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 58th Annual Can-Am Days Festival will be held on March 14th-22nd, 2020.
The 5th annual event to take place in April. Where families can bond, youth can learn, and all can make lifelong memories! Unlimited Ride Wristbands! Free live entertainment daily, including Food, games, rides, petting zoo, music, racing pigs, character meet & greets, NASCAR race, live entertainment and more. Free parking on speedway ground.
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 15th Annual Myrtle Beach Film Festival will be held April 21st-25th, 2020. 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 39th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival will be held on May 16th & 17th, 2020.
Carolina Country Music Festival (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. The 2020 CCMF will be held June 4th-7th, 2020.
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. This year's festival was held on June 29th, 2019.
Sunshine, salty sea breeze, cold beer, and a free oceanfront concert - is there a better way to spend a Saturday in Myrtle Beach? Join us Coastal Sounds Oceanfront Concert featuring the Grammy Nominated and The Voice Season 3 Winner: Cassadee Pope + Claudia Hoyser, Sister Hazel, Outshyne & more. General admission entry is FREE. VIP tickets are available for $25 and include 2 drink tickets, Access to the private VIP lounge and private premium viewing area. Come early and enjoy the mouth-watering food truck's cuisine and exciting vendors. This year's Coastal Sounds will be held August 3rd, 2019.
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 2019 festival will be held Saturday, September 21st, 2019.
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 2019 festival will be held on October 12th & 13th, 2019.
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 the 3rd Saturday in October each year. This year's festival will be held on October 19th, 2019.
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. There's also the Christmas Towne event, which features the city of Myrtle Beach's official Christmas tree lighting ceremony. All told, there's an abundance of holiday gifts just waiting to be unwrapped each and every year.
Visit the events calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events and festivals.