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2017 Festivals and Events to Watch in the Myrtle Beach Area
From summer fun like the Salt Games and holiday events like Nights of a Thousand Candles, year round events are plentiful along the Grand Strand.

Festivals & Events
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.

Relax under the oak trees or go on a pirate adventure at Brookgreen Gardens’ Cool Summer Evenings. Visit the gardens every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening all summer long for live music, entertainment, kids activities and pirate excursions every Thursday. Admissions to Cool Summer Evenings is free with gardens’ admission. 

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Myrtle Beach Mustang Week

Monday, September 6, 2021 @ 12:00 am

Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach brings out some of the biggest, baddest and best muscle cars to the event. From September 4-10, 2017, the weeklong event will include meet and greets, cruise-ins, the annual Mustang Week car show and other activities across the Grand Strand.

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Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival

Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

More than 100 artists will gather at Huntington Beach State Park at Atalaya Castle September 22 to 24, 2017 for the 42nd edition of the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival. The festival is a weekend-long opportunity to enjoy fine art, food, quality crafts and live music by local musicians. 

Huntington Beach State Park

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Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival – CANCELLED

Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival – CANCELLED

August 31 - September 1, 2018

The Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival is the place to be for the tastiest BBQ on the beach! This two-day long festival features vendors, live music and delicious food being slow-cooked by over 25 teams vying for the best BBQ on the beach. The event is an Official BBQ Championship of South Carolina and is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Admission to the festival is free.

Valor Park @ The Market Common

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Irish Italian Festival

Irish Italian Festival

Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Head to North Myrtle Beach for the 14th Annual Irish Italian International Festival, September 30, 2017. Enjoy delicious food from local restaurants, live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, a spaghetti eating contest and so much more for this popular festival.

Main Street North Myrtle Beach

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2020 St. John’s Greek Festival

October 15 - October 17, 2020

Celebrate Greek culture at the 25th St. John’s Greek Festival from September 28 through October 1. This popular festival attracts thousands of visitors and features a plethora of games, live performances, vendors and tours of the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. Perhaps best of all, there will be tons of delicious food from gyros and Greek salad to pastichio and spanikopita. 

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

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Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival

Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival

Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

The second Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival, featuring seafood vendors, kid-friendly activities, a beer and wine garden will be held October 6 and 7 on Ocean Boulevard. There will also be a corn hole tournament and live music. If seafood is your thing, you won’t want to miss this opportunity of unique dishes served up at the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival.

Ocean Blvd

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Nights of a Thousand Candles

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

There’s nothing else quite like Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. Over 5,500 candles are placed throughout the garden area and are lit just before evening, creating a spectacular scene of light and dark surrounding the beautiful sculptures throughout the gardens. This is a very popular attraction year in and year out, so don’t miss it this holiday season!

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Restaurant Week South Carolina

Restaurant Week South Carolina

Thursday, January 7, 2021 @ 12:00 am

There’s not many things better than food. And with Restaurant Week South Carolina, this provides locals and visitors a chance to taste some of the most delicious cuisine on the Grand Strand. Select restaurants participate in this weeklong event, providing unique dishes and deals for everyone that wants to enjoy a delicious meal. Restaurants that are participating can be found on the Restaurant Week South Carolina website.

Grand Strand

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Myrtle Beach Marathon

Myrtle Beach Marathon

Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 12:00 am

Join 3,000 other runners for the Myrtle Beach Marathon, this January 2018. This is the one of the “flattest and fastest Boston (Marathon) qualifiers” you’ll find! And it includes three days of events from a runner’s expo, a 5k, the Family Fun Run, the Marathon Relay and post-race parties at the Grand Dunes and the House of Blues. 

TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark

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Run to the Sun Car Show

Run to the Sun Car Show

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am

The Run to the Sun Car Show is a three-day long event that, in the past, has featured over 3,000 pre-1989 trucks and cars! All proceeds go towards the Children’s Miracle Network, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Horry County Benevolent Fund and the Grand Strand Miracle League. Over $10,000 will be given away in cash and door prizes.

Former Myrtle Square Mall

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2021 North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

2021 North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Saturday, March 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am

Start your St. Patrick’s Day off right with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in North Myrtle Beach. The parade kicks off the day-long, rain or shine event in the morning and continues with live music, kids activities, rides and over 150 vendors of crafts and products along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach.

Main Street North Myrtle Beach

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Art in the Park is held just six weekends throughout the year and features many visual artists with displays of original pieces. Art in the Park is held at either Chapin Park in Myrtle Beach or at the Market Common, depending on the date.

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SOS Spring Safari

SOS Spring Safari

April 16 - April 25, 2020

The end of April means that the shaggers are ready to hit the dance floors and party at the SOS Spring Safari in North Myrtle Beach. This 10-day long event from April 20-29 features live music, dancing, a parade, “tea parties” at the local lounges and much more! Don’t miss what’s described as the “biggest adult party on the East Coast.”

Main Street North Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally

May 8 - May 18, 2020

Thousands of bikers head to the Myrtle Beach Spring Bike Rally which encompasses the entire Grand Strand. Don’t miss the 2018 Spring Bike Rally from May 11-20.

Multiple Locations

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Carolina Country Music Fest

Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

One of the biggest festivals to hit South Carolina is the Carolina Country Music Festival, which falls near the beginning of June every year. Past performers have included Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and dozens more! The dates for 2018 are from June 7-10. 

Historic Pavilion Site

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