Events

12th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival October 15 - 23, 2016
Where Fine Art & The Bounty of the Sea Come Together

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, October 15, 2016

THE BLUFFTON HERITAGE DISCOVERY TOUR  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kick off the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival with Celebrate Bluffton’s inaugural tour of historic properties. This self-paced tour is filled with stories of the remarkable people and events that have contributed to the charm and character of our Lowcountry town. 
Whether your Bluffton roots are just taking hold or stretch back generations, spend a few minutes with one of the guides at each location and you’ll have a new appreciation of our heritage.
After the tour, come back to the Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church where you can enjoy a Gospel concert featuring Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers. The concert begins at 4:30pm and you're also invited to stay for dinner! An authentic Lowcountry Gullah supper will follow at 5:30pm.

Our exciting itinerary is as follows:
- 10:00am-4:00pm- self paced tour of multiple historic properties 
- 4:30pm-5:30pm- Gospel concert featuring the legendary Dr. Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers
- 5:30pm-7:30pm- Authentic Lowcountry Gullah dinner with music and storytelling
For further descriptions and details, click hereAdvance registration is strongly recommended. Purchase tickets on the Celebrate Bluffton website 

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

FRIENDS OF BLUFFTON ARTISTS 4th ANNUAL INVITATIONAL LOCAL ARTIST SHOWCASE,
a celebration of exceptional handmade, original local art including oil and acrylic paintings, pottery and much, much more
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Showcase Artists
Musicians will entertain throughout the day on the main stage along with Bluffton School of Dance and The May River Theatre presenting songs from their performances
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Art Exhibits, Music and More on Calhoun Street. 

EMPTY BOWLS 11:00AM – 4:00PM
A true celebration of Art & Cuisine! 
Join us at Jacob Preston Studio, 10 Church Street, and help feed the hungry through our donation to local food charities.  Buy a handmade bowl by local potters and choose from a variety of soups to fill it.  Enjoy the soup while visiting with the potters. 

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 by Muddycreek.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

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 a tour of the Waddell Mariculture Center 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.  New this year, a brief boat tour of the Colleton River with Captain Chris of May River Excursions will be included. 


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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 THROUGH PAT CONROY'S WRITINGS" 
Join us for an unforgettable evening of tribute to Beaufort’s own Pat Conroy, the Lowcountry’s greatest claim to literary fame. In conversation will be celebrated authors Cassandra King Conroy, Conroy’s wife; Ellen Malphrus, Conroy’s protégée; and Bernie Schein, Conroy’s closest friend. This promises to be an exceptional opportunity for readers to engage with writers who were influenced by the renowned Conroy, not only as an author but also as a husband, mentor, and friend.
5:30PM Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages 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: 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 20, 2016

WINE TASTING, 6:00PM - 8:00PM      
Enjoy a new culinary event during seafood week. 25 wines both domestic and imported; red, white and sparkling; perfectly paired with seafood hors d'oeuvres. $20.00 per person; advance reservations only. 


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 21, 2016

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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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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             10:00AM – 5:00PM  DuBois Park on Boundary Street
Presented by Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Children's art activities under the pavilion with Creative Outlet SC.  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 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 23, 2016

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 with Creative Outlet SC. Prizes, games, pirates, fun and much, much more for the budding artists of all ages.

Family oriented magic show with Gary Maurer 1:00PM 


The “ART OF CUISINE” IRON CHEF CHALLENGE in Neptune’s Galley.

12:00PM-2:00PM. Join the fun and watch top chefs from the area compete to create the best seafood dishes.

 

 

 

No Parking in Downtown Bluffton on Saturday, the 22nd, and Sunday, the 23rd
Free Shuttles from Red Cedar Elementary (Bluffton Parkway to Red Cedar Street)
Saturday, 10/22: 10:00AM - 9:00PM 
Sunday, 10/23: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
For more information 843-757-BLUF (2583)


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