Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival

October 15 - 23, 2022

Bluffton Art/Seafood festival logo

The award-winning Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival is held annually in the charming and eclectic historic district, well known for its quirky art community, amazing restaurants, and natural river beauty. 

The Seafood Festival is a weeklong event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Lowcountry 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. The 2022 Street Fest will be held Saturday October 22nd & Sunday October 23rd.

It includes a juried fine art show featuring over 100 artists from ten different states displaying and selling art, delicious food provided by the area’s premier culinary spots, along with great music and entertainment

Daily Events and Happening

  1. Saturday, October 15th

    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.

     

  2. Sunday, October 16th

    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.

     

    A DEDICATION TO THE LIVING LEGACY OF CAMPBELL CHAPEL

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    A celebration thru history, singing, and dancing.

     

    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.

  3. Monday, October 17th

    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 & LEARNING CHERISH OUR WATERWAYS

    Tours available at 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm

    Reservations required. $45/per person. Proceeds to Waddell Mariculture Center. To make your reservation:  blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.org

    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 tours will be given at five times, 4:00PM, 4:30PM, 5:00PM, 5:30PM and 6:00PM followed by dinner at Toomers Bluffton Seafood Restaurant, 27 Mellichamp Drive, Historic Downtown Bluffton.  The dinner buffet includes Gumbo 2 Ways (chicken and seafood), Caesar salad, cornbread, cookies and tea. Beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase.  During dinner presentations will be given concerning preservation of our natural resources by Kim Jones and Al Stokes..

  4. Tuesday, 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

    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).

  5. Wednesday, 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

    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.

  6. Thursday, 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

    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. 

  7. Friday, 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

    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.

  8. Saturday, October 22nd

    MAY RIVER BOAT TOUR

    Monday-Sunday, every hour on the hour
    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


    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

    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.

     

    • Saturday, October 22nd Continued

      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.

      ART IN THE PARK

      1:00 pm
      DuBois Park on Boundary Street
       

      ROCKIN' ON THE DOCK

      6:00 pm - 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!
    • Sunday, October 23rd

      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.

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