Art with a View

With an array of over 150 artists, you won’t be able to get away empty handed!

As Memorial Day approaches and we prepare to honor our country’s soldiers past and present, what plans are you making? Time at the beach? Family Cookouts? No desk duty on Monday? All of the above sound good here, but I definitely will be making a trip over to Shelter Cove Harbour for one of my favorite, newer Memorial Day weekend traditions.

The Hilton Head Island Art Festival celebrates its 5th birthday this year during the holiday weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.  With an array of over 150 of America’s finest artists, you can find everything from paintings to sculpture to hand-blown glass.

My favorite purchase from a past event – a simple, yet funky necklace that dresses up even your basic t-shirt.

As you weave in and out the white canopied tents strewn alongside the Harbour, don’t miss some of my favorites including stunning wildlife photography, funky one-of-a-kind jewelry and some of the artists who infuse their work with a sense of humor.  And if the Festival vendors don’t do enough damage to your wallet, you won’t want to miss the selection of retail shops in the Harbour.

And, they couldn’t have picked a better location.  The harbour-side venue offers beautiful views with a marina that makes me feel as if I’ve escaped to the south of France.  My European fantasy is continued at Bistro 17 where I often enjoy an afternoon glass of wine outside while my boys (dogs that is), Winston & Charlie, dine on their ‘Puppy Menu’.

A serene, water-side location is the perfect venue to honor soldiers past and present.

And, to top it off on this particular weekend, it’s a great location to pay tribute to what Memorial Day is all about.  Before you head out, make a visit to the Veterans Memorial at Shelter Cove Community Park to pay tribute to the veterans of American military service.

A few important notes for the Hilton Head Island Art Festival:

  • The event is open to the public on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 from 10am to 5pm each day.
  • Admission and parking is FREE.
  • The navigational address for your GPS is:
    1 Harbourside Lane
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29938
  • In addition to Bistro 17, there are several delicious restaurants marina-side for you to enjoy including:
    Ela’s Blu Water Grille
    Frosty’s Italian Ices and More
    Little Venice Restaurant & Lounge
    Parrot Cove Grill & Bar
    San Miguel’s Mexican Cafe
    Scott’s Fish Market

For more information on this year’s Art Festival, click here.

For more information on Shelter Cove Harbour, the Art Festival host, click here.