Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 24, 2013

Hilton Head Summer Family Fun

Families have been coming to Hilton Head Island generation after generation with many bringing their own children back to create the same memories. From ice cream cones to kid-friendly entertainment to swimming in the ocean to playing tennis, Hilton Head is a great summer vacation spot for families.

Two of the most popular annual summer events for families are Gregg Russell’s performances at Harbour Town and HarbourFest featuring Shannon Tanner at Shelter Cove Harbour. Both are Hilton Head classics that you have to check out when you visit in the summer.

Gregg Russell at Harbour Town

Most summer nights, families can find the legendary singer-entertainer Gregg Russell performing. He weaves games, interviews and antics into his shows and says that no two shows are ever the same!  Head over before the concert and enjoy face painting, puppet shows, scavenger hunts and crafts at the Kid Zone located adjacent to the Old Liberty Oak Tree. Gregg plays 8-9:30 p.m. now through Aug. 23, except for Saturday nights. The event is free.

Here’s a sampling of Gregg’s performance:

HarbourFest Featuring Shannon Tanner at Shelter Cove Harbour

Another classic, now in its 25th year, is HarbourFest at Shelter Cove featuring the beloved Shannon Tanner, known by his colorful beanie hat. He sings songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “The Unicorn Song,” which get the crowd involved by singing, dancing and gestures. HarbourFest also offers fireworks during select Tuesdays and July 4 during the summer at dusk, and like Harbour Town’s event, there are lots of family-friendly activities like Cappy the Clown, face painting, arts and crafts and more before, during and after the performances. HarbourFest runs Monday-Thursday through Labor Day with performances at 6:30 & 8 p.m. It is also a free event.

Here’s a video of Shannon Tanner performing at HarbourFest:

Which performances has your family attended over the years? Which are your favorites?

If you need help finding the perfect Hilton Head summer vacation rental, please visit us at or call us at 800-276-8991.


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