Myrtle Beach Events and Festivals

(Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - SC, USA)

Myrtle Beach comes with a busy calendar of events, with many occasions being golf-related tournaments and competitions, open to both professionals and amateurs.

The coastal location of Myrtle Beach makes this spot an ideal place for outdoor activities and sporty things to do. Noteworthy annual festivals and similar highlights include the Canadian-American Days Festival each March, the Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo in April and the Sun Fun Fest every June, where residents and visitors alike gather together to take part in a range of activities. Also worth making a note of is the yearly Fourth of July Concert at the Memorial Stadium, along with the German-style Oktoberfest in the fall.

Myrtle Beach is also big on charity events, with a number of fundraisers each year attracting huge crowds for worthy causes. Arts and craft lovers won't be disappointed by the choice of annual fairs offering handicrafts, while children are always well catered for.

National Public Holidays

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • Third Monday in January - Martin Luther King Day
  • 12th February - Lincoln's Birthday
  • Third Monday in February - Washington's Birthday
  • Last Monday in May - Memorial Day
  • 4th July - Independence Day
  • First Monday in September - Labor Day
  • Second Monday in October - Columbus Day
  • 11th November - Veterans Day
  • 4th Thursday in November - Thanksgiving
  • 25th December - Christmas Day

Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015


  • There are no significant festivals in the month of January at Myrtle Beach


  • South Carolina Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - each year two people who have made significant contributions to South Carolina are inducted into the Hall of Fame; the judges choose one deceased and one contemporary contributor to add to the existing members


  • National Shag Championships - the longest running shag contest in the USA, the annual shag championships are a celebration of the dance which originated in Myrtle Beach. Every year top dancers compete in five divisions and judges choose the best that then appear on national television shows to show off their dancing prowess
  • Canadian-American Days Festival - attracting lots of Canadians who flock to Myrtle Beach during the March school vacation, the festival incorporates several activities, among them the Can-Am Cup YMCA Soccer Invitational and the International Kitefest


  • Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo - early April to late October, spanning six months this fishing event sees fishermen and women from around the region compete for cash prizes. This rodeo concludes with am awards ceremony
  • Myrtle Beach's Pride Festival and Parade - April / May, attracting many gay and lesbian visitors


  • Myrtle Beach Bike Week - mid-May, over 80,000 motorbike enthusiasts come together to celebrate their Harley Davidson mean machines. The event includes stalls selling Harley goods, music, stunt shows and tattoo contests among other entertainment
  • Little River Blue Crab Festival - mid-May, an annual festival held along the historic waterfront and offers arts and crafts, amusements, animal attractions, deliciously fresh seafood complemented by lively entertainment


  • Sun Fun Festival - held during the first week of June, this festival has a number of lively events including a sand castle competition, live music concerts, beach sports competitions, Miss Sun Fun USA pageant, air show, fun run and parade among a number of other attractions
  • Summerfest - early June to early September, Barefoot landing comes alive every Monday and Saturday night when the boardwalk fills with vendors and entertainers, with the evening culminating in a firework display


  • Myrtle Beach Fourth of July Concert - July 4th, held at the Myrtle Beach Memorial Stadium; residents and visitors alike join in the celebrations which include music, food and fireworks among other festivities
  • Myrtle's Market, the month of July sees vendors setting up to sell fresh food produce as well as handicrafts and plants every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Held at the corner of Oak Street and Mr. Joe White Avenue
  • Annual Million Dollar Hole-In-One and Putt For Cash - mid-July, hosted by the Cane Patch Driving Range, this event sees amateur golfers compete for cash prizes and a chance in the semi-finals


  • Craftsmen's Classic Arts and Crafts Festival - early August, held at Myrtle Beach Convention Center, this one-day event sees the gathering of artists and craftsmen that come to this event in order to sell their wares
  • Dog Days of August Blues and Jazz Fest - mid-August, the LaBelle Amie Vineyard hosts this all day lively musical festival
  • Annual Dining With Friends - late August, organized by the St. John's Orthodox Church, this event has been running for over a decade as a fundraiser for those who are affected by HIV / AIDS


  • TGIF Tournament - early September, annual golf tournament held at Wild Wing where participants compete for the prestigious title
  • Annual Italian Festival - early September, celebrating all things Italian at Broadway at the Beach, the event includes food, music and live entertainment
  • South Carolina's Largest Garage Sale - early September, held at the Pavilion Parking Garage, the pavilion's four floors are filled with vendors selling their unwanted treasures at this annual morning event
  • Annual Mark Sloan Golf Tournament - early September, a charity golf tournament to raise money for cancer research; held at the Wild Wing Golf Club


  • Live Oak Art Festival - early October, within easy driving distance of Myrtle Beach, this Conway festival is an opportunity to see a range of artworks and performances
  • Surfside Beach Annual Family Festival - Surfside Beach attracts thousands on people to this family-friendly gathering that offers food, entertainment and lots of fun
  • Oktoberfest - early to mid-October, a celebration of German music, costume, food, culture and most importantly beer, with plenty of it
  • Leukemia-Lymphoma Society 7th Annual Light the Night Walk - mid-October, a two-mile charity night walk along the beach starting at Myrtle Beach Pavilion


  • Legends in Concert - early November to late December, watch convincing impersonations of your favorite stars performing classic tunes including everyone from Madonna and Sinatra to Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe
  • Annual Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals - mid-November, having run for over two decades, this event witnesses 350 exhibitors dressed in period costume at this extravagant arts and crafts show
  • Veterans Day Ceremony - November 11th, commemorating those who lost their lives in WWI and WWII, with services held at Myrtle Beach Convention Center Special Events Plaza and other places throughout the city


  • Surfside Beach Tree Lighting - the Town Hall at Surfside Beach is the center point for the tree lighting ceremony that marks the start of the festive season
  • North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting - early December, annual event with a lively parade and an appearance by Santa
  • Conway Christmas Parade - Christmas festivities at the Conway parade, incorporating costumes, music and lively entertainment
  • New Years' Eve Fireworks - December 31st, Myrtle Beach sees in the New Year with a spectacular firework display