An Essential Guide to the Best Annual Events in Beaufort, SC

The second oldest city in South Carolina, Beaufort is home to gorgeous intracoastal waterways, immaculate beaches, and some of the best seafood on the East Coast. Explore the beautiful scenery and dive headfirst into the rich culture of this historic town at one of Beaufort, SC’s, annual events. Sure, you can plan your trip around one of these spectacular festivals, but you’ll need to download our complimentary Vacation Guide to help build the rest of your Beaufort, SC, vacation. Filled with all of the best local attractions, restaurants, and things to do, our Vacation Guide is your passport to Beaufort!

5 Annual Events to Attend in Beaufort, SC

1. The Beaufort Water Festival

Every year, thousands of people flock to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park to enjoy a full week of festivities. With nightly entertainment, sporting events, and an incredible arts & crafts market, the Beaufort Water Festival is a lovely chance to immerse yourself in Beaufort’s vibrant culture in just one trip!

2. A Taste of Beaufort

The list of amazing annual events in Beaufort, SC, is so long that it’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite.  One of the best annual events, however, is A Taste of Beaufort. Spend a weekend listening to live music, participating in fun events, and, of course, enjoying some of the Lowcountry’s amazing food. Bring your appetite and your walking shoes; this is not a festival you’ll want to miss.  

3. Beaufort International Film Festival

With six days of feature films, parties, and guest speakers, the Beaufort International Film Festival is an amazing event for anyone who loves film or wants to learn more about the art form. Join the party and celebrate independent filmmakers while learning from some of the industry’s best. Past attendees and members of the advisory board include Michael O’Keefe (Caddyshack) and producer Jonathan Flora (Bullethead).

4. The Beaufort Shrimp Festival

Along with the Softshell Crab Festival and The Beaufort Oyster Festival, The Beaufort Shrimp Festival offers a weekend of food-filled fun in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands. Gather in Beaufort’s historic downtown and sample local cuisine from the city’s best restaurants! The fantastic food will draw you in, and exciting events like the Popcorn Shrimp Fun Run and the 5K Bridge Run will keep you around all weekend.

5. Light Up the Night Boat Parade

If you get a chance to visit Beaufort during the holiday season, be sure to attend the Light Up the Night Boat Parade. This event shows you Beaufort in a way you’ve never seen before. Admire the passing boats from Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park as they compete with each other for the most impressive light show! Join the fun for just $15 or watch the spectacle from shore. Anyway you participate is guaranteed to bring you a ton of fun and holiday cheer.

Where to Stay in Beaufort

Situated at the mouth of the Port Royal, Cuthbert House Inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast that embodies the Lowcountry charm of the surrounding area. Whether it’s this weekend’s or next weekend’s festival that brings you to Beaufort, staying with us is the only way to ensure that your visit to the scenic Sea Islands of South Carolina reaches its full potential. Interior view of Cuthbert House Inn's garden room Sit back and enjoy the beautiful marshes and welcoming atmosphere from our deluxe Garden Room. Embrace the fresh ocean air from your private, southern-style porch that overlooks the formal gardens and courtyard. Every room in our 200-year-old mansion is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities that provide guests with a unique and luxurious experience. Don’t miss out on any of Beaufort’s incredible festivals this year. Book a stay at the Cuthbert House Inn!