MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The weekend weather should cooperate for the events happening outdoors, which is good because there are several festivals in the works in the Grand Strand.
Smell the bacon! The 2nd Annual Bacon Fest starts at 11 a.m. at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. The event features the delicious dishes either with bacon or inspired by bacon.
Dawn Temples, Marketing Director for House of Blues, says the event brought in more than 800 people last year and they hope it will be larger this year. Temples said, "You can go around you have a whole meal sampling all kinds of little things, it gets you a taste of everything, it's great!"
Temples said the event happens on The Deck of House of Blues, and popular music band, Tru Sol will perform at 12 noon.
Admission to the event is free, but to get a taste of bacon, visitors will purchase sample tickets, which cost $1.00 each. "I've seen the menu, I got a preview and it is some good stuff! All different kinds of samplings you can get with bacon. There's bacon biscuits, bacon with beans, bacon that's chocolate covered, bacon BBQ," exclaimed Temples.
Family Day of Hope, sponsored by the Rape Crisis Center for Horry and Georgetown counties will happen, Saturday, April 1. The event is bringing the community together to walk in solidarity to break the silence of sexual violence. Participants can register for a walk beginning at 9 a.m., the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Grand Park in Market Common.
The First Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival will feature over 25 food trucks, Saturday, April 1.
The event happens at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place between 8th and 9TH Avenues North, in Downtown Myrtle Beach.
Admission is free, live entertainment all day featuring Brad Long, Paul Grimshaw Band, and Tru Sol. Organizers say there will be a kids zone, lots of arts and crafts, vendors, and of course food and drinks. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to the website: www.MyrtleBeachFoodTruckFestival.com
"Balling for a good cause" - The second Teens Vs. Public Safety Basketball Tournament kicks off at the HTC Center at CCU Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. The event is all about connecting you and public safety officials.
"Between the teams and law enforcement it will build that relationship where young people aren't scared of the police," said Elizabeth Clark with the CAST Coalition.
The mission of the Horry CAST coalition is to address public health issues including substance abuse, through promotion, coordination and support of new and existing programs, with a focus on reducing youth substance use.
Law enforcement and fire rescue officials from various departments n Horry Count, including Horry County Police, Surfside Beach, North Myrtle Beach Pubic Safety, and Myrtle Beach Police will participate. Teens ages 13-19 can sign up to participate. The entire event is free. For more information or to register, go to the website: www.horrycast.org.
On the subject of hoops - don't forget you can catch the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters in action in Florence this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center. Tickets start at $18.
Check out the MB Senior EXPO will be held at the Barefoot Conference Center in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday, April 1. Presented by Transitions NEWS Magazine, "the only magazine serving the Seniors of Myrtle Beach & Surrounding Area".
Expect lots of vendors some whom will be providing information, some selling great items. There will be health screenings and giveaways. First 1,000 guests will receive a goodie bag stuffed with 'goodies'. We will also have several educational seminars presented throughout the day. To register for the event, click here.
Coastal Carolina University will host several cultural events this weekend.
African-American Music Through the Years, Friday, March 31 at 6 p.m. Wheelwright Auditorium.
Shared Traditions: A Fundraiser to Support the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and Diaspora Studies, Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Edwards Recital Hall.
American Pop Art Lecture Series, Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Education Center, (79th Avenue)
American Music for Trombone, Sunday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at Edwards Recital Hall.
For a complete list of all CCU cultural events, click here.