2017 Ride of Silence: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, Street Meet parking lot in Port Royal Plaza, 95 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island. The Hilton Head Island annual Ride of Silence honors those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride is a silent procession, sponsored locally by Kickin’ Asphalt Bicycle Club and is part of an international observance. This year’s ride has special meaning because of the 11 cyclists who were killed in Beaufort County last year. To participate, arrive with a bicycle, helmet (mandatory), lights (recommended) and black armband. There will be a ceremony, sign-in and safety briefing between 6:30 and 7 p.m. The first 50 riders to register will receive a free gift. The 9-mile police escorted ride rolls out promptly at 7 p.m. while a member of the Savannah Pipes and Drums plays “Amazing Grace.” Visit www.kickinasphalt.info for more details.


“Sister Act” — the musical comedy hit based on the hit 1992 film — has had audiences jumping to their feet. Featuring original music by Tony Award winner and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Newsies,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Shop of Horrors”), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.


Mayfest, also known as The Bluffton Village Festival, will be held Saturday, May 31 in Old Town Bluffton. Now in its 39th year, the festival is one of the biggest events of the year for locals and is drawing an increasing number of tourists. The eclectic, homespun event is famous for its unique art and crafts, music and delicious food — and its Ugly Dog Contest.

What better way to kick off the summer than with a concert that celebrates our freedom? The Hilton Head Choral Society presents an all-American tribute to the armed forces and the United States at its annual “America Sings!” concert, to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

For one exciting weekend each spring, Windmill Harbour opens its gates to the public. Held in the Windmill Harbour Marina, the Hilton Head Island Boat Show is a rare chance to experience the waterfront lifestyle of Windmill Harbour. The 13th annual boat show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7. One of only a handful of in-water boat shows in the Southeast, the Hilton Head Island Boat Show stands apart for its intimate, boutique atmosphere, beautiful location and high-quality boats and vendors.