Turns out locals aren’t the only ones who love Beaufort every season of the year.
Southern Living recently named Beaufort No. 2 on its “Summertime Small Towns That Are Even Better in Fall” list, behind Beaufort, North Carolina.
“In fall, its oak-lined streets are cozy paths for long walks and offer plenty of architectural eye candy,” the list said. “Plus, it’s right on the water, so waves and drifting boats provide the town’s mellow soundtrack.”
They aren’t wrong.
The sunsets on the waterfront are just as beautiful, strolls around the historic district don’t leave you dripping in sweat, and there’s still just as much to do.
Beaufort knows that just because the temperature drops, that doesn’t mean the fun has to.
There’s already a lot planned for this fall.
Some favorite fall events in/near Beaufort
The Downtown Beaufort Merchants Association hosts First Friday on the first Friday of every month, and not just in the summer. The evening event promotes the “shop local” ideal and celebrates the downtown shops, restaurants, and other venues on Bay Street and the surrounding area. The next one is on Oct. 4 and themed “Eat, Shop & Be Scary.”
There’s the 25th annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival Oct. 4-5, which includes the Run Forrest Run 5k over the Woods Memorial Bridge. It’s a celebration of South Carolina, wild caught shrimp, local food and the Lowcountry.
The annual Beaufort Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens, which started in 1985, lets visitors take self-paced tours of a number of private homes and gardens in the city’s National Historic Landmark District that aren’t normally open to the public. This year it’s Oct. 25-27.
A newer event is the 3rd annual Beaufort Food Truck Festival, where an assortment of food truck eats are offered all in the same place, along with music, games and a silent auction. Some of the proceeds from the event support Camp Hope, a summer camp in Pendleton for children with cognitive disabilities. It’ll be Oct. 12 at Beaufort Town Center.
Also minutes away from Beaufort, Habersham celebrates its 11th annual Habersham Harvest Festival. It’s vintage themed with art vendors, local food, live music, hayrides, a Ferris wheel, petting zoo, and other activities on Market Street. This year the event is Oct. 19-20.