Social distancing has cramped everyone’s plans for the foreseeable future. Many festivals and community events have been cancelled until next year. However, there are several safe, open-air events throughout the fall to keep everyone entertained. Here are a few events to keep everyone in the whole family busy.
Lowcountry Made Fall Night Market is an open air shopping event featuring local makers and artisans, from health products to lifestyle brands and from painters to woodworkers. The event features more than 50 vendor booths, including food trucks, from 1-6 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17 and Nov. 14 in the parking lot at Southern Barrel Brewing Co. on Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton SC.
The Farmers Market of Bluffton is from 12-3 p.m. Thursdays on Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton. The open air market features fresh, local produce, vegetables and other food and beverage. Expect live music and chef demos.
Explore 61 historical markers of Beaufort County from now through Aug. 31. “Marker Mania” is a community challenge to get people off the couch and outside walking and learning about local history. The event is free. Register at https://www.beaufortcountyhistoricalsociety.com/marker-challenge. Download the “Marker Mania” Tally Sheet.
The Bluffton Sunset Party Series is an open-air event with a food court of local restaurants, vendors, a wine bar and a craft beer garden with more than 75 beers. The event takes place from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. This is a famly-friendly event for $10 entry.
Hilton Head Island
Enjoy live music and dancing for the whole family at Coligny Plaza on Hilton Head:
- Local musician Jevon Daly performs kid-centric storytelling with live music 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 6 and Wednesdays through Sept. 2
- La Pachanga keeps the dance party going at 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 7
- John Cranford and Taylor Kent entertain with Lowcountry music at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 1
- The Nice Guys perform today’s hits at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 3
- DJ Crush has an interactive dance party at 6:30 p.m Fridays through Sept. 4
- Enjoy a free sing-along with the Dueling Pianos 6:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 5
The Coastal Discovery Museum explores natural history and cultural heritage on the 68 acre Honey Horn property. The Museum’s trails, gardens, live oaks, butterfly enclosure, and horses are just a few of the fun experiences from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. They also offer regular programs throughout the year, including “Reptiles and Amphibians of the Lowcountry,” Sweetgrass Basket Class and more. For more information, visit coastaldiscovery.org.
Take a walk with an experienced bird watcher — includes the mud flats in the salt marsh and fresh water lagoons at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, as you see many different species of birds. Coastal Discovery Museum sponsors this event, which is held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays August through December at Pinckney Island.
The Hilton Head Farmers Market takes place from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.Take home fresh local produce, pasture raised chicken, free range rabbit, pork, seafood, salsa, fresh sausage, cookies, breads, she crab soup, and more. Free Parking.
Take a history tour of Zion Cemetery and Baynard Mausoleum with costumed tour guides about Hilton Head’s past. Tours take place at 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Visit the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and find out about the bloody skirmish that was fought just steps away. Explore the island’s oldest structure and learn about the planters who built it. The cost is $15 per adult and $10 per child. For more information, visit https://heritagelib.org/tours.
Take a ghost tour of Hilton Head’s oldest and most haunted cemetery at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through September at Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway. The cost is $20 per adult or $15 per child. For more information call 843-949-0144.
Civil War history tours are at 11 a.m. Thursdays through October at Fort Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. The tours are limited to 8 people to ensure social distancing. For more information, visit https://heritagelib.org/tours.
In celebration of the Soul of the South exhibition, Queen Quet brings a unique perspective on the musical tradition of the Gullah/Geechee. Exploring the history of black musicians of South Carolina, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage’s “Virtually Speaking” program filmed on location in St. Helena Island. Join them on Facebook for a live watch party at 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at https://www.facebook.com/MorrisHeritageCenter.
The Hilton Head Lantern Parade is a free event and an opportunity for the surrounding community and visitors to celebrate the history, ecology and people of Hilton Head Island. Lineup for the parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Alder Lane Beach Access. At 5:45 p.m., the parade will step off and travel north along South Forest Beach up to Coligny Beach Park. The event was created by community parade artist Chantelle Rytter best known for founding the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade with the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, of which she is the proud Captain. For more information, visit https://www.chantellerytter.com/lantern-parade-resources.