Events and Festivals

The Beaufort Shrimp Festival

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The Beaufort Shrimp Festival has been celebrating local wild caught shrimp for 20 years. The South Carolina Shrimper’s Association partners with Main Street Beaufort each year to bring awareness to thousands of visitors and residents. The festival takes place the first Saturday in October with a concert and preview of food the night before. Restaurants compete for the coveted Silver Cup and bragging rights for best shrimp dish each year. Some festival goers take part in the Shrimp Heading Competition and some children touch their first shrimp in the Shrimp Peeling Competition. Sea Island Rotary organizes the rubber shrimp race each year and live entertainment, a children’s area, craft market, and 5K run round out this popular festival. Visit for information on this year’s event. There is also a link from our home page.

Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

During the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens visitors are invited to explore Beaufort from a rare vantage point: a selection of private homes, gardens, and plantations normally not open to the public welcome visitors inside. The houses represent three centuries of Beaufort architecture for which the city is justly famous. These self-paced walking tours offer a distinctive opportunity to observe how contemporary lifestyles are lived within the framework of our unmatched architectural heritage. Held annually in late October. For more info, visit Historic Beaufort Foundation’s website at

A Taste of Beaufort

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Experience all of Beaufort’s diverse culinary cuisines in one day!
Up to 15 restaurants come to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park the first Saturday in May each year to give everyone a ‘taste’ of what they have to offer.  Live local and regional bands entertain on the Pavilion Stage. There is also a children’s area, and a 5K run. Visit the craft market featuring local artists and crafters. The Friday evening before the main event there is always live entertainment and a few restaurants come out early to satisfy your taste buds until Saturday. Visit or click the link from our home page for more information.

The Beaufort Water Festival

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

60 years of traditions of water, air, sporting and entertainment events. This 10 day festival takes place in mid-July each year at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Over 400 volunteers work long hours to bring the events to the Festival. The Festival is able to offer first class entertainment at reasonable prices because of the generosity of our loyal sponsors. Visit for more information.

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