The summer fun calendar is coming to a close on the Grand Strand, but not without a few more festivals and one final chance to go out with a bang on Labor Day weekend.
From art shows to car shows and from cold beer to hot barbecue, Myrtle Beach closes out the summer events schedule in style. Many of the events are within short walking or driving distance of Compass Cove Resort, so guests can experience one last taste of summer. Here are some of the top shindigs on tap for the month of August:
* Whole Lotta Shakin’ Oldies Fest (Aug. 16): Take a musical journey back in time to the classic oldies at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River. Bring a chair or beach blanket, or just dance the day away on the lawn in front of the main stage. Taste wines, tour the vineyard and enjoy good food, drinks, music and friendship. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is $8 for adults.
* Summer Beach Bash Car Show (Aug. 23): Head down to Myrtle Beach Speedway and check out a wide range of antique and classic cars restored to mint condition or jazzed up with all the modern bells and whistles. Awards will be presented after the show and food and drinks will be available. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $5.
* Hot Summer Nights Festival (Aug. 27): The summer-long concert series goes out with a bang with the final Wednesday night concert and fireworks show. Featuring music by the Grocery Store Gentlemen at Plyler Park, the headline act is the pyrotechnics display launched from Second Avenue Pier. This display is big enough that guests of Compass Cove can see them from their balconies or the beach. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
* Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival (Aug. 29-30): The sound of live music and the aroma of smoking barbecue come together for a two-day party at Market Common's Grand Park. Dance along to beach, rock and country tunes and sample some of the tasty BBQ, chicken wings and other smoked goodies hot off the grill. The event concludes with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
* Brews, Blues and BBQ: The barbecue will also be smoking on the North Strand at the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing. Guests can sample BBQ and more than 30 craft beers from vendors, and live music will play throughout the day. Admission is free but patrons must purchase sample ticket for BBQ and tasting glasses.
* Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza (Aug. 29-30): Enjoy two days of concerts and fireworks at Broadway at the Beach’s Celebrity Square district. Friday’s lineup includes live music by the Beach Brass Quintet Strolling Band, Live Statues, Mr. Nigel’s Music, Austin Mowery and a Michael Jackson tribute band. Saturday features the Southern Company Dance Performances, Beach Brass String Quartet, and Chyanne Rose. The fireworks display over Lake Broadway concludes the festivities at 10 p.m.
* SummerFest (Aug. 31-Sept. 1): Barefoot Landing’s s summer-long celebration comes to a dramatic close Sunday night, starting with a sunset parade around the complex with stilt-walkers, jugglers, and other roving entertainers, as well as kid’s karaoke and free carousel rides. The party resumes Monday night with another parade and a fireworks show over Barefoot Lake at 10 p.m. Admission is free and the nightly parades begin at 7 p.m.
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