Boasting a unique variety of award-winning music, dance, comedy, dinner shows and celebrity concerts, the Myrtle Beach area today is home to some of the best in the entertainment world. Performers provide top-notch entertainment to full houses in the area’s numerous venues and the Grand Strand is also home to music festivals and a tremendous dance scene. Whether travelers are looking for a family-friendly entertainment experience or a simple spot to let loose, the Myrtle Beach area has plenty of fantastic options for a night on the town.
This theatre is home to several of the Grand Strand’s most popular shows including ”ONE The Show,” a one-of-a-kind production featuring country, Broadway, bluegrass and gospel music, which was recently voted the No. 1 Live Entertainment Theatre by Myrtle Beach visitors and locals. Throughout the year, catch comedy acts, dance performances and guest artists’ concerts in this stunning venue.
Calvin Gilmore Presents The Carolina Opry – consistently voted best show by readers of Myrtle Beach’s daily newspaper. The Opry also won the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for “Most Outstanding Attraction.” Guests will enjoy a variety of stellar music, dance and comedy acts performed by professional artists including “All That!” of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
Joining the Opry’s repertoire on select nights is “Time Warp,” where the Carolina Opry cast turns out hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The Carolina Opry’s Calvin Gilmore Theater is also home to LIGHT, an amazing show that awes visitors with a dazzling laser light show paired with your favorite classic rock, Beatles, holiday and many other musical options to create a moving and unforgettable experience, as well as the Performing Art Series featuring visiting artists across genres.
The House of Blues attracts standouts in the world of blues, jazz, gospel, rock and even comedy. Norah Jones, Edwin McCain, Keith Urban, Hootie & The Blowfish and Dave Chappelle are just a few of the headliners who have appeared on the Myrtle Beach stage. Other big draws include the Sunday Gospel Brunch and Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.
The Legends in Concert show in Myrtle Beach features some of the greatest celebrity impersonators in the industry showcasing the best musical legends of our time. The performers truly embrace and portray iconic artists including Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Tim McGraw and of course, Elvis Presley.
At Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, the glory and chivalry of the Middle Ages comes to life amid pageantry and thrilling tournament action. A four-course banquet is provided while the queen presides over a competition of medieval games of skill astride magnificent Andalusian stallions.
Experience the wonder, excitement and spirit of the pirates who docked on the shores of Myrtle Beach. In an interactive experience, viewers start out in the Pirate’s Lair and Crow’s Nest and then make their way in the Crimson and Sapphire pirates’ camps in the main arena. While guests dine on a four-course meal, performers present a show of acrobatics and live animals set to music by Dolly Parton and Mark Brymer.
In partnership with Coastal Carolina University, Atlantic Stage is the first and only professional theatre company in the Myrtle Beach area. Atlantic Stage brings the best in Broadway, Off-Broadway and new plays from regional theater across the United States to the Myrtle Beach area. Enjoy a night on the town while supporting the arts.
This volunteer chorus of over 70 members from all parts of the Grand Strand provides show stopping performances of Broadway, classical and contemporary music. The Carolina Master Chorale not only contributes to the cultural and civic life of the Grand Strand, but acts as cultural ambassadors for the community through performances throughout South Carolina, the United States and the world.
Each year, Coastal Carolina University presents a dynamic cultural program for students, the community and visitors to the area. From lectures and music to theater and film, the lineup delivers events that will entertain, enlighten and delight.
Since 1987, the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra has been performing a variety of classical music programs ranging from chamber music to a full orchestra and youth orchestra, The Long Bay Symphony provides a welcoming musical respite for visitors to the Myrtle Beach area.
During the day, guests shop and dine at this popular attraction. But once the sun sets, Barefoot Landing becomes the go to spot for live music and relaxing. Located along the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach, there’s plenty for everyone. Whether it’s taking in a great musical act at the House of Blues and grabbing a drink at Dick’s Last Resort, or enjoying an evening at Wild Wing Café, Bully’s Pub and Grill, Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s, or Greg Norman’s Australian Grille; night time is definitely the right time here.
The Atlantic Ocean is home to Myrtle Beach’s casino ship – Big M – which provides guests with scenic and entertaining excursions that include gambling, fine dining and live entertainment. The five-hour cruise sets sail from the beautiful Little River, just a short drive north from the central Myrtle Beach area.
Celebrity Square is a New-Orleans style boulevard bursting with 10 of Myrtle Beach’s hottest clubs and night spots, from the well-known Hard Rock Café and Margaritaville to favorite haunts like Dave & Buster’s and Senor Frog’s. Happy Hours, street parties and daily specials are plentiful in season, making for the perfect evening out.
Myrtle Beach is home to the time-honored tradition of shag dancing - also known as the Carolina Beach Shag. The Shag dance started as a beach dance popular with young, college-aged adults back in the fifties and sixties. It has been referred to by some as “a sort of a lazy jitterbug” that used to be danced late at night on the beaches. The Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach is where the Shag originated decades ago and continues to stand strong, housing a plethora of Shag dancing clubs such as Fat Harold’s Beach Club, Duck’s, and OD Arcade & Lounge.
Each Christmas season, the Myrtle Beach area’s many theaters and attractions stage heart-warming holiday performances. 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 enjoyed by the thousands. With great seasonal rates offered alongside a wide array of holiday shopping options, the Grand Strand is an ideal place for families to spend the holidays.
Each Christmas season, The Alabama Theatre presents The South’s Grandest Christmas Show, a festive spectacle of traditional carols and holiday musical favorites along with dance and comedy acts.
The magic of the season comes to life each year at The Carolina Opry’s colorful and eagerly awaited holiday music variety and comedy show.
At the Asher Theater, James Stephens III, the Man of a Thousand Voices, performs his one-man comedy and music show with several holiday classics including "The Christmas Song" as Nat King Cole and "The First Noel" as Elvis, along with contemporary elements such as Drake's version of "Jingle Bells". This entertaining holiday delight may also include special guest appearances from his celebrity friends.
GTS Theatre has two holiday shows. Motor City Musical - Motown Tribute Show adds holiday classics from the Motown Era. The Christmas in Dixie – Redneck Style Variety Holiday Show features a mixture of comedy and holiday music. These shows are a great way to celebrate the season with the entire family.
What scallywag would say no to a fun-filled Christmas adventure on the high seas? Come out for Christmas at Pirates Voyage and join Captain Scrooge as he travels to the past, through the present and to the future. During the show, an assortment of toys come to life, a castaway and her sea lion companion provide comic relief and a live nativity scene shows the true meaning of Christmas.
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