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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Last Summer Weekend In Myrtle Beach

Labor Day is right around the corner, and for a lot of people that marks the official end of the lazy days of summer. The kids head back to school and the days start getting shorter.

How will your family finish up its summer? Will you fade slowly back into your fall routine, or close out with one last weekend of warm evenings and lively entertainment fueled by street performers and rockin' bands?

If you'd like to have one more fun-filled summer weekend, head to Broadway at the Beach. Here, Labor Day is much more than just a celebration of summer's end.

Legends In Concert is moonwalking its way through a weekend celebration of the King of Pop's birthday (August 29). From August 29-31, Michael Jackson fans can catch extraordinary tribute artist J Lucas strutting his stuff. The final summer shows at Legends guarantee a thriller every night!

On Friday, August 29, the promenades of Broadway will be alive with music and laughter. At Center Court, you'll hear the giggles of small children as they delight in the free face painting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then stroll over to the Heroes Harbor stage where the popular Mr. Nigel's Music show will be enchanting all ages from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It's a bet that everyone in your family will be intrigued by the Living Statues strolling around from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. But be sure to make time to head to Celebrity Square at 7:30 p.m. when country rocker Ashley Martin takes the stage. Also, save time to get over to Wet Willie's by 9 p.m. when DJ Ryan Robinson will be turning up the volume.

Saturday, August 30th means more fun with the antics of the Whacker Barrel entertainers strolling throughout Broadway from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You'll have another chance to get the attention of the popular Living Statues when they give encore performances from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrity Square comes alive again at 7:30 p.m. when the Austin Mowery Band performs its own brand of contemporary country music. Then Wet Willie's starts up at 9 p.m. with The Faux Show, a collaboration of five friends with a passion for great music and life. Close out the evening with the Labor Day fireworks show at 10 p.m. sponsored by Helicopter Adventures. It's the final show of the summer season.

Sunday, August 31, the weekend is winding down but Whacker Barrel strolling entertainment will be keeping the energy high from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. And then another magical summer is capped off with the illusions of Bryan Dangerous who'll be performing in front of Capriz at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Summer is coming to a close, but the fall entertainment possibilities at Broadway are just beginning to open up. From festivals to car shows to walks for charity, it's a happening place. We've even got some special fireworks extravaganzas in the works.

We'll be telling you more about all that and more in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!

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Share A Coke, Share The Fun At Broadway At The Beach August 14 & 15

Many folks will tell you that some of their best memories were made while sharing an iced cold cola. Maybe it was when you were a kid and grandma served up your first sip of the sweet tasting treat. Or perhaps you were sharing a coke with a new friend and realized that he was that special someone. How many weddings, baptisms, birthdays and special holidays were times when you all had cola together?

This week, Coca-Cola will be returning the love you have for this refreshing beverage by personalizing your can of Coke. On Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Coca-Cola van will be at Broadway at the Beach so that you can get your own customized can of coke. It's all thanks to the "Share a Coke" promotion that's sweeping America this summer.

Come join in the fun!

The line to get your very own personalized Coke will begin right outside Broadway's Guest Services Center. While you're waiting to get your can customized, you'll be entertained with music and served a sample 3 oz. serving of ice cold Coke. Games, social sharing, photos and more make this an event you won't want to miss. There will even be a custom hashtag #ShareaCoke to help you share!

Have an unusual name? No problem. Coke's bringing along its database of 100,000+ names to choose from.

The fun includes a special backdrop to help you make a big impression as you share your customized can with friends on your social networks. What a perfect time to shoot a video about your participation in this popular event. You could even post it to YouTube. Tweet out about it. Instagram. Pinterest.

The endless fun you can have with your personalized Coke can is just beginning.

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Coming To Ripley’s Aquarium: It’s Shark Week!

It's the week many of us wait for every summer. The mere mention of it summons up memories of old classic movies like "Jaws" and images from new, trendy movies like "Sharknado."

It's "Shark Week!"

This year's celebration of the ocean's toothy carnivores is set for August 10 through August 16. There will be a barrage of Discovery Channel reality shows and the Syfy channel's shark-themed movies.

But why watch films about sharks when you can get up close to the real things? Just imagine looking upward and seeing sharks just inches away.

At Ripley's Aquarium, Shark Week is a celebration that both parents and kids can enjoy. It's an opportunity to closely observe and learn about these fierce and majestic creatures.

At Broadway at the Beach, Ripley's gives us all the opportunity to sink our teeth into several shark-themed events.

Every day during Shark Week, there will be a Shark Teeth Scavenger Hunt (at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.), shark-themed face painting (3 p.m.), and educational shark presentations (1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.).

Have an artist in the family? A shark-themed chalk art contest will be held for ages 5 to 10 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12. Kids 11 – 15 can show their sketching skills at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13. Adults and older kids (ages 16 and up) can even get in on the fun with a little friendly drawing competition at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 14. Winners will be in announced each day at 4 p.m.

What's shark week without a little blood? At Ripley's, that means a blood drive to save lives. Teaming up with the Red Cross, the Aquarium will host a blood drive on Tuesday, August 12 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

And, there's no more memorable way for parents and kids to cap off their Shark Week than by actually sleeping with the fishes — and the sharks. A sleepover in Ripley's acrylic tunnel from 8 p.m., Thursday to Friday at 8 a.m. will give your family a chance to observe some of nature's largest predators as they swim overhead.

This year, celebrate Shark Week at Ripley's Aquarium, where you can get up close to these amazing animals.

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Under The Big Top: Discover Adidas Bargains On Tax-Free Weekend

Anytime a tent goes up around Broadway at the Beach, you can be certain that it contains something exciting.

This weekend, the "Big Top" behind the Carmike Cinema and MagiQuest (Parking Lots 19 & 20) holds fashion surprises and bargains in celebration of South Carolina's Tax-Free Weekend.

Just in time to suit up the kids for a new school year, big-name sports brand, Adidas, is in town offering the latest styles of its apparel, accessories and shoes at special prices.

It's the third year that Adidas has brought its tent sale to Broadway at the Beach for tax-free weekend. And, for the next three days, both parents and kids will be heading to the tent to find just the right clothes and shoes for both school and fun.

Whether you're a local or in town for vacation, this is one Big Top sale you won't want to miss. Open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the tent will have all kinds of shoes, including running, training, tennis, cleats, lifestyle and more.

After the whole family finds stylish shoes, there will be time to match them up with comfortable gym wear, shorts and pants, as well as short, long, sleeveless and graphic tees. Throw in a few accessories, and you'll be ready for the start of class or a run along the beach.

Like most tent sales, this one accepts cash. And, Adidas is also set up to accept debit or charge cards.

It was said in the Oscar-winning circus film The Greatest Show On Earth, that "Under the Big Top, only two days count — today and tomorrow."

At Broadway's Big Top, you'll have one more!

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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 our Facebook page 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. And, if you have more, head over to our Facebook page and ask away!

1. Broadway at the Beach's 14 million 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 75 in-line shops and 30 kiosks offer everything from trendy sandals and delicious fudge, to beautiful jewelry and apparel. We even have a magic shop called Broadway Magic.

3. Sixteen nightclubs provide a wide variety of entertainment from comedians performing at the Carolina Comedy Club to live bands playing all kinds of music at several clubs in Celebrity Square and nearby restaurants.

4. Twenty-six attractions fill up your senses at Broadway. Tribute artists give high energy performances at Legends In Concert and an awesome magic show is currently playing at The Palace. Ripley's Aquarium lets you 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 our new Hollywood Wax Museum.

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 jet boat, paddle boat or water rollerz.

6. Events are a regular part of the Broadway experience. Broadway at the Beach hosts an average of 25 events and/or festivals annually including several 5K's, car shows and charitable walks. And our Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is one of the most popular events in the area as we illuminate our 52 foot tall tree with 141,000 lights as performers bring in the holiday season.

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 ponds of fish food every year, thanks to our many visitors who stop on the bridges at our feeders and toss in the food that draws the fish up to the surface for chow.

10. Our most popular regular events are our fireworks shows held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. during the summer as well as several seasonal shows throughout the remainder of the year. Weather permitting, we'll present 30 free fireworks shows this year. And by seasons end, we will have exploded nearly 100,000 shots over Broadway.

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

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