May 2018

5 Events Not to Miss in May

Author: Special to CH2

Yacht Hop
Sunday, May 6
The 2018 Yacht Hop of Hilton Head will take place May 6 on the docks of the Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Sea Pines Resort. This annual event is Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s largest fundraiser, making possible their work as the only independent non-profit hospice south of the Broad. Guests are invited to tour magnificent yachts and be treated to mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of the area’s premier chefs. The Headliners will be performing under the oaks, and silent and live auctions will be held. The evening closes with dessert and a champagne toast. A cash bar is available, and valet parking is provided. All proceeds of the event benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s patient care programs.

Tickets are available for purchase on the Hospice Care of the Lowcountry website at For more information, call (843) 706-2296.

Rib Burnoff: Going Whole Hog
Saturday, May 12
Every year around this time, as the weather warms up and the delicate breezes off the ocean become less bracing, stomachs across Hilton Head Island start to rumble and mouths start to water. This Pavlovian response can only mean one thing: the Kiwanis Club’s annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest has returned.

If you think previous years’ events had you drooling, just wait until you see what’s in store for this year’s twenty-first installment. If you think the ribs were smoked to perfection and the barbecue delightfully pulled before, this year they’re calling in the big guns.
“We reached out to the South Carolina Barbecue Association and got them involved. They have cook teams that compete basically 40 weeks a year,” said 2018 chair Alan Wolf. “It’s serious barbecue.”

Fans of our perpetual homegrown favorites—your One Hot Mama’s, your Bullies Barbecue, your Hog Heavens, your Stovers and Singletons—don’t worry. Just as it has in previous years, the Rib Burnoff will showcase some of the island’s finest barbecue as part of its community division.

But they’ll be joined by touring barbecue experts who will set up shop at Shelter Cove Community Park on Friday afternoon, carefully smoking their fare overnight, on-site per SCBA rules. And with $4,500 in cash prizes and awards up for grabs in the SCBA division, you can bet they’re bringing their A game.

“It’s really a fusion of the two now,” Wolf said.
Organizers are hoping to enlist 30 total vendors, split between community and SBCA pitmasters. And while the professional SCBA judges will be handing out the big prizes, you’ll still be able to have your voice heard.

“There are significant cash prizes and we are doing a popular vote, so the people that attend will still be able to take their one voting ticket and drop it in the can at somebody’s booth for a popular vote,” Wolf said.

In addition to mouth-watering barbecue, beer, wine, soda, hot dogs and ice cream will be available for purchase, and live music is on the schedule throughout the event. Proceeds from the event benefit a slew of local charities. Last year’s beneficiaries ranged from Deep Well to VIM to the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund of Hilton Head Island.

The twenty-first Annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest will be held at Shelter Come Community Park from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 12, rain or shine. Tickets will be sold in advance at several local businesses and online at a reduced price of $15, and will be $20 at the door. Just make sure you come hungry.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets online, visit

Mayfest: A Bluffton Tradition
Saturday, May 12
The fortieth annual Mayfest, formerly known as the Bluffton Village Festival, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, the day before Mother’s Day, along Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton. Come enjoy this Bluffton tradition that showcases artisans, craftsmen and musicians from all over the region. Admission is free!

The “force” behind the festival, the Rotary Club of Bluffton, will also celebrate its thirtieth anniversary this year. This event’s continued success is directly linked to the commitment and dedication of the Rotarians who put service above self to help their community. In 2009, the Rotary Club of Bluffton took over the coordination of the festival from the festival’s founder, Babbie Guscio. Mayfest now welcomes close to 10,000 guests and hosts more than 200 vendors each year.

The annual Pie Eating Contest will continue this year with brave contestants messily competing to see who is the quickest to devour delicious pies prepared by local bakery, The Sugaree. In addition, the second annual Children’s Doughnut Eating Contest will determine which kiddo can finish eating a bouncing doughnut on a string first. Another highlight of the day is the ever-popular Ugly Dog contest, considered one of the oldest of its kind in the nation.

“The Rotary Club of Bluffton is excited to celebrate Mayfest’s fortieth anniversary this year,” said Rotarian Danielle Breidung, the festival’s 2018 chairperson. “It promises to be another wonderful day, carrying on the tradition of delicious food, eclectic art and great entertainment that you won’t want to miss.”

For information or to volunteer call (843) 815-2277, visit or like Bluffton Mayfest on Facebook.

Fiesta de Mayo: Battle of the Tacos
Sunday, May 20
The fifth annual Fiesta de Mayo Festival will take place Sunday, May 20, from noon-9 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. The festival is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage—a way to acknowledge and celebrate their contributions to the place Mexican Americans have decided to call home.
The festival combines music, food, culture, and much more. During this event, you will experience how this large and growing part of our population demands more hot sauce than ketchup!

The featured activity within the festival is the Taco Libre, a “battle of the tacos,” a competition to find the best tacos in the region. You won’t want to miss the official “taco heaven” of the Lowcountry.

This festival is a must-attend, multicultural event known for wonderful food and drinks, a warm environment, positive vibe, and the eclectic mix of Latin music and dance. A great line up of live entertainment, live music, DJ, folkloric dance groups, special attractions, and of course, great food. There will be something for everyone!

For more information, call (843) 681-2393 or email This event is produced by the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition and La Isla Magazine.

Outdoor Art Festival
Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina on Hilton Head Island will be the site of an outdoor Art Festival, presented by Nash Gallery, this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday (May 26-27), from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Based at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, Nash Gallery features the handcrafted works of more than 400 North American craftsmen. Family owned and operated since 1989, Nash Gallery began as The Trilogy Gallery. Current owners Dale and Lynn Alexander purchased the gallery from Lynn’s family in 2003. The Alexanders procure artwork from Canada and the U.S. and at several juried festivals to keep up with all the latest trends in American craft.

“A wide selection of work will be presented at our art festival,” said Lynn Alexander. “Guests can expect to find works in pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, etc., all made in the USA. It will truly be a weekend experience of fine art, food, music and shopping within our beautiful Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina.”

The Art Festival will run around the harbor & marina promenade both days, rain or shine, and admission is free. Artists interested in having their work displayed at the festival can pick up applications at Nash Gallery or obtain them online at

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