Fall Magic Along The Grand Strand | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Fall color is especially abundant at the Brookgreen Gardens, pictured, in Murrells Inlet.
Sure, the peepers will be doing their hikes in the mountains to sample the splendor of fall and will be duly rewarded, but those of us who still hug the coast of South Carolina know a thing or two about how to take advantage of the change. in season without five hours. drive. To remind you of how great October and November can be along the Grand Strand, here are a few ways to take advantage of the cooler weather, lighter crowds, and opportunities to have fun and relax this fall, right here at the House.
Which way to the beach?
Now the summer crowds have thinned out and the once crowded Grand Strand beaches are much more appealing, especially mid-week. Remember the summer temperatures that hit the 90s with high humidity as a bonus? Even the vast Atlantic Ocean can’t do much for your outdoor comfort level in the hottest part of summer. But now, on those fleeting and glorious fall days with milder temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and low dew point readings, the beach can be the perfect place to relax.
While public beaches provide easy access throughout the 60 miles of the Grand Strand, beaches requiring paid admission to our two state parks (Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach in Murrells Inlet) provide an even more serene option for a ideal beach. days. Again, shoot mid-week, as weekends can still be quite busy. Plus, these parks offer fishing, hiking, camping, and picnic opportunities that the city’s public beaches can’t match. www.sudcarolinaparks.com
Thousands of people flock to the small, historic riverside neighborhood in Little River to enjoy food and live music at the annual Little River ShrimpFest October 9-10.
Flora, fauna and fun
Most locals and many visitors already know that Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is a year round delight. While December’s Thousand Candle Nights and the Garden’s spring blossoms are spectacular, summer can be too sticky for some people. The fall season, however, is a wonderful time for many to stroll through the sculpture gardens, visit the zoo, and take advantage of the regular educational and entertainment programs offered. Students, both casual and advanced, can learn through specially offered programs on the history and ecology of the area, as well as the arts, all of which work together to help make Brookgreen Gardens a rare gem. that it is.
Here are some special Brookgreen Gardens events planned for this fall, further enticing members and visitors to come back.
October 2-3: Harvest weekend at home
October 30: Fall family celebration.
October 30-31: Haints, Haunts and a Gothic Goodnight, which will include horror stories and a Southern Supper (advance ticket required).
November 6: The perennial and popular Brew at the Zoo (21+) celebrates craft beer with live music and a few food trucks.
November 26-28: A special VIP preview of 1000 Candles Nights is offered to advance ticket holders. All of them are reason enough to visit, which is exactly what people have been doing since Brookgreen Gardens opened in 1932.
Watch an outdoor show
Most of the towns on the Grand Strand, from North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown, regularly feature outdoor music concerts and even drive-in family movies. The city and chamber websites are a great source to check dates and help you plan your favorite bands and plan other fall events.
La Belle Amie Vineyard in North Myrtle Beach is now open with limited hours and a fully advanced online ticket sales option for its weekly shows, every Wednesday and Saturday only. Numerous groups and numerous food vendors make this a popular option for those who wish to enjoy the park-like setting, wine tastings, and live music.
A special late November preview of Brookgreen Garden’s annual Night of a Thousand Candles is offered through advance ticket sales.
Are you feeling festive?
Autumn (especially October) is the season for festivals. This means the Loris Bogoff, Little River ShrimpFest, Oktoberfest at Market Common, Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, and Jeep Jam, among others.
Pawleys Island Music and Art Festival (October 7-21)
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this exceptional festival, held at various venues around Pawleys Island, features food, art, wine and big names in entertainment including this year: The Miracles, The Atlanta Rhythm Section and tributes to the Eagles and Chicago, among others. pawleysmusic.com
Oktoberfest at Market Common (8-9 Oct)
Oompah bands, rock ‘n’ roll bands, German and craft beers, dozens of food trucks, over 60 vendors, cart rides, inflatables and games for kids throughout the lake in the Market Common. nspromos.com
The Little River ShrimpFest (9-10 Oct)
Along the historic shores of the town of Little River on the North Rim, this annual festival is all about food and music. Food vendors create a wide variety of shrimp dishes, but there is also plenty for non-seafood lovers. A central stage features rotating bands throughout the festival on both days. littlerivershrimpfest.org
Loris Bogoff (October 16)
The hen bog, a staple of the South, comes to life during this annual event where teams compete to prepare the best version of this dish. Visitors can order the hearty dishes at the bowl. Competitions, live music, games and more have made this annual fall festival a Horry County favorite. lorischamber.com
The 32nd Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show (October 16-17)
This show features exhibits with over 100 classic wooden boats, boat building demonstrations and a corrugated boat race, as well as live music, food vendors, and plenty of outdoor family entertainment. . Brought to you by the City on Front Street in the Historic Riverside District. salonbateaux.com
The Jeep Jam (October 29-31) has become a favorite event in Myrtle Beach, where amateur drivers and spectators alike enjoy a muddy spectacle.
Jeep Jam Myrtle Beach (October 29-31)
For Jeep owners, families, and anyone looking to witness rally-style competition as Jeeps vie for prizes and bragging rights as they navigate man-made mountains, mud pits and more. The event will also feature music, food trucks, vendors and more at 2501 N. Kings Highway. mbjeepjam.com
(Left) The annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show (October 16-17) pits teams against boat building and racing along the historic waterfront. Enjoy arts and crafts, food vendors, and more. ; (Right) Fall fishing along the Grand Strand is ideal, whether from a jetty, surfcasting or a fishing charter.
Fall water sports
Whether it’s cruising the ocean waves on a surfboard, paddling the backwaters of Horry County on a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard. , to cruise our waterways on a jet ski or rental pontoon boat, or to take advantage of a deep sea fishing charter, October and November can provide the perfect opportunities for cooler weather to get salty.
Virtually all of the major wharfs and marinas from north to south, seaside and riverside, have rental options. Try Myrtle Beach Watersports and Freedom Boat Club for serious boat rental memberships, and most marinas for fishing charters, rentals, and ocean cruises. Here are a few places to start planning:
The Brooks Stadium (pictured) at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, will host five Chanticleer home football games this fall and the 2nd Myrtle Beach Bowl this winter.
Who is ready for soccer?
Until the end of the regular season, the nationally ranked Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers football team have home games at Brooks Stadium in Conway against Umass (September 25), Ulm (October 2) Troy (October 28) , Georgia (Nov. 13), Texas (Nov. 20) and further down the road, the CCU hosts the Myrtle Beach Bowl by invitation (Dec. 20). Tickets can be hard to find, but not impossible to get. Even if you can’t score a ticket, you’re welcome at the tailgate.
We’ve only managed to scratch the surface of the many places and events worth considering as the weather gets cooler. We hope we’ve given you some inspiration to get out there and enjoy the Grand Strand-style change of seasons on your own.