Formerly the Self Family Arts Center, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a showcase for professional performing and visual arts, as well as cultural festivals and educational outreach. The Arts Center also offers community education, including Visual and Performing Arts Camps, Theater Camp, and other workshops and classes.
The Coastal Discovery Museum offers a variety of programs, activities, and indoor and outdoor exhibits year-round to over 125,000 visitors. The Museum also leases the 68-acre Honey Horn Plantation from the Town of Hilton Head Island, which it uses to educate residents and visitors about the history, culture and natural environment of the Lowcountry and Hilton Head Island. The Coastal Discovery Museum is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Hilton Head Choral Society, founded in 1975, is a non-profit organization “open to community members who love to sing and enjoy good fellowship.” The choirs of the Hilton Head Choral Society are known for their diverse musical repertoire including classical masterworks, pops concerts and lighter fare, patriotic and Americana, gospel and musical theatre, a 20-voice chamber choir and a youth choir. The 120-member full chorus presents four major programs per season: A Fall Pops Concert, The Christmas Concert, The Musical Masterworks Concert and a pair of Memorial Day concerts celebrating the art of American choral singing and a patriotic tribute.
The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra started 25 years ago by a handful of musicians and classical music aficionados. They dreamed of bringing “big city” culture to Hilton Head. Since then, they have transformed from a small group of classical music lovers to a highly rated symphony orchestra. Their main performance hall is the First Presbyterian Church on William Hilton Parkway, next to Fire Station 3. A branch formed from the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra is the Hilton Head Youth Orchestra, helping young musicians across the county with their love for music.
ACBC’s mission is to promote and foster the arts of Beaufort County, South Carolina, including Hilton Head Island. ACBC’s vision is to position and maintain Beaufort County as a vibrant arts community. They do this through active marketing, service to current arts organizations and artists and advocacy for the arts.
The Main Street Youth Theatre, located on the north end of the island on Main Street, is a non-profit community theatre dedicated to enriching the lives of the islands youth by providing a true theatrical experience. Each year, MSYT performs 4-5 Broadway quality shows that run about 2 months at a time. During the tourist season, MSYT is a major tourist attraction and is also a local hot spot year round. The organization also provides acting, dance, and vocal instruction after school and during the summer.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND CULTURE & ANNUAL EVENTS!
- Gullah Celebration – Although threatened by the rapid increase in tourism, Gullah culture can be seen at the annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration which is held at Shelter Cove Community Park in February.
- WineFest – The Annual WineFest will be held at Honey Horn Plantation. It is the largest outdoor, tented wine tasting on the East Coast, featuring over 1,500 domestic and international wines.
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Over 20,000 people attended the parade, parade route runs along Pope Avenue.
- WingFest – The Annual Hargray WingFest, Shelter Cove Community Park. The Island Recreation Association operates the event. All proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund.
- HarbourFest – HarbourFest, runs every Tuesday night from June – August at Shelter Cove Marina, featuring arts & crafts, live entertainment, and fireworks at sunset. There is a special HarbourFest celebration on July 4. In addition, enjoy family entertainment by Shannon Tanner. Tanner plays two shows per night, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Monday – Friday.
- The RBC Heritage Golf Classic – This is one of the busiest times of the year in HHI. Look out for some well-known figures! The RBC Heritage Golf Classic, takes place at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort.
- Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival – The Annual Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, featuring world-class vintage and antique autos, Italian sports cars and American muscle cars from all over the country held at Honey Horn Plantation.