Vacation Refresh: Step outside the box with these shows and exhibits


Spring is the perfect time to be on Hilton Head, and there’s plenty to do without ever picking up a golf club setting foot on the beach! You can do that too, of course, but here are some ways to inject a refreshing mix of arts and culture into your island vacation routine. We’ve rounded up the most exciting and must-see shows and exhibits that you won’t want to miss.



“Gypsy” at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

The Arts Center brings us a powerhouse musical about an ambitious showbiz mom who pushes her two daughters to perform. They didn’t call this play the “mother” of Broadway for nothing. Each time the show was on Broadway, it was a Tony-award winner. From April 29 – May 2, you can catch it performed on Hilton Head, and hear the songs it made standards, including “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” and “Let Me Entertain You.”

Show Times: Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.; $55 for adults and $39 for children

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Art Market at Historic Honey Horn

This outdoor, juried fine art and craft show is April 25 and 26 at Honey Horn, the 68-acre property in the middle of Hilton Head. Over 90 artists will be on site with original artwork for sale. Check out oil and acrylic painting, pottery, photography, watercolor and fine jewelry. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your next living room centerpiece!

Admission is free, but parking is $6 per car, so carpool if you can. For more information, visit


“Life is a Carnival” sculptural work by Nancy Mitchell 

Local artist Nancy Mitchell has devoted her latest work to the carnival experience. Her eclectic  free-standing sculptures and wall hangings are inspired by the annual Savannah Carnival and feature motorized rides, playful vignettes and brightly-painted figures.

The exhibit can be seen Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 2 at the Walter Greer Gallery at 14 Shelter Cove Lane.


Dan McCaw’s One Man Show at The Red Piano Art Gallery

Dan McCaw is an expressive artist with an impressionistic style. His work is light and airy, yet rooted in emotion and sensitivity. Ocean blues and the sunrise yellows are common colors in his paintings. See them for yourself beginning at a reception from 6-8 p.m. May 8 at Red Piano Art Gallery. The gallery is at  220 Cordillo Parkway.


7th Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival 

Head to Shelter Cove on Memorial Day weekend (May 23 and 24) for the Hilton Head Island Art Festival, where more than 150 artists will gather to show off their crafts.

This annual event has become a favorite of both tourists and locals alike. Visit with artists displaying paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, pottery and more. There will also be food and live entertainment making this a fun, free family event.



Chopin and Sibelius: Two Nationalists

Open your ears for some classical music as the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents “Chopin and Sibelius: Two Nationalists.”

The orchestra will perform  Finlandia, Op. 26  and Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius as well as Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 by Polish composer Frédéric Chopin.

Catch the show from 4-6 p.m. May 3 and at 8 p.m. May 4 at the First Presbyterian Church. The Church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway. Tickets are $25-$50.


Lavon Stevens presents “Gullah Culture and my Music and Life in the Lowcountry”

Musician and entrepreneur Lavon Stevens has performed on Hilton Head for many years. Lavon plays multi-keyboards and sings everything from jazz and blues to love ballads. He is one of the featured speakers for the Heritage Library’s 2015 lecture series.

His lecture will be May 19 at Coligny Theater in Coligny Plaza.