The festival begins with a bang on Friday, July 18, with music from the Parris Island Marine Band and a fireworks show.
Opening weekend festivities (July 18 to July 20) include an air show, raft races, and children’s road fishing, plus Saturday’s concert featuring Morgan as its headliner, and the Children’s Day and teen dance on Sunday. Weekday themes include:
• Motown Monday
• Salsa Tuesday
• Talent Show Wednesday
• Lowcountry Supper Thursday
• River Dance Friday
The final weekend of the festival (July 25 to July 27) includes the Grand Parade, Paslay’s country concert, Dragon Boat race, the Commodore’s Ball, the Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats.
Throughout the festival, the Arts & Craft Market will be open daily at Waterfront Park.
For a full schedule of events, visit http://bftwaterfestival.com/festival-schedule/. The official Beaufort Water Festival app is also available for visitors to stay current on festival news.
About the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce represents the city of Beaufort, the second oldest city in South Carolina. Founded by the British in 1711, the city has a rich
history that dates back centuries with ties to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Beaufort is made up of Port Royal Island and its surrounding area within the Lowcountry. The city generates approximately two million visitors annually, and is regarded as one of the most diverse communities because of its historic character and prominent architecture. It is home to one of the largest population of Gullahs, a culture known for preserving its African linguistic and cultural heritage more than any other African-American community within the United States. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot for the Eastern Seaboard can also be found in Beaufort, in addition to the Marine Corps Air Station and Naval Hospital.
The Beaufort Visitors Center is located at 713 Craven Street in downtown Beaufort.