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22ND ANNUAL HILTON HEAD ISLAND GULLAH CELEBRATION

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Address: Hilton Head Island, 

Phone: (843) 255-7303

Join us all February long for the 22nd annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration. This annual celebration of the Gullah culture showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. This year’s Celebration events include the "Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition and Sale", "Taste of Gullah", Arts, Crafts and Food Expo, Gullah Gospel Music Series, the Sweetheart Ball with Deas Guyz and more! We invite you to come and celebrate Gullah where your soul will be transformed by the spirit of the Gullah Culture. 



SOUTHERN COAST HEART BALL

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 • 6:00PM - 11:30PM

Location: Hilton Head Island

Address: Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa, , Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Phone: (843) 540-6338

The Southern Coast Ball, attended by more than 400 individuals from the Lowcountry’s and Coastal Empire’s corporate, medical and social communities, is the annual black-tie event benefiting the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. Each year guests enjoy the Silent and Live Auction items along with an elegant dinner and live music to celebrate the culmination of a year-round campaign to raise critical funds. A special part of the evening is dedicated to honoring survivors of heart conditions and stroke. We are delighted to have the families and friends of these special honorees attend the Heart Ball.

We hope you will join us this year. Ticket sales and sponsorships are available via our website: southerncoastheartball.org.



A TASTE OF GULLAH

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 • 12:00PM - 3:00PM

Location: Hilton Head Island

Address: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Phone: (843) 686-3945

Native Island heritage and culture get the star treatment at this celebration of all things Gullah. Enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, Lowcountry food, basket weaving, gospel music and crafts, all Gullah-style at this free community festival. The event features lip-smacking Lowcountry specialties such as barbecue ribs, conch stew, shrimp and grits, rice and beans, and okra gumbo. Fun for all ages! 

Sponsored by SC Arts Commission & Concours d'Elegance. The Taste of Gullah Festival is Funded by a Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission & Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’ Elegance.


AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION 2018 HEART BALL

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 • 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: Hilton Head Island

Address: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC

The 21st Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast is a one-of-a-kind black-tie affair that will be held on February 3, 2018, with more than 400 guests representing Hilton Head Island and Savannah's top business, medical, social, and philanthropic leaders.

Event Program

6:00pm Cocktail Reception

7:00pm Dinner, Program, Dancing



2ND ANNUAL HEART HUNT

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018 • 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Location: HHI

Address: The Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Drive, HHI, SC 29928

Fall in love with the Salty Dog! Search for hidden hearts scattered around South Beach redeemable for free Salty Dog gear and tasty treats! Live entertainment and free HUGS from Jake the Salty Dog. 



HILTON HEAD ISLAND MARATHON, HALF & 8K

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018 • 8:00AM - 2:00PM

Location: Hilton Head Island

Address: Jarvis Creek Park, 100 Jarvis Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Phone: (843) 757-8520

The 2018 Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K will take place on Saturday, February 10th at 8:00am. Runners will depart from Jarvis Creek Park and follow a course that will take them on the Cross Island Parkway, through several parks, numerous neighborhoods and over Broad Creek. Both The Marathon and Half Marathon will feature all standard male and female divisions. Publix Marathon Race Day will also feature an 8K Run and Children's Fun Run. Over 1,200 runners of all ages are expected to compete in the three events. 

The Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K will benefit many local charities including The Hilton Head Rotary Club, Hilton Head High School Athletics, Hilton Head Christian Academy, Bluffton High School ROTC, May River High School National Honor Society, and others. In fifteen years, the event has raised over $52,000 for local charities.


PIG PICKIN' + OYSTER ROAST

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018 • 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Location: Bluffton

Address: Waddell Mariculture Center, 211 Sawmill Creek Road, Bluffton, SC

Join us for the quintessential, Lowcounty family-style culinary celebration, as the Island’s best chefs, celebrity guest chefs and Pitmasters prepare local shrimp, whole hogs, whole chickens, chopped BBQ and all the side dish trimmings at Waddell Mariculture Center. Wash it all down with brews, wines and signature cocktails and live music.



11TH ANNUAL HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 • 11:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: Hilton Head Island

Address: Honey Horn Plantation, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC

Held at Honey Horn Plantation, the family friendly headlining event features area restaurants/chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, a Kids Zone, a silent auction, famous crab races, carefully curated arts and crafts booths and more. Participating restaurants include American Culinary Federation, Benny Hudson’s, Black Marlin, Crab Group, The Crazy Crab, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Melly Mel’s, The Old Oyster Factory, Poseidon Coastal Cuisine & Rooftop Bar, Skull Creek Boathouse, and more. Live music by Deas-Guyz and Friends. 

The VIP Lounge will offer a limited numbers of tickets for 2018. The lounge was the ultimate experience last year and completely sold out well in advance. The VIP Lounge will be located in a private area, catered gourmet experience with its own bars and will also receive access to one the festival's two private parking lots at Honey Horn Plantation (one parking badge per household). 


YOUTH ARTSFEST

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 • 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Location: Hilton Head Island

Address: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Phone: (843) 686-3945

Come and celebrate National Youth Arts month at the annual Youth ArtsFest. The free festival held from 11:00-1:00pm and will include crafts, mini arts workshops, refreshments and ISCA’s Promising Picassos youth art exhibition.



HILTON HEAD WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Address: The Sea Pines Resort, 29928

Hilton Head’s wine and food enthusiasts greet the Island’s popular spring season every March with a week-long celebration to embrace the fruits of global wine partnerships, signature Lowcountry cuisine, grassroots cultural happenings and the authentic fabric of a unique community. What unfolds is an inspiring series of events that draw guests to Hilton Head Island from not only across the country, but even from far corners of the globe.

Join us as we celebrate our 33rd anniversary of this annual Hilton Head Island rite of passage at The Sea Pines Resort. Experience for yourself this year’s new schedule of events including spectacular celebrity chef showcases, intriguing wine education sessions, live entertainment and of course the famed Grand and Public Tasting events.

List of Events

Lowcountry Seafood Cooking Class and Lunch with Executive Chef, Matthew Roher – Thursday, March 8th 2018

 Join us Thursday, March 8th from 11 am to 12:30 pm, for a three-course lunch and cooking demonstration with Sea Pines Resort Executive Chef, Mathew Roher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from The Atlantic Room at the Beach Club at Sea Pines. 

Sip and Stroll: Thursday, March 8, 2018

 Grab your glass and “Sip and Stroll” your way through the variety shops that line the famous Harbour Town Yacht Basin. You will be treated to great wines and also enjoy discounts at participating shops, all while taking in the beautiful atmosphere. 

Blends Around The World – Friday, March 9th 2018

 Join Tom Hines as we taste our way through great blends from around the world to see what different vinicultural areas have to offer. 

Grand Tasting: Friday, March 9, 2018

The center piece of the festival every year, the Grand Tasting features a large selection of high end wines. This traditional tasting is the festival’s most exclusive celebration, featuring award winning wines and an array of light hors d’oeuvres. Featuring music from Lavone and Louise. 

Public Tasting: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Join us for the festival’s largest event as we celebrate our 32nd anniversary at the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. There will be 250+ wines from all over the world for the Public Tasting. In addition, see chefs in action at the Sysco Outdoor Gourmet Challenge, enjoy live entertainment and watch the fun and excitement of the waiter’s race. Also, do not forget to bid on award winning wines at the Silent Auction where the proceeds support the John & Valerie Curry Scholarship Fund.