Featured May Lowcountry Events

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  • Art Workshops at the Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) Center for Creative Arts.
  • Coastal Discovery Museum
    • Tours, walks, programs, and exhibits about the Lowcountry. Events are scheduled daily throughout the month. 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or www.coastaldiscovery.org.
  • Farmers Market of Bluffton
    • Bluffton hosts its weekly farmer’s market on Thursday from 1-6 p.m. Shop for fresh and local produce both organic and traditional. A variety of plants and flowers, nuts, herbs, honey, dairy, eggs, meat, and seafood can be found. Various specialty items such as kettle corn, spices, coffee and tea, smoothie boosters, jams, dips, and chutneys are available. Sweets, chocolates, and freshly baked goods and pastries are also offered for purchase. Sprouted breads, granolas, fresh pasta, sauces and more are available! Enjoy shopping locally in beautiful Bluffton on Calhoun Street! 843-415-2447 or Farmers Market of Bluffton.
  • Bluffton Sunset Palooza:
    • Don’t miss the Bluffton Sunset Party Series this summer at the Oyster Factory Park. This fun outdoor celebration is held once a month on Friday nights during the summer from 5-9 p.m. Each sundown celebrations features a different theme with a variety of activities. These “must attend” events has become somewhat of a tradition for Blufftonians. With family, friends and neighbors crowded around, the sunset parties feature a variety of local foods, vendors, craft beers, home grown music, and other fun activities for everyone of all ages. People can party with their pooch at these kid and pet friendly parties that benefit several local charities. Tickets are $5 at the door; children ages 12 and younger get in free. 5-9 p.m., Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton. 843-757-8520 or www.blufftonsunsetparty.com.
  • May 1: Latin Fiesta:
    • Latin music unique to Lowcountry audiences! Hosted by The Mary Green Chorale.Tickets are $25. 7:30 p.m., Holy Family Church, 24 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-290-2900 or www.marygreenchorale.org.
  • May 2-27: Evita:
    • This award-winning show focuses on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron, the ruthlessly ambitious second wife of Argentine President Juan Peron. Show-stopping numbers include “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” Tickets are $58 for adults and $45 for children, with a $10 discount May 2-3. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com.
  • May 3, 10, 17: Music and Taste on the Harbour:
    • On Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. dance the night away while enjoying live music performances and great food at Shelter Cove Harbour for an outdoor concert and dining series. Featured Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants will offer specially-priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. 843-548-0060 or palmettodunes.com/sheltercove.
  • May 5: Take a Stand in the Sand:
    • Family-friendly event and campaign to end violence against women by walking a mile to raise awareness and bring hope to those in need of healing. Free. 9-10 a.m., Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head Island. info@zontahhi.org.
  • May 6: 14th Annual Yacht Hop:
    • Join the Hospice Care of the Lowcountry for their largest annual fundraiser step aboard stunning yachts and enjoy mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of the area’s premier chefs.  Enjoy music by The Headliners and silent and live auctions. 5:30-9 p.m., Harbour Town Yacht Basin, The Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-706-2296 or www.hospicecarelc.org/events/yacht-hop-hilton-head.
  • May 12: 40th Annual Mayfest:
    • Eclectic and homespun Southern festival, unique arts and crafts, music and delicious food. An ugly dog contest, the children’s doughnut-eating contest and the pie-eating contest. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Town Bluffton. 843-815-2277 or www.blufftonmayfest.com.
  • May 12: 21st annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest:
    • The Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island will host barbecue teams from around the country smoking some of the best hog around with an optional area-wide barbecue competition sanctioned by the SCBA, including $4,500 in cash prizes and awards. Advance tickets are $15; tickets at the gate are $20. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 9 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. bhaley@hhivacations.com or www.hiltonheadribburnoff.com.
  • May 13-14: American Icons: Copland and Bernstein
    • The season finale ends with the theme of “American Mosaic.” Tickets are $30, $45 and $55. Reduced matinee prices are available for children with an accompanying parent. 5 p.m. May 13 and 8 p.m. May 14, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2055 or www.hhso.org.
  • May 20: Fiesta De Mayo
    • Celebrate Mexican culture with this festival of live music, dance competitions, performances, a kids’ zone and La Batalla de los Tacos (Battle of the Tacos). Noon-9 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 
  • May 25-27: Gregg Russell Concerts:
    • Join Gregg Russell for his concerts under the Liberty Oak as he entertains adults and children alike. Free. Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-4495 or www.seapines.com.
  • May 26: Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center Spring and Summer Program
    • Join the Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center for six different Fun Day programs and two different Day Camps as historical and culturally educational experiences for children and parents. Learn to play 19th century games and enjoy other activities. Cost is $50 per person and is geared towards children ages 7-12. 11 a.m.-noon, Heyward House, 70 Boundary St., Bluffton. 843-757-6293.