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.
Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
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.
Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival
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.
2018 St. John’s Greek Festival
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.
Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival
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.
Nights of a Thousand Candles
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!
Restaurant Week South Carolina
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.
Myrtle Beach Marathon
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.
Run to the Sun Car Show
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.
2018 North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
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.
SOS Spring Safari
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.”
Carolina Country Music Fest
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.
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