Looking for something fun to do on Hilton Head Island this April? There are more than enough exciting adventures to have, as the arrival of spring ushers in a season of celebration in the Lowcountry with family-friendly festivals, musical masterpieces, commanding performances and Easter activities taking place throughout the month. Here’s a handy guide to just a few of the exciting and entertaining events around town this April.
April 1, 2017
Head over to Tanger Outlet 1 on the first of April to Touch A Truck! Kids will get the chance to climb, honk and explore a variety of trucks and vehicles from the Bluffton Township Fire Department, the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and more from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free to this fun Hilton Head Island event; school supply donations to support Project Connect are appreciated.
March 31-April 8, 2017
The Inaugural Chamber Fashion Week presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce runs through April 8 with pop-up shows, entertainment, special events and discounts at various retailers and locations, such as a Plaid ParTee to celebrate National Tartan Day and the Fashion Week Wrap-Up Fashion Show at Poseidon Rooftop Bar in Shelter Cove Towne Centre.
Thursdays in April
Thursday evenings throughout the month of April, stop by Shelter Cove Marina for Music & Taste on the Harbour under the Neptune Statue from 6-9 p.m. These outdoor concerts will feature Deas Guyz on April 6, The Headliners on April 13, Target the Band on April 20 and The Headliners again on April 27 with specially-priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. Admission is free, please bring chairs and a canned good for The Deep Well Project.
March 31-2, 2017
Don’t miss the Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s spring show, Paquita, Rich Man’s Frug and a Gershwin Performance, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Opening with the concert version of Paquita, the program also includes jazz and tap numbers. The show will feature the company of classically trained dancers in an eclectic program that explores a variety of dance styles including classical and contemporary ballet, tap and jazz.
April 2, 2017
The Hilton Head Choral Society presents their annual Choral Festival at Holy Family Catholic Church featuring performances from five individual choruses, plus a group finale featuring “Missa Brevis” and “Psalm 23” by renowned composer Paul Basler, who will direct his own works. Advance ticket purchase is required, call (843) 341-3818 or go to hiltonheadchoralsociety.tix.com.
April 4-5, 2017
The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents Symphony Under The Stars: Flower Power—The ‘60s in Shelter Cove Veterans Memorial Park. This evening of memorable music features Music Director and famed Cincinnati Pops conductor, John Morris Russell, vocalist Michelle Amato and drummer Steve Morretti performing classic hits, such as “Brown-Eyed Girl,” “Natural Woman” and “Soul Bossa Nova.”
April 4-9, 2017
Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute (SSTI) presents “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical” at Hilton Head Preparatory School’s Main Street Theatre. Not a typical juke-box musical, “Tenderyly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical” offers a remarkably personal and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. Discover her journey by going to a shows are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
April 5, 2017
With special offers in the stores, food and drinks available for purchase and live music from Lowcountry Boil Bluegrass Band, there’s no excuse not to get over to Coligny Plaza. During the RBC Heritage, April 10-16, hop on the complimentary Official Tournament Shuttle from Coligny Plaza to be dropped off near Harbour Town or hang around the shopping center for a concert featuring Cranford Hollow on Wednesday, April 12.
April 7 & 9, 2017
Just over the bridge, the Bluffton Old Town Merchants Society hosts its Spring Art Walk from 3-7 p.m. Meet local artists, see what’s new in your favorite shops and dine throughout Old Town during this seasonal celebration. Saturday, April 8, is the 5th Annual Taste of Bluffton, a Southern celebration of food, presented by the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce on Calhoun Street. For more information about the Spring Art Walk, visit oldtownbluffton.com and for more about the Taste of Bluffton, call (843) 757-1010 or go to tasteofbluffton.com.
10. Spring Shop Hop
April 8, 2017
Enjoy a great afternoon full of fun for the whole family including live music, the Easter Bunny (perfect for on-the-spot Instagram-worthy photos), special sidewalk sales, a bake sale featuring gourmet baked goods that will benefit Pockets Full of Sunshine, crafts for the kids and our first ever “Bunny Hop Trail” created for kids to fill their complimentary easter basket full of goodies from each of the Village of Wexford merchants. This fun fest will last from 2-6 p.m. and also feature an Egg-strordinary Bake Sale!
April 8, 2017
Featuring an Easter Egg Hunt, bounce houses, a zip line, rock wall and bungee jumping, concessions and other entertainment, the Island Rec. Center’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza returns to Shelter Cove Community Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 2-12 and free for adults with concessions and some activities sold separately.
12. Herb Spring Sale
April 8, 2017
Also on Saturday is the Herb Society of Hilton Head’s Spring Sale in the Pavilion at Shelter Cove Towne Centre from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Check out the selection of potted herbs, French Market soup, mock Boursin, sangria and horseradish jellies, vinegars, herb salad mix, rosemary pecans and gumbo mix with all proceeds donated to local charities.
April 14-16, 2017
The following weekend, Shelter Cove Towne Centre’s monthly Water Side Walk Sale will commence, all day from Friday-Sunday. This will be followed up by the Carolina Dreamers Car Club Cruise-In, which takes place on April 27, features a 50/50 raffle and awards and is open to all automotive enthusiasts!
14. Easter in Sea Pines
April 14-16, 2017
Later in the month, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance at Heritage Farm in The Sea Pines Resort for Easter Bunny Wagon Rides, with the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Harbour Town kicking off at 11 a.m. on April 16. For details and wagon ride reservations, call (843) 842-1979 or visit seapines.com.
15. Salty Dog Fun
April 15 & 29, 2017
Jake the Salty Dog will join the Easter Bunny for the Salty Dog Easter Egg Hunt in South Beach Marina Village. Starting promptly at 10 a.m., one of the largest free Easter Egg Hunts in the Southeast features prizes and candy for kids 12 and under. Stay for the Salty Dog Luau, which begins at 4 p.m. and features a tropical inspired cuisine, live music, free leis and special appearances by Jake the Salty Dog. On April 29, the Salty Dog Burger Bonanza is a chance to enjoy all kinds of cool variations of this cookout staple accompanied by live music from Bruce Crichton.
April 16, 2017
Select stores are open on Easter Sunday and you can save even more by downloading a 25% savings coupon at tangerstyle.com. For updates and event information, call (843) 837-5410 or visit tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead.
April 22, 2017
An Earth Day Celebration hosted by Experience Green is scheduled at Shelter Cove Community Park showcasing environmental, conservation, health/wellbeing products, healthy food vendors and kids’ learning activities and games. For details, visit experiencegreen.org. In Bluffton, the 17th Annual May River Cleanup and Earth Day Celebration will be held in Bluffton’s Oyster Factory Park from 9-11:30 a.m. For details, call (843) 706-4559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 23-24, 2017
The Orchestra returns to First Presbyterian Church with Brahms: A German Requiem, one of the most revered and profound works of orchestral repertoire. For tickets, call (843) 842-2055.
19. Sister Act
April 26-May 21, 2017
Later in the month, the Arts Center presents the amazing feel-good musical comedy, Sister Act. Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe Las Vegas diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! See what unfolds as she helps her sisters find their voices, 8 p.m. on Tuesdays-Saturdays, with matinees on select Sundays.
April 29-30, 2017
The month wraps up with the Art Market at Historic Honey Horn. Nearly 100 accomplished artists from across the country compete for prize money during this 17th annual juried outdoor fine art and craft show. Rain or shine, the outdoor show is open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a $3 per person admission charge. Demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend.