Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival


History and Mission:

The Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival was created in 2005 to help further a sense of community and to benefit the citizens, the local area merchants and artists through tourism.  The citizens of the Town of Bluffton SC had and continue to express the need to protect and maintain the pristine quality of the May River and the historic Bluffton Oyster Company, as they are both instrumental to the very essence of the community.  “As Bluffton continues to grow, it is paramount that we continue to introduce our citizens, old and new, to these precious Bluffton gems.  Festivals are like magnets, they attract the young and old, rich and poor, locals and transplants, all to celebrate their community,” said Dan Wood, Festival Founder.

What began as a one day event in 2005 and expanded to a weekend celebration in 2006 has, since 2007, been a week long celebration highlighting the “gems of Bluffton”: the natural beauty of this river community; its rich history; the pristine quality of the May River; the bounty of the local waterways; and the cultural and artistic aspect of the community itself.  It is touted as and truly is the celebration “where fine art and the bounty of the sea come together”!

It is our purpose with each festival to help raise awareness that fosters protection of the May River and the rich culture and history of our area for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Recent News

Fifteenth Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival

The Fifteenth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held in the charming and eclectic historic and state designated cultural district of Bluffton SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival…

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Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival 2018

The Fourteenth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held in the charming and eclectic historic and state designated cultural district of Bluffton SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty.…

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Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival 2017

Schedule: Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:00AM - 4:00PM: Chalk The Walk Live Street Art Competition  Join us as a chalk artist at our inaugural competition.Entry fee is $25 for the standard Promenade spaces and $50 for the premium Calhoun Street…

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Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival 2016

Schedule of Events:Saturday, October 15, 2016:10:00AM - 4:00PM: The Bluffton Heritage Discovery Tour Kick off the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival with Celebrate Bluffton’s inaugural tour of historic properties. This self-paced tour is filled…

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Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival 2015

11th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival October 10 - 18, 2015Where Fine Art & The Bounty of the Sea Come TogetherSCHEDULE OF EVENTSSaturday, October 10, 2015INSHORE FISHING TOURNAMENT 7:00AM- 4:00PMMay River Excursions will be…

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Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival 2014

SCHEDULE OF EVENTSSunday, October 12, 2014Opening Day Festivities Presented by CoastalStates BankKick off the week's festivities strolling through Old Town Bluffton viewing FRIENDS OF BLUFFTON ARTISTS 3rd ANNUAL INVITATIONAL ARTIST SHOWCASE,a…

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Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival 2013

9th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood FestivalThe ninth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held in the charming and eclectic historic district of Bluffton SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river…

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