Life slows down in most South Carolina towns in late July. Not so Beaufort, which comes alive each year for the Beaufort Water Festival.
While the activities are spread out over two weeks, the opening ceremony is Friday and this weekend is particularly busy.
If you are looking for typical festival fare – food vendors and arts and crafts – you’ll find that. But Beaufort offers distinctive activities such as croquet, bocce and badminton tournaments, shrimp boat tours and a fun raft race, most centered around Waterfront Park downtown.
The first weekend highlights for many locals and visitors will be the air show noon-3 p.m. Saturday and the Concert in the Park at 7 p.m. Saturday. The second weekend features Dragonboat Races all day July 26 and the Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats noon-2 p.m. July 27.
Of course, the real star of the show is downtown Beaufort, which exudes Lowcountry history and charm. Stroll the streets, check out the distinctive architecture and stop in the funky shops and restaurants.