In the summertime, the living is easy on Hilton Head Island. Warm and sunny weather invites long, lazy days at the beach. And, maritime forests with towering oak trees offer bountiful shade and fresh air for breezy evening bike rides. There is history to discover, fresh seafood to taste, and waterways to explore. But, no vacation is complete without attending at least one Hilton Head summer event!
There is so much to do and so little time, so we’ve created a guide to the island’s top summer events to cut down your planning time. If you’d like to simplify your planning even more, then remember to download a copy of our free 7-Day Hilton Head Itinerary. You’ll find top recommendations on restaurants, cruises, kids’ activities, and more!
The Best Hilton Head Summer Events & Things to Do
Shelter Cove Harbour Fest | Mid-June through August
One of Hilton Head’s best-kept secrets is Shelter Cove Harbour Fest.
Free weekly fireworks shows are one of the event’s greatest draws. In addition to spectacular fireworks displays, you can look forward to great food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. These summer shows light up the island every Tuesday beginning at dusk!
Please keep in mind that last-minute cancellations may be necessary in the chance of rain. However, other live performances and entertainment are available throughout the week. Take a look at the Fireworks & Performance schedule for more information!
The Gregg Russell Concert Series | Sunday through Friday
The Gregg Russell Family Concerts are a true Hilton Head tradition. For over 24 years, families have enjoyed songs under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town. All ages are welcome, but the songs here are specially geared towards younger children. These concerts take place Sunday through Friday. You can find a detailed concert schedule by visiting the Hilton Head Island Visitors’ Bureau website.
Summertime Farmers Markets | Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
No list of Hilton Head summer events is complete without the farmers markets!
Fill up your picnic basket with the South Carolina Lowcountry’s freshest in-season, summer produce. Summertime brings about the harvest of freshly-picked peaches, blueberries, blackberries, juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, and more. You can also find a variety of locally made products, like jams and salsas, farm-fresh eggs, shrimp straight from the boat, and more.
Remember, our island’s farmers markets are more than just a great place to shop. They are all-out celebrations! Read our blog on Hilton Head farmers markets to learn more.
Hilton Head Island Music Festival | June
The Hilton Head Island Music Festival is the longest running music festival on the island. Every summer, locals and visitors gather to celebrate artists of The Palmetto State and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Remember to come hungry, because there is always a great selection of food from the island’s favorite vendors, like Lowcountry Fire & Rice and Captain Woody’s.
The music lineup features an eclectic blend of smooth tunes, like rock, blues, reggae, and funk. And, the performances go on, rain or shine. Adult tickets range from $38 for a single-day pass to $59 for a full-day pass. Children under 12 receive free admission!
Hilton Head Firecracker 5k Run & Family Walk | July 4
If you are looking for a fun way to incorporate exercise into your July 4
getaway, then you need to sign up for the Hilton Head Firecracker 5k Run & Family Walk. This Independence Day tradition offers something for runners of all ages and fitness levels. Pick your challenge with either the Adult 5k Run or the Kids 5k Run. Whichever race you choose, you can look forward to plenty of post-race celebrations at the end. Music, fresh fruit, cold refreshments, and door prizes await you at the finish line!
2019 marks the 34th annual race at Jarvis Creek Park. The races begin at 8:00 a.m. You may find a free course map and register in advance by visiting BearFoot Sports.
Stay Near It All with Beach Properties of Hilton Head
Whether you choose a luxury home in the resort community of Palmetto Dunes or a cozy beach bungalow near Bradley Beach, you can always look forward to the best amenities when you select a vacation rental with Beach Properties of Hilton Head. Each of our homes and villas features either a private pool or access to a private community pool, and you’re always a short trip from the beach!
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