Events

13th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival October 14 - 22, 2017
Where Fine Art & The Bounty of the Sea Come Together

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, October 14, 2017

THE BLUFFTON HERITAGE DISCOVERY TOUR AND GULLAH CELEBRATION
Kick off the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival with a leisurely and fun journey through Bluffton's past. Learn about it's very beginnings at St. Luke's Methodist Church. Afterwards, make your way to Old Town and enjoy lunch and shopping in any of our fine restaurants and shops. Then head to the historic Campbell Chapel AME Church to hear a presentation about some of our historic properties and the clues they offer to understanding the past. End the day at a gospel concert and an authentic Gullah dinner. Please plan now to join us. Follow here for an exciting ininerary. 

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

FRIENDS OF BLUFFTON ARTISTS 6th ANNUAL INVITATIONAL LOCAL ARTIST SHOWCASE,
a celebration of exceptional handmade, original local art including oil and acrylic paintings, pottery and much, much more exhibited throughout our galleries; demonstrations by artists at many.
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Showcase Artists
Musicians will entertain throughout the day on the main stage along with Bluffton School of Dance performing
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Art Exhibits, Music and More on Calhoun Street. 

EMPTY BOWLS 12:00 NOON – 4:00PM 

BOAT PARADE ON THE MAY    BLESSING OF THE FLEET
GOSPEL MUSIC                        CHURCH OF THE CROSS         4:00PM
Bring your lawn chair, view the Boat Parade and enjoy Gospel music by Lavon Stevens on the bluff or join the parade in your own boat. Make plans now to gather at the sandbar before 3:00 PM and process to the Church of the Cross. 

OYSTER FEST, 5:00 - 8:00PM,  Bluffton Oyster Factory Park
First Oyster Roast of the Season, Shrimp Boil & BBQ, Live Music.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

KAYAK & PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER, MONDAY - SATURDAY
There will be two tours available: an "early bird" tour at 8:00AM for $20.00 and a 10:00AM tour for $25.00 per person.  Price includes kayak or paddle board and 1 1/2 hour tour around the May River. Anyone that has a kayak or paddle board and wants to "tag along" can do so for free.  There is a 17 person maximum for each tour, so be sure and call 843-684-3296 for reservations.

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
Join Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
$20/ per person...subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

DINNER & LEARN TOUR at Waddell Mariculture Center 5:00PM 
21 Sawmill Creek Road, Bluffton
Reservations required. $30/per person.  Proceeds to Waddell Mariculture Center.  Call Mary at 843-815-2472 or 843-815-2474.
Join Al Stokes, Manager/Wildlife Biologist IV, as he presents what is happening at the Waddell Mariculture Center during the renovation process.  The presentation will be followed by a Crab-Pickin' and Oyster-Shuckin' Demonstration by the ladies of The Bluffton Oyster Company. Guests will benefit from the results of their hard work as a prelude to the Dinner Buffet.  The buffet, catered by the Toomers, includes Gumbo 2 Ways (chicken and seafood), Caesar salad, cornbread, cookies and tea.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase. 
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

KAYAK & PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER, MONDAY - SATURDAY
There will be two tours available: an "early bird" tour at 8:00AM for $20.00 and a 10:00AM tour for $25.00 per person.  Price includes kayak or paddle board and 1 1/2 hour tour around the May River. Anyone that has a kayak or paddle board and wants to "tag along" can do so for free.  There is a 17 person maximum for each tour, so be sure and call 843-684-3296 for reservations.

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
Join Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
$20/ per person...subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

MAY RIVER THEATRE HISTORICAL HAUNTED WALK, 6:00 PM AND 8:00PM                       Please join us for a walking GHOST TOUR of historic downtown Bluffton.  Hear spooky Bluffton tales told by May River Theatre actors and infamous Blufftonians.  Comfortable walking shoes suggested; bring your own flashlight; rain or shine; children welcome (suggested ages 8 and up).  Tours begin at May River Theatre, Bluffton Town Hall, Ulmer Auditorium, 20 Bridge Street.  $25.00 per person.  For reservations go to www.mayrivertheatre.com.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

KAYAK & PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER, MONDAY - SATURDAY
There will be two tours available: an "early bird" tour at 8:00AM for $20.00 and a 10:00AM tour for $25.00 per person.  Price includes kayak or paddle board and
1 1/2 hour tour around the May River. Anyone that has a kayak or paddle board and wants to "tag along" can do so for free.  There is a 17 person maximum for each tour, so be sure and call 843-684-3296 for reservations.

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
Join Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
$20/ per person...subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

AUTHOR NIGHT - "CELEBRATE THE RICH HISTORY & CULTURE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY"

5:30PM Complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Southern Spice Catering and Events; 6:00PM Showtime, at the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park (11 Recreation Court Bluffton SC 29910). Cost: $15.00 donations accepted, proceeds to the Waddell Mariculture Center.  Book sale and signing.    Reservations required: call Mary at 843-815-2472 or 843-815-2474.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

WINE TASTING, 6:00PM - 8:00PM   More details soon.   


KAYAK & PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER, MONDAY - SATURDAY
There will be two tours available: an "early bird" tour at 8:00AM for $20.00 and a 10:00AM tour for $25.00 per person.  Price includes kayak or paddle board and
1 1/2 hour tour around the May River. Anyone that has a kayak or paddle board and wants to "tag along" can do so for free.  There is a 17 person maximum for each tour, so be sure and call 843-684-3296 for reservations.

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
Join Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
$20/ per person...subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878
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Friday, October 20, 2017

KAYAK & PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER, MONDAY - SATURDAY
There will be two tours available: an "early bird" tour at 8:00AM for $20.00 and a 10:00AM tour for $25.00 per person.  Price includes kayak or paddle board and 1 1/2 hour tour around the May River. Anyone that has a kayak or paddle board and wants to "tag along" can do so for free.  There is a 17 person maximum for each tour, so be sure and call 843-684-3296 for reservations.

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
Join Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
$20/ per person...subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

PRIVATE ISLAND VIP OYSTER ROAST & BOAT EXCURSION, 3:00PM - 6:00PM

Little Jack Rowe Island in conjunction with May River Excursions will be hosting an Oyster Roast of May River oysters on Little Jack Rowe Island.  $50.00 per person, includes boat taxi to and from Little Jack.  Reservations only at 843-684-3296.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

KAYAK & PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER, MONDAY - SATURDAY
There will be two tours available: an "early bird" tour at 8:00AM for $20.00 and a 10:00AM tour for $25.00 per person.  Price includes kayak or paddle board and
1 1/2 hour tour around the May River. Anyone that has a kayak or paddle board and wants to "tag along" can do so for free.  There is a 17 person maximum for each tour, so be sure and call 843-684-3296 for reservations.

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SATURDAY
Join Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
$20/ per person...subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

10K ROAD RACE & 5K FUN RUN       8:00AM – 10:30AM 
Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Join us for a run through Old Town Bluffton with scenic river and marsh views. Compete in a fast-paced 10K or complete the 5K with the entire family! Both events will be professionally chip timed.

CHILDREN’S FISHING TOURNAMENT, BLUFFTON OYSTER CO. 10:00AM –12:30PM Register between 10:00 - 10:30AM at The Bluffton Oyster Company.  Weigh-In at 12:30PM at the Bluffton Oyster Company.  There is no fee. Prizes will be awarded.

ART & SEAFOOD STREET FEST          10:00AM – 5:00PM
HISTORIC DISTRICT BLUFFTON          FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Enjoy our juried art show featuring over 100 local and regional artists from 10 different states, displaying an array of fine art: oils, pastels, acrylics, photography, pottery, ceramics, water color and much, much more. Local seafood and low country cuisine served by area restaurants. Cherish our Waterways and Low Country Environmental Exhibits. History of Bluffton at The Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center.

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Presented by Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet
Favorite bands will entertain on three stages throughout the day.

ART IN THE PARK             11:00AM – 4:00PM  DuBois Park on Boundary Street
Presented by Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Children's art activities under the pavilion will be conducted by May River Montessori as part of their 30 year anniversary celebration.   Visit the stations around the pavilion and create your very own masterpiece. Prizes, games, pirates,fun and much, much more for the budding artists of all ages.

 Family oriented magic show with Gary Maurer 1:00PM 

ROCKIN’ ON THE DOCK  6:00PM - DUSK  BLUFFTON OYSTER CO. 
Presented by Vaux Marscher Berglind PA Law Firm

Seafood Extravaganza Tasting     
Live music
Fireworks at Dusk 

End the full day of activities with a grand finale. 
Eat great local seafood and watch the fireworks for a night to remember!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

PADDLE BATTLE BLUFFTON     10:00AM - 1:OOPM     Bluffton Oyster Factory Park

Stand and Paddle, HamMmer Paddle Boards and Marshgrass Adventures have joined forces to present Bluffton's premier paddle sports race.  The "Paddle Battle" will consist of a 3 mile recreational or 6 mile elite Open Race followed afterwards by a separate kids' sprint race.  The Paddle Battle Open race will have divisions for SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards), Kayaks and Canoes.

The Entry Fee for the 3 or 6 mile open race is $40.00.  On-site registration, participant check-in and board drop off will open at 10:00am.  Pre-race meeting will be at 11:30am and the race will start promptly at 12 noon.  Awards will be given. 

 

ART & SEAFOOD STREET FEST          10:00AM – 4:00PM


HISTORIC DISTRICT BLUFFTON          FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Enjoy our juried art show featuring over 100 local and regional artists from 10 different states, displaying an array of fine art: oils, pastels, acrylics, photography, pottery, ceramics, water color and much, much more. Local seafood and low country cuisine served by area restaurants. Cherish our Waterways and Low Country Environmental Exhibits.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
Presented by Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet
Favorite bands will entertain on three stages throughout the day.


ART IN THE PARK             11:00AM – 4:00PM  DuBois Park on Boundary Street
Presented by Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Children's art activities under the pavilion conducted by May River Montessori as part of their 30 year anniversary celebration.  Prizes, games, pirates, fun and much, much more for the budding artists of all ages.

Family oriented magic show with Gary Maurer 1:00PM 

 

 

 

No Parking in Downtown Bluffton on Saturday, the 21st, and Sunday, the 22nd.
Free Shuttles provided by our sponsor, Old Town Trolley Tours, from Red Cedar Elementary (Bluffton Parkway to Red Cedar Street).
Saturday, 10/21: 10:00AM - 9:00PM 
Sunday, 10/22: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
For more information 843-757-BLUF (2583)


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