For a full listing of area festivals and events visit www.grandstrandevents.com.
Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival
August 31 – September 2
The “grand finale” of summer, this Labor Day weekend festival draws around 60,000 visitors for the official barbeque competition of South Carolina. This family-friendly event will feature free live entertainment, wake board demonstrations, free boat rides, a kids zone, arts & craft vendors, beer gardens and fireworks. The main attraction, however, is of course the finger-lickin', lip-smackin' good barbeque (available for purchase) from competing teams, along with festival food favorites from vendors. Admission is free for the event and most event activities are complimentary. Several cooking events promise to attract the nation's finest competitors, including the entertaining “Anything Goes contest” and tasting, the Official S.C. Barbeque Championship and Kansas City Barbeque Society Cook-Off, and a Wing-Off competition. For more information visit www.grandstrandevents.com/beachboogiebbq.
SOS Fall Migration
For 10 days each fall Ocean Drive and Main Street in North Myrtle Beach become the center of the Shag universe, the official dance of South Carolina. Known as the biggest adult party on the East Coast, the Society of Stranders (SOS) Fall Migration serves a last blast of summer for Shaggers from miles around. The heart of the event is held in the many SOS lounges of North Myrtle Beach, such as Fat Harold's, Ducks, Duck's II, the OD Arcade, and the clubs at the OD Beach & Golf Resort, where some of the best Beach music bands in the world gather to play for enthusiastic crowds through the week. For more information visit www.shagdance.com
Aynor Harvest Hoedown
An autumn event the whole family can enjoy, the day-long festival showcases over 140 craft booths, entertainment, food, games, a parade and a street dance. For more information visit www.aynorharvesthoedown.org.
Pawley’s Island Festival of Music and Art
September 27 – October 14
A more than two-week celebration, attendees will enjoy the many arts and lovely setting the Lowcountry offers. From a wine gala and private wine tasting to a "culinary symphony" that pairs talented chefs and gracious hosts in Lowcountry homes, and local dance troupes to children's activities, the event has something for everyone. For a full listing of activities visit http://pawleysmusic.com.
Little River ShrimpFest
Combining the very best in live jazz music and flavorful, locally sourced shrimp, the Little River Shrimpfest in the seafaring community of Little River, S.C., is a fall treat. Attendees can enjoy fresh seafood under large live oak trees near the waterfront, alongside live music and local arts and craft vendors. For more information visit www.littleriverchamber.org/pages/ShrimpFest2012/.
Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Weekend Festival
Visitors of all ages will enjoy the festivities of the Harvest Home Weekend Festival at Brookgreen Gardens. Activities include the ever-popular scarecrow building contest, pumpkin painting, live entertainment, hay-rides and much more. Event is free with regular admission to the gardens. For more information visit www.brookgreen.org.
Loris Bog Off
The community of Loris’ annual Bog Off is a celebration of heritage expressed through a top-notch cooking competition to determine the best Chicken bog – a local spicy blend of rice, chicken sausage, onion and black pepper served in a “big ‘ol bowl.” In addition to the competition, the weekend also includes a parade, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. For more information visit www.LorisChamberSC.com.
Wooden Boat Show
This unique event celebrates the spirit of the sea and showcases superb craftsmanship with an estimated 100 classic wooden boats to be on display in the water along the historic waterfront in downtown Georgetown. Vessels ranging in size from kayaks to yachts will be exhibited in eleven categories in a must-see event for anyone with an interest in nautical affairs. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners alongside displays of other maritime arts, crafts and models. This year's show will also feature a boatbuilding competition, kids’ model building, boat raffles and food. Admission is free. For more information visit www.woodenboatshow.com.
Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon
With participants from across the country, this surfing-themed half marathon includes surfboard finisher medals, surf-style bands and a post-race beach party. The course is a point-to-point race through pristine and picturesque scenery, past some of Myrtle Beach’s best neighborhoods, circling eclectic Broadway at the Beach and heading east toward the beach as runners make their final strides to the new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and the finish line. The weekend also includes a Coastal 5K, High Heel Run and a not-to-miss Doggie Dash. For more information visit www.runmyrtlebeach.com.
Surfside Beach Turkey Trot
Held every year on Thanksgiving Day, the Turkey Trot features a 10K, 5K and 1-mile run and a free Kids Tot Trot. The Trot starts and finishes at the beautiful Surfside Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, known as the family beach. Turkey Trot is a great way to burn calories before enjoying a large Thanksgiving meal. For more information visit www.mbturkeytrot.com.
The Myrtle Beach area, popularly known as the Grand Strand, stretches from Little River to Pawleys Island, comprising 12 distinct cities along the South Carolina coast. Home to world-class golf, 60 miles of sandy beaches, an assortment of entertainment and family attractions and Southern hospitality, the Myrtle Beach area presents the quintessential vacation experience.
For additional information on the Myrtle Beach area, visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com or call (888) Myrtle-1.