Theres a wide variety of free and cheap events to choose from over the next few weeks, so theres sure to be something that will please everyone. Heres the list:
• The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon Chapin Art Museum is holding a Dia de los Muertos Family Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. This event includes an authentic Dia de los Muertos altar, family workshops, authentic Mexican crafts, traditional dancing, roving Mariachi music, and more.
• The annual Waccamaw Indian People Arts Festival and Pauwau will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Tribal Grounds at 591 Bluewater Road in Aynor. This event includes art and craft vendors, storytelling, dance performances, food vendors, a fire ceremony, and more. The gates open at 11 a.m. both days.
• On Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., the American Culinary Federation is holding its annual Souper Supper in Valor Park. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for kids (plus a $1.10 per ticket processing fee) if you buy them in advance at http://www.myrtlebeachacf.com/. The ticket prices are $12 for adults; $7 for kids at the gate. This event features soup, bread, beverage, and dessert samples from more than 40 local chefs.
• The annual Crafty Rooster Beer Fest will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Lower River Warehouse on the Riverwalk in Downtown Conway. Admission is free. This event includes beer sampling, live music, craft vendors, and food for purchase. Beer samples require a sampling glass ($5) and sampling tickets ($1 each). Youll need 1-5 tickets for each sample. Hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
• Art in the Park, an art show put on by the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, will be held in Valor Park on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Local artists will be displaying a variety of artwork, including paintings, woodwork, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery, and stonework.
• The annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals begins on Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and runs through Nov. 17. Tickets are $8.50 for adults ($4 for kids 2-12) for a single day pass; $13 for a multi-day pass. Kids under 2 get in free. Parking is $3. The show features more than 350 vendors selling fine arts, crafts, imported gifts, toys, gourmet foods, clothing, and more. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap. www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com.