Best Summer Festivals in Beaufort!

The true beauty of Beaufort is that the enchanting, low country charm and calming coastal views means you can be content simply sitting back, relaxing and doing nothing at all. At the very same time, however, historic downtown always provides fun and exciting events unique to the distinct culture of our town.  When you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy together, we recommend checking out one of these great Beaufort summertime festivals!

Beaufort Water Festival

July 14-23, 2017

There are almost too many events to list going on in Downtown Beaufort during the annual Water Festival! From Bocce and Badminton tournaments, shrimp boat tours, arts and crafts markets, the Grand parade and more, every day is something new for kids and parents alike to enjoy!

Beaufort Marsh

4th of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate America’s independence with endless hot dogs and hamburgers, face painting, jump castles, the Marine Band and more at the Sands of Port Royal.  Stay for the impressive fireworks show to cap off a fun-filled day!

Shrimp Festival

Friday, October 6th (6pm-10pm)
Saturday, October 7th (11am-5pm)

The enticing aroma of the very best shrimp dishes from 15 local restaurants will fill Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park as they compete for the Silver Cup award! Aside from delectable eats, you can explore the handmade arts and crafts market, listen to live music or participate in the 5k race!

Beaufort Courthouse View with Marsh

Dragonboat Beaufort’s Annual Race Day

June 24th, 2017

This signature Low Country event brings many local businesses, organizations and community groups out for fun-filled day that raises money for local residents battling cancer. Three heats of races span throughout the day with participants ranging from all sorts of experience levels, so get your team together and join the fun!

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A Taste of Beaufort

First weekend in May

How can you not love a festival that’s all about showcasing Beaufort’s most unique and delicious dishes? Whether you’re in the mood for sushi, seafood, burgers, ice cream or chocolate, you can have a taste of it all! Enjoy over 50 craft vendors and live music all day long as you sample!

Soft Shell Crab Fest


Ever been to a Crab Race? To celebrate Beaufort’s rich seafood history, 5,000 rubber crabs will battle it out down Battery Creek in efforts to win a couple lucky festival attendees up to $2,000! Of course, there’s also plenty of soft shell crabs to eat, prepared in a variety of styles by area chefs, as well as craft vendors, entertainment and more.

There are so many fun ways to enjoy Beaufort’s unique culture and history all year long! For more information on other festivals and entertainment here, check out