Let the Festivals Begin!

Fall means kick-off on Hilton Head Island, and not just for football. The island’s robust festival season begins, and our multi-faceted arts, culture and heritage offerings take the stage. There is something to satisfy everyone’s tastes as we celebrate international influences, from the Italian American Heritage Festival this month to the Latin Music Festival in October. Indulge in all types of cuisine, from savory vegetables at the Lowcountry Vegfest to BBQ and oysters at other popular food gatherings across the island. And feast your eyes, ears and hearts upon cars and planes and outdoor art. As you plan your fall calendar, take note of these events.

Thanks to a partnership between the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and the Town of Hilton Head Island, our biannual Public Art Exhibit will adorn the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. This large-scale exhibit features 20 sculptures, ranging in size from 6 to 21 feet, displayed from September 27, 2018 through January 31, 2019. You’re invited to tour the exhibit for free. Come early and often to view these art pieces that have traveled from all across the country to be installed on Hilton Head Island.

Moving into October, in honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, the Arts and Cultural Council of Hilton Head Island will produce Crescendo. This month-long celebration of art, culture and history on Hilton Head Island will feature more than 80 unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences, and educational offerings. This is a great time to go out and enjoy the depth and breadth of the creative community we have here.

Also beginning in October, the season openers for both of our island’s professional theatre companies are upcoming. The thrilling Amadeus will be on the stage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the hilarious Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love) will open the season for the Lean Ensemble Theater.

Lastly, be sure to mark your calendars for two of the island’s biggest autumn events: the Heritage Library’s History Day and the Concours d’Elegance. History Day, set for October 13, is highlighted by tours of the island’s rich historic sites, by bicycle or in the comfort of a trolley, led by engaging and knowledgeable docents. The day includes reenactments of historic events and is a fun and fascinating way to learn about our island. And on November 3, over 200 cars, motorcycles and boats will be arriving at the Port Royal Golf Club for the 2018 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival.

Fall will be a great time to be on Hilton Head Island and enjoy an abundance of activities. And this year will be the best ever, because our own Office of Cultural Affairs has assured that you can find out all about what’s going on by visiting our website at www.culturehhi.com.

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