MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Gorgeous mild weather is no match for the charm, culture and history of the Myrtle Beach area, in full swing with upcoming fall festivals and events. From a scenic run during the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon to mouthwatering barbeque at the Beach Boogie and BBQ festival, the Grand Strand will offers travelers an enticing array of events that will infuse autumn days with unique experiences. Visitors can also take advantage of great fall travel deals to make a memorable long weekend even more attainable.
Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival
August 30 – September 1
The "grand finale" of summer, this Labor Day weekend festival is the official barbeque competition of South Carolina. This family-friendly festival will feature free live entertainment, wake board demonstrations, free boat rides, kids zone, art & craft vendors, beer gardens and fireworks. The main attraction is the finger-lickin' barbeque (available for purchase) from competing teams, along with festival food favorites from vendors. Several cooking events promise to attract the nation's finest competitors: Anything Goes contest and tasting, the Official S.C. Barbeque Championship and Kansas City Barbeque Society Cook-Off, and a Wing-Off competition.
World Premiere of "Crackerjack The Movie"
Art Within Productions and Modest present "Crackerjack The Movie," a heartwarming Southern comedy, narrated by executive producer, Jeff Foxworthy, of one man's journey down the road less graveled. The world premiere will be held on September 12. The premiere will coincide with the launch of the "The Crackerjack Road Less Graveled Movie Tour" where select cast members and producers will travel and promote the film throughout the Carolinas and Georgia.
SOS Fall Migration
For 10 days each fall Ocean Drive and Main Street in North Myrtle Beach become the center of the universe for people who want to listen to music and partake in the official dance of South Carolina, the Shag. Known as the biggest adult party on the East Coast, the Society of Stranders Fall Migration serves a last blast of summer for Shaggers from miles around.
Aynor Harvest Hoedown
Aynor Harvest Hoedownis an autumn event the whole family can enjoy. The day-long festival showcases over 140 craft booths, entertainment, food, games, plus a parade and a street dance to top it all off!
North Myrtle Beach Irish Italian Festival
Live music and the best of Irish and Italian fare and spirits set North Myrtle Beach afire each September during the Irish Italian Festival. Attendees will enjoy local cuisine, two stages of live entertainment including street performers and arts and craft vendors, plus a friendly spaghetti eating competition. Restaurants will join in the competition as they compete for the Best Entrée, Best Decorated and Best Dessert.
Pawley's Island Festival of Music and Art
Attendees celebrate the arts and enjoy the lovely setting of the Lowcountry for musical musings and visual results of the area's artistic inspiration. Its wine gala and private wine tasting celebrate the area's finest offerings. The "culinary symphony" pairs talented chefs and gracious hosts in Lowcountry homes to treat guests to savory treats. For a full listing of activities, visithttp://pawleysmusic.com.
Master of Mini Golf Tournament
Each October the world's best professional miniature golfers convene in Myrtle Beach to compete for the game's most coveted title. The tournamentis organized by the U.S. Pro Mini Golf Association and held at Hawaiian Rumble Miniature golf course in North Myrtle Beach, SC. There are various divisions, but the overall winning purse is $12,000 and the winner does receive a green jacket.
Little River ShrimpFest
Combining the very best in live jazz music and flavorful locally sourced shrimp, the Little River Shrimpfestin the seafaring community of Little River, SC is a fall afternoon treat. Attendees can enjoy fresh seafood under the large live oak trees near the waterfront enjoying live music and local arts and craft vendors.
Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Weekend Festival
Visitors of all ages will enjoy the festivities at the Harvest Home Weekend Festival in Brookgreen Gardens. Activities include the ever-popular scarecrow building contest, pumpkin painting, live entertainment, hay-rides, and much more. For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org.
Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon
With participants from across the country, this surfing themed half marathonincludes surfboard finisher medals, surf style bands and a post race beach party. The course is a point to point race through pristine and picturesque scenery, past some of Myrtle Beach's best neighborhoods and attractions. The weekend also includes a Coastal 5K, and a not to miss Doggie Dash.
Loris Bog Off
The community of Loris' annual Bog Offis a celebration of heritage expressed through a top notch cooking competition to determine the best Chicken bog – a spicy blend of rice, chicken sausage, onion and black pepper served in a "big 'ol bowl." In addition to the competition the weekend also includes a parade, arts/crafts, and live entertainment.
Wooden Boat Show
This unique event celebrates the spirit of the sea and showcases superb craftsmanship with an estimated 100 classic wooden boats on display in the water, along the historic waterfront in downtown Georgetown. Vessels ranging in size from kayaks to yachts will be exhibited in eleven categories in an event that's a must-see for anyone with an interest in nautical affairs. www.woodenboatshow.com
Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast
The historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet serves up an afternoon filled with bushels and bushels of sweet local oysters during the community's annual Oyster roast. Oyster fans can enjoy a great all-you-can-eat afternoon of steamed oysters and great offerings from Dead Dog Saloon, Drunken Jack's, Divine Fish House, Bovine's, River City Cafe and more alongside live music. For more information, visitwww.murrellsinletsc.com.
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