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Things to do in October in Myrtle Beach
Summer is officially over, but there are still plenty of things to do in Myrtle Beach, even when the kids are back at school. Here is a small selection of some of the events you can find in and around the Grand Strand in October when you’re visiting one of the Myrtle Beach vacation resorts.
If you do happen to have kids with you, then don’t miss this first one. For the whole month, with the exception of Mondays, there’s the Animation B.C exhibition being held at the Art Museum on South Ocean Blvd. This is an exhibition that features ‘live’ characters from some of the animated movies and cartoons that were made before the advent of computers. This is an interactive educational exhibition and you’ll meet characters like Snow White, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny and many more.
October 3 sees the opening of the 3-day Harley Owners Group 2013 State H.O.G. Rally in North Myrtle Beach. The event promises to be one party after another, with games, prizes and giveaways, dancing, food and entertainment, all brought together by that wonderful H.O.G. camaraderie.
The H.O.G Rally also coincides with the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally, which is being held between Oct 2 and 6. The individual events during the rally include a Southern Waterfront Tour on Friday the 4th and on the Thursday and Saturday the Northern Wine Tour, which includes visits to LaBella Vineyards & Winery and Medieval Times, and ends at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. It’ll be a week that features 50's and 60's music, car shows, magic shows, comedy shows and much more.
October 5 also sees the running of the 3rd Annual Grand Strand Mustang Stampede and Classic Ford Car Show. The venue is at Broadway on the Beach starting at 9 a.m., and you’ll be able to enjoy more than 300 cars on display as well as T-shirts, food, shopping and vendors, all backed up by plenty of music. The proceeds from this event will go to local charities.
Staying with wheels for a little longer, why not treat the family to an evening at the Myrtle Beach Speedway? October 12 sees the running of the 100 Lap Feature Race for NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models. The feature race starts at 8 p.m. and the Grandstands open at 5 p.m. There’s also a Charger Race and a Mini-Stock Race.
Also on October 12 and going on for 2 days is the 9th Annual Little River ShrimpFest 2013. You’ll find this at the Little River waterfront at the northern end of the Strand. The ShrimpFest will feature balloon artists and stilt walkers, Arts and Crafts vendors, and of course the shrimp and grits cook-off, which is on the Sunday. Entertainment this year features the Reggie Sullivan Band and Elise Testone of American Idol fame. Little River is well known for its seafood restaurants, and is well worth a visit.
At the extreme opposite end of the Strand on Sunday the 13th you’ll find the The 14th Annual Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook-Off. This will be held in the parking lot at the Wicked Tuna Restaurant in Murrells Inlet and starts at 12 noon. The many categories include Hottest Chili, Best Use of South Carolina Ingredients, Most Original and Best Overall. Admission is free and there will be a swinging selection of live bands for your entertainment.
Where would October be without its Oktoberfest? Myrtle Beach’s Oktoberfest event is being sponsored by the Oceanfront Merchants Association and the City of Myrtle Beach and will be held on Ocean Blvd between 8th Avenue North and Joe White Avenue on October 12 starting at noon. This will be an all-day event culminating in a Fireworks Display at 11 p.m. Ocean Blvd will be hosting food and retail vendors, live music, games and a beer garden.
October 19th sees the 4th annual Myrtle Beach Wine Fest which is being held at The Market Common. Admission to the Wine Fest is free, but if you wish to sample any of the 100 or more wines being exhibited you’ll have to pay $5 to purchase a wine glass for sampling. The festival will feature live music, beers and specialty vendors.
At least 5,000 runners are also expected to participate in the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon on Sunday, October 20. The weekend’s events will kick off on Friday the 18th with a two-day Health and Fitness Expo, and other races will include a one-mile Doggie Dash and a Coastal 5 km race. There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers on all three days, and this is an excellent way of meeting up with other people from in and out of State.
To wind up this round up of October events, don’t forget to visit Myrtle’s Market, a farmers’ market that is held three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The market is open all through the year from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is located at the intersection of Joe White Avenue and Oak Street. This is an excellent way for visitors to Myrtle Beach vacation resorts to support local growers of fresh produce and other unique items (and maybe add some of those items in to a meal cooked in the resort kitchen).
Note: Be sure to call ahead for any outdoor activities if you think they may be altered due to the weather.