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Sparkling waterways, beautiful weather, and rich history are just a few reasons to fall in love with the South Carolina Lowcountry, and every year, the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival celebrates it all! Fishing tournaments, cooking demonstrations, fine art, and beach music are only the beginning. Read on, and we’ll show you how to make the most of your trip! Afterward, discover more of our community’s best-kept secrets in our free Hilton Head Island Vacation Guide. Our carefully curated guide has helped so many people plan the perfect Lowcountry getaway. Get your copy for recommendations on restaurants, nightlife, outdoor recreation, and more.

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Your Guide to the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival

What Is the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival?

The Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival is a family-friendly, week-long celebration that highlights all the things we love about the South Carolina Lowcountry. This autumn event takes place in the lively streets of Bluffton’s historic district. Here, you’ll have the unique opportunity to explore the work of more than 100 artists, indulge in fresh local seafood, embark on historical tours, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Festival

What Are the Most Popular Events?

The festival activities carry on from the morning until the evening, but there are a few popular events that you should know about! If you’d like to incorporate some exercise into your vacation, remember to sign up for the Old Town Oyster 10K Road Race & 5K Fun Run. After you cross the finish line, an exclusive after-party awaits! Other popular festival attractions include ghost tours, kayaking and paddleboarding trips on the May River, Daufuskie Island history excursions, and the special four-course dinner known as the Bluffton State of Mind Supper Soiree.

What’s on the Menu?

Fresh seafood is the highlight of the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival. Past menus have featured everything from crab cakes from The Crazy Crab, lobster mac n’ cheese from The Sugaree, and fresh oysters from Bluffton Oyster Company. Pizza, popcorn, homemade ice cream, and other treats are also available!

What are the 2019 Dates & Location?

The cultural district of Bluffton is the designated location of the 2019 event. The festivities kick off on Saturday, October 12 and continue through Sunday, October 20.

How Much Is Admission?

The festival itself is free to attend. However, advanced registration and fees may apply for select events. We also recommend bringing along a bit of cash for shopping for local art, food vendors, and more. For detailed information on event registration, please visit the Bluffton Seafood and Arts Festival website.

Where Is Bluffton, SC?

Bluffton, SC, is only 10 minutes east of Hilton Head Island, so why not turn your autumn getaway into a beach vacation, too? The weather on the island is beautiful in October. With average highs of 77, there are plenty of beautiful beach days to enjoy throughout the month.

Party in Bluffton, Unwind on the Island

After a day of celebrating all the things we love about the Lowcountry, extend the festivities in your very own oceanfront home. Throughout October, you can enjoy shorter minimum stays, lower rates, and fantastic vacation specials. As a bonus, our complimentary Beach Properties Advantage Discount Card is always included with your stay! If you are ready to start planning your fall getaway, remember your free Hilton Head Vacation Guide. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival! Are you looking for more festivals in Bluffton? Read our blog on Bluffton Oktoberfest!

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