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Events in Myrtle Beach
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Happening Right Now!

From a Local...By Patricia Blackstock

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

Find a COMPLETE LIST of over 100 attractions is HERE!

Current events and attractions are happening RIGHT NOW Free! 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 Events i Myrtle Beach
and North Myrtle Beach

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.

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  

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

April 3, A Walk Among the Tombstones
April 10, Dumb and Dumber To
April 17, Addicted
April 24, TBA

Free Legal Clinics 6:30 Chapin Memorial Library
Tuesday, April 14 – Landlord/Tenant Law Issue
Tuesday, May 12 – Real Estate Issues and Foreclosures
Chapin Memorial Library, 400 14th Avenue North.
Get answers from lawyers on various topics during free legal clinics at Chapin Memorial Library.  Upcoming subjects include credit cards, loans, criminal records, divorce, custody, visitation and support.  The clinics will consist of a 30 to 45 minute talk, followed by a question-and-answer session.  For more information, call the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program at 803-799-4015, ext/158, or visit

April 2 (Thurs.) Easter Egg Plunge
at the Canal Street Recreation Center
the Easter Egg Plunge in the swimming pool at Canal Street Recreation Center.  This great family event for children, ages five to 12, begins at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2.  Admission is free.  Activities include diving for eggs in the pool, along with candy and prizes.  For more information or to register, contact Ryan Caputo at 918-1476.  Advance registration is required by March 30.  This is a well-attended event, so please check in 15 minutes before your plunge.

Now through Saturday, April 4
The Sacred Art of Sand Mandala
Franklin G. Burroughs See a magnificent tantric Buddhist mandala sand painting come to life, painstakingly poured grain by grain, at the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, through April 4. Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery are creating the mandala, and you can watch it unfold daily. Closing ceremonies will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4, when the sand mandala will be dispersed into the ocean. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday. Call 238-2510 or visit The Myrtle Beach Art Museum

April 22 (Wed.) - Myrtle’s Market re-opens for the season on Wednesday
You'll find vendors offering homegrown produce, fresh fruits and unique food items.  The farmers market will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Froday and Saturday, at the intersection of Mr. Joe White Avenue and Oak Street.  For more information, call Troy Marron at 843-918-4906.

May 12 (Tues.) March of DimesWalk - Broadway at the Beach
March for Babies! This year's March of Dimes walk promises to be a fun day out with people who share a passion for improving the health of babies. Join the walk and help raise money for families in need.

May 14 - May 16 - 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.  After the parade there will be 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! 

May 25 (Mon.) Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

As part of Military Appreciation Days Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association chapter will host a “veterans march” on Ocean Boulevard for the morning og Memorial Day.  The march – a walk, not a parade – will start at 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 25, at 16th Avenue North and proceed to the former Pavilion site, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North.  “We greatly appreciate the city working with us to make this happen for our local veterans on this special day,” said Julius “Jewels” Strickland, chapter secretary for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.  Complete information - Military Appreciation Days

Veterans are invited to join the march, which will conclude by 10:00 a.m. with a brief ceremony, after which everyone is invited to attend the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Day remembrance on the plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  The Veterans March will not feature any floats or vehicles, unless, of course, a vehicle is required for those veterans who are not able to walk the seven-block route.  To help with parking, a shuttle will transport veterans from the parking lot at TicketReturn.Com Field.  “On behalf of City Council, I am pleased that we are able to make this Veterans March a reality on Memorial Day,” Mayor John Rhodes said.  The march will be added to Military Appreciation Days, which run throughout the month of May.

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

June 8 - Aug. 24 Hot Summer Nights are back on the
Boardwalk again!

Every night June through August, starting June 8. Boardwalk Kids Carnival (kids bands, inflatables, face painting, caricature artist, games, stilt walking balloon artist and more.) Sponsored by Oceanfront Bar and Grill, this event is held every Monday, June 8 through August 24 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Live music at the "I Love Sugar” oceanfront stage in Plyler Park. Includes local and regional rock, country, jazz, pop, reggae, RandB, Funk bands and more. The event is held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, June 9 through August 29 from 8:00 PM -11:00 PM.

Fireworks Wednesdays! There will also be live music on the "Oceanfront Bar and Grill” stage on 9th Avenue from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Firework Show is held every Wednesday June 10 through August 19 at 10:00 PM. The July 4th Fireworks Show will be substituted for theJuly 1st fireworks, and the last show of the year will taqke place Sat. Night, September 5th of Labor Day weekend

Fridays and Sundays! See and hear him sing! "Boardwalk Elvis” and other acts will be performing live on The Boardwalk and Plyler Park all night.

See Myrtle Beach Boardwalk for more informationn about Hot Summer Nights

June 5 - June 7 (Fri. Sat. Sun.) Three day Country Music Festival Event coming to Myrtle Beach
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

June 6 (Sat.) - Myrtle Beach Corvette Club Car Show
Myrtle Beach Corvette Club has been revving their engines for the last 20 years and you can celebrate this milestone with them at this year's car show. Broadway at the Beach in the south parking lot next to the Big D Theater,

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

Fireworks Schedule:
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9 pm Fireworks Extravaganza at Broadway at the Beach, Sponsored by Helicopter Adventures™
Saturday, May 23 at 10 pm at Broadway at the Beach, Sponsored by Helicopter Adventures™

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

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


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
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.

Source for Information, thanks to: The City of Myrtle Beach, WMBF News, The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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