Beach Boogie and BBQ is one of my favorite Myrtle Beach festivals. But even if you don’t have a taste for barbecue, there are lots of other free and cheap events taking place over the next few weeks. Here’s the list:
• All Lowe’s Home Improvement locations are putting on a free Build and Grow workshop for kids at 10 a.m. on Saturday and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The kids will be building “El Chupacabra” from the Disney movie “Planes.” Call your local store to register your child.
• Williams-Sonoma at The Market Common is hosting a free Cooking Technique Class at 2 p.m. on Sunday. This week’s class is “Pasta Pronto.” You’ll learn how to make fresh pasta and simple sauces.
• Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a limited time, House of Blues is holding a cornhole competition on their deck. Admission is free. You must be 18 and older. This event includes drink specials, prizes, and live music (starting at 8 p.m.).
• Myrtle Beach Harley-Davison is throwing a party from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 110th birthday. Admission is free. There will be free cake and ice cream and prize giveaways.
Aug. 30-Sept. 1
• The annual Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Grand Park. Admission is free. This event includes live music, food and craft vendors, sampling (for a fee, while supplies last), free boat rides, wakeboarding demos, a kids’ zone, a beer garden, and more. The festival runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
• La Belle Amie Vineyard at 1120 St. Joseph Road in Little River is hosting a Summer Breeze Music Fest from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $8, but if you bring three canned goods to be donated to local food banks, they’ll give you a $3 discount. The festival includes live music, wine tasting, a gift shop, food and drink vendors, and a vineyard tour.
JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap. http://www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com/