Buzzworthy Events That Will Have You Out & About All Spring!

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Here on Hilton Head Island, we’ve had our fair share of amazing spring events in 2015 with record-setting crowds at The St. Patricks Day Parade, WingFest and The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival. Here are a few more events that will keep you outdoors all spring – until the summer beach season!

Do you like beer? Do you like bacon? How do you feel about beer and bacon combined? How do you feel about beer and bacon in an outdoor setting, underneath the oaks and Spanish moss of our local waterfront park? If you know my husband Joe, you know what his reaction was to hearing that The Island Rec Center will be hosting a Beer and Bacon Festival on May 2nd. This event, in its inaugural year is certain to draw men (and women) into a frenzy of B2 wonderfulness. Bacon cuisine, bacon confectunary, bacon samplings, bacon cooking contests and full beer samplings and bars. Oh, and music. And beer. And  more bacon. Need I say more?

beer bacon & music

Saturday, May 2nd – 11am – 5pm – Shelter Cove Community Park

Discount tickets are available via groupon – click here to pre-purchase and get a deal on entry.


Take a dramatic turn from the Beer, Bacon and Music Festival and participate in the Go Tri Sports May 2nd Triathlon. Drawing triathletes from all over the country, this tri will take place on Coligny Beach on Saturday morning. Come out and see athletes compete in an open water swim, bike ride and run – all in the Coligny/Forest Beach area of the Island. Take it from my best friend Emelie, who comes to Hilton Head Island from Colorado just for this triathlon….”it’s a great course and highlights your little slice of paradise on Hilton Head Island.”


Emelie sporting her Go Tri Sports shirt in Colorado! Register here:


May 2nd – 9th is Chamber Bike and Dine Presented by Coligny – read all about it by clicking here! Designed to highlight the connection of Hilton Head’s miles of bike paths to the Island’s restaurants, this annual event during National Bike Month gets you outdoors and moving! Journey on a History and Lunch tour, join the chamber in a networking ride, join the gang with a bikes, bites and brews tour or join the community for a beach ride! This is a one-of –a-kind event that you can only find on Hilton Head Island! Check the website for updated specials!


The Hilton Head Island Boat Show at Windmill Harbour is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the private community of Windmill Harbour. This is the 11th year for this in-water boat show. Stroll along the harbor, next to the exclusive South Carolina Yacht Club while being entertained by harbor side music and VIP events.

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Check out boats from Chris Craft, paddleboarding demos, artisanal crafts and more. View waterfront real estate with the team from The Richardson Group / Windmill Harbour Real Estate. New this year, an opportunity to wine and dine with the Mondavi family vintners! Click here for the most current information and tickets for each event.



The Bluffton Village Festival, Mother’s Day Weekend in May takes place in Downtown Bluffton on Saturday, May 9th. A regional draw, featuring amazing crafts, paintings, food and music in a Lowcountry, laid back atmosphere. Stroll along the oaks in downtown Bluffton and sample food from local restaurants. Click here for more info.


Bluffton Village Festival

Interested in exploring the history of Hilton Head Island – outside? Two of my favorite tours are the Ft. Mitchel tour led by The Heritage Library in Hilton Head Plantation and the Honey Horn Historic Walk with Coastal Discovery Museum. Call The Heritage Library at 843.686.6560 for tour information.

Click here for Ft. Mitchel and here for the Historic Walk to learn more.

Ft. Mitchel Tour from The Heritage Library

Tour at Ft. Walker with The Heritage Library – on the water.


Another great “outdoor” event is the Hilton Head Island Bar Crawl at Coligny! Grab your most adventurous friends and walk the Coligny District with The Hottest Spots guiding you though the outdoor plaza, next to the Beach!

Every Tuesday at 8pm. Bar Games and walking trivia make this a super-fun experience. $20 per person.

Click here for tour locations and information. 

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Enjoy the rest of spring outdoors! As always, tweet me @heatherrath if you need any suggestions for your trip to Hilton Head Island!