Thinking of planning an early spring trip to Hilton Head Island? March is a lovely time to visit! The crowds are lighter so you’ll feel like you have the whole Island to yourself! The weather in March is pretty great too, with temperatures usually in the high 60s. March is made extra special with a number of wonderful events taking place on the Island.
Do you have the luck of the Irish? Don’t miss the 31st Annual Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade, taking place on Sunday March 16th. This volunteer-run event grows in size every year, and now attracts close to 30,000 spectators. This year’s Grand Marshal will be obstetrician Dr. G. Neil Love, who has delivered over 4,000 Hilton Head babies! Along with dozens of beautiful floats, there are often musical performances held during the parade. Remember – if you plan on attending, make sure to wear something green!
Hundreds of foodies gather on the Island every March for the annual Hilton Head Island Food and Wine Festival. This year, the week-long festival will be held from March 10 – 15. While some events are private, many are open to the public. During this week, many of Hilton Head’s best restaurants serve special dinners, highlighting the best of Lowcountry cuisine – think lots of local seafood! The showcase event that caps off the week is the Public Tasting, held at the Historic Honey Horn Plantation. At the Public Tasting there are over 250 wines available to sample and you have the option to purchase gourmet treats that pair well with wine, from many of Hilton Head’s top eateries. Tickets for this event are $45.00.
If gourmet food isn’t up your alley, you may instead be tempted by Hilton Head’s WingFest. WingFest is the largest one-day festival on the Island, and the 19th edition will take place on March 22nd in Shelter Cove. At WingFest, local restaurants, businesses and home chefs cook up their favorite wing recipes and you get to decide which one is your favorite! Here, you’ll find everything from the messiest, sauciest wings to gourmet wings that will have you asking for a knife and fork. The best part is, all of the proceeds go towards charity.
If you plan on attending either the Hilton Head Food and Wine Festival, or WingFest, you may want to get a workout in beforehand, to help offset the extra calories you’ll be consuming. Why not sign up for the Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon? Conveniently, it’s taking place on March 9th, the day before the Food and Wine Festival starts! You’ll get to enjoy the beauty of Palmetto Dunes while running an exhilarating 13 miles. The registration fee is $65 and a portion of the fees support BackPack Buddies, who provide backpacks filled with nutritious food to low-income children.