Spring into festival fun in the Myrtle Beach area

spalisin@thesunnews.comApril 25, 2013 

Festival season really goes year round on the Grand Strand, and with spring weather finally making its mark, it’s time to load up your calendar.

Various groups have events booked through June, leading into Independence Day, which will fill the first week of July.

Ground Zero, a Myrtle Beach-based ministry to teenagers, will hit the water with its fifth Annual Dragon Boat Festival, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, in Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, across from The Market Common.

Scott Payseur, Ground Zero’s executive director, has been involved with this festival all along. He said this event, with races of teams, each with 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steering person, has grown “bigger than I thought” and that the 54 entries is about the maximum that could go in one day.

During the fest each year, signup for the festival a year ahead is allowed for a discount. Payseur said 49 of the teams for 2013 registered at the fest last year.

He said the festival, Ground Zero’s major fundraiser, is not limited to participants on the lake, either, for a family festival fills the park “with so much stuff to do.”

Although bands have played at every festival, Payseur is excited to “step up” that angle with two national acts this year. An noon, Sidewalk Prophets, a Christian contemporary band, and Jason Castro, a finalist from the seventh season of Fox-TV’s “American Idol,” will take turns for the lunch break.

He said more than 60 volunteers orchestrate each festival day, and that his wife of 21 years, Kimberly Payseur, the festival director, “starts hashing it out each fall” in planning for the festival for the next year.

In Brunswick County, N.C., the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation Wine Fest, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, will benefit two sister entities – the Museum of Coastal Carolina, the host site, in Ocean Isle Beach, and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

Susan Silk, the foundation’s marketing coordinator, said this “black tie optional” event marks its biggest benefit of the year as well, ever more important in the wake of a bigger challenge to keep funding for programs.

With wine from local distributors, food from three restaurants, and more than 40 silent auctions, and a live auction, officials hope they can match or exceed the 300 who attended the affair last year, Silk said.

The guests have ranged from as far as Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet, she said, seeing this event as the precursor to the museum and planetarium readying for another busy summer, each open Mondays-Saturdays from “Memorial Day through Labor Day.”

A fossil of a sperm whale will highlight a new summer exhibit, and the Sky Theater dome will boast new shows, as well, so “both facilities will have something new.”

If you go – a sampling of festivals

EIGHTH ANNUAL MYRTLE BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

When | Wednesday-Saturday

Where | Carmike Cinemas’ Broadway 16, at Broadway at the Beach, off Grissom Parkway, between 21st and 29th avenues North in Myrtle Beach (445-1616)

How much | Same as regular movie prices, per block of films; all-access pass $50

Information | 497-0220 or www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com

What and when |

WEDNESDAY

3-5 p.m. – “The Bunglers” (30 minutes) and “Go with Le Flo” (80, with English subtitles)

• 5:30-7 p.m. – “Nowhere to Go” (14) and “Dead Weight” (90)

• 8-10 p.m. – “Sordid Reunions” (21) and “Little Monsters” (108)

THURSDAY

• 3-5 p.m. – “Pipelines” (14), ”Lion’s Den” (19) and “Set for Life” (60)

• 5:30-7 p.m. – “Secret Fear” (5), “Bumsicle” (22), “Pareto Principle” (11) and “Shell Shocked” (63)

• 8-10 p.m. – “Encryption” (25) and “Two Hands to Mouth” (80)

FRIDAY

• Noon-2 p.m. – “Dear Someone” (4), “Young(ish)” (7), “Beale Street Blues” (25) and “Farewell to Factory Towns?” (60)

• 2:30-4:30 p.m. – “Cold Heart” (30) and “Route 30, Too” (85)

• 5-7 p.m. – “The Human Factor” (28), “Blackwood” (16), “Chlorine” (22), “Hatched” (20) and “Fat Bottom Girls” (17)

• 7-8 p.m. – Complimentary beer tasting from New South Brewery Co. and food by Little Pigs Bar-B-Q, both of Myrtle Beach

• 8-10 p.m. – “Angela Wright” (12), “The Good Samaritan” (7) and “Silent but Deadly” (90)

SATURDAY

• Noon-2 p.m. – “Let Your Light Shine” (3), “The App Wizards” (15), “Good Dog” (13), “Desperately Seeking Sakakwea” (7), “Stan Herd: Down to Earth” (27) and “El Invento” (20)

• 2:30-4:30 p.m. – “Rolling Thunder” (3), “Searching for Wonder” (5), “Pulling Teeth” (7), “Restitution” (12) and “Grand Deception” (70)

• 5-7 p.m. – “King Tigermore in Strawberry Fields”(3), “Vimy Ridge” (3), “Tiny Horse Girlfriend” (4), “The Man in the Seersucker Suit”( 7) and “Death by China 2.0” (70)

• 7-8 p.m. – Complimentary wine tasting from La Belle Amie Vineyard of Little River, sushi from Jimmyz Original Hibachi House of Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach, and jazz by the Denny Hess Trio

• 8-9:20 p.m. – “Buthcher’d Meats” (5), “Birth of an Outlaw” (19), “Tinker” (17) and “Paper” (27).

• 9:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony

• 10 p.m. – After party at Sun City Cafe, 801 Main St., Myrtle Beach

FIFTH ANNUAL GROUND ZERO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

What | 54 teams dragon boating, each with 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steering person

Benefiting | Ground Zero, a Myrtle Beach-based ministry to teenagers

When | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where | Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, on Farrow Parkway, across from The Market Common

How much | Free admission

Includes | Concert at noon by Sidewalk Prophets, a Christian contemporary band, and Jason Castro, a finalist from the seventh season of Fox-TV’s “American Idol”

Information | 997-6886 or www.gzdragonboat.com

FOURTH ANNUAL LORIS IN BLOOM SPRING FESTIVAL

When | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where | Downtown Loris

How much | Free admission

Information | 756-6030 or www.lorischambersc.com

THIRD ANNUAL SOCASTEE HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Benefiting | Socastee Heritage Foundation, for preservation of the historic Sarvis House, at Peachtree and Dick Pond roads, and for fulfilling grant requests for individuals and community causes that are child centered.

When | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where | On Dick Pond Road, between Socastee Boulevard (S.C. 707), by swing bridge – around the corner from Socastee High and Elementary schools

How much | Free admission, including many vendors and community groups, a walking children’s parade, and inflatables and games

Scheduled performers | On stages at:

• Socastee Bait & Tackle, 4211 Peachtree Road – Glory Bound Trio 10-10:40 a.m., Cryin’ Out Loud 11-1140, noon-12:40 p.m. Charlie Snuggs, Jaynie Trudell 1-1:40, Doug and Dena Joye 2-2:40, Charlie Brewer 3-3:40, and Sinful Blues 4-4:40.

• near traffic light by Pizza Hut – Lizzy C. 10:45-11 a.m., Common Call Quartet 11-11:45, Aubrey Johnson 12:15-1 p.m., “LC3” Praise Team 1:30-2:15, Tim Clark Band 2:45-3:30, and Lolla 4-5.

• River City Cafe, 5835 Dick Pond Road – Demonstrations by Silver Lining Dance Academy 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., The Karate Studio 11:30, Myrtle Beach Martial Arts noon, Tae Kwon Do Center 1 p.m., Olympia Gymnastics 2, and Chief Kamu’s Hula Show 3:30.

Information | 241-1740, 458-1461 or www.socasteehf.com

CANINE CARNIVAL AND RESCUE DAY

When | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Where | A Dog’s Way Inn, 761 Pendergrass Ave., Murrells Inlet, behind T-Bones Steak House

Includes | Participatory contests, demonstrations and dog agility clinics

How much | Free admission

Information | 357-4545

38TH ANNUAL FISH FRY

Benefiting | Boy Scout Troop 850

When | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday

Where | St. Philip Lutheran Church, at U.S. 17 Business and 63rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

How much | $7, for dine-in or drive-through service

Information | 213-2355

‘WINE FEST’

Benefiting | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; and Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C.

When | 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where | At museum

How much | $50

Information | Museum at 910-579-1016, planetarium at 910-575-0033 or www.museumplanetarium.org

22ND ANNUAL ‘SPRING TIDE’

By | Murrells Inlet 2020 preservation group

What | Murrells Inlet-wide community cleanup day in creeks and streets

When | Sunday – Meet at 9:45 a.m. for assignments at Morse Park Landing, on south end of U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, then work until 1 p.m., and reconvene nearby at Hot Fish Club for live music and festivities, including “Best Damn Chowder Cook-Off” until 3 p.m.

Also | Bring boots, boats, kayaks, bug spray and gloves

How much | Free

Information | a 357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com

‘CAROLINA ZOMBIE WALK’

Benefiting | Project Lighthouse and Wounded Warriors Project

When | Sunday – Registration opens 11 a.m. at House of Blues, with makeup artists available until 5:30 p.m., walk at 6 p.m., and parry afterward

Where | Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach

How much | $5

Also | Annual “SummerFest” nightly June 1-Aug. 31, including fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Mondays and on July 4, strolling boardwalk parade 7 p.m. Wednesdays, and boardwalk entertainment nightly

Information | 272-8349 or www.bflanding.com

ANNUAL ‘MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS’

By | City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA Inc.

When | All of May

Special events include |

• Memorial Day weekend parade, 10:30 a.m. May 25 on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, from 27th Avenue North southward to Ninth Avenue North.

• Family Picnic, noon-2 p.m. May 25, on Ocean Boulevard, downtown, with concert by the Andrew Thielen Big Band

• Veterans Beard & ’Stache Beach Bash, on May 25, in such categories as Full Beard, Trimmed Beard, Partial Beard, Styled ’Stache, Natural ’Stache, Goatee, and for women, Ladies’ Faux.

• Memorial Day Ceremony, with Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance, 11 a.m. May 27 at Myrtle Beach Convention Center Plaza, on Oak Street at 21st Avenue North.

Information | 918-1014 or www.militaryappreciationdays.com

BEACH MUSIC PARTY

By | Town of Surfside Beach

When | 5-8 p.m. May 3

Where | Surfside Beach Pier parking lot, at Ocean Boulevard and Surfside Drive

How much | Free admission

Includes | Music by SeaCruz

Information | 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org

‘FESTA ITALIANA’

By | by Sons of Italy Myrtle Beach Lodge 2662 of Socastee

When | 5-9 p.m. May 3, noon-8 p.m. May 4 and noon-6 p.m. May 5

Where| Outside Alabama Theatre, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach

How much | Free admission

Includes | Larry Tanelli, master of ceremonies, with such performers as Becca Bongiorno, Natalie Pinto, Tom Bongiorno in a salute to Neil Diamond, Dale Mosher, DC Clark and the Hats, and the Grand Strand Harmony Chorus, as well as a pasta-eating contest by Villa Romana Restaurant of Myrtle Beach, and a display of Ferraris and Maseratis.

Information | 333-7523 or www.sonsofitalymb.com

SIXTH ANNUAL ‘STARFISH BALL’

Benefiting | Waccamaw Youth Center of Conway, a group home for boys ages 12-21

When | 7:30-11 p.m. May 3

Where | Pine Lakes Country Club, 5603 Granddaddy Drive, Myrtle Beach

How much | $100 individual or $175 couple

Information | 369-0200 or www.waccamawyouthcenter.org

17TH ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE INLET

When | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4

Where | Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, 4183 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

How much | Free admission

Includes | Ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

Information | 651-5099, www.blessingoftheinlet.com

‘TOTALLY TURTLES!’

When | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4

Where | Myrtle Beach State Park, on U.S. 17 Business, one mile south of Farrow Parkway/Ocean Boulevard

How much | Free with park admission: $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15

Includes | Programs starting at:

• 10 a.m. – “Get out of the TED (turtle excluder device),” “Sizing Up Turtles,” and “Data Behind the DNA of a Nesting Sea Turtle”

10:45 – “TSI: Turtle Scene Investigations,” “Turtle Tales Story Time” and “Life Cycle of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle”

• 11:30 – “Terrible Turtle Trouble,” “Sizing Up Turtles” and “Life Cycle of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle”

• 12:15 p.m. – “TSI,” “Turtle Crafts” and “Turtle Tales Story Time”

• 1 p.m. – “Terrible Turtle Trouble,” “Turtle Crafts” and “Data Behind the DNA of a Nesting Sea Turtle”

• 1:30 – “Pollution Pick up to Help Sea Turtles”

Park open | 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Information | 238-0874 for nature center, 238-5325 park office, or www.myrtlebeachsp.com

‘SPRING FLING’ FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL

Benefiting | Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success charter school and Palmetto Preschool and Learning Center, both of Myrtle Beach, to help with purchase of new playground equipment at new school building scheduled to open in August on Fred Nash Boulevard

When | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4

Where | Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common

How much | Free admission

Information |839-1725 or www.palmettoacademy.com, and 839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com

27TH ANNUAL RIVERTOWN ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL

By | Conway Downtown Alive

When | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 4

Where | Downtown Conway

How much | Free admission

Information | 248-6260 or www.conwayalive.com

ISLAND RIVER MUSIC FEST

When | noon-5 p.m. May 4

Includes | Concerts by Latitude, and The Jamaican Jerks

Where | La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School

How much | $8 ages 18-79, otherwise free; also, bring two canned/dry food items for relay to area food banks for $3 discount

Other scheduled festivals | American Pie Oldies Music Fest on June 8, First Blush of Summer Fest June 22, Independence Music Blast July 6, and Summer Parrot Head Festival July 20.

Information | 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com

STRAWBERRY AND WINE FEST

Benefiting | Old Bridge Preservation Society

When | noon-6 p.m. May 4

Where | Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

How much | $5

Includes | music by The Imitations

Information | 315-253-8107 or www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org, and winery at 910-287-2800 or www.silvercoastwinery.com

AMP (ART, MUSIC AND PILAU) FEST

Benefiting | The Rice Museum, 633 Front St., Georgetown.

When | noon-10 p.m. May 4

Where | The Krazy Fish, 619 Front St., Georgetown

How much | $4

Information | 546-7423 or www.ricemuseum.org

THIRD ANNUAL ‘BACK TO SUMMER CAR AND TRUCK SHOW’

By | Myrtle Beach Car Club

Benefiting | Local charities

When | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11, with awards at 3 p.m.

How much | Free admission; car registration $20

Where | Broadway at the Beach, near Hard Rock Cafe, at 29th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach

Information | 685-4002

‘MAYFEST ON MAIN’

When | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 11

Where | Main Street in North Myrtle Beach

Includes | Concert at noon in “Horseshoe” at noon by Ross Copley, the Little River Band, and John Waite, formerly of The Babys and Bad English

How much | Free admission

Information | 280-5570 or www.parks.nmb.us

32ND ANNUAL BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL

When | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 18-19

Where | Little River waterfront

How much | Advance: $3 one day or $5 for both days; $5 daily at gate; and free pass for ages 12 and younger available at www.bluecrabfestival.org

Entertainment includes | On May 18, Craig Woolard Band 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Carolina Soul Band 3-6 p.m.; and May 19, Jim Quick & Coastline 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and The Fantastic Shakers 3-6 p.m.

Information | 795-9755 or 385-3180

22ND ANNUAL ART EXHIBIT AND SALE

By | Waterway Art Association

When | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18 and 20-23, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19

Where | Brunswick Community College Extension, on U.S. 17 in Calabash, N.C.

Also | Awards reception 6-8:30 p.m. May 21

Information | 910-575-2527 or www.waterwayart.org

EIGHTH ANNUAL MAKAI LUAU

Benefiting | Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter

When | 6-10 p.m. May 18

Where | Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

How much | $30 individual or $55 couple

Includes | A fire and hula show from Chief Kamu, a traditional luau buffet, beer and wine beverages, as well as prizes for such contests as Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt and Best Lei

Information | 333-2034 or www.surfridergrandstrand.org

BROOKGREEN GARDENS

What and when | Most free with admission, unless noted otherwise:

• “Red, White, and Blue Salute to Veterans,” May 25-27, with flags placed across the gardens at patriotic sculpture and sculpture created by veterans.

• Art Festival, June 1, with local and regional artists and authors.

“Wines Down Under – Wine Tasting,” 5:30-8 p.m. June 15 in Live Oak Allee, for $50 members, otherwise $65.

• “Cool Summer Evenings,” Wednesdays-Fridays, June 12-Aug. 9, with concerts and programs in extended evening hours.

Where | Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park

Regular hours | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (and until 8 p.m. through Tuesday)

How much | Admission lasts seven consecutive days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12s

Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org

BROADWAY AT THE BEACH

What | Fireworks

When | 10 p.m.:

• Tuesdays, May 28-Aug. 27

• Fridays, June 21-Aug. 16, but not July 5

Where | Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach, bordered by U.S. 17 Bypass, Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th avenues North

How much | Free

Information | 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com

‘HOT SUMMER NIGHTS’

By | Oceanfront Merchants Association

Where | Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue and North Ocean Boulevard, and on Myrtle Beach boardwalk

What and when | Opening June, through August:

• Mondays – Kids’ Carnival, 7-10 p.m. at Plyler Park, with Blue Tie Guys comedy juggling shows, living statues and stilt walkers,.

• Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, concerts 8 p.m.-midnight.

• Wednesdays (and July 4 and Aug. 31) – Fireworks over the ocean, 10-10:15 p.m. from Second Avenue (North) Pier, concert on Ninth Avenue stage and Elvis tribute artist in Plyler Park, both 8 p.m.-midnight

• Fridays – Dixieland Band on boardwalk and Elvis concert in Plyler Park

How much | Free

Information | www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com

18TH ANNUAL ‘CORVETTES AT MYRTLE BEACH’ SHOW

By | Myrtle Beach Corvette Club

Benefiting | Canine Angels, and Hope House of Myrtle Beach.

When | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 1

Where | Broadway at the Beach, off 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

Information | 347-2019 or www.myrtlebeachcorvetteclub.com

‘ALIVE AFTER 5’

By | Conway Downtown Alive

When and what | 6-8 p.m. first Thursday monthly, June, then August-November, including classic car cruise-in and Elvis show June 6, and ice cream social and Sea Cruz concert Aug. 1

Where | Third Avenue in downtown Conway

How much | Free

Information | 248-6260 or www.conwayalive.com

41ST ANNUAL ‘ART IN THE PARK’

By | Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild

When | Next event: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22-23

Where | Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park, 1400 N. Kings Highway

How much | Free

Information | 446-7471 or www.artsyparksy.com

MURRELLS INLET 30th ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY BOAT PARADE AND FIREWORKS

When | July 4

What |

• Boat parade at high tide, in later morning, from Garden City Point southward past Murrells Inlet Marshwalk to Hot Fish Club – details at 652-4236.

• Fireworks at 10 p.m. from Veterans Pier over Marshwalk

How much | Free admission

Information | 651-2484 or www.marshwalk.com

BEST OF THE BEST WINGFEST

Benefiting | Conway Chamber of Commerce and Omar Shriners

With | Teams challenging for People’s Choice Award and The Best of the Best Wingfest Wings

When | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 25

Where | Conway’s Riverfront Park, on Elm Street

How much | Free admission; buy tickets for food and beverages

Includes | Concerts by Scoot Pittman and Charlie Floyd

Information | 248-2273 or www.conwayscchamber.com/event/best-of-the-best-wingfest

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1753.

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