Beaufort Water Festival 2017 Schedule

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) — The Beaufort Water Festival kicks off this Friday for a 10-day celebration of the best food, fun, and festivities the Lowcountry has to offer.

All week long, from July 14 to July 23 free and ticketed events will be held in Beaufort.

The festival kicks off Friday with a performance by The Parris Island Marine Band and fireworks at dusk.

The festival is a community, non-profit project that has been held annually since July 1956.

Check out a list of the free events you can attend:

Friday, July 14

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

  • Location: Promenade at Waterfront Park
  • Noon – 7pm

Opening Ceremony

  • Entertainment: The Parris Island Marine Band & Fireworks at Dusk
  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • Gates open at 6pm, Ceremony at 7pm
  • Shuttle Service from the Beaufort County Government Center

Saturday, July 15

Raft Race

  • Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
  • 8:30am – Noon

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

  • Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
  • 9am – 7pm

Bocce Tournament

  • Location: Waterfront Park Main Field
  • Play starts at 9am

Badminton Tournament

  • Location: Waterfront Park Stage Field
  • Play starts at 9am

Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament

  • Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
  • 10am – Noon
  • Ages 12 and under only
  • Bring your own rod, reel and tackle
  • Bait provided

Sponsor’s Expo

  • Location: Waterfront Park Pavilion
  • 10am – 2pm

Shrimp Boat Tours

  • Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
  •  Noon – 4pm

Ski Show

  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • 1pm & 3:30pm

Concert in the Park

  • Headliner: Aaron Lewis
  • Opening Entertainment: Jordan Rager
  • Also Appearing: Steel Rail Express
  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • Gates open at 7pm, show at 7:15pm
  • Only FREE for children age 5 and under

Sunday, July 16

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

  • Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
  • 9am – 5pm

River Rally

  • Location: Local Waters
  • 9am – 1pm

Children’s Day

  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • 11am – 3pm
  • Featuring Games, Activities, Shows, Bounce Houses and Prizes

Shrimp Boat Tours

  • Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
  • Noon – 4pm

Every Week Day

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

  • Location: Promenade at Waterfront Park
  • 10am – 7pm

Monday, July 17

Motown Monday

  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • Entertainment: Deas Guyz
  • Gates open 7pm, show at 8pm
  • Only FREE for children age 5 and under

Tuesday, July 18

Hometown Tuesday

  • Headline Entertainment: Bootless
  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • Gates open 7pm, show at 8pm
  • No outside food, beverages or coolers

Wednesday, July 19

Talent Show

  • Host: The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • FREE with Official 2017 62nd Annual Water Festival t-shirt (ticket $10)
  • Gates open 6pm, show at 7pm
  • No refunds, outside food or beverages, coolers
  • FREE for children 5 and under

Thursday, July 20

Lowcountry Supper

  • Headline Entertainment: Broke Locals
  • Opening Entertainment: Eric Daubert
  • Special Guest: Candice Glover
  • Featuring: The Whistlers
  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • Gates open at 6pm
  • Only FREE for children age 5 and under (ticket $15)

Friday, July 21

Bed Race & River Dance tickets available. Details here.

Saturday, July 22

Water Festival Grand Parade

  • Organized by The Beaufort Lions Club
  • Location: Downtown Beaufort
  • 10am – Noon

Non-Profit Expo

  • Location: Waterfront Park Pavilion
  • Noon – 4pm

Air Show

  • Demo by US Coast Guard Search & Rescue
  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • 1pm – 4pm

Commodore’s Ball

  • Entertainment: The New Royals
  • Location: Waterfront Park
  • Gates open at 7pm, show at 8pm
  • Only FREE for children age 5 and under (ticket $10)

Sunday, July 23

Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats

  • Location: Beaufort River in front of Waterfront Park Seawall
  • Noon – 2pm
  • FREE registration (Boats must register to be eligible for prizes)
  • Applications must be at the judge’s table prior to noon

Festival ends July 23 at 3:00 pm. See you next year!

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