Your Week Ahead on Hilton Head Island & Bluffton

Your Week Ahead:   March 11-18 2020

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



Arts & Culture 


ABOVE AND BEYOND”: An opening reception for an exceptional collection of abstract artworks from 13 artists. Free. 5-7 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or


“PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY OF THE LOWCOUNTRY”: A reception for Kendra Natter and her work featuring the natural environment of the Lowcountry. Free. 5-7 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060 or



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 


BLUFFTON BOYS & GIRLS CLUB SPRING GALA: Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment. Black tie optional. $250. 6 p.m., Montage Palmetto Bluff, 477 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton. 843-757-2845 or  

Dance & Theatre

MARCH 6-8, 13, 14-15 

“MAN OF LA MANCHA”: An imprisoned poet invites the audience and his fellow inmates to escape the prison through his imagination. $15- $20. Times vary. Asbury Memorial Church Theatre, 1008 East Henry St., Savannah. 912-233-4351 or


CAPA’S “DANCING WITH OUR STARS”: The Child Abuse Prevention Association presents 12 teams of community heroes paired with dance instructors for a special performance. Ticket prices vary. 7:30 p.m., University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. 843-524-4350 or

Food & Drink 


BIRDSONG BREWING BEER DINNER: Enjoy an evening of delicious food and craft beer, featuring Charlotte-based Birdsong Brewing. Guests will be served a five-course dinner paired with five different Birdsong Brewing beers. $35. 6 p.m., Old Oyster Factory, 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-6040 or



MUSIC ON MALPHRUS: Musician Kristen Maxwell will perform at Music on Malphrus, an acoustic listening room. $20. Doors open at 6 p.m., show is at 7 p.m., The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 843-837-3330 or

pianoMARCH 14

INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION FINALS: The five finalists of the weeklong Hilton Head International Piano Competition will join John Morris Russell and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. $25-$60. 7 p.m., The location for Rounds 1 and 2 has changed to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 50 Pope Ave. Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2055 or



SHAMROCK RUN: Wear your green for this fun and colorful 5K run and health walk. A percentage of proceeds will benefit The Rotary Club. $40. 7 a.m., Heritage Plaza, 81 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-757-8520 or


winefestMARCH 9-15

HILTON HEAD ISLAND WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: A weeklong celebration of global wine partnerships, signature Lowcountry cuisine, grass-roots cultural happenings and the authentic fabric of a unique community of artists. Featuring celebrity chef showcases, wine education sessions, live entertainment and tastings. Ticket prices, times and locations vary. 843-686-4944 or


SOUTH BEACH SHAMROCK HUNT: Children younger than 12 are invited to search for lucky shamrocks on the beach, redeemable for tasty treats and Salty Dog gear. Free. 9 a.m., The Salty Dog, 232 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or


HILTON HEAD ISLAND ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: The oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Carolina. Featuring a parade of floats, boats, trucks, cars, bikes, golf carts, people, horses and dogs. Free. 3 p.m., Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island.


IRISHFEST AT THE SANDBOX: Come and play at The Sandbox before the annual Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Sandbox is on the parade route. Includes a bounce house, outdoor games and other fun activities. $5 per person. 1-3 p.m., The Sandbox: An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-842-7645 or


MARCH 9-11

PAINTING WORKSHOP: “DAWN TO DUSK, CAPTURING LIGHT IN OILS”: Artist Peggy Ellis will teach students how to capture light in oils during this three-day workshop. Instruction includes step-by-step tips and techniques. All skill levels are welcome. $315 for members, $350 for non-members. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-842-5738 or


BRAIN HEALTH SUMMIT 3: Join Memory Matters for a full day of exhibitions focused on the brain. The theme is “Energize, Optimize, Personalize.” $60. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Hilton Head Beach & Tennis, 40 Folly Field Rd., Hilton Head. 843-842-6688 or


HERITAGE LIBRARY: “Genealogy Research: Where to Start for Free”: Add more to your family’s past through free online genealogy research tools. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Campus, Classroom 214, 1 Sand Shark Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or


“WHERE FREEDOM BEGAN”: Join executive director Ahmad Ward for a presentation about Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843- 689-6767 or


Fridays at the Corridor: A lunch and learn focused on consumer product success with a twist. Free. Noon-1 p.m., BASEcamp, 500 Carteret Street, Beaufort. 843-470-3506 or


READ TO A DOG: Share a story with a therapy dog to build reading confidence. Bring a favorite book from home or use a library book. Registration required. Ages 5-12. Free. 11 a.m.-noon. Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-255-6500 or


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.

MARCH 14, 28 

COOKING CLASS: Chef Josh and Chef Joe will lead a small hands-on cooking class, followed by a chance to sit down and enjoy the meal with a glass of wine. $125. 11 a.m., Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte, 8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-9277 or


“MIRACLE OF MIGRATION”: Diana Churchill will introduce the why, how and who of bird migration. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or ach Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or


Save the Date 

“A Night of Promise:” A fundraiser for Family Promise of Beaufort County, featuring a buffet dinner, beer and wine, plus live and silent auctions. $100. 5:30-9 p.m., Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd., Bluffton. 843-815-4211 or

Hilton Head Dance School: “Terpsichore”: An annual performance of classical and contemporary dance, featuring company members and distinguished guest artists. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-5477 or

Taste of Bluffton: High on the Hog Bourbon Gala: Kick off the Taste of Bluffton weekend with a fun bourbon gala. 6-9 p.m., Heyward House, 70 Boundary St., Bluffton.

Community Seder: Congregation Beth Yam will hold a community Seder conducted by Rabbi Brad Bloom. Traditional holiday food will be served, and non-members are invited to attend. Reservations required by April 1. $65 for members older than 14, $75 for non-member adults, $18 for non-member children ages 6-13, free for children younger than 6. 5 p.m., Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. 843-689-2178 or





MORRIS CENTER MUSEUM GUIDED DAILY TOURS: Get an in-depth look at the exhibitions on view from Lowcountry plantations to the Battle of Honey Hill. Free. 11 a.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or

COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE HAPPY HOUR: Relieve stress and relax during this acupuncture happy hour, the last Friday of each month. 4-7 p.m., Integrative Pain Relief, 4 Dunmore Court, Building C, Suite 300, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-2592 or

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS: Join a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics and addicts who share their experience, strength, and hope to solve common problems. Free. To find a local meeting, go to

BEACH PASSES FOR SALE: Hilton Head Island property owners and residents can now purchase a 2020-21 beach parking pass, valid through Dec. 31, 2021. Cost is $30 per vehicle. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Town of Hilton Head Island, 1 Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island. 843-342-4580 or

SPECIAL STARS DANCE CLASS: A dance class providing movement and self-empowerment for anyone with special needs. Open to dancers with any type of special needs. Classes are free with $50 registration fee. 4:30-5:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Alliance Dance Academy, 39 Persimmon St., Unit 404, Bluffton. 843-757-8277 or

SAVANNAH PORT TOUR: The Port of Savannah, the nation’s largest port in volume, contains over 50 piers, wharves and docks. Experience a working port from the water on this 90-minute tour. $55 for adults, $35 for children ages 3-13, free for children younger than 2. 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., Savannah Harbour, Savannah. 843-686-6996 or

SAVANNAH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE TOUR: A naturalist’s dream come true. This three-hour boat tour provides views of the Savannah Riverfront and an in-depth tour of the Georgia Ports Authority. $75 for adults, $60 for children ages 3-13, free for children younger than 2. 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Savannah Harbour, Savannah. 843-686-6996 or

HILTON HEAD ISLAND SPARTANS: The official alumni club for Michigan State University invites all alumni and fans to cheer the Spartans on to victory for all football and basketball games. The group will meet in a private room in the back of the restaurant. Free. For weekly game reminders and times, sign up at or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

“UNCOVERING THE ROOTS OF RECONSTRUCTION”: Every other Friday, meet at Mitchelville Preservation for a unique tour of two historic sites connected to the Civil War and Reconstruction eras on Hilton Head Island. Attendees will caravan in their own personal vehicles to the sites. Reservations required. $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. 9:30 a.m., Mitchelville Preservation, 539 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

WEDNESDAY TASTINGS AT LE COOKERY: Stop in for Wednesday Tastings, where you can sample Chef’s choice and see a demo of the Gadget of the Week. Free. 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Le Cookery, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-7171 or

HILTON HEAD FARMERS MARKET: Take home fresh produce, pasture-raised chicken, free-range rabbit, pork, seafood, salsa, fresh sausage, cookies, breads, she-crab soup and much more. Shopping at the Hilton Head Farmers Market is about more than getting great food. It is also about meeting friends, strengthening community, and rebuilding the local food economy. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 226, or

FARMERS MARKET OF BLUFFTON: Fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants and herbs abound at the Farmers Market of Bluffton, a weekly community event where locals and tourists gather not only to buy excellent produce but also to enjoy delicious food, listen to entertainment, and relax with friends. 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, 40 Calhoun St., Bluffton. 843-415-2447.

GARVIN-GARVEY HOUSE TOURS: Visit the newly restored Garvin-Garvey House for a guided tour. $5. By appointment from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton.

BIKE TOURS THROUGH HILTON HEAD HISTORY: A casual 3-mile, safe and fun bike tour through some of the island’s most captivating historic sites. See the fishing co-op where native islanders once farmed, the hallowed ground of a Gullah cemetery, an Indian Shell Enclosure, the tabby ruins located on a former plantation and visit with volunteers from the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island. $15- $25. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, leaving from 137 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island.

TEA TIME AT ROSE HILL MANSION: Experience afternoon tea at a beautiful plantation house in the Lowcountry. Selections include custom crafted teas, elegant finger sandwiches and heavenly desserts. Small groups or large groups welcome; reservations are required. $40. 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Rose Hill Mansion, 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton. 843-757-6046. 

ADULT PAINT AND PLAY: Paint and Play is an adult wine and paint night of fun entertainment for all skill levels — no experience needed. Relax, unwind and let out your inner creativity as artist Kristin Griffis helps you create your own finished piece of artwork. Thursdays, Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-5738 or

GUIDED TOURS OF HEYWARD HOUSE MUSEUM AND WELCOME CENTER: The museum offers guided tours of the four-room Carolina farmhouse and two outbuildings, which are filled with interesting artifacts and furnishings from the late 1800s into the 1920s. Tours last approximately 45 minutes to an hour and are offered as visitors arrive unless previously scheduled. $10; reservations are not required except for groups of 10 or more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center, 70 Boundary St., Bluffton.

THE JAZZ CORNER: Deas Guyz. 7:30-11 p.m. Sundays; Martin Lesch Band 7:30-11 p.m. Mondays, Fat Tuesdays 7:30-11 p.m. Tuesdays; Classic Jazz and Blues 7:30-11 p.m. Wednesdays, Lavon Steven. 7:30-11 p.m. Thursdays, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

“JAZZ BY THE SEA”: Modern and classic jazz by the Mike Barbara Trio, featuring pianist Bill Peterson. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ocean Lounge, Sea Pines Beach Club, Hilton Head Island. 842-843-1888. 

CRABBY ENCOUNTERS: Spend your morning trying the art of cast netting and learn about the crabs of Hilton Head Island and other marine creatures that live along the shore. Supplies provided; catch and release. $19 for adults; $14 for children ages 12 and younger. Tuesdays to Thursdays, Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or

PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL: Rentals are available at: Outside Hilton Head at Shelter Cove; a kiosk at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa; and Moreland Bike Shop in Palmetto Bluff. Two-hour Pedego bike tours leave from at The Plaza at Shelter Cove. Cruise up to 20 mph for many miles. Price ranges from $40 to $45 daily. Outside Hilton Head, 50 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 800- 686-6996 or

HAUNTED HISTORY TOURS: Graveside storytelling adventure. After dark, in the eerie setting of the island’s oldest burial ground, come and hear spine-tingling tales of Hilton Head’s shadowy past. $25 for adults; $20 for children ages 8 to 16. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or

FORT MITCHEL IN HILTON HEAD PLANTATION: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site contains the remains of a coastal defense battery erected in 1862 to protect Port Royal Sound by way of Skull Creek from incursions by Confederate gunboats. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide. $15 for adults; $10 for children. 10 a.m. Mondays, Fort Mitchel, Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686- 6560 or

ZION CEMETERY TOUR: Costumed tour guides share fascinating stories of Hilton Head Island’s past. Visit the grave sites of four Revolutionary War heroes and find out about the bloody skirmish that was fought just steps away. Explore the island’s oldest structure and learn about the planters who built it. $15 for adults; $10 for children. 10 a.m. Thursdays. Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

SALTY DOG HAPPY HOUR CRUISE: An early happy hour cruise option. The full bar and gallery onboard will be open during this one-and-a-half-hour boat ride around Calibogue Sound. Prices range from $15 to $24. Daily. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Salty Dog, South Beach, Hilton Head Island.

FREE GOLF CLASS & EXHIBITION: A golf clinic and demonstration at Palmetto Dunes’ Robert Trent Jones course. Ask questions to former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver and staff. The class is hands-on, interactive and all skill levels will benefit. Free. 4-4:50 p.m. Mondays, Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, 7 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head Island. 855-293-5838 or

BRIDGE PARTNER HOTLINE: Need a partner to play bridge? Hilton Head Island Bridge Club, 95 Mathews Drive, Store A8, Port Royal Plaza Center, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-2167. 

SUP YOGA: A 90-minute standup paddleboard yoga session. Yoga class with rental is $40; bring your own paddleboard and class is only $15. 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Shelter Cove Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6996 or

SOCIAL BRIDGE AND SUPERVISED PLAY: An opportunity for players to improve their game and meet new partners in a casual, relaxed environment. $10; free for Junior Bridge members. 10 a.m.-noon. Fridays. Hilton head Island Bridge Club, 95 Mathews Drive, Port Royal Plaza Center, Hilton Head Island. 551-795-6329. 

SARAH ANSBOURY PICKLEBALL CLINIC: Skills and game play to help improve your pickleball game. $35 per person. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center, 6 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head Island.

FRIDAY SOCIAL DANCING: Hilton Head Island Shag Club: Anyone who loves to dance is invited to attend — ballroom, swing, country, line, singles and out of towners are welcome. $5 per person. 6-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Dolphin Head Golf Club, 59 High Bluff Road, Hilton Head Island. 757-375-5953 or

OPEN MIC NIGHT: Bring something short to share, or just come to listen, dine and enjoy music by the Hilton Head Jammers. 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Last Thursday of the month. Mikki’s Café, 70 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head Island.




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