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Make HarbourFest a Family Vacation Tradition

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As a new parent, I am always mindful of the memories and traditions we are beginning to form as a family. This past Memorial Day weekend, we began what I believe will be an important family tradition—a summer kick-off trip to the lake with several of our close family friends. It was a fun trip (8 adults and 7 kids under 3), and you could feel that this was an important memory-making moment for our children.

Shannon Tanner performing at HarbourFest in Shelter Cove Harbour

Shannon Tanner celebrates his 23rd season at HarbourFest in Shelter Cove Harbour.

Hilton Head Island is an important summer tradition for so many families across the country. And for thousands of families, the Shannon Tanner family show during HarbourFest at Shelter Cove is a magical moment.

A visitor recently wrote of Shannon Tanner “I am one of those kids now turned adults that used to see your shows every year at the shelter cove pavilion.  I was able to take my son to see you last year and what an amazing feeling.  I sat in the same seat where my grandfather and I used to sit.  Thank you so much for all the memories you helped my family create for me and thanks in advance for the future memories you will help me make for my son and daughter.  See you in a couple of weeks.” -Ray 4/14/2011

HarbourFest is a popular summer-long festival held at Shelter Cove Harbour featuring the nightly Shannon Tanner family show, fun activities with Cappy the Clown, and fireworks every Tuesday night. This summer marks Shannon Tanner’s 23rd year at HarbourFest. This Island icon entertains the crowds with his sing-a-longs, classic covers and original tunes. You don’t want to miss the show! Your kids (and you) will look forward to this every year! Shannon Tanner performs Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, Monday thru Friday, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Come early to get your seat!

Fireworks display over the Statue of Neptune

Don't miss the spectacular summer fireworks display, every Tuesday night June 14 to August 9 at HarbourFest.

In addition to Shannon Tanner, HarbourFest features other memory making moments you don’t want to miss including:

  • Tuesday night fireworks! Catch an amazing fireworks display every Tuesday night, June 14 to August 19, with a special show on July 4 (there’s no fireworks show on Tuesday, July 5).
  • Cappy the Clown entertains the crowd with a little clown magic, Memorial Day to August, Sunday thru Friday, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Outdoor dining: Enjoy outdoor dinner, or a little adult time with a cold beverage, at San Miguel’s and Scott’s Fish Market. Both feature nightly outdoor entertainment 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Kid’s Activities: As if Shannon Tanner and Cappy the Clown weren’t enough, HarbourFest also features face painting, bouncy houses and other kid’s activities.

Make sure you schedule HarbourFest during your next Hilton Head Island summer vacation! And check back for a future post on all the fun your family can have at Shelter Cove Harbour!

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