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Fabulous Fall Festivities in Myrtle Beach

Fall is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Temperatures are comfortable, space is plentiful, rooms are budget-friendly, and there are a wide-range of spectacular special events and festivals to enjoy!

In addition to the beautiful 60-mile beach, family-friendly attractions, theaters and restaurants that thrill Myrtle Beach visitors year-round, if you visit this September, October or November, you can also enjoy some very popular events. From ethnic celebrations, to music, food and fall fun, there is something for everyone at The Beach!

Waves of Praise Gospel Fest

Friday, September 3 – Saturday, September 4

Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, 812 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach

This music festival features local, regional and national gospel groups and performers. Bring a beach chair and blanket, kick back and join the waves of praise. Admission is free!

Downtown Pawleys Live

Sunday, September 5, 12:00 – 8:00 pm

Island Shops, Pawleys Island

Back for it’s third year, this one-of-a-kind music festival will feature 5 local and regional bands, fresh food, craft beers, vending, artists and more with a low country vibe.

Mustang

Mustang Week

September 6 – September 11

Various locations throughout the Grand StrandDon’t miss this annual event where Mustang enthusiasts converge on the Myrtle Beach area. It’s a week full of events, including meet ‘n’ greets, Mustang Week Autocross Driving School at Myrtle Beach Speedway, BFGoodrich Track Day at Myrtle Beach Speedway, a car show, a cruise-in and more. Check out their website for more details.

Couple and kids shagging at Ocean Drive

SOS Fall Migration

Thursday, September 16 – Saturday, September 26

Various locations throughout the Grand Strand

The end of summer means one thing to shaggers – the fall migration is finally here! Shaggers from all over the country diverge on the Grand Strand to dance their favorite dance at various clubs on Ocean Drive or the Boulevard, including Fat Harold’s, Ducks, Duck’s II the OD Arcade and more.

54th Annual World Championship Chili Cook-Off

Friday, September 17- Sunday, September 19

The event site will include numerous built-in activities such as a Family Fun Zone; a relaxing beer garden that will offer an array of different craft and special brews; a hot pepper eating contest and live music, featuring Jake Hoot from Season 17 of The Voice; and the ever-popular People’s Choice Chili Competition, which allows event attendees to sample and vote for numerous chili dishes.

Rivertown Restaurant Week

Monday, September 20 – Sunday, September 26

Grab a fork and spend the week eating in Downtown Conway! It’s is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to sample the fabulous fare available in Downtown Conway.  

Tempura cod at Rivertown Bistro

Moo and Brew

Saturday, September 25

If you like burgers and beers, then this is the event for you! A new event for the Myrtle Beach area, Moo and Brew will feature Mitchell Tenpenny, a country music artist, over 75 breweries, and 200 beers to sample with a general admission ticket. The event will be held in the Burroughs – Chapin Pavilion Place from 12:30 – 8:30 pm. 

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art

Thursday, October 3 – Saturday, October 19

The Festival is one of the East Coast’s most beloved music and arts festivals. Each year thousands of locals and visitors flock to the Lowcountry to hear nationally-acclaimed artists and become part of the arts movement that is sweeping the South.

Annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest

Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest

Friday, October 8 – Saturday, October 9 

Grand Park at Market Common

Celebrate Oktoberfest the Myrtle Beach way at Market Common with a HUGE beer selection, 60+ vendors, LIVE Entertainment, Pumpkin Patch, Face-Painting, Inflatables & more!

Little River Shrimpfest

Little River ShrimpFest

Saturday, October 9 – Sunday, October 10

At the Historic Little River Waterfront, 4460 Mineola Ave, Little River, SC 29566.

Another popular festival that happens annually along the Little River waterfront, the annual October ShrimpFest, takes place every Columbus Day weekend. The fall festival draws thousands of visitors and locals outside into fall weather with excellent live jazz music and a mouth-watering shrimp cook-off. 

Greek Festival

Thursday, October 14 – Sunday, October 17

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, North Myrtle Beach

Enjoy the taste and flavors of Greece on the southeast coast this fall with this annual event. Explore the marketplace, enjoy live entertainment, Greek dancing, and authentic Greek food.

Loris Bog Off

Loris Bog-Off Festival

Saturday, October 16

​​In downtown Loris, SC.  Enjoy entertainment, vendors, food, and fun for all ages. The festival began in 1980 as a chicken bog cooking contest and has evolved into the huge event it is today. Chicken bog generally consists of chicken, rice, sausage and spices of your choice; though over the years there have been many variations of this basic recipe.

Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon

Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon

Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17

There’s no better place to run than along the Myrtle Beach coastline. Join in on this 13.1 Mile, 5K and Doggie Dash mini-marathon this October.

Wooden Boat Show

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17

Front Street, Georgetown

The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – always held on the third weekend in October – features one of the Southeast’s best wooden boat exhibits with more than 140 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music.

Mom and young son on carriage ride in The Market Common

The Market Common Local Ghosts, Historic Folks & Pirates Trolley Tour

Thursdays throughout the fall

Grand 14 Cinema at The Market Common

The Market Common Local Ghosts, Historic Folk & Pirates Tour will be held Tuesdays from 2 – 4 PM. Guests will board a trolley for a two-hour narrated tour that will take them from The Market Common in Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet, SC, where they will see Brookgreen Gardens, Atalaya—the fortress-like former beach home of the Huntington’s at what is now the state park that bears their name, and Murrells Inlet’s Historic Waterfront. While aboard, they will hear our area’s most beloved ghost stories, pirate tales and interesting accounts of historical figures who were once here.

Brew at the Zoo

Saturday, November 6

Brookgreen Gardens

Presented by the Friends of Brookgreen Gardens, Brew at the Zoo is always a favorite fall event. Enjoy tastings of more than 30 regional and national craft beers. Regional favorites, The Paul Grimshaw Band, will provide entertainment.

Taste of the Town

Taste of the Town

Tuesday, November 2, 4:00 – 10:00 pm

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach

Enjoy the area’s finest restaurants serving up tapas-style.

Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park 15K & 5K

Saturday, October 16

Stretch your body with a run through the stunning Huntington Beach State Park. 15K and 5K trail options in this Koala Bottle S.C. Trail Run Series.

Aynor Harvest Hoe-down Fest

Saturday, September 18

Aynor Town Park

This charming community in northern Horry County puts its best foot forward each fall with the Aynor Harvest Hoe-down. The day-long festival in late September showcases over 140 craft booths, entertainment, food, and games. The day gets started with a parade and comes to a fantastic finish with a street dance. It’s an autumn event the whole family can enjoy.

Aynor Hoe-Down Festival parade

Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

Friday, September 24 – Sunday, September 26

Featuring nearly 100 of the finest artisans, the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts, and local food, along with the musical offerings of several of the area’s finest musicians.

Irish Italian International Festival

Irish Italian International Festival

Saturday, September 25

Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC

This one-day rain or shine event brings approximately 15,000 people to celebrate different cultures. The festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and continues until 4:00 p.m. on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach; featuring food from local restaurants, two stages of live entertainment, street performers, art & craft vendors, and dance groups all surrounding an Irish Italian International theme. Restaurants will compete for the title of Best Entrée, Best Decorated, and Best Dessert. Festival-goers can also join in a friendly spaghetti eating competition.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally

Various locations throughout the Grand Strand

Monday, September 27 – Sunday, October 3

Harley Davidson enthusiasts converge on the Grand Strand during this annual fall rally each fall. Live music, vendors and motorcycle friendly breakfasts, and events held throughout the area.

Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival

Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival

Friday, October 15 – Sunday, October 17

Charlie’s Place on Carver St between 18th Ave. N. and 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach.

Celebrate jazz, culture, community, and individuals from all walks of life with a line-up of smooth, soulful, and edgy regional and local jazz artists.

The Surfside Beach Family Festival

Saturday, October 2

10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Surfside Drive.

The celebration includes tons of family-friendly fun, including face painting, balloon art, video game truck, superheroes, princesses and more! Enjoy vendors and music throughout the day.

 

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