2017 Festivals and Events to Watch in the Myrtle Beach Area

 
The Carolina Country Music Fest will be back for its third year along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in June.
The Carolina Country Music Fest will be back for its third year along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in June.
 

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 addition to our usual posting of myrtle beach events.

January

Restaurant Week

Jan. 22, 2017

Restaurants all along the Grand Strand are participating in Restaurant Week. This nine-day celebration is a great way to check out a handful of amazing Myrtle Beach restaurants at discounted prices. Special menus and selections at some of the best restaurants in town will be available. Participating restaurants in 2016 include 21 Main at North Beach; Aspen Grille; The Brentwood…

March

Myrtle Beach Marathon

Mar. 4, 2017

The Myrtle Beach Marathon is an annual tradition that attracts thousands of people from all over the country. The course is described as "fast, flat and absolutely beautiful." A Neon Night 5K and a Fun Run sponsored by Ripley's Aquarium will be held Friday night and the marathon and half marathon are Saturday morning. The Marathon Expo will be held Thursday and Friday at the Myrtle…

Canadian-American Days Festival

Mar. 19, 2017

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 56th annual Canadian-American Days Festival with a bevy of events from March 11-19, 2017. Thousands of friends from the north flock to our beautiful beaches for the fun celebrations. Click here for a list of Myrtle Beach hotels and businesses offering discounts during the festival. Gear up for a variety of FREE events including…

Run to the Sun Car Show

Mar. 18, 2017

The 29th annual Run to the Sun Car Show, one of the largest in the Southeast, brings thousands of classic cars to Myrtle Beach for a weekend-long event. In addition to bringing classic-car enthusiasts from around the country together, the show raises money for the Children's Miracle Network and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year's event raised $97,000 for the…

North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Mar. 11, 2017

The 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will be held on Main Street, Saturday, March 11, 2017. This one-day, rain or shine event brings approximately 30,000 to celebrate being Irish and welcome the coming of spring. A parade begins the day at 9:00 a.m., followed by two stages of live music and a children’s area with rides and amusements from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Along…

Irish Fest

Mar. 11, 2017

Gear up for the 8th annual Irish Fest presented by Piggly Wiggly at The Market Common. They'll serve a long list of Irish beers including New Belgium Citradelic, Palmetto Nitro Espresso Porter, Highland Gaelic and more. They'll also offer traditional Irish fare, live entertainment, vendors and a long list of children's activities.

April

Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival

Apr. 1, 2017

We're not fooling - Myrtle Beach is hosting the first ever Food Truck Festival this April 1! Head to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place for a gathering of food trucks and sample the delicious menu items from each. Beer and wine will also be sold. The event is free to attend and will offer family-friendly entertainment, a cornhole tournament, Kidz Zone,…

Art in the Park

Nov. 13, 2016

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 in Chapin Park and Valor Park at The Market Common. The 2017 dates will be announced soon.

SOS Spring Safari

Apr. 21, 2017

Thousands of shaggers from all over the east coast gather each year at the end of April for the Society of Stranders Spring Safari in North Myrtle Beach. Beach music lovers and shaggers from all over hit the road in search of wthe first outing of the season and their destination is the famous little strip of sand known as the Grand Strand. For 10 days from April 21-30, 2017, the…

May

Atlantic Beach Bike Week

May. 26, 2017

Hit the road and drive up to North Myrtle Beach for Atlantic Beach Bike Week, also known as Black Bike Week. This motorcycle rally is held every year during Memorial Day weekend. Meet and greets, parties, live music and entertainment will be held throughout the weekend. Check out their website for details on specific events held during Black Bike Week.

World Famous Blue Crab Festival

May. 20, 2017

The 36th annual Blue Crab Festival will host lots of food, fun, arts, crafts and more! The event takes place along the Little River waterfront and hosts a kids' area with tons of games and things to do. Admission is $4 in advance or $5 at the door for ages 13 and up. This event is family and biker-friendly. Stay tuned for more details on the 2017 Blue Crab Festival.

Mayfest on Main Festival

May. 13, 2017

The 12th annual Mayfest on Main Festival in North Myrtle Beach will feature live entertainment and family fun. The festival will also offer arts, crafts, food, a children's area, street entertainment and much, much more. Be sure to bring a chair or a blanket to see the free concerts featuring Great White; Russell Thompkins, Jr. and The New Stylistics and Blue Monday. Admission is is free.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally

May. 12, 2017

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally is set for May 12-21, 2017 and will feature bike shows, vendors, tours and more around the Grand Strand. Enjoy cruising daycations to Charleston or up to Wilmington, N.C. Harley Davidson locations are hot-spots throughout the week along with hangouts like Jamin' Leather, Beaver Bar, the Rat Hole, Suck Bang Blow, Myrtle Beach Speedway, Ocean Annie's…

Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival

May. 6, 2017

Conway Alive presents the Rivertown Music and Arts Festival this May. The street festival is home to a classic car show and a craft beer tasting zone. Take time to explore the live music and arts and crafts vendors. Admission is free. Stay tuned for more details on the 2017 festival.

June

The Native Sons Salt Games

Jun. 3, 2017

The Native Sons Salt Games is Myrtle Beach's only competitive beach festival. This two-day event held on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 is an action-packed celebration of life at the beach where competitors test their skills against one another in the water and on the sand. The 2017 schedule includes the Beach Bum 5K, Beach Brawl Wrestling Tournament, BLVD Blowout Skateboard…

Sun Fun Festival 2017

Jun. 2, 2017

The Sun Fun Festival returns to Myrtle Beach for its 62nd year! Activities include the Sun Fun Parade, shag lessons, live performers, games and more.  The official schedule of events is to be announced. 

Carolina Country Music Fest

Jun. 9, 2017

The 2017 dates are set for the Carolina Country Music Fest! The 3rd annual event will be held June 9-11, 2017 at the former Pavilion site in Myrtle Beach. Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Jason Alden will headline at the 2017 event! Other performers include Billy Currington, Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich, Runaway June, Lauren Jenkins, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Kip Moore, Morgan Myles,…

Cool Summer Evenings

Jun. 7, 2017

Experience Brookgreen Gardens at twilight during Cool Summer Evenings with live entertainment and kids' activities every Wednesday evening during the summer. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and relax. Performances are included with garden admission and free to members, and The Pavilion Restaurant will offer dinner until 7 p.m. Stay tuned for more 2017…

September

Myrtle Beach Mustang Week

Sep. 4, 2017

Mustang Week 2017 will be held in September for the first time after many requests to move it to a cooler time of year. More details will be posted as they are released. Mustang Week, a celebration of Ford's most famous sports car, has grown into a gathering of hundreds of owners and enthusiasts who visit the area each year for one of the biggest car show events in Myrtle…

Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival

Sep. 22, 2017

The Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival is held in the Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park. The annual event is filled with unique arts and crafts. Over 100 artisans will be waiting to show you the their creations. There will be entertainment, arts and crafts and food for everyone to enjoy.

Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival

Sep. 1, 2017

The 12th annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival will feature live music, tasty barbeque and tons of family-friendly fun. They'll be arts and crafts vendors, businesses and a beer and wine garden. Sample wings and BBQ all weekend long. Live entertainment is planned for both days along with great BBQ sandwiches, BBQ combos and ribs. More details to come on the 2017 events.

Irish Italian Festival

Sep. 30, 2017

Join North Myrtle Beach for the 13th annual Irish Italian Festival. The fun kicks off with a family-friendly festival brings in live music on two different stages along Main Street plus dozens of food vendors, arts and crafts tents and a spaghetti eating competition. They'll also offer a children's area with inflatables, magicians and balloon art. Stop by Flynn's Paddy Wagon for an…

2016 St. John’s Greek Festival

Oct. 2, 2016

The annual St. John's Greek Festival, a celebration of Greek culture, cuisine and family fun, is one of the most beloved Myrtle Beach events of the fall. This year's 24th annual event will take place Thursday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Get your fill of spanikopita, gyros, baklava, cookies, salads, pastries, breads and more as St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church…

October

Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival

Oct. 6, 2017

The Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival will be held October 6 and 7, 2017 on Ocean Boulevard! This is only the second year for the event which will feature great seafood vendors serving up unique dishes. Kid-friendly activities, a beer and wine garden and a cornhole tournament are also planned along with live music. Stay tuned for more details on this great new festival in Myrtle…

December

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Dec. 17, 2016

More than 5,000 candles and thousands of lights illuminate the sculptures and gardens in beautiful Brookgreen Gardens. Each weekend hosts wonderful entertainers and performances. Gorgeous indoor displays of trees, wreaths and other holiday decor give you a break from the chill in the air. Inlet Affairs will serve dinner for a very special date night out. Live entertainment can be seen…

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