The 24th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival, celebrating SC Wild Caught Shrimp and local food and fun in the Lowcountry, begins on Friday, October 5th and continues Saturday, October 6th at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort . If you live in an apartment in Beaufort, SC be sure you put this festival on your calendar!
One of Beaufort’s larger and more popular events, the festivities kick off at 6pm on Friday with live music and several area restaurants previewing their SC Wild Caught Shrimp dishes for Saturday’s competitions. But, you don’t have to wait until 6pm because you can browse and shop the festival’s Arts & Crafts Market starting at Noon.
It’s a party in the park you don’t want to miss on Friday evening with live music from Deaz-Guys on the Pavilion Stage from 7 to 10pm.
The popular Run Forrest Run 5K starts on Saturday, October 6th at 8am.
The festival continues on Saturday at 11am with live music throughout the day including headliner and hometown favorite, Candice Glover. Local restaurants will be putting their unique spins on fresh local shrimp to compete for the “Best Shrimp Dish” and “Best Booth Decoration” voted by a panel of judges, and the “People’s Choice”, which is chosen by festival attendees. The overall winner will be awarded the prestigious “Silver Cup.” Don’t miss the children’s games and activities and arts and crafts vendors, too.
Adults will be able to participate in a shrimp heading competition and the kids get their own shrimp peeling competition, both with various prizes.
Don’t miss the Sea Island Rotary Club’s Charity Shrimp Race and witness 5,000 rubber floating shrimp racing down the Beaufort River adjacent to Waterfront Park at 3pm. The first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line share $5,000 in cash prizes and the first 100 shrimp have a chance to win a car or boat worth $39,000.