February and March Events on Hilton HeadLate February through March on Hilton Head Island represents peak off-season time for residents and tourists who enjoy our foot-shaped island. Here’s a look at social-distancing safe events you can expect.
Gullah Celebration: Events through Feb. 28
Most of this year’s Gullah Celebration is virtual — including the Music Heritage Series — but there are still a few in-person events on Hilton Head (masks are required).
Arts Ob We People: Winter Exhibition and Sale is a display of original work by emerging and leading artists that represents the life of Gullah people on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding community. Private group tours are available by appointment only through Feb. 28. Learn more.
Taste of Gullah: This one-of-kind event will be held from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Enjoy an afternoon filled with authentic Gullah dishes and classic Lowcountry favorites. While you eat, you can enjoy the entertainment of several local artists including traditional dancers, musicians and storytellers. Masks are required for this event. Learn more.
Chamber Restaurant Week: Feb. 20-27
The annual Chamber Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try new foods and get a taste of new restaurants. This year, both take out and dine-in are available! Modeled after successful restaurant weeks in New York and other cities, over 70 of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island restaurants offer specially-priced or prix-fixe menus, signature dishes, new entrées and old favorites. View menus from this year’s participants here.
Bluffton Artisan Market: March 14
The Bluffton Artisan Market is an open-air market with live music and food trucks that features local makers from 1-5 p.m. monthly every second Sunday. The market is held in the courtyard at the new Burnt Church Distillery. Learn more, including participating vendors, here.
Sip & Savor: March 19-20
This event, hosted by The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa, is a weekend filled with local brews, seafood and wine. The weekend kicks off with an oyster roast and BBQ on the Westin’s Oceanfront Deck, featuring beers from two local breweries and live music. Saturday includes a dolphin cruise with a mimosa bar and light breakfast, and a wine pairing dinner with live music that night. Learn more.
Coastal Discovery Museum:
The Coastal Discovery Museum is a great place to visit. There’s always an art exhibit inside, the grounds and gardens are beautiful, and they also have classes and tours you can sign up for such as boat and kayak tours and Sweetgrass basket classes.
The Hilton Head Farmers Market is also held on the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum every Tuesday from 9:00am-1:00pm. Take home fresh local produce, pasture raised chicken, free range rabbit, pork, seafood, salsa, fresh sausage, cookies, breads, She-Crab soup, and more. Learn more.
Things to do on your own
Visit Sea Pines Resort
There’s a ton to see and do in Sea Pines Resort. Take a walk around Harbour Town, grab a meal on the deck at The Salty Dog, schedule a trail ride with Lawton Stables, or rent some bikes and go on a family bike ride through the resort’s leisure paths.
Go golfing — or take the kids for mini-golf
Hilton Head Island is known for its world-class golf courses. But, if you’re looking for something better suited for the little kids — or just a fun date night — check out the island’s mini-golf courses!
Take a walk on the beach
Believe it or not, this time of year is actually one of the best times to visit the island’s beautiful beaches. On the days when it’s NOT raining, the crowds are nearly nonexistent and the wildlife is active. While you might need a sweater or light jacket, it’s usually not freezing on the beach.
Islander tip? Check out Folly Field Beach early in the morning or around sunset. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the beach mostly to yourself. Feel like a long walk? From the Folly Field Beach entrance, head to your left and keep walking until you see the rock groin. If it’s close to low tide, you’ll find tidal pools with all kinds of cool ocean creatures near the rocks.