Summer is finally here, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! The sun is out, the sky is blue, there are tons happening here, where are you?!
Myrtle Beach offers plenty to do outside of the sun and sand during the summer. If your family is itching to get out and explore the area, consider one of these prime area events!
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball | Ongoing
Looking to take the family out for a night out on the town? If so, look no farther than the Myrtle Beach Pelicans! This local affiliate of the Chicago Cubs is a fun and affordable way to enjoy a bit of quality time together while on vacation. The Pelicans play all summer long and host several events throughout the week to keep guests entertained.
Special Weekly Promotions Include:
· $2 Tacos & Tallboys – $2 Tacos and $2 16oz cans from 6pm – 8pm
· Weiner Wednesday – BOGO Hebrew National hot dogs
· Thirsty Thursday – $1 Domestic Drafts from 6 pm – 8 pm
Additionally, the Pelicans host different theme nights throughout the week and host between-inning games to keep the crowd pumped. Ticket start as low as $7 and can be purchased online.
Blue Crab Festival | Historic Little River Waterfront | May 18th & 19th
If you love seafood, this is the festival for you! The 38th Annual Blue Crab Festival kicks off in the Historic Little River Waterfront with live music, entertainment, vendors, and of course lots of seafood! Tickets are $5 per adult, children 12 and under are free.
Hot Summer Nights | Myrtle Beach Boardwalk | Ongoing
Looking for fun, affordable family entertainment? If so, look no farther than the Hot Summer Nights festival that takes place throughout the summer along the bustling Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. This annual event features several weekly events for families, all of which are completely free to attend! Last year, this summer event included free concerts, a weekly Kids’ Carnival, roaming street entertainment, kids’ games, activities, and much more. Simply head down to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk between June 11th – September 2th from 8-11pm to see what all the buzz is about!
Sun Fun Festival | May 31st, June 1st & 2nd
Long-time beachgoers will remember this Myrtle Beach tradition! The Sun Fun Festival was an annual beach even for more than 50 years until 2011 when the event was put on hiatus. After a great 2017 extravaganza, the festival is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever!
Festival events will include tons of live entertainment, the Sun Fun Parade (Saturday, 10 am along Ocean Boulevard), beach games and competitions, shag lessons and dance competitions, live music, family-friendly games and activities, fireworks, and more!
This event is free to attend and runs all weekend long.
Carolina Country Music Fest | June 6th – 9th
Pack your boots and grab tickets to the biggest country music festival the beach has ever seen! Get ready for four days of action-packed live entertainment featuring some of the industry’s biggest players. Headliners include Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bently, Alabama, Delta Rae, and many more. This four-day event will also host an impressive array of local souvenir and food vendors to keep you busy between shows. Tickets are available online and reservations at Coral Beach are still available – check rates now.
Water Lantern Festival | June 29th
The Water Lantern Festival is a one of a kind event for you to see thousands of hand-designed lanterns light up the night. This family-friendly event offers you a chance to write down your hopes, dreams, or letters to loved ones and send them out with thousands of others. Tickets start at $25 (tickets increase as the festival date approaches) and include a lantern, marker, commemorative drawstring back, and more. Festival-goers will enter at 5:30 pm and enjoy music, food, and entertainment until the lanterns are launched at 9 pm.
July 4th in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is the place to be on July 4th! From festive family activities and boat parades to foodie events and fireworks, there is plenty to do during this patriotic event. Here are a few events that your family can enjoy that weekend:
· Murrells Inlet Boat Parade (Thursday, July 4th) – The parade begins at the Garden City Point and ends in Murrells Inlet. This year’s parade will begin at 9 am.
· Independence Day Cookout (Saturday, June 29th) – La Belle Amie Vineyard is hosting their annual 4th of July cookout on Saturday this year at the vineyard. The event will include live entertainment, complimentary wine samples, and plenty of food available for purchase. Admission is $7.
· Fireworks (Thursday, July 4th) – Guests can find 4th of July Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Murrells Inlet, and Cherry Grove Pier.
Brookgreen Gardens Summer Music Festival | Ongoing
Bring your best beach chair to Brookgreen Gardens weekly at 7 pm throughout the summer for concerts under the oak trees! The Summer Music Festival is a leisurely, ongoing event complete with the tunes of some of the area’s best bands. Enjoy singing, dancing, and grab some light refreshments while you’re there. Brookgreen Gardens Summer Music Festival takes place Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening from June 19 – August 10. Admission to the festival is free with garden admission.
The Salt Games | September 15th – 16th
Think you have what it takes to throw down in the sand? Or maybe you just want to watch all the action, either way, the Salt Games on Ocean Boulevard is one of the best festivals on the beach! Watch as the brave take on cross fit, surf, volleyball, and 5K competitions right on the beach! This is a family affair, kids are welcome to watch or participate in other games and activities. This is a free event beginning at 8 am each day September 15th – 16th. Food trucks and vendors will camp out all day for convenient access to food and beverages to patrons.
What is your favorite summer event in Myrtle Beach? Let us know!