Festivals are among the things we do best in the Beaufort region where we find any opportunity to celebrate. Locals regularly take to the streets, parks and waterways to enjoy life with the special varieties of cuisine, entertainment, arts and activities which define the friendly community of Beaufort, South Carolina and our customs. Did you know that Beaufort, South Carolina has been voted the “Best Small Southern Town” – Southern Living Magazine.
One of the top festivals of the year is Soft Shell Crab Festival. This year, the 8th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival in Port Royal, Sat April 23rd from 12 – 5 pm is an annual event. In the Town of Port Royal where old fashioned fun is the style in the streets of the Old Village has numerous shopping and dining choices. Join us for a festival fun day with our famous "Soft Shell Crabs", food and craft vendors, entertainment and lots of other venues. Admission is FREE!
There will be plenty of soft shell crab and you can enjoy them any way you like them, plus burgers, BBQ and more; including icy cold beverages on tap. Visit our local shops and stop by to see your favorite festival artisans and crafters. You will also see classic cars, explore the Estuarium to learn how a healthy estuarine system makes it possible to enjoy the bounty of crab and seafood found in our local waters. Take a walking tour of the town, including the Port Royal Museum, housed in the historic Union Church. We invite you to spend a day with us in the Village… Come enjoy the festival that locals and visitors look forward to all year long!
Port Royal was voted “Coolest Small Town” – Budget Travel Magazine