There are so many affordable activities going on over the next few weeks, it was hard for me to narrow the list to just a few. I included a couple of activities that aren’t what I’d call cheap-cheap, but they look interesting, and a lot is being offered for the money. Here’s what’s happening:
• The annual St. Nicholas BBQ Fest will take place Saturday at Riverfront Park in Conway. Admission is free. This event includes live music and other entertainment, arts, crafts, food vendors, kids’ activities, a barbecue contest and barbecue sampling ($10 for a wristband).
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The festival starts at 10 a.m. Sampling starts at 11:30 a.m. (while supplies last).
• A South by Southeast Music Feast will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Tickets are $20 in advance (www.southbysoutheast.org
), $25 at the door. Your ticket price includes live music, a free potluck dinner and free beer, wine, soft drinks and water.
• The restaurants on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk are holding their first annual Fall Taste of the MarshWalk Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free. This event includes live entertainment, food sampling, an oyster roast station ($10 buckets), drink specials, local art, craft vendors and more.
• Castano’s Italian Steakhouse is holding a bacon party at 4 p.m. Admission is free. This event includes bacon trivia, bacon prizes and bacon martinis (chocolate, mocha or bleu), pizza shots, waffle shots and bacon appetizers for purchase.
• The Broadway at the Beach tree-lighting ceremony will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. next to the official Visitors Center in Broadway Common. Admission is free. In addition to the lighting ceremony, there will be live entertainment and a fireworks display.
• The Coastal Dance Centre Studio at The Market Common is hosting an Afternoon of Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $15. You can buy them atwww.cybt.org
(advance registration is required). This event includes tea and mini-desserts, a mini-performance by the cast of “The Nutcracker” and photo opportunities with the Sugar Plum Fairy and “The Nutcracker” cast members.
• On Sunday, Pottery Barn at The Market Common is holding a free class on holiday decorating. The class starts at 10:30 a.m. Registration is preferred, 238-0361.