Outdoor festivals offer an alternative to typical autumn activities, such as decorating for Thanksgiving, buying winter jackets, and carving pumpkins into fully functional microwaves. Mix up fall schedules with today's Groupon: for $5, you get two admissions to the Cajun Festival, hosted by the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association at Shelter Cove Community Park in Hilton Head (up to a $10 value). Children aged 12 and younger are admitted for free to the festival, which is held on October 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Cajun Festival spices an autumn afternoon with authentic eats, booths featuring local entrepreneurs, and a play-happy Kid Zone. Attendees can spend the day filling stomachs with po' boys, fried shrimp, jambalaya, and other Cajun noshes (cost of food not included with today's Groupon) as feet meander through a fresh-air business expo. Live half-notes trill across the nature epicenter, and competitive eaters and seafood-loving robots face off at the crawfish-eating contest. Toss tykes into the Kid Zone's moon bounce or station pint-sized artists at craft stations as siblings face off in kid-friendly games (cost of activities not included with today's Groupon).
Hosted by the nonprofit Hilton Head Island Recreation Association, Cajun Festival's proceeds go into a scholarship fund that keeps all children participating in recreational activities, such as community sports and playing tag with oft-ignored cornfield scarecrows.
Hilton Head Island
39 Shelter Cove Ln.
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29926