Your Week Ahead on Hilton Head Island & Bluffton


Your Week Ahead:  

Looking for something fun to do this week? Find everything that is happening around the Lowcountry in our event calendar.


NOV. 19-DEC. 4

Festival of Trees: Trees and wreaths will be available for purchase with all proceeds to benefit the Hilton Head Preparatory School Tuition Assistance Program for local students. Sonesta Resort, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island.

NOV. 22-24

Holiday Market: A three-day holiday market with a different theme each day, including Sea Turtle Day, Food and Gifts Day, and Art and Book Gifts Day. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Coastal Discovery Center, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or

NOV. 23, 24, 26, 27

Thanksgiving Wagon Rides: Enjoy a festive wagon ride and marvel at the fall colors in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Cost is $28 for adults, $16 for children. Times vary. Heritage Farm, Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-3333 or 

NOV. 25

Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Celebrate the meaning of Thanksgiving with a free community Thanksgiving Dinner, including turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, served family-style. Everyone is welcome. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. 

Thanksgiving Turtle Trot 5K: A family-friendly 5K walk or run on the beach at Palmetto Dunes Resort. Proceeds benefit the Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund. Registration is $25 for adults, free for children under 12. 9-11 a.m., Palmetto Dunes, 14 Dunes House Lane, Hilton Head Island.

Turkey Trot: Kick off Thanksgiving with a 5K or Fun Run to benefit the Deep Well Project. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food donation for their pantry. Registration is $35. 8 a.m., Dockside on Skull Creek, 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7273 or

NOV. 25

Kids Night Out: Parents can dine downstairs at Rockfish, while kids are served dinner, dessert and paint pottery. Reservations required. Cost is $39. 5:45-7:15 p.m., The Art Cafe, 5 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-5525 or 

LowCountry Habitat Turkey Trot 5K: Join this Fun 5K race on Thanksgiving morning through historic Beaufort. Families, strollers and pets welcome. Registration is $35 for 5K in-person or virtual, $30 for active-duty military. 8-10 a.m., Downtown Beaufort. “Like” the event on Facebook.

NOV. 26

Fourth Friday Artists Market: Coligny Plaza and Art League of Hilton Head have partnered to create a monthly outdoor showcase of Lowcountry art and artists. Items for sale include paintings and illustrations, mixed media art, sculptures and more. Free entry. 4-7 p.m., Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060 or

Santa and Shopping Day: Experience Santa’s first appearance on Hilton Head Island with a day of shopping throughout Shelter Cove. Includes train rides, holiday music, and a chance to meet Santa. Free. Please bring a new unwrapped toy or canned item for the Deep Well Project. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 866-661-3822 or

NOV. 27

Dunes House Oyster Roast: This annual oyster roast includes delicious food, live music and more. Cost is $40 for adults, $25 for children. 12-5 p.m., The Dunes House, 14 Dune House Lane, Hilton Head Island. 888-909-9566 or

Santa Photos and Gingerbread Trail: Enjoy photos with Santa and an amazing Gingerbread Trail, where kids can hop from shop to shop and collect treats from different merchants. Free. 2-4 p.m., Village at Wexford, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

Toy Drive and Bonfire: Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters and Lowcountry boil, plus live music and s’mores. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy donation for Deep Well of the Lowcountry. Cost is $35. 5-8 p.m., Old Oyster Factory, 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-6040 or

NOV. 26-27

Piano 2 Piano at the Jazz Corner: A salute to Jazz Piano Greats with Noel Freidline and Martin Lesch. $10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620 or

NOV. 28

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting: Celebrate the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. Free. 5-7 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 

NOV. 28-29

Holiday Pops: Ring in the season with this beloved Lowcountry tradition featuring holiday classics as well as enchanting new favorites. Cost is $25-$65. 4 p.m., Sunday; 7:30 p.m., Monday. First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2055 or 

NOV. 30

Virtual Lecture: “The 54th and 55th Massachusetts in SC Lowcountry”: Dr. Doug Egerton will speak about the role these black soldiers played in the Civil War, from their inception to their time in this region. Free. 5 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or



Holiday Boat Lights Display: Take a stroll through a winter wonderland as the Marina transforms into a colorful affair, where boats will be decorated with holiday lights. Free. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 866-661-3822 or


PALS Donation Drive: The Lowcountry chapter of Palmetto Animal League is doing a donation drive to support their No Kill animal rescue organization. Please donate on their website or through their Amazon wishlist. Palmetto Animal League, 56 Riverwalk Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-645-1725 or

DEC. 5

Beaufort Christmas Parade: Join in on the holiday fun during the Beaufort Christmas Parade. Free. 3 p.m., Downtown Beaufort. 843-525-7070 or

Hope Floats Salty Santa Christmas Boat Parade: This inaugural boat parade is a celebration honoring the tradition of Christmas along the Hilton Head waterways. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Skull Creek Dockside, Hilton Head Island. “Like” the event on Facebook.

Public Menorah Lighting: The Chabad Greater Hilton Head is hosting a Public Menorah Lighting with music, light refreshments and the lighting of a 9-foot menorah. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, Hilton Head Island.


DEC. 12

Palmetto Bluff Buffalo Run: A 10K, 30K and 50K Relay race through Palmetto Bluff, with a tree-shaded combination of single track, dirt and gravel road trail. Registration is $55 for 10K, $70 for 30K, $90 for 50K, $140 for 30K teams, $240 for 50K teams. Times vary. Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton.



Indigo Tie Dye: Learn how indigo dye is made from a plant and use it to create a tie-dye T-shirt to take home. All supplies are provided. Cost is $12 for adults, $7 for children. 3-4 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or 


Virtual Kids Story Time: Listen to Rebecca read family favorites about the Lowcountry’s natural and cultural history on the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Facebook page. 10:30 a.m. Watch on Facebook Live at @coastaldiscoverymuseum. 843- 689-6767 or

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Memory Matters: “Virtual Compass Classes”: An online program designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Compass provides curriculum-based activities, physical exercise, relaxation techniques, life-long learning, small group discussions and socialization. Cost is $400 per month. 10 a.m., 1 p.m. 843-842-6688 or


Farmers & Makers Market: The Market will present more fresh, local produce, seafood, breads and cheeses, crafts and artisans than ever before. Enjoy the colorful displays that grow and change each week throughout the season. Free entry. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Shops at Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island.


Hilton Head Island Farmers Market: Support our local farmers and producers and take home fresh produce, pasture-raised chicken, free range rabbit, pork, seafood, salsa, sausage, cookies, bread, she crab soup and more. Entrance and parking are free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum. 70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island. 843-473-5231 or 


Open Mic Night at Corks: Show up and show off your talent during this open mic night, every Tuesday night at Corks Bluffton. 7-10 p.m., Corks Wine Bar and Restaurant, 14 Promenade Street, Bluffton. 843-815-5168 or


Party in the Park: Enjoy the beautiful new Lowcountry Celebration Park with a family happy hour, including live music, bounce houses and beverages. Free entry. 5:30-8 p.m., Lowcountry Celebration Park, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7273 or


Zion Cemetery and Baynard Mausoleum Costumed Cemetery Tour: Visit the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and learn about the blood skirmish fought just a few steps away. $15 Adult/$10 Child, 10:30 a.m., Corner of U.S. 278 & Matthews Dr, Hilton Head Island. Reservations required- 843-686-6560 or  


Civil War Era: Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Join this presentation featuring maps and historic photos of this time on Hilton Head from 1861-1865. Reservations required. Cost is $12 for adults, $7 for children. 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. or


DUELING PIANOSDueling Pianos Show: The only Dueling Pianos Show on Hilton Head Island takes place each Thursday night on the Rooftop Bar. 8-11 p.m., Rooftop Bar at Poseidon, 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3838 or


Farmers Market of Bluffton: Meet local farmers, chefs and artisans every Thursday on Boundary Street. Buy a fresh assortment of strawberries, produce, beets, potatoes and more. Also, hear local, live entertainment and educational lectures. Noon-5 p.m., Martin Family Park, 68 Boundary Street, Bluffton. 843-415-2447 or 


Historic Fort Mitchel Tours: Immerse yourself in the fascinating Civil War history of Hilton Head Island with a visit to Fort Mitchel. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide will demonstrate the vital historic importance of this place and the role the fort and its namesake, General Mitchel, played in shaping Hilton Head history, including historic Mitchelville. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or 

Thursdays, Fridays

Sit and Stitch: Enjoy knitting, crochet, needlepoint, rug hook practice as Needlepoint Junction stays open late. All levels welcome. Outside food and drink permitted. Free. Virtual Thursdays 3 p.m.; In-person Fridays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Needlepoint Junction, Suite J-7-E, Village at Wexford, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8488 or 


Sit and Stitch: Practice needlepoint every Friday during this casual sit and stitch event. All levels welcome. Free. 10 a.m., Needlepoint Junction, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 6134, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8488 or


Marina Mornings: Outdoor Yoga: Practice yoga on the pavilion at Shelter Cove, with draft kombucha to follow. All levels welcome. Cost is $20. 8 a.m., Pure Salt Studios, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-707-7027 or 



Alligator & Wildlife Boat Tour with H2O Sports in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Get an up-close view of indigenous plant and animal life, including the American alligator, on a one-hour guided boat tour. Reservations are required, 843-671-4386 or


Children and adults can order a variety of craft activities pre-assembled and ready to enjoy at your home or villa. Book online. Cost is $12-$20. Sea Pines Resort Fitness and Recreation Department, 71 Lighthouse Road, Suite 122, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or 


Trail Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve with Lawton Stables. Meander through the preserve on horseback for the true feel of the untouched Lowcountry. Trail riders must be at least 8 years old. Reservations are required. 843-671-2586


Learn how to play Pickleball with daily clinics and round robins at the Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Courts and equipment are available to rent. Reservations recommended.


Explore Hilton Head Island’s rich history and learn the story behind its famous lighthouse in a unique, museum-like setting. Admission is $4.25/person, complimentary for children ages 5 and younger. 149 Lighthouse Rd. 843-671-2810 or