Events

Follow the Oyster to The

17th Annual Historic 
Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival

Where Fine Art and The Bounty of the Sea Come Together

October 16 – 24, 2021

2021 Event Schedule

Saturday, October 16th

Art & Chalk

9:30 to 11:30 am
Field of Dreams, Oscar Frazier Park

Chalk the Walk art competition for children 13 and under ; presented by the Bluffton Rotary Club

Registration 9:30; Chalk Art Competition for children - 10:15

Supper Soirée

6:00 - 9:00 pm
Calhoun Street, Historic Old Town Bluffton

4 Course Dinner with music, wine, and more
Come enjoy a night under the stars!

$125 per person; limited to 100 attendees.
Advanced Purchase Required.

Sunday, October 17th

Art on The Street

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stroll Old Town Bluffton and see our state designated cultural district come alive!

POP UP ART on the street, on gallery porches and in Martin Park - temporary art displays join the many galleries to highlight the artistic and cultural side of Bluffton.

A celebration of exceptional handmade, original local art including oil and acrylic paintings, pottery and much, much more.

Blessing of The Fleet, Parade

4:00 pm
GOSPEL MUSIC WRIGHT PARK

Bring your lawn chair, view the Boat Parade and enjoy Gospel music by Lavon Stevens on the bluff or join the parade in your own boat. Make plans now to gather at the sandbar before 3:00 PM and process to the Public Dock in Wright Park following our Admiral of the Fleet.

Oyster Fest

5:00 - 8:00 pm
Bluffton Oyster Factory Park

First Oyster Roast of the Season, Shrimp Boil & BBQ, Live Music with Muddy Creek.

Monday, October 18th

May River Boat Tour

Monday-Sunday, every hour on the hour
Meet at Public Dock at the end of Calhoun Street.


Join May River Excursions Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.

$30 per person, subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the public dock at the end of Calhoun Street in Wright Park.

Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

Dinner & Learn

Two Slots: 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm
Bluffton Family Seafood House (Toomers)
27 Mellichamp Drive, Historic Downtown Bluffton


Our Cherished Waterways.Tour the Waddell Mariculture Center, view the updated facilities, and learn from director, Erin Levesque, how important this research facility is to our area and our resources. The presentation will be given at two times, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at Toomers.

Enjoy the prelude of freshly shucked oysters and picked crab along with the dinner buffet including Gumbo 2 Ways (chicken and seafood), Caesar salad, cornbread, cookies and tea. Beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase.

During dinner Kimberly Jones, Watershed Management Division Manager for the Town of Bluffton and Dr. Al Stokes, former director of the Waddell Mariculture Center, will share more about our waterways and their marine life which greatly contribute to the Lowcountry culture. Learn how to be environmental stewards of cherished natural resources.

Reservations required. $40/per person. Proceeds go to Waddell Mariculture Center. To make your reservation click below, or call Mary at 843-815-2472 or 843-815-2474.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, October 19th

May River Boat Tour

Monday-Sunday, every hour on the hour
Meet at Public Dock at the end of Calhoun Street.


Join May River Excursions Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.

$30 per person, subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the public dock at the end of Calhoun Street in Wright Park.

Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

May River Oyster Farm Tour

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet at Public Dock at the end of Calhoun Street.

Come enjoy a rare opportunity for an up-close-and-personal experience with May River Oyster Company’s pioneering oyster farm in collaboration with the Bluffton Seafood Festival and May River Excursions.

This 2 hour tour brings you out to a working oyster farm where the farmers demonstrate the techniques and methods used to produce some of the best oysters in the world. Afterward enjoy lunch at Bluffton Seafood House in Historic Downtown Bluffton. Limited availability.

Call 843-304-2878 to reserve. $80/ person (incl. lunch).

Wednesday, October 20th

May River Boat Tour

Monday-Sunday, every hour on the hour
Meet at Public Dock at the end of Calhoun Street.


Join May River Excursions Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.

$30 per person, subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the public dock at the end of Calhoun Street in Wright Park.

Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

Author Night

5:30 pm hors d'oeuvres, 6:00 pm showtime
Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park
11 Recreation Court Bluffton SC 29910


Featured authors are Roger Pinckney and "Captain Woody" Collins. Mr. Pinckney resides on Daufuskie Island. He is the author of The Beaufort Chronicles, The Right Side of the River, Blue Roots, and Reefer Moon. Mr. Collins of Beaufort is a lifelong local resident, shrimper and author of Where Have All the Shrimp Boats Gone? Get ready for engaging history and funny stories of shrimping in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided by Southern Spice Catering and Events; Cost: $15.00; additional donations accepted; proceeds to the Waddell Mariculture Center. Reservations required: click below, or call Mary at 843-815-2472 or 843-815-2474.

Thursday, October 21st

May River Boat Tour

Monday-Sunday, every hour on the hour
Meet at Public Dock at the end of Calhoun Street.


Join May River Excursions Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.

$30 per person, subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the public dock at the end of Calhoun Street in Wright Park.

Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

May River Oyster Farm Tour

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet at Public Dock at the end of Calhoun Street.

Come enjoy a rare opportunity for an up-close-and-personal experience with May River Oyster Company’s pioneering oyster farm in collaboration with the Bluffton Seafood Festival and May River Excursions.

This 2 hour tour brings you out to a working oyster farm where the farmers demonstrate the techniques and methods used to produce some of the best oysters in the world. Afterward enjoy lunch at Bluffton Seafood House in Historic Downtown Bluffton. Limited availability.

Call 843-304-2878 to reserve. $80/ person (incl. lunch).

Outdoor Pops in the Park

7:30 pm (rain or shine)
Martin Family Park
68 Boundary Street


Celebrate the return of live concerts! Enjoy the sweet sounds of your own Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Erica Gabriel, 2018 Gold Medal Winner of the American Traditions Vocal Competition, in a fun performance featuring universally loved film and popular music. General lawn seating; please bring your own folding chairs and blankets. 

Friday, October 22nd

May River Boat Tour

Monday-Sunday, every hour on the hour
Meet at Public Dock at the end of Calhoun Street.


Join May River Excursions Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.

$30 per person, subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the public dock at the end of Calhoun Street in Wright Park.

Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

Sips & Seafood Party

6:00 - 10:00 pm
Hewitt Oaks

Join us for a grand celebration under the stars on the beautiful grounds of Hewitt Oaks. The evening includes sensational Lowcountry dining, savory cocktails, along with contagious excitement with a wine pull, live and silent auctions as we raise money to support our Bluffton neighbors in need.

Limited tickets and sponsorships are available and can be purchased online at sipsandseafood.com.

All proceeds benefit Bluffton Self Help.

Saturday, October 23rd

There will be NO PARKING in Downtown Bluffton Saturday and Sunday!

(Except for the Oyster Race & Run at the Oyster Factory Park on Saturday morning)

Free Shuttles provided by our sponsor, Old Town Trolley Tours, from Red Cedar Elementary

Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

For more information, call 843-757-BLUF (2583).

May River Boat Tour

Monday-Sunday, every hour on the hour
Meet at Public Dock at the end of Calhoun Street.


Join May River Excursions Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.

$30 per person, subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the public dock at the end of Calhoun Street in Wright Park.

Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

Old Town Oyster Race & Run

8:00 - 10:30 am
10K Road Race, 5K Run Options
Bluffton Oyster Factory Park


Presented by Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Join us for a run through Old Town Bluffton with scenic river and marsh views. Compete in a fast-paced 10K or complete the 5K with the entire family! Both events will be professionally timed.

Awards presentation and After-Party immediately following. Music, Coffee, Cold Beer, Oyster Shooters, Gumbo, May River Mimosas, and much, much more!

Take a Kid Fishing Tourney

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wright Park

Take a Kid Fishing Tournament sponsored by Bluffton Marine Sports and Supplies, Boat Floats, Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners, Spartina Marine Education Charters, and managed by the Bluffton Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association.

Register between 9:30-10:30AM at Wright Park. Weigh-In at 12:30PM at Wright Park. Children 13 and under welcome with parents. There is no fee. Prizes will be awarded.

Bring your own fishing equipment if possible; limited equipment will be available on a first come first serve basis.

To pre-register call Tom at 912-210-1222.

Street Fest

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Historic Downtown Bluffton. Fun for All!

Enjoy our juried art show featuring over 100 local and regional artists from 10 different states, displaying an array of fine art: oils, pastels, acrylics, photography, pottery, ceramics, water color and much, much more.

Local seafood and low country cuisine served by area restaurants. Enjoy the delicious seafood and view the outstanding art on the street. Take a break at the tailgate area and catch up on your favorite team's game while enjoying craft beer and music.

Music & Entertainment

All Day
Favorite bands will entertain on two stages throughout the day.

Art in The Park

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
DuBois Park on Boundary Street

Children's art activities conducted under the pavilion. Visit the stations around the pavilion and create your very own masterpiece. Prizes, games, fun and much, much more for the budding artists of all ages.

Tricks, Tunes & Tales

1:00 pm
DuBois Park on Boundary Street

World-class wonders for the serious conjurer. Performed by Mick Ayres

Rockin' on the Dock

6:00 pm - Dusk
Bluffton Oyster Co.

Sunday, October 24th

There will be NO PARKING in Downtown Bluffton Saturday and Sunday!

Free Shuttles provided by our sponsor, Old Town Trolley Tours, from Red Cedar Elementary

Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

For more information, call 843-757-BLUF (2583).

May River Boat Tour

Monday-Sunday, every hour on the hour
Meet at Public Dock at the end of Calhoun Street.


Join May River Excursions Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.

$30 per person, subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the public dock at the end of Calhoun Street in Wright Park.

Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

Street Fest

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Downtown Bluffton. Fun for All!

Enjoy our juried art show featuring over 100 local and regional artists from 10 different states, displaying an array of fine art: oils, pastels, acrylics, photography, pottery, ceramics, water color and much, much more.

Local seafood and low country cuisine served by area restaurants. Enjoy the delicious seafood and view the outstanding art on the street. Take a break at the tailgate area and catch up on your favorite team's game while enjoying craft beer and music.

Music & Entertainment

All Day
Favorite bands will entertain on two stages throughout the day.

Art in The Park

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
DuBois Park on Boundary Street

Children's art activities conducted under the pavilion. Visit the stations around the pavilion and create your very own masterpiece. Prizes, games, fun and much, much more for the budding artists of all ages.

Tricks, Tunes & Tales

1:00 pm
DuBois Park on Boundary Street

World-class wonders for the serious conjurer. Performed by Mick Ayres.