Here comes the Annual Beaufort Water Festival

Beaufort's premiere summer event, the 10 day Annual Beaufort Water Festival, kicks off this Friday in our picturesque Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park here in downtown Beaufort SC bringing our summertime celebration of Lowcountry culture that locals wouldn’t miss for the world and that has tens of thousands of visitors making a special trip to experience each year.

Started in 1956 and now in its 64th year, the Beaufort Water Festival brings family friendly activities, sporting events, daily & nightly concerts, fireworks displays and lots more.

If you like dancing, live music, touring shrimp boats, parades or even having dinner surrounded by the entire community, the Beaufort Water Festival has been a can't-miss event for hundreds of thousands of folks over the decades.

If you're visiting Beaufort SC for the festival, here is the full schedule of events.

Friday, July 12

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Noon – 7 pm

Opening Ceremonies
Entertainment by The Parris Island Marine Band & Fireworks at Dusk
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
FREE EVENT​
Gates open at 6 pm, Ceremony at 7 pm
FREE Shuttle Service from the Beaufort County Government Center

Saturday, July 13

Raft Race
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Seawall
8:30 am – Noon

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
9 am – 7 pm

Bocce Tournament
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Main Field
Play starts at 9 am

Badminton Tournament
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Stage Field
Play starts at 9 am

Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Seawall
FREE EVENT
10 am – Noon
Ages 12 and under only
Bring your own rod, reel and tackle
Bait provided

Sponsor’s Expo
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Pavilion
FREE EVENT
10 am – 2 pm

Shrimp Boat Tours
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Seawall
FREE EVENT
Noon – 4 pm

Concert In The Park
Headline Performer: Tyler Farr
Opening Act: Copper Chief
Also Performing: Emily Ann Roberts
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Tickets $30
Gates open at 6 pm, Show starts 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

Sunday, July 14

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
9 am – 5 pm

River Rally
Local Waters
9 am – 1 pm

Children’s Day
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
FREE EVENT
11 am – 3 pm
Featuring Games, Activities, Shows, Bounce Houses and Prizes

Shrimp Boat Tours
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Seawall
FREE EVENT
Noon – 4 pm

Ski Show
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
FREE EVENT
1 PM

Teen Dance
Entertainment by DJ Donna
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Tickets $10
6 pm – 9 pm – Gates open
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

Monday, July 15

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
10 am – 7 pm

Motown Monday
Entertainment by Deas-Guyz
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Tickets $15
Gates open 7 pm, Show starts 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

Tuesday, July 16

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
10 am – 7 pm

Hometown Tuesday
Entertainment by Local Beaufort Artists
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
FREE EVENT
Gates open 7 pm, Show starts at 8 pm
No outside food or beverages, or coolers

Wednesday, July 17

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
10 am – 7 pm

Talent Show
Hosted by The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Tickets $10 or FREE with Official 64th 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

Thursday, July 18

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
10 am – 7 pm

Lowcountry Supper
Headline Entertainment by 20 Ride
Opening Act – Andrew Beam
Featuring The Whistlers
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Tickets $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

Friday, July 19

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
10 am – 7 pm

Bed Race
Corner of Bay & Harrington Streets, Downtown Beaufort
Spectoators line Bay Street to Best Western Hotel
$25 entry per team
4:30 pm check-in / 5 pm start time

River Dance
Entertainment by Thunderstruck
Opening Act – Frogmore Stu
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Tickets $15
Gates open at 7 pm, Show starts 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 20

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
9 am – 7 pm

Water Festival Grand Parade
Organized by The Beaufort Lions Club
City of Beaufort traditional parade route
FREE EVENT
10 am – Noon

Non-Profit Expo
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Pavilion
FREE EVENT
Noon – 4 pm

​Air Show
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
FREE EVENT
1 pm – 4 pm
Stunt Planes, Parachutists, US Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo

Commodore’s Ball
Entertainment by The New Royals
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Tickets $10
Gates open at 7 pm, Show starts at 8 pm
No refunds, outside food or beverages or coolers
Children age 5 and under FREE

Sunday, July 21

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Promenade at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
9 am – 3 pm

Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats
Beaufort River at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Seawall
Noon – 2 pm
 

Festival Ends at 3:00 pm

Also, you can visit the Annual Beaufort Water Festival website for more information and to purchase your tickets to the nightly events.

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