Music, Marathons and MarshWalk: Events in Myrtle Beach
An escape to Myrtle Beach isn’t just a getaway to one of the East Coast’s best-loved destinations. It’s a visit to a Carolina mecca for fun-filled family stays in the home of some of the country’s best festivals, celebrations, conventions, beer gardens, food gatherings and more! Here’s your list of the favorite annual events that liven up the Myrtle Beach coast each year. Need a home base for your family’s vacation adventures? A Bluegreen resort in Myrtle Beach makes a comfortable vacation-home-away-from-home during your favorite yearly festival.
Restaurant Week South Carolina – This nine-day celebration of southern food features the best of the best restaurants up and down the Grand Strand. Stop in at any participating restaurant and enjoy a special discounted menu.
Taste of the MarshWalk – Eight award-winning restaurants create their best dishes in this festival with live music, local artists, and plenty of kid’s activities. Taste of the MarshWalk happens in late January and is a South Carolina culinary delight.
Shuckin’ on the Strand Oyster Roast – Fill up on fresh, all-you-can-eat oysters and experience live music at the Hot Fish Club with over 500 attendees. Oyster lovers should be sure to catch this one.
Marshi Gras – It’s a Mardi Gras celebration with a South Carolina twist! Compete for prizes, enjoy the parade and consume Louisiana-inspired food and drinks at several restaurants in Murrells Inlet.
Myrtle Beach Marathon – Lace up your sneakers and get ready to participate in the biggest fitness event of the year. This fast, flat course winds its way along the Grand Strand and up the streets past the Atlantic Ocean. This popular beach town is an idyllic setting for both runners and spectators to enjoy during their Myrtle Beach vacations.
Highland Games & Heritage Festival – Celebrate Celtic heritage by spectating and participating in the athletics, music and customs of Scotland. Try the caber toss!
Horry County Fair – Ten days of rides, food, petting zoos and racing pigs. Ride camels and ponies. Enjoy music, dancing and a beauty pageant. That sums up the county fair at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am – Hootie and the Blowfish sponsor this charity golf event each year, and celebrities like Bill Murray and Dan Marino have been known to participate in the past. Great for both golf and celebrity fans!
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally – Myrtle Beach gears up to welcome thousands of bikers from across the U.S. and all over the world during the Myrtle Beach Bike Week, a celebration of motorcycles and the people who love to ride them. During these ten-day spring rallies, the Grand Strand comes alive with events, entertainment, coastal tour rides, racing and more, all geared toward making it a memorable week for bikers who gather to celebrate their love for motorcycles, especially their Harley-Davidsons.
World Famous Blue Crab Festival – In 1981, the Blue Crab Festival began with just a few vendors stationed under the stately live oaks that line Little River’s waterfront. In recent years the event has grown into one of the premier seafood festivals in the Southeast. The expected 50,000 visitors can enjoy all manners of crab – crab cakes, crab balls, crab-on-a-stick and of course, crab the purists’ way – steamed and spicy.
Carolina Country Music Fest – The Southeast’s premier outdoor country music festival. This country music spectacular features the best in country music veterans and hot new acts. It takes place across three days and is open to all ages of country music lovers.
Monster Jam – Three days of monster truck madness at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. If you like Grave Digger, Carolina Crusher and the rest, you’ll like this amazing car-crushing event.
National Father & Son Team Classic – Three days, 54 holes and more than 900 fathers & sons battle it out in this unique team golf tournament. Bond with your family and compete in skills challenges, putting contests and the main event.
Craftsmen’s Classic™ Art & Craft Festival – In this summer classic festival, hundreds of original works of arts will be displayed by designers, craftsmen, sculptors and painters, jewelers, leather workers, woodworkers and other creators of artistic wonders. These talented exhibitors come from all walks of life and welcome curious onlookers to stop by their design area. Visitors can see the creative process at work, ask questions and even buy an original piece of art. No matter your taste or budget, you can always find something traditional or contemporary to take home as your own.
World Amateur Handicap Championship – The 72-hole golf tournament could be the most ambitious in the world, with a field of more than 3,300 players competing on more than 50 courses along the Grand Strand. It attracts players from all 50 states as well as other countries. The only entry requirements are a current USGA handicap or international equivalent.
Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival – This festival draws people from around the country and across the globe and is considered Myrtle Beach’s premier foodie event. This three-day culinary extravaganza will take place in Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach during Labor Day weekend.
Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival – Many come out to this gathering just to dig in and savor the flavors of fresh tender BBQ prepared during the festival. Others come to participate in one of the premier cook-offs of the year, and claim thousands of dollars in prizes. This heated competition pits BBQ masters against each other to see who can serve up the most deliciously succulent pork in the state of South Carolina. The heat is on and you can catch every sizzling, mouthwatering moment.
Mustang Week – You can view the evolution of this legendary auto up-close during Mustang Week, an event that draws thousands of Mustang owners and fans to seven days of showcase venues, cruise-ins, car shows, awards ceremonies, drag nights and meet-and-greets held at Broadway on the Beach, The Palace Theater, Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach Mall, Ocean Boulevard and more.
Little River Shrimp Fest – Myrtle Beach appreciates the abundance of these little guys, and their importance to the area’s culture and commerce. Each October, the Little River Chamber of Commerce hosts this shindig, which is full of great food, music, arts and times.
Oktoberfest – Myrtle Beach’s Oktoberfest celebration takes place mid-month with a full array of fun, food, beverages and activities.
Carolina Beach Music Awards – Beach music, a soulful pre-rock type of popular music, originated in South Carolina. The Carolina Beach Music Awards takes place at the Alabama Theatre in mid-November.
South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival – Love banjos, fiddles and guitars? The 47th annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend each year.
Dickens Christmas Show & Festival – A convention that celebrates the holidays, a 100,000 square-foot exhibit hall is filled with a Victorian holiday theme and hundreds of vendors and entertainment options.
Night of a Thousand Candles – More than 5,000 hand-lit candles and even more lights come to life in this Brookgreen Gardens holiday celebration.
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