2013 Festivals and Family Events in the Myrtle Beach Area

2013 Festivals

The Myrtle Beach area and the surrounding areas of the Grand Strand love family friendly activities. Here is the list that we have so far and will update as we hear of more. Feel free to submit the ones you hear about that we don’t have listed.

Click here for a list of fireworks displays.



Restaurant Week – This year it kicks off on January 10.  Click restaurant week to see who is participating.

Mid Winter SOS – January 18- 20 is the time to come back to the beach for some shagging and beach music fun.

The 30th Annual North Myrtle Beach Winter Run– January 26 at 9:00 a.m.


Conway Chocolate Walk  – February 2 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Spend a Saturday afternoon exploring the shops and restaurants of Downtown Conway while enjoying chocolate treats prepared by the businesses.  With 25+ businesses participating there will be more chocolate than even the biggest chocolate-lover could enjoy in one afternoon, so fill your take home bag and savor your goodies another day.  Ticket donation is $15 per person.

So You Think You Can Shag – February 15th and 16th, sponsored by 94.9 the Surf and the American Heart Association at the Spanish Galleon in North Myrtle Beach. More info to come.

Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon – The BI-LO Marathon, Dasani Half Marathon will start on Grissom Pkwy & 21st Ave N and will finish at Pelicans Field on 2/16. The PNC 5K and Ripley’s Fun Run will start outside Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach on 2/15; Weekend events will benefit several local and State charities: the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society of South Carolina and the local chapter of the American Red Cross.


BFF Pink Ribbon Run – March 8, from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, walk and tribute

BFF Pink Ribbon Run –  March 9,  8:30 AM, Start: Barefoot Resorts by Dirty Don’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Canadian-American Days Festival – The 52nd annual Canadian-American Days Festival will be March 9-16, 2013, in Myrtle Beach. Activities will include concerts, games and a golf tournament.

Pee Dee Rodders Run to the Sun – The  25th year will be held March 14-16, 2013 with three days of car cruising along Ocean Boulevard – Car Shows and races bring in car enthusiasts from all over. Show is at the old Myrtle Beach mall.

Gathering of the GreenMarch 15, 2013, in Conway, more info TBA

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival North Myrtle Beach – also in it’s 25th year, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. March 16, 2013. After the parade, there will be Irish brews and food, bag pipers, Irish folk songs and dance teams who will perform their numbers on stage on the street.

The 3rd annual Irish Fest – also on March 16 from11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  at The Market Common. They will have  traditional Irish food and beers as well as an oyster roast. Kids activities include face painting and inflatables.

2013 Grand Strand/ Pee Dee Walk to Defeat ALS – Saturday, March 23 at Grand Park at the Market Common.  Registration is at 9:00 a.m. with the walk starting at 10:00 a.m.

The 5th annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest – will be held March 29-30 at the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing features samples of craft beers from around the country. Tickets will be sold in sessions and VIP tickets are available for 100 people per session.

Cole Bros Circus of the Stars – March 31 – April 3 at  the old Myrtle Square Mall location across  from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Sunday 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. daily.   Free Kids Tickets available at Area McDonald’s & www.freekidstickets.com,  Adult Gen. Adm. – $17, Child/Senior Gen. Adm. -$12

2013 Race for the Inlet – Saturday, March 30, 8:00 am at Morse Park Landing, 5K Run or Walk with optional chip timing


F.L.A.V.O.R. –  April 9, 5-8 p.m. at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Sample the Grand Strand’s Best Cuisine from over 30 Restaurants.

Building Futures for Autism 5K and 1 Mile Dog WalkApril 13, 9 am at Market Common.

Art in the Park – sponsored by the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild has been hosting Art in the Park in the Myrtle Beach area for 40 years, April 13 and 14.

The Wellness Council for SC Earth Day Music Fest & Expo – April 20 at Grand Park, more details to follow

Society of Stranders (SOS) Spring Safari – held April 12 – 21st., 2013 at the lounges on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach.  There is always a wide variety of activities is scheduled. Many member clubs  will schedule “tea parties” in the local lounges. The lounges themselves schedule special parties during the Safari including all your favorite bands.

5th Annual Ground Zero Dragon Boat Festival –  April 27, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, to help raise funds for Ground Zero, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, committed to transforming teenager’s lives through high-quality events, relevant school assembly speakers, student-led campus clubs, and a cutting-edge venue that provides unparalleled entertainment in a safe environment.

The Divas Half Marathon – April 26-28, 2012 in North Myrtle Beach;  a fun weekend with a two-day health and fitness boutique, a girls 5K open to everyone, a diva lounge and  a half marathon. After the running events, enjoy a roses and bubbly toast and a post race party on Main Street!


Rivertown Music & Arts Festival – May 4,  11:00am – 9:00pm – 3rd Avenue & Laurel Street in Downtown Conway with a great lineup of music.

 Palmetto Academy Spring Festival – May 4, Valor Park

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Myrtle Beach – May 4, Grand Park

Mayfest on Main – Main Street, NMB – May 11 from 10am until 6pm, music, vendors, children’s activities.

Myrtle Beach Spring Bike Week – May 10 – 19, includes vendors, local bars and venues bring plenty of biker fun to the beach for this event.   The Myrtle Beach Speedway, from 12 noon to 10 pm daily, will host vendors along with a variation of bike games, DJ music, eating contests, wet t-shirt contests, live bands, pole dancing contests and a fire show.  In addition they will serve breakfast every morning beginning at 9 am.  On May 16 from 5pm to 7 pm, the band cornbread will perform. The Little River United Methodist Church will hold a Blessing of the Bikes on May 18.  From May 16 to 18th, the Carolina RV will host Nub, the painter from the Orange County Chopper TV show, hanging out with East Coast Artie and Jimmy Jackson in the PPG Tent.

 Blue Crab Festival –  May 18-19 on the waterfront in Little River. Music, seafood and entertainment for the whole family along the Little River waterfront. Entertainment this year will feature the Craig Woolard Band, Carolina Soul Band, Jim Quick and Coastline and The Fantastic Shakers.

Music On Main Street Concerts, Thursday, May 24 – The summer-long concert kicks off with the ‘Big Time Party Band’ playing beach music at the Horseshoe from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring your beach chair.

Atlantic Beach Bike Week – May 24 –  27 –   Vendors, bike stunt riders and a variety of musical entertainment will be provided at the Horseshoe Stage.  The event will end with a salute to veterans.

Military Appreciation Days Family Picnic –12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013,Pavilion Area, Beside Vendor Tents, Ocean Boulevard.  The first “Veterans Beard and ’Stache Beach Bash” contest, to be held Saturday, May 25, as part of Military Appreciation Days. 


Music in NMB on Main Street and the Parks through the end of summer

Music in downtown Myrtle Beach through the end of summer

Rivertown Music & Arts Festival – June 29 – Local and regional bands provide the sounds of jazz, gospel, steel drums and more! Local artists display their pottery, wood, glass and paintings.


Mustang Week –July 15-21 -If you own a Mustang, or even if you just love the cars, Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach offers the most unique collection of these famous cars. Burnout contests, races and car shows are just a few of the events in town. July 17 at Myrtle Beach Speedway with Myrtle Beach Autocross and Circle Track Fun runs all day long, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A Burn-Out Contest follows at 5:30 p.m., and the speedway’s “Wheels of Destruction” Thrill Show is at 7:15.  The car show will be July 19 at Myrtle Beach mall.


 Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival Live bands, vendors with arts and crafts and unique entertainment make for a weekend of fun. Get your fill of the award-winning barbeque served up on Saturday for $10. August 30 through September 1st at Market Common. Lots of changes this year!


South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale in Myrtle Beach – September 7 from 7am-2pm at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Admission to the sale is free, but parking is $3 per car per day.

The 40th Annual South Atlantic Shrine Association Fall Festival – Sept. 19 and running through Sept. 21, 2013.   It will be a weekend of fun and festivities, while also spreading the group’s mission of promoting the quality of care and quality of life of children served by the Shriners.

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & ArtSeptember 19th through October 12th  has ten special events: from music to shopping to art to family events, something for everyone! Two weeks of  art, amazing live music, wine tasting, delicious food, and more!

Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down Festival – September 21 from 10 am until 10:30 pm. Parade, live music, chicken bog, children’s entertainment and more in the Aynor Town Park.

Rivertown Dine-Around September 21, a culinary tour of downtown Conway from 11 am until 3 pm.

Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival – Sept. 27-29, upwards of 100 artists line the park with their unique treasures. You can find anything from glass pieces to baskets.

Irish Italian Festival – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28, and the event features a food contest for local eateries as well as a spaghetti-eating contest; live music and the best of Irish and Italian fare.

St. John’s Greek Festival –  Sept. 26-29 – Enjoy the finest Greek pastries, cookies and baked goods or sip on some delicious Greek wines. Feast on homemade delicacies like Mousaka, Spanikopita and Gyros.


“Flock This Way” – Oct. 1 (display) Oct. 12 (event and walk) at Barefoot Landing, Flying Fish Restaurant.   The  “Pink Your Flamingo” Flock Walk and Auction in which art created by local artists will be on display at Flying Fish until Oct. 12. Vote for your favorite flamingo at the display area of Flying Fish in the front of the restaurant.   The fourth Annual Flock Walk  begins at 10 a.mand will begin and end at the Flying Fish Public Market & Grill. The route will take walkers around Barefoot Landing for 1.3 miles.

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Myrtle Beach Fall Rally- Oct. 2 – Oct. 6, 2013


Fall Crawl- Broadway at the Beach on October 5th from 9 am – 4 pm. Car shows, sidewalk sales, face painting, kid’s activities and more.

Fall FestivalConway, October 5 , Third Avenue and Laurel Street from 10 am until 6 pm.

Live Oak Art & Music Fest – October 5 on the lawn of the historic Horry County Court House from 10 am to 5 pm.

 Bras-Across-the-Water” Breast Cancer Awareness Event –  Oct. 5, 12:00 – 5:00 at Freedom Boat Club, Harbourgate Marina, 2120 Sea Mountain Highway, North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy  live music; a Bar-B-Que Cook-Off Contest; local vendors; breast cancer informational booths; a Chinese auction; games, raffles and more. Bras are being collected to be attached to a rope in a “Chain-of-Hope.” The highlight of the event will occur when the collection of bras are strung across the water.

Brookgreen’s annual fall festival, Harvest Home Weekend Festival – Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. It is filled with outdoor activities the whole family!Favorite activities include scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, live entertainment, plus some exciting new events such as characters from the Enchanted Storybook Forest and a Not So Spooky boat ride. Admission to the festival is included in garden admission which is good for seven days.

The Oceanfront Merchants Association and the City of Myrtle Beach will sponsor Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 12, on Ocean Boulevard.  Admission is free!  The day-long festival begins at noon and concludes with a fireworks show at 11:00 p.m.  Ocean Boulevard will showcase live music, games, food and retail vendors and a beer garden.

20th Anniversary Waccamaw Area Heart Walk –  October 12, 2013 at The Market Common – Grand Park, fun for the whole family.

 Little River Shrimp Festival – Oct. 12-13,  Fun for the whole family the festival features great entertainment both Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Stiltwalkers and balloon artists will be roaming the festival on Saturday to entertain the kids!  Of course the festival also features Arts & Crafts, a Children’s Area and the ever popular Shrimp & Grits Cook-Off on Sunday.  And don’t forget local Little River seafood and mouth watering festival foods throughout.  There something here for everyone!

Loris Bog-Off –  Chicken Bog is a South Carolina specialty dish with rice, sausage, spices and chicken. This annual festival is October 19th and includes a chicken bog cooking contest, 200 vendors (food, arts & crafts, retail and non-profit) a large kid’s pavillion, a car show, fireworks and a concert.

Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry – October 24-26

Endless Summer:  10:00am – 4:00pm. Grab your beach chair and friends for a fun-filled day, Saturday, October 26th on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach.  Enjoy fabulous entertainment, lots of vendors with one of a kind specialty craft items, food vendors, and children’s area with community stage and carnival rides. The festival will be held from 10 am – 4 pm. Music begins at noon.


18th Annual Souper Supper – Valor Park in The Market Common on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.myrtlebeachacf.com.

Snowball DropNovember 9 in Conway

Holiday Open House – Nov. 10, more info to come.

Dickens Christmas Show – Myrtle Beach Convention Center on November 14 -17. Experience shopping with vendors dressed as Dickens characters.

Taste of Home Cooking School – Myrtle Beach Convention Center on November. Doors open at 12, show starts at 2. Entertaining cooking demos, step by step expert cooking techniques and more.


City of Conway Tree Lighting – Dec. 5

Rivertown Christmas Celebration – Dec. 12 and 19 in Conway.

Living Window Display – Dec. 12, more info to come

Conway Christmas Parade- Dec. 14, more info to come

Conway Canine Christmas Costume Contest – Dec. 19, more info to come









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2 Responses

  1. Carol Mitchell
    Carol Mitchell May 2, 2013 at 9:25 am |

    Do you know anything about the Italian Festival at Barefoot Landing this coming weekend?


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