Experience the Magic of the Beaufort Water Festival

Beaufort Water Festival: July 12 – July 21, 2024

The Beaufort Water Festival, an enduring tradition that has captivated the hearts of locals and visitors alike since 1956, is set to make a grand splash once again from July 12 to July 21, 2024, in the charming town of Beaufort, South Carolina. This beloved annual event promises a delightful mix of music, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Opening Ceremony: A Spectacular Kickoff

The festival kicks off with a bang on July 12 at Waterfront Park, with gates opening at 6 pm. The opening ceremony, starting at 7 pm, features a mesmerizing performance by the Parris Island Marine Band, setting the stage for a night of musical enchantment.

The sky will then light up with a dazzling fireworks display, marking the beginning of ten days of festivities. This is a free event, perfect for families looking to start their festival experience on a high note.

Thrilling Competitions and Family Fun

The action heats up on July 13 with exciting events at the Waterfront Park. From 8:30 am to noon, witness the thrilling Raft Race as teams paddle furiously to claim victory. There will be a Bocce Tournament and a Badminton Tournament.

From 10 am to noon, young anglers can try their luck in the Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament, a free event that promises fun and prizes for kids aged 12 and under.

From 11 am – 3 pm, kids can enjoy games, activities, shows, and bounce houses for free.

Raft Race
Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
Event Details: July 13, 8:30 am-Noon

Bocce Tournament
Location: Waterfront Park Main Field
Event Details: July 13, starting time 8 am.

Badminton Tournament
Location: Waterfront Park Stage Field
Event Details: Starts at 9 am on July 13.

Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament
Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
Event Details: FREE EVENT | 10 am – Noon July 13 | Ages 12 and under only | Bring your own rod, reel, and tackle | Bait provided

Children’s Day
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: FREE EVENT | 11 am – 3 pm | Featuring Games, Activities, Shows, Bounce Houses, and Prizes

Musical Nights at Waterfront Park

Music lovers are in for a treat with concerts at Waterfront Park. On July 13, enjoy the Concert in the Park, where gates open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $35, promising an evening of exceptional performances in a beautiful riverside setting.

On July 15, get your groove on with Motown Monday for $15. Gates open at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. July 16 is your chance to unwind during Island Time Tuesday for $5.

Then, on July 19, don’t miss ROCKIN’ the RIVER. Gates open at 7 pm, and the show kicks off at 8 pm. For just $20, experience an unforgettable night of rock and roll under the stars.

Young Couples Enjoying Music at Beaufort Water Festival

Concert In The Park
Headline Performer: Parmalee
Also Performing: HunterGirl
Opening Act: Katie Lynn
Location: Waterfront Park
When: July 13, Gates open at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm
Price: $35 | Children age 5 and under FREE

Motown Monday
Entertainment: Deas-Guyz
Location: Waterfront Park
When: July 15, Gates open at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
Price: $15 | Children age 5 and under FREE

Island Time Tuesday
Headline Entertainment: Yvad Davy
Location: Waterfront Park
When: July 16 | Gates open at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
Price: $5

Entertainment: Queen Flash
Opening Act: ​Alan Price & The Modern Day
Location: Waterfront Park
When: July 19 | Gates open at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
Event Details: $20 | Must be 18 or Older with a Valid ID to attend

Savor the Flavors of the Lowcountry Supper

The Lowcountry Supper at Waterfront Park offers a perfect blend of delectable cuisine, live music, and a picturesque setting by the water.

You can indulge in a feast that showcases the best of Lowcountry cooking, renowned for its rich flavors and fresh, local ingredients. While you enjoy your meal, live music will fill the air, creating a festive ambiance that perfectly complements the culinary experience.

Lowcountry Supper
Headline Entertainment: Stuck in Time Band
Opening Act: Chris Jones
Featuring: The Whistlers
Location: Waterfront Park
When: July 18 | Gates open at 6 pm | Supper served 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Price: $15 | Children age 5 and under FREE

Grand Parade and Air Show Extravaganza

On July 20, the Water Festival Grand Parade marches through downtown Beaufort from 10 am to noon, showcasing a vibrant array of floats, performers, and community spirit. This free event is a highlight for many, drawing crowds eager to witness the colorful procession.

The excitement continues in the afternoon with the Air Show at Waterfront Park from 1 pm to 4 pm. This free event features stunning aerial acrobatics that will leave spectators in awe.

End the evening with music and fun at the Commodore’s Ball.

Water Festival Grand Parade
Location: Downtown Beaufort
Event Details: FREE EVENT | July 20, 10 am-Noon

Air Show
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: FREE EVENT | July 20, 1 pm – 4 pm

Commodore’s Ball
Entertainment: Shag Doctorz
Location: Waterfront Park
When: July 20 | Gates open at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
Price: $10 | Children age 5 and under FREE

A Parade of Boats: Nautical Splendor

One of the festival’s most anticipated events, the Parade of Boats, takes place on July 21 from 12:30 pm to 2 pm on the Beaufort River in front of the Waterfront Park Seawall. Boats of all shapes and sizes, adorned with festive decorations, will sail by in a stunning display. Participation is free, and registered boats are eligible to win exciting prizes.

Daily Delights at the Arts and Crafts Market

Throughout the festival, visitors can explore the Arts and Crafts Market, open each day. This vibrant marketplace offers a wide range of handmade goods, artworks, and unique crafts, providing the perfect opportunity to find a special souvenir or gift.

Join the Celebration

The Beaufort Water Festival is more than just an event; it’s a celebration of community, tradition, and the vibrant coastal culture of Beaufort, South Carolina. Whether you’re a long-time attendee or a first-time visitor, the festival offers countless opportunities to create lasting memories.

Mark your calendars, gather your family and friends, and experience the magic of the Beaufort Water Festival from July 12 to July 21, 2024. We can’t wait to see you there!

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