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“2009 was the first time we vacationed in Myrtle Beach. It exceeded our expectations. The resort that we stayed at was great, very kid friendly. There was so much to do and see in Myrtle Beach. We loved everything about it. The water temperature was outstanding ... no need to get used to the cold ocean water because in Myrtle Beach the water is simply just warm! We loved it so much, we are returning again this year!” – Polanowski Family from Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Myrtle Beach Area Festivals and Events

Family fun throughout the year

Take your Myrtle Beach vacation to a whole new level by planning to attend one of the area's popular, family-friendly festivals during your next visit. With a wide variety of celebrations and special events happening throughout the year, chances are good you'll be able to experience one of the festivals that the make Myrtle Beach so much fun. Here are some of the area's favorites:

Can-Am Days Festival

The Myrtle Beach area celebrates Canadian-American Days each March by welcoming Canadian and American visitors to a festival line-up of fun events, giveaways, discounts and concerts taking place on the Grand Strand.  The Can-Am Days were introduced over 50 years ago, with attendance having grown to nearly 100,000 Canadian visitors and snowbirds who return each year.

Blue Crab Festival

Each May, the popular Blue Crab Festival lures over 50,000 visitors each year to the small fishing village of Little River, located North of Myrtle Beach. Thousands of festival attendees head to the waterfront to enjoy the live music, kids' activities, arts and crafts, and a healthy serving of the area's famous dish - blue crab!

MayFest On Main

This annual festival on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach kicks off the summer right! Bring a beach chair and enjoy family fun with the best live music, arts, crafts, food vendor, community stage and children's area. The festival is held the Saturday before Mother's Day. 

Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival

Start Labor Day weekend off right and pack beach blankets and a big appetite before you head over to the Myrtle Beach area's Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival. This three-day family-friendly event is held every Labor Day weekend.  Free beach music concerts, jet-ski demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, and more are festival highlights.  Be sure not to miss Saturday's barbeque competition-when over 75 pit masters compete in a cook-off!

Little River Shrimp & Jazz Fest

Another popular festival that happens annually along the Little River waterfront, the annual October Shrimp & Jazz Fest, takes place every Columbus Day weekend. The fall festival draws thousands of visitors and locals outside into fall weather with excellent live jazz music and a mouth-watering shrimp cook-off. 

Loris Bog-Off Festival

Chicken bog is a spicy combination of rice, chicken, sausage and pepper and is a well-known Southern local specialty. At October's Loris Bog-Off Festival, it's the dish of choice for thousands of attendees each year. The annual festival is home to live entertainment, arts and crafts, fireworks, and more.

Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down Festival

Have a big time in a small town. The Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down Festival takes place annually on the third Saturday in September. It kicks off with a morning parade that features antique cars and tractors, and ends with a street dance in the evening. In between is food, arts and crafts, games and more.

Click here to visit Grand Strand Events a calendar of events for locals.