The 61st Beaufort Water Festival kicks off July 15 with opening ceremonies in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The 10-day festival is a community tradition celebrating the best of Beaufort culture with food, family fun, water sports and live entertainment every day. Here are some essential things to know about the festival:
Country music duo LOCASH, known for their single “I Love this Life,” will be headlining the 61st Beaufort Water Festival’s main concert event. Canaan Smith, an up-and-coming musician whose single “Love You Like that” topped country charts last summer, will be opening for LOCASH.
Gates open at 7 p.m. on July 16. Tickets are $25.
Other live music shows:
According to the National Weather Service’s weekend forecast, there’s a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in Beaufort on July 15 and 16. James Carpenter with the National Weather Service in Charleston said the highest chance of rain is in the afternoon July16, but that could change.
But marketing coordinator Erin “Hank” Morris said it is “very very unlikely” the show will be canceled. The Water Festival has a covered stage, so the show can go on if there’s light rain. In case severe weather rolls through, Morris said, the show will likely be delayed. In the event of a total rain-out, there will be no refunds.
Where to park and street closures
What to bring/what to leave
For the concert, you can bring lawn chairs and blankets and set them up in advance. The park will be closed for an hour before gates open for the show, according to the Beaufort Water Festival’s website. You can’t bring drinks, food, coolers or strollers into the park. You can purchase food and drinks at the facility, but you can’t leave with alcoholic drinks.
The festival features 10 days of family-friendly fun.
“There is night and day for everyone, depending on what kind of music you like or if you have kids,” marketing coordinator Morris said. “ I would definitely not miss opening ceremonies, though.”
Here are a few highlights to note on your calendar:
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