Coastal Town of Beaufort, S.C., Celebrates 60th Annual Water Festival

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Coastal Town of Beaufort, S.C., Celebrates 60th Annual Water Festival
Includes Performance by Neal McCoy, Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats

BEAUFORT, S.C., February XX, 2015 – This year, Beaufort, S.C., celebrates the 60th anniversary of its Beaufort Water Festival (#BFTH20Fest), a 10-day annual event that captures the coastal town’s Lowcountry culture and cuisine. With activities and events for everyone, the 2015 festival takes place from July 17 through July 26, and kicks off with performances by headliner Neal McCoy and opening act Austin Webb. To learn more about the festival and the town that Coastal Living readers named “American’s Happiest Seaside Town”, visit and

The festival marks the start of its diamond anniversary with fireworks and a performance by the Parris Island Marine Band on Friday, July 17. Opening weekend (July 17-19) includes a ski show, raft races, children’s toad fishing, Neal McCoy and Austin Webb’s Saturday concert performances, and the Children’s Day and teen dance on Sunday. Weekday themes for the festival include:

  • Motown Monday
  • Time Warp Tuesday
  • Talent Show Wednesday
  • Lowcountry Supper Thursday
  • River Dance Friday

The final festival weekend (July 24-26) includes the Grand Parade, Dragon Boat races, the Commodore’s Ball, an air show, the Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats. The Arts & Craft Market will be open daily at Waterfront Park throughout the festival.

Tickets to the Beaufort Water Festival will go on sale in early March. Attendees may also download the official Beaufort Water Festival app to stay current on festival news or follow the festival on social media. www.facebook.comBFTH20FEST


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.

The Beaufort Visitors Center is located at 713 Craven Street in downtown Beaufort.

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