Lengthy list of Water Festival must-dos

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The Beaufort Water Festival’s Concert in the Park brings Aaron Lewis to the stage. ESPB photo

With a fun opening ceremony last night, the next 10 days are perhaps the most anticipated days all year long here in Beaufort. For us locals, this is the time of year when friends from distant lands flock home for an unforgettable reunion; downtown shops, galleries and restaurants are at their absolute finest; and the sandbar and beaches beckon the loudest.

While there were numerous events leading up to last night, the main events are what attract the most attendees. Whether you are new to Water Festival, or a seasoned veteran, wading through the festival schedule can be overwhelming for some. Here are a few events that no one should miss:

Concert in the Park – Saturday, July 15th
Each year, Beaufort welcomes a national recording artist to rock the park. This year, we welcome country musician Aaron Lewis, former lead singer of the popular rock band, Staind.

Children’s Day – Sunday, July 16th
The park turns into a fun factory for kids, featuring shows, rides, games, face-painting and prizes.

It’s all fun and games at Beaufort Water Festival Children’s Day. ESPB photo

It’s all fun and games at Beaufort Water Festival Children’s Day. ESPB photo

Motown Monday – Monday, July 17th
Just like last year, Deas-Guyz will provide some super fun entertainment for Beaufort’s Motown lovers. A popular night at Water Festival, Motown Monday always delivers.

The Water Festival's Motown Monday always delivers. ESPB photo

The Water Festival’s Motown Monday always delivers. ESPB photo

Hometown Tuesday – Tuesday, July 18th
Tuesdays are for having a good time. New to the Festival this year, HometownTuesday, will bring us live music from popular local band Bootless . Come on out and dance the night away.

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Talent Show – Wednesday, July 19th
Beaufort’s got talent, so come on out and cheer on your brave locals getting up on stage!
Admission is free with Official 2017 Beaufort Water Festival T-shirt.

Beaufort shows off its local talent in the Water Festival's annual Talent Show

Beaufort shows off its local talent in the Water Festival’s annual Talent Show. ESPB photo

Lowcountry Supper – Thursday, July 20th
Opening Entertainment by Eric Daubert, featuring The Whistlers. Main Concert by Broke Lcals featuring American Idol winner Candice Glover. Enjoy a delicious supper with the entire community from 6pm – 7:30pm, and enjoy great music all night long!

Enjoy a dinner of Frogmore stew with the whole community at the annual Lowcountry Supper.

Enjoy a dinner of Frogmore stew with the whole community at the annual Lowcountry Supper. ESPB photo

River Dance – Friday, July 21st
Live entertainment with The Band Punch guarantees that the park will be rockin’ until midnight.
Must be 18+ with valid ID to attend.

Water Festival Grand Parade – Saturday, July 22nd
Don’t miss the grandaddy of all Beaufort parades through downtown Beaufort from 10am to Noon.

The Beaufort Water Festival Grand Parade always draws a crowd. It's Beaufort's biggest. ESPB photo

The Beaufort Water Festival Grand Parade always draws a crowd. It’s Beaufort’s biggest. ESPB photo

Commodore’s Ball – Saturday, July 22nd
The New Royals will provide entertainment for the celebration of this year’s Commodore, Jason Berry.

Blessing of Fleet/Parade of Boats – Sunday July 23rd

The Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats mark the end of the Water Festival. Boats can compete for Best Decorated Commercial Boat, or for Best Decorated Personal Watercraft, with prizes in each category, as well as a Judge’s Award. If you don’t have a boat, come on out anyway and admire the creativity that people show for this competition.

The Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats mark the end of the Water Festival. ESPB photo

The Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats mark the end of the Water Festival. ESPB photo

Also, all festival long, don’t miss the arts and crafts tables along the water. You never know what kind of unique gifts and souvenirs you will find from our local artisans!

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The Beaufort Water Festival is always a blast for locals and visitors alike.

There’s just nothing like it.

‘A Lowcountry tradition since 1956′.

 

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