Though the official start of summer is still a few weeks away, the tourism season is really ramping up, with season-long celebrations of summer taking place in downtown Myrtle Beach, Broadway at the Beach and now Barefoot Landing as well.
The North Myrtle Beach shopping and entertainment complex's SummerFest! 2014 celebration kicked off on June 1 and will run through Aug. 30 with a variety of entertainment, events and special offers throughout the area.
After celebrating Barefoot's 25th anniversary in 2013, the lineup for this year will continue to be spectacular with nightly entertainment for Myrtle Beach visitors to enjoy.
Leading the way are the always popular fireworks shows, which light up the sky over North Myrtle Beach every Monday night beginning at 10:15 p.m.
Also featured during SummerFest! 2014 will be returning favorite Nick Pike, a former "America's Got Talent" contestant who keeps crowds rolling with his comedy, juggling and unicycle riding act.
For the little ones, Nigel and Ally’s Traveling Dance Party allows everyone to have fun while dancing and singing along and there is also Kids’ Karaoke, clowns, magicians, stilt walkers, bronze statues and more!
Also as an added bonus, all summer long Barefoot Landing will offer free carousel rides to Myrtle Beach visitors all day every Saturday.
For full details on the shopping and events at Barefoot Landing click here or call (843) 272-8349.
More entertainment at Barefoot Landing
Adding to the fun of SummerFest!, which is hosted by the shopping complex itself, various Barefoot Landing restaurants and businesses will keep the entertainment fresh this season with various live music offering and other events.
Here's a look at what else is on tap this summer:
House of Blues
This enormous entertainment venue offers nightly entertainment throughout the summer in its Crossroads restaurant and on The Deck outdoor bar area, as well as plenty of special events.
Among them, the Comedy Zone comedy series will take place Tuesdays through Aug. 26 featuring comedians such as Shaun Jones, Rollin Jay Moore, Jerry Farber, Kurt Green and Julie Scoggins.
Then there's the concert lineup which includes a number of nationally-known acts this season including: Grouplove (June 17), Rebelution (June 19), Winger (July 2), Corey Smith (July 5), Trapt (July 9), Bone Thugs N' Harmony (July 19), 311 (July 23), JJ Grey & MoFro (July 25), The Dirty Heads (July 30), Matt Nathanson (Aug. 2) and Ted Nugent (Aug. 11).
See a full schedule at hob.com/myrtlebeach or call 843-272-3000.
In addition to nightly offerings of its high-energy variety show "One: The Show" the Alabama Theatre will host a number of special guest concerts this summer.
They include: The Happy Together Tour, featuring member of Grand Funk Railroad & Three Dog Night (June 12), Eddie Miles' Salute To Elvis & Country Legends (June 22), Rick Alviti & His Showband Tribute to Elvis (July 6), 1964 Beatles Tribute Show (July 11), Joe Nichols (July 17), Martina McBride (Aug. 15), Merle Haggard (Aug. 22) and Humorist Jeanne Robertson (July 29).
See a full schedule here of call 1-800-342-2262.
Castano’s Italian Steakhouse
In addition to great Italian cuisine, steaks and a great bar area, Castano’s Italian Steakhouse offers waterfront dining and great entertainment throughout the summer.
Every Thursday night visitors can enjoy the sounds of Jimmy Z on the patio and catch the very talented No Limit Band performing nightly on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 6 to 9 p.m.
This North Myrtle Beach restaurant will also offer a Father’s Day Prime Rib Special from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15 and a special “Martinis and Jewels” night on Thursday, June 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., where guests can get great drink specials and show for beautiful sterling silver jewelry.
Visit castanosrestaurant.com or call 843-361-2000 for more details.
Other things to do
If you’re looking for more fun and entertainment at Barefoot Landing, check out restaurants such as Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, Dick’s Last Resort and Wild Wing Cafe, each which offer their own unique dining experience and host live music on a fairly regular basis.
Of course you can always opt for more family friendly fun at North Myrtle Beach attractions such as Ghosts & Legends Theatre, Alligator Adventure or Ultimate Mirror Maze which are also located at Barefoot Landing.