On the Cheap | Spring brings inexpensive events to the Myrtle Beach area

At last, spring has arrived! Time to celebrate with some free (or almost free) outdoor activities (and some indoor activities, too). There’s actually a little something going on for everyone over the next few weeks. Here’s what’s happening:

March 21

To celebrate the arrival of the Easter Bunny, Inlet Square Mall is holding an Easter Bunny Picnic in its “Center Court Meadow” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a small picnic snack, music, activities, crafts and more. Bring your favorite bunny or bear, and a small blanket.

From noon to 5 p.m., La Belle Amie Vineyard at 1120 St. Joseph Road in Little River is holding a Spring Swing Big Band Fest. Admission is $10, 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.

Kids ages 5 to 13 can learn all about “Easter Baking” at a free Junior Chef Class at Williams-Sonoma at The Market Common. The class is at 9 a.m. on Saturday. RSVP is requested, 238-2029.

March 24

The Grand Strand Technology Expo will take place Tuesday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Admission is free; parking is $3. This event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m., will feature new technology involving computers, the medical and health industries, cellular communications, global information systems, emergency dispatch service, law enforcement and more.

March 28

Trinity Church at 3000 N. Kings Highway is holding an Easter Fest & Egg Hunts from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free. They’ll be collecting nonperishable food items for the Myrtle Beach High School food bank, if you’d like to donate. This event includes Easter egg hunts, games, crafts, inflatables and more.

Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson is holding its annual Biker Bluegrass Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. This event includes live music, food and more.

March 30

The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars begins March 30 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and runs through April 2. General admission tickets are $21 for adults. Go to www.gotothecircus.com for a $5 discount on adult tickets and for free kids’ tickets (two free kids per adult ticket purchased). Shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.