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63rd annual Beaufort Water Festival kicks off Friday at Waterfront Park

The Beaufort Water Festival kicks off on Friday. (Source: WTOC) The Beaufort Water Festival kicks off on Friday. (Source: WTOC)
BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

The Beaufort Water Festival will take over downtown Beaufort, South Carolina, from Friday, June 13, until Sunday, July 22. 

The festival, which began in 1956, is a 10 day jamboree that takes place "in the water, in the air and on land" near the Beaufort waterfront. 

Some of the top billed events include the opening ceremony, a concert in Waterfront Park, a large outdoor arts and crafts market, plenty of sporting tournaments and an air show. 

A full schedule of events can be seen below: 

Schedule of events:

Friday, July 13

Festival Arts & Crafts Market 
Location: Promenade at Waterfront Park
Event Details: Noon – 7pm

OPENING CEREMONY
Sponsored by The Preserve at Port Royal
Entertainment: The Parris Island Marine Band & Fireworks at Dusk
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: FREE EVENT | Gates open at 6pm, Ceremony at 7pm | FREE Shuttle Service from the Beaufort County Government Center

Saturday, July 14

Raft Race
Sponsored by CPM Federal Credit Union
Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
Event Details: 8:30am – Noon

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
Event Details: 9am – 7pm

Bocce Tournament
Sponsored by JoCo Construction and Sea Island Elevators
Location: Waterfront Park Main Field
Event Details: Play starts at 9am

Badminton Tournament
Sponsored by A.C. Harvey's Screenprinting
Location: Waterfront Park Stage Field
Event Details: Play starts at 9am

Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament
Sponsored by Plair Enterprises, Inc
Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
Event Details: FREE EVENT | 10am – Noon | Ages 12 and under only | Bring your own rod, reel and tackle | Bait provided

Sponsor’s Expo
Location: Waterfront Park Pavilion
Event Details: FREE EVENT | 10am – 2pm

Shrimp Boat Tours
Sponsored by Sea Eagle Market
Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
Event Details: FREE EVENT | Noon – 4pm

Ski Show
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: FREE EVENT | 1:30pm

CONCERT IN THE PARK
Sponsored by New Country Bob 106.9
Headline Performer GRANGER SMITH featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. with SPECIAL GUESTS
country entertainer JOHN KING and new rising country act WALKER COUNTY 
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: $30 | Gates open at 6pm, Show at 7pm | No strollers, coolers, outside food or beverages or professional photography | No Refunds | FREE Shuttle service from Beaufort County Government Center | Children age 5 and under FREE 

Sunday, July 15

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
Event Details: 9am – 5pm

River Rally
Sponsored by Butler Marine
Location: Local Waters
Event Details: 9am – 1pm

Children’s Day
Sponsored by Coastal Orthodontics
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: FREE EVENT | 11am – 3pm | Featuring Games, Activities, Shows, Bounce Houses and Prizes

Shrimp Boat Tours
Sponsored by Sea Eagle Market
Location: Waterfront Park Seawall
Event Details: FREE EVENT | Noon – 4pm

TEEN DANCE
Sponsored by JOHN 3:16
Entertainment: DJ Donna
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: $10 | 6pm – 9pm | Gates open 6pm – 9pm, No entry after 8pm (NO RE-ENTRY ALLOWED) | Ages 13 – 17 only, ID Required | Clutch Purses Only (6” x 9” size) | Please Wear Appropriate Clothing | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers

Monday, July 16

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
Event Details: 10am – 7pm

MOTOWN MONDAY
Sponsored by South State Bank
Entertainment: Deaz-Guyz
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: $15 | Gates open 7pm, Show at 8pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | FREE Shuttle Service from the Beaufort County Government Center | Children age 5 and under FREE

Tuesday, July 17

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
Event Details: 10am – 7pm

HOMETOWN TUESDAY
Sponsored by Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce
Headline Entertainment: Steel Rail Express
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: FREE EVENT | Gates open 7pm, Show at 8pm | No outside food or beverages, or coolers

Wednesday, July 18

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
Event Details: 10am – 7pm

TALENT SHOW
Sponsored by Landon's LP
Hosted by: The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: $10 or FREE with Official 2018 63rd Annual Water Festival T-Shirt | Gates open at 6pm, Show at 7pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | Children age 5 and under FREE

Thursday, July 19

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
Event Details: 10am – 7pm

LOWCOUNTRY SUPPER
Sponsored by Waste Pro
Headline Entertainment: 20 Ride
Opening Entertainment: Andrew Beam
Featuring: The Whistlers
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: $15 | Gates open at 6pm | Supper served 6pm – 7:30pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | Children age 5 and under FREE

Friday, July 20

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
Event Details: 10am – 7pm

Bed Race
Sponsored by Starr Distribution
Location: Corner of Bay & Harrington
Event Details: $25 entry per team | 4:30pm check-in | 5pm start time | Same day registration based on space availability

RIVER DANCE
Sponsored by City Electric Supply
Entertainment: Groove Town Assault
Opening Entertainment: Souls Harbor
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: $15 | Gates open at 7pm, Show at 8pm | Must be 18 or Older with Valid ID to attend | No refunds, outside food or beverages, coolers or strollers | FREE Shuttle service from Beaufort County Government Center

Saturday, July 21

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
Event Details: 9am – 7pm

Water Festival Grand Parade
Organized by: The Beaufort Lions Club
Location: Downtown Beaufort
Event Details: FREE EVENT | 10am – Noon

Non-Profit Expo
Location: Waterfront Park Pavilion
Event Details: FREE EVENT | Noon – 4pm

?Air Show
Sponsored by Executive Flight Training
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: FREE EVENT | 1pm – 4pm | Stunt Planes | US Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo

COMMODORE’S BALL
Sponsored by Mike's Marine
Entertainment: Emerald Empire Band
Location: Waterfront Park
Event Details: $10 | Gates open at 7pm, Show at 8pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages or coolers | Children age 5 and under FREE

Sunday, July 22

Festival Arts & Crafts Market
Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park
Event Details: 9am – 3pm

Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats
Sponsored by The Past Commodores of the Beaufort Water Festival
Location: Beaufort River in front of Waterfront Park Seawall
Event Details: Noon – 2pm | FREE registration | Boats must register to be eligible for prizes | All applications must be at the judge’s table prior to Noon

Festival Ends – 3:00 pm – See you next year!

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