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FEB. 1

Local restaurants will serve their favorite soups from noon to 4 p.m. Outside at Coligny Plaza during the Souperbowl of caring fundraiser to benefit nonprofit second helpings. Live music by pretty darn. $10. www.colignyplaza.com/events

» Arts & Culture

FEB. 1

ILLUMINATE BLUFFTON-HILTON HEAD: Holistic wellness, featuring jewelry, gifts, art and mini-sessions for the body. Admission includes hourly workshops on a wide range of topics. Tickets are $5 if purchased online, $6 at the door. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites, 29 William Pope Drive, Bluffton. 575-519-5883 or www.illuminatefestivals.com.

FEB. 1

INTERNATIONAL VEGAN FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING: A local screening from the International Vegan Film Festival, featuring a movie snack potluck and silent auction. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door. 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. www.eventbrite.com.

FEB. 5

Richard GrantsRICHARD GRANT EXHIBIT: “GOOD VIBRATIONS”: Enjoy an opening reception for artist Richard Grant’s newest exhibit. Free. 5-7 p.m., SoBA Gallery, 6 Church St., Bluffton. 843-757-6586 or www.sobagallery.com.

FEB. 7

MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR: Mountainfilm on Tour travels to communities worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the annual Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride. $10 for matinee, $50 for evening gala showing. 4:30 p.m. matinee; 7:30 p.m. evening gala showing. Coligny Theatre, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-342-9826 or www.theislandacademy.com.

FEB. 14

“JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE”: Some of the area’s top comedians are at it again, just in time for date night. Tickets are $15-$70. 8-11:30 p.m., Coligny Theatre, 1 North Forest Beach, Hilton Head Island. “Like” the event on Facebook.

FEB. 15

G is for Gibbes

G IS FOR GIBBES CELEBRATION: Join the author, illustrator and collaborators of the Gibbes’ newest work of art “G is for Gibbes: A Museum ABC Book.” Includes book signing and hands-on activities. Ages 3-7. Free. 10:30 a.m.-Noon, The Gibbes Museum, 135 Meeting Street, Charleston. 843-722-2706 or www.gibbesmuseum.org.

Manatee Festival

MANATEE FESTIVAL: Celebrate one of Florida’s most beloved and endangered residents. Featuring live music, food, manatee education, arts, conservation groups and more. Free with Zoo admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. 904-757-4463 or www.jacksonvillezoo.org.

FEB. 17

ARTIST WORKSHOP: “LANDSCAPE WITH A LIMITED PALETTE”: A three-day workshop with Vermont artist TJ Cunningham. Instruction will center on creating compelling landscapes with just the three primary colors. Open to students of all levels. $315 for members, $350 for nonmembers. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-5738 or www.artleaguehhi.com

FEB. 25

CAMERA CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Stephen Dey, the official photographer of the RBC Heritage tournament, will be this month’s featured presenter. Free. 7 p.m., SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island. cameraclub@barnako.com.

» Community/Charity

FEB. 1 

CHAMBER BALL: Chefs from Manhattan’s famed Windows on the World restaurant will partner with local chefs for course after course of tapas-style cuisine. Ticket prices start at $155. 6:30 p.m., Marriott Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-3673 or www.hiltonheadchamber.org

LOWCOUNTRY INDIVISIBLE MEETING: An event speaker forum to highlight presidential candidates and their positions on gun regulations, immigration, the enviornment, women’s health, health insurance coverage, pharmaceutical costs and VA health issues.  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. www.lowcountryindivisible.com.

FEB. 7 

PUBLIC POLICY MEETING: A meeting for an exchange of ideas and dialogue on matters of public policy in the community. Free. 8-9 a.m., Chamber of Commerce, 1 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843- 785-3673 or www.hiltonheadchamber.org

FEB. 8 

HEART BALLSOUTHERN COAST HEART BALL: An annual black-tie gala benefitting the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. Featuring a silent auction, dinner, live auction and entertainment. Tickets are $225-$1,500. 6 p.m.-midnight, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-422-4542 or www.southerncoastheartball.org.  

FEB. 9

HISTORIC MITCHELVILLE FREEDOM PARK CLEAN UP: Join volunteers from Myrtle Beach-based Medieval Times for a litter sweep and Junior Knight Training session. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Mitchelville Freedom Park, 226 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. “Like” the event on Facebook.

FEB. 12

OYSTER SHELL BAGGING: Volunteer to bag oyster shells, which is a key step in the shell recycling process. Wear closed toed shoes and old clothes. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. www.outsidefoundation.org.

FEB. 15 

FOR THE LOVE OF PAWS FUNDRAISER: Bring the whole family to this fun Valentine-themed fundraiser to support Hilton Head Humane Association, featuring live entertainment, a silent auction, cake walk and bake sale, dog adoptions and free photos. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8686 or www.hhhumane.org

FEB. 13 

NAMI MARDI GRAS GALA: Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness for a Mardi Gras gala to find help and find hope. Colorful masks are a must. $125. 6 p.m., Sonesta Resort Hilton Head, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-3100 or www.namilowcountry.org

FEB. 27 

JAMMIN’ FOR HILTON HEAD HEROES: A night of live music to benefit Hilton Head Heroes, featuring dinner, drinks, a silent auction and more. $50. 6:30 p.m., Big Bamboo Cafe, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-6343 or www.hhheroes.com.

FEB. 29

REWINED CANDLE SPRING WAREHOUSE SALE: Stock up on slightly dented, dinged or mislabeled Rewined candles. 8-11 a.m., Rewined, 4500 Goer Drive, North Charleston. 843-718-1171 or www.shop-rewined.com.

» Dance & Theatre

FEB. 1, 2 

LEAN ENSEMBLE THEATER PRESENTS “THE CHRISTIANS”: Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. Written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Jay Briggs. $25-$40. 7:30 p.m. Thursday- Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Lean Ensemble Theater, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island. 843-715-6676 or www.leanensemble.org

FEB. 4-23 

NEIL SIMON’S “RUMORS”: A comedy about four couples who arrive at an anniversary celebration for New York’s deputy mayor and wife only to find the mayor with a gunshot wound and his wife nowhere to be found. The madcap antics at the dinner party spin off into farcical hilarity. Ticket prices and times vary Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com

FEB. 5, 12, 19 & 26 

ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS: Couples will learn the basics of the Argentine tango. Cost is $50 per couple for all four sessions. 6:15- 7:30 p.m., Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-5738 or www.artleaguehhi.org

FEB. 17 

“THE AMAZING KRESKIN”: A performance by The Amazing Kreskin, who has astonished audiences worldwide with his unearthly ability to translate thoughts, predict the future and see the unseen. Suitable for all ages. $52. 8 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com

FEB. 19-23 

beautyHILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL PRESENTS “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”: Join the Hilton Head Prep Theatre for a production of “Beauty and the Beast,” based on the Broadway musical. Prices vary. 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Main Street Youth Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island. www.msyt.org

» Food & Drink 

FEB. 1 

SOUPERBOWL OF CARING: Local restaurants will be serving up their favorite soups for participants to taste and enjoy. All proceeds benefit Second Helpings. $10. Noon-4 p.m., Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-6050 or www.colignyplaza.com

FEB. 2 

THE BIG BOWL 54: Watch the Super Bowl on the big screen. Featuring discounted beer, hot dogs, chili dogs, bowls of chili, Bud Light draft and beer buckets. Free. 5:30-10 p.m., Park Plaza Cinema, 33 Office Park Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-5001 or www.mannsparkplazacinema.com

FEB. 3-9 

CHAMBER RESTAURANT WEEK: Over 70 Bluffton and Hilton Head Island restaurants will offer specially priced or prix-fixe menus. It’s a great way to dine your way across the Lowcountry and try new places. www.hiltonheadisland.org/restaurantweek

FEB. 7 

LOWCOUNTRY LADIES LUNCHEON: An event to help support local women-owned businesses, featuring lunch, networking and meeting new friends. $30. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., EmployAbility, 1249 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah. 843-940-7116 or www.eventbrite.com

What Wont You Do For LoveFEB. 9

WHAT WON’T YOU DO FOR LOVE: A three-course Valentine’s tasting menu and wine pairing. Featuring music from the John Brackett Quintet and more. Cost is $85 per person. 1-3 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620 or www.thejazzcorner.com.

FEB. 12 

BENFORD BREWING BEER DINNER: Enjoy an evening of delicious food and craft beer, featuring Lancaster-based Benford Brewing. Guests will experience a five-course dinner, paired with five different Benford Brewing beers. $35. 6 p.m., Old Oyster Factory, 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-6040 or www.oldoysterfactory.com

FEB. 16

COAST OYSTER ROAST: Enjoy jumbo peel-and-eat shrimp, local oysters and buckets of beer. Prices vary. Noon-4 p.m., Sea Pines Beach Club, 87 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1888 or www.seapines.com.

FEB. 25 

BUFFALO TRACE BOURBON RAFFLE: A special pop-up dinner and bourbon tasting with a portion of proceeds going to support The Literacy Center. Enter a raffle to win a rare bottle of Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon. Robert Simonson, the spirits writer for The New York Times, will draw the winning raffle ticket. $10 per raffle ticket. 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, 841 William Hilton Parkway, Unit A, Hilton Head Island. 843-815-6616 or www.theliteracycenter.org.

FEB. 25

FREE SEMINAR AND COOKING DEMO: Learn to eat smart and love your heart with an educational cooking demo. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Poseidon, 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadregional.com.

» Music 

FEB. 1 

YOUTH CONCERTO COMPETITION: Ten finalists will compete in a rare opportunity for a young musician to perfect a concerto movement. Musicians who play violin, viola, cello or bass and are 18 years old or younger will perform their selections from memory for judges and a live audience. $15 for adults; free for students ages 18 and younger. 1 p.m., SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2055 or www.hhso.org

FEB. 2 

JOHN SHEPPARD IN RECITAL: Pianist John Sheppard will perform a selection of Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Joplin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Suggested donation is $20. 1 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 843-837-3330 or www.uulowcountry.org.

THROUGH FEB. 2 

birdsFIELD + FIRE FESTIVAL: Celebrate Palmetto Bluff’s rich sporting traditions in style with three days of shooting tournaments, a Lowcountry fox hunt, sporting dog and birds of prey exhibitions, a 13-station sporting clays tournament and more. Ticket prices, times and location vary. www.palmettobluff.com

FEB. 3 

“BROADWAY AND THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK”: Attendees will experience a sampling of music from the era being discussed, followed by engaging discussion with presenters. Free. 6 p.m., Davenport House, 324 East State St., Savannah. 912-236-8097 or www.davenporthousemuseum.org

FEB. 8 

SUTTON AND GRANSDEN AT THE JAZZ CORNER: Eight-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton will perform with trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden, as well as The Eric Jones Trio. $10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620 or www.thejazzcorner.com

FEB. 9 

“SUPERHEROES, ACTION AND ADVENTURE”: Enjoy cinematic scores from some of the biggest films of all time, like “Captain America,” “Batman,” “Iron Man,” “Thor” and “Superman.” Tickets are $30-$60. 5 p.m., 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2055 or www.hhso.org

FEB. 13 

CHAPEL CONCERT SERIES: An evening of live acoustic music with the duo behind “Tobacco Road.” Cash bar. $35. 6:30-8 p.m., Palmetto Bluff May River Chapel, 476 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton. www.palmettobluff.com

FEB. 14

THE JUNIOR JAZZ RISING STARS: “A VALENTINE’S EVENING”: A Valentine’s Day program and dessert reception, featuring the Junior Jazz Rising Stars. Cost is $30. 7 p.m., SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2055 or www.hhipc.org.

FEB. 15 

SHORE NOTES: “BRINGIN’ DOWN THE HOUSE”: An award-winning show featuring the quartets Glamour, 4 The Moment and Songbird. $20. 7 p.m., Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-705-6852 or www.hiltonheadshorenotes.com

FEB. 22

MUSIC ON MALPHRUS: Tree Fure will perform at Music on Malphrus, an acoustic listening room. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 843-837-3330 or www.uulowcountry.org.

FEB. 28 

THE AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR PRESENTS “JUST AS I AM”: A special performance featuring well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Free. 7 p.m., Christian Renewal Church, 95 Gardner Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-342-5433 or www.africanchildrenschoir.com

» Outdoors/Sports

FEB. 1 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND RELAY: A Hood To Coast relay race. Each team of six will run or walk 58.5 miles, with every participant completing two legs of the race. Free. 4 a.m.-5 p.m., Beach House, 1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. For more information, “like” the event on Facebook. 

FEB. 1, 2 

SEA PINES JUNIOR HERITAGE: Amateur golfers ages 13-19 are invited to participate in this two-day tournament that will feature some of the country’s finest junior golfers. Reservations required. $300. 8:30 a.m., The Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-8385 or www.seapines.org

FEB. 2 

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY 5K: A 5K, Kid’s Fun Run and golf cart decorating contest to benefit THON, a student-run philanthropy that aims to conquer pediatric cancer. $30. 10 a.m., Okatie Ale House, 25 William Pope Drive, Bluffton. 843-706-2537. 

FEB. 8 

HILTON HEAD MARATHON: A marathon, half-marathon and 8K with a percentage of proceeds to benefit several area charities. $109 for marathon, $79 for half-marathon, $49 for 8K. 8 a.m., Jarvis Creek Park, 100 Jarvis Park Road, Hilton Head Island. www.hhmarathon.com

FEB. 15

HILTON HEAD HIGH OYSTER ROAST: An oyster roast and silent actual to benefit Hilton Head Island High School Athletics. Featuring music, a fire pit, a corn hole tournament and more. Cost is $35. 4-7 p.m., Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. “Like” the event on Facebook.

FEB. 16

BROAD CREEK CLEAN UP: Clean up the creek by kayak, boat, bike or foot. Limited number of free kayak rentals are available. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6996 or www.outsidehiltonhead.com.

FEB. 24

VIM PRO-AM GOLF CLASSIC: The William P. Stevens, Jr. Pro-Am Golf Classic will raise money for Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island Clinic. An awards celebration with beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres will follow. Golf registration is $250, awards celebration is $40. 10:30 a.m., Long Cove Golf Club, 399 Long Cove Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6612 or www.vimclinic.org

» Festivals/Events

FEB. 1-28

HILTON HEAD ISLAND GULLAH CELEBRATION: Celebrate the native island Gullah culture through food, arts, crafts and traditions. An arts, crafts and food expo will be held at historic Honey Horn. For a detailed calendar of Gullah events, see pages 138-139 or go to www.gullahcelebration.com

FEB. 7

KIDS’ OSCAR PARTY: Swing by after school to walk the red carpet, munch on some popcorn and watch Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated Pixar short films. Registration required. Free. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-255-6529. 

FEB. 7

FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT: A free evening of fun designed to bring families together, featuring a bounce house and outdoor games. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-7645 or www.thesandbox.org.

FEB. 8

MEET ME UNDER THE SEA: A daddy-daughter dance with light refreshments. $25 per couple, $10 per additional child. 6-8:30 p.m., Poseidon Rooftop Bar, 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7273 or www.islandreccenter.org

FEB. 8 

VALENTINE HEART HUNT: Children ages 12 and younger are invited to search South Beach for hidden hearts, redeemable for sweet treats at the Salty Dog. Wear pink and red. Free. 10 a.m., The Salty Dog, 232 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or www.saltydog.com

FEB. 10 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: Celebrate 100 years with the League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area during a night of hors d’oeuvres, wine and special promotions. Free. 5-7 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. 843-837- 3436 or www.lwvhhi.org

FEB. 12 

BLUFFTON BUSINESS EXPO: Staples of Bluffton has partnered with the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce to exhibit 40 local businesses and showcase their products and services. Free. 4-7 p.m., Staples, 1050 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 843-757-1010 or www.blufftonchamberofcommerce.org

FEB. 12 

JUDE FRANCES TRUNK SHOW: View the new spring collection and pieces that will take you from day into evening. Enjoy a complimentary gift with purchase, light bites and bubbles. Free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Forsythe Jewelers, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-7070 or www.forsythejewelers.biz

FEB. 13 

TEEN OSCAR NIGHT: Come in and view a recent Oscar-nominated movie on the big screen. Pizza, popcorn and drinks will be served. Free. 5-7 p.m., Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-255-6529. 

FEB. 14

“VALENTINES, VITTLES & VOICES”: To benefit its outreach programs, The Mary Green Chorale presents the full chorus, solos and small ensembles, along with a cooking demonstration by a professional chef, tours of the facility, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $35 and available at www.marygreenchorale.org and at Hilton Head Oils, Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy and Markel’s Card & Gift Shop. 5-7 p.m., University of South Carolina Hilton Head Campus, 1 Sand Shark Road, Hilton Head Island. www.marygreenchorale.org.

THE SANDBOX: “PARENT’S NIGHT OUT”: Let your child have fun playing in the museum while you enjoy Valentine’s night out. Pizza and cookie decorating included. Ages 4-10. Cost is $30 for members, $25 for sibling members, $45 for non-members, $40 for sibling non-members. 5:30-8:30 p.m., The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-7645 or www.thesandbox.org.

FEB. 14-16

SOUTHEASTERN WILDLIFE EXHIBITION: A three-day showcase of wildlife and nature. Featuring fine art exhibits, conservation education, sporting demonstrations, parties and more. Single-day admission is $25, a full weekend pass is $50; free for children ages 10 and younger. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Marion Square, 329 Meeting St., Charleston. www.sewe.com.

FEB. 13

SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL: Celebrate books and the written word at this weekend-long festival, featuring national author appearances. Free. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Telfair Square, 121 Barnard St., Savannah. 912-598-4040 or www.savannahbookfestival.org.

FEB. 15-16

SAVANNAH IRISH FESTIVAL: A celebration of Irish heritage, featuring live musical acts, Irish dancers, activities and more. Ticket prices vary. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah. www.savannahcivic.com.

FEB. 16

HILTON HEAD MONTHLY BRIDAL SHOW: The premier event of the year for brides, grooms, families, and wedding parties to meet and greet Lowcountry wedding professionals specializing in gowns, cakes, decorations, invitations and more. Free samples, raffles and contests. Get a free mimosa with advance tickets. $10. 1-4 p.m., Sonesta Resort Hilton Head, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadmonthly.com.

FEB. 21

ANTIQUES APPRAISAL AND SILENT AUCTION: The Kiwanis Club of Bluffton’s annual fundraiser helps you learn more about your antiques, collectibles and other unique family heirlooms while helping the community. Featuring authorized appraisers and a silent auction. $10 per item appraised, $25 for three appraised items. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Seaquins Ballroom, 1300 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. “Like” the event on Facebook.

FEB. 28

COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE: Try acupuncture, relieve stress and relax. 4-7 p.m. at Integrative Pain Relief, 4 Dunmore Court, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-2592.

FEB. 28-MARCH 1

SATURDAY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: The Seafood Festival’s headlining event features tasty cuisine, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, a five-story Ferris wheel, expanded activities for kids, a silent auction, a beer garden, an artisan market, live music and more. $10. Noon-4 p.m., Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com.

SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

FEB. 24-MARCH 1 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: The 13th annual week-long event includes culinary and cultural celebrations showcasing the very best in savory dishes, crafted cocktails, gourmet wines and more. Enjoy samples prepared by celebrity guest chefs, family-friendly activities, barbecue from some of the best Southern pitmasters, hands-on cooking demos, eclectic tastings, live music and more. 

One hundred percent of the festival’s proceeds benefit the David M. Carmines Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded by the Carmines family, which in turn donates its proceeds to other local charities, such as Coastal Discovery Museum, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum, Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, and the Medical University of South Carolina. Over $200,000 was donated to participating non-profits in 2019 with over 5 million dollars in new economic impact to the local area during the month of February each year. 

Event times, ticket prices and locations vary. www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com

» Education 

FEB. 1

LOWCOUNTRY INDIVISIBLE MEETING: An event speaker forum to highlight presidential candidates and their positions on gun regulations, immigration, the enviornment, women’s health, health insurance coverage, pharmaceutical costs and VA health issues.  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. www.lowcountryindivisible.com.

FEB. 3 

“TRACKING BIRD MIGRATIONS”: Bob Speare will present a variety of ways that birds are being tracked, both locally and on a global scale. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 4 

TPAC ANNUAL BENEFIT RECITAL: Ukranian pianist Dasha Bukhartseva and cellist Marcel Krasner will play a concert in honor of TPAC founding board member Bob Rada. 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Tidepointe, 700 Tidepointe Way on Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $50 and include champagne and desserts sponsored by TidePointe. www.theperformingartsconsortium.org

FEB. 4 

CAMELLIAS: Master Gardeners Donna and Fred Manske will present the history and romantic stories of the camellia, also called the “winter rose.” Reservations required. $10. 10 a.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 4 

GULLAH DAYS: “Hilton Head Islanders Before the Bridge”: The book launch for Carolyn Grant, Thomas C. Barnwell, Jr., and Emory Shaw Campbell’s new book. Free. 6 p.m., First African Baptist Church, 70 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7066 or www.gullaheritage.com

FEB. 4

DOWNSIZING AND HOME BUYING WORKSHOPS: Chip Collins of Collins Group Realty will present takeaways about real estate today and downsizing. A light dinner and refreshments will be served between sessions. Free. 3:30-7:30 p.m., Park Lane Hotel and Suites, 12 Park Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-837-6700 or www.collinsgrouprealty.com/workshop.

FEB. 5 

H.L. HUNLEY PROGRAM: Historian Steve Quick will discuss H.L. Hunley, the submarine that was sunk off the coast of South Carolina during the Civil War. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 5 

LUNCH AND LEARN: Learn about the art of barbecue from the folks at Jim ’N Nicks in Bluffton. Includes chicken, pulled pork and fixings, plus tips for at-home preparations. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org

FEB. 5 

PALMETTO PLANT EATERS CLUB: Chef Amber Marie will discuss overcoming food addictions and emotional eating, which foods are most addictive and why, and how to manage related habits and challenges that interfere with health and wellness goals. Free. 6:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. www.palmettoplanteaters.com

FEB.

WAHHI LUNCHEON: Join the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island for a luncheon focused on “Celebrating the Craft of Writing,” featuring a panel of local authors. $32 for members, $36 for guests. 10:30 a.m., Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. www.wahhi.org

FEB. 8 

ROSA PARKS PRESENTATION: “Building Bridges”: A presentation by Dr. Patricia Felton- Montgomery about Rosa Parks and the iconic moment when she inspired change in America. Registration required. Free. 10 a.m., St. Andrew By-The-Sea UMC, 39 Persimmon St., Bluffton. 843-705-3918 or www.hhiumc.com

FEB. 10 

“A FEATHERED WHO’S WHO IN THE LOWCOUNTRY”: Diana Churchill will give you an entertaining introduction to some of the Lowcountry’s bird celebrities. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843- 689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 11 

Sanjay GuptaLOWCOUNTRY SPEAKER SERIES: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN, is this month’s featured speaker. Tickets are $110- $130. 6:30 p.m., Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island. www.lowcountryspeakerseries.com

FEB. 13 

SWEETGRASS BASKET MAKING CLASS: Learn about the history of the sweetgrass basket from a local Gullah basket maker. Participants will start their own baskets using locally found natural materials. Reservations required. $65. 5-7 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 18 

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL’S EVENING SPEAKER SERIES: New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw will discuss a new perspective on D-Day. A book signing will follow the presentation. Free for members, $15 for guests. 5:15-7:15 p.m., SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island. www.wachh.org

FEB. 19 

HERITAGE LIBRARY AUTHOR’S CHAT: Meet local authors who tell their stories of Lowcountry inspiration. They will join the group for tea, share about their books, and be available for book signings. $45. 1:30-3:30 p.m., South Carolina Yacht Club, 10 Yacht Club Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org

FEB. 19 

LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION: Lila Arnold, founder of Low Country Raptors, will have live birds on display. This month’s speaker is Sheree Darien from Ridgeland. $26. 11:30 a.m., Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd., Bluffton. 843-705-7604. 

FEB. 19 

“THE HIDDEN BEAUTY OF SAND”: Explore the beauty and complexity of sand while examining actual samples from lecturer Tom Anderson’s private collection. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843- 689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 20 

DISCOVERY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: “SEA CREATURES”: Host Stella Ann Anderson will discuss what lives under the sea. After examining some live creatures, guests will create their own unique sea creature using discarded items. Reservations required. $25. 5-7 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 21 

troublewoterMORRIS CENTER BOOK CLUB: This month’s book is “Trouble the Water” by Rebecca Bruff. Inspired by the life of an unsung American hero, Robert Smalls, this book navigates the rich tributaries of courage, betrayal and redemption. Free. 6 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org

FEB. 21 

“NUTRITION AND CANCER”: Part of a three-part series presented by Jan Kirk, RD, MPH. This month’s presentation will focus on eating healthy after a diagnosis. Nutritious snacks and recipes will follow the presentation. Free. 1 p.m., H.O.P.E. Life Lymphedema & Rehab Center, 60 Main St., Unit G, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-4146 or www.hopelifeandlymphedema.com

FEB. 21 

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL: Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Joby Warrick illuminates the surprising roots of some of the most dangerous Islamists movements and explains how past policy decisions inadvertently contributed to their global expansion. Free for members, $15 for guests. 10 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. www.wachh.org

FEB. 24 

BATTLES AND BREWS: This new program combines a local history lesson with a beer tasting. This month’s program will discuss the Battle of Honey Horn. $50. 5-7 p.m., FISH Casual Coastal Seafood, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org

FEB. 24 

OYSTER SHELL RECYCLING: Jean Fruh will discuss how a small grass-roots nonprofit group received funding from environmental giant Patagonia to establish a community-based oyster shell recycling and bed restoration project in the area. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 24-28 

LOWCOUNTRY SEAFOOD EXPERIENCE: A two-hour excursion that includes instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming and crabbing with a couple of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen. Guests will enjoy the fruits of their labor afterwards. $89. 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m., daily. Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681- 2772 or www.hudsonsonthedocks.com

FEB. 25 

MORRIS CENTER LECTURE: Charles Baxley will present a discussion about Francis Marion and the legend of the Swamp Fox. Free. 5 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284- 9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org

FEB. 26 

“CONSERVATION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD”: Amy MacKown will demystify what sustainability means when it comes to fishing and eating seafood. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org.  

FEB. 27 

indigo dye“INDIGO EXPLORATION”: Take a journey to the past to “meet” Eliza Lucas Pinckney, learn how indigo dye was made and make your own indigo dye T-shirt. Family friendly. Reservations required. $15. 5-7 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 28-MARCH 1 

“THROUGH THEIR EYES”: Spend an afternoon with Harriet Tubman and Robert Smalls. Through first-person storytelling and reenactment, this special program engages the audience with the lives of the historic icons. Free. 3 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843- 284-9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org

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MARCH 6 – 8 

DARIUS RUCKER INTERCOLLEGIATE GOLF TOURNAMENT: Long Cove Club, in partnership with Darius Rucker and the University of South Carolina, is hosting the ninth annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Golf Tournament presented by Kroger and PXG. The tournament will be held March 6-8. Top teams from around the country will travel to the island to compete for the title. Spectators are welcome at no charge. www.longcoveclub.com/darius-rucker-intercollegiate.

MARCH 6

SPORTING CLAY FUNDRAISER: A unique fundraiser to benefit Pockets Full of Sunshine, featuring a full day of food, exhibition, shooting, awards and reception. Also includes an auction highlighting handcrafted and screen-printed items made by special-needs adults. $45 for spectators, $300 for individual clay shooters, $1,200 for teams of four. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Forest City Gun Club, 9203 Ferguson Ave., Savannah. 843-384-1315 or www.pocketsfullofsun.org.

MARCH 7

JEWELS AND JEANS: Put on your denim and dancing shoes for the Foundation for Educational Excellence’s annual event. Featuring Deas Guyz, appetizers and food. 6-9:30 p.m., Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-301-7150 or www.foundationedexcellence.com.

MARCH 9-14

HILTON HEAD INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION: one of the leading international piano competitions in the U.S. holds its 24th competition. Twenty of the world’s best pianists, ages 13 - 17, compete for $22,000 in cash prizes, a return concert with the HHSO and other engagements. 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Tickets available at www.hhso.org.

MARCH 14

GOLF TOURNAMENT AND VEGAS CASINO NIGHT GALA: A special fundraiser for St. Francis Catholic School. Kick off the afternoon with a round of golf at Palmetto Hall, followed by an evening of casino games, prizes, dancing, dinner and live and silent auctions at the Vegas Casino Night Gala. Golf is $100 per player; gala tickets are $80 per person. 1 p.m. golf tournament, 6-11 p.m. gala. St. Francis Catholic School, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-6501 or www.stfrancishhi.org.

TEDXHILTON HEAD: A day that brings together prestigious national and local speakers, celebrating those who are “making waves” to create a positive impact in the world. $72. 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. www.tedxhiltonhead.com.

MARCH 21

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB GALA: The theme of this year’s Boys & Girls Club Gala is “Creating Pathways to Great Futures.” Featuring a cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction and dancing. Black-tie optional. $225 per person or $2,250 for a table of 10. $6 p.m., The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-689-3646 or www.bgchiltonhead.org.