The fall festival season is set for takeoff in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and this year's autumn lineup features a lot more horsepower than usual. Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort guests with a need for speed can get their fill this fall with a pair of high-octane events - Myrtle Beach Mustang Week (Sept. 4-10) and the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally (Oct. 2-8).
Changing its traditional date from the summer to the first unofficial week of fall, this year's Myrtle Beach Mustang Week begins on Labor Day so festival attendees can enjoy the great weather and the lighter traffic, allowing patrons to comfortably take the tops off their convertible Mustangs and go for a cruise down Ocean Boulevard in the sea breeze. A car show, cruise-ins and other activities are set to take place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
The following month is time to switch from four wheels to two with the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally, a smaller and more laid-back version of the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally. Bikers can beat the crowds, congestion and heat to enjoy going on rides along the coast, with big parties held in nearby Murrells Inlet and Little River. Others take advantage of the ideal conditions to explore as far north as Wilmington, NC (75 miles), and as far south as Charleston, SC (90 miles).
Of course, there is a lot more to Myrtle Beach's fall festival season than classic cars and motorcycles. Arts and crafts fairs, food and drink festivals, and international cultural events are among the many festivities set for this fall, and Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort guests are in prime position to visit them all, especially those held nearby at The Market Common, Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach. Here's a sneak peak at five other fall festivals on the Grand Strand:
* Dog Days Blues & Jazz Fest (Sept. 16): La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River serves as an ideal venue for a day of live music, food, wine and other festivities. Tours of the scenic property and tasting sessions of its award-winning wines are also available.
* Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival (Sept. 22-24): One of the top arts and crafts shows on the East Coast comes to Huntington Beach State Park in the courtyard of Atalaya, a Spanish-style castle that sits high above the dunes overlooking the ocean. The kids can enjoy a day at the beach, hiking and biking while the grown-ups get to shop.
* Greek Festival (Sept. 28-Oct. 1): St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church is home to this popular local event that features slices of Grecian culture such as authentic food, shopping, music, dancing and more. There are games for the kids and a wide range of activities for the whole family.
* Art in the Park (Oct. 7-8): Artists, craftsmen and shoppers gather in Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach for this popular seasonal event. Vendors set up on the park grounds and display their works, bargain-hunters browse and learn about the arts and crafts from the people who created them, and the little ones can play in the adjoining playground.
* Taste of the Town (Oct. 17): Bring a hearty appetite to this annual community event, which features more than 50 local restaurants, bars, bakeries and breweries under one giant roof. Thousands flock to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to sample some of the best dishes in town.
The best part of your fall getaway to Myrtle Beach isn't the festivals, but the fun you will find right under your own two feet at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort. Featuring cozy oceanfront accommodations and fun water attractions that stay open all autumn, there's always a festival taking place at and around Compass Cove.