Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival

October 16 - 24, 2021

Bluffton Art/Seafood festival logoThe  Seventeenth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held in the charming and eclectic historic and state designated cultural district of Bluffton SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival is a week long event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton.

The highlight of the festival has always been the Street fest and again will be for 2021 on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24. It will just be a stroll through our state designated cultural district featuring the artists in our galleries along with several POP UP ART DISPLAYS.

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    1. Saturday, October 16

      BLUFFTON STATE OF MIND SUPPER SOIRÉE    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

      4 Course Dinner with music, wine, …more details soon.

      Come enjoy a night under the stars!

      $125 per person; limited to 120 attendees.


          
       

    2. Sunday, October 17

      ART ON THE STREET 11:00AM - 4:00PM

      Stroll Old Town Bluffton and see our state designated cultural district come alive!

      POP UP ART on gallery lawns on gallery porches and in Martin Family 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.

      11:00AM - 4:00PM

      Art Exhibits, Music and More in Old Town.

       

      BOAT PARADE ON THE MAY BLESSING OF THE FLEET

      GOSPEL MUSIC WRIGHT PARK               4:00PM

      Bring your lawn chair, view the Boat Parade and enjoy Gospel music by Lavon Stevens on the bluff in Wright Park 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 - 8:00PM, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park

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

    3. Monday, October 18

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SUNDAY

      Join 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 at Bluffton Family Seafood House           Cherish our Waterways         5:00PM

       27 Mellichamp Drive, Historic Downtown Bluffton

      Reservations required. $40/per person. Proceeds to Waddell Mariculture Center.  Call Mary at 843-815-2472 or 843-815-2474.

    4. Tuesday, October 19

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SUNDAY

      *Daily* See October 18, 2021 for details

      MAY RIVER OYSTER FARM TOUR WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS  10:00am – Noon

      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 in-depth 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 for reservations.  $90.00 per person (includes lunch).

    5. Wednesday, October 20

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SUNDAY

      *Daily* See October 18, 2021 for details

      AUTHOR NIGHT featuring Roger Pinkney             5:30pm

      Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided by Southern Spice Catering and Events; 6:00PM Showtime, at the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park (11 Recreation Court Bluffton SC 29910).   Cost: $15.00; additional donations accepted; proceeds to the Waddell Mariculture Center.

      Reservations required: Call Mary at 843-815-2472 or 843-815-2474.

    6. Thursday, October 21

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SUNDAY

      *Daily* See October 18, 2021 for details

      MAY RIVER OYSTER FARM TOUR WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS  10:00am – Noon

      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 in-depth 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 for reservations.  $90.00 per person (includes lunch).

    7. Friday, October 22

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SUNDAY

      *Daily* See October 18, 2021 for details

      RED APRON SIPS AND SEAFOOD PARTY   6:00PM - 10:00PM               HEWITT OAKS

      Presented by Bluffton Self Help

      Join us for a grand culinary celebration under the stars on the beautiful grounds of Hewitt Oaks.  The evening will include 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.

    8. Saturday, October 23

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SUNDAY

      *Daily* See October 18, 2021 for details

      OLD TOWN OYSTER 10K ROAD RACE & 5K RUN 8:00AM – 10:30AM

      Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. 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 follows.  Music, Coffee, Cold Beer, Oyster Shooters, Gumbo, May River Mimosas, and much, much more!

      TAKE A KID FISHING TOURNAMENT, BLUFFTON OYSTER CO. 10:00AM –12:30PM

      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.

      ART & SEAFOOD STREET FEST 10:00AM - 5:00PM

      HISTORIC DISTRICT BLUFFTON FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

      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. and Low Country Environmental Exhibits. History of Bluffton at The Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center.

      Enjoy the delicious seafood and view the outstanding art on the street.

      MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

      Favorite bands will entertain on two stages throughout the day.

      ART IN THE PARK 11:00AM – 4:00PM 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.

      FAMILY ORIENTED MAGIC SHOW with Gary Maurer 1:00PM

      ROCKIN’ ON THE DOCK 6:00PM - DUSK BLUFFTON OYSTER CO.

      Seafood Extravaganza Tasting

      Live music with The Chiggers

      Fireworks at Dusk

      End the full day of activities with a grand finale.

      Eat great local seafood and watch the fireworks for a night to remember!

    9. Sunday, October 24

      MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY - SUNDAY

      See October 18, 2021 for details

      ART & SEAFOOD STREET FEST 10:00AM – 4:00PM

      HISTORIC DISTRICT BLUFFTON FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

      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 AND ENTERTAINMENT

      Favorite bands will entertain on two stages throughout the day.

      ART IN THE PARK 11:00AM – 4:00PM DuBois Park on Boundary Street

      Children's art activities conducted under the pavilion. Prizes, games, fun and much, much more for the budding artists of all ages.

      FAMILY ORIENTED MAGIC SHOW with Gary Maurer 1:00PM

      No Parking in Downtown Bluffton on Saturday, the 23rd, and Sunday, the 24th.

      Free Shuttles provided by our sponsor, Old Town Trolley Tours, from Red Cedar Elementary (Bluffton Parkway to Red Cedar Street). Saturday, 10/23: 10:00AM - 9:00PM; Sunday, 10/24: 10:00AM – 5:00PM; for more information 843-757-BLUF (2583).

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