Now that we’re moving into the holiday season, the first of the craft fairs and holiday-themed events are beginning to crop up. If you’re not yet in the holiday spirit, there’s also a health fair, a wine festival and some food sampling events over the next few weeks. Here’s the list:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday• On Friday from 4-9 p.m., Barefoot Landing is hosting “A Night Out at Barefoot,” a progressive dinner that will allow you to sample food from a number of restaurants at discounted prices (including $5 appetizers and $4 desserts). To get the food and drink deals, you’ll need a wristband, which you can pick up for $5 at the North Strand Helping Hand booths located near Izod/Van Heusen, Wild Wing, and Carolina Vineyards Winery. When you pick up your wristband, you’ll also be given a menu.
• Horry-Georgetown Technical College is holding a health fair on Friday from 9 a.m.-noon in Valor Park at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Admission is free. There will be free and low-cost health screenings, and advice about healthy cooking (including samples).
• On Sunday from noon-3 p.m., the American Culinary Federation is holding its annual Souper Supper in Valor Park at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for kids (plus a $1 per ticket processing fee) if you buy them in advance at 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 restaurants and local chefs.
Nov. 8-11• The annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals begins on Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and runs through Nov. 11. Tickets are $8.50 per person ($4 for kids) for a single-day pass; $13 each 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.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon-6 p.m. on Sunday.
• La Belle Amie Vineyard at 1120 St. Joseph Road in Little River is hosting an Island Fever Music Festival from noon-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 on admission. The festival includes live music, wine tasting, a gift shop, food and drink vendors, and a vineyard tour.
• The Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild is hosting “Art in the Park” on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Valor Park. This art show will include works from more than 30 local and regional artists. Admission is free.
Nov. 15• The annual St. Nicholas Winterfest begins today and runs through Saturday at various Conway venues. Some of the events are free; there’s a small fee for the others. Events include a Taste of Conway food sampling event, a barbecue cook-off, and a Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair. Go to www.stnicholaswinterfest.com for festival hours and ticket information.