On the Cheap | Music dominates upcoming roster of fun events


There are some great events for music lovers coming up over the next few weeks, as well as some activities to entertain the kiddos. Here’s what’s coming up:

July 10-12

On Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 28, Myrtle Beach State Park is holding some pier-fishing classes from 8-9:30 a.m. The classes are free with paid park admission. Pre-registration is required 238-0874. Go to www.myrtlebeachsp.com for more details.

Outlaw Nation’s 2015 Battle of the Bands semifinals will take place every Friday from now through Aug. 2 on the oceanfront pavilion stage. Admission is free. A total of 24 bands will compete in the following genres: modern country, traditional country, Red Dirt, Southern rock, bluegrass and Americana. The winning band from each round will compete in the finals during the 2015 Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest. The winning band will receive $1,000 in cash and an additional $1,000 in gear and equipment, and be featured by Outlaw Nation’s media partners. The concerts start at 5 p.m.

On Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. through July 26, Bass Pro Shops is putting on a Family Summer Camp. Admission is free. This event includes free craft activities, free workshops (archery, bird watching, camping, shooting, kayaking and more), a free family photo and other free activities (shooting range, shooting arcade, a catch and release pond and more). Go to http://www.basspro.comfor the schedule.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, all Lowe’s home improvement stores will be holding a free “Build and Grow” workshop for kids ages 5 to 12. The kids will be building Black Widow’s Sky Cycle from “The Avengers.” Go to http://lowesbuildandgrow.com to register your child.

Every Sunday through Sept. 6, The Boathouse will put on a free Sunday Funday concert series. The concerts start at 5 p.m. and are open to all ages. Go to www.boathousemb.com/gallery for the schedule.

July 13

The town of Surfside Beach is holding its annual Kids Fair from 4-7 p.m. in Fuller Park. Admission is free. This event includes inflatables, kids’ games, giveaways and more.

July 18

La Belle Amie Vineyard at 1120 St. Joseph Road in Little River is hosting a Parrot Head Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8, 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.

JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap: www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com.