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Top Summer Festivals at Myrtle Beach

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Hit the town while you are visiting the area and take advantage of all that Myrtle Beach has to offer! The area comes to life during the summer with fantastic, family friendly festivals that you won't want to miss. Check out the area's most popular festivals and pencil one in during your beach getaway:


Blue Crab Festival – May 17th-18th

This spring festival is a great way to kick start your vacation and is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of this annual event and promises to be bigger and better than ever! There will be an array of food and craft vendors, live entertainment, and – of course – plenty of crab. This festival takes place on the north end of the strand in Little River and is fun for guests of any age. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the day of.


Hot Summer Nights – All Summer Long

If you are looking for the ultimate family friendly festival – head over to the newly renovated Myrtle Beach boardwalk and check out Hot Summer Nights. This festival takes place throughout the week all summer long so you have plenty of opportunities to make it to this visitor favorite. Different nights embrace different themes; Monday offers a lively children’s festival while Saturdays feature a spectacular fireworks show over the Atlantic. Other nights offer games, face painting, and seaside music. The best part is – this event is free to the public!


Movies Under The Stars - All Summer Long

Cool off after a long day of soaking up the sun by viewing a movie under the stars at Valor Park. This family favorite happens each week on Wednesdays at 9pm. Round up the family, along with a few chairs and blankets, and head down early to secure your spot. Each week features a different family friendly movie (you can check their website to see what is playing each week). There will also be several food and drink vendors serving up delicious snacks.


Beach, Boogie, & BBQ Festival - Labor Day Weekend

This tasty festival takes place each year over Labor Day weekend and has quickly become an area tradition. There will be tons of kids’ activities, live entertainment, and – best of all – plenty of BBQ for all! This festival is actually a competition so each vendor comes with best, fall off the bone offerings. As the official SC Barbecue Championship, the stakes are high – the first place winner gets $10,000! Come one, come all, with empty stomachs and a curiosity to try all of the decadent offerings.


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