March 2013 Calendar of Events for the Grand Strand

Spring is in the air! Here is a wide array of things to do and see in the Myrtle Beach area as winter begins to break!


Palmetto Regional First Robotics Competition, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N Oak St. Hall B & C, Myrtle Beach 843-488-6777
Call for time
“Build and program a working robot from a box of parts and pieces. This years robot challenge is Ultimate Ascent, in which student-built robots score points by throwing Frisbees into goals on a 27 by 54 foot playing field. The two minute and 15 second matches end with the robots attempting to climb pyramids for extra points.”

Through MARCH 3

Whose Night Out Is It Anyway?, Carolina Improv Company, Uptown Theater, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Highway 843-272-4242 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Interactive improv comedy like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?“ for date night night. Ages 18 and over. Tickets: $14
RECURRING EVENT: March 8, 15, 22, 29

Pavilion Nostalgia Park & Carousel Park, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Early Bird Special – enjoy $2 ride tickets at both Pavilion Nostalgia Park and Carousel Park. Not valid with other discounts or offers.
Through March 31 – Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays


Winter Parrot Head Fest, LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC 843-399-WINE(9463)
Noon – 5:00 PM
Its a trip to the islands, mon, to shake the winter chill. Enjoy an afternoon of live music–Jimmy Buffett style. Plus, sample the many wine varieties, sip some hot spiced wine, and enjoy the beauty of the vineyard. The owner will give a vineyard tour at 2:30 PM.
MUSIC (12:00 PM to– 5:00 PM) The Paul Grimshaw Band and The Jamaican Jerks
ADMISSION: $8 per person (under 18 or over 80 admitted free). Bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and receive $3 off admission. Club Members Free.
Food Available From Smokin’ Pitt BBQ and Hunts Lexington Style Cooking
BEVERAGES (Water, Soda, Beer, & Wine) available from: La Belle Amie Vineyard
Remember, bring a lawn chair, a good friend or two, and enjoy the company, the music, the wine, and the beauty of the vineyard.

Whose Beach Is It Anyway?
, Carolina Improv Company, Uptown Theater, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Highway 843-272-4242
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Audience-interactive FAMILY FRIENDLY improv comedy, appropriate for all ages and similar to the tv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?“ with Myrtle Beach theme. Appropriate for all ages. Tickets: $11 (ages 4 -11), $14 (ages 12+)
“Kid Friendly” Event
RECURRING EVENT: March 7, 14, 21, 23, 28


Vodka Tasting at Castano’s, Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, 4926 Highway 17 South, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach

6:00 to 10:00 PM
Want to try out some new vodkas? Head over to Castano’s Italian Steakhouse at Barefoot Landing! They’ll be mixing up a variety of cocktails with Ketel One and Ciroc Vodka with some tasty olives by The Olive Shoppe.


BFF Pink Ribbon Run 5K-10K Tot Trot, Barefoot Landing/Barefoot Resort, North Myrtle Beach
Welcome to our inaugural BFF (Breast Friends Forever) Pink Ribbon Run. This is a family friendly event with walking and running events for all. The Grand Strand Running Club will hold these Runs and Expo to benefit Susan G. Komen Lowcountry and other local cancer charities.
The Expo takes place at Barefoot Landing on Friday, March 8 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM with packet pick-up, entertainment, survivor tribute and celebration ceremony, tribute walk, vendors and much more! The Runs and Tot Trot take place Saturday, March 9 at the Barefoot Resort starting at 8:30 AM

Barefoot Princess Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise, Barefoot Landing 843-272-2140
3:00 PM
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Intracoastal Waterway as you ride aboard the Barefoot Princess Riverboat! Listen to the guide as you float down the waterway. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.
*Schedule subject to change; call ahead for details and reservations.
RECURRING: March 9, 2:00 PM


52nd Annual Canadian-American Days Celebration begins with events scheduled at various locations. 843-626-7444

Town of Surfside Beach BBQ Festival, 410 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 843-650-9548

Spring Swing/Big Band Fest, LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC 843-399-WINE(9463)


3 in 1 Day Celebration, 16148 Ocean Highway (Hwy 17 South), Murrells Inlet 843-650-6666

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
3 in 1 Day celebrates the birthdays and wedding date of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington at their former home, Atalaya, located inside Huntington Beach State Park. There are multiple activities, actors dressed as the Huntingtons will answer questions, house tour, local artist and writers displaying and discussing their works, Robin Salmon
from Brookgreen Gardens will give a talk on Anna Hyatt Huntington. Hearty refreshments in the master bedroom. The event will wrap up with a cake and champagne toast to the Huntingtons.

Third Annual LOL Laugh out Loud Comedy Show, Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium, 108 Spadoni Park Circle, Conway
3:00 PM
THE CONWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF CONWAY PRESENT THE 3RD ANNUAL BENEFIT: The show benefits the Conway Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Conway and will feature an array of comedians, local and regional, that will bring spirited entertainment. Tickets On Sale Now. All Seats Only $20.

Museum Grand Opening, North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 2nd Ave North, North Myrtle Beach 843-427-7668
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Romantic Blockbusters, featuring Sebastian Baverstam, cello The Long Bay Symphony, 3302 Robert M Grissom Parkway 843-448-8379
Program of some of the best-loved masterworks from the Romantic period:

Rossini (William Tell Overture), Saint-Saens (Cello Concerto No. 1), and Brahms (Symphony)

Surf-Skate Expo and Seafood Taco Cook-Off, between Creek Ratz and Capt. Dave’s Dockside, Murrells Inlet
1:00 to 8:00 PM
Second year for event! Vendors will be on hand so you can learn more about how the equipment you use are made! There will also be a tasty Seafood Taco Cook-Off, live entertainment, and surf/sea art for sale. Ifyou are a skater or surfer you won’t want to miss this event!

Don’t forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour tonight!


Daylight Saving Time Begins!!!


North Strand’s Can-Am Celebration at Myrtle Beach Mall
Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. The musical group SEARSON will provide live entertainment beginning at Noon. Admission is free. The North Strand Can-Am Celebration is hosted by Myrtle Beach Mall and sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.


South Strand’s Can-Am Celebration at Inlet Square Mall
Inlet Square Mall, 10125 Hwy. 17 Bypass,Murrells Inlet. The musical group SEARSON will provide live entertainment beginning at Noon. Free admission. The South Strand Can-Am Celebration is hosted by Inlet Square Mall and sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Calendar - Phantom of OperaPhantom of the Opera at Carolina Forest High School, Carolina Forest High School Auditorium, 700 Gardner Lacy Road, Myrtle Beach
Schedule: March 14-17, 7:30 PM, March 16-17, 3:00 PM, March 20-23, 7:30 PM, March 23-24, 3:00 PM


25th Annual “Run to the Sun” Myrtle Beach’s Premiere Car Show, Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cruise down the famous Ocean Blvd Thursday @ 5:00 PM. Show times 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Shuttle bus will be available to/from Broadway at the Beach parking lot to car show (21st Ave South).
Through March 16.


Cooking Class at Castano’s, Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, 4926 Highway 17 South, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach 843-361-2000
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Come learn from the best at Castano’s Cooking Class with Executive Chef Ed! Watch as the head chef prepares a three-course dinner! There will be screens to watch how he works his magic. Following the cooking of each course, you will get to enjoy the tasty dish! Reservations required.  Cost is $35.95 to be paid at time of reservation.

DJ Pauly D (Jersey Shore) at Club Boca, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach 843-444-3500
10:00 PM
Call for tickets.


52nd Annual Canadian-American Days Festival Expo
Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Free admission. The expo will feature drawings for prizes from more than 40 exhibitors, live entertainment TBD. Sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Trashy Novel, Carolina Improv Company, Uptown Theater, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach 843-272-4242
9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
In this long-form improv comedy production, a show is created based loosely on excerpts from a trashy novel. The audience is encouraged to bring their favorite books. This is an 18+ show. Tickets: $11

Town of Surfside Beach St. Patrick’s Day Dance, Civic Center, 115 Highway 17 N, Surfside Beach 843-650-9548
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Gathering of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Third Avenue, Downtown Conway
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Live entertainment, trivia, fire breathers, games and more! Grab a green beer and enjoy! Don’t forget to come dressed in your green oufit! Free admission.  Beer and food will be available for purchase.


Cinderella Ballet in Myrtle Beach

Cinderella, Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre, Beach Church Auditorium, 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach (Tickets) 843-651-2006
2:00 & 7:00 PM
“A delightful blend of storytelling, humor and all the splendor one would expect from a ballet production. With a touch of magic from her fairy godmother, Cinderella beats her hilariously wicked stepsisters to win the heart of her charming prince. This production draws greatly upon English pantomime with comedic touches, particularly in the character development of the step-family, which will delight audiences.”
Recurring:  March 17 – 4:00 PM


Laughing Leprechauns, Carolina Improv Company, Uptown Theater, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Highway 843-272-4242
7:30 PM
Carolina Improv Company and Uptown present this audience-interactive improv comedy show about St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll take suggestions from the audience about everything Irish and relative to this green holiday and turn those suggestions into a pot of comedy gold. We may not give you real gold, but you’ll feel the luck of the Irish to be able to laugh! One night only! Tickets: $12

Uptown Improv for St. Patty's Day

Myrtle Beach Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 800 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach 843-655-8482
Noon to 11:00 PM
Free Concert with live, great regional music on stage throughout the day. Also enjoy authentic Irish food & beverages including Guinness, Harp, Killians, Smithwicks and more. There will be an alcohol-free Kids Zone with inflatables, games and face painters with many exciting food and specialty vendors.

Spring Festival, Tabernacle of Meetings, 530 Azalea, Surfside Beach
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Free Event. Face painting, Free Chair Massages, Crafts, Food, Vendors, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, & More. Fun for all ages. Raising money for an orphanage in Brazil we sponsor, along with a youth building for our church.

4th Annual Irish Fest, Market Common, 410-A Phyllis Blvd, Myrtle Beach 843-712-2618
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Valor Park in the Market Common. Free admission to the park. Live music. Craft and domestic beer will be for sale along with food and vendors. Kids activities including face painting, inflatables and much more.

Dog Agility Competition, A Way to Play Dog Agility Club @ A Dog’s Way Inn, 761 Pendergrass Avenue (behind T-Bones Steak House), Murrells Inlet 843-357-4545
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
A Way to Play, the Myrtle Beach area’s only dog agility club, hosts teams of K9 athletes & their human handlers from Canada to Florida for a weekend of competition. With over 200 races through obstacle courses each day, dog agility is an exciting & fun spectator sport. The public is welcome to watch at no charge. Refreshments will be available.
Through March 17

24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach 843-280-5570
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest parade on the Grand Strand with over 100 parade entries and a history that is unwavering. Masses of people line Main Street each year to get a glimpse of a magical parade that can only be experienced and not described. The parade begins promptly at 9:00 AM, but parade goers rise earlier to patron Main Street establishments in search of warm delights to keep their appetites at bay during the parade.  By 8:30 am most individuals have manned their posts and are eagerly directing family and friends to their “watching station”. Beach chairs, blankets, and golf carts line Main Street awaiting the start of a two-hour phenomenon. Two announcing stations are located along the parade route; in the median at BiLo Shopping Center and at the corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street. If you can’t make it to the parade be sure to check out the live broadcast on WPDE TV 15. Ed Piotrowski and others will guide you through a great day of fun. If a grand parade wasn’t enough, waiting at the end of Main Street is a festival you will not want to miss. Over 125 vendors will display their arts and crafts. Food vendors and Main Street businesses will have a variety of treats for everyone to enjoy. Two stages of continuous live entertainment will keep the Irish spirit in you all day. Bring the “wee” ones to enjoy the children’s area that is chocked full of rides and games for all ages. Festivities end at 4:00 PM, but before you leave, stop by the information tent and purchase a souvenir t-shirt to end your glorious day!

Downtown Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Downtown Myrtle Beach Fourth annual downtown Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day celebration – one of the biggest parties of the year in Myrtle Beach. Ocean Boulevard is blocked off for this event and families and revelers are free to walk and check out the variety of food, gift and drink vendors and live music. Fun games and contests will run throughout the day and a Kids Zone with a number of inflatables with keep the little ones busy and having a blast. This is an event you don’t want to miss! A variety of bands will play throughout the day including the Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band, Bullfrog, Paul Grimshaw Band, Austin Mowery Band, Passafire and Weaving the Fate. Free admission.


Tilted Kilt 5K Kilt Run presented by The Mace Law Firm, Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach 843-357-8647
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Family Fun Run – 8:30 a.m. 5K Kilt Run – 9:00 a.m. Dress comfortable for the run… but there will be bonus prizes for those who come in the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit! Race starts and ends at the entrance of the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery at Broadway at the Beach. Following the race, enjoy an awards ceremony and kick off St. Patrick’s Day the right way with the party beginning at 10:00 a.m.! Breakfast buffet and one drink ticket (for those of the proper age) provided to all race participants.  Additional Breakfast Buffet tickets may be purchased for $10.00.  Registration will be held at Tilted Kilt on Saturday, 3/16 from 12-4 p.m. and on Sunday, 3/17 from 7-845 a.m. Fun Run participants must be registered by 8:15 a.m. on 3/17.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Castano’s, Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, 4926 Highway 17 South, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach
4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Join the party on St. Patrick’s Day at Barefoot Landing’s Castano’s!  Enjoy live music, party favors, Irish food including corned beef egg rolls and cabbage, Guinness, green beer and more! Be sure you are decked out in green!

Festive Brass Can/Am Concert, First United Methodist Church, 901 N.Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach 843-293-6162
3:00 PM
Festive Brass concert band holding a concert for Can/Am days.


Piccadilly Circus, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N Oak Street, Myrtle Beach
4:30 PM
This is one show you don’t want to miss! Join the fun and excitement at PICCADILLY CIRCUS BLAMMO! This hot new show, unveils the best in human agility, strength and beauty, combined with the finest in animal nobility where man and beast come together in perfect harmony. It’s a show for all ages.

Goodfellas Movie Night at Castano’s, Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, 4926 Highway 17 South, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach 843-361-2000
Will feature a viewing of the movie, costume contest and a delicious meal! Wear clothing like seen in the movie and compete to win a prize! The movie will be screened in the dining theater of the restaurant where diners will enjoy a special three-course Italian themed dinner with your choice of main dish. Call for reservations. Cost is $34.95.


Battle at the Beach Cheerleading, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N Oak Street, 864-304-6784
Time: TBA
Our 13th year in Myrtle Beach, SC Battle at the Beach has steadily grown to become one of the countries largest events. In fact, it is the largest Non-Cheer World’s bid giving competition in the country! With close to 400 teams in attendance last year, you can expect a strong level of competition in every division. In addition, on Friday, March 23rd we will be holding the largest individual and group national  event in the country.

Lend Me a Tenor, Atlantic Stage, 900 79th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach “Non stop Laughter“- Variety “Uproarious! Hysterical“- USA Today Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm Sunday at 3:00pm
Through April 7 (except March 25, 26, 27).


Myrtle Beach “400”, Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach 704-792-5999
Grandstands Open at 8:00 AM, Racing starts at 3:30pm
NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Race, SELLM, Pro Race! Rescheduled from Nov 18th 2012

Myrtle Beach Speedway


6th Annual “Taste of the Coast”, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach 843-272-8349
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Local restaurants will set up booths and offer samples of their specialties. This promises to be the family fun event of the year, offering a family friendly atmosphere with something for everyone.
There will be a huge kids’ zone with exciting games and activities, and live entertainment will be provided throughout the day.
This event benefits the Risen Christ Lutheran School.

Remember When Oldies Fest, LaBelle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC 843-399-WINE(9463)

Equinox Art and Music Fest, Historic Horry County Courthouse, Conway
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Event will feature a variety of musicians and more than 30 artists. Pick up a gift for someone else or browse for yourself!


2013 Ride for the Inlet, Grand Strand Bicycle Shop, 4450 Highway 17 Bypass (Woodside Village), Murrells Inlet, SC
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Grab your bicycle and join others for the 2013 Ride for the Inlet!
There are various rides to choose from for this non-race fun event:
8-mile ride: This ride goes through backroads to Wacca Wache Marina and is for any age including families!
26-mile ride: This ride will take you to Enterprise Boat Landing and is for adults only.
63-mile ride: This ride is the Metric Century ride which continues on from the Enterprise Boat Landing to Carolina Forest and returns from there. Riders that choose this course need to be used to road riding, pack riding and riding in traffic and is for adults only.
All participants must wear helmets and are invited to a post-ride meal at Grand Strand Bicycle Shop.


Myrtle Beach Beerfest, House of Blues, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach
Patrons can enjoy sampling a large variety of beers during one of the three sessions of their choosing. The first one will by Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. then there will be two on Saturday: one at 11:00 AM and a later one at 4:00 PM. Tickets for this event must be purchased ahead of time.
Recurring: March 30


Easter Breakfast With Buttons the Bunny, Hard Rock Cafe, Broadway at the Beach 843-946-0007
9:00 AM
Hop on over to the Pyramid for the annual Breakfast with Buttons the Bunny! A delicious full breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits with gravy, french toast sticks, fruit salad, coffee, orange juice and soft drinks. All kids receive a treat from Buttons as she makes her way around to each table. Don’t forget your camera and remember reservations are required. $9.95 per person, kids 2 and younger are free with a paying adult. Reservations required.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Ripley’s Aquarium, 1110 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, 800-734-8888
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Spend the morning with the Easter Bunny at Ripley’s Aquarium. Enjoy a breakfast feast, Easter Egg Hunt, crafts and pictures with the big bunny himself.

Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach, Over Broadway Lake, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach
9:00 PM

March 31 *EASTER*

Thompson Farm’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 1625 Bucksville Drive, Conway 843 236-1400
11:00 AM
Now in its second year, a great event for the little ones. Kids will be divided up into age groups for the egg hunt and a special golden egg will be hidden for a lucky child to find! There is also a lot more to while you are there including hay wagon rides and meeting the farm animals.