Then inaugural Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade in 2019 was well attended, with a colorful variety of both amateur and professionally created lanterns lighting up the beach.

The annual Crescendo Celebration of Arts and Culture is set to be back person this fall!

With more than 100 unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences, and educational offerings, Crescendo will return this fall in coordination with National Arts & Humanities Month.

From Oct. 10 through Nov. 13, the regional celebration highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations; individual artists in many media; performers of all kinds – whether music or dance or theatre; and authors residing and working on and around Hilton Head Island.

The exciting roster is being finalized, but here’s a taste of what has been scheduled so far:

• Oct. 10: La Isla Magazine’s Latin Music Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park.

• Oct. 12: Crescendo Community Celebration, featuring all of the arts and culture organizations on the island at Shelter Cove Community Park.

• Oct. 22: “Volumes of Light: The Lanterns of Chantelle Rytter” at Coastal Discovery Museum.

• Oct 22: Symphonic Pops, presented by Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, free concert at Lowcountry Celebration Park.

• Oct 27-28: Jazz for All Ages Jazz Festival at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort.

• Nov. 5-6: “Clicquot: A Revolutionary Musical” in concert at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

• Nov. 13: Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade at South Forest Beach.

This is just a small taste of what will happen here in the fall. There’s more to come!

Do you like the ballet? We’ve got you covered.

Theatre? At least three productions!

Jazz and blues music? There will be dozens of experiences.

We will be presenting world class authors and poets – and don’t forget big-time festivals like the Italian Heritage Festival and Oyster Fest!

Last on the calendar, but certainly not least, the third annual Lantern Parade is back on! We will keep our COVID-friendly model on Nov. 12 at Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, and the next evening we will again parade in person from South Forest Beach up to Coligny. If you missed the inaugural event in 2019, or the abbreviated version in 2020, you surely don’t want to miss this one.

This fall will offer a season of culture that all islanders should be proud of, so we hope to see you out in the community. To stay connected visit

Jenn McEwen is the director of the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Office of Cultural Affairs.