Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival

The Fourteenth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held in the charming and eclectic historic and state designated cultural district of Bluffton SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival is a week long event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton.

The highlight of the festival is the Streetfest which includes a juried fine art show featuring over 100 artists from 10 different states displaying and selling their art, delicious food provided by the area's premier restaurants and caterers and great music and entertainment.

Schedule of Events:

Kayak and Paddle Board Tours on the May River

May River Boat Tours with May River Excursions

Join 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.
$20/ per person...subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

8:00AM – 10:30AM

Old Town Oyster 10k Road Race and 5k Fun Run

Presented by Hilton Head Regional Healthcare  Coastal Carolina and Hilton Head Hospitals

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 chip timed.  Awards presentation and After-Party immediately follows.  Music, Corn Hole, Neck Massages, Coffee, Cold Beer, Oyster Shooters, May River Mimosas, and much, much more!

10:00AM –12:30PM

Children's Fishing Tournament, Bluffton Oyster Co.

Take a Kid Fishing Tournament sponsored by Tom Bulcock, The SC Home Pro, and Bluffton Marine Sports and Supplies and managed by the Bluffton Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association

Register between 10:00 - 10:30AM at The Bluffton Oyster Company. Weigh-In at 12:30PM at the Bluffton Oyster Company. 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 or Bryan at 843-540-2895.

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Art and Seafood Street Fest

Historic District Bluffton Fun for the entire family

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. Cherish our Waterways and Low Country Environmental Exhibits. History of Bluffton at The Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center.

Music and Enterainment Presented by Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet

Favorite bands will entertain on three stages throughout the day.

11:00AM – 4:00PM

Art in the Park - Presented by Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

DuBois Park on Boundary Street

Children's art activities under the pavilion will be conducted by May River Montessori. Visit the stations around the pavilion and create your very own masterpiece. Prizes, games, pirates,fun and much, much more for the budding artists of all ages.


Family oriented magic show with Gary Maurer

6:00PM - Dusk

Rockin' on the Dock - Presented by Vaux Marscher Berglind PA Law Firm

Bluffton Oyster Co.

Seafood Extravaganza Tasting
Live music
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!