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Hilton Head Island Arts & Culture

Celebrate native Gullah culture and fine arts in Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is typically considered a golf and tennis haven, rather than a culturally rich and diverse vacation experience.

However, the splendid beauty and rich Hilton Head Island history have inspired a vibrant Hilton Head arts and cultural community. Author John Villani named Hilton Head Island number 22 in his book "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America," and it's no wonder why.

View a list of Hilton Head art galleries, tours & museums in the Hilton Head Island area.

See Hilton Head art galleries and performances

Hilton Head entertainment consists of a world-class Arts Center of Coastal Carolina that welcomes Broadway-caliber performances to the stage; two local Hilton Head art leagues boast more than 200 talented members; and our superb Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra continually features some of the most talented musicians in the world.

From a pottery wheel spinning in Old Town Bluffton to a ballerina pirouetting across a Hilton Head Dance Theater stage, the area offers a dizzying array of culture and arts to explore. Painters, authors, sculptors, actors, dancers and musicians from Hilton Head and Bluffton regularly receive regional and national acclaim for their work.

Of course, the Lowcountry's storied and colorful past is a cornerstone of area culture, and the time-honored Gullah culture traditions of basket weaving, music and food can be enjoyed at a wide array of area locations. Each February, the Native Islander Gullah Celebration gives locals and visitors alike the opportunity to share in these rich Gullah cultural traditions and crafts.

If you're looking for a fun, creative activity check out The Art Cafe and Idea Studio. The Art Cafe is a paint your own pottery studio with hundreds of items to choose from. The Idea Studio offers classes in drawing, painting, pottery, stained glass & more for children and adults, along with monthly memberships for working during open studio hours. One of the children's programs offered at IDEA Studio is KidzArt, an after school class which features a variety of professional mediums.

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Hilton Head Island, SC 29938

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