A celebration of South Carolina Wild Caught Shrimp, the two-day festival serves up local food and fun for Lowcountry residents.
The 20th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival is set to take place at Waterfront Park in Beaufort on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4. This two-day celebration will feature live music, arts and crafts, a wide variety of fun activities for all ages, and of course plenty of scrumptious dishes featuring wild caught shrimp from South Carolina. Produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA and the South Carolina Shrimpers Association, the presenting sponsor for the event is the Beaufort area’s premier VW dealer, Hilton Head Volkswagen.
The festival showcases the best of Lowcountry restaurants and supports the efforts of Main Street Beaufort.
Here’s what the Shrimp Festival has lined up for residents of our apartments near Bluffton, SC:
Friday, October 3: Starting at noon, those who want to kick the festival off early can browse through the Arts & Crafts Market or take a carriage, bus, walking, or boat tour of beautiful downtown Beaufort. A party in the park will take place at 6 p.m. featuring live music performed by The Company Band as local restaurants preview their shrimp dishes for Saturday's competitions.
Saturday, October 4: At 8 a.m. the popular 5K Bridge Run/Walk will take place on a USATF-certified course, followed at 8:45 a.m. by the Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under. The festival kicks in at 11 a.m. with children’s activities, the arts and crafts market, and live music throughout the day provided by The Brewer Band, Aunt Pearlie Sue, and The Bull Grapes. Local restaurants will compete for the “Best Shrimp Dish” and “Best Booth Decoration” as voted by festival judges and the “People’s Choice” award as voted by festival attendees. There will be alternative foods on hand, as well, for any shellfish intolerant fest-goers.
Also on Saturday is the 6th annual Charity Shrimp Race, which will feature $5,000 in cash prizes, as well as the chance to win the $1 Million Grand Prize.