Beaufort Shrimp Festival is back this Oct. 4, 5; With a 5K

Fried, scampied, steam, grilled, boiled, and more: the Beaufort Shrimp Festival is back for its 19th annual installment this Friday and Saturday (October 4 and 5) in downtown Beaufort.

Friday, October 4, starting at 6 p.m.: It’s a party in the park. Be prepared to dance your shrimp tails off and come with an empty stomach. Live music and entertainment featuring Deas-Guyz with a mix of Old Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance beats. Local Restaurants will be previewing their shrimp dishes for Saturday's competitions. All restaurants will be using SC Wild Caught Shrimp. The Arts and Craft Market opens at noon.

Saturday, October 5, starting at 8 a.m.: Calling all walkers and runners to participate at the festival’s popular 5K Bridge Run/Walk (USATF certified course) at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. 

The Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Bay and Newcastle Streets. All require advanced registration. You may register at or download applications from Saturday’s events continue at 11 a.m. with live music, children activities, abundance of SC fresh wild caught shrimp, arts and craft market and featuring the East Coast Party Band one of the most popular dance bands in the Southeast. Local restaurants will put their unique spins on fresh local shrimp, available to attendees, and will compete for the “Best Shrimp Dish" and "Best
Booth Decoration" voted by a panel of judges, and the “People’s Choice”, chosen by festival attendees. The overall winner will be awarded the prestigious "Silver Cup." Alternative foods will be available for the shell-fish intolerant. Also adults will be able to participate in a shrimp heading competition and children in a shrimp peeling competition for various prizes.

The Sea Island Rotary Club will host its 5th annual Charity Shrimp Race, where 5,000 rubber floating shrimp will be dropped in the Beaufort River adjacent to Waterfront Park from a working shrimp boat. The Shrimp will float naturally with the tide towards a finish line. The first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line share $5,000 in cash prizes and have a chance to win the $1 Million Grand Prize. For more information or to adopt your shrimp, visit

For more information or to register for the 5K Bridge Run/Walk visit or call (843) 525-6644.

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