Myrtle Beach Area News & Events

2014 South Carolina Tax Free Weekend

Looking to score some really great deals on top brand-name fashions? Or maybe you want to get your children ready for another year of school but don’t want to empty your bank account while doing it? Either way, you would be smart to plan a beach trip during the weekend of August 1-3, 2014 for South Carolina Tax Free Weekend.

During Tax Free Weekend, consumers do not pay sales tax on a huge assortment of clothing items, school supplies, and computers. Although originally started as a back-to-school shopping holiday, you may be surprised at how many different items are included in these categories. Bed sheets and linens, fishing boots, computer software, skates, gowns, printers, towels, and umbrellas are just a small taste of the hundreds of items that can be purchased tax-free during the three day weekend. Myrtle Beach’s wide variety of shopping options make it the perfect destination to take advantage of this once-a-year event.

Families and fashionistas looking for great deals on this season’s hottest trends will love the wide variety of shops at Coastal Grand Mall, two Tanger Outlet locations, plus an assortment of local boutiques at Broadway at the Beach, the shops at Barefoot Landing, and The Market Common.

For great back-to-school and back-to-college options, there are huge savings to be found on new computers at Best Buy and City Mac, as well as dorm room furnishings from Bed Bath & Beyond. And, although sporting goods are not exempt, there are still plenty of tax-free clothing and footwear to be found at the area-famous Bass Pro Shops located at the Myrtle Beach Mall.

Shoppers can take advantage of tax free weekend beginning at 12:01 AM Friday August 1 and shop through the weekend until 11:59 PM Sunday August 3, 2014. Unlike some other states, South Carolina has no minimum or maximum dollar amount limit for items to qualify, and unlimited numbers of tax exempt items may be purchased. Keep in mind, however, while there are a huge assortment of tax-exempt items to shop for, not all retail purchases may qualify. Jewelry, furniture, sunglasses, and stereo equipment are examples of products that do not apply. For more information regarding tax free weekend, and a full list of tax exempt items, visit SCtax.org.

If you are planning to visit South Carolina during Tax Free Weekend, be sure to check out the great deals on oceanfront Myrtle Beach resorts and vacation rentals available through Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals®. The kids will love great added benefits such as unlimited water park admission and free day time miniature golf at select resort locations while parents will love money saving perks including the Oceana Guest Rewards Card and Price Match Guarantee!


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Hot Summer Nights 2014

The Grand Strand is heating up again for Myrtle Beach Boardwalk’s 2014 “Hot Summer Nights” entertainment program. Once again the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk comes alive with FREE nightly events June through August.

The weekly events start with the family favorite Boardwalk Kids Carnival – featuring kids bands, inflatables, face painting, caricature artist, games, stilt walking balloon artist and more. Sponsored by Oceanfront Bar & Grill, this event is held every Monday, June 2 through August 25 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

For those music lovers, hear the hottest bands in the area LIVE & FREE at the “I Love Sugar” oceanfront stage in Plyler Park. The live concert series include local and regional rock, country, jazz, pop, reggae, R&B, Funk bands and more. The event is held every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, June 3 through August 30 from 8:00 PM -11:00 PM.

Want to end the night with a big bang? Head down to the boardwalk, Wednesdays, for the beaches biggest and best oceanfront fireworks show. There will also be live music on the “Oceanfront Bar & Grill” stage on 9th Avenue from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Firework Show is held every Wednesday June 11 through August 20 at 10:00 PM. The HUGE July 4th Fireworks Show will take the place of the July 2nd Show, and the last show of the year will take place August 30 of Labor Day weekend.

Fridays and Sundays, don’t miss “Boardwalk Elvis” and many more talented acts as they perform live on The Boardwalk and at Plyler Park all night.

Live entertainment and activities for kids right in shadow of the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

Weekly Schedule:

  • Mondays 6/2 – 8/25 7-10pm – Kids Carnival
  • Tues, Thurs & Sat 6/3 – 8/30 8-11pm – Oceanfront Concerts
  • Wednesdays 6/11 – 8/20, 7/4 & 8/30 10pm – Fireworks Show
  • Wednesdays 6/4 – 8/27 6-9pm – Live Music 9th Ave Stage
  • Sun & Fri 6/1 – 8/31 – Boardwalk Performers

Live Concerts Schedule:

JUNE

  • 6/3 – The Austin Mowery Band (COUNTRY)
  • 6/4 – Potatoheads (VARIETY)
  • 6/5 – Bullfrog (ROCK, AMERICANA JAM)
  • 6/7 – Matt Parker and The Deacons (VARIETY)
  • 6/10 – The Josh Brannon Band (COUNTRY)
  • 6/11 – Below The Bassline (VARIETY)
  • 6/12 – The Paul Grimshaw Band (VARIETY)
  • 6/14 – Reggie Sullivan Band (ROCK AND SOUL)
  • 6/17 – The Austin Mowery Band – Tue, June 17 (COUNTRY)
  • 6/18 – Cornbread (VARIETY)
  • 6/19 – Groove Fetish (JAM, ROCK)
  • 6/21 – Ben Fagan and The Holy City Hooligans
  • 6/24 – The Josh Brannon Band (COUNTRY)
  • 6/25 – Paul Grimshaw Trio (VARIETY)
  • 6/26 – The Mulch Brothers (VARIETY, COUNTRY, CLASSIC ROCK)
  • 6/28 – C2 and The Brothers Reed (ROCK)

JULY

  • 7/1 – The Austin Mowery Band (COUNTRY)
  • 7/2 – Jimmy Mowery (VARIETY)
  • 7/3 – BPL (VARIETY)
  • 7/5 – Bullfrog (ROCK, AMERICANA JAM)
  • 7/8 – The Josh Brannon Band (COUNTRY)
  • 7/9 – Psych Ward (VARIETY)
  • 7/10 – Crashbox
  • 7/12 – The Midnight City (VARIETY, TOP 40)
  • 7/15 – The Austin Mowery Band (COUNTRY)
  • 7/16 – Pale Horse (VARIETY)
  • 7/17 – The Revealed (ROCK)
  • 7/19 – The Rootsoul Project (BLUES, SOUL)
  • 7/22 – Eastbound (COUNTRY)
  • 7/23 – Grocery Store Gentlemen (VARIETY)
  • 7/24 – TBA
  • 7/26 – Grasstowne (BLUEGRASS)
  • 7/29 – The Austin Mowery Band (COUNTRY)
  • 7/30 – Paperwork (VARIETY)
  • 7/31 – Not Yet Rated (ROCK, VARIETY)

AUGUST

  • 8/2 – Luke Combs Band (COUNTRY)
  • 8/5 – The Josh Brannon Band (COUNTRY)
  • 8/6 – Fireshot (VARIETY)
  • 8/7 – Nickel Bag of Funk (Funk, R&B)
  • 8/9 – Jebb Mac Band (VARIETY)
  • 8/12 – The Austin Mowery Band (COUNTRY)
  • 8/13 – TBA
  • 8/14 – Painted Man (FUNK, ROCK)
  • 8/16 – Cranford Hollow (LOWCOUNTRY STOMP)
  • 8/19 – The Josh Brannon Band (COUNTRY)
  • 8/20 – Backfire (VARIETY)
  • 8/21 – The Winchesters (CLASSIC COUNTRY)
  • 8/23 – Mystic Vibrations (REGGAE)
  • 8/26 – The Austin Mowery Band (COUNTRY)
  • 8/27 – Grocery Store Gentlemen (VARIETY)
  • 8/28 – Hipslack (HIP HOP, MASH UP)
  • 8/30 – Gravy (NEW ORLEANS FUNK)
Enjoy Free Live Concerts Right On The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

SEPTEMBER

  • 9/6 – The Mullets (CLASSIC ROCK)
  • 9/13 – The Tim Clark Band (VARIETY)
  • 9/20 – Bullfrog (ROCK, AMERICANA JAM)
  • 9/27 – Austin Mowery Band (COUNTRY)

Looking for a affordable oceanfront resorts in Myrtle Beach? Take a look at Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® and their wide selection of hotel rooms and vacation rentals across 5 oceanfront Myrtle Beach resorts with convenient locations near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!


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North Myrtle Beach Free Summer Concerts

North Myrtle Beach Free Summer Concerts

A North Myrtle Beach family vacation would be far from complete without a relaxing evening enjoying one of the free summer concerts held throughout the summer. After a long day soaking up sun or seeing the sights, grab your beach chair and come out to enjoy the sounds of the beach.

The annual Music on Main concert series features shows at either the Main Street stage, located on 202 Main St. in North Myrtle Beach, or the Horseshoe stage at 11 S. Ocean Blvd, at the intersection of Main St. and Ocean Blvd. All concerts are held Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM and are free for the whole family. Enjoy a range of musical styles including beach music, blues, rock, Top 40 and more. Music on Main kicks off May 15th at the Horseshoe with beach music performer Marsha Morgan.

North Myrtle Beach’s free concert series has expanded this year to include the Sounds of Summer – a series of monthly concerts at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex located at 150 Citizens Circle, Little River, SC. This series will take place at the park’s new amphitheater once a month on Friday evenings from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Bring your chair or blanket to the meadow, kick back and enjoy! The complex is also home to dog parks, baseball fields, batting cages, soccer and lacrosse fields, walking trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and more! The first Sounds of Summer act will be southern rockers Jive Mother Mary on Friday, May 16th.

A full list of performers, dates and locations for the Music on Main series can be found on the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation website, as well as a list of performers and dates for the Sounds of Summer series. Both stages of the Music on Main series are a very short drive from both Bay Watch Resort and Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort. The North Myrtle Park and Sports Complex is only a few minutes away as well.


Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals does not make any representations regarding the availability of or endorse any of the products, services or activities provided by third parties.

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Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach

This May, join us for the annual Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach. This month long celebration is dedicated to all active military, reserves, and veterans and their families. Area restaurants and attractions will be offering special discounts for servicemen and women, and a variety of special events will be happening throughout the month.

One of the highlights will be the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall; a half scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial that is dedicated to the 58,000 killed or missing men and women from the conflict. It will be brought into town by a motorcycle escort on May 13, 2014 and will be stationed at the Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium at the Market Common from May 14-18, 2014. Nearly 10,000 viewers turned out the last time Myrtle Beach hosted the monument while on its tour of about 350 communities across the country.

A 5k Run/Walk will begin at 7:30 AM on the morning of Saturday, May 24, 2014. Like many of the events during this month, it is free for active military, reserves, and veterans. Civilians are also welcomed at this event, although there is an additional charge. Information on how to register for this race can be found on at MilitaryAppreciationDays.com.

The “main event” of Military Appreciation Days is the Memorial Day weekend parade, which will begin on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Talk show host Montel Williams will be the Grand Marshal of the parade. Immediately following the parade, a family picnic will be held at the site of the old Pavilion Park from noon until 2:00 PM. There will be kids’ activities, exhibits, and live music provided by the Andrew Thielen Big Band. At 12:30 PM, be sure to stop by the Beard Table to check out the Veteran’s Beard & ‘Stache contest, where attendees are sure to see some incredible facial hair. Once again, this event is free for all military personnel, veterans, and their families.

The final event of the month is the Memorial Day Ceremony at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 26, 2014. This event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Plaza welcomes the general public in thanking servicemen and women for all that they do.

For more information on any of events taking place during Military Appreciation Days, please call (843) 918-1014.

For guests staying with Oceana Resorts, every month is military appreciation month. Active duty military and veterans receive a 15% discount* year round (with a valid military ID) on oceanfront accommodations in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach.


*Accommodations and travel times are subject to availability and confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Taxes, additional fees and charges may apply. Promotional discounts and offers may not apply to all Oceana Resorts properties. Limit only one discount per reservation. Discount will be applied at check-in with proper identification. Membership card holder must be the registered guest and must be present at check-in. Discount will only apply to the room occupied by the card holder. Promotional offers may be discontinued at the discretion of Oceana Resorts. Discount only applicable to Best Available Rate and Rise ‘N Shine Package Rate. Cannot be combined with any other discount, promotion, or package rate including AAA, AARP, Military and Senior discounts and golf packages.

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9th Annual Mayfest on Main® in North Myrtle Beach

Mayfest on Main® is an exciting day of family fun in North Myrtle Beach. Locals and visitors alike come out to take advantage of the warm, beautiful weather and long sunny days. The fun happens on Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Main Street will be closed to car traffic during the day, but there will be shuttles running from several area churches so getting to Mayfest will be a breeze!

Expect to see a variety of food, beverage, and arts and craft vendors throughout the area. Usual cuisine offerings at Mayfest include fried chicken, seafood, and other local or southern themed items. There will also be a free concert where Main Street meets Ocean Boulevard, more commonly known as “The Horseshoe”, with artists from several different genres, including shag music, surf music, alternative rock, country and more. Participating musical acts include The Legends of Surf Music, Surf City Allstars, Blue Monday and Ross Coppley as well as local school choirs and band students. Feel free to bring a chair and sit back and enjoy the show.

General admission to this event is completely free. More information regarding parking and shuttles to the event can be found at the City of North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation website.

If you are planning on visiting over the weekend of May 10, 2014, be sure to take a look at the variety of North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals available through Oceana Resorts. Guests of Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort are just about a mile away, while guests of Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center are just a quick five minute drive down the Boulevard.


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f.l.a.v.o.r. Culinary Tasting Event

Enjoy a sampling of local cuisine at the 4th annual f.l.a.v.o.r. Culinary Tasting Event in Myrtle Beach

The Fourth Annual f.l.a.v.o.r. Culinary Tasting Event is back at the beach! This mouthwatering event takes place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, April 8, from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM. F.l.a.v.o.r. (which stands for Fresh, Local, Appetizing, Valuable, Original Restaurants) is a great place to sample different dishes from many of the Grand Strand’s best restaurants. This culinary extravaganza is not only family-friendly, but admission is free and open to the public.

Food samples range in price from one to three tickets depending on the quantity purchased. In addition to all of the extraordinary cuisine available for sampling, there will be a beer and wine garden selling first class beverages for those over 21.

F.l.a.v.o.r. supports Horry-Georgetown Technical College culinary students who are competing for scholarship money during the event’s restaurant judging contest.

Look forward to seeing booths by these participants (and many more):

  • Drunken Jack’s
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Pier House Restaurant
  • Coccadotts Cake Shop
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College Culinary Department
  • American Culinary Foundation
  • Horry County Academy for Technology and Academics
  • Benjamin’s Bagel
  • Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
  • Sweet Carolinas BBQ
  • Capriz Italian Feast
  • Crossroads at House of Blues

Make sure to plan a visit and enjoy some of the local Myrtle Beach flavor, as well as support our future culinary artisans. For affordable oceanfront accommodations and vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals!


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What activities are going on for Easter weekend in Myrtle Beach?

Easter Bunny Meet & Greet

Do you have your plans for Easter weekend? You can count on Easter weekend to draw thousands to Myrtle Beach every year. It is one of the many time honored signals that the beach is heating up and summer is just around the corner. Every year Oceana Resorts offers fun family events at select properties for guests visiting over the holiday, as well as special brunch and lunch menus at our on-site restaurants.

Whether your family tradition is to spend your Easter weekend at the beach with us, or you are simply looking for a new way to celebrate this year, below you will find a little information about what Oceana Resorts has planned for Easter 2014 in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach.


Oceanfront Easter Brunch at The Patricia Grand in Myrtle Beach

Every year Grand Central Station Restaurant, located in the oceanfront Patricia Grand in Myrtle Beach, provides an Easter Brunch buffet featuring a wide selection of sweet and savory items. Diners can relax with family and friends while enjoying a stunning ocean view and the delicious specialties carefully prepared by our own Chef Michael.

This year’s Easter Brunch at Grand Central Station Restaurant will be available April 20, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and includes items such as Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb, Blackened White Fish, Prime Rib, a Waffle Station and more with assorted sides and desserts.* Adults can enjoy all-you-can-eat for $22.95* which includes coffee, soft drink, or ice tea. Children 12 and under can dine for only $12.95!*


Easter Lunch at Bay Watch Resort in North Myrtle Beach

For guests further north, the oceanfront Bay Watch Resort in North Myrtle Beach will be hosting an Easter Lunch buffet at their newly renovated on-site restaurant, Blue Room Café. This relaxing oceanfront restaurant has recently received several upgrades including larger seating and buffet areas, an updated look, and even a brand new chef!

Easter Lunch at Blue Room Café will be available April 20, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM and will feature a wide selection of carefully prepared items including Pit Smoked Ham, Slow Roasted Beef, Apple Sage Pork and more as well as variety of hot and cold sides and desserts.* Adults can enjoy all-you-can-eat for $21.95* which includes coffee, soft drink, or ice tea. Children 12 and under can dine for only $11.95!*


Easter Egg Hunt at Lost Mine Miniature Golf

Easter Egg Hunt at Lost Mine Mini Golf

Join us for the annual Oceana Resorts Easter Egg Hunt that will be held at Lost Mine Miniature Golf in downtown Myrtle Beach on Saturday April 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. You can be sure that the Easter Bunny, and maybe a few of his friends too, will be in attendance to help the kids find hidden eggs, take photographs and spread Easter cheer!*

Easter Egg Hunts will be separated into two sessions. Children ages 6 and under will hunt during the first session, followed by a short break and then children 7 and over will finish during the second session. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite Easter baskets to collect eggs, and best of all the event is completely FREE for Oceana Resorts guests!


Easter Bunny Dance Party and Magic Show

Families are invited to join us at Bay Watch Resort in North Myrtle Beach on Friday April 18, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a fun filled morning with the Easter Bunny. Children will participate in fun Easter themed activities, as well as get a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny himself, and maybe a few of his friends too!* Plus, enjoy a kid friendly magic show that is sure to amaze and, of course, it is all FREE for Oceana Resorts guests!


We look forward to celebrating the Easter holiday with all of our guests visiting over the weekend. If you would like to participate in any of the festivities shown above but have not made a reservation for Easter weekend yet, be sure to check out the selection of oceanfront Myrtle Beach hotels and vacation rentals available with Oceana Resorts!

*Menu, pricing, and event details may be subject to change.


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Divas® Half Marathon Returns to North Myrtle Beach

Divas® Half Marathon North Myrtle Beach

Ladies, start your engines! The Divas® Half Marathon returns to North Myrtle Beach for the third time on April 27th, 2014. Last year’s races had over 5,500 participants between the half marathon and the Girl’s 5k, which takes place the same morning. The popular half marathon series also hosts the flashy races in other amazing cities like Honolulu, Long Island, San Juan and San Francisco. These races are all about encouraging women to celebrate fitness and athleticism (and to look cool while doing it!). Spectators can watch the ladies run while decked out in feather boas and all sorts of pink clothing.

The North Myrtle Beach Divas® Half Marathon starts near Main Street, where runners will race alongside the Atlantic, following Ocean Boulevard to Bay Watch Resort. From there, it’s back up to Main Street, this time through scenic neighborhoods full of beachy homes. The second half of the race will go north of Main Street around Robber’s Roost golf course, then back to Ocean Boulevard for some more oceanfront running.

Divas® Half Marathon Participants

One of the most unique parts of the Divas® series is that all finishers not only get a medal, but are rewarded with a red rose and a glass of champagne! Now that’s what we call a reward for a job well done! Runners registered a month or more in advance will receive a personalized bib, not to mention plenty of time to pick out the perfect race-day attire. For those who don’t come decked out but have a change of heart, there will be booths offering tiaras and boas along the route.

The Divas® Marathon series contributes to the Forever Young Foundation of Florida, a group that helps support less fortunate people with a strong work ethic but lack the financial support to further their education. The races also support local and national charities that help make a difference in women’s lives, like the Hewlett House in New York City – a place where people with cancer and their families can find out ways of receiving support from others with similar experiences.

Divas® Half Marathon Medals

The races both take place Sunday morning, around 7:00 a.m. On the preceding Friday and Saturday, runners can pick up their t-shirts, diva backpacks, and information packets at the Health and Fitness boutique. The boutique will also have vendors offering samples and showcasing racing and fitness apparel and accessories, and will be open to the public as well. Like last year, there will be an after party at Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center at 2701 S. Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach, and begins at 2:00 p.m. Last year’s party was a blast for many of the 3,600 half marathon and 1,100 5k finishers who saved enough energy to enjoy the great food and drink specials (that will be abundant once again!) and the fun party atmosphere provided by DJ Honey Loquacious.

If you plan to participate in all of the Divas® festivities, be sure check out Oceana Resorts selection of oceanfront North Myrtle Beach hotels and vacation rentals located right near all of the action!


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Sneak Peek: Coastal Uncorked 2014

The Grand Strand’s biggest food and wine festival will return in 2014 after being absent last year. Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival has been a staple of Myrtle Beach ever since the first time the event was held in May of 2010. After a year of planning the first festival, over 4,000 hungry folks came out to sample food and drink donated from the best of the area’s over 1700 restaurants. For the second annual festival in 2011, appearances from Paula Deen and the Lee Brothers made the event even more successful. More elements were added that year and the next, like an oyster roast, mixology competition, and even an Iron Chef-style cooking contest. Coastal Uncorked became a full week of delicious goodness.

Coastal Uncorked Tasting Trolly

Not all of the details have been released yet, but this year’s festival is scheduled to take place at the oceanfront Plyler Park during the week of June 2nd. One notable addition is the new craft beer festival slated for Friday, June 6th. One of the favorite parts for many of the festival-goers are the “Tasting Trollies” which are scheduled for a comeback.

The Tasting Trollies are street-car style shuttles that will be transporting participants around eight different stops from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 7th. Some of the stops include The Sea Captain’s House (a highly acclaimed local seafood establishment), a winery event hosted at Plyler Park, and a Beer Garden on the Boardwalk near the 2nd Avenue Pier. Each stop will have different themes, dishes, and drinks, and the all-inclusive Trolley Pass will give passengers unlimited access.

The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association helps organize the annual festival, which is also sponsored by US Foods, the Oceanfront Merchants Association, Boar’s Head, Southern Wine and Spirits, and many others.

We will be sure to provide updated details with everything you need to know about this year’s Coastal Uncorked as they become available. And, of course, if you are in need a place to stay while attending this fantastic event; check out Oceana Resorts’ oceanfront Myrtle Beach hotels and vacation rentals available in downtown Myrtle Beach.


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SOS Spring Safari Carolina Shag Celebration

Carolina Shag

The Society of Stranders (SOS) is a group that celebrates the “Shag” not only as a dance, but as a way of life. The Shag is a partner dance, formally known as the Carolina Shag, done primarily to beach music. It is thought to have originated between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina. Friends come together to shag and celebrate the beach culture of the Carolinas at many annual events in North Myrtle Beach.

The SOS puts together events that keep folks coming back every year. There are midwinter events in January, a fall migration every September, and the ever popular Spring Safari – the highly anticipated, ten day long event, from April 4th through the 13th, 2014; where shaggers kick off the last of the winter ice and head to the beach to warm up.

Classic Shag is more than a dance; it's a lifestyle!

At the Spring Safari, you will find popular bands playing shows along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, shag instructors offering classes, lounges scheduling “tea parties” for SOS club members, and of course the biggest attraction – the nightlife. Safari-goers flock to Fat Harold’s, Duck’s, the OD Arcade, and many other local SOS lounges to dance the night away with friends, old and new.

The last Saturday of the Spring Safari features a parade hosted by the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs (ACSC). The ACSC members design and build floats for the parade, which draws a huge crowd. Locals and non-shagging visitors show up at this parade to check out the incredible amount of effort put into the floats and to learn more about the shag lifestyle.

To learn more about the SOS and the shag lifestyle, visit www.shagdance.com. Here you can find information on clubs, venues, lessons, and much more.


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