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From a Local...By Patricia Blackstock

Everyone knows about the beach. But what else can you do for free? Take a walk, feed the ducks, take advantage of all the free events the Grand Strand has to offer.

The complete list of over 100 things to do is HERE!

What current events are happening RIGHT NOW? Free Events! Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach listed below:


Free Wi-Fi service in Myrtle Beach is available at the Base Recreation Center Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. until 9:00 PM. Bring your own laptop!

More Free Stuff in Myrtle Beach
and North Myrtle Beach

Last Day 2/1/2015 Ice Rink at Myrtle Beach Mall
"Ice at the Beach"will be open through 2/1/2015. The natural ice rink is 1,600-square-feet and is located at Cinema Court, iin front of Carmike 12 Theaters. Tickets are about$10 per person and include two hours of skating time and also include the skate rental.

Enjoy a Free Movie at the Base Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach. Adult and Senior Movie Schedule. Come enjoy a free movie for adults and seniors every Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane.  Soft drinks and popcorn are available for $1 each.

January 30 – Mom's Nighjt Out (PG), Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Trace Adkins 
February 6 – Hercules (PG-13), Dwayne Johnson
February 13 – The Giver (PG-13), Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep
February 20 – And So It Goes (PG-13), Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton
February 27 – Dolphin Tale 2 (PG), Harry Connick, Morgan Freeman
March 6 – Now You See Me (PG-13), Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman
March 13 – Left Behind (PG-13), Nicholas Cage
March 20 – What If (PG-13), Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan
March 27 – If I Stay (PG-13), Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos
April 3 – No Good Deed (PG-13), Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson
April 10 – The Good Lie (PG-13), Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll
April 17 – Snitch (PG-13), Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper
April 24 – The Maze Runner (PG-13), Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario  

Enjoy a Free Movie at Chapin Memorial Library

Friday Films starting each Friday at 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., in the first floor meeting room in Chapin Memorial Library. You must be 18 years of age or older and have a ticket (which is free) to enter. Popcorn will be served, and you may bring your own beverage (non-alcoholic). Call 918-1281 for more information.

January 30, A Most Wanted Man
February 6, Get On Up – The James Brown Story
February 13, This is Where I Leave You
February 20, When the Game Stands Tall
February 27, Tammy

Craft Show and Food Drive Event - Sun. 4/8/2015
Shop from bearly 60 vendors! Event will be held at the Base Recreation Center from 10 A.M. unril 4 P.M. Crafters can reserve space (while tables last) for food donations to Helping Hand.  Shoppers, too, should bring a food donation for Helping Hand.  For more information, call the Base Recreation Ctr.:, 843-918-2380.

18th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon - February 14, 2015
The marathon will be held on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14. For more information about
this popular race weekend, which includes a full marathon, a half marathon, a marathon team relay, a
5k and a one-mile fun run visit the official Myrtle Beach Marathon website. Thanks to LHWH for this information.

Palmetto Regional First Robotics Competition Feb. 27 and 28
The Myrtle Beach Convention Center again is home to the annual Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, February 27 and 28, 2015.  In all, 66 teams of high schoo students from across South Carolina and along the East Coast will build their own robots from scratch to compete in this fast-paced event.  Teams warm up on Thursday, February 26, with robot inspections and practice rounds, followed by the high-energy tournament itself on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free, and the public is welcome to watch these talented students put their math, science and engineering skills to work. 

National Military Appreciation Days
Friday and Saturday, May 14-16, on Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North.Military. Appreciation Days recognizes Vietnam veterans on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  Myrtle Beach is working with Chapter 925 Grand Strand, Vietnam Veterans of America, to thank veterans for their service.  Exhibits include the Agent Orange Quilt of Tears and traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, both of which will be on display

Saturday, May 16 - Ocean Boulevard Parade. This big Military Appreciation Days Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. with Grand Marshal J.R. Martinez.  This Army veteran spent 34 months in recovery after he was severely wounded during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003, then became a successful actor, author, motivational speaker, and winner of Dancing with the Stars.  Want to be in the parade?  Sign up here  
After the parade join us for a Family Picnic on the Pavilion Site, complete with activities for the kids, military exhibits, music and more.  Headlining the afternoon is a performance by the Andrew Thielen Big Band.  You’ll have a chance to meet Grand Marshal J.R. Martinez, too! 

Monday, May 25 at 11:00 A.M. everyone is invited to the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on the Plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  The Grand Strand Patriot Alliance recognizes Memorial Day with speakers, the Missing Man Table and an honor guard salute.  The public is cordially invited to attend all events, as we say "thank you" to our military men, women and families. 
Thanks to the city of Myrtle Beach for the Military. Appreciation Days information

18th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon - February 14, 2015
The marathon will be held on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14. For more information about
this popular race weekend, which includes a full marathon, a half marathon, a marathon team relay, a
5k and a one-mile fun run visit the official Myrtle Beach Marathon website. Thanks to LHWH for this information.

Three day Country Music Festival Event coming to
Myrtle Beach June 5 - June 7.
This is NOT a free event. Three day country music festival coming to Myrtle Beach June 5 - June 7.
National Recording Artists Eric Church and Lady Antebellum To Headline First-ever Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Three-Day General Admission tickets are $159. Three-Day Pass Main Stage VIP tickets are $299 Three-Day Pass Super VIP tickets are $999. Updates will be posted here, or watch for updates from CarolinaLive.com

South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale Event Aug. 22
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Myrtle Beach Convention Center Exhibit Hall
More information to come. Mark the date now

Fireworks Schedule:
2nd Ave Pier 110 N. Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach Fireworks schedule
Barefoot Landing Fireworks Schedule
Broadway at the Beach Fireworks Schedule

100+ Things To Do when you visit Myrtle Beach

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Head down to Garden City Beach! Here you can walk the FREE Garden City Pier. I think this is the only pier left in the Grand Strand where you you can still walk the pier without a fee. You'll find free parking at the bottom of the pier, and under it as well!

While you're in Garden City BEach, don't miss the smaller public pier where you can enjoy the free Children's Park, see some lovely scenery, and even go crabbing. It is named Sanford D Cox, Sr. Comminity Park.
Garden City Beach Pier 1.
Garden City Beach Pier 2,
Directions: Take17 Business S toward Garden City Beach. You'll see two overhead signs - one says Garden City Connector, and the other says Pine Ave. - both signs point left. Turn left here and go about half a mile to the dead end at Elizabeth. The Park is straight ahead, at the dead end. Pull in, and you can park free.

My tips on finding seashells Shelling is fun and free for your entire family, and all ages love this activity!

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is one of the most popular Myrtle Beach attractions. Free to walk, and free music and entertainment all summer. (Parking is not free.)

Public Parks and recreation areas are always free. See the list on this link and find a public park near your vacation rental!

Walk the Marshwalk at Murrells Inlet. In my opinion, this is one of the best free things you can do! Don't forget your camera! The Veterans' Pier provides beautiful views of Garden City Beach and Murrells Inlet.

If bikes are your thing, check out Bike the Waccamaw Neck. This flat paved trail parallels US 17 from Murrell’s Inlet to Sandy Island Road near Huntington Beach State Park. By using completed sections of the trail and roads with Share the Road signs, you can ride or walk from Murrell’s Inlet to Pawley’s Island. Map of Bike the Neck. Another suggestion for biking is the Pawleys Island Loop

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South Carolina Hall of Fame
Located inside the Myrtle Beach Convention
Center, the Hall of Fame recognizes
outstanding citizens. Free!
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B.
Chapin Art Museum

3100 South Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach. See
the website for schedules. Donations accepted
The Boardwalk, located in Downtown Myrtle Beach
Located in Downtown Myrtle Beach, you can walk the Boardwalk and the beach free. Events are held year 'round.
Warbird Park in Market Common, Myrtle Beach
F
arrow Parkway just west of Highway 17. A-10 Thunderbolt, A-7 Corsair II , F-100 Super Sabre. At Warbird park you will also find the Wall of Serivce. Free!
Barefoot Landing
Enjoy the lovely views from the boardwalk and the dock! Stroll around the 27-acre lake. There's also a FREE AREA on the bridge tthat leads to Alligator Adventure.
Free fireworks and other seasonal free events
Broadway at the Beach. Go to the Imformation Center and ask for a map which contains coupons! Rememberto take some bread and feed the ducks and the fish! And don'y fprget the FREE FIREWORKS, May through December!
The Market Common
Walk aeound the 1-mi. lake, play inter-active games, and enjoy the free children's park across the bridge from the stores.
Planning to bring your dog?
These two Dog Parks (Barc Parks) are free to the public. (1.) Located on Mallard Lake Dr. and (2.) 67th Ave. N.

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