The second annual Hilton Head Island Shrimp Festival has expanded to two days this year and will be held Sept. 20-21 in Harbour Town in Sea Pines. Sponsored by The Sea Pines Resort, the event kicks off with a focus on craft brews as more than 12 local and regional breweries pour samples for attendees ages 21 and older. The next day, the spotlight is on food and family fun: Sample shrimp served up by local restaurants, enjoy live music by Cranford Hollow and let the kids run wild in the kids’ zone.
HILTON HEAD PREP STUDENTS TAKE THE STAGE IN INAUGURAL SHOWCASE
Patti Maurer, Hilton Head Preparatory School’s new artistic director, wanted to kick the new year off with a bang by starting a new Prep tradition: the “Fall Spectacular,” a cabaret-style revue featuring Prep students acting, dancing, singing and performing in the band and orchestra.
“For my first production at Hilton Head Prep, I wanted to provide an opportunity for a variety of talented actors, dancers, musicians and vocal students to be involved,” Maurer said.
THROUGH SEPT. 8
UPPER SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR: Amusements of America is listed as the largest traveling amusement parks in the world and is coming to Greenville. Gate admission is $8 per person (kids 2 and under are free). Unlimited ride wristbands are $25 per person. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Buy tickets online for special savings. www.upperstatesouthcarolinafair.com.
VOLUNTEER-RUN ART PROGRAM IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF ALLENDALE INMATES
When the Art League of Hilton Head hosts its newest exhibit, Transcendence, this month, the featured artists won’t be attending the opening reception on Aug. 7. But it’s not because they don’t want to be there.
They are, literally, otherwise detained — as inmates at Allendale Correctional Institution.
THROUGH AUG. 4
“Legally Blonde: The Musical”: A fun and award-winning musical based on the movie “Legally Blonde” traces the challenges faced by a young female lawyer. Shows are 8 p.m. through Aug. 4; tickets are $50 for adults and $37 for children ages 5-15. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-3945, ext. 206, or www.artshhi.com.
PLAYERS AMATEUR RETURNS TO THE BERKELEY HALL CLUB
Bluffton once again welcomes the Players Amateur, one of the premier amateur golf tournaments in the world. The 20th annual tournament will be held July 11-14 at Berkeley Hall Club.
FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS: Starting at dusk, fireworks will fill the sky at Harbour Town in Sea Pines, Skull Creek Boathouse and Palmetto Dunes’ Harbourfest at Shelter Cove. Bring your lawn chairs.
MAY RIVER THEATRE CO. PRESENTS NEW SUMMER SHOW
This summer, May River Theatre presents “The Outsiders,” a classic coming-of-age story based on a novel by S.E. Hinton and focused on themes of class conflict, acceptance, and loyalty.
“’The Outsiders’ has been a part of our school curriculum for years and is a staple of modern American literature that is loved by all ages,” said director Michelle McElroy, who recently directed Main Street Youth Theatre’s production of “High School Musical.” “It is also holds great relevance to many American struggles today.”
Class is back in session at Main Street Youth Theatre, where “Disney’s High School Musical” takes the stage June 19-30.
Based on the popular Disney movie, this high-energy production follows the unlikely pair of basketball captain Troy and brainy Gabriella as they surprise their friends by auditioning for the school musical — and deal with young love, friendship and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.
COME SEE HOW HILTON HEAD ISLAND COMMEMORATES FREEDOM
In June of 1865, freedom came to the then-Confederate South when the detestable practice of slavery was put to an end. For a people who had struggled for centuries, it was a day of tremendous joy. On Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, special celebrations this month will mark the occasion with live music, authentic Gullah cuisine and a remembrance of the day the march to freedom began.