Believe it or not, there’s far more to do in Myrtle Beach than lounge around by the ocean. As much as I love the ocean, it can get old fast. On top of the attractions and shows in the area, there are Myrtle Beach festivals and events hosted year round. From cultural celebrations to festivals just for kids, there’s no shortage of fun events in Myrtle Beach, SC.
During your next beach trip, check out these popular events.
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Spring Festivals and Events
When the flowers begin to bloom and the temperatures start rising, that’s the perfect time to enjoy any of these Myrtle Beach festivals.
12th Annual Broadway Concert
February 29, 2020
Join residents for an evening of Broadway show tunes while supporting The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club. Featuring artists from the Broadway stage, the concert will take place at Myrtle Beach High School from 7-9 pm.
Myrtle Beach Marathon
March 5, 2020
We know some people love long walks by the ocean. But if you prefer long runs by the ocean, enter the Myrtle Beach Marathon! This marathon is known as the flattest and fastest race in South Carolina, so lace up your shoes and get ready to run.
Can-Am Days Festival
March 14-22, 2020
Who knew one of the top Myrtle Beach festivals would be about Canada? The Can-Am Days Festival is an exciting experience for all. Throughout the event, visitors can enjoy concerts, riverboat tours, celebratory themed days, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in North Myrtle Beach.
Run to the Sun Car Show
March 19-21, 2020
Check out classic cars, trucks, and hot rods right by the beach at the Run to the Sun Car Show. This annual event brings car and automotive enthusiasts from all over the world to view cars ranging from antiques to modified builds.
32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade
March 14, 2020
The 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade celebrates Irish heritage as well as the coming of spring. This one-day, rain or shine event will take place on March 14, 2020. Featuring a parade at 9 am, this cultural event will also present three stages of live music and a children’s area with rides and amusements from 11 am to 4 pm. Furthermore, guests can expect nearly 150 vendors displaying their crafts, services, products, and more.
Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival
April 3-5, 2020
Who doesn’t love a good food truck festival? Located on the Oceanfront Boardwalk District between 8th and 9th Avenues, the Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival offers a wide range of cuisine plus a beer garden, activities for the kids, several vendors, and more.
Horry County Fair at Myrtle Beach Speedway
April 24-May 3, 2020
Held at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, the Horry County Fair includes 10 straight days of fair festivities and fun. In its fifth year, the fair offers everything from a petting zoo to delectable food to carnival rides. Plus, each day has a special theme or event for added fun.
MayFest on Main
Created to celebrate May and the coming of summer, MayFest on Main is not to be missed. Between the live music and ample vendors, this festival has something for everyone.
World Famous Blue Crab Festival
May 16-17, 2020
The World Famous Blue Crab Festival is one of the Southeast’s largest festivals with more than 50,000 attendees each year. On top of delectable crab and other types of seafood, visitors are treated to live music, vendors, games and activities, and more.
Summer Festivals and Events
With the abundance of Myrtle Beach festivals and events in the spring, you might think things would settle down for the rest of the year. Nope! It’s just getting started. Add these summer festivals to your itinerary for a hot Myrtle Beach vacation.
Carolina Country Music Festival
June 4-7, 2020
With a lineup including stars such as Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, and Jake Owen, it’s no wonder the Carolina Country Music Festival is a Myrtle Beach favorite. On top of an impressive concert series, the event also offers a wide range of food, beverages, vendors, and activities.
Featuring an artisan market, raft race, games for all ages, live entertainment, food, and fun, the Conway Riverfest is an annual tradition. Located along the gorgeous Waccamaw River, remember to bring your camera to capture the beauty and excitement of this festival!
Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival
Lovers of BBQ, the beach, and music have found their mecca of Myrtle Beach festivals. The Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival is sanctioned by the official Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) and offers extraordinary cash prizes. Come hungry and ready to sample the best BBQ ever.
Aynor Harvest Hoedown
Rounding out the summer festivals is the Aynor Harvest Hoedown. Situated just outside of Myrtle Beach in Aynor, South Carolina, this event includes parades, a street dance, children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.
Fall Festivals and Events
Although the temperatures start to cool down, the fun in Myrtle Beach stays hot. These fall Myrtle Beach festivals and events are the perfect addition to any vacation plans.
St. John’s Greek Festival
Every year St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hosts a celebration of the Greek culture. With ample amounts of food, beverages, entertainment, dancing, and cultural lessons, the St. John’s Greek Festival is an entertaining festival for all.
16th Annual Irish Italian International Festival
Another popular cultural event is the 16th Annual Irish Italian International Festival in North Myrtle Beach. With an annual attendance of over 15,000 guests, this festival knows how to draw a crowd! The event includes restaurant competitions and sampling, a children’s area, and live entertainment.
Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest
Bring a little piece of Germany to the beach at one of the top Myrtle Beach festivals: Oktoberfest! With authentic German cuisine and beer, an Oompah band, and traditional attire, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Germany. Plus, a kid’s area is offered for the little ones.
Little River ShrimpFest
October 10-11, 2020
Enjoy Myrtle Beach’s tasty seafood at the Little River ShrimpFest. On top of seemingly endless amounts of shrimp and other seafood, the festival also offers live entertainment, more than 150 vendors, a children’s area, and local artists.
Loris Bog-Off Festival
What started almost 40 years ago as a chicken bog competition has now evolved into a day-long festival. The Loris Bog-Off Festival offers gourmet food, live entertainment, kids activities, and a fireworks display. Plus, the festival concludes with a free concert from a huge star!
Winter Festivals and Events
There’s no better way to conclude the year than with an abundance of Myrtle Beach festivals. Ring in the holidays with these events.
Dickens Christmas Show and Festival
November 12-15, 2020
Did you know the holiday tales of Charles Dickens come to life each year in Myrtle Beach, SC? The Dickens Christmas Show and Festival is a Victorian holiday marketplace filled with antiques, Christmas gifts, and food. Plus, tours, murder mystery dinners, and other holiday activities are offered.
Lighting of the Landing
To mark the beginning of the holiday season, Barefoot Landing lights up a gigantic 22 foot tall Christmas tree. Plus, the jolly old man himself will make an appearance and listen to your Christmas wish list. After the tree lighting, Barefoot Landing celebrates with a magnificent fireworks show.
Intracoastal Christmas Regatta
November 28, 2020
Every Saturday after Thanksgiving, Myrtle Beach comes together for the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta. This nighttime boat parade begins at the Little River Inlet and ends at the Dock Holidays Marina. Watch as boats are lit up with Christmas lights, decorations, and other holiday themes.
Nights of a Thousand Candles
One of the most cherished Myrtle Beach festivals is Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. Watch as the botanical gardens light up from the flow of 4,500+ candles. In addition, guests can listen to holiday carols and music, enjoy warm beverages, and ring in the winter season with cheer!
Which Myrtle Beach Festivals and Events Will You Attend?
Do you have a favorite Myrtle Beach event? Let us know!