Festivals at The Beach
Festivals at The Beach
Family Fun Throughout The Year
Take your Myrtle Beach vacation to a whole new level by planning to attend one of the area's popular, family-friendly festivals during your next visit. With a wide variety of celebrations and special events happening throughout the year, chances are good you'll be able to experience one of the festivals that the make Myrtle Beach so much fun. Here are some of the area's favorites:
The Myrtle Beach area celebrates Canadian-American Days each March by welcoming Canadian and American visitors to a festival line-up of fun events, giveaways, discounts and concerts taking place on the Grand Strand. The Can-Am Days were introduced over 50 years ago, with attendance having grown to nearly 100,000 Canadian visitors and snowbirds who return each year. The 62nd Annual Can-Am Days Festival will be held March 11-16, 2023.
The Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (MBIFF), billed as “The East Coast’s answer to the Sundance Film Festival”, takes place each April in Myrtle Beach. Winner of prestigious international and national awards, such as “Top 25 Film Festivals To Submit To In The World”, by Movie Maker Magazine, and recognition as one of the best film festivals in the world, by Film International, the MBIFF strives to present a thought-provoking, phenomenal line up of films that inspire. Contact: Jerry Dalton, Founder/Director. 843-497-0220. The 18th Annual Myrtle Beach Film Festival will be held April 18-22, 2023. For more information visit www.mbiff.com
Each May, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival lures over 50,000 visitors each year to the small fishing village of Little River, located North of Myrtle Beach. Thousands of festival attendees head to the waterfront to enjoy the live music, kids' activities, arts and crafts, and a healthy serving of the area's famous dish - blue crab! The Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival will be held May 20-21, 2023.
Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF), the Southeast's premier outdoor country music festival, is located on the shores of Myrtle Beach. With a unique blend of today's country headliners and up-and-comers, the concert is host to over 30 of the industry's biggest stars. With the combination of country music and the scenic Myrtle Beach backdrop, this family-friendly three-day festival is your summer vacation destination. CCMF 2023 will be held June 8-11, 2023.
Kicking off the weekend before Independence Day, this popular festival features many live entertainment acts, an artisan market, a raft race, activities and games for all ages and food. This weekend of fun is located in downtown Conway along the banks of the majestic Waccamaw River. Come for the aesthetically-pleasing location, and stay for the events. The Conway Riverfest dates for June 2023 are to be announced.
This charming community in northern Horry County puts its best foot forward each fall with the Aynor Harvest Hoe-down. The day-long festival in late September showcases over 140 craft booths, entertainment, food, and games. The day gets started with a parade and comes to a fantastic finish with a street dance. It's an autumn event the whole family can enjoy. The Aynor Harvest Hoe-down is held in September. The date for September 2023 is to be announced.
The Beach 'n Chili Fest returns to Myrtle Beach for its second year in 2022. "Chiliheads" from all over America travel to The Beach for their annual chili cook-off and festival. The three-day event includes entertainment, car shows, live stage entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and some of the world's best chili with hundreds of flavors and recipes. Eat or compete with your best chili recipe in the Community Cup Chili Challenge, Firehouse Chili Challenge or the World Championship. The Beach 'n Chili Fest dates for September 2023 are to be announced.
Another popular festival that happens annually along the Little River waterfront, the annual October ShrimpFest, takes place every Columbus Day weekend. The fall festival draws thousands of visitors and locals outside into fall weather with excellent live jazz music and a mouth-watering shrimp cook-off. The Little River ShrimpFest dates for October 2023 are to be announced.
Chicken bog is a spicy combination of rice, chicken, sausage, and pepper and is a well-known Southern local specialty. At October's Loris Bog-Off Festival, it's the dish of choice for thousands of attendees each year. The annual festival is home to live entertainment, arts and crafts, fireworks, and more. The festival is held on the 3rd Saturday in October each year. The Loris Bog-Off Festival is held in October. The Loris Bog-Off Festival date for October 2023 is to be announced. Click here for more information.
The Christmas season along the Grand Strand is one that can't be beat. Popular entertainment venues like the Alabama Theatre, the Carolina Opry and Legends in Concert offer holiday-themed extravaganzas. Parades ring in the season all along the Grand Strand, while holiday displays like the Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens and Festival of Trees at Ripley's Aquarium are festivities to be enjoyed. The 3rd annual Winter Wonderland at the Beach was held in 2023 which includes a walkthrough light show at Pavilion Place in downtown Myrtle Beach and a real ice rink. All told, there's an abundance of holiday gifts just waiting to be unwrapped each and every year.