Country act Love & Theft, featuring the two-headed monster of singer/guitarists Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, returns to the Grand Strand with a gig Friday night at House of Blues that’s sure to include the duo’s radio hits “Runaway,” “Angel Eyes,” “Dancing In Circles,” “Runnin’ Out of Air” and “If You Ever Get Lonely.” Canaan Smith is also on the bill. Tickets range from $18 to $48.50. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, music starts at 8:30. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
You shall drink no wine before it’s time, but listen up vinophiles, it’s time. The 4th annual Myrtle Beach Wine Fest is set to uncork Saturday at Valor Park featuring more than 100 wines to sample, food, and live entertainment. It’s kinda like the more female-friendly version of Beer Fest. Wine Fest is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but if you’re imbibing, you’ll need to buy a $5 official wine-tasting glass and 2-ounce wine samples are pay-as-you-go. (Pssst - beer will be available, too, if you’re not the swish-and-swallow type). Valor Park is off of Farrow Parkway at The Market Common, on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business, south of Myrtle Beach International Airport. Call 839-3500 or visit www.myrtlebeachbeerfest.com.
If you’ve missed out on the spate of local beer fests and last week’s huge chili cook-off, there’s a shot of redemption on Saturday combining the best of both worlds as The Deck at the House of Blues hosts the inaugural Chili Cook-off and Craft Beer Fest. You can sample and vote on your favorite chili from a handful of North Myrtle Beach area restaurants and cool off with samples of more than 25 craft beers. Admission is free, but it’s $5 to sample the chili, and $5 for a commemorative beer-sampling glass. Beer samples will range from $1-$4. The event is from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and also features a performance by blues musician Dustin Martin. The Deck at the House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
A slew of local rockers band together to increase breast cancer awareness with the all-day music fest, Rock the Ribbon, set for Sunday on The Boathouse’s outdoor stage overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Performers include Angie Capone, Broken Strings, Chasin’ Jasons, and Lunar Fizz, and there’ll be raffles, give-aways and food and drink specials too. Rock the Ribbon is from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a $5 donation per person, with proceeds benefitting Caring In Our Lifetime. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
With more than 2,000 restaurants along the Grand Strand, we’re not lacking for places to stuff our faces, and the area’s signature foodie event is upon us again as the 30th annual Taste of the Town invades the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, featuring food from more than 50 local restaurants competing for bragging rights and awards, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez, a kids’ zone, and performances by local acts Bullfrog and Austin Mowery Band. The event is a benefit for St. Michael Catholic Church and advance admission is $5 via www.TOTMB.com; it’s $6 at the door. Tykes 14 and younger get in free. Food tickets are $1. Parking at the convention center is $3, or free if you have a city parking sticker. Taste of the Town is from 4-10 p.m. Tuesday. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach.
We’re out of space, but here’s a few more notable events happening along Grand Strand this weekend:
The 24th annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show celebrating the port city’s maritime past is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Georgetown; https://woodenboatshow.com.
The 34th annual Loris Bog-off Festival starts at 9 a.m. Saturday in downtown Loris; http://lorischambersc.com.
Grizzled comedic genius Bill Cosby returns to The Alabama Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday; www.alabama-theatre.com.
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