Guide to Hilton Head Island’s Annual Events

Hilton Head Island Annual EventsIn addition to Hilton Head Island’s real natural beauty, world-class golf, award winning restaurants, quality shopping, elegant homes, and friendly locals, we have a variety of annual events to suit any interest. No matter what time of year you are here, there’s something happening!

Our area’s annual events are a great way to get out and explore the area and have a great time with family and friends. Held all over the island, each event offers something a little different but showcases exactly what our area is know for!

Hilton Head Island Annual Events

Hilton Head Island’s Gullah Celebration is a celebration of the Gullah people and their culture. During the month of February, you will have the opportunity to experience the food and music, receive firsthand historical information, and take a journey through the culture via the visual arts. It’s one of our area’s most popular events and it has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast!

The annual Cooks & Books event consists of signature food from the top restaurants in the local area and with local well-known authors. There is a fee for admission but it includes unlimited tastings, access to the authors, an opportunity to vote for your favorite tasting, and the chef’s competition. There will also be a silent auction and more!

The annual Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival! This event happens the first weekend of March and is an entire week long! The event is located at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. There is an admission fee $39.99 for advance purchase and $50 at the gate. Visit their website for more information and for tickets.

The Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association presents the Home & Garden Show which features over 80+ Home and Garden Exhibits, a Kids’ Zone Workshop/Play area, Parade of Homes Tour, Giveaways, and MORE! These events are great to attend as you can get a lot of information for your home. This event is held at the Bluffton Recreation Complex in March.

Another great event for those of you who love seafood is the annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest at Shelter Cove Park. This event benefits the American Cancer Society, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, and the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund! Local restaurants will be serving their seafood specialties and there will be live entertainment!

Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island has an annual Rib Burnoff event the Sunday following Mother’s Day. There will be cooking competitions and fun for the whole family! Tickets go on sale in April so be sure to contact the Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island. For more information check out their website.

Are you a triathlon athlete? Then you don’t want to miss this annual Beach Bum Triathlon! It combines an ocean swim, ocean bike, and an ocean run and makes for a great time! Be sure to visit the website for dates to register and check out photos from last year’s event.

HarbourFest is the signature summer event here in Hilton Head Island, attracting both locals and visitors from all over to partake in live entertainment seven nights a week, delicious food, arts and crafts from a variety of vendors, bouncy houses for the kids, and so much other fun activity.  This annual event happens from June through August at Shelter Cove Harbour and the best part – it’s FREE!!

Attention all runners! Here is a run for a cause in the Hilton Head Island area. The annual LoCo Motion fundraising event is for the Carolina Cups and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the local breast cancer providers for screenings, treatment, and research. The event takes place in September and you can register, see course maps, and more on their website.

Also in September is the annual Italian Heritage Festival; which is held at Shelter Cove Community Park. There are many activities planned for both locals and visitors to the Hilton Head Island area. Just to name a few activities there will be a grape stomping contest (remember the show I Love Lucy?), booths that will have traditional Italian foods that will be sponsored by local restaurants, a pasta-eating contest, and a “best meatball” contest. There are many more activities so be sure to check out their website for more information!

The annual Hilton Head Burgers & Brew Festival is also in September. Local restaurants will be serving up their best burgers and live music will keep you entertained! Karaoke has become part of the festivities so start practicing your favorite song. There will also be a beer garden with over 20 different beers and is held at the Shelter Cove Park.

The annual Piggly Wiggly Turkey Trot is held in November and is guaranteed for a fun time! There are many awards given for a variety of different categories and is a great way to come together as a family or get out with friends! Visit the website to register.

The annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is one of the most highly anticipated annual events in our area, and packs four awesome events into one week!

The annual Hilton Head Island Winter Wonderland Festival happens in December. Gather your family and get ready for two afternoons of southern winter activities with Santa Claus, including multiple moon bounces, carnival games, a winter hayride, face painting, arts and crafts, tree decorating, live performances, AND a super exciting Golden Candy Cane Hunt!

There are so many different annual events throughout the year here in Hilton Head Island it’s no wonder this is a great place to live and to visit!

What’s your favorite annual event or which one would you like to take part in next?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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