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Hilton Head Wingfest

The Island Recreation Association and Hargray Communications are proud to present the 21st annual Wingfest! Over 6,000 lbs of chicken wings will be served to 3,000 locals and visitors. Wingfest will be on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 11 am-6 pm, and Wing-gate, Friday, March 18 from 5-9 pm at Shelter Cove Community Park.

Admission is $6 with children 10 & under free. Concessions and activities sold separately.

Fifteen to 20  local restaurants will cook their best wings to compete for the 2016 Best Wings of Hilton Head. There will be many activities such as a kid’s zone, rock climbing wall, bungee jump, live music and more!

Last Year’s Winners:

The Judges picks:
1st – Wild Wing Cafe – Hilton Head Island, 2nd – GW Southern Catering & BBQ, 3rd – CocoNutz Sportz Bar

The People Choice winners:

1st – Reilley’s Grill & Bar, 2nd – CocoNutz Sportz Bar, 3rd – Absolute Islander Wing


The Tailgate will be on Friday, March 21st from 5-8 pm at Shelter Cove Community Park. Come “tip-off” the weekend and Tailgate Wingfest style. Celebrate Wingfest and your favorite team and favorite tailgate foods. It will be an evening of music, kid-friendly events, happy hour prices and restaurant rivalry. Come and watch the games on our big screen television. Wear your team colors, or purchase one of our awesome Wingfest t-shirt.

For more information go to or call  (843)681-7273.

Gullah Celebration Opens in Hilton Head

2016 Poster

The 20th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration will present 15 events during the month of February. Back by popular demand are the Arts Ob We People: Art Exhibition and Sale, Arts, Crafts and Food Expo, Sweetheart Ball featuring Deas Guyz and Gullah Music Series featuring the G.A. Mass Choir. Additional highlights of the 20th Annual Gullah Celebration include the introduction of the Community Wellness Initiative that kicks off at the Fish Haul Creek 5K Run/Walk and the national observation of Freedom Day which commemorates President Lincoln’s signing of the US Constitution’s 13th amendment which outlawed slavery, immediately following the Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast. Debuting this festival season is the National Gullah Institute, which will present its first panel discussion on the American South’s Connection to West Africa on Sunday, February 28th.


Details about all events presented during the 20th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration are available at or using this link: .


Annual History and Heritage Showcase of Food, Custom Crafts and Visual Arts

The Town of Hilton Head  issued a proclamation that February 2016 is officially Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration month. The proclamation was issued in honor of the Gullah Celebration’s 20th anniversary.

The annual Gullah Celebration will be February 1 -28, 2016 at various locations throughout Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, South Carolina.
Since 1996 the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration has served as a cultural showcase of the Gullah people of Hilton Head Island’s history, food, custom crafts and visual arts. The Gullah culture has survived for more than 300 years and encompasses the essence of struggle, spirituality, perseverance and tradition.  The Gullah People adhere to the custom of their ancestors through the sewing of sweet grass baskets, the weaving of casting nets and preparation of traditional Gullah food.

For more information about the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration please visit

Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

2016 Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
The Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon & Half Marathon is Saturday, February 13th at 8:00am. Runners will depart from Jarvis Creek Park and follow a course that will take them on the Cross Island Parkway, through several parks, numerous neighborhoods and over Broad Creek.
Both The Marathon and Half Marathon will feature all standard male and female divisions. Publix Marathon Race Day will also feature a 5K Run/Walk, Children’s Fun Run, and Post Race Party with live music, vendors and a craft beer garden with more then 20 different styles of beer.
“The Half Marathon course takes participants through two beautiful parks and over the Broad Creek. The Marathon travels over the Broad Creek twice, runs through Spanish Wells Plantation, Point Comfort, and Honey Horn. The Marathon is a Boston Qualifier that is fast and flat, except of course for the bridge crossings,” explained Mark Weisner, Race Director .
A percentage of proceeds will benefit several Hilton Head Island area Charities including Hilton Head Rotary Club, HHI High School Athletic Department, HH High ROTC, Hilton Head Christian Academy and others.  “Over the course of the past 12 years, this event has donated over $42,000 to area charities and in 2016 we look forward to increasing our total,” commented Weisner.
The Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K is presented by: Hilton Head Hospital, Island Car Wash, Village Park Homes, Kennedy & Blackshirt Attorneys at Law and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Marathon Race Day is also sponsored in part by the following businesses: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Collins Realty Group, The Hilton Head Westin Resort & Spa, Cera Sport, Destination Vacation, Spinnaker Resorts, Palmetto Running Company, Samuel Adams and Coastal Connections.
The Hilton Head Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k will be limited to a total of 2,500 participants. On line registration is open. To register or for more information, call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520 or visit

Hilton Head to Celebrate Snow Day

snow dayThe Island Recreation will host the 2016 Hilton Head Snow Day on January 30, 2015 from 11 am-4 pm at Shelter Cove Community Park.

This family event will have inflatable rides, snowfield, and entertainment!  For the kids who have never seen snow, this is the perfect event!

Admission is $10 per child and adults are free.  All food and beverage are sold separately.

For more information please call us at (843) 681-7273 or visit

Dove Street Festival of Lights

dove street

Presented by Kroger, Belk and the merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre, the Dove Street Festival of Lights™ will run from November 21, 2015 through January 2, 2016 and will be open to the public nightly from 6 to 10 pm.

Turkey Trot 2015 on Hilton Head Island

The Island Recreation Center’s 2015 Turkey Trot, presented by Go Tri Sports, is filling up fast! This race is November 26, 2015, at 8:00 am, starting from 397 Squire Pope Road.

The Turkey Trot is a 5K, 10K and Fun Walk that begins  in front of the Chart House  and winds through Hilton Head Plantation with a turn around back to the finish line at the Chart House parking lot. For participants’ safety, when starting the race, runners should be towards the starting line, and walkers behind. Strollers are permitted, but must start in back. No pets, please!

Packet Pick-up is Wednesday, November 25th at the Island Rec Center from 10:00 am-6:00 pm or on Race Day: Thursday, November 26th at race location from 6:30-7:30 am. Parking available in the parking lot off of Hudson Road.

The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association is partnering with Deep Well Project to collect nonperishable food items for their food pantry. Please consider bringing a nonperishable food item to Packet Pick-up on Wednesday, November 25th or on Race Day on Thursday, November 26th.

Register online or download forms and return to Island Rec Center at

For more information please call the Island Rec Center at (843) 681-7273 or visit

Plan Now for Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Production by Anita Singleton-Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk in historic Beaufort, South Carolina, at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus  Center for the Arts. The evening includes a taste of Gullah soul food buffet, artist showcase and marketplace,  full stage musical with Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk: Christmas Wish Freedom

Freedom Coming is a significant performance that shares the Sea Island Gullah tradition with audiences in a new way, performed by Anita Singleton-Prather and her singing ensemble The Gullah Kinfolk from Beaufort, South Carolina.

It is Christmas 1860, the last Christmas before the Civil War begins.  The scene is a Sea Island slave cabin where enslaved Africans are anticipating Christmas day and talking about freedom. Gullah songs and storytelling include everything from spirituals, work songs and play songs to rhythmic, foot stomping ring shout songs that are unique to the Gullah praise house traditions.

original art by Diane Britton Dunham

original art by Diane Britton Dunham

Meet Diane Britton Dunham and  many more  featured artists exhibiting before the show. Sample local Gullah foods and mingle with local chefs.

Book tickets at this link or call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce 843-986-1102 to reserve your tickets for the Gullah performance, feast and art show or to arrange a weekend tour including history, culture and entertainment. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 advance and $10 for children. Special group rates are available.



Hilton Head Oyster Festival Announced

The Island Recreation Association and title sponsor South State Bank will host the Hilton Head Oyster Festival November 13-15, Friday: 5-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11 am-5 pm. This three-day event will be at Shelter Cove Community Park.

This family event will have live entertainment and highlights steamed, fried and stewed oysters, along with other delicious food for non-oyster eaters! Admission is $6 per person with children 10 and under admitted free. All concessions are sold separately.

There will be food and beverage vendors providing their own food, liquor, and other beverages. Hargray will  provide TVs for the football games  and there will  be a kid’s zone with different activities including bounce houses. The Holiday Craft Show includes a variety of artists with unique gifts–a perfect way to start your Christmas shopping!

The silent auction will be on Saturday and Sunday with items from local businesses and vendors. The winners can collect their prizes at 4 pm each day. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Scholarship Fund.

For more information please call (843) 681-7273 or visit

Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival Coming Soon

The 5th Annual Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival will be held in Old Town Bluffton, SC at The Oyster Factory Park on the May River on Saturday, November 7th.

This year’s Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival will continue the tradition of offering an exceptional selection of more then 160 beers from around the world, featuring more than 30 styles from over 70 breweries.

The international tasting event is from 1-5 pm and will feature a food court, vendors, and live music from The Will Snyder Band and The Neil & Bob Band.

You must be 21 or older and have a Beer Festival ticket to enter the International & Craft Beer Festival Garden. There is no admission charge to enter the Food Court, Vendor Village, or listen to the live music.

Festival Tickets are $35 / $40 at door. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available $45 / $55 at door. A Beer Festival Souvenir Sampling Glass and beer samples are included with a festival ticket. Additionally, domestic beer, wine, and soft drinks are available and there will be sweets plus other goodies for sale in the food court.

A shuttle service will be offered that includes round-trip, $10 tickets, with service from The Lodge on Hilton Head to the festival while supplies last. A limited number of 42 shuttle tickets are available for sale.

Discount taxi service is available in Bluffton, Okatie and Beaufort from Yellow Cab 843/686-6666.

A portion of proceeds from the event will go to benefit Palmetto Animal League. No outside food or drinks will be allowed. Dogs should be leashed at all times.

The Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival is presented by River Dog Brewing Company, Camp Green Dog and Custom Audio Video.

Purchase Beer Festival Tickets today at Captain Woody’s, New York City Pizza, The Lodge, River Dog Brewing Co or on line at or call Bear Foot Sports at 843/757-8520.