Myrtle Beach’s popular Sun Fun Festival returns this weekend, June 1-3, 2018, and with it comes the official start to the summer season here along the Grand Strand! The Sun Fun Festival was first held in 1951 and celebrated each year until 2011. Much to the delight of locals and visitors alike, the festival returned again in 2016, and the Oceanfront Merchants Association and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are helping to host this year’s event.

This is one of my favorite festivals held annually along the Grand Strand. It takes place along the oceanfront in Myrtle Beach so you can spend time at the festival and on the beach in the same day, and the weather is usually perfect for being outdoors (as we haven’t yet hit more hot and humid months). I’m also partial to any event providing me the chance to see fireworks at the beach.

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, Jim Quick and Coastline, the Swingin' Medallions, The Tonez, the Sand Lover's Sand Sculpture Team, the Golden Knights US Army Parachute Team, the official Sun Fun Parade, and so much more are lined up for the three-day celebration.

If you’re planning a visit, here’s what you can expect to find at Sun Fun 2018:

Friday, June 1

6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
6:30 p.m. Dedication of the Goddess of the Sea
7:15 p.m. Quick Sand Demonstration by The Sand Lovers
8:00 p.m. Too Much Sylvia
9:30 p.m. The Golden Knights US Army Parachute Team Pyro Night Performance

Saturday, June 2

10:00 a.m. Sun Fun Parade
12:00 p.m. The Golden Knights US Army Parachute Team Performance
12:30 p.m. Quick Sand Demonstration by The Sand Lovers
4:45 p.m. The Golden Knights US Army Parachute Team Performance
5:00 p.m. Night Move Band
5:45 p.m. Quick Sand Demonstration by The Sand Lovers
8:00 p.m. Jim Quick and Coastline
10:00 p.m. Fireworks Demonstration

Sunday, June 3
5:00 p.m. The Tonez
8:00 p.m. Swingin’ Medallions