by Emily Smith
Myrtle Beach is the place to be this September, with both new as well as long-favored festivals dotting the calendar. Whether you prefer the roar of a well-kept engine, the heat of a delicious chili, or an ice-cold beer, Myrtle Beach has plenty to experience with its festival line-up this September.
The fall season officially begins September 22, but Broadway at the Beach will say farewell to summer on Sunday, September 5. Live entertainment and a range of activities will take place from September 3 to the 5, leading up to the final fireworks show of the season that Sunday night at 10 pm.
September 6-11 sees the return of the 18th annual Mustang Week, a Myrtle Beach favorite. The meet and greet returns along with the car show held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. For more on scheduling and locations, visit www.mustangweek.com.
After being postponed from April to September, the World Championship Chili Cook-Off will finally arrive in Myrtle Beach to be held at the Burroughs-Chapin Place Pavilion. From the 17th to the 19th, chefs from across the country will compete in a variety of chili categories to win this year’s awards. Admission is free, but chili-lovers can pay $15 and have the opportunity to taste-test all the options then vote for their favorite. Chili categories include: red, verde, salsa, and more, and will be judged by officials and the public.
Besides chili, all three days of the event will offer live entertainment, a play zone, and food trucks. A cornhole and volleyball tournament will take place on Saturday, and the Myrtle Beach Truck Show will be held on Sunday. Each day the fun begins at 11am and will last all day until 6pm. Visit www.eatgreatchili.com to learn more.
At the same time, the International Chili Community is hosting The Myrtle Beach Community Chili Challenge. This is a competition for local cooks to win the hearts of the community with their chili. The prize money will be donated to the winning team’s charity of choice.
Myrtle Beach is hosting its first Moo & Brew, a craft beer, burger, and music festival with origins in Charlotte, North Carolina. On the last Saturday of the month, the Burroughs-Chapin Place Pavilion will transform into a carnival of local brews, live entertainment, and mouth-watering burgers.
At least a dozen burger venues will be vying for the number one designation, and over 70 breweries will contribute their brews. VIP and general admission tickets are available, and both come with free swag and unlimited beer sampling.
Visit www.mooandbrewfestmyrtlebeach.com for more information about the vendors and live entertainment, and to purchase tickets.