Summer is finally here and we are ready for beautiful weather, dips in the ocean, the smell of sunscreen, cooking out, and all the fun events Myrtle Beach has to offer! While the options are plentiful we’ve had made it easier for you to pick which are events you will get out and explore. Here is our list of Myrtle Beach’s top summer 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 – $1 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. Tickets start as low as $7 and can be purchased online.
Myrtle Beach Scavenger Hunt: Piers, Parks, & Plenty of Fun: May 1 – December 31
Looking for a group activity to keep the whole family entertained? Check out the Myrtle Beach Scavenger Hunt! This fun-filled loop takes you on an adventure exploring Myrtle Beach’s history and landmarks on and off the beach. Experience our city like never before! Snap pictures, race against the clock, and put your navigation skills to the test all at your own pace. This scavenger hunt is app lead, so no reservations or tour guides are required. Visit the website for more information on how to download what you need to get started!
Sounds of Summer Concert Series: May 15 – September 18
Enjoy an evening with your family and friends listening to live music under the stars at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater. Each concert will feature a different band playing great music appropriate for the entire family. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring your beach chair and blanket! This event is on Fridays from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm and free/open to all ages. Sandhills Bank Amphitheater is located at 150 Citizens Circle in Little River, SC.
Sun Fun Festival | May 29-31
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 3-year-running 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.
Hot Summer Nights | Myrtle Beach Boardwalk | June 12 – September 4
Looking for a 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 12th – September 4th from 8-11 pm to see what all the buzz is about!
Brookgreen Art Festival: June 6-7
Enjoy a two-day art festival in beautiful Brookgreen Gardens. This event brings together local and regional artists and authors to showcase their fine craftsmanship and quality art. In addition to the display and sale of art, media demonstrations by artists are featured. This event is happening June 6-7th from 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Call 843-235-6000 for more information.
North Inlet Paddle: June 9 – September 4
Interested in a morning on the water? Reserve your spot for a naturalist-guided tour through the North Inlet estuary. The price is $60/person and this includes all equipment, instruction in basic kayaking, a natural history overview, and educational and research highlights of the North Inlet ecosystem. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water and binoculars! To reserve your spot call 843-904-9017.
Myrtle Beach Nationals Car, Truck, and Bike Show: June 12-14
Located at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, the Myrtle Beach Nationals Car, Truck, and Bike show a 3-day event full of unique cars, burnout competitions, truck games, tailgate parties, a live DJ, and a swimsuit contest. It is happening on June 12-14 from 9:00 am-6:00 pm. To purchase tickets and get more information call 843-236-0500.
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 7. Admission to the festival is free with garden admission.
Monster Truck Beach Devastation: June 20-21
Feel the earth shake and hear the thunder rumble at Myrtle Beach’s Monster Truck Beach Devastation 2020! See incredible 10,000-pound giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action. Check out the pit party to see the trucks up close and personal and get pictures. This event is taking place at the Myrtle Beach Speedway June 20th – 21st from 4:00 pm-9:00 pm. For tickets and more information call 843-236-0500.
International Mud Day Hike: June 29
What better way to celebrate International Mud Day than to hike in South Carolina’s famous Pluff Mud? Join the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a fun and educational hike through the North Inlet salt marsh trail. Learn about the salt marsh ecosystem and the plants and animals that inhabit it. This mud day hike will take place at 22 Hobcaw Road in Georgetown, SC on June 29th from 10:00 am-12:30 pm. It is a free event and you can call for more details at 843-904-9017.
Fishes of North Inlet: July 1-31
Searching for a fun, free, and educational event for your family? This one’s for you! Head out to the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Georgetown, SC to watch scientists pull a seine in a tidal creek. This catch is then carried back to a seawater laboratory where everybody helps sort, identify, and measure the collection of fish, shrimp, and crabs. Old clothes are recommended. It is limited to 10 people ages 10 and up so be sure to call 843-904-9017 to reserve your time and spot.
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 (Saturday, 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, July 4th) – 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 (Saturday, July 4th) – Guests can find 4th of July Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Murrells Inlet, and Cherry Grove Pier.
Zookeeper for the Day: July 15 – November 18
Is your child an animal lover? How about taking them to Brookgreen Gardens to be a Zookeeper for the day! This event is taking place on the 3rd Wednesday of Each month (July-November). Guests age 12 and older gain a firsthand look at working in a zoo and spend the day helping zookeepers with their daily routine of feeding, cleaning, and animal care. Registration is $150 and you can call 843-235-6049 for more information and make your reservation!
Will Avery Basketball Camp: July 27-31
A great event for kids, former Duke University and NBA player, Will Avery, will host a basketball camp at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center July 27th-31st from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. This event is open to boys and girls ages 6-15 and space is limited so sign up early! The cost is $250 for full camp and $150 for a half-day. Each camper will receive a t-shirt. Visit their website to register and reserve your child’s spot today.
Tobacco Heritage Day: August 1
Celebrate life on the family farm from 1900-1955. This popular annual event features various demonstrations throughout the day including gathering and stringing tobacco, grinding grits in the grist mill, blacksmithing, woodworking, and cooking on the wood-burning stove. This event is taking place on August 1st at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm at 2279 Harris Short Cut Road in Conway, SC from 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
Craftsmen’s Summer Classic Art & Craft Festival: August 7-9
Channel your inner creativity at the 2020 Craftsmen’s Summer Classic Art & Craft Festival! This festival features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. No matter your style, taste, or budget there is something for you! This event takes place on August 7th -9th from 10:00 am-5:00 pm at the Myrtle Beach Convention center. For more information call 336-282-5550.
Carolina Country Music Fest | September 17-20
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 | TBA
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.
No matter which activity you choose, you’re sure to have tons of fun with these top Myrtle Beach summer events! Need accommodations? We’re happy to help! Visit our website to check out our latest deals and offers. Don’t forget to also check out all the awesome restaurants the Grand Strand has to offer!