As a traveling military spouse, I love to have pieces of local art from each place we live. A few years ago we stumbled upon the Atalaya Art Festival and I knew I would have to visit every year I could.
Located on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast you’ll find Huntington Beach State Park and Atalaya Castle. The castle is a Moorish and Spanish-style home built by New York philanthropists Archer and Anna Huntington. It boasts 30 rooms on three sides and a courtyard filled with palm trees and other local plants.
In the center of the courtyard is a forty feet tall tower. This feature is what the residence is named for. In Spanish, ‘Atalaya’ means watchtower. The home was designed and constructed as a winter home for the couple, after artist and sculptor, Anna was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Each year, it hosts the Atalaya Art Festival.
This year the event will be held this weekend, September 24, 25, & 26. Admission to the festival is $15/adult (aged 16 and up). This fee gives you access to all 3 days. If you are an ALL-Park Passport holder, admission is covered for you and 4 guests. Simply show your passport to gain access. Due to COVID concerns, the exhibits are being moved outside the castle walls to allow for social distancing.
The art festival features around 100 artists each year. Food vendors and live entertainment are also available every day of the event. The hours are noon to 5 PM on Friday and 10 AM to 5 PM through the weekend days.
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park, and Atalaya Castle while the weather shifts to Fall.
For more information call Huntington Beach State Park at 843-237-4440
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