Hilton Head Island residents love a good foodie festival or three. Get ready for a feast at the annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest, and make sure you grab plenty of napkins. In the fall, taste the best local recipes at the Annual Chili Cookoff, and have water ready to put out the four-alarm fires. Wine lovers will delight in the Hilton Head Island WineFest, which is the largest tented wine tasting outdoors on the East Coast. Summertime means time for the annual Harborfest event. Tuesday nights from June through August are home to live music, arts and crafts, and spectacular fireworks at sunset.
Life's a Beach
Hilton Head Island is synonymous with two things: Beaches and golf. Get your bathing suit and beach chair and hit one of the many local beaches, such as Driessen or Islanders. Many parks have free parking. You may even get a glimpse of a bottlenose dolphin or a loggerhead sea turtle. If you are a golf enthusiast, hit the green at one of the island’s world-class golf courses. There are more than 20 in the area, several designed by golf legends like Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. There are courses for every skill level, and it is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Performing with Herit
After gaining freedom during the Civil War, former slaves known as Gullah flocked to the island to live. Their language and culture remain a part of life here. The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island restores and preserves this part of history with exhibits of Gullah customs, stories, buildings, and songs. Stop by one of the booths open alongside U.S. 17 and purchase a rose woven from sweetgrass by local Gullahs. Settle in before the curtain rises if you go to a performance at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. This award-winning venue showcases the finest in performing and visual arts, including comedies, vocalists, and puppeteers.