04 Jun Things To Do On Hilton Head Island In June
The hustle and bustle of the island means that summer has officially arrived. In June, Hilton Head Island is filled with the freshest local seafood, live music, and irresistible cocktails with friends. With so many activities and events going on around Hilton Head and Bluffton, it can be a challenge to know where to go and what to do. Here is some advice from an island local on the must do’s while vacationing on the island.
1. Live Music
There’s certainly no shortage on local entertainment. Styles range from mellow rock, acoustic, blues, funk, jazz, and original songwriters. Both The Skull Creek Boathouse and The Black Marlin Bayside Grill offer a 7 day a week selection of live music throughout the month of June. Each day of the week, a different artist hits the stage and will get you singing along to covers of your favorites. Many of the starring musicians start at 6 pm so families can relax and dine to the sound of music.
Once a month, Skull Creek Boathouse and Dockside team up for The Full Moon Party at The Shark Bar. June 29th from 8-11 pm is your next chance to attend and enjoy local band, OCD. The party is fun for all ages. Dockside has a playground not only for kids, but adults too. There is a ping pong table, cornhole, and foosball tables. Full moon parties and the concert series are a great way to experience some of the best music and restaurants on the island. Head here for all the information on artists, dates, and times.
2. Farmers Markets
The Farmers Market on Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton has been growing immensely these past few years. It started as a small movement in 2009, but now you can find this market every Thursday from 1-6pm. You can find offerings from natural honey to Charleston artisan cheeses. Skip lunch before you go and try one the prepared dishes. Currently there are 32 vendors, but this number is increasing every day. The Shops at Sea Pines Center also offers a market with a selection of local goods to indulge in. Start your Tuesday morning at the farmers market experiencing music, fresh baked goods, handmade jewelry, and much more. There are so many artists, chefs, and designers featured you may have never known before. So, take the time to find local, unique gifts and keepsakes.
3. Get out on the water!
There is a Hilton Head water activity to fit every lifestyle. Fishing tours cater to children or experienced adults. You can deep sea fish or just cruise around Broad Creek while the kids learn the techniques of fishing. Or, you can opt for a dolphin cruise, to see a pack of dolphins swimming alongside of the boat! Each trip is different, no matter what cruise. Charters such as those with the North End Charter Fleet provide sport fishing, deep sea fishing, nature and sunset cruises, shark fishes and even more on their website.
Paddle boarding, jet skiing, and kayaking are alternative water sports for the adventurers who like to be led through the ocean or explore it at their leisure. Each activity offers a different experience. With jet skis, you can zip over to Daufuskie Island or explore each end the island of Hilton Head has to offer. Paddle boarding and kayaking offer a slower paced, relaxing ride along the ocean with yourself or a friend. Whatever mode of transportation you choose, Hilton Head provides many ways to keep you on the water all day enjoying the nature.
4. Tuesday Night Fireworks
For 30 years, Shelter Cove has been hosting firework shows every Tuesday night during the summer season. Before the fireworks begin, head over to Poseidon for a Lowcountry Fireworks Buffet from 4-9 pm, featuring many of the favorites such as pulled pork, lowcountry boil, chicken tenders, slow cooked baked beans and much more. This location is perfect for enjoying the sunset and then the fireworks show over Broad Creek. A Giuseppi’s picnic at Shelter Cove Community Park serves as a great way to watch the sunset and the fireworks. Order online for takeout and enjoy pizza in the park!
5. Experience Loggerhead Nesting
Loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs during warm summer nights. This is an experience unlike any other, but it is important to be safe. Female loggerheads lay an average of 120 eggs in each nest and will lay 3 to 7 nests in one summer. The sea turtles get distracted by white light, thinking it is the moon to guide them home. Even houses located on the beach must be lights out late at night from May to October to not threaten the turtles. So, a way to experience the nesting safely is not using your phone light or a flashlight to watch the hatchlings make their way to the ocean or the mama sea turtle make her nest and hatch her eggs. To not disturb their lifestyle, Coastal Provisions Co. sells red phone light stickers to protect the sea turtles from not straying off course. This way, you can enjoy nature without compromising their safety.
6. Movie Nights in the Park
Instead of choosing to go see a movie in a traditional theater, in the summer, Shelter Cove Towne Centre offers family movie nights on a giant 20-foot screen in their waterfront community park. They typically begin at 9 pm and end at 11 pm. The best part is, admission is completely free! Grab a pizza from Giuseppi’s Pizza in Shelter Cove, bring some blankets, and beach chairs to enjoy the night. The first movie night begins on the June 14th with Despicable Me 3. Followed by, Jaws showing on the 21st of June and ET playing on the 28th. Not your typical movie viewing experience, you can enjoy a movie in an island waterfront park in summer with good food.