Fall is right around the corner – are you ready for all the fun that this season holds? Aside from agreeable weather and comfortable temps, fall brings with it a loaded lineup of fun, family-friendly events. Are you a foodie? Or a a lover of local arts & crafts? No matter your interests or hobbies you are sure to find the perfect local event to keep you busy during your off-season stay!
Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival | Market Common | September 2nd – 3rd
Gather friends and family and head to Market Common for the 10th Annual Beach, Boogie, & BBQ Festival – a Labor Day weekend tradition! This tasty event will feature several culinary events, including a wing eating contest and a best BBQ competition, in addition to plenty of other family-friendly events and entertainment like a cornhole tournament, arts and crafts vendors, a kids play area, and more! There will also be live music throughout the weekend, a beer and wine garden for adults, and plenty of finger-licking food for all. Admission to this event is free and the fun runs from 6pm – 9:30pm on Friday and from 12pm – 10 pm on Saturday. Call (843) 855-0527 for more information.
Coastal Uncorked | Broadway at the Beach | September 2nd – 4th
Foodies unite! Coastal Uncorked was moved from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend this year and is a great addition to the already booming fall event list. This year, Coastal Uncorked will feature three main events:
· Chocolate Under The Moon (Friday) – moonshine mixology & decadent chocolate desserts
· Brews ‘N The Beach (Saturday) – craft beer, live music, local food vendors
· Grand Tasting Tent (Sunday) – wine tasting & gourmet hors d’oeuvres
Guests can attend individual events or can purchase a discounted three-day pass; call (843) 626-9668 for more information.
Brews, Blues, & BBQ | Myrtle Beach House of Blues | September 3rd
This lively House of Blues event is a great way to celebrate the music and cuisine of the South Carolina low country. Local craft beer selections will include offerings from New South, Palmetto, and Thomas Creek – to name a few. Additionally, local favorite Nova City will rock the stage from 7pm – 11pm. Festival gates will open at 5pm and admission is only $5, which includes a souvenir tasting glass. From there, guests can purchase tickets that can be traded for food and drink samples. Call (843) 272-3000 for more information.
Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival | Huntington Beach State Park | September 23rd – 25th
This year marks the 41th anniversary for the annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival and promises to be bigger and better than ever! Local and regional artists representing various genres will be present and guests can look forward to seeing everything from handmade jewelry and paintings to sculptures, metal and glasswork – and everything in between. There will also be live entertainment, food and drink vendors, and kids crafts throughout the weekend. The cost is only $8 / adults or $10 for a multi-day pass; call (843) 237-4440 for more information.
Irish Italian International Festival | Main Street, North Myrtle Beach | September 24th
A seemingly odd match, Ireland and Italy, unite once a year for this annual match made in heaven. Indulge in tasty traditional fare from both countries like handmade meatballs, pasta dishes, antipasto, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and plenty of desserts. The afternoon will also include two live entertainment stages, a spaghetti eating contest, kids games and activities, and roaming street entertainers. This festival is free to attend and runs from 10am – 4pm.
Brew at the Zoo | Brookgreen Gardens | September 24th
This exciting Brookgreen Gardens event always draws a crowd and is fun for the whole family! Brew at the Zoo kicks off at 5:30pm and will allow guests to sample over 30 regional craft beer selections and peruse the local zoo exhibits. Tickets are only $35 for members or $40 for non-members and include a tasting glass, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment throughout the evening. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the gardens. Call (843) 235-6000 for more information.
33rd Annual Taste of the Town | Myrtle Beach Convention Center | October 18th
The Taste of the Town event at the convention center is an annual affair for many visitors and locals alike – and it’s not hard to see why! This mouthwatering event will host over 50 of the area’s top restaurants, all of which will be serving up their finest tapas-style fare. Guests will purchase tickets that can be traded for food samples from the vendors of their choice. The event will also include live entertainment, family games and activities, and a silent auction. The festival will run from 4pm – 10pm; call (843) 448-6062 for more information.
Little River Shrimp Fest | Little River Waterfront | October 8th – 9th
Fresh seafood lovers are sure to enjoy this shrimp-tastic celebration! Nosh on creative shrimp concoctions from a variety of local food vendors and restaurants as you peruse the waterfront Little River area and enjoy live entertainment, family-friendly games, and much more! The event will also include more than 150 local vendors, including arts and craft vendors, local organizations and businesses. Shrimp po’boys, shrimp chowder, shrimp salad, fried shrimp, boiled shrimp…. We promise you won’t leave hungry! Admission is only $5 / person and children 12 and under are free; call (843) 249-6604 for more information.
Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival | Downtown Myrtle Beach | October 15th
Lovers of fresh seafood rejoice! 2016 marks the inagural year for the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival and we couldn’t be more excited. This tasty new local event will take place in the historic downtown Myrtle Beach area and will feature a wide array of family friendly activities. Guests can enjoy kid-friendly games, local vendors, live entertainment, a spacious beer garden, a corn hole tournament, and plenty of seafood – of course! This event is free to attend. Guests will only need to pay for food samples / items at each vendor they choose to visit. The fun runs from 11am – 7pm, we hope to see you there!
Festa Italiana | Broadway at the Beach | October 9th
Connect with your inner Italian at the 24th Annual Festa Italiana, a Broadway at the Beach tradition. Culinary creations are the main draw of this food festival and guests can nosh on tons of traditional Italian fare like sausage and pepper sandwiches, hand-rolled meatballs, fresh pizza and pastas, and plenty of sweet indulgences like cannoli, zeppoli, tiramisu, biscotti, and much more. This family event will also offer free face painting, family games and activities, and live entertainment. Festa Italiana is free to attend; call (843) 333-7059 for more information.
Loris Bog-Off Festival | Downtown Loris | October 15th
For those unfamiliar, “bog” is a traditional South Carolina dish featuring rice slow-cooked with chicken, chicken stock, sausage, and spices and is a favorite among natives and locals. As you might imagine, this festival celebrates this special Carolina dish as area restaurants put their unique twist on the original recipe. The bog-off will feature a cooking competition, kids games and events, fireworks, and over 200 local craft vendors. The fun kicks off at 9am and this festival is free to attend.
Annual Oyster Roast | Murrells Inlet MarshWalk | October 22nd
Get out and enjoy the agreeable fall weather at the 13th Annual Oyster Roast along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. Fresh, local “all-you-can-eat” oysters will be available for $35 / person while supplies last at the Wicked Tuna parking area between 11:30am – 3pm. There will also be family-friendly games and entertainment provided throughout the afternoon and several local craft vendors. Not a fan of oysters? Fret not – there will be plenty of other succulent local fare to choose from! Admission to the oyster roast is free.
What Myrtle Beach event are you most looking forward to this fall?