Fun for fall: Events happening the weekend of Oct. 21 and Oct. 22

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As the end of October draws closer, we're officially falling into the fall season! While some might take that as a reason to retreat inside and get cozy, there's still plenty to do outside, and we don't just mean trick-or-treating on Halloween.

According to Chief Meterologist Ed Piotrowski, this weekend will be sunny and warm for most across the area.

Humidity will remain relatively low and temperatures will stay around 80 both on the shore and inland.

One thing is certain--the weather will be perfect for a number of area events!

Here's a look at what's happening across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee the weekend of Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.


Friday evening, it will be time for high school football and meteor showers!

We'll be on the sidelines at a number of local games, bringing you live updates on the EndZone Twitter page and our online scoreboard.

After the games, you can tune in for full recaps and highlights on the EndZone at 11:20 p.m.

Then, after the show, move outside and keep an eye to the sky! It's time for a spectacular show straight from space.

The Orionids Meteor Shower will peak Friday and Saturday nights.

As many as 15 to 20 meteors will get their moment in the spotlight each hour.

The sky will be clear, so you'll have a greater chance of seeing it if a meteor decides to fly by.


Grand Strand Down Syndrome Buddy Walk

Market Common, Myrtle Beach, SC

Current Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes and WPDE's Ed Piotrowski will be at the buddy walk in Market Common.

Organizers say, whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, you're encouraged to come and participate.

You can still register in person the day of the walk, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

For more info, click here.

CRG Home Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Giveaway

Pelicans Ballpark, Myrtle Beach, SC

The 2nd Annual CRG Home Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Giveawat will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ballpark.

The event will include live music from The Painted Man Band, local vendors, sweet treats, inflatables, face painting, caricatures, and a free pumpkin patch.

Activities and admission are free with a donation to the Heroes For Children of Horry County.

For more info, click here or call 843-651-8460.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep

Surfside Pier, Surfside Beach, SC

Beginning at 9 a.m., community members will gather in Surfside Beach in an attempt to clean up local beaches, marshes, and waterways.

The event is organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Last year, the sweep had over 130 volunteers.

Gloves and bags are provided for all volunteers. To volunteer, call Debbie Ellis at 843-650-9548 or email

For more info, click here.

Horry County Community Cleanup Day

Horry County Solid Waste Authority, 1886 Highway 90, Conway, SC

Clean it up together! This Saturday, Horry County Council and Keep Horry County Beautiful is hosting the 4th annual cleanup day.

The event will kickoff at 8:30 am. and run until noon.

Volunteers can choose from 10 locations to work, and there will be a post-celebration part afterward from noon to 3 p.m.

Only those over age 16 can participate. Anyone under age 18 will need a parent or guardian sign a waiver.

Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes to participate and are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, leather shoes or boots, and eye protection.

Trash bags, gloves, a wristband, and a brightly colored t-shirt will be provided the day of the event.

For more info, click here.

Light of Unity Festival

Conway High School Auditorium, Conway, SC

The Baha’is of Horry County will be hosting an event to teach community memvers about Bahá’u’lláh, a spiritual teacher who lives in the late 19th century.

Activities will include drama, music, art exhibits, storytelling, service projects, prayer, and devotional programs.

More specifically, event organizers say there will be singing and interpretative dance. There will also be presentations by community leaders, including Conway Mayor Barabara Blain-Bellamy.

Following a reception, there will also be a showing of Light to the World, which will be "on the life of Bahá’u’lláh and the impact of his teachings on the world."

For more info, click here.

Waccamaw Heart Walk

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Satuday morning, Ed Piotrowski and Summer Dashe will be emceeing and walking in the 2017 Waccamaw Heart Walk for the American Heart Association.

For Summer, this event is personal. She walks for her dad, as well as everyone else who has been affected by disability and disease.

Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

The goal of the walk was the raise $300,000 for change. As of Friday at 7 p.m., almost $210,000 has been raised.

For more info, click here.

Loris Bog Off

Downtown, Loris, SC

The Loris Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Loris Bog-Off Festival in downtown Loris yet again.

The day will feature entertainment, venfors, food and fun for all ages.

Organizers say the festival dates back to 1980 as a chicken bog cooking contest.

For more info, click here.

Wooden Boat Show

Front Street, Georgetown, SC

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Georgetown will play host to the 28th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show.

Over 140 classic wooden boats will be on dispaly, and visitors will be able to speak with wooden boat craftsman, manufacturers, and owners. A number of educational exhibits will also be on display.

As part of the event, teams of two will race to build a rowing skiff within a 4-hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River.

Spectators are involved to see if the competitors sail, sink, or swim!

For the kids, there will be a demonstration by Dan "the Knot Man" and the Spirit Knot Tyers. Visitors will have the opportuntiy to try the "Six Knot CHallenge." Children can also try their hand at building a boat model.

For more info, click here.

Marion Youth Day

Marion City Hall & CD Joyner Auditorium, Marion, SC

At 11 a.m., there will be a "Stop the Bullying/Stop the Violence" march through Main Street in Marion. Following the march, there will be youth activities with Florence Dalrington TEC as our special guest.

There will be youth singing, dancing, praise teams, motivational speakers, and more.

Jazz Festival in Cheraw

Market Hall, Cheraw, SC

The 2017 jazz festival will run from Oct. 19-22 in CHeraw. This year's event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of legendary jazz musician John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. Event planners say he was born and raised in Cheraw, and rose to become the most recognizable face in jazz with his great ballooning cheeks and trademark bent trumpet.

For more info, click here.

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Memorial 5K Walk/Run

East Main Street, Lake City, SC

This year's event will be the 13th iteration of a walk/run honoring Dr. Ronald E. McNair. The event is set to begin at 8 a.m.

Members of the collegiate chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. from North Carolina A & T State University and South Carolina State University will "step-off" in memory of Dr. McNair, who join the fraternity during his undergraduate studies at NC A&T University.


Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon

From Coastal Grand Mall to Plyler Park, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Beginning at 7 a.m. at Coastal Grand Mall, runner will tackle 13.1 miles in the Myrtle Beach Mini (half) Marathon. The course features over 5 miles of oceanfront running.

After the race, there will be a concert in Plyler Park with a beer garden. Runners and spectators are invited to enjoy the live entertainment or even take a swim in the nearby waves.

For more info, click here.

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