Things to Do This Spring on HIlton Head Island


It’s officially Spring! 

For locals, Spring is definitely a favorite season on the island. The weather is warmer, the days are sunnier, the flowers are blooming … and it’s RBC Heritage time! 

Yes, Spring is the “unofficial” start of festival and tourist season in the Lowcountry.

But the thing locals really love? Even though RBC Heritage brings arguably the largest crowds of the year to the island, those crowds only last a week. The rest of the season tends to be much less crowded than the summer months — and since summer is technically our rainy season, the weather can be a bit better, too!

Here are some of our favorite things to do on Hilton Head Island in the Spring:


  1. Visit the Warner W. Plahs Wildflower Field in Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Did you know Sea Pines has its own wildflower field? The flowers bloom from March through June. Learn more here.


  1. Check out the gardens & grounds at The Coastal Discovery Museum

Honey Horn has a ton of flowers in bloom on the grounds of The Coastal Discovery Museum in the Spring, plus they have a butterfly exhibit! 


  1. Enjoy the crowd-free beaches by renting beach cruisers

A benefit to spending your days on the beach before the summer crowds? There’s so much more room to play! This is the ideal time of year to rent some beach cruisers and bike as far as you want on the island’s pristine beaches.


  1. Take your pups to the beach before Memorial Day 

Dogs aren’t allowed on Hilton Head beaches during peak hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from Memorial Day through Labor Day. So take advantage of the gorgeous weather and bring your pups during the Spring!


  1. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on Fish Island in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

There’s a ton to see in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. So why not make a day of it and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the secluded Fish Island? 

Looking for events? Here’s what’s happening from the rest of March through May:

Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival — Through March 26

Hilton Head Island’s wine and food enthusiasts greet the Island’s popular spring season every March with a week-long celebration to embrace the fruits of global wine partnerships, signature Lowcountry cuisine, grassroots cultural happenings and the authentic fabric of a unique community.

The main event is the public tasting from 12-3 p.m. on March 26. View all of the events and pricing here.

Gregg Russell Spring Concerts — March 28-April 13

7:30 to 9 p.m., select nights

Enjoy live music from Gregg Russell under the famed Sea Pines Liberty Oak. See the schedule here.

Music & Taste at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina — March 31-May 19

Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy this free outdoor concert series at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina this Spring! The series will feature local bands, and local restaurants will serve specially priced appetizers and drinks. See the band lineup here.

Party in the Pines — April 2

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Join the Sea Pines Forest Preserve Foundation for their Spring event that includes a picnic themed menu, live music and fun for all. Learn more here.

RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing — April 11-17

It’s Hilton Head Island’s favorite PGA Tour stop! Watch the pros at Sea Pines Harbour Town Golf Links, plus enjoy food & drinks, shop from other vendors and sport your best plaid outfits. 

Check out our Spectators Guide to learn more about this year’s event.

Easter Wagon Journey — April 14-16

Hop aboard our beautiful red wagon and experience a spring exploration of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, while playing a game of "Easter I- Spy" along the way. Reservations are required. Learn more here.

Easter Egg Hunt — April 17 (Easter Sunday)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Held at the Gregg Russell Harbour Town Playground, the Easter Egg Hunt is an annual tradition with the Easter Bunny as part of the festivities. This is a free event. Learn more here.

The Art Market at the Coastal Discovery Museum — April 23-24

Stroll through artists’ booths under historic live oaks to find that perfect piece of original art to take home. Fine art and craft in all shapes, sizes, styles, price ranges, and mediums will be available for purchase during this weekend. Admission is $5/person; food and drink will be available for purchase. Learn more from The Coastal Discovery Museum.

Hilton Head Island Art Festival — May 28-29

Enjoy a weekend of art, shopping, dining, and entertainment! The Hilton Head Art Festival will feature the work of artists in various mediums; pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, metal, painting, photography and much more. The festival will take place along the harbour and marina promenade, inviting visitors to browse our talented artisans and shop and dine along the marina. Admission is free! Learn more.

Lindsay Bunting
Lindsay Bunting
PO Box 3087 Hilton Head Island SC 29928