APRIL 27 Blowing Rock
Mountain town toasts Beer Month
Blowing Rock’s celebration of North Carolina Beer Month kicks into high gear from 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 25 with the N.C. Brews Walkabout. The event features free samples of regional in-state craft beers at various locations around town; there will also be live music on North Main Street. Details and event map: http://www.blowingrock.com/ncbeermonth.
APRIL 26-27 Kure Beach
Festival celebrates new oceanfront park
April 26-27, Kure Beach will open its own oceanfront park, which will include a boardwalk, a playground, benches, swings, rain gardens, oceanfront benches, a “tot lot” and public restrooms. April 26 (a Friday) plans for the 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. grand opening include speeches, performances and special exhibits by local school children, and live musical by popular bands like South of K Bluegrass, The Imitations and Wilmington Big Band. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 27, the Kure Beach Street Festival offers festival food, arts and crafts, activities for kids and live entertainment. It concludes with a fireworks show over the ocean. Details: www.visitkurebeachnc.com.
APRIL 26-28 Walterboro, S.C.
Rice festival held west of Charleston
The annual Colleton County Rice Festival and 5K Rice Run will be held April 26-28 in downtown Walterboro, and features arts and crafts, food, fireworks, music and a dog show. April 27, the 5K run and 5K walk begin at 8 a.m. (a 1 mile fun run starts an hour later); the festival parade kicks off at 11 a.m. The weekend also includes a car/truck/bike/tractor show, live bands and a rice-cooking contest. Details: www.scfestival-rice.com.
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