The Annual Beaufort Water Festival…10 incredible days of Lowcountry fun & memories that last a lifetime.
Since 1956, The Beaufort Water Festival has brought residents and visitors from Beaufort, Charleston, Savannah, Hilton Head Island and parts beyond together in a two-week long celebration of the coastal Lowcountry. The Beaufort Water Festival is comprised of more than two dozen individual events including sporting events, aquatic events, arts & crafts, music and of course, the best of Lowcountry cuisine.


If you have had the opportunity to experience the Beaufort Water Festival, chances are that you have a pretty good story to go along with it. If you have been going every year since you were a child or going for the first time, your Water Festival memories will last a lifetime.

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Letter from the 2016 Commodore…

As a native Beaufortonian, it is an honor and privilege to lead the Beaufort Water Festival into its 61st year. Please join me in thanking our many loyal sponsors and volunteer groups that make it possible to bring such an awesome event to the Beaufort community year after year.


Remember to check the website often for all of your Water Festival information. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and by downloading the Official Water Festival App for smartphones.


Thank you, and I hope that you will “Rendezvous by the River” with me July 15-24, 2016. We will have some fun in the sun for the 61st Annual Beaufort Water Festival!

~ Chris Canaday
2016 Commodore

Chris Canaday