April 19, 2013

Nearby Notes

Mark your calendar for these great travel opportunities.

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:

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:

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:

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