2014 festivals and events to watch in Myrtle Beach area

By Ashlee Carson • October 24, 2013
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.

2014 Myrtle Beach Festivals

January 

Restaurant Week: This annual celebration of South Carolina's cuisine features special chef's selections and discounts from Jan. 9-19, 2014. Participating restaurants will be announced as the event date gets closer. 

February

MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon: Gear up for the 17th annual MyrtleBeach.com Marathon events. They'll host a 5K Neon Night Run and 1-mile Family Fun Run on Friday, February 14. The marathon and half marathon will be held Saturday, February 15 with an after party for all participants at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.

March

Canadian-American Days Festival: The 53rd annual Canadian-American Days Festival will be March 8-16, 2014, 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 20-22, 2014. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival North Myrtle Beach: The 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. March 15, 2014. 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 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 6 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

Myrtle Beach Beer Fest: The 6th annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest will be held March 28 at the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing. Formerly held at The Market Common, the Beer Fest features samples of craft beers from around the country. Tickets will be sold in sessions and VIP tickets are available for 100 people per session.

April

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. 2014 dates are to be announced.

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 4-13. 


May

Atlantic Beach Bike Week: Atlantic Beach Bike Week, also known as Black Bike Week, is an annual motorcycle rally on the Grand Strand. Memorial Day weekend is when the fun takes place. 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 33rd annual festival will be May 17-18, 2014.

Mayfest on Main: North Myrtle Beach hosts its eighth annual Mayfest on Main festival to kick off summer. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10, 2014. 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 9-18, 2014, 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. New to 2014 is a Craft Beer tasting area.The festival is May 3, 2014. 

July

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 14-20, 2014.

September

Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival: The Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival in Huntington Beach State Park celebrates its 29th year in 2014. Upwards of 100 artists line the park with their unique treasures. You can find anything from glass pieces to baskets. 2014 dates and times are TBA.  

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. 2014 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! 2014 dates and times are TBA. The festival is at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 3301 33rd Ave. Extension N., Myrtle Beach. 


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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