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It’s festival season! What’s going on in the Lowcountry in November

As the weather gets (a little) cooler in Beaufort County, the festival season ramps up.

The tourists are gone, the holidays are still on the horizon, and it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate Lowcountry allures like oysters, fresh shrimp, homegrown talent and stunning sunsets.

Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island take advantage of perfect weather with near-nightly festivals.

Here’s a roundup of the events coming our way in November:

Hilton Head Oyster Festival Nov. 8-9

Fall means oyster season. Shuck and slurp buckets of your favorite shellfish while listening to live entertainment at the Shelter Cove Community Park.

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All proceeds from the event to benefit the Island Rec Center. Friday night’s event from 5 to 8 p.m includes all-you-can-eat oysters, while Saturday’s event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will serve up oysters (and other fun foods) you can purchase in addition to a $6 admission fee.

Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade Nov. 9

Light up the night at the lantern parade! It’s a free event that runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head.

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This scene from the 2018 Sandy Springs (Georgia) Lantern Parade gives a hint at what Hilton Head Island’s first parade may look like. Steve Eberhardt Submitted

According to the event’s Facebook page, the parade is an opportunity for the community and visitors to celebrate the history, ecology and people of Hilton Head Island. We want to see our whole community as volumes of light.

Pedal Hilton Head Nov. 15-17

Put the pedal to the metal at the bicycling festival, which runs from 11 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Sunday at Coligny Plaza and includes live music and group bike rides.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

2019 Oyster Ghost Roast and 5K Nov. 16

The oyster roast, which was rescheduled due to Tropical Storm Nestor, will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort.

It starts with a “costume twilight run” along to TCL campus and includes oysters, barbecue, college football watch party and lawn games. All-you-can-drink wristbands are available for adults for $10.

You don’t have to do the 5K to attend the Oyster Roast, but the after-party is included in the 5K ticket, along with the T-shirt and alcohol wristband.

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Oyster Ghost Roast and 5K Facebook page

Latin American Inspired Family Festival Nov. 17

The festival will be a day of Latin American music, food and fun!

It runs from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Jasper County Farmers Market at 9935 Jacob Smart Boulevard, and is hosted by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Music To Your Mouth Festival Nov. 18-24

This seven-day culinary celebration features food from across the South with special events each day inside Bluffton’s Palmetto Bluff community. The main event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23.

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Ray Lammers, executive sous chef at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, put grit cakes on a large griddle during the Third Annual Taste of Bluffton on Calhoun Street in 2015. Delayna Earley

Historic Bluffton Oyster Roast Nov. 23

Spend the day shucking and sipping in Old Town!

The roast runs from 5 to 9 p.m. rain or shine at the Common Ground at the Heyward House Museum and includes all-you-can-eat May River Oysters, barbecue sliders and sides, and two drink tickets.

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The Heyward House in Bluffton as seen on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Staff File photo

Tickets for the event are limited and cost $40 per adult, and $20 for children 12 and under.

Live music will be provided by Evan Rose and a 4-piece Bluegrass Band. Also, enjoy a special preview of the new documentary feature film, “Bluffton, SC, A May River State of Mind,” which will be shown for the first time during the event, the Facebook event page says.

Bluffton Book Festival Nov. 21-23

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The Bluffton Book Festival will spotlight local and national literary talent.

The public is invited to Calhoun Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 to meet and hear from authors, jam to local music and more. Other events for this celebration are scheduled, starting Oct. 5, when writers can pitch their best book deal.

Did we miss a big festival? Email us at newsroom@islandpacket.com

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Katherine Kokal moved to South Carolina in 2018 after graduating from the University of Missouri and loves everything about the Lowcountry that isn’t a Palmetto Bug. She has won South Carolina Press Association awards for in-depth and government beat reporting. On the weekends, you can find Kati doing yoga and hiking Pinckney Island.
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