A month-long display of talent, culture and arts is set to be showcased.

The sixth annual Crescendo Celebration of Arts & Culture, presented by Hilton Head’s Office of Cultural Affairs, runs from Oct. 11 through Nov. 12.

The event features a variety of attractions, including unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances and educational offerings.

The goal each year is to celebrate the community’s arts, culture and history.

New this year is a songwriter series in the park. Scheduled for Lowcountry Celebration Park each Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be free concerts by local bands that write their own original music.

Featured events include:

  • La Isla Magazine’s Latin Music Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park (Noon-9 p.m. Oct. 16). The event brings the best of Latin flavor and atmosphere.
  • Crescendo Kick-Off Party at Shelter Cove Community Park (4:30 p.m. Oct. 11). Features the island’s arts and culture organizations.
  • HHSO Symphony Under the Stars at Lowcountry Celebration Park (7:30 p.m. Oct. 21). Patriotic hymns to the beginnings of jazz to classic musical theater to popular film score medleys. The free concert is a celebration of great American music.

Lantern Parade

Always a highlight, the Lantern Parade lights up the night. Beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 12, the route runs from Alder Lane Beach Access to Coligny Beach Park. The event celebrates the history, ecology and people of Hilton Head Island. Lineup begins at 5 p.m. at the Alder Lane Beach Access. Spectators can watch along the beach anywhere between Alder Lane and Coligny Beach Park. Community members can construct lanterns in advance to be part of the town’s largest and most enchanting temporary public art displays on the island.

Last year’s Lantern Parade brought nearly 1,700 participants and thousands of spectators to the island’s south end. The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina will host a public lantern-making workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 29. From pirates and mermaids to crabs and critters, participants will get creative as they craft their own illuminated lantern rod puppet to participate in the Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade, the Arts Center said. Register at

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