Two food fests – the “Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine Festival” and “Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival” – will each anchor a part of Myrtle Beach for much of this Labor Day weekend, both opening at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.
The annual “Mustang Week” has shifted gears, moving later this year, opening Sept. 5, and staging its signature car show and cruise-in at a new spot, outside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Sept. 8 and 9, respectively.
Anyone hungry for hockey before the NHL drops the puck Oct. 4 for its 101st season can see Horry County-area firefighters play, at the second annual “Fire and Ice Hockey Tournament” – for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of the Eastern Carolinas – Sept. 16 at the Wilmington Ice House, just east of North Carolina’s Port City.
Look over this menu of options for falling into the fun of autumn, many of which help charitable causes.
Foodie fests welcome big appetites
Seventh annual “Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine Festival,” at Broadway at the Beach, on 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach – “Chocolate Under the Moon” and moonshinme mixology competition, 6-9 p.m. Friday; “Brews ’N the Beach” with craft beer, 4-7 p.m. Saturday; and “Grand Wine Tasting Event,” 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Advance only, at www.coastaluncorked.com: each event $25, or three-day pass $70, plus processing fees. More details at 843-626-9668.
12th annual “Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival,” 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, and noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, outside Horry-Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus Conference Center, 950 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach, near Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park. Free admission. Buy food on site. 843-855-0527 or www.myrtlebeacheventinfo.com, and www.kcbs.us. Also: Myrtle Beach Car Club show, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, for $20 registration, benefiting charities (843-742-9802 or www.myrtlebeachcarclub.com).
Fourth annual “Grillers Cup Hot Pickin, Finger Lick’n BBQ Cook-Off,” for Help4Kids/Backpack Buddies, with competitions in wings at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 and 10:30 a.m. 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, with public welcome; buy food samples. 843-651-4310 or help4kidssc.org.]
26th annual “St. John’s Greek Festival,” benefiting various charities, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 29-30, and noon-7 p.m. 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.
14th annual Irish-Italian International Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 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 annual “Rivertown Dine-Around” culinary tour, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 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.
Outdoor benefits through sports, fitness
“Baseball and BBQ” fall season opener – by and benefiting Grand Strand Miracle Leagues, in 15th anniverary of getting people with disabilities on the diamond – 6 p.m. Sept. 7, with Coastal Carolina University baseball team, at James C. Benton Miracle League Field, outiside Myrtle Beach’s Pepper Geddings Recreation Center, 3205 N. Oak St. Free admission. 843-448-7712 or www.grandstrandmiracleleague.com.
Third annual “Walk & Roll” (1 mile) for GBS/CIDP Foundation International – helping people affected by Guillain-Barré syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, or related syndromes such as multifocal motor neuropathy – 10 a.m. Sept. 9 at Conway’s Riverfront Park, on Elm Street (registration open 9 a.m.). Donations welcome. 843-397-8447, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second annual “Fire and Ice Hockey Tournament” – for Muscular Dystrophy Association of the Eastern Carolinas – with first game between firefighters from cities of Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Wilmington Ice House, 7201 Ogden Business Lane, east of city, north from Market Street (U.S. 17) – turn left at corner with little white church, and veer right toward rink, on left side of road (910-686-1987 or www.wilmingtonice.com). $20 adults, $10 ages 12-17, free ages 11 and younger – 607-591-5549, or email email@example.com.
Second annual “Showdown at the Shipwreck” – for Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Shipwreck Island Mini Golf, 3301 N. Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach. $23, including expo, barbecue lunch, 18 holes of golf, and event patch. $20. 843-655-4562 or peedeescouts.us.
“Wicked Hot Run Capes and Crowns Edition Race,” for SOS Health Care’s Project Lifesaver, 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/.
Game on for fun at fundraisers
Second annual “It’s A Grand Night for Trivia” – for Carolina Master Chorale, ahead of its 35th season, and with WPDE-TV 15’s Ed Piotrowski as guest emcee/trivia questioner, – 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at at Prestwick Country Club, between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. $30 individual or $165 team of six. 843-444-5774 or www.carolinamasterchorale.com.)
“All-Day Mah Jong Tournament” for Temple Sisterhood, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Temple Emanu-El Conservative Jewish congregation, 406 65th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, at Kings Highway. $25, including buffet luncheon. 843-449-5552.
Horry County Literacy Council Scrabble Tournament, 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at East Grill & Pub, at Wachesaw Plantation East Golf Club, 911 Riverwood Drive, west of Murrells Inlet. $15 advance or $20 at door. 843-839-1695 or www.horrycountyliteracy.org.
Music-driven outings for charities
Communities In Schools of Brunswick County’s “An Evening with Mike’s Garage Band, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Woodlands Park Amphitheater in St. James Plantation, on N.C. 211, near Southport. $10, cash only. 910-457-3494 or www.cisbrunswick.org.
17th annual “Ride for the Animals Poker Run” – for Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach –Sept. 9 at Harley-Davidson Shop at the Beach, 4002 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. $20 advance, or 10 a.m.-noon for $25 on day of event. 843-249-4948 or www.humanesocietynmb.org.
Annual “Brunswick County Intercultural Festival,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 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.
“Block Party” – with KJ-52, Flame, V Rose, and Protown BMX – 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Ground Zero, 904 Chester St., Myrtle Beach. Free, but reservations requested. 843-945-9440 or www.mygroundzero.com.
Other things to do to help community groups
Annual “Purple Feet Festival” – for Special Kids Sponsor Foundation – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9 at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Tickets for ages 12 and older: $8, and $5 with donation of new recreational item such as playing cards, board game, book or ball; and free ages 11 and younger, and for Lucy look-alikes (for contest at 3:30 p.m.). 910-287-2800 or www.silvercoastwinery.com.
Local’s Day Benefit for SOS Health Care – helping families with individuals who have autism – noon-5 p.m. Sept. 9 at Captain Buck’s Port, 135 Bucksport Road, in Bucksport community, south of Conway. $10 Kids Zone, and $20 individual or $20 team for cornhole tourney. 843-449-0554 or www.sos-healthcare.com.
Annual “Country Fair,” 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 16 at Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road S.W., Sunset Beach. 910-579-5753 or seasideumc.org.
Team First Book-Horry County Fall Author’s Luncheon, with Mary Alice Monroe – whose latest novel is “Beach House for Rent” – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach. $35. 843-424-6578, 843-283-0514, support.firstbook.org/TFB_Horry_County, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Annual “Brew at the Zoo,” for Friends of Brookgreen Gardens projects, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Brookgreen’s Native Wildlife Zoo, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park. $40 ($35 members), and $15 designated drivers. 843-235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org/BrewattheZoo.html.
Fourth annual “Beard, Mustache and Facial Hair Competition,” by South Carolina Beard Club – Myrtle Beach, and benefiting Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 34-3 of Myrtle Beach (www.cvma34-3.com), 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Rockin’ Hard Saloon, 3352 U.S. 17 Business, Garden City Beach. $20 to compete (doors open 6 p.m. for sign-up) or $15 to watch. 843-340-6564 or www.southcarolinabeardclub.com.
Music and dancing, indoors and out
At La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School: “Labor Day Saturday Music & Cookout,” noon-5 p.m. Saturday, with The Stringwood Trio, 12:30-4:30 p.m., for $5, and “Dog Days Blues & Jazz Fest,” Sept. 16, with The Don Colton Jazz Group and The Tammy’s Tangent Band, for $8. Also, bring two canned/dry-good items for area food banks and receive $3 discount. 843-399-9463 or labelleamie.com.
USA Dance Chapter 6024’s “Dance Jamboree,” open to newcomers of social dancing and celebrating National Ballroom Dance Week, 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 23 at Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near Horry-Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus and The Market Common. Free. 908-410-1126, 570-881-0244, www.usadancegrandstrand.org, or email RFMMSI@AOL.com or Rosaliejack1566@gmail.com.
Second annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-midnight Sept. 30, and 2-10 p.m. 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.
Mother Nature, and arts and crafts
Annual “Fall Haul” Murrells Inlet community clean-up, 9 a.m. Sept. 16 from Wicked Tuna, 4123 U.S. 17 Business. Supplies provided. 843-357-2007 or murrellsinletsc.com.
42nd annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival, noon-6 p.m. Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24, at Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens. $10 weekend pass ages 16 and older, otherwise free. Also, park admission free this weekend only. 843-237-4440 or www.atalayafestival.com.
Annual “Zugunruhefest” migration-focused birding festival, Sept. 28-30 at at The Center for Birds of Prey, 4719 U.S. 17 N., Awendaw, about 35 miles south of Georgetown (open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with guided tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and flight demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.), free with general admission: $15 ages 17-64, $14 seniors and active duty military, $10 ages 6-16, and free ages 5 and younger. 843-971-7474 or www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org/zugunruhefest.
Mustangs, Skyhoundz, ‘Hoe-Down,’ other gatherings
Annual “Mustang Week,” Sept. 5-9, with events at various sites, including meet-and greet, 1-6 p.m. Sept. 5 at Broadway at the Beach; and outside Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North, car show Sept. 8 with judging 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and cruise-in, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9. Free to see. 864-398-0751, and full schedule at mustangweek.com.
Annual Skyhoundz Canine Disc Local Championships, 10 a.m. Sept. 9 at Surfside Beach’s Martin Field, at Dogwood Drive South and Sixth Avenue South. Free for all dogs to compete, and for spectators. 770-751-3882 or www.skyhoundz.com, and reach town at 843-650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.
In downtown Southport, N.C.: “Military Appreciation Day,” Sept. 9; “International Day of Peace, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 16 in Franklin Square Park, on North Howe Street; and eighth annual Southport Wooden Boat Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 30 (southportwoodenboatshow.com). 910-457-7927.
38th annual Harvest Hoe-Down Festival, by Pilot Club of Aynor, Sept. 16 in Aynor Town Park, 600 S. Main St., off U.S. 501, with parade at 10 a.m., music 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and street dance 6:30-9 p.m. Free admission. 843-358-1074 or www.aynorharvesthoedown.org.
“Constitution Week Celebration,” with National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Carolina Gold Chapter, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 17 at Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, on U.S. 17 Business, between Dockside Dave’s and Creek Ratz. carolinagolddar.org.
Champion Autism Network “Sensory Friendly Day,” 9:30 a..m.-1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Myrtle Beach State Park, including “A Crabby Experience” and “Catch of the Day” pier programs, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; look at live creatures, 11-11:30 a.m. in nature center; and lunch in Shelter 1. Free with park admission: $5 ages 16 and older, $3 ages 6-15, and free ages 5 and under. 609-744-0099 or championautismnetwork.com.
Remembering Sept. 11 – 16 years later
16th annual “Local Heroes’ Benefit,” in remembrance of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 – and benefiting local police, firefighters and first responders – 2 p.m. Sept. 10, with live bands, at Dead Dog Saloon, 4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, in Marsh Walk. Free admission, and all-day buffet for donation. 843-651-0664 or www.deaddogsaloon.com. Also, sixth annual golf tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at Wacheshaw Plantation East, for $100 per player – 843-902-7216 or 843-503-0918.
Fifth annual “9/11 Memorial Ride” – for Horry County Firefighters Relief Fund (www.hcffrf.com) – noon Sept. 11, with registration at 10 a.m., at Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson, 4710 S. Kings Highway, just south of Myrtle Beach city line and Seagate Village neighborhood. $15 rider and $5 passenger, and first 400 registrants receive commemorative pin. 843-369-5555 or www.myrtlebeachharley.com.
Annual “9/11 Remembrance Ceremony,” 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Unity Memorial, at Broadway at the Beach, along 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, between U.S. 17 and Robert M. Grissom Parkway, near Ripley’s Aquarium. This site also includes a steel beam from the north tower of the World Trade Center relayed by New York City firefighters; it’s adjacent to the Twin Towers fountain created by area Cub Scouts. 843-448-2019.
Annual “9-11 Candlelight Vigil,” by various groups, 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at North Myrtle Beach’s Horseshoe, at Main Street and Ocean Boulevard. 843-399-1111 or parks.nmb.us/festivalsevents/special-events/9-11-candlelight-vigil/.