2015 Festivals and Events to Watch in the Myrtle Beach Area

The Greek Festival is a popular place for food and fun every September.

The Greek Festival is a popular place for food and fun every September.


Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are home to countless festivals every year. From summer events that take full advantage of the sun and the sand to food festivals that honor our area's culinary heritage and community events designed to celebrate the quirky and unique things our area is known for, there's tons of great things to do all year long.

If you love a good festival, we’ve got the breakdown on the biggest and the best at the beach throughout the year, in addititon to our usual posting of myrtle beach events.


Restaurant Week: This annual celebration of South Carolina's cuisine features special chef's selections and discounts from Jan. 8-18, 2014. Participating restaurants include Aspen Grille, The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro, Cafe Amalfi, Castano's Italian Steakhouse, Croissants Bistro & Bakery, Greg Norman's Australian Grille, The Parson's Table, Ruth's Chris Steak House and Sam Snead's Oak Grill and Tavern. 


MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon: Gear up for the 18th annual MyrtleBeach.com Marathon events. They'll host a 5K Neon Night Run and 1-mile Family Fun Run on Friday, February 13. The marathon, marathon relay and half marathon will be held Saturday, February 14 with an after party for all participants at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. The runner's expo is set for Thursday and Friday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.


Canadian-American Days Festival: The 54th annual Canadian-American Days Festival will be March 14-22, 2015, in Myrtle Beach. Festivities in this celebration of our friendly neighbors to the north include concerts, a concert series kickoff at Broadway at the Beach and more.

Run to the Sun: For more than 20 years, Run to the Sun has been Myrtle Beach’s premiere car show. Three days full of cruising along Ocean Boulevard, Car Shows and races bring in car enthusiasts from all over. This year’s event marks the 26th year and will be held March 19-21, 2015. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival North Myrtle Beach: The 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. March 14, 2015. The parade is touted as the largest on the Grand Strand with more than 100 entries. After the parade, Main Street in North Myrtle Beach comes to life with this annual festival. The coldest Irish brews and famous Irish food will be served up all day long. Bag pipers, Irish folk songs and dance teams perform their numbers on stage on the street.

Irish Fest: The 6th annual Irish Fest has quickly become a popular event at The Market Common. Festival goers can feast on traditional Irish food and beers as well as an oyster roast. Kids will love the face painting and inflatables just for them. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015.


Art in the Park: The Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild has been hosting Art in the Park in the Myrtle Beach area for more than 40 years. The events allow local artists to display their work and draw vendors and visitors from along the East Coast. Art in the Park events are held throughout the year along the Grand Strand. The event will be held April 11-12; June 27-28; October 10-11 and November 7-8 in Chapin Park. It's also set for April 18-19 and November 14-15 in Valor Park at The Market Common.

Society of Stranders (SOS) Spring Safari: The Shag is the state dance of South Carolina and welcomes festivals and events at various times in the year. Shagging competitions at local clubs are quite fierce and most of all, fun to watch. The Society of Stranders (SOS) promotes a theme of “Good Friends, Good Times and Great Memories.” The Spring Safari dates are April 17-26, 2015. 


Atlantic Beach Bike Week: Atlantic Beach Bike Week, also known as Black Bike Week, is an annual motorcycle rally on the Grand Strand held Memorial Day weekend. Get ready to see custom motorcycles and cars and loads of events and entertainment.

Blue Crab Festival: The annual Blue Crab Festival brings its tasty fun to the waterfront in Little River. The festival includes food, vendors and entertainment for the whole family along the Little River waterfront. The 34th annual festival will be May 16-17, 2015.

Mayfest on Main: North Myrtle Beach hosts its 10th annual Mayfest on Main festival to kick off summer. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 9, 2015. It includes live music, crafts and food vendors all along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. 

Myrtle Beach Bike Week – Spring Rally: The Myrtle Beach Bike Week spring rally will be May 8-17, 2015, along the Grand Strand.  Numerous vendors, local bars and venues bring plenty of biker fun to the beach for this event.

Rivertown Music & Arts Festival: Just west of the beach is the historic town of Conway, South Carolina, host of the Rivertown Music and Arts Festival. Local and regional bands provide the sounds of jazz, gospel, steel drums and more! Local artists display their pottery, wood, glass and paintings. The festival is May 2, 2015. 

Salt Games: The Salt Games have quickly become a popular event in Myrtle Beach after just two years. The weekend is packed with beach games like paddle board races, Crossfit competitions, lifeguard games, volleyball and tons more. This year's Salt Games will be held Mary 30-31, 2015 in Plyler Park and along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.


Mustang Week: If you own a Mustang, or even if you just love the cars, Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach offers the most unique collection of these famous cars. Burnout contests, races and car shows are just a few of the events in town. Meet up with other Mustang fans during Mustang Week July 13-19, 2015.


Mopar Week: Mopars will take over the beach from August 8-16, 2015. This will be the fourth year for the event which draws in hundreds of visitors and car enthusiasts from around the country. Hot spots during the week include the Myrtle Beach Speedway, Broadway at the Beach, Legends in Concert and more.


Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival: The Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival in Huntington Beach State Park celebrates its 40th year in 2015. Upwards of 100 artists line the park with their unique treasures. You can find anything from glass pieces to baskets. The festival will be held from 12-6 p.m. Friday, September 25; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 27. 

Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival: The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival at the beach over Labor Day weekend. Live bands, vendors with arts and crafts and unique entertainment make for a weekend of fun. Get your fill of the award-winning barbeque served up all day. 

Irish Italian Festival: Live music and the best of Irish and Italian fare and spirits set North Myrtle Beach afire each September during the Irish Italian Festival. The event features a food contest for local eateries as well as a spaghetti-eating contest. 2015 dates and times are TBA.

St. John’s Greek Festival: St. John’s Greek Festival will host its 23nd event in Myrtle Beach in 2014. This famous festival is one not to miss. Enjoy the finest Greek pastries, cookies and baked goods or sip on some delicious Greek wines. Feast on homemade delicacies like Mousaka, Spanikopita and Gyros. Your stomach will thank you after leaving this fun (and cultural) event! 2015 dates and times are TBA. The festival is at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 3301 33rd Ave. Extension N., Myrtle Beach. 


Nights of a Thousand Candles: Brookgreen Gardens hosts what is hands down one of the most highly anticipated holiday events of the year. Nights of a Thousand Candles brings a whole new dimension to the gardens with over 5,000 hand lit candles, holiday exhibits and thousands of sparkling lights. Stick around for live entertainment each night. 2015 dates are TBA.

Did we miss something? E-mail us at events@myrtlebeach.com. Check out our events page for the most up-to-date happenings on and around the beach!


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