The 16th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival This Weekend

The 16th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival will be held Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Historic Downtown Beaufort, SC.  Admission into the Park is Free!

As every year, Main Street Beaufort, USA is proud to partner with the South Carolina Shrimpers Association to bring you this event.

This year, Main Street Beaufort, USA is honored to also partner with the Independence Fund, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support wounded war veterans.

This new partnership grants Main Street Beaufort the opportunity to bring Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band to Beaufort Friday, October 1.

Mr. Sinise and his band will be performing in honor of our local military and the wounded war veterans that will be in Beaufort this week. This will be the Emmy Award winning and Oscar nominated actor’s first return trip to the Lowcountry since filming his memorable role in the 1994 hit movie, Forrest Gump.

In addition, the weekend’s festivities will include a family 5K run/walk through historic downtown Beaufort, a fully supported bicycle ride for the veterans at the Marine Corps Air Station, and “Battledress,” a Veteran’s Art Exhibit featuring the dramatic works of our female warriors that will be hosted by the Independence Fund at the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort.

If you are a severely injured vet with a 30% or greater disability rating or a Purple Heart recipient your registration fee for the 5K and Bicycle Ride will be waived. For everyone else, by registering early you will help us fund the airfare, meals and four days of lodging for the one-hundred severely injured vets and their caregivers who will form the nucleus of the Lt. Dan Weekend.

On Friday, October 1 visitors will enjoy the opening band, Happy Gets Lucky, followed by the Lt. Dan Band at 8:30.  Nine restaurant vendors will be in the Park selling shrimp. Please no strollers, coolers, or pets. Admission is free, but there are a limited number of people allowed in Park.

On Saturday, October 2 the 5K run, a Walk Through History and the Popcorn Shrimp Run will begin at 8am in Downtown Beaufort. The Lt. Dan Ride will begin at 8am at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. To register, go to

From 11am – 5pm on Saturday, visitors will experience a day filled with live music, food, and fun. There will be a restaurant competition, shrimp creations from 15 local restaurants, a shrimp heading and peeling competition and the rubber shrimp race brought to you by the Sea Island Rotary Club. Entertainment will be performed by The East Coast Party Band brought to you by State Farm Insurance Agencies of Beaufort County. Again, please no coolers or pets.


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