Since its inception in 2005, the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival has united citizens, local merchants, and artists in a celebration of culture and creativity.
What began as a one-day event has since expanded to a week-long celebration highlighting the “gems of Bluffton.” This event was established to foster a strong sense of community and support local merchants and artists through tourism. The Festival recognizes the importance of preserving the May River and the historic Bluffton Oyster Company, both integral to the town’s identity. The 2023 event takes place October 14- 22.
Here are just some of the long-standing events associated with the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival.
OLD TOWN OYSTER 5K AND 10K:
These races run through Old Town Bluffton among the scenic river and marsh views. Both events are professionally timed with an awards ceremony and after-party with music, cold beer, oyster shooters, May River mimosas and more.
1. Take a Kid Fishing Tournament
2. Blessing of the Fleet and Boat Parade
3. Author Night
4. Tours of the Waddell Mariculture Center
5. May River Boat Tour:
May River Excursions takes you on a one-hour guided “Skiff” cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
6. May River Oyster Farm Tour:
This is a rare opportunity to experience with May River Oyster Company’s working oyster farm. Farmers demonstrate the techniques and methods used to produce some of the best oysters in the world.
1. Juried Fine Art and Craft Show Street Fest
2. Local Artists Showcase:
Each year as the Arts and Seafood Festival opens our local galleries work together to showcase the amazing local. Galleries will have artists working on their porches and lawns. In Martin Family Park additional local artists present their work. Visitors are invited to stroll the “Original One Square Mile,” a designated cultural district and enjoy the local art scene.
3. Art in the Park:
Children’s art activities are conducted under the pavilion. Art in the Park offers creative stations along with games, prizes and more for the budding artists of all ages.
1. Sips & Seafood Party:
The evening includes sensational Lowcountry dining, savory cocktails, a wine pull and live auctions to support our Bluffton neighbors in need.
2. Rockin’ on the Dock:
3. Bluffton State of Mind Supper Soirée:
This night under the stars is an “Eat in the Street,” for course Dinner with music and wine, served in the center of Historic Calhoun Street highlighting some of our local chefs.
4. Oyster Fest:
Oyster Roast of the Season, Shrimp Boil, BBQ and Live Music
Outdoor Pops in the Park
Whether you are a resident of Bluffton or a visitor, we invite you to this celebration “where fine art and the bounty of the sea come together”!