It’s been a long winter, but I’m holding out hope that by the time this is published, we’ll have some spring-like weather. There are a lot of outdoor events coming up in the next few weeks (and a few indoor, two). Here are the ones that should fit most budgets:
• On Saturday, Myrtle Beach State Park is holding its annual Park Palooza from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. Most activities are free with park admission, which is $5 for adults; $3 for kids (6-15); $3.25 for seniors (65 and older). This event includes nature, camping, and fishing seminars and demonstrations; raffles; a scavenger hunt; and more. Go tohttp://www.southcarolinaparks.com/myrtlebeach/introduction.aspx
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• La Belle Amie Vineyard at 1120 St. Joseph Road in Little River is hosting a Blues and Jazz Festival 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.
• Williams-Sonoma at The Market Common is holding a free cooking technique class at 2 p.m. on Sunday. This week’s class is “Spring Desserts.” You’ll learn how to make simple sweets that are sure to impress.
• FLAVOR (Fresh, Local, Appetizing, Valuable, Original, Restaurants), Myrtle Beach’s spring signature culinary event, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Admission is free; parking is $3. This event includes food sampling from more than 30 local restaurants (samples cost between $1 and $3), a beer and wine garden, and more.
• Christian Academy is holding a SEAS Beach & Boardwalk Family Festival on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Plyler Park. Admission is free. This event includes live entertainment, games and inflatables ($10 unlimited wristbands), music, food and business vendors, and more.
• On Saturday, The Little River Sports & Outdoor Living Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harbourgate Marina. Admission is $5 for adults; kids 12 and under get in free. This event includes an in-water boat show, boat rides, demonstrations (archery, fishing, hunting, garden, and landscaping), vendors and more.
• Gordon Biersch at The Market Common is throwing a pajama party to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Horry County from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. If you wear your pajamas, you’ll also get a free small beer. This event includes a $5 buffet, a 50/50 raffle, and other prizes.