The beauty of the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach attracts different vacations and events each year. As the Myrtle Beach area continues to grow, the list of special events taking place throughout the year continues to grow too. So no matter what time of the year you decide to visit, you will always be fascinated by Myrtle Beach vacations and events. These include annual festivals and events, ranging from culinary to sporting events. These events also help to promote the area attractions that play host to such special events. Each season includes a few special events that can help make your vacation more enjoyable. Remember food is an integral part of most Myrtle Beach events so come hungry, and bring the whole family! Here are some special Myrtle Beach events:
Little River Blue Crab
The Little River Blue Crab Festival is one of the major Grand Strand events, drawing up to 50,000 people each year. Enjoy food, crabs, vendors, art and live performances at this family-friendly event.
Sun Fun Festival
The inaugural Sun Fun Festival was held in 1951, thereby becoming the oldest event in Myrtle Beach. In the past, it marked the official start of the summer season, but today, the event is a four-day fun festival that aims to promote various tourist attractions in the Myrtle Beach area and involves a host of special events throughout the summer season. The most popular activities during this festival include sporting events, live entertainment, firework displays, foods, arts and crafts, concerts and more. Each year, this festival presents something new. Previous festivals have featured a parade, a bikini contest, a car show, a beach party, a 5Km race, air shows, cooking competitions, castle building competition and more.
Art in the Park
For over three decades, Art in the Park has given local and regional artists an opportunity to showcase their works across a range of mediums. Hosted at Chapin Park each year, this event also gives you a chance to view and buy original pieces of art and crafts from the actual artists.
Beach Boogie and Barbeque Festival
The hugely popular Beach Boogie and BBQ festival marks the end of the annual Sun Fun Festival. This event features great entertainment for the whole family, samples from regional and local barbeque teams, a kids’ event, live entertainment, beer parties, food, arts vendors, fireworks and more.
Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand plays host to three bike rallies, also known as Bike Weeks. A bike week takes place when riders from different parts of the country gather to ride bikes, take part in fundraisers, explore the latest motorbike accessories from vendors and have fun.
The Myrtle Beach Spring Rally
The Myrtle Beach Spring Rally involves more than 300, 000 Harleys cruising around Myrtle Beach and the grand strand.
Black Bike Week
Also known as Atlantic Beach Bikefest, Black Bike Week mainly involves sport bikes with the Harleys leaning more towards the Myrtle Beach Fall Rally.
Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
Art lovers descend to the Atalaya Castle each September to witness the prominent Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. Featuring over a hundred fine artists, live entertainment and contests, this festival offers visual beauty against a backdrop of natural beauty.
The Harborwalk Festival sees thousands of vendors and guests flock to the historic city of Georgetown – the third oldest city in South Carolina. This festival features events such as boat tours, ghost tours, art exhibitions and live entertainment. Previously, artists used to promote the festival through posters. These posters are now a collector’s items. The original poster event helped support the construction of the Harborwalk. These days, the event has grown in popularity over the years to become one of the long-awaited events in Myrtle Beach.
The Conway Art Walk
The city of Conway plays host to the Conway Art Walk on the first Saturday of each month. This special Myrtle Beach event features the finest artists and musical bands performing and presenting in different venues around the downtown area.
There are many upcoming events in Myrtle Beach this holiday season. In addition to a wide variety of attractions, beautiful golf courses and fun-filled activities, there are some wonderful Myrtle Beach events being held throughout the year. From special community festivals and celebrations to musical shows and concerts, there is quite a bit of everything for you and everyone in your group to enjoy.