Reward yourself: First half of October full of festivals across Grand Strand

A sampler dips into an almost-empty sample pot during the “Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook-Off” in 2013. The 2017 celebration, again a benefit for the Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter, will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Hot Fish Club, King Street Grille, and Morse Park Landing, all on U.S. 17 Business, on the south end of Murrells Inlet. Free admission. Details at 843-333-2034 or surfridergrandstrand.org.

With the new month starting Sunday, reward yourself, for we have rounded up the major special events for the first half of the month, before the home stretch for Halloween trick-or-treating and haunted houses begins.

Just this weekend, two foodie fest benefits – the 26th annual St. John’s Greek Festival, and “Grillers Cup Hot Pickin, Finger Lick’n BBQ Cook-Off” – will simmer, and the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival returns for its second year.

Events also open Saturday,Sept. 30, in downtown Georgetown for the 27th annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, which will span four weekends through Oct. 21. The headliners are the man also known for singing “Weatherman,” the opening theme for the movie “Groundhog Day,” Delbert McClinton, playing Oct. 7, and a star singer for decades who also co-wrote “Whenever I Call You Friend,” Kenny Loggins’ duet with Stevie Nicks, Melissa Manchester, on stage Oct. 14.

Foodie fests, including some benefits

— “St. John’s Greek Festival,” benefiting various charities, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30; and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 3301 33rd Avenue North Extension, Myrtle Beach, at U.S. 17. $1 ages 11 and older, otherwise free, also with free shuttles to and from Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant, 1401 29th Ave. N. 843-448-3773 or www.stjohn-mb.org.

— “Grillers Cup Hot Pickin, Finger Lick’n BBQ Cook-Off,” for Help4Kids/Backpack Buddies, with competitions in wings at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in Lakewood Camping Resort, 5901 S. Kings Highway, between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach, about 1 mile north of S.C. 544 (843-447-7383 or lakewoodcampground.com). Free admission; buy food samples. 843-651-4310 or help4kidssc.org.

— Irish-Italian International Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30,  on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach – including spaghetti-eating contest, 2:15 p.m. at stage at 400 Main St.; sign up 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at festival information or CIAO booths. Free. 843-280-5570 or parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?news=true&id=9

— Conway Downtown Alive’s “Rivertown Dine-Around” culinary tour, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30,  across downtown Conway; pick up map at Conway Visitor Center, 903 Third Ave. Free admission, with pre-registration at 843-248-6260 or conwayalive.com. Most samples $2-$4.

— Pilot Club of Conway’s Chicken Bog, benefiting local charities, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Conway Masonic Lodge, 903 15th Ave., Conway. $7. Delivery available for orders of 10 or more plates. 843-446-6347.

— Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North. Free admission. 843-855-0527 or www.myrtlebeachboardwalk.com.

— Overflow Fellowship Church’s “Fish and Grits Festival,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Living Water Baptist Church, 1569 S.C. 9, Longs. 843-421-9531.

— “Festa Italiana,” 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8 in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common. $1 admission ages 13 and older. 843-333-7523 or www.sonsofitalymb.com.

— “Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook-Off,” for Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Hot Fish Club, King Street Grille, and Morse Park Landing, all on U.S. 17 Business, on south end of Murrells Inlet. Free admission. 843-333-2034 or surfridergrandstrand.org.

— “Loris Bog-Off Festival,” 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 on Main Street in Loris. Free admission. 843-756-6030 or www.lorischamber.com.

— Little River “ShrimpFest,” 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 at 4460 Mineola Ave., on Little River waterfront. Daily for ages 13 and older – $4 advance, $5 at gate, and free for children 12 and younger. 843-249-6604 or littlerivershrimpfest.org.

Music-related amusement, all outside

— Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, open at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29; 9 a.m Saturday, Sept. 30; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, on Myrtle Beach’s Carver Street, between 18th and 21st avenues North. Free admission; also, free parking at, and shuttles available to and from, TicketReturn.com Field, at 21st Avenue North and Robert M. Grissom Parkway. 301-537-4362 or myrtlebeachjazzfest.com. To volunteer: 843-457-1695, 843-276-6390 or 910-545-2776.

— “Block Party” – with KJ-52, Flame, V Rose, and Protown BMX – 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Ground Zero, 904 Chester St., Myrtle Beach. Free, but reservations requested. 843-945-9440 or www.mygroundzero.com.

— Final month of “Surfside Sunday Serenades,” 2-5 p.m. Sundays in gazebo at Surfside Beach’s Passive Park, near veterans memorial, at Surfside and Willow drives, by front of Horry County Memorial Library’s Surfside Beach branch – Steve Cochran, Anna Corley and Neal Peterson on Oct. 1; Jill Trinka, Emilie Milone, and an artist to be announced, for Oct. 8; Alex Lawson, Zoey Lee, and Glenn “Houndog” Hanson Oct. 15; The Crave, Brian Roessler, and Crave & Co. Oct. 22; and Wind Oct. 29. Free. 843-450-7281.

— In downtown Conway, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7: “Conway Fall Festival,” Third Avenue and Laurel Street (843-488-1950 or www.conwayfallfestival.com); and “Live Oak Art + Music Fest,” at 1201 Third Ave. (843-248-4527 or www.createconway.org).

— “Conway Fall Festival,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, on Third Avenue and Laurel Street, downtown. Kids Play Zone $5. 843-488-1950 or www.conwayfallfestival.com.

— “Live Oak Art + Music Fest,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7 at 1201 Third Ave., Conway. 843-248-4527 or www.createconway.org.

— Saturday fests, each noon-6 p.m., at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School: “Autumn Big Band Blast” Oct. 7, for $10; “Rock Back the Clock Music Fest” Oct. 21 ($8); and “Halloween Saturday Bonfire,” 12:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 ($5). Also, bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and receive $3 off admission for each. 843-399-9463 or labelleamie.com.

— “Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest,” 4-9 p.m. Oct. 13 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 14 in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common, with free admission. 843-712-2618 or myrtlebeachbeerfest.com, and 843-839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com.

Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art

More details at 843-626-8911 or pawleysmusic.com:

— Saturday, Sept. 30, with “Chalk Under the Oaks,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Georgetown’s Francis Marion Park; “Seaside Palette,” 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. across downtown Georgetown, both free to see.

All these events at 7 p.m. at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, 18 Reserve Drive, north off Willbrook Drive, west of Litchfield Beach:

— “Wine & Food Gala,” Oct. 5, for $100.

— Artrageous, Oct. 6, for $25-$45, and free for ages 16 and younger.

— Delbert McClinton, Oct. 7, for $30, $45 or $85, and VIP $250 individual or $400 couple.

— “You’ve Got A Friend” Carole King and James Taylor tribute, with Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield, Oct. 13, $25-$45.

— Melissa Manchester, Oct. 14, $25, $45 or $75, and VIP $250 individual or $400 couple.

— Balsam Range, Oct. 19, $25 or $45.

— “Songs of Sinatra & Friends” with Joe Gransden and 16-piece big band, Oct. 20, $25-$45.

— Masters of Soul, Oct. 21, $30 or $50.

Major events in Brunswick County

— “Brunswick County Intercultural Festival,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, outside Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium, off College Road, south of U.S. 17 in Supply, N.C. Free admission, and food tasting, for fee, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 910-842-6566 or www.bcifestival.org.

— Southport Wooden Boat Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in downtown Southport, N.C. 910-457-7927 or southportwoodenboatshow.com.

Annual art showcases by local guilds

— Seacoast Artists Guild’s Fall Art Show & Sale, Oct. 3-17 – with awards 5-7 p.m. Oct. 6 – at Seacoast Artists Gallery, 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common, across from city’s Valor Memorial Garden. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. 843-232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com.

— Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild’s “Art in the Park,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7-8 and Nov. 4-5 at Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park, 1400 N. Kings Highway, and Nov. 11-12 in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common. 843-446-3830 or www.artsyparksy.com.

Fundraisers with fitness include obstacle course

— “Wicked Hot Run Capes and Crowns Edition Race,” for SOS Health Care’s Project Lifesaver, Saturday, Sept. 30, at Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Litchfield Beach and Murrells Inlet – 5K 7:30 a.m. ($40 adult or $35 youth), 1-mile fun run 8:45 a.m. ($15). 877-751-2992 or www.wickedfitness.net/wickedhotrun/.

— Mini-Golf Tournament, for Current Transitions in Little River, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 30, at Tribal Island – Tiki Adventure Golf 901 U.S. 17 N, Little River. $20 ages 13 and older, $10 ages 12 and younger with paid adult – including 36 holes of golf. 681-215-6555, or email stanfoam@aol.com.

— “The Devil’s Playground” haunted obstacle course – benefiting Special Operations Wounded Warriors – 6-10 p.m. Oct. 13 at “Blood & Sweat” obstacle course, behind X Gym Sports Mall, 568 George Bishop Parkway, between U.S. 17 and U.S. 501. Advance at www.gunnysbootcamp.com/the-devils-playground-2/: $12 by Sept. 30, $14 Oct. 1-13, or $16 at site. 843-209-2315.

— “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk, 1.5 miles for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 11 a.m. Oct. 14 at Broadway at the Beach, near Margaritaville, on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. 336-707-0022 or www.afsp.org/myrtle.

More outings for community causes

— “Gamin’ for Charity” – benefiting gsSCENE’s “Substitutes for Santa” – noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Dave & Buster’s, at Broadway at the Beach, off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. $35 ages 13 and older, otherwise $10 – including all-you-can-eat buffet. 843-916-7276 or gsSCENE.com/events/view/358.

— “Sunset Lodge,” with Rebecca T. Godwin, author of novel “Keeper of the House,” Oct. 5 (rain date: Oct. 12) – cocktail hour 6 p.m, presentation 7 p.m – in benefit for, and at, Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St., Georgetown. $100 individual. Also with exhibit of Myrna McMahon’s portraits of the “Girls of Sunset Lodge.” 843-546-7706 or kaminskimuseum.org.

— Indoor yard sale, 7:30 a.m-1 p.m. Oct. 6-7 (postponed from Sept. 15-16) at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2061 Glenns Bay Road, west of Surfside Beach, ). 843-294-1754.

— Carolina Master Chorale’s “It’s A Grand Night for Trivia,” 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 (postponed from Sept. 10), at Prestwick Country Club, between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. $30 individual or $165 team of six. 843-444-5774 or www.carolinamasterchorale.com.)

–“Fall Garden Festival,” for Low Country Herb Society scholarship/grant fund, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13-14 at Inlet Culinary Garden, 5071 U.S. 17 Business S., Murrells Inlet. Free. 843-357-1194, or email sclchsnews@gmail.com.

— “Dogtoberfest,” for Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, 3 p.m. Oct. 14 outside on The Deck, at House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. 843-272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach.

— “Roaring ’20s” Ballet Charity Ball, for Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre – with studios in Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet – 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 14 at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach. $75 individual, including dinner. 843-839-5678, 843-651-2006, or www.CYBT.org.

Myriad other events, all family friendly

— “South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale,” 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North. Free admission; parking $5. 843-918-1235 or www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/garagesale.html.

— Surfside Beach Family Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7 on Surfside Drive. 843-650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.

— “Conway Fall Festival,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, on Third Avenue and Laurel Street, downtown. Kids Play Zone $5. 843-488-1950 or www.conwayfallfestival.com.

— “Sunset at Sunset” Community Block Party, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7 at The Village at Sunset Beach, outside Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C. Free admission. www.sunsetatsunset.com.

— U.S. ProMiniGolf Association “Masters” National Championship, Oct. 12-14 at Hawaiian Rumble Golf, 3210 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. Free to see; entry fees, due Sunday, vary. Also: charity tourney, 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at Aloha Mini Golf, 900 Lake Arrowhead Road, between Briarcliffe Acres and Myrtle Beach. 843-458-2585, 843-272-7812, prominigolf.com, or email bdetwiler2@aol.com.

— “Fire Prevention Expo and Open House,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Myrtle Beach Fire Training Academy/Station 3, 2108 S. Kings Highway, at Harrelson Boulevard, with activities including fire engine rides, fire house tours, and “Kids’ Combat Challenge.” Free. 843-918-1221.

— Second annual “Myrtle Beach Trunk or Treat,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14 (horn-free hour 10-11 a.m.) at Broadway at the Beach, near Landry’s Seafood, on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, near U.S. 17. Free. 843-626-0247.

Georgetown County historical sites

— “Harvest Home Weekend” Fall Festival, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7-8 at Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park. Free with garden admission, which lasts seven days – $16 ages 13-64, $14 ages 65 and older, $8 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger. Also, “Whispering Wings” butterfly house open for half-hour visits daily through Oct. 30, for extra $3 for ages 13 and older, $2 ages 4-12. 843-235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.

— At Hobcaw Barony, on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown: “The North vs. The South,” with Christopher C. Boyle, author of “The Road to Secession in Antebellum Georgetown and Horry Districts,” 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 12, for free; “Plantation Sportsmen: Waterfowl & Wetlands,” 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 30, for $175 total, with room for 28 people. Reservations required at 843-546-4623 or hobcawbarony.org.

Motoring around in stylish antiques

“Myrtle Beach Britfest” car show, benefiting Canine Angels Service Dogs, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7 on Johnson and Hendrick avenues at The Market Common, in Myrtle Beach. Free for spectators; car or motorcycle entry $30, and $15 additional vehicle. 843-651-7644, 843-222-2201, grandstrandbritishcarclub.com.

— “Fall Rollout Classic Car Show,” for Pawleys Island Masonic Lodge 409 and its charities, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Georgetown County Airport, 129 Airport Road, along U.S. 17, just south of Georgetown city limits. Free to see; $25 car entry. 843-457-9621 or www.thefallrollout.com.

— “Cruise to the Coast Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show,” benefiting local charities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14 (rain date: Oct. 21) at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. Free to see; $20 car entry. www.chicoracarclub.com/nmbshow.html; and 843-361-3045, 866-805-5642 or www.nmbevents.com.

‘Blessing of the Animals’

— During 7:45, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services, Oct. 1, at Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass S., west of Surfside Beach, between Glenns Bay Road and Garden City Connector – also with guest service animals from community, including therapy horses from Barnabas Horse Foundation, and K9s, and for people with allergies, a pet-free zone. 843-215-4500 or resurrectionsurfside.org.

— 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 7, by St. Barnabas Anglican Church, at Calabash Town Park, 868 Persimmon Road Park. 843-467-4979.

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