October 2019 – Events Around Hilton Head

Sometimes you might want to take a break from the beach.  If so, there is always something going on either on the island or across the bridge in Bluffton.  Here are a few ideas for October, 2019:

OCT. 1

STATE OF THE REGION: Joe Riley, one of America’s longest-serving mayors, will be the keynote speaker at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual State of the Region luncheon, which will also feature updates from local government officials. Cost is $55 for chamber members, $65 for future members. 11 a.m., Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island.

OCT. 1-2

SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS: “R.E.S.P.E.C.T: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin:” Celebrate Aretha Franklin at this fun outdoor event. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic. Food trucks will be on site. Lawn seating is $25 per person. Reserved table seating is $50 per person with limited tables. 7:30 p.m., Oscar Frazier Park, 77 Shults Road, Bluffton. 843-842-2055 or

OCT. 2

AUTHOR SERIES: “Memories of Hilton Head in the Early Days”: Discussion about the early days of Hilton Head Island with island pioneers Nelle and Ora Smith, who moved to the area in 1963. Cost is $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or

COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION: Join members of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at Nunzio’s Italian Restaurant + Bar. Sponsored by the Italian American Club of Hilton Head, 5:30 – 7 p.m. 18 New Orleans Rd. Hilton Head Island. Members $10/ non-members $20. For more information call 843-715-2172.

THE GREAT GATSBY AFFAIR: Moet Hennessy and Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival will serve a series of Gatsby-themed cocktails, plus heavy appetizers and desserts. Tickets are $150. 6:30-9 p.m., Harbour Town Yacht Club, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island.

EVOLUTION BIG BAND WITH BOBBI RYDER: This concert benefits Family Promise of Beaufort County. It’s also the first in the 2019 fall series. Free; a free-will offering will be collected. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 31 Saint Gregory Drive, Bluffton.

OCT. 3, 10, 17

MUSIC AND TASTE ON THE HARBOUR: At this outdoor concert series, Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants will set up around the King Neptune statue to offer specially-priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. Seating is limited; bring your own chairs. Free. 6-9 p.m., Shelter Cove Harbour, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.

OCT. 4

“NATURAL HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF BEER”: Rex Garniewicz will take you from ancient Mesopotamia, China and Egypt to the jungles of the Amazon for a look at some of the science behind how beer is made and to see how it has impacted civilization. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL: Retired Gen. Wesley Clark will open for this year’s theme of “Deglobalization: Threats and Opportunities,” focusing on pros and cons of diminishing interdependence and integration of nation-states. Free for members, $15 for guests. 10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

MAY RIVER LUTHERAN CHURCH GRAND OPENING: The public is welcome to celebrate the grand opening of May River Lutheran Church’s new church plant. It’s an opportunity to meet the team and enjoy coffee and light treats. Free. 8-9 a.m., May River Lutheran Church, 104 Buckwalter Parkway, Suite 1F, Bluffton. 843-593-3312.

OCT. 4-5

BEAUFORT SHRIMP FESTIVAL: The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Shrimper’s Association host this two-day festival that includes a celebration of local wild-caught shrimp, food and fun in the Lowcountry. Admission is free; food and drinks will be for sale. 6-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, 1001 Bay St., Beaufort. 843-525-8500 or

DEANA MARTIN AT THE JAZZ CORNER: Celebrating her father, the “King of Cool” Dean Martin. $10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620 or

OCT. 5

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

NAMI LOWCOUNTRY WALK: Join the movement and walk for mental health awareness. The NAMIWalk is a 5K event that raises awareness and funds for local educational programs and support groups. Free to register; donations welcome. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., walk starts at 10 a.m. Coligny Beach, 1 North Forest Beach, Hilton Head Island.

SOUTH BEACH MARINA OYSTER ROAST: Enjoy fresh oysters steamed to perfection over hand-dug fire pits plus other favorites, gorgeous waterfront views and live music. 4 p.m., The Salty Dog, 232 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or

OCT. 6

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. Free. 3-9:15 p.m., Forsyth Park, 2 West Gaston St., Savannah.

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.

OCT. 7

FARM TO FABRIC: Indigo Harvest Workshop: In this workshop participants will harvest indigo, prepare the leaves for extraction and dye a cotton towel. Includes lunch and a presentation. $150. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Bluffton.

OCT. 8

LADIES OF THE LOWCOUNTRY: A monthly networking event where businesswomen can mix and mingle and enjoy great conversation. Free. 5:30-7 p.m., Vineyard Bluffton, 108 Buckwalter Parkway, Suite 2G, Bluffton. “Like” the event on Facebook.

CHAPPELLET WINE DINNER: Join sales representative Jacob Jata as he showcases the acclaimed wines of Chappellet Winery paired with a five-course meal prepared by Joshua Castillo of Charlie’s L’etoile Verte. $150. 6:30 p.m., Charlie’s L’etoile Verte, 8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island.

OCT. 9

“PLUFF MUD PIONEERS”: Author Richard Thomas will present little-known stories of Beaufort County events and the people who, in their time, set the course for the Lowcountry’s future. Reservations are required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or

OCT. 10

CRESCENDO OPENING CELEBRATION: The community is invited to kick off the month-long Crescendo celebration with live music and performances, refreshments, action painting, door prizes, ticket giveaways and “Crescendo Encore” poster signing by artist Amiri Farris. Free. 5-7 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. “Like” the event on Facebook.

USCB LUNCH WITH AUTHOR SERIES: Joshilyn Jackson, author of “Never Have I Ever,” will be the featured author at this monthly luncheon. $42. Noon-1:30 p.m., Belfair Plantation, 2 Belfair Oaks Boulevard, Bluffton. 843-521-4145.

HERITAGE ANIMAL HOSPITAL ANNIVERSARY PAW-TY: Celebrate the 16th anniversary Paw-ty with drinks, snacks and giveaways. Pets welcome. Free. 5:30-7 p.m., Heritage Animal Hospital, 130 Arrow Road, Suite 101, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8331 or

SIP SHOP SPA: An evening of special treats, delicious bites and beverages, complimentary mini-services and giveaways. Free. 5-8 p.m., The Heavenly Spa, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-681-4000 or

OCT. 10-13

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

OCT. 11

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

“PETER AND THE WOLF”: A unique musical program presented by the Lowcountry Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Guest organist Nicole Marane will play all the characters featured in the story on the organ, along with a narrator and percussionist. Donations encouraged. Free. 7 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8333.

OCT. 11-12

JEEP ISLAND 2019: Bring your Jeep, friends and an appetite for chili for this fun event, in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club Chili Cook-Off. Featuring football on the big screen, live entertainment and more. $30. 4-8 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Honey Horn, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island.

OCT. 12 

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

calendaroctober4KIWANIS CLUB CHILI COOK-OFF: The 35th annual Kiwanis Club Chili Cook-Off features local teams of chili cooks facing off to raise money and to determine who makes the best chili. Also includes an exhibition of Jeeps, 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.

LUSTGARTEN WALK: Walk to support research; 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. $50 for adults, $15 for kids. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.

SOUTH BEACH MARINA LOBSTER BOIL: Whole Maine lobsters boiled to perfection and served with all the fixings, plus live music. 4 p.m., The Salty Dog, 232 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843- 671-2233 or

GEORGIA TECH FALL STEMLAB: World class educators bring classic arcade games back to life using robotics and coding. The program is designed for 3rd through 12th grade students interested in discovering more about science, technology, engineering and math. Registration now open. Cost is $55 per student. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Georgia Tech Savannah, 210 Technology Circle, Savannah.

OCT. 12-13


REGATTA WEEKEND: Since the 1970s, The Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island has held two sailing race events in Calibogue Sound. Spectators are welcome and volunteers will be in Harbour Town to explain the races. Free; Sea Pines gate pass required. Noon on Oct. 12; 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island. 704-500-6898.

OCT. 12-13

HUNTER MOOD FULL MOON CRUISE: Enjoy celestial snacks and lunar libations aboard The Salty Dog, a 63-foot catamaran with upper and lower decks, plus full bar and galley kitchen. 6-8 p.m., The Salty Dog, 232 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843- 671-2233 or

OCT. 13

“LOW COUNTRY PALETTE”: An opening reception for artist Terry Brennan, whose exhibit will be on display from Oct. 6-Nov. 3. Free. Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery, 6 Church St., Bluffton. 843- 757-6586 or

OCT. 15

DOWNSIZING WORKSHOP: Register for this complimentary workshop focused on downsizing, hosted by Collins Group Realty. Free. 4-6 p.m., Park Lane Hotel, 12 Park Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-837-6700 or

OCT. 16

ZIN EXPERIENCE WITH ITALIAN FLAIR: Wine tasting event with hors d’oeuvres at The Shorehouse at the Omni Resort, featuring DJ Monty Jett. 5:30–7:30 p.m, Tickets $20/ person in advance at The Wine & Spirit Shop at Shelter Cove or $25 at the door. 23 Ocean Lane on Hilton Head Island. For more information call 843-785-2277.

LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION: The October luncheon will feature “A Salute to Patriotism,” with The Sea Island  Quartet singing patriotic songs. Retired Major Dexter Brewer U.S. Army will be the speaker and patriotic clothing is encouraged. Cost is $26 per person and must be prepaid by Oct. 9. 11:30 a.m., Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Boulevard, Bluffton. 843-705-7604.

OCT. 17

PALMETTO QUILT GUILD: Guest speaker Cathy Persson will cover the tools needed for free motion quilting and ruler work, the wide variety of rulers on the market and their uses, and ideas for designing quilt patterns for rulers. Free for members, $5 for guests. Noon-3 p.m., Palmetto Electric New River, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville.

OCT. 18

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.

RED APRON SIPS & SEAFOOD: An evening under the stars for Bluffton Self Help’s only annual fundraising event. Lowcountry dining, cocktails, a wine pull, and silent and live auction benefitting Bluffton neighbors in need. $150. 6 p.m., Heyward House, 70 Boundary Street, Bluffton.

OCT. 18-20

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND VIBES AND TIDES: Daufuskie Island’s newest culinary event, offering the exclusive amenities of Haig Point with the perfect blend of food from around the country. Meet and taste the best from award-winning chefs, tastemakers, winemakers and more. Tickets start at $65. Times and locations vary.

OCT. 19

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.

SOUTH BEACH MARINA HUSH PUPPY FEST: Chef Herb and his crew create wild variations on the fried treat, plus live music. 4 p.m., The Salty Dog, 232 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or

OLD TOWN OYSTER 10K ROAD RACE & 5K FUN 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

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. Registration for the 5K is $60 for adults and $30 for ages 17 and younger. 5-10 p.m., Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.

FALL CRAFT AND BAKE SALE: Hundreds of unique handmade items and home-baked goods will be for sale. The event is sponsored by Hilton Head Plantation Crafters, with proceeds benefiting Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-4656.

FIELDS OF FAITH: Students and communities will gather on three different athletic fields for an evening of inspiration and faith. Student speakers will share testimonies, music, food and fellowship. Free. 6:30-8 p.m., Hilton Head Island High School, Beaufort High School and Wade Hampton High School football stadiums.

OCT. 12-20

calendaroctober2BLUFFTON ARTS & 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.

OCT. 20

“JAZZ MEETS CLASSICAL”: The Justin Varnes Trio and the Atlanta Symphonic Jazztet will present four of the greatest themes, reimagined. Featuring Wagner, Strauss, Ravel and Mendelssohn. $10. 1 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620 or

Oct. 21-23

“DRAMATIC SKIES OF THE LOWCOUNTRY:” The Art League of Hilton Head will host a three-day oil painting workshop by Peggy Ellis. $315 for members; $350 for non-members. Optional supplies kits are $100. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., The Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842- 5738, academy@artleaguehhi. org or

OCT. 22

FALL HISTORY CLASS: “Rediscovering the Discovery of America”: Learn the history of the Lowcountry from experienced Heritage Library volunteers. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. 10 a.m., University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Campus, Classroom 115, 1 Sand Shark Drive, Hilton Head Island.

OCT. 24

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

BJVIM BOURBON AND BUBBLY: Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine will host its major fundraiser, a Lowcountry dinner party. Featuring a magical evening of bourbon and champagnes, a silent auction, dinner by the marsh and musical entertainment by Bob Masteller and his New Orleans Quintet. $150 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight. 6-9:30 p.m., River Club in Oldfield Plantation, 10 Oldfield Way, Bluffton. 843-706-7090, ext. 110.

OCT. 24 –NOV. 3

CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE & MOTORING FESTIVAL: Hilton Head Island’s own Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival offers the best of the best in automotive exhibition, racing, dining, and luxury lifestyle. It’s more than just an event — it’s a multi-day world-class destination experience.

OCT. 25-27

FALL FESTIVAL OF HOUSES AND GARDENS: Featuring tours of private, historic homes which are a part of the Beaufort National Historic Landmark District. Sponsored by the Historic Beaufort Foundation, proceeds from the event go toward the preservation and protection of Beaufort-area points of historical, architectural and cultural significance. $50. Times and locations vary. 843-525-8500 or

OCT. 26

CHURCH OF THE PALMS FALL FESTIVAL: A silent auction featuring over 100 items, with all proceeds going toward the church’s primary missions. Featuring items like golf packages, gift certificates, a vacation package and more. Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Church of the Palms UMC, 1425 Okatie Highway, Okatie. 803-553-5295.

ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: The 10th annual Italian Heritage Festival celebrates Italian culture with food, live entertainment, grape stomping and pizza-eating contests. $6. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Honey Horn, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island.

calendaroctober3WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S: This 2-mile walk raises money for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The walk begins at the park in front of Captain Woody’s restaurant in Old Town Bluffton. All money raised goes to the care, support and research efforts of the nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is at 10 a.m., opening ceremony is at 10:45 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m. Refreshments are provided. Free, donations encouraged., 843-614-6608 or

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. $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

SOUTH BEACH MARINA HAUNTED BBQ: Ghoulish delights for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Get spooky with live music, plenty of candy and a fun costume contest for kids at dusk. 4 p.m., The Salty Dog, 232 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or

MUSIC ON MALPHRUS: Americana singer and songwriter Josh Joffen will perform at Music on Malphrus, an acoustic listening room. $20. Doors open at 6 p.m., show is at 7 p.m., The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 843-837-3330 or

OKTOPRFEST: Great food, classic cars, craft booths, live entertainment and a kid zone. No pets. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Village, Port Royal.

OCT. 27

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

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

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

OCT. 29

“HISTORIC MARKERS & SITES ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND”: Learn the history of the Lowcountry from experienced Heritage Library volunteers. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. 10 a.m., University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Campus, Classroom 115, 1 Sand Shark Drive, Hilton Head Island.

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