Just because the summer is over doesn't mean the fun has to be. The Myrtle Beach area features lots of festivities throughout the fall with a series of events meant to keep the party going.
From food festivals to holiday-related events, the Grand Strand goes the extra mile to keep offseason visitors entertained. Here is a list of the top five events on Myrtle Beach's autumn social calendar:
Boardwalk Fright Nights: Downtown Myrtle Beach gets a bit spooky during the month of October with Broadway Fright Nights, a month-long celebration that culminates with Halloween night. On Friday and Saturday nights, fog machines, scary music and roaming creatures and zombies take over the Boardwalk to create a frightening backdrop for the many attractions along Ocean Boulevard. Ripley's Haunted Adventure, the Nightmare Haunted House and other attractions offer discounted admission. On Oct. 18, 25 and 31, live music will take the Plyler Park stage, and Halloween night will feature trick-or-treating for kids at the downtown shops and attractions. If you miss the big night, Boardwalk Fright Nights run through Saturday, Nov. 1.
Taste of the Town: The Grand Strand culinary event of the year is set for Oct. 21 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Featuring more than 50 local restaurants serving tapas-sized portions of their best dishes, guests can stroll through rows of seafood, international cuisine, desserts and more. Live music and entertainment, as well as an awards presentation for the top dishes, are set for the main stage, and a beer garden featuring a wide selection of beer and wine is open to the adults. A Kids Zone is available for children, as well as kid-friendly foods like pizza and ice cream. The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is $6 at the door and food tickets are $1 each.
Island Fever Music Fest: The weather might be chilly but the atmosphere is tropical at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River on Nov. 1. This winery takes on a Caribbean theme, with island music, food and drink on the menu and a bonfire to set the right temperature and mood. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and kick back and relax, or take a tour of the scenic property. Special wine tastings will be held inside the winery. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8.
Art in the Park: Dozens of arts and crafts vendors from all over the East Coast come to town to display their wares at this 42nd annual event, which has been expanded to include two weekends and two venues. On Nov. 1-2, Art in the Park will be held at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach, behind the Chapin Memorial Library. On Nov. 8-9, the show moves to Market Common's Valor Park. This is a great opportunity to find the perfect Christmas gift for the folks on your shopping list who are hard to please. Admission is free and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Souper Supper: Whoever said soup isn't a real meal never went to this culinary event at Market Common. Held outdoors at Valor Park, participating restaurants serve up their best soups and chowders to warm the bellies of attendees. Guests are allowed to vote for their favorites and an awards presentation concludes the festival. Enjoy live music, beverages and soup for the soul at the 19th annual edition of this unique event. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and the event runs from noon to 3 p.m.