2016 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.
This annual celebration of South Carolina's cuisine features special chef's selections and discounts from Jan. 7-17, 2016. 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.
Myrtle Beach Marathon
Gear up for the 19th annual Myrtle Beach Marathon events. This year's events will be held in March for the first time with running temperatures around 40 degrees for the start and 60 degrees at the finish! The Expo will find a new home in the Myrtle Beach Sports Center from March 3-4. The Family Fun Run and 5K races will be held Friday, March 4. The Marathon and Half Marathon will be held March 5, 2016.
Canadian-American Days Festival
The 55th annual Canadian-American Days Festival will be March 12-20, 2016, 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 Car Show
For nearly 30 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 28th year and will be held March 17-19, 2016.
North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
The 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. March 12, 2016. 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.
The 7th annual Irish Fest has quickly become a popular event at The Market Common. Festival goers can feast on traditional Irish food and beers while listening to live music. 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 12, 2016.
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 2016 dates will be announced soon.
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 15-24, 2016.
California Roots - The Carolina Sessions
Originally set for October of 2015, California Roots The Carolina Sessions is now set for April 9, 2016. The lineup includes Stick Figure, Passafire, The Movement, 311, SOJA, Fortunate Youth, Fear Nuttin Band, New Kingston, Sun Dried Vibes, Moska Project and Treehouse. The concert will be held at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion.
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.
World Famous 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 35th annual festival will be May 14-15, 2016.
Mayfest on Main Festival
North Myrtle Beach hosts its 11th annual Mayfest on Main festival to kick off summer. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 7, 2016. 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 13-22, 2016 along the Grand Strand. Numerous vendors, local bars and venues bring plenty of biker fun to the beach for this event.
Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival
Just west of the beach is the historic town of Conway, South Carolina, host of the Rivertown Music and Craft Beer Festival. Local and regional bands provide the sounds of jazz, gospel, steel drums and more! The festival is May 7, 2016.
The Native Sons Salt Games 2016
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 June 4 & 5 in Plyler Park and along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Sun Fun Festival
The Sun Fun Festival is back for 2016 and will be held in conjunction with the Native Sons Salt Games from June 3-5, 2016. Expect plenty of family fun, live entertainers and so much more.
Carolina Country Music Fest
The Carolina Country Music Fest is coming back to the beach with some huge names in country music. Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line are set to perform during the weekend long concert series along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. This year's concert is set for June 10-12, 2016.
Cool Summer Evenings
Brookgreen Gardens hosts Cool Summer Evenings each year from June through August with live entertainment, family activities, creek tours, story time and much more. The Summer 2016 dates are TBA.
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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