There’s a party on Hilton Head Island—several, actually—and you’re invited. We can always find a reason to celebrate in Lowcountry, and 2018 is no exception. We’ve rounded up six festivals and events you don’t want to miss this year so that you can plan your trip down during one of these great events. So, go ahead – pick your party, and we’ll see you soon.
The 22nd Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration: February 1–28, 2018
For those who want to learn more about the traditions of the Gullah people of Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry, February is a month when you’ll want to plan a visit. All month long, you’ll have the opportunity to taste, listen, read and learn about the rich history of the Gullah people. Events and festivities abound in the month of February during Hilton Head Island’s Annual Gullah Celebration. Some of the most notable events include the Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition And Sale (the largest juried presentation of Gullah Heritage Art in the world; free and open to the public all month Monday through Saturday from 10am-4pm) at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the Taste of Gullah culinary showcase on February 3, 2018, and the Gullah Market in Shelter Cover Park on February 17, 2018. View the full schedule of Gullah Celebration events here.
Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival: February 19–25, 2018
Calling all (sea) foodies! This family-friendly, week-long culinary celebration highlights the best seafood, cocktails, and wines Hilton Head Island has to offer. Sample dishes from celebrity guest chefs including the James Beard award-winning Chef Maneet Chauhan. Nibble on heavenly barbecue from the South’s best pitmasters after learning a few tricks of the trade. Dig into hands-on cooking demos, or get out on the water for instruction on shrimping, clamming, oystering or crabbing. The choice is yours. Just make sure you snap an Instagram of the waterside venues when you visit and tag us with #Lowcountrylife.
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival: March 5–11, 2018
For more than 30 years, guests from all over the world have flocked to Hilton Head Island for this culinary cornerstone event. If good wine and delicious Lowcountry cuisine tickle your fancy, this event is for you. Attending the Grand Tasting—the festival’s most exclusive celebration—is an event not to miss. You’ll also want to check out the Sip and Stroll, which combines sipping wine and strutting through the shops of Harbour Town—two of our favorite things.
The 50th Annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing: April 9–15, 2018
There’s no question that RBC Heritage week is one of the most popular times to visit Hilton Head Island, and for good reason. This special PGA golf invitational brings famous golf players, a family-friendly event calendar, and a whole lot of plaid to Hilton Head Island. In fact, this particular PGA TOUR tournament is dubbed “the most fun and fan-friendly stop on the PGA TOUR schedule! This year’s Heritage week is bound to be extra special as we celebrate the tournament’s 50th year. If you’re still not convinced RBC Heritage is THE event to attend in 2018, here are five more reasons it should be on your to-do list for spring. Start shopping for your best Heritage or plaid outfit, and we’ll see you in April.
Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival: October 13–21, 2018
If you’re visiting Hilton Head Island in the fall, this makes for a great day trip. One of the biggest highlights of Lowcountry in the fall is the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival. Calhoun Street, the core of Bluffton’s historic district, comes alive with live music, seafood vendors, libations, activities for the kids, local art, and even barbecue for you landlubbers.
Concours d’Elegance: October 26–November 4, 2018
Planes, watercraft, automobiles…this event has it all. A multi-day motoring festival, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is one of Lowcountry’s premier events. Many of the most exclusive and exciting showcasing of precious automobiles happens right here on Hilton Head Island. The centuries-old love story between man and machine has no better showcase. If you’re a car-lover, or just love the finer things in life, this annual event is one to mark on the calendar this fall.
From high-end affairs, cultural celebrations, and family-friendly festivals, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are bustling with great events; no matter the time of year. The easy part is picking the event, but we know planning accommodations can get a little daunting, so be sure to browse our travel deals and vacation getaways to make visiting that much sweeter. Looking for even more Hilton Head Island events? Our Connect Calendar should do the trick. We’ll see you soon!