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.

AUGUST 9

CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR: In conjunction with the Coastal Discovery Museum’s free family fun day, the Pat Conroy Literary Center will host a local children’s book fair. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-379-7025 or patconroyliterarycenter.org.

FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM: Each year the Coastal Discovery Museum celebrates the end of summer and the start of the school year with a free family fun day. Pull a crab trap, try indigo dyeing, search for caterpillars, meet local authors, and more. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or coastaldiscovery.org.

PRESENTATION: “THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY”: Join Carlton Dallas, a petroleum industry veteran, for a discussion about how the global petroleum industry is central to so many facets of life and the global economy. Registration required. Free. 10 a.m., Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. 843-384-6758 or wachh.org.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: “BLACK PEOPLE IN THE CIVIL WAR”: Black people have understood the relationship between military service and civil rights. Learn more about their military roles during the Civil War in this presentation by Dr. Maggi Morehouse. Free. 5 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org.

AUGUST 10

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton is offering a stroke support group featuring refreshments, educational resources, fun activities, and socializing. Free. 3-4 p.m., Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital, 107 Seagrass Station Road, Bluffton. 843-415-6699 or encompasshealth.com.

AUGUST 12

VISUAL ARTISTS’ PANEL: Enjoy some lively table talk as several of the visual artists from The Supper Table discuss their role and process in contributing to the art installation. Free. 6 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org.

AUGUST 12-13

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE WITH GEN Z EXPERT: Hilton Head Christian Academy and Lowcountry Community Church will co-host this conference aimed at helping parents and leaders understand how to guide today’s generation of students with keynote speaker Dr. Tim Elmore, a best-selling author and generational expert. Pre-registration is required. Free. 5:30-8 p.m., Friday. 9 a.m.-3p.m, Saturday. Hilton Head Christian Academy, 3088 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton. 843-681-2878 or hhca.org/rooted.

THE JOE ALTERMAN TRIO AT THE JAZZ CORNER: $10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8620 or thejazzcorner.com.

AUGUST 13

BILINGUAL TOURS AT THE MORRIS CENTER: Learn about the history, art, and culture of the Lowcountry during these guided tours in Spanish and English. Free. 10 a.m., 2 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org.

PALM TREES AND PISTONS: Come check out some neat cars at this car enthusiasts’ meet-up the second Saturday of each month. Free. 9 a.m., Sea Turtle Marketplace, 430 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. “Like” the event on Facebook.

THROUGH AUG. 14

ROCK OF AGES: Rock of Ages features the music of iconic bands such as Styx, Twisted Sister, and Journey, among others. This exhilarating story was nominated for five Tonys and captures the era of 1980s Hollywood. Suitable for ages 13 and up. Prices and times vary. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or artshhi.com.

AUGUST 15

NEW MEMBER GUEST NIGHT: Join Hilton Head Shore Notes, a women’s a cappella chorus group, to explore your inner diva. If you have a mutual love of music and can carry a tune, then stop by to learn how to become a group member. Refreshments provided. Proof of vaccination required. Free. 7-8:30 p.m., Okatee Baptist Church, 5467 North Okatie Highway, Ridgeland. 843-705-6852 or hiltonheadshorenotes.com.

AUGUST 16, 30

JAZZ IN THE PARK: Enjoy a fun outdoor concert presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Bring your own chairs or blankets. Free. 7:30 p.m., Lowcountry Celebration Park, 94 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. 843-842- 2055 or hhso.org.

AUGUST 17

OPENING RECEPTION: “LOWCOUNTRY IMPRESSIONS”: Join artist Robin Sue Ross, who has colorful and impressionistic artwork featuring Lowcountry landscapes and wildlife on display at the Art League Gallery through Sept. 24. Free. 5-7 p.m., Art League Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060 or artleaguehhi.org.

 

SAVE THE DATE

SEPT. 2-3

SAVANNAH CLASSIC CAR AUCTION: Premier Auction Group is hosting a classic car auction featuring 400 collector cars for public bidding. Register to bid early. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for seniors or military, free for children 12 and under. 9:45 a.m., Savannah Convention Center, 1 International Drive, Savannah. 844-593-7355 or pagauction.com.

SEPT. 10

MOVE YOUR MIND: Join Memory Matters for a fun 5K or 10K walk/run featuring food, prizes, and more. Pets welcome. Tickets are $20-$35. 7:30-10:30 a.m., May River High School, 601 New Riverside Drive, Bluffton. 843-842-6688 or mymemorymatters.org.

OCT. 1

COMMUNITY YARD SALE: High Tide Restoration and Cleaning is hosting a Community Yard Sale and offering booth space to those with stuff to sell. Register soon for booth space. Free. 7 a.m.-12 p.m., High Tide Restoration and Cleaning, 322 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-7360 or hightiderestoration.com.

ONGOING EVENTS

MONDAYS

INDIGO TIE DYE: Learn how indigo dye is made from a plant and use it to create a tie- dyed T-shirt to take home. All supplies are provided. Cost is $12 for adults, $7 for children. 1:30 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or coastaldiscovery.org.

SEA TURTLES: Learn about nesting sea turtles on Hilton Head’s beaches and how to protect this endangered species, led by marine biologist Amber Kuehn. Event will be held rain or shine. Bring a chair or towel. Donations suggested. 8-9 p.m., Lowcountry Celebration Park, 94 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. seaturtlepatrolhhi.org.

MONDAYS THRU SATURDAYS

SMITH STEARNS TENNIS ACADEMY: SUMMER TENNIS CAMP: Smith Stearns provides top-notch tennis instruction, world-class coaching, excellent match play and an overall fantastic program to help students achieve their tennis goals. Programs are available daily and weekly for match-play-ready kids, ages 8 through college level. Private lessons are also available. Camps run each week through Labor Day weekend. 843-363-4789 or smithstearns.com.

TUESDAYS

HARBOURFEST: Returning for its 33rd year, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina will host HarbourFest, featuring a firework display, live music with Shannon Tanner, children’s activities with Cappy the Clown and more. Free. 6:30 p.m., Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 877-567-6513 or palmettodunes.com.

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 hhifarmersmarket.com.

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 islandreccenter.org.

THE FARMERS & MAKERS MARKET: Celebrate fresh, celebrate local. Enjoy the colorful displays that grow and change each week throughout the season at this charming, weekly festival. Now in its 9th year, the Market will present more fresh, local produce, more seafood, more breads and baked goods, and more crafts, artisans and “makers” than ever before. Free admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Shops at Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-5699 or theshopsatseapinescenter.com.

WEDNESDAYS

ROBBERS’ ROW SUMMER MARKET: Lowcountry Made’s new market at a breezy new venue on the island. Join local makers and a selection of produce set up on the lawn and under the covered porch of Robber’s Row Grill. Shoppers can enjoy the Breeze Trolley Service. Free admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, 10 Clubhouse Drive, Hilton Head Island. lcmade.com.

TURTLE TROT 5K: Join this family-friendly- fun-run series held on the beach in Palmetto Dunes in June, July and August on Wednesday mornings. This family‐friendly run/walk is held each week on the beach. Registration is online only and includes a T-shirt. Cost is $25 prior to race day, $35 day of the race, free for kids under 12. 8 a.m., Palmetto Dunes, 14 Dunes House Lane, Hilton Head Island. palmettodunes.com.

WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS

CRITTER MEET AND GREET: Drop by this casual “Meet and Greet” to learn about the alligators, snakes, and a few other fun critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Take this opportunity to see animals up close, get hands-on and hold a critter or two, take pictures of or with your favorite critters, and learn more about these amazing animals and how to safely share the Lowcountry with them. Cost is $10. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or coastaldiscovery.org.

THURSDAYS

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 coastaldiscovery.org.

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 farmersmarketbluffton.org.

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 heritagelib.org.

MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK: Enjoy free movies in the park each Thursday through Aug. 18. Family fun, pets welcome. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Free. 8:30 p.m., Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. sheltercovetownecentre.com.

MUSIC & TASTE ON THE HARBOUR: Dance the night away on Thursday nights in the spring and fall at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina featuring local favorite bands, great food and all the dancing you can possibly do. Free admission. 6-9 p.m., Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. welcometosheltercove.com.

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 needlepointjunctionhhi.com.

FRIDAYS

SOCIAL DANCING: The Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club will host Friday night dances through the summer. Dances are open to the public and all styles of dancers: shag, ballroom, swing, country, or line. Floor fee is $5. 6-9:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. hiltonheadshagclub.com.

SUNSET CELEBRATIONS: Enjoy live, local music each Friday night through Aug. 19 in the park. Pets welcome. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Free. 7-10 p.m., Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. sheltercovetownecentre.com.

DAILY EVENTS

COLIGNY SUMMER MUSIC
Join Coligny at the Center Stage every night this summer for live music Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-6050 or colignyplaza.org.

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 lawtonstables.com.

THE HARBOUR TOWN LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM
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 harbourtownlighthouse.com.

PICKLEBALL AT PALMETTO DUNES
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. palmettodunes.com.

SALTY DOG WEEKLY EVENTS
Have fun in South Beach with the Salty Dog. Nightly events include Turtle Trackers on Mondays and Sundays, Juggling on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Dance Party on Wednesdays and Fridays, Colorpalooza on Thursdays. Times vary. Salty Dog Cafe, 232 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or saltydog.com.