LOCAL HAPPENINGS (on Hilton Head and Bluffton)
Blockbuster July 4th Celebration: Before fireworks over Broad Creek at dusk, entertainer and musician Shannon Tanner will perform from 6:30-8 p.m. American flags will be distributed at 5 p.m. to the first 1,000 people who arrive by the King Neptune statue. Family entertainment from 6-9 p.m. including Cappy the Clown, face painting, hair braiding, balloon animals and sand art. 843-686-9098 or go to the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Facebook page.
Fourth of July Fireworks at Harbour Town: Join the festivities in Sea Pines’ Harbour Town for a fireworks extravaganza over the famous Harbour Town Lighthouse and Calibogue Sound. Food, fun and live music. Free. 9 p.m., Harbour Town, Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979.
JULY 5-AUG. 16
Movie Nights in the Park: After the sun sets over Broad Creek, watch favorites on a 20-foot movie screen. Beach chairs, blankets and take-out food from merchants recommended. Free. 9 p.m. every Thursday, Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-2228.
JULY 6-AUG. 17
Shelter Cove Sunset Celebration: Shelter Cove Community Park will be rocking every Friday night. All you need is a blanket or a beach chair for this family-friendly concert series. Music schedule: July 6, Headliners; July 13, Target the Band; July 20, Deaz Guys; July 27, Cranford Hollow. Free. 7-10 p.m. through Aug. 17, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.
Gregg Russell Under the Oak Tree: Harbour Town will be jamming with the familiar voice of Gregg Russell, who has been playing on the island for decades, from Sunday to Friday every week. Free to Sea Pines guests or $6 per car at the security gate. 8 p.m. through August 24.
Harbourfest/ Shannon Tanner: Hilton Head’s beloved Shannon Tanner will play a fun, kid-friendly show from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, from Memorial Day to Aug. 31. Free. Go on Tuesday and stay for fireworks. Tanner and the Oyster Reefers will also play an island-inspired live concert Thursday nights at 7 p.m. for Parrot Palooza through Aug. 16. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.
Coligny Summer Entertainment: Join us for summer entertainment seven nights a week at the Coligny Center Stage. Live music and family entertainment nightly starting at 6:30 p.m. Mondays: Magic with Gary Maurer. Tuesdays: Classic Rock With 2 Sons. Wednesdays: Pop Hits with the Nice Guys. Thursdays: Southern rock with Cranford & Friends. Fridays: Island vibes with Dean St. Hillaire. Saturdays: Modern hits with Juliet Muldrew. Sundays: The Nicest Music With The Nicest Guys in the World. Wednesdays and Sundays: American funk with La Bodega. Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-6050 or www.colignyplaza.com.
Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo: Joe Maffo with Critter Management will bring along some of his “friends” to share with everyone. This casual meet-and-greet will help participants learn more about the alligators, snakes, turtles and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child ages 12 and younger; those younger than 5 get in free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Coastal Discover Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. www.coastaldiscovery.org.
Explore Honey Horn: The Coastal Discovery Museum will lead you on a guided tour around its picturesque and historic grounds. You will visit the salt marsh, see historic buildings, and learn about the gardens, plants and trees on site. Your museum guide will share stories about Honey Horn’s past and its natural history. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children and reservations are required. 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 224, or www.coastaldiscovery.org/calendar.
Hands-On History 2018: See history come alive through these hands-on, family-friendly programs led by experienced first-person interpreters. Planned activities include Games of the Past, Camp Dig It, Living History with Capt. William Hilton and Indigo Discovery with Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12; reservations are required. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 2-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island.
Farmers Market of Bluffton: The market is now open with additional public parking provided by the town of Bluffton. An artisan showcase on the first Thursday of every month highlights a rotating group of local artists and their fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for new food and farm vendors this year and find your next favorite thing. 1-6 p.m. Thursdays, 1271 May River Road, Bluffton. www.farmersmarketbluffton.org.
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