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August 2016

Broadway Uncorks Fun To Celebrate The End Of The Summer Season

It's hard to believe that the unofficial end of summer is just a few days away. Here in Myrtle Beach, we'll be enjoying warm and sunny days for months to come. But with the kids back in school and thoughts turning to football, the 2016 summer season will come to a close as the Labor Day holiday is celebrated.

As we wave good-bye to summer 2016, we still have a lot to look forward to.

Broadway at the Beach will still be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Sunday, before transitioning on September 5 to its September hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday through Sunday).

And there's more good news: Summer's last blast at Broadway will be one of the biggest events of the season with lots of entertainment, food, wine, craft beer and even moonshine.

From Friday through Sunday (September 2 to 4) Broadway will be the site of the annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival. Overflowing with great entertainment and some of the best dishes from Myrtle Beach's very active culinary scene, this event is one of the most-anticipated festivals in the Carolinas. It's where you'll rub shoulders with talented chefs, happy visitors and your neighbors as you sample great food, interesting wines, full-bodied brews and unusual spirits.

This year's festival will be held near the Broadway Guest Services Center on the 21st Avenue side of Broadway at the Beach, adjacent to Pavilion Park Central. It kicks off on Friday at 6 p.m. with the popular "Chocolate Under The Moon" event. Imagine decadent desserts. Enjoy the friendly competition of local bartenders participating in a mixology challenge and concocting their own special moonshine cocktails for ticket holders to sample. Against the backdrop of live music playing until 9 p.m., you could be the deciding vote that crowns the best moonshine mixologist in all of Myrtle Beach.
Moving on from moonshine, the next day features beer. Check out the Brews 'N the Beach Craft Beer Event on Saturday, September 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sample rare, specialty one-off and craft beers from all over the country in your own souvenir tasting glass, while listening to live music and munching on more delicious foods.

When Sunday rolls around, it's time to return to Broadway for the popular Grand Wine Tasting event. Under a big tent, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can go from table to table with your own souvenir wine glass, sampling a variety of wines from all over the country. You'll also have the opportunity to savor a Boar's Head Brand sample platter while enjoying more live musical entertainment.

At 10 p.m. the 2016 summer season will close with a bang, as Broadway's skies light up with the last official summer fireworks display.

For more details on the 2016 Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival or to buy advance discounted tickets by August 31, click here. After that date, tickets for individual events will be available on site.

For information on events at Broadway through the rest of 2016, check out our calendar of events.

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Did You Know? Ten Interesting Facts About Broadway At The Beach

We get questions about Broadway at the Beach every day. Visitors stop by Guest Services or drop us a post on social media wondering about all sorts of things. Most folks are intrigued by the sites, the sounds and the size of Broadway. We're asked about our fireworks, traveling performers and even the fish in our lake. So we thought we'd share ten interesting facts about Broadway that answer many of the questions we're asked.

  1. Broadway at the Beach's millions of visitors a year literally come from all over America and beyond. The top 5 states that send us visitors are North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  2. Our 77 in-line shops and more than 70 seasonal kiosks offer everything from summer sandals, to delicious fudge, to beautiful jewelry and apparel. We even have a magic shop called Broadway Magic.
  3. Twelve nightlife venues provide a wide variety of entertainment from comedians performing at the Carolina Comedy Club to live music on outdoor patios and dueling pianos at Crocodile Rocks.
  4. Twenty-four attractions fill up your senses at Broadway. Tribute artists give high energy performances at Legends In Concert and at Ripley's Aquarium you can walk through a tunnel with sharks swimming overhead. You can even get your photo taken with a life-like wax model of your favorite star at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center.
  5. There are more than 20 amusement rides in 3 different parks around Broadway. From kiddie rides to thrill rides, we've got it. It's also an adventure to soar over Lake Broadway on a zipline or have some fun just riding on the lake in a boat or giant bubble.
  6. Events are a regular part of the Broadway experience. Broadway at the Beach hosts an average of 20 events and/or festivals annually including several car shows, food and beverage events and charitable walks. And our annual tree lighting is one of the most popular events in the area as performers bring in the holiday season and we illuminate our 52 foot tree with 141,000 lights.
  7. Just how big is Lake Broadway? Our 23-acre lake is 100 feet across and 1 mile in length. Depths range from 3 to 15 feet.
  8. How many fish are in our lake? We've stopped counting! We originally stocked the lake with about 29,000 fish including Bream, Catfish, Hybrid Bass, Japanese Carp and Israeli Carp when we opened in 1995. A quick look around and you'll see that we have a pretty healthy (and growing) aquatic population that now also includes wildlife such as seagulls, turtles, ducks and more.
  9. Our fish consume approximately 34,000 pounds of fish food every year.
  10. Our most popular regular events are our fireworks shows held weekly at 10 p.m. during the summer and in conjunction with special events throughout the year. Weather permitting, we'll present 29 free fireworks shows this year.

Now that you have the facts, come out and enjoy!

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Reading, Writing & Back to School at Broadway at the Beach

Posted in Broadway at the Beach, Shopping

When the yellow buses roll and the school bells ring along the Grand Strand this week, another carefree summer at the beach is over. For students, it's back to the arithmetic, athletic and after school routine.

From primary, pre-teens to upper classman, many youngsters look forward to cruising the halls with their friends and taking on new challenges in the upcoming school year. But even those — the most enthusiastic returnees — can benefit from a little extra surprise that gets the school year off just right.

So while you're crossing off that back to school shopping list of tablets, laptops and backpacks, why not let them add their own personal style and swag to their 2016-2017 wardrobe with a surprise trip to Broadway at the Beach.

From a special t-shirt or hoodie, to that jersey or hat emblazoned with support for their favorite team, a walk inside Broadway T-Shirt Co. & T-Shirt Connection, Lids & Sports Fanatics will have them representing as they head back into their fall routine!

For the little ones in pigtails to the young women that will soon be applying to college, a surprise trip to Claire's will let them accessorize in everything from glittery hair clips to casual scarves! For the girls cruising the halls of high school, a trip to Vividelle, House of Style and Bijuju Boutique will have them stepping into school in style with fashionable rompers, bling jewelry & purses.

And let's not forget about the shoes!

From the comfortable feel of Crocs, to the glamour of sparkly sandals or shiny dress-up shoes discovered at Rack Room Shoes or Shoes Boutique, you're bound to find something that makes your son or daughter smile when that alarm clock goes off on the first day of school. Okay, maybe they won't smile that early, but they'll like their new shoes!

And don't forget, you'll soon be packing their daily sandwiches, chips and drink or sending money with them so they can go through the ol' lunch line, so why not surprise them with a meal at the always fun Johnny Rockets or have them create their own signature pie at EXTREME Pizza. And one last trip to Wonderworks is a great way to jumpstart their minds before hitting the books!

So, there you have it... a surprise trip of fashionable finds, food & fun at Broadway at the Beach is the perfect way to wrap up the summer with your kiddos. Whether they want you to hold their hand as they walk into Kindergarten or they get embarrassed when you make them give you a hug & kiss goodbye before catching the bus, they and you will enjoy a trip to Broadway at the Beach, the place where memories are made, and where summer never really ends.

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Calling All Pizza Lovers: Discover Extreme Pizza Myrtle Beach

Extreme Pizza

Do you consider yourself a pizza connoisseur? Are you always on the hunt for a great pizza — even the perfect pizza?

Do you get excited by the thought of a fresh-baked pie that tests your palate and takes your taste buds to a whole new level of pizza love?

Then Extreme Pizza is the place for you. And now you can find their first Myrtle Beach store in the heart of Broadway at the Beach.

Created by a founder who grew up eating pizza in New York (home of the slice!), this is one pizza shop that lives up to its name. At Extreme Pizza, they aim to push the pizza-eating experience to a new level. Their handcrafted pizza crust serves as an innovative foundation for extraordinary toppings. The result: pizzas so great they can only be described as gourmet.

There are signature pizzas like the Mont Blanc with its zesty Alfredo sauce, crispy bacon, green onions, and sliced tomatoes; and Hanoi Fever with shredded pork marinated in a spicy hoisin style sauce, and topped with mozzarella, peanuts, green onions, jalapeños, carrots and fresh cilantro. Vegan pizzas include Pandora's Box with spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, oregano and daiya vegan cheese. Or choose your own spices, veggies, meats, fruits and cheeses to top specialty sauces that range from tomato to hummus to black bean and salsa and more.

But pizza is only the half of it. Healthy eaters can choose from an array of salads, from the Ravin' Arugula to the extreme Spinach salad with artichoke hearts, candied walnuts and caramelized onions added to the usual mushrooms and tomatoes.

Bite into some ooey, gooey calzones or try a Monster Sub, choosing from healthy to hearty with options like The Fear Factor, with spiced ham, salami, provolone, roasted red peppers and caramelized onions, to The Cruz, with shredded pork, BBQ sauce, red onions, cilantro, and cheddar.

Add wings, fried mozzarella, sweet potato fries and finish it off with dessert. Extreme Pizza is made with the freshest ingredients. They even offer gluten-free selections.

Led by a founder who loves extreme sports almost as much as creating awesome pies, Extreme Pizza hasn't hesitated to charge into some of the most discriminating (make that pickiest) pizza-eating towns in America and set up shop.

And now they've brought their gourmet pizza here. On Celebrity Circle. At Broadway at the Beach.

At Extreme Pizza, you'll find food combinations originated by people who snowboarded before there were snowboards, sail from kites whenever an opportunity comes up, and always, always color outside the lines.

So gather up your friends and family and take your taste buds to new extremes.

Eat in. Take out. Have it delivered. Or take one home and bake it yourself. Because Extreme Pizza is not just making remarkable pizzas. They're creating adventures.

Are you ready to go Extreme?

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Come To Broadway For Tax Free Weekend From Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7

Myrtle Beach is gearing up for South Carolina's annual tax free weekend and Broadway at the Beach is ready!

Do you love to shop? Enjoy saving money? This is a weekend tailor-made for you.

From Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, South Carolina will host its annual Sales Tax Holiday. It's the perfect opportunity to save money on back-to-school items for the kids, as well as to get a little something extra for yourself with the savings.

During those three days, specific items are exempt from the 6 percent state sales tax and any applicable local sales taxes. From clothes to shoes to linens and bath towels, you can save big.

Broadway at the Beach is the place to find the latest styles at tax-free prices.

Take your teenager to Blondie's where you can both have fun selecting from the latest MTV-inspired fashions. If you're a fashion forward trendsetter, be sure to check out MA Fashion.Then, stop by Denim Exchange and try on some of their high-end men's and women's clothing yourself.

If you like functional, as well as fashionable clothing and head wear, head to Vivadelle and discover hats, clothing, shoes, flip-flops, and bags to carry those school essentials.

Find unique T-shirts atBroadway T-shirt Co. and the T-Shirt Connection. Do you have a soft spot for clothing that is Caribbean themed? Check out the contemporary casual wear for men and women at Tango Bay Clothing Co.

There's a surprise around every corner at Broadway. Pick out a colorful scarf at Claire's. Purchase and have your clothes customized at Fric-N-Frac.

Looking for shoes? Broadway has everything from LED light-based footwear at Flashy Feet tothe ultimate in comfy shoes at Crocs. There's the Shoes Boutique with exclusive brands at affordable prices and fresh fashion choices Rack Room Shoes.

Are you a fan of Vera Bradley, TOMS shoes or Alex & Ani? Add Gemini Boutique to your "must visit" list.

With over a hundred shops, Broadway has items eligible for tax free weekend all around. Stop by and save!

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