The 2024 Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is less than a month away, but if you don’t want to miss out on this celebration of Southern heritage and culture through food and drink, you better grab your tickets now. This seafood-centered week-long event will expand your culinary horizons with a showcase of renowned chefs, bonfires, wine tastings, and so much more. Whether you’re on the fence or have already bought your tickets, here are a few things we think you should know about the seafood festival.
When and Where
The festival kicks off with a Meet the Maker open party and Inside the Intricate Oceans: Coral in Contemporary Art Exhibit with Andrew Carmines on Monday, February 19th at 5:30 pm at the Coastal Discovery Museum. There are also two-hour Lowcountry Seafood Experience boat excursions earlier in the day that include instruction on the Lowcountry process of shrimping and oystering and a delicious meal made from the fruits of your labor.
The Festival Gives Back
The Carmines family established the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation to serve the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton communities while honoring their son. Every year, through their annual seafood festival, they share their love of the Lowcountry while giving back to the area they call home. The foundation has donated more than $1.2 million to local charities that benefit their beloved community.
Launch & Lunch
For three days during the festival, you can take a 90-minute guided kayak Launch & Lunch tour that leaves from The Rowing & Sailing Center. Single kayaks are $100, doubles are $150, and that includes the equipment rental, trip, and a Lowcountry Boil lunch provided by Hudson’s Seafood Restaurant after the tour.
Take a Masterclass on Tequila
On Tuesday, February 20th, you can join other like-minded individuals with a penchant for tequila to be thoroughly schooled at Sip Don’t Slam: Tequila Facts and Fallacies. Learn more about your drink of choice with this educational experience that also delivers a sampling experience throughout the presentation.
Saturday Seafood Festival
If you can’t make it to any of the other special events planned throughout the week, there’s always the Saturday Seafood Festival. With plenty of family-friendly activities, live music, and tons of that delicious Lowcountry seafood you’re looking for, it’ll be like stuffing a week’s worth of festival fun into one day. And don’t worry if you’ve got small children, kiddos 12 and under get in free!
“SOLD OUT” notifications already popping up on some of the festival events, so if you want to join in on the fun you better act fast! The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival partnered with local resorts so you and your family could get the best deal, so hopefully we’ll see you in February! But don’t worry, if you can’t make it for the festival there are plenty of fabulous seafood restaurants on the island that make it worth the trip no matter when you visit.