SM BeltLine Lantern Parade 9.9.17 Steve Eberhardt 4Crescendo, the month-long celebration of arts & culture on Hilton Head Island, is a regional event, organized in honor of October’s National Arts and Humanities Month, highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture, and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. Join the celebration and honor the importance of arts and culture in America and in our local community.

 The 2019 Crescendo Celebration features more than 100 unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences, and educational offerings which are estimated to attract more than 10,000 people from all over the United States, Canada and parts of Europe.

 Some family-friendly events of note include:

  •       The Jewish Film Festival showing of “The Samuel Project”. Rated PG, Eli gets to know his grandfather Samuel for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. October 27, 2019 at Coligny Theater
  •     The Nutcracker by the Dance Theatre of Hilton Head. This is a favorite of my 5-year-old daughter and we’ve made this beautiful interpretation of the classic an annual mother/daughter tradition. She starts asking for the Nutcracker in July! November 15 – 24, 2019 at Seahawk Cultural Center
  •     Marsh Tacky Horse Tours at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Descended from horses brought to the Lowcountry in the 1500s, there are now around 300 Marsh Tackies left in existence. Learn about the history of these adaptable horses and take a trip to our historic barn. Weekly, October 11 – November 15, 2019.
  •       Main Street Youth Theatre is presenting the popular musical “Godspell” this fall. November 12 – 24, 2019 at Main Street Theater.
  •     Hilton Head Haunted History Tours. A fun graveside storytelling adventure of residents of Hilton Head’s past. Every Wednesday at 8:30 PM at Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery.
  •    Hilton Head Island’s Inaugural 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. We want to see our whole community as volumes of light! November 9, 2019, at South Forest Beach.

And parents, there are also lots of great events scheduled that you’ll want to grab a sitter for and make your way to including two great theatre productions, “Murder on the Orient Express,” at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and “The Humans” at Lean Ensemble. There are also lots of concerts, and fabulous visual arts exhibits (many of which kids are welcome at, too!). For the full calendar of events visit either or


Jennfier McEwen is the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Town of Hilton Head. She is a mom of two.