Your Guide to Memorial Day in the Lowcountry

Rest and recharge at one of the many bed & breakfasts or embark on an adventure that gets your heart pumping—from the Lowcountry Oyster Trail to bike riding the Spanish Moss Trail to exploring the rich legacy of the U.S. Marine Corps at Parris Island Museum, there is a memory for everyone waiting to be made. Whether you’re making a last-minute trip or have been looking forward to Memorial Day for weeks, here is your go-to guide to spending Memorial Day in Beaufort.

Freedom Fest

Start off Memorial Day weekend at the Chosin Foundation’s Freedom Fest comedy event on May 26 in Port Royal where proceeds go towards The Children of Fallen Soldiers. Enjoy mouthwatering food and drinks along with laughter that’ll make your belly hurt as the event brings in five comedians from across the US.

Lowcountry Oyster Trail (LOT)

Started by Bluffton resident and entrepreneur Larry Hughes, the LOT is every seafood lover’s dream. Check out the two-day itinerary to explore over the holiday weekend and discover the best oysters paired with the best attractions in the Lowcountry. Best of all, a portion of the profits help promote and enhance marine ecological research, analysis and environmental stewardship for the region.

Port Royal Farmer’s Market

Rain or shine, visit the Port Royal Farmer’s Market where a variety of local fruits, veggies and more are sold from around the area. Take a stroll through Heritage Park and see all the Lowcounry has to offer and then head on over to the Spanish Moss Trail right after for an eight-mile bike ride.

Tour Parris Island Museum

As the second oldest city in South Carolina, explore the long and rich history of the United States Marine Corps and the legacy of Port Royal. From early Native American inhabitants of Port Royal to the modern Marines, experience Beaufort like never before.

Experience the Gullah Festival 

Kicking off Memorial Day weekend, the original Gullah Festival happens in the historic waterfront park in the middle of downtown Beaufort. Started in 1986, the three-day festival celebrates the African American Gullah heritage in the Lowcountry and is designed for families with live music, educational activities, food and entertainment.

Unplug, recharge and reconnect this Memorial Day weekend in Beaufort—we promise you won’t regret it. And, don’t forget to share your #LuvBFT images with us on Instagram and Facebook!

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