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Beaufort South Carolina’s Premier Event

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 then two dozen individual events including sporting events, aquatic events, arts & crafts, music and of course, the best of Lowcountry cuisine. Please explore our website and feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

60th Annual Beaufort Water Festival Proudly Announces Neal McCoy as the 2015 Concert in the Park Featured Entertainer on July 18th.


Bill Damude, commodore of the 60th Beaufort Water Festival, is proud to announce that country singer Neal McCoy will take the stage as the headline performer on Saturday July 18th starting at 8 pm.  Opening for McCoy will be South Carolina Native, Austin Webb.

 Neal McCoy has released ten studio albums on various labels, and has released 34 singles to country radio.

 In 1993, Neal McCoy broke through with the back-to-back number 1 singles No Doubt About It and Wink from his platinum-certified album No Doubt About It.   His commercial success continued into the late 1990s with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more Top Ten hits.

 Neal returned in early 2003 with The Luckiest Man in the World, following it with That’s Life in 2005.  A seventh Top Ten hit, the number 10 Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On, came in 2005 from his self-released That’s Life.

Music of Your Life, a big band jazz and country amalgam with Les Brown, Jr. recorded for a public television special, appeared in 2011, with a new studio album, XII, finally arriving in 2012.

 Neal also supports his own charity organization: East Texas Angel Network, which is committed to the enhancement of the lives of children of East Texas who are living with terminal or life-threatening diseases.

 Austin grew up in Greenville, S.C. listening to healthy doses of Motown, R&B, rock, and retro country from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. He also loved authors like Oscar Wilde, 0 . Henry, Walt Whitman and Dylan Thomas, and started writing poetry at nine years old. He knew he was going to be a writer of some sort, and at 16 when he picked up a guitar, he began pouring out his emotions into songs.  Austin’s Martin guitar has been with him through thick and thin since he was 16 and is his most prized possession. He keeps signed photos of two of his heroes, Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson, on the back of it.  “I really love that guitar,” he says. “It never talks back, it never pisses me off, it never gets mad.”

 “As the Commodore of the 60th Water Festival I am excited to announce our Concert in the Park acts for this year.” said Bill Damude.   “It gives me great pleasure to say that country music legend Neal McCoy is our headlining act!  I am a huge Neal McCoy fan so to be able to have him come to the Water Festival is awesome.”



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Welcome, on behalf of the 60th annual Water Festival, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our many loyal sponsors who have been part of the Festival for many years, as well as all of our many loyal volunteers without whom the annual Water Festival would not be possible.

60 years ago the first Water Festival was a great success and every year there after it has been held growing from a weekend event to a 10 day event. This year’s Festival Crew is excited to begin the planning process to bring you another outstanding 10 days of the Water Festival July 17-26, 2015.

We hope you take full advantage of all the Water Festival information contained on this site as you navigate through all of the pages and links. Also, don’t forget to follow us on facebook, twitter, and please download our Water Festival App.

Thank you

Bill Damude Commodore 60th Annual Beaufort Water Festival



Our sponsor form for next year’s 60th Annual Water Festival is here! We have many levels of sponsorship available with many great benefits. The Water festival is looking forward to creating relationships with new sponsors, and continuing our wonderful connections with past sponsors.

If you would like to sponsor, please visit the link below to download the 2015 application or check out our Sponsor page which includes the full list of 2014 sponsors.

60th Annual Water Festival Sponsor Form

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