Music for Family and Friends Concert: Hilton Head Choral Society will kick off their new season with a fall concert of music meant to soothe the soul and lift the spirit. Tickets are $30-$40 for adults, $15-$20 for children 12 and under. 7 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3813 or hiltonheadchoralsociety.org.
Sept. 20th - 21st
Hilton Head Island Shrimp Festival: Enjoy an assortment of shrimp dishes from nearly 20 local and regional restaurants, plus craft beer and wine, live music and a fun zone for children. One day ticket is $35, two day tickets are $65. Friday 5 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m., Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island. hiltonheadislandshrimpfest.com.
Beach and River Sweep: All greater Bluffton residents and business owners are invited to participate in the 31st Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep, hosted by The Town of Bluffton. Free. 9-11:30 a.m., Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf Street, Bluffton. 843-706-4500 or townofbluffton.sc.gov.
BlufftemberFest: A Bluffton-style Octoberfest Celebration on the May River. Featuring live music, food court, craft beer garden, wine bar, vendors and kids activities. Tickets are $5, free for children under 12. 4-8 p.m., Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton. 843-757-8520 or blufftonsunsetparty.com.
Beach Sweep & River Sweep: South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer waterway cleanup event. Every third Saturday in September since 1988, thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of aquatic debris. Free. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Fish Haul Creek Park, 10 Fish Haul Creek Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-953-2078 or scseagrant.org/bsrs.
For HHI Community Celebration: Celebrate our community with this free event, hosted by Hilton Head Community Church. Featuring food, bouncy houses and live music. Free. 5-7 p.m., Shelter Cove Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-806-3399 or hiltonheadcislandcc.org.
Sept. 23rd - 24th
Godspell Auditions: Your chance to audition for a part in the Main Street Youth Theatre’s fall production of Godspell. Directed by Phil Harris, music by Beth Corry and choreographed by Nancy Hunter. 6:30-9 p.m., Hilton Head Ballroom Dance Studio, 1300 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 843-689-6246 or msyt.org.
Peppa Pig Live: The all new action-packed live show features Peppa Pig characters as life size puppets. Come join Peppa and her crew as the sing, dance and play games. Tickets are $21-$66. 6-7:30 p.m., Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston. gaillardcenter.org.
Sept. 26th - 28th
Fall Spectacular: Hilton Head Preparatory School will host the Fall Spectacular, a cabaret-style revue to showcase the variety of talent among their students. Also includes guest stars from Broadway, film and the music industry. 7:30 p.m., Thursday; 2 p.m., Friday; and 7:30 p.m., Saturday. Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2286 or hhprep.org.
Latin Food Festival: Enjoy delicious Latin food at this family-friendly festival for a good cause. All proceeds benefit VIM Hilton Head Island. Featuring food, music, games, dancing and more. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-683-6291 or vimclinic.org.
Into the Woods Music and Arts Festival: Charleston Pour House’s inaugural camping festival. It will feature three days of premium lakeside camping and two nights of music by national and regional touring acts. Tickets are $145 for adults, $30 for children ages 6-15, and free for children younger than 5. Charleston Woodlands, 4279 Ashley River Road, Charleston. intothewoodsccharleston.com.
Hounds on the Harbour: Many providers of dog-related services will be on site for this fun day with Fido. Hilton Head Humane Association will have dogs available for adoption. Free. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or seapines.com.
Fire Prevention Pancake Breakfast: An annual event to celebrate fire prevention week, featuring pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, coffee and lots of opportunities for hands on fire safety training. Free. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fire Rescue Station, 4 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-682-5141.
Picnic in the Park: Savannah’s largest outdoor musical event presented by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. Featuring a ton of live music and local vendors. 3-9:15 p.m., Forsyth Park, 2 West Gaston Street, Savannah. savannahphilharmonic.org.
Tybee Island Pirate Fest: Bring your family to the 15th annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest dressed in your finest pirate attire. Tickets are $12 for Oct. 11, $15 for Oct. 12 and $25 for a weekend pass. 1700 Strand Ave., Tybee Island. 912-786-6109 or tybeepiratefest.com.
A Wild Night: A Halloween party benefiting the Wildlife Coalition of Northeast Florida. Featuring a silent auction, costume party, live music and dancing, plus admission to the Spooktacular exhibits at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Tickets are $65 for adults, $35 for children, and free for ages 3 and younger. 6-9 p.m., Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. jacksonvillezoo.org.
Kiwanis Club Chili Cook-Off: The 35th annual Kiwanis Club Chili Cook-Off features local teams of chili cooks as they face off to raise money and determine who makes the best chili on the island. Also includes a kids’ zone area with face painting, activities and games. Tickets are $20 for adults; children younger than 12 get in free. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Honey Horn, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. hiltonheadkiwanis.org.
Fix the Ferals Cut-a-Thon: A family-friendly event where participants receive haircuts in exchange for a donation to the Hilton Head Humane Association. Stick around for games, raffles and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the feral cat program. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tara’s Salon, 55 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8686 or hhhumane.org.
The Faith Tour: Jordan Feliz’s The Faith Tour is coming to Calvary Baptist Temple. Tickets are $25-$70. 7-10 p.m., Calvary Baptist Temple, 4625 Waters Ave., Savannah. cbtsavannah.org.
Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival: Celebrating the 15th year of Bluffton’s largest festival. Showcasing the area’s rich history, local cuisine, culture and art. The weekend street festival will feature food, music and entertainment. Free. blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com.
Pumpkin Patch: Begin your Halloween celebrations with candy, carnival games and a Halloween costume contest. For ages 3-12, but everyone is welcome. Free. Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. islandreccenter.org.
Habersham Harvest Festival: A Southern Living-Inspired Event: Bring the whole family and spend your day browsing artisan vendors, enjoying great local food, activities for kids of all ages, live music, vintage rides, contests, face painting, hayrides, the Beaufort County Library Bookmobile, petting zoo and more. Free; select activities may have a fee. habershamharvestfest.com.
Lowcountry Veg Fest: The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club will host its fourth annual vegan festival, featuring music, food, services and more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-816-6179 or lowcountryvegfest.com.
Old Town Oyster Run: Run through Old Town Bluffton in a fast-paced 10K or complete the 5K with the entire family. Both events will be professionally timed. Music, corn hole, coffee, cold beer, oyster shooters, gumbo, May River mimosas and more will be available. Registration is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. 8-10 a.m., Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton. 843-689-6767 or blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com.
Oyster Ghost Roast and 5K: Join the Technical College of the Lowcountry for Halloween fun and a costume 5K race! Includes an oyster roast and barbecue. Tickets for the oyster roast are $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 13-17, and free for children younger than 12. Tickets for the 5K are $60 for adults and $30 for ages 17 and younger. 5-10 p.m., TCL, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. tcl.edu.
Fall Craft and Bake Sale: Hundreds of unique handmade items and home-baked goods for sale. The event is sponsored by Hilton Head Plantation Crafters, with all proceeds benefiting Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-4656.
Halloween at Coligny: Celebrate Halloween at Coligny with trick-or-treating at 60 shops and a costume contest hosted by DJ Crush. Free. 4-7 p.m., Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-6050 or colignyplaza.com.
Italian Heritage Festival: The 10th annual Italian Heritage Festival celebrates Italian culture with food, live entertainment, grape stomping and pizza-eating contests. Tickets are $6. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Honey Horn, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. iachh.org.
Halloween Wagon Ride: Show off your Halloween costume at the Sea Pines Forest Preserve and hunt for clues that lead you to the pumpkin patch. Reservations required. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for children ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Heritage Farm, 185 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or seapines.com.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease: Join a local team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 10 a.m., Calhoun Street Promenade, 16 Promenade St., Bluffton. 843-614-6608.
Wormsloe’s Colonial Haunted Trail: Rangers will guide you into the past site of colonist Nobel Jones. Keep close together as you explore the trail and hopefully you will be safe from the zombies and ghouls drifting under the looming oak tree and Spanish moss. Pre-sale tickets for tour began Oct. 1st and advanced reservations are strongly recommended. “Like” the event on Facebook.
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!: A new interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. Times
and dates vary by performance. Times Union Center for the Performing Arts at the Moran Theatre, 300 Water St., Jacksonville. 904-633-6110 or sesamestreetlive.com.
Halloween on the Harbour: Celebrate Halloween at The Sea Pines Resort with activities, cookies and trick-or-treating around Harbour Town. Costumes are encouraged. Free. Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or seapines.com.
Lowcountry Halloween Fest: A unique and safe trick-or-treating experience as dozens of family-friendly local businesses hand out candy. Children can trick-or-treat and enjoy bounce houses, a photo booth, balloon animals, airbrush face and body art, laser tag, and more. Free. Noon-6 p.m., Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston. 843-936-1510.
Hilton Head Humane Association Halloween Party: An exciting Halloween celebration for kids, adults and dogs. There will be prizes, giveaways, games and music. Noon-2 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8686 or hhhumane.org.
Polo for Heroes: An exciting polo match with all proceeds benefiting military veterans, firefighters and law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty and their families. Tickets are $25; the event is free for children 12 and younger. 12:30 p.m., Rose Hill Equestrian Center, 1 Equestrian Way, Bluffton. 440-476-2315 or polo4heroes.com.
Trunk-O-Ween: Carolina Dreamers Car Club will line Towne Centre Drive with their trunks open and full of candy. Costumed children can trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk and store to store. Free. 5-7 p.m., Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. sheltercove.com.
Disney On Ice: “Celebrate Memories”: Your favorite Disney stories come to life at this one-of-a-kind show. Share the excitement and make new memories the whole family will treasure forever. Tickets are $15-$55. Times vary. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston. northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.
Disney On Ice: “Celebrate Memories”: Your favorite Disney stories come to life at this one-of-a-kind show. Share the excitement and make new memories the whole family will treasure forever. Tickets are $15-$70. Times vary. Martin Luther King Junior Arena, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah. savannahcivic.com.
“Elf the Musical” at Savannah Theatre: The hilarious tale of Buddy the elf, who is raised in the North Pole and travels to New York City to meet his family. Tickets are $39 for adults, $19 for youth ages 17 and younger, and free for military families. Times vary. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St., Savannah. 912-233-7764 or savannahtheatre.com.
Hilton Head Oyster Festival: Enjoy steamed, fried and stewed oysters along with other delicious food for non-oyster eaters. Saturday will include live entertainment, a kids’ zone, local artisan pop-up shops, marshmallow roasting and a sports lounge. Tickets for Nov. 8 are $35 for adults and $20 for ages 17 and younger. Tickets for Nov. 9 are $7 for adults and free for children ages 10 and younger. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 8; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9. hiltonheadoysterfestival.com.
St. Andrew By-The-Sea Fall Festival: Celebrate fall with a festival at St. Andrew By-The-Sea featuring musical entertainment, a shopping bazaar, silent auction, food for purchase and kids’ activities. Free. St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 20 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-4711 or hhiumc.com.
Hilton Head Bridge Run: The 28th annual event, hosted by Hargray, will feature a 10K road race, 5K fun run and health walk. The race will start and finish at Crossings Park and cross Broad Creek via the Cross Island Parkway. No strollers or baby joggers allowed. Registration is $35 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. 7 a.m., Crossings Park, 6 Haig Point, Hilton Head Island. bearfootsports.com.
St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular: Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season at the 14th annual St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular. Holiday shoppers, families and visitors are invited to attend the action-packed day of family fun and musical performances. Free. 2-8 p.m., St. John’s Town Center, 4663 River City Drive, Jacksonville. 904-998-7156.
“The Nutcracker”: Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Hilton Head Dance Theatre's production of “The Nutcracker” for a performance the whole family will enjoy. Ticket prices vary. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24. Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-3262 or hiltonheaddance.com.
NOV. 15-DEC. 31
Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights: A stunning display of holiday lights featuring train rides, visits with Santa, a Victorian carousel and more. Tickets are $20 per vehicle Fridays through Sundays or $15 per vehicle Monday through Thursdays with the donation of canned food or dog or cat food. 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston. 843-795-4386 or holidayfestivaloflights.com.
Charleston Oyster Festival: A fun day featuring oysters served raw, grilled, roasted and fried, including a variety of local, Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable. Highlights will include live music, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a kids’ area, and food court showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $90 for VIP access. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Charleston. eventbrite.com/charleston-oyster-festival.
Jonas Brothers: The Jonas Brothers are coming to the Lowcountry for their “Happiness Begins” tour. Featuring opening acts by Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. Tickets start at $49.95. 7:30 p.m., VyStar Veterans Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. jonasbrothers.com.
Bluffton Sunset Party: A celebration featuring local seafood restaurants, craft beer garden, wine bar and more. A percentage of proceeds will benefit local Bluffton charities. Tickets are $5 and free for children 12 and younger. 4-8 p.m., Oyster Factory Park, Bluffton. blufftonsunsetparty.com.
Bluffton Book Festival: A weekend-long festival to raise funds for The Literacy Center of Bluffton and The Binc Foundation, to celebrate local and national literary talent, and to promote literary awareness in the Lowcountry. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Calhoun Street, Bluffton. 843-815-2364 or blufftonbookfestival.com.
NOV. 22-DEC. 7
Hilton Head Prep Festival of Trees: One of Hilton Head Island’s largest holiday-themed festivals, this event includes a spectacular display of beautifully and creatively-themed Christmas trees in all sizes and colors. The trees are sponsored and decorated by local organizations, businesses, and individuals. Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head. 843-715-8536 or hhprep.org.
Thanksgiving Wagon Ride: Enjoy a festive wagon ride while enjoying the fall colors, as well as the abundant plant and wildlife in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Cookies and refreshments will be provided before the tour. Times vary. Heritage Farm, 185 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or seapines.com.
Turkey Trot: A family-oriented event that invites people of all ages to participate in a fun walk, 5K or 10K race. A party and awards ceremony will immediately follow the race in the parking lot. Registration is $35 per entry. 8 a.m., Dockside on Skull Creek, 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island. islandreccenter.org.
Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: Kick off your holiday festivities with this fun family-friendly activity. Reservations are required by Nov. 27. Cost is $25 per family. 9-11:30 a.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or seapines.com.
Gregg Russell Thanksgiving Concert: A very special Gregg Russell Thanksgiving concert for the entire family, as well as the official lighting of the Harbour Town Christmas Tree. Before the concert, enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus from 5:30-7 p.m. Free. 5:30-9 p.m., Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or seapines.com.
NOV. 29-DEC. 31
Holiday Lights at Shelter Cove: Enjoy holiday lights all season long at this spectacular display in Shelter Cove. Free. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. sheltercovetownecentre.com.
NOV. 29-JAN. 1
Harbour Town Lights: Stroll along the harbor and enjoy the illuminated seasonal figures, with the centerpiece of the display being a towering Christmas tree. Harbour Town is the perfect place to be this holiday season with live entertainment and activities. Free. Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or seapines.org.
Caramel Apple Festival: Bring the family to Heritage Farm for a fun afternoon of fall activities, including caramel apples, games, crafts and more. Rates vary based on activity. 1-3 p.m., Heritage Farm, 185 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or seapines.com.
Jacksonville Light Boat Parade: Vessels of all shapes and sizes adorn their hulls with festive decorations as they float along the north and south banks of the St. John River. Residents and visitors alike gather along the riverbank in downtown Jacksonville to witness this magical event, followed by fireworks. Free. 6:30-9:30 p.m., downtown Jacksonville. jaxlightboatparade.com.
“A Christmas Tradition” at Savannah Theatre: The theater is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories of the Christmas standards that you know and love. Sprinkle in a little comedy and audience participation for the greatest event of the season. Tickets are $39 for adults and $19.50 for children. Times vary. Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St., Savannah. 912-233-7764 or savannahtheatre.com.
“Elf the Musical” at Dock Street Theatre: The hilarious tale of Buddy the elf, who is raised in the North Pole and travels to New York City to meet his family. Tickets are $34-$71 for adults, $32-$71 for seniors, and $29-$71 for students ages 3-25 and active-duty military. Times vary. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Charleston. 843-577-7183.
Winter Wonderland Festival: Begin your holiday celebrations early at this festival featuring carnival games, a children’s parade, a visit from Santa, a golden candy cane hunt and more. Admission is free, but concessions, trampoline bungee, and rock wall are available for a fee. 4-8 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. islandreccenter.org.
Bluffton Tree Lighting Ceremony: Don’t miss this festive tree lighting in DuBois Park. Mayor Lisa Sulka will announce the grand marshal of the Bluffton Christmas Parade and town leaders will light the Bluffton Christmas tree. Refreshments will be served at the pavilion, where Santa will greet children. Free. DuBois Park, 67 Lawrence St., Bluffton. townofbluffton.sc.gov.
Bluffton Christmas Parade: The annual Bluffton Christmas Parade is back for another exciting year. Watch the holiday floats pass through Old Town Bluffton, rain or shine. Free. 10 a.m., Old Town Bluffton. townofbluffton.sc.gov.
Coffee and Chocolate Fest: Sample and savor some of the best of the Lowcountry’s mouth-watering chocolates and distinctive coffee roasts, featuring local chocolatiers and coffee roasters. Noon-4 p.m., Calhoun Street, Bluffton. 843-757-0508 or thecottagebluffton.com.
Savannah Holiday Market: A unique festival featuring local vendors of specialty foods and handcrafted items that would make wonderful holiday gifts. Noon-7 p.m., The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive, Savannah. 912-201-2048.