Top 10 festivals you must attend in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand

Dancers from the Sally Woody School of Dance perform at the Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down in this file photo.

Myrtle Beach is home to some great weather year-round, which often makes it a perfect setting for festivals throughout the year.

Here is a list of the top 10 festivals visitors and locals should be sure to check out:

Carolina Country Music Fest

It began in 2014 and has grown into the biggest summer country music concert in the southeast United States. The four-day event, which is usually during the first half of June, has featured artists like Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and more.

Coastal Uncorked

Coastal Uncorked features local food, wine, beer and live music. The festival, which was moved in recent years to Labor Day weekend, kicks off with Chocolate Under the Moon, and continues with a craft brew event called Brews’ N The Beach. The final day of the three-day event is usually capped with Grand Wine Tasting.

Loris Bog-Off Festival

If you are not from the south, you may be wonder, what is bog? It’s a favorite southern dish made with chicken sausage an rice. The Loris Bog-off Festival, typically in October, is a perfect time to try this dish, as cooking teams will compete for the title of best chicken bog. In addition to eating, guests will enjoy two stages of entertainment, a car show, children’s area, vendors and more.

Little River Shrimp Fest

This festival celebrates shrimp! The Little River Shrimp Fest is held on the waterfront. Guests will, of course, get to enjoy shrimp and other fresh seafood from local restaurants. There will also be your standard festival food. While enjoying the food, guests cans shop from vendors and enjoy live music. Kids will love the children’s area that will feature balloon artists, face painting and more. Typically in October.

Beach, Boogie and BBQ

Kick-off fall festival season with barbecue and music on Labor Day weekend. Usually on Friday and Saturday, sample barbecue from cooking teams competing for cash prizes and the title of barbecue champion of South Carolina. Enjoy live music, arts & crafts vendors, a car show and kids activities, as well. This event is usually at Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conference Center, 950 Crabtree lane (near Grand Park in Market Common).

Can-Am Festival

From free “meet and greet” welcome breakfasts and event discounts, to a Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach Annual Can-Am Concert and complimentary shuttle service from Myrtle Beach to CanAm Days in Downtown Conway, Canadian visitors will receive royal treatment. A complete event listing for the 56th Annual Canadian-American Days Festival can be found online at www.CanAmDays.com.

World Famous Blue Crab Festival

The Blue Crab Festival began in 1981 as a small festival to highlight the waterfront. Since then it has grown to a two day festival that attracts more than 50,000 visitors. The festival features over 200 arts and crafts vendors, along with specialty food vendors, live entertainment and a children’s area. Of course, you will get to enjoy blue crabs along with other fresh seafood from local restaurants participating in the festival. The festival is typically in May.

Mayfest on Main

Mayfest on Main, in North Myrtle Beach and typically in mid-May, is on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, including concerts in “Horseshoe,” at Ocean Boulevard.

Conway Riverfest

The Conway community comes together at the beginning of July for its riverfest. It typically starts with a golf cart parade, with additional activities like a kids zone, business expo, a beer garden and an artisan market. The day is capped off by a fireworks show.

Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down

Always the third Saturday in September, the hoe-down features a beauty pageant, a parade, musical entertainment and arts and crafts.

 

 

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