Author: Nora Battle

As a lifelong South Carolinian and nearly lifelong Grand Strand resident, Nora Battle knows there is lots to love about the Myrtle Beach area. She is a full-time stay-at-home mom to two boys, ages 3 and 6 months, and a part time travel contributor for Visit Myrtle Beach. She’s passionate about all things Myrtle Beach, and knowledgeable about what makes the destination such a smart choice for families. Nora especially enjoys dining out, bargain hunting, and spending time outdoors adventuring with her children, husband (also a Grand Strand native) and her two dogs.

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Lowcountry Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens will serve as setting for their annual ‘Brew at the Zoo’ event. This fall event is one of my absolute favorites as it manages to combine craft beer sampling, Brookgreen’s remarkable animals and perfect weather into one evening. Attendees can enjoy more than 30 regional and national craft beers from breweries, including Wicked Weed, Stone, Terrapin, Holy City, Palmetto and many others. Tickets are $40 for Brookgreen members, $45 for the general…

Those of us who call the Myrtle Beach area home love October. It’s easy to understand once you’ve visited the Grand Strand in the fall. The weather is sunny and still oh-so-warm, and there is something to do practically every day of the month. Listing every single October festival and event in a blog post would require some hefty reading from our visitors, so we’ve compiled a good list rounding out some of the many events celebrating Halloween in Myrtle Beach instead. You’ll find both family-friendly events and some more adult geared events…

The Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation's popular Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival returns Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, 2019. The star of this super fun event is its seafood, but it also features beverage and artisan vendors and takes place at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, located between 8th and 9th Avenues North in downtown Myrtle Beach. Admission to this event is free, which I love. It also takes place during a time of year where attendees can expect less congestion in the downtown Myrtle Beach area, which I also…

The countdown has begun for thousands of runners who will head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the annual Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Coastal 5k and Doggie Dash on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, 2019. This annual half marathon is a favorite among runners due to its flat course, mild temperatures and scenic coastal backdrop. The marathon weekend offers three separate events for runners at all skill levels: The Coastal 5k, Doggie Dash, and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon. The Coastal 5K event (3.1 miles) is set for 6 to 11 a.m. on…

October is one of my favorite months here along the sunny Grand Strand. Summer heat has begun to subside along with the humidity, and it’s an all around great time to be outdoors—especially with little ones! This month also offers a ton of free festivals and events, and I’ve included five of my kiddos’ favorite October festivals below. We also have a ton of neat activities scheduled for Halloween, as well, and we’ll share those in a coming post! 1. Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Weekend Festival This two-day celebration of the fall season…

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is well known as a premier shopping destination. The area is home to two Tanger Outlets, indoor and outdoor shopping malls, a variety of specialty boutiques and nationally-known brands and stores. But come Saturday, October 5, 2019, the focus will be on bargain hunting at South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale—a fun, annual event held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center (2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach). The sale lasts from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall of the convention center and draws thousands both…

October is one of my favorite months of the year here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It must be some other people’s favorite as well, because the month is full of fun, outdoor festivals made even more enjoyable by the warm (but not hot) temperatures and decreased humidity. One festival I generally like to catch each fall is the Little River ShrimpFest. While the festival is celebrating their 15th year along the historic Little River waterfront, you hear about it somewhat less often than the huge Little River Blue Crab Festival. Unlike Blue…

Saturday, October 19, 2019, will mark the 40th year that Loris, South Carolina, has hosted the ever-popular Loris Bog-Off Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Loris Chamber of Commerce, happens on the third Saturday in October every year in downtown Loris. While the fun, family-friendly event initially began as a chicken bog cooking competition, it has transformed into a huge celebration over the past four decades. The thousands of attendees that go now get to experience an entire day packed with entertainment, vendors, food, and fun for…

One of our favorite fall festivals is just around the corner! The quaint town of Aynor, South Carolina, celebrates its 40th Annual Harvest Hoe-Down Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Aynor Town Park (600 South Main Street, Aynor). This family-friendly event features a variety of musical entertainment throughout the day, children’s activities and hundreds of vendors. It all starts off with the parade at 10 a.m. The parade usually lasts around an hour and has a Grand Marshall, antique tractors and cars, local…

The Waves of Praise Gospel Festival is coming to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, 2019. This two-day festival features an array of local, regional and national gospel groups and performers and admission is free! Friday is honoree night and weekend jumpoff and performances begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Ballrooms D and E. Special musical guests include Pastor John P. Kee and Le’Andria Johnson, and other performances will include the Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors and Edwrin Sutton. While…