The Annual Beaufort Water Festival has been postponed to July 2021 due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic

    The Annual Beaufort Water Festival has been postponed to July 2021 with next year’s event remaining the same, branded as the 65th festival with Erin “Tank” Morris as the festival commodore.

    Originally scheduled for this summer, the annual 10-day celebration planned for July 17-26 in downtown Beaufort is now rescheduled for July 2021.

    The Annual Beaufort Water Festival Board of Directors issued the following statement:

    The 65th Annual Beaufort Water Festival and all associated sports and water & air events have been POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 2021!

    To Beaufort and the Lowcountry Community, Our Water Festival crew has spent many months planning the 65th Annual Beaufort Water Festival for July 2020.

    Paramount to our planning has been the current status of COVID-19 and the health precautions needed to maintain a safe environment. Our organization has three driving factors: the community, partnerships, and volunteers.

    The relationships among these elements are what make the Annual Beaufort Water Festival a leading, time-honored tradition throughout the southeast.

    Considering the recommendations from the Center of Disease Control, health care professionals, and ultimately, the safety and health of us all, we feel it is necessary to postpone the 65th Annual Beaufort Water Festival and all associated sports and water & air events until July 2021.

    This decision was not made easily and is driven by the utmost concern for our community, partners, and dedicated staff of volunteers. We thank you for your understanding and we are confident that if we all work together and support each other, our community will return to normalcy stronger than ever.

    Sincerely, 

    The Annual Beaufort Water Festival Board of Directors