Since 1996, Hilton Head Island has been home to the Gullah Celebration. This festival celebrates the Gullah people of coastal South Carolina and Georgia Islands. This year, the annual Gullah Celebration will take place from January 31 through February 28.
If you’re in Hilton Head around this time, the Gullah Celebration is an incredible opportunity to learn more about The Native Island Gullah People and their deep cultural heritage.
While there are events going on for the entire month, here are a few you shouldn’t miss.
1. Gullah Celebration Opening Party
On January 31, the celebration kicks off with an opening night festival. Free for entry, this opening party features art displays, performances, and an introduction to Gullah culture.
The event takes place at the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2. Pop Up Gullah Dinner At Lucky Rooster
If you want a taste of Gullah culture, you can’t miss this pop up dinner at Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar. The dinner takes place on February 5 at 5 p.m., and it’ll feature classic Gullah dishes such as oyster rice and okra soup. A dessert like peanut cake or monkey bread might even pop up at this tasty event.
3. Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast
From shrimp and grits to stewed oysters and fried catfish, the Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast serves any breakfast food you could want in Hilton Head. The local Gullah community of Hilton Head will help to prepare this feast, and it’ll start at 8 a.m. on January 31.
4. The Gullah Music SeriesThe Gullah Music Series runs on a weekly basis throughout the month-long celebration. Each week features a different type of performance, including gospel classics, gospel choirs, and Stee & The Ear Candy Band. Depending on the performance, the Gullah Music Series takes place at a different venue each week.
Whether you happen across one event or plan on attending a bunch, be sure to experience the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration in some capacity.