Never let it be said that there is nothing to do on Hilton Head! If you are looking for something other than the beach and fantastic dining, here are some ideas:
THROUGH SEPT. 8
Beaufort Restaurant Week: Participating restaurants in Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands will offer special priced menus in celebration of restaurant week. Discover new dining hot spots or re-visit a few of your favorites. www.beaufortsc.org.
THROUGH SEPT. 13
Nikon Small World Competition: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host the 44th annual Nikon Small World Competition. Stop by the exhibit to see how the winners of the competition unveil the microscopic beauty hidden from the naked eye. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-3035 or www.coastaldiscovery.org.
SEPT. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Vetco Pet Clinic: Bluffton Vetco Clinic (at Petco) will provide low-cost vaccinations and preventative care like heartworm and flea/tick medications to dogs and cats as young as 8 weeks. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Petco, 1015 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. www.vetcoclinics.com.
Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience: America’s premiere tribute to the music of Chicago, the best-selling band of the 1970s. Led by Kenny Cetera, the younger brother of Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera. Single tickets are $52, group tickets are $48. 8 p.m., Arts Center of Hilton Head Island, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com.
STAND4LAND Jazz Brunch Fundraiser: Join the nonprofit Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network for a monthly jazz brunch to benefit the Help Save Gullah-Geechee Land Campaign. Tickets start at $50. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ruby Lee’s South, 19 Dunnagans Alley, Hilton Head Island. 843-812-3558 or www.pa-fen.org.
Sandbar Saturday Nights: Featuring a live band, family-friendly games, drink specials, and Lowcountry food stations. $32.95 per person. 6-10 p.m., Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2400 or www.sonesta.com/hiltonheadisland.
Tanger Outlet Block Party: Celebrate Labor Day with sales and a block party. Featuring hourly performances by Aerial Elements acrobats, family-friendly games, prizes and a free gift. Free. noon-4 p.m., Tanger 2 Outlets, 1414 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead.
Amazing Scavenger Hunt: Turn the city of Savannah into a giant board game with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Guided by their smartphones, teams solve clues and compete in challenges. Cost is $49 per team. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Franklin Square, 2800 West Congress St., Savannah. www.urbanadventurequest.com.
SEPT. 3, 10, 17, 24
Cornhole League: Join for cornhole games on Tuesdays nights. New players are welcome. Free. 7-10 p.m., Station 300, 25 Innovation Drive, Bluffton. 843-815-2695 or www.station300.com.
Kinross Trunk Show: Don’t miss the fabulous Kinross trunk show, hosted by The Back Door in The Shops at Sea Pines Center. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Back Door, 71 Lighthouse Road, Unit 215, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-3677 or www.thebackdoorhiltonhead.com.
Discovery Night at the Museum:“Indigo Exploration”: Journey to the past and meet Eliza Lucas Pickney, whose early experiments with indigo resulted in a very profitable industry for the colony of South Carolina. Make your own indigo-dyed T-shirt to take home. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per person. 5-7 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Plantation Profiles: Jasper County: Learn more about the plantations of Jasper County with Morris Center curator Kayleigh Vaughn. Free. 5 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org.
Mug Club 2019 Party: Kick off the NFL season with the third Mug Club Party of 2019. Free buffet and $3 beers for Mug Club members. 5-11 p.m., Southern Barrel Brewing Company, 375 Buckwalter Place Blvd., Bluffton. 843-837-2337 or www.southernbarrelbrewingco.com.
The Katie Theroux Trio at The Jazz Corner: $10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620.
PCCLC Annual Gala: “And the Beat Goes On”: Put on your bell bottoms and flower-power shirts to join the Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Lowcountry for its annual gala. The event will feature live music, dancing, dinner, raffles and more. Groovy ’60s attire is encouraged. Cost is $95 per person. 5:30-9 p.m., Moss Creek Clubhouse, 1523 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-2222 or www.pregnancycenterhhi.org.
Lowcountry Boil Paddle Battle: Hilton Head Island’s first Standup Paddle Board race. The race begins at Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks and is part of the Southern Stoke Paddle Series. All skill levels welcome. Free. 8 a.m., Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. www.paddleguru.com.
South Beach Crab Boil: A true Lowcountry crab boil, featuring snow, Dungeness and king crab legs, plus burgers and beer, plus live music and children’s entertainment. Free. 4-8 p.m., The Salty Dog, South Beach, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or www.saltydog.com.
SEPT. 7, 21
Sweetgrass Basket-Making Classes: One of the Lowcountry’s best-known art forms, learn to make sweetgrass baskets from a local Gullah maker. $65 per person. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Reservation are required. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Par Fore Kids Golf Classic: The 15th annual golf tournament to benefit hundreds of local kids. Play the May River Course at Palmetto Bluff, hosted by Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton. Cost is $350 per player, or $1,220 per team of four. 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Palmetto Bluff, 350 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton. 843-757-2845 or www.bgcbluffton.org.
PEP Annual Gala: Celebrate Programs for Exceptional People at its annual gala, featuring a three-course dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions. The theme is “Celebrate the Night in Black and White.” Tickets are $100 per person. 6-10 p.m., Sea Pines Country Club, 30 Governors Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8023.
Forging Friendships After 50: Join Debi Lynes, psychologist and host of WHHI-TV’s “Girl Talk,” for dinner and a spirited discussion about how to hone skills, meet others like you and make some new friends. Cost is $58. 5-9:30 p.m., The Cottage Cafe, 38 Calhoun Street, Bluffton. www.freudianslipcovers.com.
After-Hours Social: This fun, social event provides an opportunity to make community connections and network with local business professionals after work. Free. 5-7 p.m., Great Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Road, Bluffton. www.blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.
Discovery Night at the Museum: “Lowcountry Reptiles and Amphibians”:Interact with a few live critters and discover the importance of these often-misunderstood animals. Take home a hands-on craft that reminds you of your experience. Reservations are required. Ages 10 and older. Cost is $15 per person. 5 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Emergency Preparedness Presentation: Join the Emergency Management Division of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department to learn about severe weather preparedness and essential planning for hurricane season. Free. 10 a.m., Hilton Head Island Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. www.beaufortcountrylibrary.org.
Food Truck Fridays: The Island Rec Center is hosting a fun food truck event at its new facility. The event will feature food trucks and carts. Free. 3-7 p.m., The Island Rec Center, 20 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7273 or www.islandreccenter.org.
HBA Lighthouse Awards: Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, judging for the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association Lighthouse Awards will take place for two days. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association, 386 Spanish Wells Road, Suite C1, Hilton Head Island. www.hbahh.com.
Corn Moon Full Moon Cruise: Enjoy celestial snacks and lunar libations aboard “The Salty Dog,” a 63-foot catamaran with upper and lower decks. Must be 21 years or older. 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Salty Dog, South Beach, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or www.saltydog.com.
The Noel Freidline Quartet at The Jazz Corner: Featuring Maria Howell. $10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620.
Miniature Golf Tournament: The Sunset Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island will host a one-of-a-kind miniature golf tournament to benefit local charities. Grab some friends and make a team. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for kids 18 and younger. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf, 8 Marina Side Drive, Hilton Head Island. www.hhisunsetrotary.org.
One in Five Festival: Celebrate wellness and learn how to create a healthier, balanced lifestyle. The event will include food, raffles, yoga and local wellness resources. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. www.namilowcountry.org.
The Underground Railroad and the African American Conquest for Freedom:Join Ron Roth as he shares stories of the “conductors” of the Underground Railroad. Free. 3 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org.
South Beach Lowcountry Boil: Enjoy tasty boil favorites like fresh shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes, paired with live music and family-friendly fun. Free. 4-8 p.m., The Salty Dog, South Beach, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or www.saltydog.com.
Big Ten on Hilton Head: The seventh annual conference picnic features Big Ten Network president Francois McGillicuddy as guest speaker. All Big Ten alumni, friends and supporters are welcome. Register by Sept. 8. Cost is $25 for adults; free for children 12 and younger. 4-6:30 p.m., Port Royal Plantation Beach House, 45 South Port Royal Drive, Hilton Head Island. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island Writers Network Open Workshop: Calling all writers: read a short piece and receive constructive criticism from fellow writers. New members welcome. 7 p.m., The Bayshore, 421 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island. www.islandwritersnetworkhhi.org.
Hearts Open Golf Tournament: Support Hospice Care of the Lowcountry during this golf tournament, featuring a $10,000 hole-in-one prize. Includes a cookout and cash bar. Cost is $200 per person. Noon-8:30 p.m., Sea Pines Country Club, 30 Governors Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-706-2296 or www.hospicecarelc.org.
Launch: A Business Acceleration Cohort: Join this 11-week classroom-style program designed to provide current and aspiring entrepreneurs with insight, tools, resources, and peer/mentor networks to grow a successful business. Tickets are $250. Don Ryan Center for Innovation, 101 Progressive St., Bluffton. 843-540-0405 or www.donryancenter.com.
Pastel Workshop: “T is for Texture”: Eve Miller, an award-winning pastel artist, will teach a two-day workshop for beginner or intermediate artists getting started in pastels. Using reference photographs, students will explore composition, values, underpainting and color schemes. Cost is $230 for the workshop; $207 for Art League members. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-5738 or email@example.com.
Low Tide Beer Dinner:Enjoy an evening of delicious food and craft beer, featuring Johns Island-based Low Tide Brewing. Guests will experience a five-course dinner, paired with five different Low Tide beers. Cost is $35. 6 p.m., Old Oyster Factory, 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-6040 or www.oldoysterfactory.com.
Judy Blahut Art Exhibition: Visit Judy Blahut’s exhibition to see her recent work, focusing on found natural objects and transforming them into a unique exploration of line, form and color. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Green Thumb, 35 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-2908 or www.greenthumbhhi.com.
Palmetto Bluff Chapel Concert Series: A picturesque evening at the May River Chapel with intimate live music by Chatham Rabbits. Tickets are $35. 6:30 p.m., Palmetto Bluff, 19 Village Park Square, Bluffton. www.palmettobluff.com.
Mermaids for a Cause: Visit Spartina 449 for a good cause and enjoy light refreshments, raffle prizes and 15% off your entire purchase. Proceeds will benefit Lowcountry Legal Volunteers. Tickets are $5. 5-7 p.m., Spartina 449 Flagship, 32 Calhoun St., Bluffton. 843-681-8860 or www.spartina449.com.
Lowcountry Insects: The Coastal Discovery Museum’s manager of natural history will host this program about the many beneficial insects that live in the Lowcountry. Find out how to help protect them in your own yard. Participants will make a take-home insect house. 5-7 p.m. Cost is $15 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223. 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. www.Coastaldiscoverymuseum.org.
Music for Family and Friends Concert: Hilton Head Choral Society will kick off its 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 younger. 7 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3813 or www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org.
Party with Patagonia: Celebrate at an in-store party with Patagonia, featuring free beer, live music, food and giving back. For every Patagonia purchase made, 20% will go directly to The Outside Foundation. Free. 5:30-8 p.m., Outside Hilton Head, 50 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite H, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6996 or www.outsidehiltonhead.com.
Music on Malphrus: Jesse Terry, an award-winning singer and songwriter, will perform at Music on Malphrus, an acoustic listening room. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 843-837-3330 or www.uulowcountry.org.
May River Music Festival: Enjoy the exciting sounds of the South at this festival that brings singer-songwriters to the banks of the May River. Friday tickets are $68, Saturday tickets are $78, and weekend access tickets are $135. 6-10 p.m., Montage Palmetto Bluff, 477 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton. www.palmettobluff.com.
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 tickets are $35 and two-day tickets are $65. 5 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadislandshrimpfest.com.
The Lenore Raphael Quartet at The Jazz Corner: Featuring guitarist Howard Paul. $10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620.
Relay for Life: Join in the fight against cancer at Relay for Life. Festivities include food, music, a luminaria survivors walk and a silent auction. Free. 3-9 p.m., Oscar Frazier Community Park, 77 Shults Road, Bluffton. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craft Beer and Burger Festival: Enjoy a day of fall craft brews and outrageous burgers. 4-8 p.m., The Salty Dog, South Beach, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or www.saltydog.com.
Beach and River Sweep: The 31st annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep is hosted by the town of Bluffton. Free. 9-11:30 a.m., Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton. 843-706-4500 or www.townofbluffton.sc.gov.
BlufftemberFest: A Bluffton-style Octoberfest celebration on the May River. Featuring live music, a food court, craft beer garden, wine bar, vendors and kids’ activities. Tickets are $5; free for children younger than 12. 4-8 p.m., Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton. 843-757-8520 or www.blufftonsunsetparty.com.
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 www.hiltonheadcislandcc.org.
SEPT. 23-DEC. 2
“Inspired Threads” exhibit: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host more than 50 works of fiber art by the Art Quilters of the Low Country. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3 and the public is invited. The quilters will hold art walks and demos from 12:30-2 p.m. on Fridays in October. The gallery is open 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Mon.- Sat. and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For more information go to www.coastaldiscovery.org.
Women’s Association of Hilton Head Luncheon: Neely Powell, founder of the Charleston Shoe Company, will be the keynote speaker of the September WAHHI luncheon. The event is open to all WAHHI members and the general public. Cost is $34 for members and $39 for guests. 11 a.m., Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island. email@example.com or www.wahhi.org.
Rose Hill Author Series: The inaugural Rose Hill Author Series lunch will feature Rebecca Dwight Bruff, author of “Trouble the Water,” and John Warley, author of “The Home Guard.” Open to the public. Registration for the lunch is $25. Noon-2:30 p.m., Oak Terrace at Rose Hill, 4 Clubhouse Drive, Bluffton. 843-757-9030.
Discovery Lecture: “The Founding of Hilton Head Island”: Dwayne Pickett, author of “Captain William Hilton and the Founding of Hilton Head Island,” will present the history of Hilton Head Island. After the presentation, books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Reservations required. Cost is $7 for presentation; books will be an additional cost. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Forsythe Jewelers: Jude Frances Trunk Show: Shop the fall Jude Frances Trunk Show featuring Provence, Lisse and Moroccan collections made with 18-karat gold, sterling silver, diamonds and semi-precious stones. Enjoy a gift with your Jude Frances purchase and light refreshments. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 25 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 26. The Shops at Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-7070 or www.forsythehhi.com.
Share the Bounty Fundraiser: Join Second Helpings for the annual Share the Bounty fundraiser with entertainment provided by The Jazz Corner Trio. The event will feature silent auctions and a wine pull. Tickets are $125. 6-9 p.m., Harbour Town Golf Links, 11 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island. www.secondhelpingslc.org.
Sweetgrass Basket-Making Class: One of the Lowcountry’s best-known art forms, learn to make sweetgrass baskets from a local Gullah maker. $65 per person. 5-7 p.m. Reservation required. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
Carolina Dreamers Car Club Cruise-In: Automotive enthusiasts are welcome to cruise in and socialize with other car lovers. Featuring awards and a 50/50 raffle. Free. 5-8 p.m., Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. www.carolinadreamers.info.
THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference: The premier women’s gathering focused on enhancing and empowering your personal and professional growth. Featuring national and regional speakers, workshops and breakout sessions. South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette is the keynote speaker. Cost is $139 for early bird registration. 12:30-8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27, Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadchamber.org./thrive-2019.
“Fall Spectacular”: Hilton Head Preparatory School will host its “Fall Spectacular,” a cabaret-style revue to showcase the variety of talent among its students; it also will include guest stars from Broadway, film and the music industry. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26; 2 p.m. Sept. 27; and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28; Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2286 or www.hhprep.org.
Dine, Dance & Discover Gala: Join the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage at its annual gala. The evening includes cocktails, a silent auction, formal dinner and live music. Cost is $125 per person. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org.
Got Art? Fundraiser: At the annual Art League of Hilton Head Island fundraiser, every guest is guaranteed one original piece of art to take home. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100 for two-guest admission. 5-7 p.m., Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060 or www.artleaguehhi.org.
Community CPR Class: Using the American Heart Association’s CPR program, trained instructors will teach adult and child CPR and choking, AED demonstration and making the emergency call. Must be 18 or older to attend. Free. 9-10 a.m., Hilton Head Hospital, 25 Hospital Center Boulevard, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadregional.com.
Velvet Caravan at The Jazz Corner: $10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620.
Save the Ta-Ta’s Tennis Tournament: Benefitting the H.O.P.E. Life Cancer Recovery Fund and Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Professional tie break tennis challenge on Sept. 27. South Beach Racquet Club, 230 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-290-3262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Beach Wing and Chili Cook-Off: A battle for the best wings and chili in all of South Beach, featuring live music. Free. 4-8 p.m., The Salty Dog, South Beach, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or www.saltydog.com.
SEPT. 21-OCT. 6
BLUFFTON BRAUHAUS.Enjoy authentic German cuisine and refreshments. 68 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 843-757-3334 or www.blufftonbrauhaus.com
A German-themed Oktoberfest celebration. SOUTHERN BARREL BREWING COMPANY, 375 Buckwalter Place Boulevard, Bluffton. 843-837-2337 or www.southernbarrelbrewingco.com.
Latin Food Festival: Enjoy delicious Latin food at this family-friendly festival for a good cause. All proceeds benefit Volunteers in Medicine Clinic 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 www.vimclinic.org.
Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament: A fun day of golf that will help provide safe, decent housing for a family in need of a place to live that they can afford. Bring your own team, come as a twosome, or just come on your own. Player registration is $150. 8 a.m., Oldfield Club, 130 Oldfield Way, Okatie. 843-681-5864.