5 things to do in the Myrtle Beach area this weekend that do not include shopping

There are plenty of things to do besides shopping in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Starnd this weekend. Though shoppers will enjoy Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals, here are some things to get up and do.

The 48th annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival will feature performances from Dailey & Vincent, The Little Boy and Lizzy Show, The Gibson Brothers, The Farm Hands, Bass Mountain Boys, Reno & Harrell and so many more.

The festival runs Thursday through Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. Ticket prices start at $40 per day for adults for general admission and $20 per day for children ages 7 to 15 for general admission. Ticket packages and reserved seating are available. Parking is $5, and handicapped parking is free.

The holiday season is in full swing along the Grand Strand, and what better way to celebrate than to head to the Oceanfront Merchants Tree Lighting in Myrtle Beach.

The merchants association will have a Christmas tree lighting Friday, Nov. 24. The festivities will be from 4 to 8 p.m. and include a live performance by Lisa Crawford, winner of Contemporary Artist of the Year for her hit “Power in Jesus Name.”

The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. Friday on the corner of Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand for pictures and to hear Christmas lists.

Additional entertainment includes train rides ($3 per person), balloon animals, face painting and Christmas crafts. Children can also shop for Christmas gifts to give to someone special. $5 will buy two gifts. Bring a chair if you would like to sit.

The 33rd annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday. The parade begins at the Little River Inlet and winds south to Dock Holidays Marina. Participants are asked to bring a toy donation for Toys for Tots. Donations of cat litter and pet food will also be accepted for the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society.

The Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre presents the 12th annual “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 at the Beach Church Auditorium, 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach.

The Nutcracker tells of the story of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a thrilling adventure with the Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing dolls and toy soldiers, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers, sparkling snowflakes and Mother Ginger.

The performances are brought to life by a cast of 60 talented young artists, which includes the Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre company members, together with students from Coastal Dance Centre, CYBT’s training school, and volunteer community members.

There will also be a Nutcracker special matinee show on Nov. 27 for elementary, middle and high school students. The school show is part of Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s Outreach Program — that of giving back to the community by offering the show at a deeply discounted price to the student population with the purpose of introducing them to the wonderful art of dance.

General admission tickets are $25, and $18 for seniors 65 and older. Tickets are also $18 for groups of 15 or more, and $10 for children ages 3-12. Tickets can be purchased by calling 843-839-5678 or 843-651-2006, or can be bought online at www.CYBT.org.

There is a Beer and Brats Fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Fridaay, Nov.24 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Freshly cooked brats, fries, cold beer and soda will be available. Check Six Brewing Company of Southport, is providing the following types of beer: Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Gee Bee Honey Pale Ale, and Aerial Aggression Double IPA which are some of their best-selling craft beers. Enjoy live music by Opportunity Rocks. Proceeds from this event will help maintain the museum and planetarium’s exhibits.

Tickets for Beer and Brats are $30 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling or stopping by the museum or planetarium to save $5. Tickets will also be on sale the night of the event. Photo IDs are required for beer drinkers.

For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579- 1016, or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

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