Myrtle Beach, a wonderful city right in the heart of South Carolina’s Grand Stand Coast, is an absolutely beautiful destination that you must visit this year. It is home to tons of entertainment options, a plethora of exotic beaches, and nice, mild and warm weather – all of which make Myrtle Beach truly worth the trip.
If, however, you wish to set new standards and take your Myrtle Beach vacation to a whole new level, you have to attend the huge list of events and festivals that happen in the city every single year!
From concerts and music fests to rich seafood affairs, the city brings you the best of the best and never ceases to surprise you.
This time around, Myrtle Beach brings you even bigger and better festivals that will provide you with the experience of a lifetime! Take a look at some of the most popular and thrilling Myrtle Beach events that are happening this summer.
Can-Am, short for Canadian-American, is a festival that’s celebrated each year in March to welcome all the visitors and neighbors from the North. It’s the epitome of southern hospitality and enthusiastically welcomes American and Canadian visitors to a whole week full of fun events, exciting concerts, giveaways, and discount offers.
The Can-Am Days festival was introduced almost 50 years back, and over the years, the attendance for this festival has grown to about 100,00 visitors that make sure to return each year.
Horry County Fair
This is one of Myrtle Beach’s biggest and the absolute best fair and carnivals that take place at Myrtle Beach Speedway. It brings you 10 fun-filled days of enjoyment with a ton of incredible activities, including games, rides, live entertainment, racing pigs, a whole lot of food, varieties of music, a petting zoo, and so much more!
The best part of the Horry County Fair is that it is open to volunteers. It gives you or your organization the chance to become a valuable part of this amazing event and play your part in making it a huge success.
This time around, the carnival will also have wonderful kiddies’ rides and characters roaming around in fascinating costumes. So, if you have little kids in the house, make sure to bring them to the fair. When they’re at the fair, they’ll be sure to have the time of their lives!
Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (MBIFF)
Rewarded as one of the “Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee,” the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival surely lives up to this prestigious title. Furthermore, it has also been recognized as one of the best film festivals by ‘Film International,’ which makes it a must-attend event when you are in South Carolina.
Another reason why this has been deemed as one of the top Myrtle Beach events is that the MBIFF tries its best to present you with the most inspirational lineup of films that are also truly phenomenal and thought-provoking.
Apart from the content shown and produced in the event itself, what sets it apart from others is the true commitment and spirit of the people behind it that strive to make the film festival worth all the hype and money. The main goal of the MBIFF is to present all the independent and talented filmmakers with a venue or platform that isn’t marred by politics.
World Famous Blue Crab Festival
If you are an avid and a die-hard seafood lover, blue crab, in particular, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival in Myrtle Beach is totally for you!
This has been deemed to be one of the largest festivals in the whole of the Southeast region and manages to lure even more than 50,000 visitors every single year, making it a resounding success.
This amazing festival takes place at the Historic Little River Waterfront that is located right at the Little River, SC, and invites people from all over the world to indulge in the fresh, delicious local seafood. It’s a family-friendly restaurant, which means you get to bring all your friends, relatives, and family members to get their favorite festival food fix. As you devour your seafood, you also get a chance to thoroughly enjoy beautiful scenic views and dance to live beach music.
A great thing about this Blue Crab Festival is that it also has a whole kids’ zone or area that offers many activities that are brimming with amazing entertainment.
Given all its success over the years and the wonderful arrangements that it puts in place each year for its visitors, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival has been consecutively rewarded for the past eight years as the “Best Annual Festival” on the whole of Grand Strand.
Carolina Country Music Fest
Who doesn’t like bobbing to some hip-hop or rock & roll music, right?
For all the music lovers and enthusiasts out there, Myrtle Beach brings you the Southeast’s most superior and premier outdoor music festival called the “Carolina Country Music Fest.” It is a three-day music fest that is generally held at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Each year in June, the concert plays host to more than 30 of the biggest stars of the music industry. The beautiful, soulful music, coupled with Myrtle Beach’s breathtaking backdrop, is a whole new kind of experience that is unlike any other you’ve ever had.
This year, on June 4th, the Music fest will kick off the concert with a bang as Jake Owen, Riley Green, Teddy Robb & Larry Fleet will rock the stage!
Annual Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival
Held on the Oceanfront Boardwalk District, the Annual Myrtle Beach Truck Festival is the answer to every foodie’s prayers! This amazing food festival brings you some of the best food trucks from the vicinity along with a fantastic beer garden, jazzy live music, and a fun-filled kid’s zone for all your kids to enjoy and have the time of their lives. This is an excellent three-day family-friendly event where you can dance along with the music, indulge in delicious food truck delicacies, and drink away exciting adult beverages. There will also be amazing on-site entertainment, including a cornhole tournament, among numerous other things, so prepare yourself for some great fun!
Myrtle Beach Bike Week – Spring Rally
This is a spectacular bi-annual event where hundreds and thousands of bikers from all around town gather at the Grand Stand in order to hold a massive celebration of the big engines. So many restaurants, bars, and other similar attractions open their doors for the huge crowds, especially these bikers on their flashy rides, and welcome them to participate in a whole week of camaraderie and fun.
This spring rally particularly calls the bikers, interested spectators, and bike enthusiasts to enjoy the exciting rides with wind in their hair in the warm, perfect weather.
What’s really interesting about the Myrtle Beach Bike Week is that it initially started as a simple and small riding event with only a few bikers riding past the audience. However, over a span of almost 75 years, it has transformed into such a huge biannual event that keeps getting bigger and better each year!
A trip to the remarkable city of Myrtle Beach is certainly incomplete without attending these incredibly wonderful events and festivals that take place throughout the year. Go with friends, family, or even alone, but either way, you will have an absolute ball!