan