After a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Original Gullah Festival returns to downtown Beaufort’s Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park and brings lots of cultural experiences, food and fun.
This year’s event is scheduled for Friday May 27th through Sunday May 29th.
For 36 years, the Gullah Festival has celebrated the rich Gullah Geechee heritage of the Sea Islands of the Lowcountry and honors the preservation of the Gullah culture and the descendants who lived in the Lowcountry region.
The festival was established in 1986 to honor and recreate the atmosphere of a celebration called Decoration Day, now named, Memorial Day. As a result, every year during the festival weekend, there is a Decoration Day Play to commemorate the historic event.
The Festival provides a unique family friendly cultural experience for over 35,000 local, national and international attendees during the 3 day event. For 36 years, the event has been celebrating a rich history and will continue to share the Gullah experience.
The festival is highlighted by authentic arts and crafts, exhibits, Gullah presentations, music, workshops, Gullah dancing and traditional Gullah cuisine.
We’ll post the schedule of events as it becomes available.