There are few things that embody lowcountry like shrimp. The Beaufort Shrimp Festival provides plenty of that, with local restaurants serving up their most popular shrimp dishes. Along with the culinary delights are live music, contests, a 5-kilometer run/walk, and a golf tournament. In the summer, enjoy the beautiful waterfront with the Beaufort Water Festival. There are plenty of activities at this three-day event, such as paddleboat races, fishing tournament, dragon boat races, and regatta show. The festival also has an arts and crafts market, live music, dancing, games, and plenty of food, drink, and Southern hospitality.
Beaufort is home to dozens of charming little independent shops. To find the perfect work of art or decorative item for your new home, stop by Finishing Touches. Fordham Market has a world full of treasures from oak swings to locally made jam. Monkey’s Uncle has just about everything a child could ask for when it comes to toys and books. The irresistible aroma of chocolate will draw you into the Chocolate Tree, with fresh sweets and chocolate treats made daily. If you are looking for Gullah items for yourself or as a gift, Ultimate Gullah has authentic goods including burlap bags, spices, and jewelry.