10 Day Beaufort Water Festival Itinerary

The Beaufort Water Festival is a weeklong celebration. It can be a big task to plan, experiencing everything Beaufort has to offer while also catching all of the best events.

We are here to help you make the most of your time spent in our historic town for Water Fest! Keep reading for our carefully crafted itinerary for your 10 days of Beaufort Water Festival.

Friday, July 15

After you check in to The Cuthbert House Inn, head a few blocks into downtown and grab a late lunch before the opening ceremony at Lowcountry Produce.

Next, make your way to the Waterfront Park to enjoy the first day of the Festival Arts & Crafts Market from 2 pm – 7 pm. Later, the gates to the Opening Ceremony will open at 6pm. The event, featuring the Parris Island Marine Band complete with fireworks, begins at 7pm.

 

Saturday, July 16

Wake up and enjoy an early breakfast at The Cuthbert House Inn. A sweet or savory breakfast menu is offered daily. Some of our favorites include: Eggs Benedict with Bearnaise Sauce, Orange-Blueberry Pancakes with Grand Marnier Syrup and Pina Colada Pancakes with Fresh Pineapple, Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream

Now it’s time to enjoy your first full day of the Beaufort Water Festival! The first Saturday is sure to be fabulous. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water and sunscreen to check out the events:

Raft Race

Sponsored by Aire Serve of the Lowcountry & Savannah

Location: Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: 8:30 am – Noon

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park

Event Details: 9:30 am – 7 pm

 

Bocce Tournament

Sponsored by JoCo Construction and the PIZZO Family

Location: Waterfront Park Main Field

Event Details: Play starts at 8 am

 

Badminton Tournament

Sponsored by A.C. Harvey’s Screenprinting

Location: Waterfront Park Stage Field

Event Details: Play starts at 9 am

 

Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament

Sponsored by Plair Enterprises, Inc

Location: Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 10 am – Noon | Ages 12 and under only | Bring your own rod, reel and tackle | Bait provided

 

Sponsor’s Expo

Location: Waterfront Park Pavilion

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 10 am – 2 pm

 

Shrimp Boat Tours

Sponsored by Sea Eagle Market

Location: Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: FREE EVENT | Noon – 4 pm

Take a break and enjoy lunch at Paninis while you look out over the festival grounds and make plans for the week ahead.

At 5pm join us for happy hour at the Cuthbert House Inn. We offer sunset beverages and hors d’oeuvres for our guests each evening. A great way to unwind before you head back downtown for the Concert in the Park:

 

CONCERT IN THE PARK

Sponsored by Dick Broadcasting / Bob 106.9

Headline Performer: Eli Young Band

​Also Performing: Kidd G

​Opening Act: Tyler Reese Tritt

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $30 | Gates open at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm | No strollers, coolers, outside food or beverages or professional photography | No Refunds | FREE Shuttle service from Beaufort County Government Center | Children age 5 and under FREE | No pets allowed

 

Sunday, July 17

Today is another great day to spend at the Waterfront Park! Let us pack you a picnic to take with you downtown after breakfast at the Cuthbert House Inn.

The Sunday events include the following:

 

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park

Event Details: 9:30 am – 5 pm

River Rally

Sponsored by Safe Harbor Beaufort

Location: Local Waters

Event Details: 9 am – 1 pm

 

Children’s Day

Sponsored by Capital Waste Systems

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 11 am – 3 pm | Featuring Games, Activities, Shows, Bounce Houses and Prizes

 

Shrimp Boat Tours

Sponsored by Sea Eagle Market

Location: Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: FREE EVENT | Noon – 4 pm

 

Ski Show

Sponsored by Alpha Graphics

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 1 PM

After a long day outside. Come back to the inn and change for a nice dinner at Saltus River Grill.

 

If you’re visiting with teens, they will want to check out the dance:

TEEN DANCE

Sponsored by John 3:16

Entertainment: Veteran’s Pride Entertainment Services

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $10 | 6 pm – 9 pm | Gates open 6 pm – 9 pm, No entry after 8 pm (NO RE-ENTRY ALLOWED) | Ages 13 – 17 only, ID Required | Clutch Purses Only (6” x 9” size) | Please Wear Appropriate Clothing | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | No pets allowed

 

Monday, July 18

Rest your feet and explore the historic district with Emma’s Golf Cart Tours

The Historic Beaufort Golf Cart Tour lasts approximately an hour. During this time you will take a ride through The Point and other various locations in Downtown Beaufort. Each tour is a unique experience for individuals and families!

 

Relax away from the crowd and enjoy a concert from the back deck of Plums:

 

MOTOWN MONDAY

Sponsored by South State Bank

Entertainment: Deas-Guyz

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $15 | Gates open 7 pm, Show at 8 pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | FREE Shuttle Service from the Beaufort County Government Center | Children age 5 and under FREE | No pets allowed

 

Tuesday, July 19

Downtown shopping, be sure to stop at The Tabby Shore Gift Boutique, Bay Street Outfitters, Bathe, and Amidst the Alders.

Enjoy a great cup of coffee and a quick lunch at the newly opened Carolina Cider Company

Catch an early dinner at Breakwater before the evening show:

 

ISLAND TIME TUESDAY

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

Headline Entertainment: Island Time Band

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $5 | Gates open 7 pm, Show at 8 pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | No pets allowed

FIRST RESPONDER & MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT – free admission with active duty ID

 

Wednesday, July 20

Slow down under our sweeping oaks and Spanish moss on a carriage ride with Sea Island Carriage Company

While you’re exploring off the beaten path, check out Herban Market for lunch and head back to the Festival Arts & Crafts Market to pick up anything you were eyeing earlier in the week

Enjoy dinner at Old Bull Tavern– be sure to call ahead for reservations.

The evening event is as follows:

TALENT SHOW

Sponsored by CPM Federal Credit Union

Hosted by: The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $10 or FREE with Official 2022 66th Annual Water Festival T-Shirt | Gates open at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | Children age 5 and under FREE | No pets allowed

 

Thursday, July 21

Enjoy another delicious breakfast at our Inn and take it easy with a cup of coffee on our porch while you watch the boats on the water.

Grab lunch at Rain N Bagels before taking a kayak tour or renting a paddle board at the downtown Marina with Beaufort Land’s End Paddling. Exploration Through Beaufort’s Historic District Take a high tide tour through the marsh and beside the historic district. Our low tide tour takes you out to a sandbar where you can test your skills with a cast net.

Enjoy your evening meal at the …

LOWCOUNTRY SUPPER

Sponsored by GMFS Mortgage

Headline Entertainment: Steel Rail Express

Opening Act: Katie Godowns

Featuring: Chris Jones

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $15 | Gates open at 6 pm | Supper served 6 pm – 7:30 pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | Children age 5 and under FREE | No pets allowed

 

Friday, July 22

Spend some time walking downtown like the local you’re becoming and grab lunch at Hearth.

 

At 5pm return to the Cuthbert House Inn for Happy Hour and to watch the Bed Race, Sponsored by The Greenery, Inc, from our front porch.

7pm: The gates open for ROCKIN’ the RIVER, Sponsored by Finance of America Mortgage, LLC. This year Metallica fans can rock out to, Hardwire, a Metallica tribute band with the Opening Act Killin’ Quaid.

Event Details: $15 | Location: Waterfront Park | Gates open at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm | Must be 18 or Older with Valid ID to attend | No refunds, outside food or beverages, coolers or strollers| FREE Shuttle service from Beaufort County Government Center

 

Saturday, July 23

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park

Event Details: 9:30 am – 7 pm

 

Water Festival Grand Parade

Sponsored by Lowcountry Insurance

Organized by: The Beaufort Lions Club

Location: Downtown Beaufort

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 10 am – Noon

 

Non-Profit Expo

Location: Waterfront Park Pavilion

Event Details: FREE EVENT | Noon – 4 pm

 

​Air Show

Sponsored by Executive Flight Training

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 1 pm – 4 pm | Stunt Planes | Parachutists

Have another local favorite dining experience for dinner at Q on Bay before the evening event:

 

COMMODORE’S BALL

Sponsored by Mike’s Marine

Entertainment: Chairmen of the Board

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $10 | Gates open at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages or coolers | Children age 5 and under FREE | No pets allowed

 

Sunday, July 24

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park

Event Details: 9:30 am – 3 pm

 

Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats

Sponsored by The Past Commodores of the Beaufort Water Festival

Location: Beaufort River in front of Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: Noon – 2 pm | FREE registration | Boats must register to be eligible for prizes | All applications must be at the judge’s table prior to Noon

 

Grab coffee for the road at City Java and News.