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TODAY-SUNDAY | 10.01-10.03

Oktoberfest

The Market Common's third annual Oktoberfest Festival takes place at Myrtle Beach's Valor Memorial Garden, Farrow Parkway, across from Grand Park.

Look for German food from Gordon Biersch, King Street Grille, and Divine Prime and a selection of more than 30 beers. Scheduled activities include:

5-9 p.m. today - Kickoff concert by The Paul Grimshaw Band

Noon-6 p.m. Saturday - Music by The Rheingold Band; KidZone, including a free face painter, balloon artist, and bounce houses; $5 pony rides; and a Root Beer Relay Race

1-5 p.m. Sunday - Music with The Rheingold Band

Admission is free. Details at 839-3500, or www.MarketCommonMB.com or www.mymarketcommon.com.

TODAY-SUNDAY | 10.01-10.03

Pawleys Island Festival

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, marking its 20th anniversary, rolls into its final weekend and includes these performances, all at Litchfield Plantation in Litchfield Beach, with respective times and ticket prices:

Judy Carmichael, 7 p.m. today $25 (bring own chair) or $35 (seating provided)

Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, 7 p.m. Saturday (gates open 5:30 p.m. for picnicking), $25 (bring own chair) or $35 (seating provided)

Grand Strand Theatrical Youth Players present "It's Showtime," 3 p.m. Sunday; free for children, $15 adults.

Details at 626-8911 or pawleysmusic.com.

SATURDAY | 10.02

Conway Fall Festival

The city of Conway Parks & Recreation presents its Conway Fall Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday on Third Avenue and Laurel Street in downtown Conway.

Events include a classic car show by the Chicora Car Club, and scheduled entertainment: 10 a.m. The Spots, 12:30 p.m. The Seth Thomas Band, 2 and 3 Grand Strand Harmony Chorus (in Hut Chapel of First United Methodist Church, on Main Street), and The Tams.

Admission is free. Details at 248-1740 or www.ConwayFallFestival.com.

SATURDAY | 10.02

Atlantic Stage

The first play in Atlantic Stage's third season continues with "Three Viewings," on stage through Oct. 17 at the 79th Avenue Theatre at the Coastal Carolina University Myrtle Beach Education Center, at U.S. 17 Bypass. Show times in the next week are 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for individuals are $25, $20 ages 55 and older, and $15 students, including Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members; also, season and flex passes are $75 general, $60 ages 55 and older and educators, and $45 students. Details at 877-287-8587 or www.atlanticstage.com.

TODAY-SUNDAY | 10.01-10.03

Exhibit closes

The exhibit "A Survey of Gee's Bend Quilts" begins its final three days at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B, Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach. A docent-led tour at 2 p.m. Sunday will help mark the finale.

"Treelee MacAnn: Looking Out, Looking In," 44 works by the arts professor, opens Saturday, continuing through Dec. 30.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Details at 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

SATURDAY | 10.02

Big Band Sounds Festival

The Big Band Sounds Festival plays noon-5 p.m. Saturday at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, at S.C. 90 and St. Joseph Road, just west of North Myrtle Beach High School.

The Andrew Thielen Big Band will entertain 12:30-4:30 p.m., so bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating.

Admission is $10 for ages 18-79, otherwise free. Bring two canned/dry food items for area food banks and receive a $3 discount. Details at 399-9463 or www.LaBelleAmie.com.

SATURDAY | 10.02

Nature programs

Before Myrtle Beach State Park changes its slate of programs for October, check out the last hurrah of two events Saturday:

In "Small Wonders of the Ocean," at 11 a.m., get a larger lool at little life such as plankton through microscopes and slides, at fishing pier.

During "Creature Feature," at 2:30 p.m., meet and greet live animals up close, in the nature center. The guests on Sept. 25 were a golden silk spider, two spider crabs, and a garter snake, treated to a four-worm meal.

"Small Wonders" carries a $3 fee, and "Creature Feature" is free, both with park admission: $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors and $3 ages 6-15. Details at 238-0874 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.

SATURDAY | 10.02

George Jones

The "'Possum" of country music, George Jones, with music spanning several decades, returns for a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Alabama Theatre, at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

Tickets range from $44.95 to $59.95. Details at 272-1111 or 800-342-2262, or www.alabama-theatre.com.

TODAY-SUNDAY AND THURSDAY | 10.01-10.03, 10.07

Scandinavian Heritage

The Southern Star Lodge, Sons of Norway, Myrtle Beach, will have its second annual Scandinavian Heritage Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at St. Philip's Lutheran Church located, 6200 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.

Activities include an expanded culture exhibit, and sales of food such as Norwegian pancakes and Swedish meatballs.

Admission is free. Details at 497-9905.

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