Hilton Head Island October Highlights

Fall has finally arrived in the Lowcountry and everyone is busy making the most of this special season. From family festivals and Broadway musicals to prestigious automotive events and Halloween happenings, following are just a few of the exciting activities taking place this October.

The Salty Dog Cafe
At The Salty Dog Café in South Beach Marina Village, food and fun are always served up in equal portions.

The month begins with the 15th Annual Oyster Roast on Saturday, October 1 with oysters roasted over an open flame, live music, kid’s fun and games, Jake the Salty Dog and special prices on cookout favorites starting at 4 p.m. On October 15, sample food from the Village restaurants, play carnival games, listen to live music and meet up with Jake again for the 12th Annual Fall Festival from 12-4 p.m.

Savor local flavors on October 22 at the Shrimp Festival & Lowcountry Boil or stop by The Salty Dog Café any night through December 15 to enjoy 10 favorite shrimp recipes, each at a great price, during the Annual Shrimpfest. If you’re ready for some gridiron action, get in the game with a free Hot Dog and Nacho Bar, drink specials and more during Monday Night Football.

Experience the Haunted Village on October 29 at the Haunted BBQ & Costume Contest with a Kid’s Costume Contest, prizes, candy, hot dogs and burgers from 4-9 p.m. For details on seasonal happenings at The Salty Dog Café, call (843) 671-2233 or visit saltydog.com.

The Sea Pines Resort
A catch-and-release event for ages 4-104, the Sea Pines Recreation Department hosts the Harbour Town Cartoon Fishing Roundup on October 1 at designated docks around the marina. Later in the month, experience the history and natural history of the resort during the Sea Pines Bike Tour in Harbour Town on October 15. Advance reservations are required. (843) 842-1979 or seapines.com.

At the H2O Nature Center in Harbour Town, join the Master Naturalist to get up close and personal with Lowcountry reptiles, including alligators, snakes and turtles, during the Discovery Reptiles program on October 4. Space is limited, call (843) 686-5323 or visit h2osportsonline.com for reservations.

If you’re brave enough, reserve your seat for the Haunted Wagon Rides in The Sea Pines Resort Forest Preserve on October 28 and 29 or give little goblins a chance to show off their costumes and search for the pumpkin patch during the afternoon Halloween Wagon Rides on October 29 and 30. All ages in costume are invited to Halloween on the Harbour in Harbour Town on October 30 for pumpkin decorating, crafts, activities, trick-or-treating, a costume contest, cookies and cider. (843) 842-1979 or seapines.com.

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
In the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery at the Arts Center, The Color of Life – A Real and Surreal Journey photography exhibit by Jean-Marie Cote is on view through October 1, followed by Six Artists One Palette, an exhibition by six artists using the same palette set-up but exploring individual motifs, is on display October 4-29. (843) 681-5060 or artleaguehhi.org. October 24, Tee Off Fore the Arts during the Mortgage Network’s benefit golf tournament for the Arts Center on the newly-designed Arnold Palmer Signature Course in Wexford Plantation. An Awards Reception follows play with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, raffle and auction. (843) 686-3945 ext. 277 or artshhi.com.

Winner of six Tony Awards and two Grammys, catch the spunky, flashy and infectious Broadway smash, Dreamgirls, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina through October 23. Experience the ups and downs and backstage drama of the Dreams, the hottest girl group in the 1960s and 70s, and hear the fabulous hits, “One Night Only,” “I Am Changing“ and the powerful “And I‘m Telling You I‘m Not Going.” (843) 842-2787 or artshhi.com.

Festivals, Performances & Special Events
The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s 30th season begins on October 10 with Be Our Guest… Opening Night featuring principal guest conductor John Morris Russell and violinist Bella Hristova at First Presbyterian Church. Trumpets Resound, a concert highlighting the talents of conductor Sean Newhouse and trumpeters Paul Lott and Michael Smith, takes place on October 24. For ticket information, call (843) 842-2055 or visit hhso.org.

A showcase of locally-harvested seafood, cuisine, history, art and Southern hospitality, the 7th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival returns October 16-23. Experience the quirkiness of Old Town Bluffton with a boat parade and tours, concerts and performances, kayak tours, book signings, races, Art Around Town, a two-day Streetfest and much more. (843) 757-2583 or blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com.

October 28-November 6, the 10th Annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance roars back into the Lowcountry with the Savannah Speed Classic on Hutchinson Island followed by the Motoring Midway, Car Club Jamboree and prestigious Concours d’Elegance at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Other special events include A Vintage Fashion Show, “Classic” Cocktails with Honorary Chairman Dennis Gage, a Concours Entry Poster Exhibit, a “Behind the Gates” Driving Tour and much more. For details and tickets, call (843) 785-7469 or visit hhiconcours.com.

Halloween Happenings
A safe holiday celebration with non-scary costumes, games of skill, prizes, candy, a fire truck, surprises, food and fun, First Baptist Church Hilton Head hosts a free Trunk or Treat Community Event in the church parking lot on October 26 starting at 6 p.m. (843) 785-4478 or fbchhi.org.

From 5-8 p.m. on October 27, Halloween at Coligny Plaza includes a Pet Costume Contest, Family Costume Contest, a Hot Dog Eating Contest, Trick-or-Treating at shops and restaurants, a free photo booth, Ghost Stories by Yostie, a Giant Shark Slide and more. (843) 842-6050 or colignyplaza.com.

At Shelter Cove Community Park, the Island Rec. Center hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch on October 28, complete with a petting zoo, blow-up rides, hayrack rides, costume contest and more. (843) 681-7273 or islandreccenter.org.

Trick or Treat TangerStyle on October 29 in the courtyard of Tanger Outlet 2 from 1-3 p.m. An afternoon of “frightful fun,” children 12 and under in costume are welcome to come out for this Halloween/Harvest Festival. (843) 837-4339 or tangeroutlet.com.

Finally, trick-or-treat along Broad Creek and enjoy family entertainment on October 29 during the Annual Halloween Event at Shelter Cove Harbour. For details, call (843) 686-9098 or sheltercovehiltonhead.com .