Ever wish summer could last forever? The Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort doesn’t have a time machine, but it can provide the ultimate end-of-summer getaway to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Labor Day weekend. The traditional finish to another fun summer allows visitors to savor the flavors of several Grand Strand festivals and soak up some sun and fun before fall arrives.
For families searching for a great place to stay and play, Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort has excellent accommodations and water amenities for good times without leaving the property. But for those who want to explore and experience all the Grand Strand has to offer, check out these festivals and activities scheduled for Labor Day weekend in Myrtle Beach:
* Attractions: Some Myrtle Beach attractions close or scale back their hours for the offseason, but not before enjoying one last summer blowout. Local water parks pull the plug after Labor Day weekend so this is a great time to enjoy a final splash. Myrtle Waves, South Carolina's largest water park, is open Sept. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, and Wild Water & Wheels in Surfside Beach is open Sept. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Family Kingdom's Splashes Oceanfront Water Park is open for the final day on Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Family Kingdom Amusement Park remains open into October. Labor Day weekend also signals the last chance to take advantage of Compass Cove’s Sun Fun Rewards summer program, which offers one free adult admission to Myrtle Waves, Cancun Lagoon and Mutiny Bay miniature golf courses, and discounted and unlimited tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium.
* Festivals: Celebrating its 12th year, the Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival has quickly become a Labor Day weekend tradition in Myrtle Beach. Set for Sept. 1-2 at the new HGTC Conference Center at The Market Common, which is located about one mile from Compass Cove, the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival attracts dozens of championship barbecue teams and thousands of hungry visitors. Enjoy microbrews at the Craft Beer Garden, live music, dancing, arts and crafts vendors, a kids’ carnival, a cornhole tournament, a car show and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/beach-boogie-bbq-festival
The Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival at Broadway at the Beach is set for the Sept. 1-3 and it offers some of the Grand Strand's best culinary delights. The festival kicks off Friday with the Chocolate Under the Moon event as local bartenders use their creative skills to compete in the Moonshine Mixology Challenge. On Saturday, the Brews 'N the Beach Craft Beer event features dozens of microbrews beers and food vendors. The Grand Wine Tasting closes the show on Sunday as fine wines and Boar's Head meats and cheeses are served. Tickets to each event are $25, or three-day passes are available in advance for $70. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.mbhospitality.com
* Fireworks: No summer would be complete without a barrage of fireworks along the coast, and the Grand Strand delivers with pyrotechnics displays ranging from the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk on the South Strand and Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach on the North Strand. Of course, Myrtle Beach also gets into the fireworks act at Broadway at the Beach. Guests can catch free pyrotechnics displays Sunday, Sept. 3, at 10 p.m. (Barefoot Landing launches at 10:15 p.m.
To enjoy one final summer vacation in Myrtle Beach, book your plans at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort and start counting down the days until your Labor Day weekend escape. With so many fun attractions, festivals and special events on the schedule, you are sure to cap your summer with a smile.