This regional event, organized in honor of October’s National Arts and Humanities month, highlights, and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working on Hilton Head Island.

Signature events for this year’s Crescendo include the following:

  • Tuesday, October 10th: Annual Crescendo Community Celebration featuring live music, storytelling, and exhibitions by artists and cultural organizations at Shelter Cove Community Park – Special guest performance by visiting musicians, the Maharajah Flamenco Trio
  • Friday, October 20th: Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents Symphony Under the Stars at Lowcountry Celebration Park
  • Wednesday, October 25th & Thursday, October 26th: Historic Mitchelville Film Festival at Coligny Theatre
  • Through October 29th: “Clue” at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
  • Sunday, October 29th and Monday, October 30th – Bob Masteller’s Jazz For All Ages – 9th annual festival (Clint Holmes & Niki Harris on Sunday; New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on Monday)
  • Throughout Crescendo: “Intricate Oceans: Coral in Contemporary Art” exhibition at Coastal Discovery Museum
  • Saturday, November 18th: Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade along South Forest Beach and ending at Lowcountry Celebration Park

Other highly anticipated events during the run of Crescendo include:

  • The opening weekend of the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker”
  • Hilton Head Island Concours d ’Elegance and Motoring Festival
  • Grand Motoring Film Festival
  • Jazz For All Ages Festival
  • La Isla Magazine’s Latin Music Festival
  • “Mountain Top” at Lean Ensemble Theater
  • The Broadway Tenors & Holiday Kickoff at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
  • Hilton Head Island Oyster Fest
  • Fish and Grits Festival
  • Rock ‘n Ribs at Coligny Plaza featuring 38 Special
  • Poetry and Storytelling Series at Tio’s
  • Costumed character tours at Historic Fort Mitchel and Zion Cemetery and Baynard Mausoleum
  • SPOTLIGHT presented by the Island School Council for the Arts