Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival

October 17 - 25, 2020

Bluffton Art/Seafood festival logoThe Re-imagined Sixteenth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held in the charming and eclectic historic and state designated cultural district of Bluffton SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival is a week long event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton.

The highlight of the festival has always been the Street fest and again will be for 2020 on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. It will just be a stroll through our state designated cultural district featuring the artists in our galleries along with several POP UP ART DISPLAYS.  No streets will be closed and the POP UPS will be socially distanced in several different areas in the historic district.

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Stroll
Highlight Events of the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
OLD TOWN STROLL

Galleries and Shops open throughout the Historic District, 10:00am - 4:00pm; many may be open later.

BOAT PARADE ON THE MAY BLESSING OF THE FLEET
Highlight Events of the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
BOAT PARADE ON THE MAY BLESSING OF THE FLEET

Join the parade in your own boat and receive a blessing.  Make plans now to gather at the sandbar before 3:00 PM and process to the Church of the Cross following our Admirals of the Fleet.

Dine
Highlight Events of the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
DINE AROUND TOWN

Join our participating restaurants and enjoy Bluffton's outstanding restaurant offerings with the specials each is offering.

oyster
Highlight Events of the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
MAY RIVER OYSTER FARM TOUR WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS

Come enjoy a rare opportunity for an up-close-and-personal experience with May River Oyster Company’s pioneering oyster farm in collaboration with the Bluffton Seafood Festival and May River Excursions.  This 2 hour in-depth tour brings you out to a working oyster farm where the farmers demonstra

Shrimp
Highlight Events of the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
RED APRON SIPS AND SEAFOOD PARTY

VIRTUALLY BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

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    1. Saturday, October 17

      Saturday, October 17, 2020

      OLD TOWN STROLL

      Galleries and Shops open throughout the Historic District, 10:00am - 4:00pm; many may be open later.

      SHELL ART SELF-GUIDED TRAIL        DAILY

      The Shell Art Trail is a public art trail consisting of 21 unique oyster sculptures painted individually by talented local artists and placed throughout the community.  The guide books are available at the Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center.  The Trail awaits your perusal as you explore the oyster's role in the local Lowcountry marine ecosystem.

      DINNER ON THE GROUNDS      6:00pm -9:00pm

      The Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center       70 Boundary Street

      Enjoy a delicious catered Boxed-Dinner from Southern Spice Catering & Events with music, wine, history ...served in the Common Ground area at the Heyward House Museum or pick up and enjoy in your own home.  Gather a group of 8 and purchase a table to support our two beneficiaries, Bluffton Historic Preservation Society and Bluffton Rotary Club.

      Come and enjoy a night under the stars!

      $125 per person but sold by tables of 8 only(so you know who you are seated with to be safe); limited to 100 attendees.  $100.00 of each ticket goes to our beneficiaries.  To reserve your table now call Mary at 843-815-6278.  In case of rain all dinners will be pick up only.  Click here for the delicious menu. 

       
          

       

    2. Sunday, October 18

      Sunday, October 18, 2020

      "LET'S DO BRUNCH" at one of your favorite Bluffton restaurants. 

      OLD TOWN STROLL          11:00AM - 4:00PM

      Galleries and Shops open throughout the Historic District.

      BOAT PARADE ON THE MAY BLESSING OF THE FLEET       4:00PM
      Join the parade in your own boat and receive a blessing.  Make plans now to gather at the sandbar before 3:00 PM and process to the Church of the Cross following our Admirals of the Fleet.

    3. Monday, October 19

      Monday, October 19, 2020

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
      Join Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
      $20/ per person...subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878 

      HISTORIC BLUFFTON TOWN WALKING TOURS!     Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center

      Masks required, distanced, $20 per person.  Guided tours last one hour and cover one mile of downtown's antebellum buildings and National Historic Register properties.  Call 843-757-6293 to make reservations.  HeywardHouse.org/Tours

    4. Tuesday, October 20

      Tuesday, October 20, 2020

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY     Daily* See October 19, 2020 for details

      MAY RIVER OYSTER FARM TOUR WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS  10:00am – Noon
      Come enjoy a rare opportunity for an up-close-and-personal experience with May River Oyster Company’s pioneering oyster farm in collaboration with the Bluffton Seafood Festival and May River Excursions.  This 2 hour in-depth tour brings you out to a working oyster farm where the farmers demonstrate the techniques and methods used to produce some of the best oysters in the world.   Limited availability.  Call 843-304-2878 for reservations.  $80.00 per person.

      DINE AROUND TOWN

      Visit one of our outstanding restaurants and enjoy Blufton's delicious cuisine offerings.

    5. Wednesday, October 21

      Wednesday, October 21, 2020


      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
      *Daily* See October 19, 2020 for details

      HISTORIC BLUFFTON TOWN WALKING TOURS!     Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center

      Masks required, distanced, $20 per person.  Guided tours last one hour and cover one mile of downtown's antebellum buildings and National Historic Register properties.  Call 843-757-6293 to make reservations.  HeywardHouse.org/Tours

       DINE AROUND TOWN

      Visit one of our outstanding restaurants and enjoy Blufton's delicious cuisine offerings.

    6. Thursday, October 22

      Thursday, October 22, 2020
       

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
      *Daily* See October 19, 2020 for details



      MAY RIVER OYSTER FARM TOUR WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS  10:00am – Noon
      Come enjoy a rare opportunity for an up-close-and-personal experience with May River Oyster Company’s pioneering oyster farm in collaboration with the Bluffton Seafood Festival and May River Excursions.  This 2 hour in-depth tour brings you out to a working oyster farm where the farmers demonstrate the techniques and methods used to produce some of the best oysters in the world.   Limited availability.  Call 843-304-2878 for reservations.  $80.00 per person.

      DINE AROUND TOWN

      Visit one of our outstanding restaurants and enjoy Blufton's delicious cuisine offerings.

    7. Friday, October 23

      Friday, October 23, 2020


      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
      *Daily* See October 19, 2019 for details
       

      HISTORIC BLUFFTON TOWN WALKING TOURS!     Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center

      Masks required, distanced, $20 per person.  Guided tours last one hour and cover one mile of downtown's antebellum buildings and National Historic Register properties.  Call 843-757-6293 to make reservations.  HeywardHouse.org/Tours

       RED APRON SIPS AND SEAFOOD PARTY  6:00PM - 10:00PM 
      Presented by Bluffton Self Help

      VIRTUALLY BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

      This years Red Apron Sips & Seafood Party will be more important than ever. Join us to celebrate our community and enjoy all of the best things the Lowcountry has to offer right from your home, all to benefit Bluffton Self Help and support our neighbors in need.

      Bluffton Self Help will celebrate our community's generous support for our neighbors in need by hosting our fourth annual Red Apron Sips and Seafood Party. This year's event will be re-imagined - we are bringing our ONLY annual fundraising event to you! Enjoy an evening celebrating our community with family, coworkers or a few friends at home! A delicious 3 course lowcountry surf and turf meal prepared by Southern Graces complete with Southern Nosh with fruit, cheese, & charcuterie and Tito's Handmade Vodka cocktails, will be delivered right to your door that evening along with a personalized party in a box - all of your party essentials and local goodies. Don’t worry we didn’t forget the fun! The evening will still include an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind auction items, live entertainment and hear from some of our neighbors who you have provided hope to. Get ready to be inspired by a community coming together to make a difference.  This event WILL sell out. Get your tickets today

      Limited tickets and sponsorships are available and can be purchased online at www.sipsandseafood.com.  All proceeds benefit Bluffton Self Help.

       

      DINE AROUND TOWN

      Visit one of our outstanding restaurants and enjoy Blufton's delicious cuisine offerings.

    8. Saturday, October 24

      Saturday, October 24, 2020
       

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
      *Daily* See October 19, 2020 for details

      DISCOVER & CELEBRATE THE ARTS & SEAFOOD IN OLD TOWN AS YOU DO THE OYSTER STROLL!

      Galleries and Shops open 10:00am -5:00pm.

      Stroll our Historic District visiting galleries and shops and see our state designated cultural district come alive!  POP UP ART displays on gallery porches and lawns and on corner lots join the many galleries to highlight the artistic and cultural side of Bluffton.  Refresh at one of our many restaurants or POP UP eateries and enjoy true Southern Hospitality!

      MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED.

      IN THE PROMENADE:  Art displays in the park along with our shops and galleries and multiple fine restaurants.

      HEYWARD HOUSE MUSEUM AND WELCOME CENTER, 70 Boundary Street, Common Grounds:  Food, music and seating. 

      CORNER LOT, Calhoun Street and Bridge Street:  Art Displays along with art in the making.

      MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS' PARKING LOT:  Rotary Club Bar, Toomers Seafood, seating.

       

      DINE AROUND TOWN

      Visit one of our outstanding restaurants and enjoy Bluffton’s delicious cuisine offerings

    9. Sunday, October 25

      Sunday, October 25, 2020
       

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
      See October 19, 2020 for details

      DISCOVER & CELEBRATE THE ARTS & SEAFOOD IN OLD TOWN AS YOU DO THE OYSTER STROLL!

      Galleries and Shops open 10:00am -5:00pm.

      Stroll our Historic District visiting galleries and shops and see our state designated cultural district come alive!  POP UP ART displays on gallery porches and lawns and on corner lots join the many galleries to highlight the artistic and cultural side of Bluffton.  Refresh at one of our many restaurants or POP UP eateries and enjoy true Southern Hospitality!

      MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED.

      IN THE PROMENADE:  Art displays in the park along with our shops and galleries and multiple fine restaurants.

      HEYWARD HOUSE MUSEUM AND WELCOME CENTER, 70 Boundary Street, Common Grounds:  Food, music and seating. 

      CORNER LOT, Calhoun Street and Bridge Street:  Art Displays along with art in the making.

      MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS' PARKING LOT:  Rotary Club Bar, Toomers Seafood, seating.

       

      DINE AROUND TOWN

      Visit one of our outstanding restaurants and enjoy Bluffton’s delicious cuisine offerings.

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