2017 Festivals and Events to Watch in the Myrtle Beach Area
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.
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…
Myrtle Beach Marathon
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
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
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
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…
Gear up for the 7th 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.
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 in Chapin Park and Valor Park at The Market Common. The 2017 dates will be announced soon.
SOS Spring Safari
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…
Atlantic Beach Bike Week
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
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
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
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
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.
The Native Sons Salt Games
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
The Sun Fun Festival is back in Myrtle Beach after a five year hiatus! Activities planned include shag dance lessons, live concerts, a parade and more. The festival will be held at the same time as the Native Suns Salt Games in downtown Myrtle Beach and will serve as a kick-off for another great summer season. Here is the official schedule for the 2016 festival: Friday, June 3 6:45…
Carolina Country Music Fest
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. Stay tuned for more announcements and artists. Past performers have included Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Kelly Pickler, Rascall Flatts, Big and Rich, Jake Owen, Kelsea Ballerini and…
Cool Summer Evenings
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…
Myrtle Beach 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 18-24, 2016.
Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
The Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival in Huntington Beach State Park has been an annual event for over 40 years. Upwards of 100 artists line the park with their unique treasures. You can find anything from glass pieces to baskets. Stay tuned for more information on the 2016 event.
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. This year's event will be held Saturday, September 24.
2016 St. John’s Greek Festival
St. John’s Greek Festival will host its 25th event in Myrtle Beach in 2016. 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! 2016 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. 2016 dates are TBA.
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