Festivals really never go out of season across the Grand Strand, and the calendar gets super crowded come autumn, and continues with Christmastime, for which the celebrations start on the heels of Halloween.
Immerse yourself in deciding what to do or where to go. A preliminary list of a few events confirmed at the end of July for the next year are listed, and as the new year approaches, many more will be scheduled, and publicized Fridays in The Sun News’ Kicks! section on Fridays and on Page 2A daily in Kicks! Picks.
25-28 | 23rd annual St. John’s Greek Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 26-27, and noon-7 p.m. Sept. 28, at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 33rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. 448-3773 or www.stjohn-mb.org/festival/greekfestival.htm.
26-28 | 39th annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, noon-6 p.m. Sept. 26-27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28, at Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens. 237-4440 or www.scprt.com/state-park-service/atalaya_arts_craft_festival.aspx.
27 | 11th annual Irish Italian International Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. 280-5570 or parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?news=true&id=9.
27 | 10th annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. outside Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, on College Road, south of U.S. 17 in Supply, N.C. 910-842-6566 or www.bcifestival.org.
27-28 | Seacoast Artists Gallery’s “Art in Common” fall festival, in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common. 232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com.
Sept. 27 , and Oct. 2-5 and 8-12 | 24th annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, mostly at The Reserve Golf Club, 18 Reserve Drive, Pawleys Island, including headline concert 7 p.m. Oct. 3 with The Manhattan Transfer. 626-8911 or www.pawleysmusic.com.
28 | Fourth annual Mother-Daughter Art & Tea, benefiting Frankling G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, 1-3 p.m. at Pine Lake Golf & Country Club in Myrtle Beach. 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.
30 | Murrells Inlet 2020 annual Community Chowder Talk, 6:30-8 p.m. at Murrells Inlet Community Center, 4450 Murrells Inlet Road. 357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com.
2 | “Alive After 5,” by Conway Downtown Alive, 6-8 p.m. on Third Avenue and Laurel Street, with “Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race” and Bullfrog concert. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
3-4 | Seventh annual Oktoberfest, 4-9 p.m. Oct. 3 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 4, in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common. 839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com, and 712-6218 or www.myrtlebeachbeerfest.com.
4 | Myrtle Beach Britfest car show by Grand Strand British Car Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. 455-8273 or grandstrandbritishcarclub.com.
4 | “Fun in the Sun” Classic Cruise-In, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. 272-8349 or www.bflanding.com.
4 | 31st annual Surfside Beach Family Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Surfside Drive. 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.
4 | Fifth annual Conway Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Third Avenue and Laurel Street. 248-1740 or www.conwayparksandrecreation.com/fallfestival.html.
4 | Eighth annual “Sunset at Sunset” Community Block Party, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. outside Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C., beginning with 5K Run/Fitness Walk at 8 a.m. 910-575-6012, 910-575-0975 or www.sunsetatsunset.com.
4 | Autumn Big Band Blast, at LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School. 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com.
6-14 | 14th annual Brunswick Arts Council Fall Exhibition and Sale, at Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash, N.C. 910-371-2641 or brunswickartscouncil.org, and 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.
10-11 | 10th annual St. Nicholas BBQ Fest, at Conway’s Riverfront Park and Marina, benefiting local charities. 333-9500, 455-1032 or www.stnicholasbbqfest.com.
11 | Fourth annual Georgetown “Bridge2Bridge” Run -- a half-marathon, 12K, 5K and Kids’ Fun Run, benefiting benefit Georgetown County United Way, Georgetown Business Association, and the Iota Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Scholarship Fund. 546-8595 or www.bridge2bridgerun.com.
11 | “Hidden Battleship behind-the-scenes tours, Hidden Battleship, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.and 1:30-5:30 p.m. (also, “Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash,” trick-or-treating 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29) at Battleship North Carolina, at U.S. Routes 17, 74, 76 and 421 in Wilmington, N.C. 910-251-5797 or www.battleshipnc.com
11 | 14th annual Cruise to the Coast Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show, benefiting local charities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (rain date Oct. 18) at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. www.chicoracarclub.com/nmbshow.html, and 361-3045, 866-805-5642 or www.nmbevents.com.
11-12 | 10th annual ShrimpFest, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12 on Little River waterfront. 249-6604 or www.littleriverchamber.org.
11-12 | Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild’s 42nd annual “Art in the Park,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park, at Kings Highway and 14th Avenue North. 446-3830 or www.artsyparksy.com.
11-12 | Sons of Italy Myrtle Beach “Festa Italiana,” 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 11 and noon-7 p.m.Oct. 12 at Broadway at the Beach, next to Hard Rock Cafe, near 29th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass. 333-7523 or www.sonsofitalymb.com.
11-12 | 21st annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival, at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, on U.S. 421 south in Kure Beach, N.C., with Robert Cray Band and Shemekia Copeland Oct. 11, and Delbert McClinton and Damon Fowler Oct. 12. 910-459-8434 or www.pleasureislandnc.org/seafood-blues-and-jazz-festival.
12 | 15th annual Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook-Off benefit, at Murrells Inlet site to be announced. 333-2034 or surfridergrandstrand.org.
16-18 | 19th annual Masters National ProMiniGolfCQ Championship, at Hawaiian Rumble Golf, 3210 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. 458-2585, 272-7812, or prominigolf.com.
17 | Fourth annual Goat Island Yacht Club Regatta, 6:30-10 p.m. in Georgetown, benefiting S.C. Maritime Museum in Georgetown. 520-0111 or scmaritimemuseum.org.
18 | 21st annual Waccamaw Area Heart Walk, for American Heart Association, 10 a.m. at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. 282-2903 or www.waccamawheartwalk.org.
18 | 35th annual Loris Bog-Off Festival, on Main Street in Loris. 756-6030 or www.lorischambersc.com.
18 | Rock Back the Clock Music Fest, at LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River. 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com.
18-19 | 25th annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, in downtown Georgetown, benefiting Harbor Historical Association and S.C. Maritime Museum. 520-0111 or woodenboatshow.com.
18-19 | Annual Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Weekend, at various sites. www.runmyrtlebeach.com.
18-19 | 34th annual N.C. Oyster Festival, by Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19, between East Second and Third streets in Ocean Isle Beach. 910-754-6644, 800-426-6644 or www.ncoysterfestival.com.
21 | 31st annual Taste of the Town, benefiting St. Andrew Catholic School of Myrtle Beach, at Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North. 448-6062 or totmb.com.
23 | 13th annual “A Taste of Brunswick County” Benefit Gala for Chidlren/Comunities in Schools, 6-10 p.m. at Dinah Gore Fitness and Aquatic Center at Brunswick Community College, in Supply, N.C. 910-457-3494 or www.cisbrunswick.org/events.
23-25 | “Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry.” 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
25 | Howl-O-Scream, 5-8 p.m. at North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway. 280-5570 or parks.nmb.us.
25 | Third annual Nathan Black 5k, 8 a.m. from Surfside Beach Pier. 704-500-1696, 704-871-0529 or http://go-greenevents.com/event/id/1918.
25 | Halloween Carnival, 6-9 p.m. including showing of “Hotel Transylvania,” at Conway Recreation Center, 1515 Mill Pond Road. 248-1740 or www.conwayparksandrecreation.com.
31 | Shock Shiver Film Festival, 10 a.m. at Frank Theatres’ CineBowl & Grille, at Inlet Square, at U.S. 17 Business and U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. 650-6697, 267-7052 or www.ivyleaffilm.com.
31 | Halloween Trick or Treat, 4:30-6:30 p.m., and fireworks 8 p.m., at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com.
1 | “The Color Run 5k Kaleidoscope Tour,” 8 a.m. at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. thecolorrun.com/myrtle-beach/2014-11-01/#ad-image-image1, and 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com.
1 | “Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)” Family Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.
1 | Island Fever Music Fest, at LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River. 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com.
1-2 | Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild’s 42nd annual “Art in the Park,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park, at Kings Highway and 14th Avenue North. 446-3830 or www.artsyparksy.com.
1-2 | 22nd annual Arts Festival & Pauwau, by Waccamaw Indian People, opening 11 a.m.daily, with grand entries 1 and 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 p.m. Nov. 2, at tribal grounds, 591 Bluewater Road, Aynor. 358-6877 or waccamawindians.us.
8-9 | Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild’s 42nd annual “Art in the Park,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common. 446-3830 or www.artsyparksy.com.
6 | “Alive After 5,” 6-8 p.m. on Third Avenue and Elm Street in Conway, with PaperWork concert. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
8 | Syrup Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Horry County Museum’s L.W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, off U.S. 701, north of Conway. Free. 365-3596 or www.horrycountymuseum.org.
8 | 11th Annual Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast, benefiting Murrells Inlet 2020 preservation group, 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. at site to be announced. 357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com.
8 | Sixth annual Snowball Drop, in downtown Conway. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
9 | “Holiday Open House,” in downtown Conway. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
12-16 | 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, in Wilmington, N.C. 910-343-5995 or www.cucalorus.org.
13-16 | 33rd annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals, benefiting local charities, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 14-15, and noon-6 p.m. Nov. 16, at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 448-9483 or www.dickenschristmasshow.com.
14 | “A Lowcountry Evening at Sunnyside,” benefiting Murrells Inlet 2020,at historic Sunnyside Plantation.357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com.
15 | “WineStock,” at LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River. 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com.
15-16 | Grand Strand Model Railroaders’ fifth annual Train Show & Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Nov. 15 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Lakewood Camping Resort Conference Center, 5837 S. Kings Highway, between Myrtle Beach and S.C. 544. 293-4386 or www.gsmrrc.org.
22 | Georgetown Hospital System HealthPoint’s annual Turkey Trot Run & Walk, at Brookgreen Gardens. 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.
22 | 20th annual Holiday Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com.
27 | Surfside Beach Turkey Trot, 8 a.m. from Surfside Pier parking lot. 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.
27-29 | 45th annual S.C. State Bluegrass Festival, at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 706-864-7203 or www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com/South-Carolina-State-Bluegrass-Festival.html.
29 | “Holiday Spirits Bonfire,” at LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River. 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com.
29 | 30th annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta, benefiting Yachts for Tots, 5-7 p.m. on Intracoastal Waterway from Little River south to North Myrtle Beach. 249-8888 or www.christmasregatta.com.
4 | Surfside Beach Christmas Tree Lighting, 7 p.m. at town hall. 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.
4-6, 11-13 and 18-20 | Annual “Nights of a Thousand Candles,” 3-10 p.m. at Brookgreen Gardens. 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.
4 | City of Conway Tree Lighting. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
5 | North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting, 6-7 p.m. at McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive. 280-5570 or http://parks.nmb.us.
5-7 | 28th annual Holiday Winter Arts & Crafts Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Springmaid Beach Resort, 3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. 477-5603 or springmaidbeach.com.
6 | Fifth annual Atalaya Holiday Celebration, at Huntington Beach State Park. 237-4440 or www.southcarolinaparks.com. Also: Friends of Huntington Beach State Park at 237-2162 or www.huntingtonbeachstatepark.com.
6 | Annual “Christmas by the Sea” Parade, 2-4 p.m. on Oak Island Drive from Oak Island, N.C. 910-457-6964 or www.southport-oakisland.com.
6 | North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade, 5:30-7 p.m. on Main Street. 361-3045, 866-805-5642 or www.nmbevents.com.
7 | Murrells Inlet 2020 annual Community Christmas Parade -- “Boats & Floats for the Kids,” 3 p.m. from Wilcox Avenue south on U.S. 17 Business to Pendergrass Avenue. 357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com.
9-13 | Southport Winterfest, 1-11 p.m. daily in downtown Southport, N.C.910-457-7927 or www.cityofsouthport.com.
11 and 18 | Annual “Rivertown Christmas Celebration,” in downtown Conway, with “Living Windows” display Dec. 11 and Canine Christmas Costume Contest Dec. 18. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
13 | Surfside Beach Christmas Parade, 2 p.m. on Ocean Boulevard. 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.
17-22 | 16th annual CresCom Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament, at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 213-0032 or www.beachballclassic.com.
25 | North Myrtle Beach Endless Summer Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Main Street. 361-3045, 866-805-5642 or www.nmbevents.com.
26-31 | 34th annual Beach Ball Classic, at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 213-0032 or www.beachballclassic.com.
27 | “Yuketide Music & Bonfire,” at LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River. 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com.
31 | New Year’s Eve “Garden by Candlelight” Pre-Party, 6-9 p.m. at Brookgreen Gardens. 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.
10 | “Rivertown Wine-Around,” in downtown Conway. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
31 | “Chocolate Walk,” in downtown Conway. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
14 | 18th annual Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon weekend. www.mbmarathon.com.
13 | Annual “Gathering of the Green,” in downtown Conway. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
14 | 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. 280-5570 or parks.nmb.us.
4 | Annual “Park Palooza!” at Myrtle Beach State Park, on U.S. 17 Business. 238-0874 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.
22-25 | 10th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, at Carmike Broadway 17 at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. 497-0220 or www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com.
25 | Seventh annual Dragon Boat Festival, benefiting Ground Zero of Myrtle Beach, a ministry to teens, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park. 945-9440 or www.groundzeromb.com/dragonboat.
2 | Annual Rivertown Music & Arts Festival, in downtown Conway. 248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
2 | 19th annual “Blessing of the Inlet,” at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, on U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. 424-0509 or www.blessingoftheinlet.com.
9 | 10th annual Mayfest on Main, on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. 280-5570 or parks.nmb.us.
9 | Annual Makai Luau, benefiting Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter6-10 pm. at Crown Reef Resort, 2913 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. 333-2034 or www.surfridergrandstrand.org.
15-17 | “XCON World VIII,” at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 839-4840 or www.xconworld.info
16-17 | 34th annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Little River waterfront.249-6604 or http://www.bluecrabfestival.org.
July 31-Aug. 2 | 33rd annual Craftsmen’s Summer Classic show, at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 336-282-5550 or www.craftshow.com.