Best festivals in Myrtle Beach

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Best festivals in and around Myrtle Beach.

Our favorite spring and summer events.

Published May 2022.

As the bright and warmer days approach, our vacation plans start to take shape. We picture the ease of breezy walks along the beach, big waterpark splashes, and delicious meals at sunset.

Over in Myrtle Beach, the fun is ready to go. Check out the area’s upcoming spring events and find ways to spend your sunshine on a fantastic oceanfront vacation.


1. 66th Sun Fun Festival – May 8, Myrtle Beach

This music event is one of Myrtle Beach’s spring classics. The 66th edition of the event will kick off on Friday, May 6, with some of the best Rock & Roll, Funk, and Country music hits by The Tonez. Don’t miss The Sun Fun Parade on Saturday morning, and stay for dancing at Too Much Sylvia’s concert.

The U.S. Army Golden Knights’ Parachute Team will be performing all weekend, first landing in front of Plyler Park. Swingin’ Medallions will be closing the festival with their popular beach music.

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SunFun Festival


2. Blue Crab Festival – May 14 & 15, Little River

Just a short 30-minute drive from Myrtle Beach, you will find Little River, home of the world-famous Blue Crab Festival.

This cracking of crustaceans is widely considered the best annual event on the Grand Strand. Taste delicious, local seafood while you enjoy the views. If you prefer to skip the seafood, don’t worry, the festival has much more to offer. Over Saturday and Sunday, visitors can enjoy live music, street entertainment, and a wide variety of vendors with souvenirs to remember your stay.

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Blue Crab Festival in Little River


3. Carolina Country Music Fest – June 9-12, Myrtle Beach

Last year, CCMF represented not only the love of country music but also the comeback of live music. This year, the boardwalk will be transformed again into Myrtle Beach’s biggest party of the year. After the success of a challenging 2021 edition, where tickets were sold out, the Carolina Country Music Fest is back in town with over 30 country music stars. World-renowned artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Keith Urban, amongst others, will be rocking in this 4-day event.

We could write for hours about one of the best times of the year for Myrtle Beach, but we’ll leave it to their recap video to describe it best:

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4. Conway Riverfest – June 25, Conway

Take a short 20-minute drive inland and join in on the celebrations of Conway Riverfest. Bring the family to enjoy the city’s biggest festival of the year. This will be a full day of fun, featuring parades, food vendors, a kids’ zone, and an artisan market, amongst other entertainment. Don’t forget to bring your blanket or lawn chair to watch the bands and stay until 9:30 P.M. for the Fireworks Extravaganza. 

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Conway Riverfest


5. Charleston Carifest – June 16-18, Charleston

The Charleston Carifest is one of the most iconic cultural events in the area. Over three days, the city of Charleston will honor Caribbean American Heritage Month, merging food and music with education and diversity.

After two years of a pause, the Caribbean Carnival’s art and creativity will be back to celebrate the Virgin Islands and honor the Queens of the Caribbean. Although the Parade and Carnival Village celebration take place on June 18th, Carifest kicks off on Thursday, June 16, with an Opening Reception and a highly recommended educational symposium.

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Charleston Carifest


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