The formal summer vacation season just ended with Labor Day, but why wait to get festive for fall, which doesn’t officially start until Sept. 22?
Starting the Grand Strand’s autumn shoulder season, September is full of festivals and celebrations, leading to an even busier calendar for October – look for that roundup Oct. 4 in Kicks!
Dogs have a connection to two events, with the Grand Strand Humane Society of Myrtle Beach benefiting from the Myrtle Beach Bartenders Ball on Sunday, and canines taking to the air Sept. 28 in the Skyhoundz Disc Contest, a local championship Sept. 28 in Myrtle Beach.
Of course, some tried-and-true traditions are lined up, including the 34th annual Harvest Hoe-Down Festival on Sept. 21 in Aynor, the 22nd annual St. John’s Greek Festival Sept. 26-29 in Myrtle Beach, and the 38th annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival Sept. 27-29 at Huntington Beach State Park.
Something special awaits every weekend this month, and one tradition, the 23rd annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, spans parts of four weekends, with events on Sept. 19 and 28-29, then stretching out for Oct. 4-6 and 9-12.
‘ALIVE AFTER 5’
By | Conway Downtown Alive
When and what | 6-8 p.m. first Thursday monthly:
• Sept. 5 – Children’s carnival games, and Elvis Presley tribute by David Chaney
• Oct. 3 – “Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race” in classic and modified categories, and Ten Toes Up concert
• Nov. 7 – Artists market, and Finnegan Bell Band concert
Where | Third Avenue in downtown Conway
How much | Free
Also | “Rivertown Dine-Around” culinary tour of downtown Conway, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 21, with participating restaurants each offering a sampler menu with items generally $2-$4. Free admission, but reservations requested.
Information | 248-6260 or http://conwayalive.com
10TH ANNUAL BRUNSWICK COUNTY INTERCULTURAL FESTIVAL
When | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Where | outside Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium, off College Road, south of U.S. 17 in Supply, N.C.
• Entertainment by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Quartet 11-11:25 a.m.
• Pilipinas Cultural Group 11:30 a.m.-noon
• Multicultural Fashion Show and raffle noon-12:25 p.m.
• Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano 12:30-12:55 and 1:30-1:45
• Art Poster Awards announcements 1:50-2:10
• Polynesian Island Praise Team and raffle 1:50-2:10
• Rinku B. Das Indian Dance Group (Nrityajyoti Dance Academy) 2:10-2:40
• Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko (Japanese drum and dance) 2:45-3:10
• Cape Fear Cultural Association of India 3:10-3:30
• Middle Eastern dancers 3:35-3:55
How much | Free admission
Also | Food tastings at 12:30-2:30 p.m. – $8 to sample fare native to such places as Africa, the Caribbean, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latin America, Mexico, Mediterranean, the Philippines and Thailand.
Information | 910-842-6566 or www.bcifestival.org
MYRTLE BEACH BARTENDERS BALL
For | Ages 21 and older, in “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” theme
Benefiting | Grand Strand Humane Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
When | 7 p.m.-midnight Sunday
Where | Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach
Includes | Red-carpet event with host, Miss Grand Strand USA Callie Ray Davis; and music from DJ Kinetiq
How much | $50 if purchased by Friday at http://yourbartendersball.com, or $65 at door
Information | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
12TH ANNUAL LOCAL HEROES’ BENEFIT
Benefiting | Local police and fire departments
When | 11 a.m.-closing Sept. 11
Where | Dead Dog Saloon, 4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
How much | Free admission and all-day buffet
Includes | Entertainment hourly: Formal ceremony and “Carolina & Company Live” broadcast on WPDE-TV 15 at noon, and concerts by Chasing Revelry at 1 p.m., Bil Krauss 2 p.m., Paul Grimshaw Band 3, The Winchesters 4, Backfire 5, Josh Brannon Band 6, Nick Andolora Band 7, The Mullets 8, Necessary Band 9, and Not Yet Rated 10.
Also | Second annual Local Heroes’ Benefit Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. Monday at Wachesaw Plantation East, near Murrells Inlet, for $75 per player; call 902-7216 or 997-4450
Information | 651-0664 or www.deaddogsaloon.com
SOS (SOCIETY OF STRANDERS) FALL MIGRATION
When | Sept. 13-22
Where | Various sites in downtown North Myrtle Beach: Duck’s Beach Club, Fat Harold’s Beach Club, OD Arcade, OD Beach and Golf Resort, and The Pirate’s Cove
Including | Free concerts:
• “Fun Sunday” 1-5 p.m. Sept. 15, with The Pieces of Eight, and Nelson Curry & Klass Band Brothers, on First Avenue, beside OD Arcade
• “Fun Monday,” noon-5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 with the Craig Woolard Band, Fantastic Shakers, and Big Joe and the Dynaflows, on Main Street, with raffle benefiting Caring for Kids
How much | No cover charge in aforementioned clubs with SOS membership, $35 a year.
Information | 888-767-3113 or www.shagdance.com/migration.htm
DOG DAYS BLUES & JAZZ FEST
When | noon-5 p.m. Sept. 14
Where | LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School
Includes | Music by The Stardusters and Jazz Etc.
How much | $8 ages 18-79, otherwise free; also, bring two canned/dry food items for relay to area food banks for $3 discount.
Also | Autumn Big Band Blast on Oct. 5 and Island Fever Music Fest Oct. 19
Information | 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com
FIFTH ANNUAL ‘MR. MYRTLE BEACH’ CONTEST
Benefiting | Katie’s Project of Myrtle Beach, which helps local youth for means to afford and attend such high school social functions
Contestants | Andrew Ball, Jason Claspell, Tim Duffy, Larry Frakes, Marvin Gerald, Stuart Gore, Michael Grossman, Shane Norris, Dave Thomas and Will Whitson
When | 6 p.m. Sept. 14
Where | Revolutions Nightclub at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach
How much | $5 general admission
Information | 282-0454 or http:// katiesproject.org
Benefiting | Cultural Council of Georgetown County
When | 4-7 p.m. Sept. 15
Where | Millbrook Plantation, 272 North Santee River Road, south of Georgetown, in a Greek revival mansion from about 1833
How much | $60 members, otherwise $70 – reservations due Friday
Includes | Live performances by Gretchen Downer and Jackie O’Neill, as well as members of the Pawleys Island Concert Band, Litchfield Dance Academy, and Young Treasures scholarship winners Ashlyn DeLoach, Nathan Gates, Sarah McMillian and Suni Strickland
Information | 520-0744 or www.culturalcouncil.info
40TH ANNUAL SOUTH ATLANTIC SHRINE ASSOCIATION FALL FESTIVAL
When | Sept. 19-21
Grand Strand Shriners Parade 9 a.m. southward on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, between 12th and 29th avenues South.
Free health screenings for children with a bone, muscle or joint condition, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, 1201 N. Oak St.,Myrtle Beach, to see if they’re eligible for services at Shriners Hospitals for Children, which include a site in Greenville.
Information | www.southatlanticsa.org
When | Sept. 20-22
Where | Brunswick River Park, 580 River Road S.E., Leland, N.C.
Includes | Sign up at http://brunswickwaterfest.eventbrite.com:
Owl Full Moon Tour (kayak provided, or with own kayak or paddleboard), 5-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20, for $48.47
Birding Big Day, Sept. 21, for free
Kayak Fishing Tournament 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 21, for $53.74
Eagle Island Birding Kayak Adventure, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21, for $48.47
Brunswick Town Bird Walk, 8-10:30 a.m. Sept. 21, for free
Family festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21 for free.
Stand-Up Paddleboard Race, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21, for $32.64
Children’s Paddleboard Race, on Sept.. 21, for free
Brunswick Nature Park Bird Walk, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 21, for free
Town Creek Kayak Tour, 1 p.m. Sept. 22, for $48.47 ages 12 and older, $32.64 ages 6-11.
Information | 910-253-2027, 800-621-0609 or www.brunswickwaterfest.com
‘NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM’
When | 5-7 p.m. Sept. 20
Where | Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, also accessible from Oak Street
How much | Free
Includes | Face painting and balloon art
Information | 946-9469 or www.cmsckids.org
Where | Waterbrook Community Church, 86 Cloverleaf Drive, Longs
What and when |
• Kickoff concert with Ivan Parker of the Gaithers, 7 p.m. Sept. 20-21, each $10 ages 11 and older, otherwise $5
• Spaghetti dinner, benefiting North Strand Helping Hand and North Strand Housing Shelter, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 27, for $8
• Yard sale, main event, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4 and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 5 (rain dates Oct. 11-12)
Information | 390-9222
25TH ANNUAL S.C. SEA GRANT BEACH/RIVER SWEEP
When | 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 21
Where | at various area sites, such as:
Information | 953-2078 or www.scseagrant.org.
12TH ANNUAL SAV-R-CATS BALL
Benefiting | Sav-R-Cats International Inc., based at 1117 S.C. 544, just west of U.S. 17 Business, near Surfside Beach
When | Sept. 21: cocktail hour 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., and entertainment 8-10 p.m.
Where | Sand Ocean Club Resort, 9550 Shore Drive, Myrtle Beach
How much | $45 individual or $80 couple
Information | 222-8057, 997-8701, 361-8434 or www.sav-r-cats.com
ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
By | Seacoast Artists Guild of South Carolina, 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common.
When | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21
Where | in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common
How much | Free admission
Information | 232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com
34TH ANNUAL HARVEST HOE-DOWN FESTIVAL
By | Pilot Club of Aynor
When | Sept. 21
Where | Aynor Town Park, off U.S. 501
How much | Free admission
Includes | Parade at 10 a.m., music 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and street dance 7-10 p.m. with Josh Brannon Band
Information | 358-1074 or www.aynorharvesthoedown.org
ARCHERY FOR KIDS DAY
For | Ages 8-19
By | Sandune Archery Club
When | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 21
Where | Socastee Recreation Park, 7485 Butler Road, off Enterprise Road
How much | $5 entry fee; registration closes at 1:30 p.m.
Includes | Basic instruction on archery safety and how to shoot a Genesis bow, and shooting a paper target line shoot from distances of 10 and 15 meters, and a 10-target 3D tournament
Information | 907-1766, 655-5853, 450-3409 or www.sandunearchery.com
‘FREE FAMILY DAY: GULLAH DAY’
When | 1-4 p.m. Sept. 22
Where | Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Midway Par 3 and Springmaid Beach Resort
Information | 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org
‘PASSION PRELUDE: BROADWAY NOW!’
Benefiting | Carolina Master Chorale, whose “Stories of Passion” concert season opens Oct. 26-27
When | Sept. 22 – with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7, and concert at 8 by members of Chorale, Theatre of the Republic and Coastal Carolina University
Where | Dunes Golf & Beach Club, 9000 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
How much | $40
Information | 444-5774 or www.carolinamasterchorale.com
22ND ANNUAL ST. JOHN’S GREEK FESTIVAL
When | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 27-28, and noon-7 p.m. Sept. 29
Where | St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 33rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach
How much | Daily: $1 ages 11 and older, otherwise free
Also | Church tours and lectures about its iconography and the Orthodox faith, at 11:30 a.m. and 1, 4 and 6 p.m. each day
Information | 448-3773 or www.stjohn-mb.org/festival/festival_2013.htm
38TH ANNUAL ATALAYA ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
When | noon-6 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29
Where | Huntington Beach State Park, open 6 a.m.-10 p.m., on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens
How much | $6 daily ages 16 or older, otherwise free; $10 for multiday pass; and free for S.C. State Parks Passport Plus holders and three guests. Also: free park admission on these days only.
Includes | Entertainment by:
• Latitude – noon and 4 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 28, and 3 p.m. Sept. 29
• Northern Border Bluegrass Band – 1 and 5 p.m. Sept. 27, noon and 4 p.m. Sept. 28, and 1 p.m. Sept. 29
• Bruce Tereo – 2 p.m. Sept. 27, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 28, and noon and 4 p.m. Sept. 29
• The Out-Of-Towners Band – 3 p.m. Sept. 27, 1 and 5 p.m. Sept. 28, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 29
Information | 237-4440 or www.atalayafestival.com
SKYHOUNDZ DISC CONTEST
What | Local championship covering dogs’ distance and accuracy
When | 10-11 a.m. Sept. 28
Where | Town of Surfside Beach’s Martin Field, at Dogwood Drive South and Sixth Avenue South
How much | No entry fees; free to watch
TENTH ANNUAL IRISH ITALIAN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
By | City of North Myrtle Beach
When | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28
Where | Main Street
How much | Free admission; nominal fee for children’s inflatables
Includes | Entertainment, with opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. by Port City Pipes and Drums, at :
• 421 Main St., in front of Flynn’s Irish Tavern: Band on the Rum 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Port City Pipe and Drums 1:15-1:45 and 2:45-3; and Willie Lynch Band 1:45-2:45 and 3-4.
• 400 Main St., in front of the Salvation Army: Dale Mosher 10:45-11:15 a.m.; Arts Alive 11:15-11:45; an act to be announced for 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers 1-2:15 and 2:45-4 p.m.; and spaghetti-eating contest 2:30-2:45.
Information | 280-5570 or http://parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=78
14TH ANNUAL HARVEST FEST
Benefiting | St. Michael Catholic School in Garden City Beach
When | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28
Where | Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common on Farrow Parkway
How much | Free admission
Information | 651-6795 or http://saintmichaelsc.com
23RD ANNUAL PAWLEYS ISLAND FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & ART
When | Sept. 28-29, and Oct. 4-6 and 9-12
What, where and how much | Mostly at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island:
• Fourth annual “Chalk Under the Oaks,” viewing 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28-29 during 38th annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival at Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens; free with festival admission.
• 14th annual Pawleys Island Wine Gala benefit, 7 p.m. Oct. 4, with more than 70 wineries represented; $100, or The Collector’s Circle for $150 (call 626-8911).
• “Seaside Palette – en Plein Air,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5 (rain date: Oct. 12) at various sites from Murrells Inlet to Georgetown; free.
• Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., originally of the 5th Dimension, 7 p.m. Oct. 5; $25, $35 or $75.
• Teach My People fundraiser featuring Elise Testone of Charleston, a Coastal Carolina University alumnae and a finalist from Fox-TV’s 11th season of “American Idol,” 6 p.m. ct. 6; $25 or $40.
• Emile Pandolfi, pianist, 7 p.m. Oct. 9; $25 or $35.
• Vivace operatic pop vocal quartet – Melody Mercredi, Tiffany Desrosiers, Marc Devigne and DJ Calhoun – 7 p.m. Oct. 10; $25.
• Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues, 7 p.m. Oct. 11; $25, $35 or $50.
• The Movin’ Out Band, from Broadway play “Movin’ Out,” 7 p.m. Oct. 12; $25 or $35.
Also | VIP pass $275, for two people to attend all events except Wine Gala and fundraisers
Information | 626-8911 or www.pawleysmusic.com
SECOND ANNUAL ‘NOT YOUR MAMA’S ZUMBATHON’
Benefiting | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org)
When | 2-5 p.m. Sept. 28
Where | North Strand Park, 120 S.C. 57 S., Little River, at S.C. 9
How much | $10
Information | 283-0242 or email heroesforhopeUS@gmail.com
SECOND ANNUAL ‘BREW AT THE ZOO’
When | 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 28 (rain date Sept. 29)
Where | Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach
How much | $35 members, otherwise $40, and $15 designated driver
Information | 235-6016, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.