October is an exciting month in Bluffton, SC! During this time of year, the weather begins to (slowly, but surely) cool down and festive events like the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival surface. This celebration of all things fall in the Lowcountry is a staple here in Bluffton. If you find yourself in town this fall, you need to attend! We’ve compiled everything you need to know about this fun festival. For more of our favorite local events, restaurants, shops, and more, be sure to access our complimentary Bluffton Vacation Guide!
Your Guide to the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival
About the Fest
Over the course of 14 years, the Arts and Seafood Festival has become Bluffton’s largest annual event! Held in the charming Historic District, this celebration of the Lowcountry’s local artists, chefs, and valued traditions draws hundreds of visitors to the area for a week of fun.
What is now a staple in the community had humble beginnings. Back in 2005, the festival began as a 1-day event meant to bring attention to conserving Bluffton’s pristine May River and the Bluffton Oyster Company. After all, these are two of our town’s most important institutions. Now, all walks of life gather to attend this annual event and recognize its lasting, meaningful cause.
What to Expect: Food and Fun
This October, expect plenty of fun activities that showcase Bluffton’s locally harvested seafood, rich history, and southern hospitality. We highly recommend checking out the Streetfest portion of the event, which includes a juried art show. Over 100 artists will be showcasing and selling their work, so keep an eye out for your new favorite decorative piece! The Streetfest also features food from beloved Bluffton restaurants, live music, and more. The best part? All of it takes place among Old Town Bluffton’s best galleries and boutiques, bringing attention to the town’s best artisans.
Between May River excursions, events celebrating Gullah culture, and special dinners across town, there are plenty of events to fill your time! For this year’s complete event schedule, be sure to check the Arts and Seafood Festival website.
Spend some quality time with your loved ones this fall with a stay at Old Town Bluffton Inn! Our brand new, elegant inn is located in the heart of Bluffton’s Historic District, just like the Arts and Seafood Festival. We offer a luxurious stay unlike any other! Step into our French Eclectic foyer and feel your worries slip away. Bluffton’s relaxing pace and charming, homegrown feel take over once you arrive at the inn. Your guest room at Old Town Bluffton Inn features hand-picked decor, premium amenities, and special touches like open-air balconies and luxe interiors. This fall, treat yourself to special, local experience in Bluffton, SC!