Thanksgiving is the crown jewel of November, but the entire month is packed with events that will give you reasons to be thankful you can live in — or visit — Beaufort County.
Here are 10 highlights of what the month has to offer:
Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours D’Elegance
More than 500 classic automobiles and planes are in the spotlight, but people-watching is almost as fun at the event that is expected to draw 20,000 guests to Hilton Head Island from all over the world. Park at Hilton Head High School and take a shuttle to Port Royal Golf Club for Saturday and Sunday’s events.
When: Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5
How much: Varies depending on the event and package; daily admission is $50 on Saturday and $55 on Sunday.
More info: hhiconcours.com
Low Country Tiny House Show
See tiny homes, browse among product vendors and enter to be on HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island.
When: Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5
How much: $20-$35
More info: livetinylc.com
Heritage Days Celebration at the Penn Center
The historic center expects 8,000 or more visitors to St. Helena Island for the annual celebration. This year’s theme is “Reconstruction Era: Changes and Challenges” and features meals, music and educational seminars related to the Gullah culture.
When: Thursday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 11
How much: Prices vary depending on the day and events included; admission Friday is $5 for students and $10 for others (under age 6 free)
More info: penncenter.com
Hilton Head Island Oyster Festival
Sample oysters a variety of ways and enjoy live entertainment at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head.
When: There are related events the day before and the day after, but the main event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11
How much: Saturday’s admission is $7 per person (kids under 10 get in free); food and beverages extra
More info: hiltonheadoysterfestival.com
Veterans Day parades in Beaufort or Bluffton
Beaufort’s parade will start along Bay Street though downtown. Following the parade, a ceremony featuring the Parris Island Marine Band will be held at Beaufort National Cemetery. Bluffton’s parade route will start on Alljoy Road and end at Dr. Mellichamp Drive.
When: Saturday, Nov. 11; parade starts at 9:30 a.m. in Beaufort and 10 a.m. in Bluffton
How much: Free
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Starting at Oyster Factory Park in Bluffton, walk through Old Town and help raise funds for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
When: Sunday, Nov. 12; check in and registration is at noon and the walk starts at 1 p.m.
How much: Free to walk; those who raise $150 will get a T-shirt
More info: afsp.donordrive.com
Bluffton Book Festival
Meet authors, attend workshops and purchase signed copies of books. Events will be held in various locations, but the main event Saturday is along Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton.
When: Related events start Thursday, Nov. 16, but a highlight is the street festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
How much: Varies depending on event, but street festival admission is free
More info: blufftonbookfestival.com
Taste of the Season
Sample offerings from Hilton Head and Bluffton restaurants under a luxurious tent at the Country Club of Hilton Head.
When: 6 p.m. Nov. 17
How much: $65 general admission; VIP $125
More info: www.hiltonheadisland.org/taste
Italian Heritage Festival and Meatball Madness
Booths will feature Italian cuisine and cultural activities at Shelter Cove Community Park. There also will be a run, a meatball-eating contest and an attempt to cook a 1,500-pound meatball to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Meatball.
When: Events start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
How much: $6 admission
More info: theworldslargestmeatball.com
Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair
The fair will highlight Lowcountry culture and heritage at Cotton Hall Plantation in northern Beaufort County. Among the plans: Marsh tacky horse races, falconry demonstrations, tours of a Colonial sugar cane mill and living history re-enactments.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
How much: $20 general admission for those 20 and older, with discounts for children and members of the military; family packages are available.
More info: https://santa-elena.org/lowcountry-fair
Lisa Wilson: 843-706-8103