Come enjoy Beaufort, SC for all the Year Around Events!

In Beaufort SC prices can be 1/3 less for comparable hotel and restaurant meals than expensive next-door sister cities Charleston and Savannah.  Because of that, savvy travelers are now using Beaufort as a base and do day trips to Savannah (40 min. away) and Charleston (1 hr. 15), plus you don’t have to move your bags around as much checking in and out.  Also golf guests at the Rhett house have exclusive access to three championship private golf clubs both in town and within a 30 min drive-The Sanctuary, Dataw, and Palmetto Bluff, instead of having to stay at just one location and the course there.


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2018 Events


Rhett House Inn Jan EventWine Dinner to benefit The Beaufort International Film Society

Thru. Jan. 25, 2017 at 6PM – 9PM

This fun & delicious event includes Wine Pairings & Four Course Dinner prepared by Chef Brian Waters. Reservations Required. Cocktails @ 6 p.m., Dinner @ 7 p.m. 802 Bay Street Suite C, Beaufort. Reservations: 843-379-3474. Price: $75/per person.

For more information, please visit our Facebook page.


Beaufort Film FestivalThe 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival

February 21st – 25th, 2018

Head to University of South Carolina Beaufort Feb. 21-25, 2018 for the 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival! Presented by the Beaufort Film Society, the festival features five days of international and local short films, feature films, animation, guest speakers, and more.

Awards and prizes will be presented in several categories, including Feature Film, Documentaries, Short Film, Student Film, Animation, Screenplays, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Audience Voted, Comedy, and Audience Choice.

For more information on tickets and schedules, visit beaufortfilmfestival.com, filmfreeway.com or call 843-522-3196.



Beaufort oyster roastThe Beaufort Charities Oyster Roast

In its 14th year The Beaufuort Charities Oyster Roast is the premiere oyster roast in Beaufort County. With an annual attendance of over 800, our event generates over $20,000 NET proceeds for local need organizations in Northern Beaufort County.

Pre-Sale tickets for $35 offers each attendee: ALL you can eat oysters Free Kids Zone with free pizza for ages 5-12 2

Live Auctions Live Music “CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD” from 4-7 pm

“Steel Rail Express” from 8-10 pm

Micro-Brew Tasting for $10 Bottomless Beverage cups and tumblers $$$!

For more information and to become a sponsor visit: Oysterroast

2017 Events


MCAS Beaufort Air ShowMCAS Beaufort, SC Air Show

Sat Apr. 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM – Sat Apr. 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will host nearly 100,000 of its closest friends and neighbors at the MCAS Beaufort Air Show on April 29-30, 2017. There is no cost to the general public to attend the show. The show will showcase Naval aviation at its best with a demonstration by the United States Naval Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels!

Soft Shell Crab Festival Port Royal SC 201714th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival

Sat., Apr. 15 – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Town of Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival April 15th. Local chefs will be on hand serving up all of your favorite soft shell crab dishes as well as plenty of other culinary delights. Live music: The Bull Grapes, Broke Locals and Trey’s Aliens. There will be plenty of artisan craft vendors and an expanded kids’ fun zone. The Beaufort’s Classic Car & Truck Club will be on hand showing off their spectacular collection of vehicles. We kindly request that no pets to be in attendance at this festival. The Rotary Club of Beaufort will be having their annual crab race down Battery Creek, with an available top prize of $40,000 to one possible winner and 10 chances to win $5,000! More information about the crab race is available at: portroyalcrabrace.com.

Beaufort SC water front parkBeaufort Art festival at the Waterfront Park

Fri., Apr. 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Event is rain or shine. Artist of all types and
Live music by local rockers Irritating Julie and more.


A Taste of BeaufortA Taste of Beaufort

Fri May 5th and Sat 6th, 2017 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

Free Admission! The beautiful, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for A Taste of Beaufort – Music, Arts, and Seafood Festival produced by Main Street Beaufort USA in downtown Beaufort.

The Original Gullah FestivalThe Original Gullah Festival

May 26-28 , 2017 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

The Gullah Festival annually takes place every Memorial Day weekend. The 2017 festival is May 26-28 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park located at 1010 Bay Street in Beaufort, South Carolina. The gates for the festival will open Friday (10am-8pm), Saturday (10am-10pm) and Sunday (2pm-7pm). Come shop for unique Gullah and Low Country treasures and experience authentic cuisine at The Gullah Marketplace daily during the festival from 10am to 11 pm.


First Friday After FiveFirst Friday After 5

Fri June 2nd, 2017 5pm to 8pm Historic Downtown Beaufort.

Join our downtown merchants the first Friday of each month as we celebrate First Friday After Five. Many merchants stay open until 8pm Refreshments offered Live street music. Stay after for dinner in one of our fabulous downtown restaurants


Rhett House Inn July 4th4th of July Celebration & Fireworks at the Sands

Tues July 4th, 2017 at the Sands of Port Royal.

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks at the Sands of Port Royal. Hosted by the Town of Port Royal and Historic Port Royal Foundation 5 p.m. till after fireworks display ends. Hamburgers, hot dogs, face painting, jump castles and much more – including the Marine Band! portroyal.org.

Beaufort Arts and Crafts FestivalBeaufort Water Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Fri July 14th – Sunday 23rd, 2017 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

The beautiful, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for Beaufort Water Festival Arts & Crafts Market.





The AME Church In Exhibit

Aug 1st – Aug 31st, 2017 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Beaufort District Collection Lobby at the Beaufort Library, Beaufort Branch.

The Role Of The AME Church In The South Exhibit, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Beaufort District Collection Lobby at the Beaufort Library, Beaufort Branch. The African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded by Free Blacks in Philadelphia in 1787. Celebrate Bluffton, Inc. explains the effect that this religious denomination had in the South from antebellum times until the present day focusing on some local AME churches. For Teens & Adults . Beaufort County Library, Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott St., Beaufort. (843) 255-6456.


Rhett House Inn Shag FestEdisto Beach Music & Shag Fest!

Sept 1st – 3rd, 2017 at Bay Creek Park (beside the Marina at Edisto Beach), 3706 Dock Site Rd.

Edisto Beach Music & Shag Fest! Bay Creek Park (beside the Marina at Edisto Beach), 3706 Dock Site Rd. Dance to Shem Creek Boogie Band, The Entertainers, Shag Doctorz, East Coast Party Band and Band of Oz., the best beach music bands in the country. Park opens at 12 noon on Friday and Sunday with arts and craft fair and food vendors, Saturday events begin at 10 a.m. The Shag is the State dance of SC. Come to Edisto Beach and be entertained by the top Beach Bands and best Shaggers in the Southeast. Sponsored by The Town of Edisto Beach, Dockside Bar & Grill and the Edisto Chamber of Commerce (843) 869-3867 or edistochamber.com.

Rhett House Inn Author under the OaksAuthor Under the Live Oaks

Sept 16th, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Frampton Plantation, 1 Lowcountry Lane, in Yemassee.

Author Under the Live Oaks on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Frampton Plantation, 1 Lowcountry Lane, in Yemassee. Featuring local Lowcountry authors and their books, as well as an assortment of food, wine and music on historic grounds which have a mini-museum and gift shop. The FREE Author Under the Live Oaks event is family and pet friendly! For details, see their Facebook page.

Rhett House Inn Catfish FestAnnual Hardeeville Catfish Festival

Sept 16th and 17th, 2017 at Hardeeville.

Annual Hardeeville Catfish Festival featuring a catfish tournament, parade, beauty pageants, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, games and more behind Hardeeville City Hall. 205 Main St. hardeevillecatfishfestival.com.


Beaufort SC eventBeaufort Shrimp Festival

Fri Oct, 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM – Sat Oct, 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM, 1015 Bay St, Beaufort, SC, 29902

Free Admission! The beautiful, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for The Beaufort Shrimp Festival produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, in downtown Beaufort. Up to 15 local restaurants will be featuring their best shrimp dishes and competing for the Silver Cup award. Purchase tickets for $1 each and use them at food & beverage booths. Items usually cost 2-8 tickets. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite restaurant in the People’s Choice Award, compete in the Shrimp Heading or Shrimp Peeling (for children) competition, and adopt a Shrimp in Sea Island Rotary’s Charity Rubber Shrimp Race. downtownbeaufort.com.

Beaufort SC eventPat Conroy Literary Festival

Thu Oct, 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM – Sun Oct, 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM, 308 Charles Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902

The second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival will be held on October 19–22 in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina. Join us as we celebrate Pat Conroy’s legacy as student and teacher through this year’s festival theme of The Transformative Power of Education. Our immersive multi-day gathering features writer panels and book signings, live dramatic performances, film screenings, receptions, readings, tours, exhibitions, and a series of instructive workshops for writers, all centered around the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts. patconroyliteraryfestival.org/.

Beaufort SC eventFall Festival of Houses and Gardens

Fri Oct, 27, 2017 10:00 am – Sun Oct, 29, 2017 12:30 pm, 208 Scott’s Street, Beaufort SC 29902

An afternoon stroll is a favorite way to see Beaufort. The private homes on this perennially popular tour are located in the city’s National Historic Landmark District, the state’s largest. A variety of architectural styles built in the city over the past two hundred years are represented. historicbeaufort.org.


Penn Center Heritage Days Penn Center Heritage Days

Photo courtesy of Penn Center Heritage Days

Penn Center Heritage Days

November 9th-12th, 2017, Penn Center, St. Helena Island

Heritage Days Celebration is a four-day cultural event celebrating the Gullah/Geechee/Sea Island history, folk arts, food, music, crafts and West African cultural legacy. Located at Penn Center, one of the first schools for former slaves and their descendants living on St. Helena Island—visitors can experience the unique setting of the 50-acre historic campus. Special events for the weekend include demonstrations of West African/Gullah cultural connections. For more information, please visit: http://www.penncenter.com/heritage-days


December Holiday Weekend Celebration in Beaufort,SC

Photos courtesy of Captured Moments Photography via Main Street Beaufort

Holiday Weekend Celebration

December 1st-3rd, 2017, Downtown Beaufort, SC

Friday features A Night on the Town where Downtown businesses stay open late for your shopping pleasure. Entertainment by local choirs, dance groups, and clubs. Christmas Tree lighting with Santa himself! Saturday brings a magical display of decorated boats ambling up the Beaufort River in the Light Up the Night Boat Parade at the Waterfront Park. Bring the family to watch the enchanted display of decorated boats with cookies and a cup of hot chocolate. The festive weekend ends on Sunday with a traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Floats, bands, groups of walkers and personal cars and trucks are expected to participate. For more information, please visit: http://mainstreetbeaufort.com