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 if there is a 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!
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.
Register for the next Firecracker 5K and take part in this annual summer event!
Hilton Head Shrimp Festival | September
Sample delicious shrimp dishes from a variety of the region’s most popular restaurants. Maybe you’re craving a zesty creole dinner. Perhaps your taste buds would prefer something rich and hearty like a heaping bowl of shrimp and grits. Celebrate the flavors of the Lowcountry at this highly anticipated annual event and join in the festivities that accompany it.
Additional Resources for Planning a Hilton Head Summer Vacation
If you’re planning a trip to Hilton Head in the summer, you’re in for quite the trip. Between lazy days bumming it on the beach and exciting afternoons embarking on outdoor adventures, there’s no shortage of things to do on the island.
- Explore some of the island’s lighthouses
- Venture to Daufuskie Island and admire the unspoiled natural beauty
- Are you considering visiting Hilton Head off-season? Learn about what makes Hilton Head a year-round destination.
- If you’re already set on visiting in the summer, read about some of the best areas to call home during your Hilton Head vacation.
- Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit! This guide to packing for your vacation will help you make sure that you have everything you need before you get here.
- Keep the local wildlife in mind during your visit! You might see everything from dolphins and sea turtles to manatees and alligators.
Stay Near It All with Beach Properties of Hilton Head
After watching the fireworks at Shelter Cove or filling your basket at a local farmers market, head to a beautiful island home to complete your experience. Beach Properties offers an impressive collection of properties that will set the scene for your beach vacation. Stay near all the best attractions, restaurants, and summer events on 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!
If you are ready to plan your Hilton Head summer getaway, browse our collection of vacation rentals today. If you need any help choosing the perfect home for your family, submit your preferred criteria to our digital concierge. In 48 hours or less, our vacation planners will deliver customized recommendations to your inbox!