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
3-5 p.m. – “The Bunglers” (30 minutes) and “Go with Le Flo” (80, with English subtitles)
FIFTH ANNUAL GROUND ZERO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
FOURTH ANNUAL LORIS IN BLOOM SPRING FESTIVAL
THIRD ANNUAL SOCASTEE HERITAGE FESTIVAL
CANINE CARNIVAL AND RESCUE DAY
38TH ANNUAL FISH FRY
22ND ANNUAL ‘SPRING TIDE’
‘CAROLINA ZOMBIE WALK’
ANNUAL ‘MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS’
BEACH MUSIC PARTY
SIXTH ANNUAL ‘STARFISH BALL’
17TH ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE INLET
10:45 – “TSI: Turtle Scene Investigations,” “Turtle Tales Story Time” and “Life Cycle of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle”
‘SPRING FLING’ FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL
27TH ANNUAL RIVERTOWN ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL
ISLAND RIVER MUSIC FEST
STRAWBERRY AND WINE FEST
AMP (ART, MUSIC AND PILAU) FEST
THIRD ANNUAL ‘BACK TO SUMMER CAR AND TRUCK SHOW’
‘MAYFEST ON MAIN’
32ND ANNUAL BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL
22ND ANNUAL ART EXHIBIT AND SALE
EIGHTH ANNUAL MAKAI LUAU
“Wines Down Under – Wine Tasting,” 5:30-8 p.m. June 15 in Live Oak Allee, for $50 members, otherwise $65.
BROADWAY AT THE BEACH
‘HOT SUMMER NIGHTS’
18TH ANNUAL ‘CORVETTES AT MYRTLE BEACH’ SHOW
‘ALIVE AFTER 5’
41ST ANNUAL ‘ART IN THE PARK’
MURRELLS INLET 30th ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY BOAT PARADE AND FIREWORKS
BEST OF THE BEST WINGFEST