Myrtle Beach events are numerous and occur throughout the year. Since the resort area stretches for miles and all the coastal communities along the 60-mile stretch called the Grand Strand are easily accessible with car rentals or your own vehicle, you will find that you can attend Myrtle Beach festivals or one of the Little River festivals or North Myrtle Beach festivals all during a single vacation period.
Enthusiasts of golf will find many Myrtle Beach events that concentrate on this sport. There are more than 80 excellent golf courses, some of which are listed among the best in the United States, and there are tournaments at one course or another all year long. Many of the tournaments are held around the same period as other Myrtle Beach festivals and many are the kinds of tournaments in which ordinary “duffers” can participate—including family tournaments, youth tournaments, and other amateur competitions. Perhaps the most prestigious of these is the Labor Day World Amateur Handicap Championship, which draws several thousand amateur golfers from all 50 states and more than 20 other countries.
Other Myrtle Beach events focus on the sea and fishing. The local fishermen, both commercial and sport, work throughout the year. The best and most popular season coincides with the high tourist season, and you should make your arrangements as far in advance as possible if you want to go out on one of the many charter boats available. These boats are usually fully booked beginning in the late spring. Some boats that offer party cruises with large numbers of passengers have specific sailings that are dedicated to fishing. One of the North Myrtle Beach festivals that encompasses the northernmost Grand Strand community of Little River all the way south to Georgetown is the Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo that kicks off on April first. You can register and compete for thousands of dollars in prized any time during your vacations from April 1 through the end of October.
Show up any month of the year, and you can enjoy shag dancing—a unique South Carolina dance claimed by many communities along the Grand Strand that combines different forms of the classic swing. But come during January and you can enjoy one of the North Myrtle Beach festivals that celebrate this unique dance form. This is Mid-Winter Shag Classic, followed in March by the National Shagdance Championships.
Other Myrtle Beach festivals include February’s Mardi Gras, patterned after the legendary Mardi Gras celebrations that occur in New Orleans and almost every other southern state. The Rivertown Jazz Festival is held in April in the historic county seat of Conway (about ten miles west of Myrtle Beach). The popular Bike Week is held in May. Also called the Spring Rally, this a week full of events that draws thousands of rumbling motorcycles and bike enthusiasts from all over North America. These are a few of the events held throughout the region. No matter when you decide to visit, you will find numerous festivals and events. Also look for parties, nightlife, fireworks, parades, concerts, and more on national holidays, including St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Christmas, and New Year’s.
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