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:

Can-Am Days Festival

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 57th Annual Can-Am Days Festival will be held on March 10-18, 2018.

Horry County Fair at Myrtle Beach Speedway

The 3rd annual event to take place April 20-29, 2018. Where families can bond, youth can learn, and all can make lifelong memories! Unlimited Ride Wristbands! Free live entertainment daily, including Pig Races, petting zoo, amusement rides, games and the BEST shows. Free parking on speedway ground. 

Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show

The Blue Angels are coming back to Myrtle Beach after more than a decade. Landing in Myrtle Beach April 28th-29th, 2018 is Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show with headliners - the USN Blue Angels Jet Demonstration Squadron, USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team and GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team -- this performer line-up exceeds the normal world-class air show standards and should not be missed! 

World Famous Blue Crab Festival

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 37th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival will be held on May 19 & 20, 2018. 

MayFest On Main

This annual festival on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach kicks off the summer right! Bring a beach chair and enjoy family fun with the best live music, arts, crafts, food vendor, community stage and children's area. The festival is held the Saturday before Mother's Day. The 13th Annual MayFest on Main will be held on May 12th, 2018.

Carolina Country Music Festival

Carolina Country Music Festival (CCMF), the Southeast's premiere 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 2018 CCMF will be held June 7th-10th, 2018. 

Conway Riverfest

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 will be held on June 30th, 2018.

Aynor Harvest Hoe-down

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 2018 festival will be held Saturday, September 15th, 2018.

Little River ShrimpFest

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 2018 festival will be held on October 13th & 14th, 2018.

Loris Bog-Off Festival

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 20th, 2018.

A Grand Strand Holiday

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.