Fall Events in Myrtle Beach
Fall is a busy time at the beach and a favorite season among locals and visitors alike. The temperatures fall to an agreeable level and area businesses are enjoying a break from the summer rush. Both of these factors contribute to the influx of fun, family friendly events that take place during this coveted time of year. Curious about what the season has to offer?
Take a look at the Top Fall Events in Myrtle Beach:
Dog Days Blues & Jazz Fest | La Belle Amie Vineyard | September 12th
Fall is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the agreeable weather! You can do just that at the Annual Dog Days Blues & Jazz Fest, hosted at La Belle Amie Vineyard. This event will include live entertainment via The Don Colton Trio and The Tammy Tangent Band in addition to complimentary tours and tastings. There will also be plenty of tasty summer-time treats from Smokin’ Pitt BBQ and Sticky Fingers available for purchase. Admission is only $8 / person; call (843) 399-9463 for more information.
New York Prime | The Big 2-0 | September 15th
Carnivores and wine enthusiasts alike will enjoy this mouthwatering event at New York Prime. This well-known area steak house is hosting a very special event with Cakebread Cellars to help ring in their 20th anniversary. The evening will include a decadent 4-course dinner with hand-picked wine accompaniments. This special evening is available for only $99 / person and reservations are highly recommended. Call (843) 448-8081 to save your spot!
Crady’s Mac N Cheese Bake-Off | Downtown Conway Park | September 19th
Prepare your palate for an adventure is cheesy goodness – the Crady’s Mac n Cheese Bake-Off is officially set for mid-September and you won’t want to miss out! This family-friendly event will unite professional and amateur chefs in an ultimate mac n cheese cook-off. The event will include an official judging panel, though there will be an award for “guest favorite”. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Horry Georgetown Tech Culinary Arts Program. Call (843) 248-3321 for more information.
24th Annual St. John’s Greek Festival | St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church | September 24th – 27th
Opa! Gather your friends and (an empty stomach) and make plans to fill up at one of the tastiest festivals of the year – the St. John’s Greek Festival. This tasty event offers the area’s finest selection of homemade Greek eats like spanakopita, gyros, souvlaki, pasticcio, and plenty of desserts – of course. There will also be several local business and crafts vendors, live music, and plenty of entertainment for the little ones. This 4-day event is fun for the whole family! Call (843) 448-3773 for more information.
40th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival | Huntington State Beach Park | September 25th – 27th
Looking for a fun, family event during September? If so, be sure to check out the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, an annual event that is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Artists from across the nation flock to this huge gathering to showcase their finest work, which ranges from paintings and sculptures to woodwork and handmade jewelry – and everything in between. The event will also offer live entertainment throughout the weekend, games and crafts for the kiddos, and several food and drink vendors. Admission is only $8 for adults or $10 for a multi-day pass and children under the age of 15 are admitted free of charge. Call (843) 237-4440 for more information.
Brew at the Zoo | Brookgreen Gardens | September 26th
Do you enjoy good brews and good tunes? If so, the annual Brew at the Zoo event is calling your name! Enjoy the fantastic fall beach weather and sip on more than 30 regional craft beers as you peruse the local wildlife exhibits and take in all that Brookgreen Gardens has to offer. The event includes a silent auction, heavy appetizers, and a signature tasting glass. The cost of admission is $40 / person or $35 for members. Call (843) 235-6000 for more information.
California Roots The Carolina Sessions | Downtown Myrtle Beach | October 3rd
This year is the first year that the California Roots session is coming to the beach and the area is buzzing with excitement. This day-long event will feature 10 artists total, including several well-known headliners like Soja, Steel Pulse, and 311. Tickets are available online and are currently $70 plus processing and the fun will run from 10:30am – 11:30am. Grab your tickets and prepare for a day full of beach fun!
32nd Annual Taste of the Town | Myrtle Beach Convention Center | October 6th
Looking for great food for a great cause? The 32nd Annual Taste of the Town event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th and promises to be bigger and better than ever! 50+ area restaurants will be present offering up their finest tapas-style creations. Guests will pay a small admission fee ($5 in advance / $6 at the door) and then purchase food tickets ($1 each) that can then be traded for the sample of your choice and all proceeds will benefit St. Andrew’s Catholic School. Taste of the Town will also feature live entertainment, children’s events, a silent auction, and much more. Call (843) 448-6062 for more information.
11th Annual ShrimpFest | Little River Waterfront | September 10th – 11th
A festival that even Forest Gump would approve of – the 11th Annual Little River ShrimpFest – is slated for the weekend of September 10th – 11th and you won’t want to miss out on the fun. The weekend will include live entertainment from several popular local bands, a wide array of local arts and crafts vendors, games and activities for children, and –of course – plenty of shrimp. Participants will be competing for the best shrimp concoction and it’s your job to help pick the favorite! The price of admission is only $4 in advance or $5 at the gate. Call (843) 249-6604 for more information.
Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest | Downtown Myrtle Beach | October 10th – 11th
Strap on your lederhosen and get ready for the area’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration. This two-day event takes over downtown Myrtle Beach with a full lineup of live entertainment, the area’s largest beer garden, and plenty of decadent food vendors serving up your favorite Oktoberfest fare. This family-friendly event will also feature a full kids carnival, face painting, a petting zoo, and much more. This event is free to attend and is fun for all ages!
Festa Italiana | Broadway at the Beach | October 10th – 11th
If you are looking for a more low-key weekend event, be sure to check out the Festa Italiana at Broadway at the Beach. As the name suggests, this festival celebrates everything Italian with live music, roaming street performers, arts and craft vendors, and plenty of decadent Italian treats. There will also be a spaghetti eating contest, free face painting, and plenty of other family activities. Admission to this fun event is only $1 – call (843) 215-2662 for more information.
Sixth Annual Myrtle Beach Wine Fest & Taste of Market Common | Market Common | October 17th
Lovers of food, wine, and all things delicious are sure to appreciate this culinary happening. The 6th Annual Wine Fest / Taste of Market Common is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th and always draws a crowd. Local restaurants will be present serving up their tastiest treats and regional wineries will be offering their latest seasonal concoctions. Admission is only $5 and includes a signature tasting glass; all food and wine samples will be purchased separately.
12th Annual Oyster Roast | Murrells Inlet MarshWalk | October 24th
Oyster season is almost here – are you ready to indulge in this prime local catch? This event is always a huge hit with locals and visitors alike – and it’s not hard to see why! The fun will take place in the Wicked Tuna parking area along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and will offer “all you can eat” oysters for $35 / person – while supplies last. There will also be plenty of live entertainment throughout the afternoon, several local vendors present, arts and games for the kids, and drink specials along the MarshWalk.
What fall event are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know!
Guest Pick: What Is Your Favorite Beach Activity?
Soaking up the sun isn’t the only thing to do while you are enjoying a lazy day along the sandy shores in Myrtle Beach. In fact, there are plenty of fun beach activities for both the active and the passive beach-goer.
We took to Facebook and asked our fan base what their favorite beach activity was – here’s what they had to say!
What is your favorite beach activity?
“Sandcastle Contest!” – Sandy P.
What a great idea! Having a sandcastle-building contest is a great way to keep the kiddos busy or to enjoy a little friendly competition among family and friends. Most area beach stores have plenty of sandcastle building materials – buckets, shaped cups, shovels, etc. – and they are pretty affordable which means fun on a budget. And, you can get creative and incorporate other toys and decorations for a personalized touch.
“Our family always packs a few beach games.” – James W.
Beach games are an oldie but goodie and the options are endless! Sports enthusiasts typically enjoy Frisbee, soccer, football, or volleyball which the more casual gamer might enjoy options like bocce ball, ladder ball, or cornhole. What is your favorite beach game?
“We like to pack a picnic and have dinner at sunset.” – Ashlee C.
Another great tip for beach-goers on a budget, packing a beach picnic is a great way to make the most of our scenic destination. You can either opt for an easy homemade meal with sandwiches / wraps and other picnic fare or grab a meal to-go from your favorite area restaurant (pizza, anyone?) and dine al fresco along the shoreline. Just remember to pack a blanket or towel and to clean up after yourself when you are ready to head back.
“Our kids always love to participate in active play like kayaking, paddle boarding, or surfing.” – Jeff T.
It is easy for beach pros and beginners to get active and battle the salty seas. Many visitors bring their own gear but Myrtle Beach also offers plenty of local rental places where you can rent everything from paddle boards and kayaks to boats and jet skis. Take these out into the ocean for a thrilling experience or, for a tamer ride, rent from an inlet or creek area like Murrells Inlet, Cherry Grove, or Pawleys Island. The channels off the ocean offer a much more calm atmosphere and are ideal for beginners.
“We like to give the kids a beach scavenger hunt list – they love the hunt and it keeps them busy for hours!” – Candice H.
Beach scavenger hunts are easy to organize and are an easy way to entertain the masses. Popular objects might include: sea shell, shark tooth, crab or jelly fish, someone buried in sand, wet dog, flip flops, sunglasses, bird, surfboard…. The options are endless! Using a camera or phone will really make the options endless – get creative and have fun!
"Surf fishing is always a good time for our family, you never know what you are going to catch." - John S.
Grab a few poles, some bait, and scope out the perfect spot for a day of surf fishing. This method is easy for beginners and experts alike and is a great way for the adults to teach the youngsters a thing or two. Fishers can actively hold the rods while fishing or you can kick back and relax and let a rod holder do all the work. Just be sure to pick a semi-secluded location and to wait until the tide is right - high tide is the best time to catch fish while they are feeding closer to shore.
“Sea shell hunts are our favorite!” – Anna B.
Sea shells are abundant along the Grand Strand and are a fun way to pass the time while soaking up the sun. Challenge the kids to collect as many as possible and use them as a souvenir or for decorations and crafts when you return home. Other beachy collectibles include sea coral, driftwood, starfish, and sea glass.
“Our troupe likes to set up a beach-style Olympics day and get the whole family involved.” – Bruce M.
We thought this twist on beach games was a great idea! A small search for “beach Olympics” yielded tons of easy beach games that don’t take a ton of effort and that the whole family can enjoy together. Ideas for games include crab walk race, beach hurdles using coolers, buckets, and hula hoops as obstacles, discus throw using Frisbees, water balloon tossing contest in pairs, and quick rounds of other beach games mentioned above. This is an easy and cheap way to plan out an entire afternoon!
What about you - what is your favorite beach activity? Let us know!
Decadent On-Site Dining at Coral Beach Resort
Whether you are looking to grab a quick meal to-go before hitting the town or you are ready to settle in for a hearty dinner after a busy day at the beach, you won’t have to look far for great eats during your stay at Coral Beach Resort. Our pristine family friendly hotel boasts FIVE unique dining options, making it easy to please even the pickiest eater.
Take a look at all of the great on-site dining options that you can enjoy during your stay at Coral Beach Resort:
Atlantis Restaurant – Breakfast Buffet
This full-service breakfast buffet offers a host of decadent breakfast items to help you start off your day on a high note. Selections vary but often include various egg preparations, waffles and pancakes, French toast, pastries, breakfast meats like sausage and bacon, freshly baked biscuits and gravy, and more!
Coral Bean Café – Coffee & To-Go Items
Seeking a quick meal on the go or a fresh cup of Joe? If so, look no farther than the Coral Bean Café. Snacks include bagels and various other fresh pastries, fresh fruit, sandwiches and wraps, and other “grab ‘n go” items. Additionally, Coral Bean Café is one of the few hotel shops to serve Starbucks Coffee and the baristas can whip up any of your favorite concoctions.
The Entertainment Zone Bowling & Arcade – Grill & Ice Cream
Take a break from the sun and sand and check out the on-site bowling alley, arcade, and grill located at The Entertainment Zone. This newly revamped recreation area offers 8-lanes of bowling, an exciting array of arcade games, and a full snack bar and ice cream shop that is perfect for feeding a crowd. Popular grill items include grilled burgers, hot dogs, wings, and pizza while those looking to beat the heat will love the hand scooped ice cream!
Ocean 6 Bar & Lounge – Cocktails & Tapas
Need a break from the little ones? Step inside the Ocean 6 Bar & Lounge and unwind with a cool cocktail and decadent small plates. A true lounge, Ocean 6 is expertly decorated with contemporary furniture and sports a distinctive “island flare” to help you embrace your beach experience. Ocean 6 serves a wide variety of beer, wine, and cocktails in addition to a grill menu and complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5pm – 6pm daily during the summer season.
Splash Bar & Grill – Oceanfront Dining
Keep is casual and grab a spot oceanfront at Splash Bar & Grill, conveniently located on the outdoor pool deck. The menu is diverse and offers everything from light entrees like salads, sandwiches, and wraps to heartier options like burgers, fried seafood baskets, and more! Additionally, Splash offers a full bar list with plenty of tempting tropical concoctions and provides live entertainment throughout the summer.
If you want to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out our roundup of the top dining near Coral Beach Resort.