Make it a point to head over to the Bluffton's historic district for the 11th annual Arts & Seafood Festival. The eight-day celebration started a few days ago and continues with the biggest event of all -- Streetfest, all day Saturday and Sunday.
They'll be plenty of seafood and other delectables from local restaurants, along with live music, entertainment and lots of activities fit for a community festival. Be sure to spend time at the juried art fine arts show where more than 100 artists from 10 states will display and sell their art.
WHEN: Oct. 10-18. Streetfest is 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
WHERE: Bluffton historic district and nearby locations.
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COST: Admission is free. Concessions and tickets for special events sold separately.
Before going to Bluffton Arts & Seafood Streetfest, get lit at a book launch party with a first-time author and beloved local author Pat Conroy.
As part of the eight-day festival, Bluffton resident Ellen Malphrus will sign copies of her debut novel "Untying the Moon," from 4 to 6 p.m. at Heyward House, 70 Boundary St..
Wine and hor d'oeuvres will be served at the free event, along with a chance to win books signed by Conroy and Malphrus.
Treat yourself to an afternoon of fabulous music when at Joshua Carswell's "A Tribute to the American Songbook' concert. The performance is at 3 p.m. at USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. in Beaufort.
Carswell, winner of the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, has been a featured soloist at both Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. His diverse collection of music ranges from Duke Ellington jazz and Hank Williams classics to pop.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students. To purchase, call 843-521-4145 or go to www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.
WHY I CONNECT
volunteer at Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival
"The Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival is truly an amazing community event. It not only brings the community and visitors together to celebrate the very essence of Bluffton, but it also takes the community to put it on. I am privileged to be part of the festival along with all the extraordinary people involved."
Get into the spirit and take a haunted ghost tour by carriage or by walking through the streets of Beaufort's historic district. Listen to storytellers' spooky tales that have been passed on over the years.
Carriage tours are Friday and Saturday, October 16-17, Oct. 23-25, 28-30 and walking tours are Oct. 23-25, 29-30.
The 45-minute carriage tours leave every 20 minutes from the parking lot at 1006 Bay St. The hour-long walking tours leave every 20 minutes from Cannon Park (across from 611 Bay St.).
For tour times, prices and reservations, go to the Child Abuse Prevention Association site at www.capabeaufort.org.