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A Visitor’s Guide to the Best Myrtle Beach Festivals & Events

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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Attendees visit vendors in white tents at one fo the Myrtle Beach Festivals and Events
Photo Credit: World Famous Blue Crab Festival / Facebook

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.

KidzFest at Broadway at the Beach

February 23, 2019
Located at Broadway at the Beach, the 18th Annual KidzFest offers endless fun for children of all ages. From face painting to balloon artists, live entertainment to exciting giveaways, you don’t want to miss this event happening from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Myrtle Beach Marathon

March 2, 2019
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 9-17, 2019
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 21-23, 2019
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.

Myrtle Beach Irish Fest

March 17, 2019
Every St. Patrick’s Day, Myrtle Beach gets wild! Held at the Market Common, the annual Myrtle Beach Irish Fest includes live Irish Music, 40 plus vendors, kids activities and so much more. Plus, the area also hosts a St. Patrick’s Day parade each year.

Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival

April 26-28, 2019
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 19-28, 2019
Held at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, the Horry County Fair includes 10 straight days of fair festivities and fun. In its fourth 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

May 11, 2019
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 18-19, 2019
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.

Thousands of people attend the Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach
Photo Credit: Carolina Country Music Fest / Facebook

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 6-9, 2019
With a lineup including stars such as Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, and Alabama, 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.

Conway Riverfest

2019 Dates TBA
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

2019 Dates TBA
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

September 21, 2019
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.

Oktoberfest participants dressed in traditional German attire toast with lager
Photo Credit: Festival Promos / Facebook

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

2019 Dates TBA
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.

15th Annual Irish Italian International Festival

September 28, 2019
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

2019 Dates TBA
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 12-13, 2019
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

2019 Dates TBA
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!

Brookgreen Gardens lights up with Christmas lights as the sun sets
Photo Credit: Brookgreen Gardens / Facebook

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 14-17, 2019
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

2019 Dates TBA
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

2019 Dates TBA
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

December 6-22, 2018
2019 Dates TBD
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?

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