Although some forecasts calls for snow, there’s no reason to have the winter blues while on Hilton Head Island. Welcome the new year in the Lowcountry with seasonal sporting events, cultural celebrations, food festivals, uplifting concerts and gala performances. Following are just a few of the special events taking place this February.
Feb. 1-28, 2017
The annual Gullah Celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head. This month-long festival has an array of events, including the Gullah Music Series, which celebrates and honors the spiritual thread that binds the African ancestors and the Gullah of today, as well as the Sweetheart Ball with Deas Guyz on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at the Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa.
The biggest days of the festival are arguably the Taste Of Gullah on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 or the Arts, Craft and Food Expo at The Gullah Marketplace on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 and the Da’ Gullah Jazz And Heritage Party on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at Shelter Cove Park. Each of these events are filled with authentic Gullah dishes, such as okra gumbo, conch stew, fried shrimp dusted in traditional Gullah seasonings. Everyone from local artists to traditional dancers, musicians and storytellers make appearances at these fun events.
For details, call email [email protected] or call (843) 255-7304.
Feb. 7-26, 2017
Ken Ludwig’s hilarious comedy “Leading Ladies” is center stage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina this February. Set in the 1950s, this show follows two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find their careers in a serious rut when they hear an old lady in York, PA, is about to leave her fortune to two long lost English nieces. To impersonate the heirs, the men must play the role of their lives.
Shows are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. , with special matinee showings on select Sundays throughout the month. Tickets for preview performances, Feb. 7-9, 2017, are $38 for adults and $27 for children 5-15 years and full priced tickets, Feb. 10-26, 2017, are $48 for adults and $33 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s box office at (843) 842-2787.
Feb. 11, 2017
On February 11, race over to Jarvis Creek Park for the 2017 Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K and Children’s Fun Run. This scenic certified-course ventures through two parks, over Broad Creek and through several communities, including Spanish Wells, Point Comfort & Honey Horn Plantation. The course is fast and flat with an incline at the Broad Creek Bridge, a one-mile span that is done twice. There is a post-race party featuring a craft beer garden, as well as live music, food, door prizes and an awards ceremony.
For details and registration information about the races, call Bear Foot Sports at (843) 757-8520 or email [email protected]
Feb. 11, 2017
From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Salty Dog Hunting Season will be in full swing with the Salty Dog Heart Hunt. Kids 12 and under will search for hearts hidden around South Beach Marina that are redeemable for free Salty Dog T-shirts, prizes and treats. After the hunt, Jake the Salty Dog will be giving away free hugs and Beth Green, The Music Lady, will charm kids of all ages with her whimsical music style. Come out and fall in love with The Salty Dog! For details, call the Salty Dog Café at (843) 671-2233 or email [email protected]
Feb. 11, 2017
Bring the entire family—two- and four-legged—to this fun Valentine’s Day Fundraiser to benefit the Hilton Head Humane Association from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park. There will be a bake sale and cakewalk, in addition to dog and cat adoptions, Valentine’s photos with pets and music and entertainment. “For The Love of Paws” will also feature a silent auction, which will end at 1:30 p.m. For questions or to make a donation, contact the Hilton Head Humane Association at (843) 681-8686.
Feb. 19-20, 2017
Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Lowcountry with music, stories and dance, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents “Lowcountry Pops! A Gullah Celebration” at 4 p.m. on Sunday and 8 p.m. on Monday. Soloist Kisma Jordan will make an appearance, along with a blend of local artists. Come see the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Savannah Children’s Choir and the Hilton Head Dance Theater perform! Concert tickets are $30, $45 and $55. For additional information, call the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at (843) 842-2055.
Feb. 20, 2017
Don’t miss The Broadway Tenors: Music of the Night on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane. The shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. will transport you through the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in a thrilling evening of Broadway’s most beloved hits featuring a dazzling repertoire from shows like Evita, South Pacific, Phantom of the Opera and more. Tickets for The Broadway Tenors: Music of the Night are $66 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (843) 842-ARTS.
Feb. 21, 2017
Any artisans in the crowd, craft lovers and history buffs, should consider attending the Native American Flute Making Workshop at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina with Hawk Hurst from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. During this workshop, students will make a flute from river cane, while learning the cultural and historical background of the Native American flute. They will map out the placement and burn the holes for their flute, as well as finish the rest of the instrument, decorating it to their own personal satisfaction. But it’s not just about creating the flute. Students will also learn a traditional song and make music and get a glimpse of Hawk’s collection of primitive flutes, horns and wind instruments collected from various cultures all over the world.
The cost of the Native American Flute Making Workshop is $40. To register, go to artshhi.com/workshop-registration and for more information, call the Arts Center at (843) 686-3945 or email [email protected]
9. Seafood Fest
Feb. 20-26, 2017
Foodies can’t miss the 10th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation. With a special outdoor celebration on Saturday, February 25 in Shelter Cove Community Park, this weeklong family-style culinary celebration features everything from experiences on the water to collaborative dinners, incredible pit masters, celebrity guest chef demos and more. Step out at one of the many events showcasing the regional talents and explore artisan made art, gifts and specialty items all while tasting the very best of coastal cuisine and spirits. For more information, call the Island Rec. Center at (843) 681-7273 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
Feb. 25, 2017
A quintessential meal in the Lowcountry, oyster roasts are not just a time to fill bellies, but to be with friends and enjoy a tradition that’s been around for centuries. This month, the Salty Dog Café will host their Annual Oyster Roast with food out over the open flame from 4-8 p.m. or until they’re gone. Get their early and you might just get a free Salty Dog T-shirt! There will be special prices, as well as live music by Trevor Harden and children’s entertainment with special appearances from Jake the Salty Dog. For additional details, call the Salty Dog Café at (843) 671-2233 or email [email protected]