11 things to do in the Myrtle Beach area through August

At TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, at 21st Avenue North and Robert M. Grissom Parkway:

  • “Pizza Party” to determine which city – Chicago or New York – has the best pizza in the world, as Pelicans (renamed the “Deep Dishers” for this event) play the Salem Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. FridayAug. 4 – coinciding with Brooklyn (N.Y.) Cyclones (renamed “Slices” on this night), Short Season Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, in home game at MCU Park in Brooklyn, FridayAug. 4 against Tri-City Valley Cats. Both host teams plan a series of competitions between players, front office staff and fans. Pelicans tickets $9, $11 or $13 advance – and $2 more on game day, and always $3 discount for military, with ID. Also, all-you-can-eat deep-dish pizza buffet for $15 extra on this “Foodie Friday”; and vote on pizza preference at wyng.com/campaign/824349. 843-918-6000, 877-918-8499 or www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com.
  • Second annual “ColorBurst 5K” fun run, benefiting Tidelands Health Foundation, 9 a.m. Aug. 12, with registration and dance party beginning 8-9 a.m. $34.99 (basic package) or $44.99 (enhanced) by Aug. 10, otherwise $40 or $50, respectively – and family of 4 for $49.99 per team – including tickets for Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ game at 7:05 p.m. that day against Carolina Mudcats from Zebulon, N.C. Also, for ages 12 and younger, “Little ColorBurst Runner” entry, for free – one per adult registered, or $19.99 to include baseball game ticket, and $5 per additional child runner entry. colorburst5k.com/tickets/myrtle-beach-sc-saturday-aug-12-2017.

Other special events include Stardusters Big Band, PRIDE weekend

  • 35th annual Craftsmen’s Summer Classic Art & Craft Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 at Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North. $8 ages 13 and older ($1 discount coupon available online), $1 ages 6-12, and free ages 5 and younger. Parking $5 daily. Also, admission lasts all three days with return pass available from show office, with photo ID. 336-282-5550 or www.gilmoreshows.com/craftsmens_classics_myrtle_summer.shtml.
  • “Swing Music through the Ages” concert by The Stardusters big band – 17-member ensemble, with Terri Stephens on vocals, and based in North Myrtle Beach – 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at First Baptist Church, 200 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. Free. 910-575-4620, or email rabutler@atmc.net.
  • Grand Strand PRIDE (People Respecting Inclusion, Diversity and Equality) Celebration, Aug. 24-27 at various sites in Myrtle Beach, highlighted on Aug. 26 at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Place, with ​Business Expo with Coastal Business Guild, 4-7 p.m., for free, and “Gala” with dinner, including Sea Cruz in concert, 7 p.m.-midnight, for $60. 843-839-3511 or www.grandstrandpride.com.

Slew of outings all outdoors

  • Summer finales at The Market Common, in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway: “Movies Under the Stars” – mostly rated PG, at dusk Fridays: “Moana” Aug. 4, “Back to the Future” Aug. 11, “Monsters University” Aug. 18, and “The Addams Family” (PG-13) Aug. 25; and “Concerts on the Green” with “Liverpool … Carolina’s Beatles Experience,” 7-10 p.m. Aug. 17. 843-839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com/events/.
  • At Horry County Museum’s L.W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, north of Conway: Tobacco Heritage Day,” see demonstrations on hand tying and stringing of tobacco, and a variety of domestic activities such as grinding grits and meal, cooking on a wood stove, blacksmithing, and traditional music, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. SaturdayAug. 5; and “Traditional Music at the Farm,” with dobro guitar, 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Both for free. 843-365-3596 or www.horrycountymuseum.org.
  • At La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School, each noon-6 p.m. with live music till 5 p.m.: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Oldies Music Fest,” SaturdayAug. 5, with Latitude, and Stringwood Trio; and “Summer Breeze Music Fest,” Aug. 19, with Paul Grimshaw and Carolina Midnight bands. Each $8; bring two canned/dry-good items for area food banks and receive $3 discount. 843-399-9463 or labelleamie.com.
  • At Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, off U.S. 501, near Tanger Outlets and Carolina Forest: Free family movies at dark on the second Friday monthly, and gates open at 7 p.m. (bring blankets and lawn chairs): “Rogue One: A Stars Wars Story” on Aug. 11, “The Lego Batman Movie” Sept. 8, and “Finding Dory” Oct. 13; and The Magpie Salute (themagpiesalute.com), a 10-piece band including Marc Ford, Rich Robinson and Sven Pipien – three former members of The Black Crowes – 8 p.m. Aug. 19, for $20 or $40. 843-236-0500 or www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com.

Final month for daily outdoor entertainment at shopping centers

  • “Summer Nights,” daily through Sept. 3 at Broadway at the Beach, bordered by U.S. 17 Bypass, Robert M. Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th avenues North in Myrtle Beach, in center court area with Mr. Nigel, an interactive musical entertainer, 7-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; Shelley Sasser from Dino Capone’s School of Rock, 7-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; and children’s face painting, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Also: Mini-Starz, 6-8 p.m. first Saturdaysthrough September, in Heroes Harbor, near Margaritaville; and fireworks, 10 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 18, and on Sept. 3. 843-444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com.
  • “SummerFest!” 7 p.m. daily through Sept. 2 at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, in Lakeside Village, near carousel and Castano’s Italian Restaurant, with Nick Pike, a British juggler, comedian, unicyclist, and former semi-finalist from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Sundays-Thursdays; children’s karaoke with Larry Tanelli on Fridays; and movie and show characters in meet and greets, and posing for photos; and fireworks 9:30 p.m. Mondays. 843-272-8349 or www.bflanding.com.

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