One of Myrtle Beach’s most popular (and historic) events, the Sun Fun Festival, is scheduled for this coming weekend, May 31 through June 2, 2019, in downtown Myrtle Beach. The Sun Fun Festival marks the official start of the summer season here along the Grand Strand, and is a favorite event among locals and visitors alike. The first Sun Fun Festival was held in 1951 and while many things have evolved over the years, the ‘fun’ part remains the same.

This year’s Sun Fun Festival will be held in downtown Myrtle Beach at Plyler Park (1309 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach), and will feature an awesome lineup of entertainment and activities. Too Much Sylvia, the Swingin' Medallions, DJ Matt, A1A (the official Jimmy Buffet tribute show), the Golden Knights US Army Parachute Team, the official Sun Fun Parade, and more are lined up for the three-day celebration. Local celebrity and meteorologist Ed Piotrowski has been named as Grand Marshal for this year’s Sun Fun Parade, so I’m personally counting on great weather for the event.

This event--hosted by the Oceanfront Merchants Association in partnership with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce -- is one of my favorite festivals held annually along the Grand Strand. It takes place along the oceanfront so you can spend time both at the festival and on the beach, and the boardwalk is always bustling with activity. I also love the chance to see the Saturday night fireworks, which are always outstanding. Below is a full schedule of what event organizers have lined up for Sun Fun Festival:

Friday, May 31

  • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  FREE Games and Activities for all ages, costumed characters, face painters, stilt walkers, fun with DJ Matt
  • 8 p.m. Swingin' Medallions
  • 9:15 p.m. The Golden Knights Pyro Performance​

Saturday, June 1

  • 10 a.m. Sun Fun Parade
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kite demonstration by Klig's Kites* (*subject to change)
  • 12 p.m.  The Golden Knights Performance landing on the Beach in front of Plyler Park
  • 4 p.m. The Golden Knights Performance landing on the Beach in front of Plyler Park
  • 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  FREE Games and Activities for all ages, costumed characters, face painters, stilt walkers, fun with DJ Matt
  • 8 p.m. Too Much Sylvia
  • 10 p.m. FIREWORKS
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Sunday, June 2

  • 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  FREE Games and Activities for all ages, costumed characters, face painters, stilt walkers, fun with DJ Matt
  • 8 p.m. A1A, the Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show