The 45th edition of the annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival will be held September 25-27 at the castle by the sea in Huntington Beach State Park.

Live musical entertainment and a variety of foodstuffs are part of the fun, but the stars of the show are the artists and their work. A lineup of 100 or so fine artists and craftspeople are selected by a jury to show and sell their work – a skilled and creative group from around the country who work in metal, clay, canvas, wearable fabric and more.

The festival spotlights the park’s natural beauty and the amenities offered to visitors year-round. Located along U.S. 17 in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park offers several hundred thousand visitors a year one of the most pristine beaches on the Grand Strand. The 2,500-acre park’s freshwater lagoon, salt marsh and maritime forest also are outstanding examples of the state’s natural coastal environment, and the park is widely regarded as one of the best birding sites along the East Coast. Its natural history is highlighted in the park’s environmental education center.

Admission is $15 for adults, and your ticket allows you to return for all three days of the festival. Ages 15 and under are admitted free. The general park admission fee is waived during festival hours.

For more information, go to www.atalayafestival.com or call 803-734-0450 or 843-247-4440.

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