Spring is in the air so that means plenty of festivals and outdoor fun in the Myrtle Beach area! Whether it’s for Irish pride, or just the fact that winter is over, get ready to celebrate and mark your calendars for these exciting events.
March 3-5: 19th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon
Be a part of a running tradition! The 19th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon includes the Marathon itself, a 5K, a half marathon, a team relay, a Family Fun Run and post-race after parties at the House of Blues and Ripley’s Aquarium. The races support several charities, including Horry County Schools and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina.
March 4-5: Surfside Beach BBQ Festival
Attention barbeque lovers! Surfside Beach is the place for you to be this weekend. Things kick off Friday night with a Best Chicken Wings competition from 6-8 p.m., leading into a Best BBQ plate competition on Saturday from 11-2 p.m. There will also be live music from Sawgrass and the Josh Brannon Band, inflatables and games for kids, and local vendors. Come judge for yourself who’s got the best ‘que in town.
March 12: North Myrtle Beach Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Held on North Myrtle Beach’s Main Street, the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival celebrates the coming of Spring and all things Irish with a parade, live music and over 100 vendors. Feeling competitive? Enter one of the festival’s competitions, like the T Shirt designing contest or the Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest. The parade starts at 9 a.m., and the festival events are held from 11-4 p.m. Admission is free.
March 17: The Luck of the MarshWalk
Dress in your Irish best as you hunt for coins up and down the MarshWalk. If the leprechauns like you, you’ll get extra coins that could win you prizes that are as good as gold! The restaurants and bars will be featuring food and drink specials so you can sip and snack as you search. Coin collecting runs from 6-9 p.m. and after that it’s raffle time and the luck of the draw!
March 18-19: Myrtle Beach Highland Games and Heritage Festival
South Carolina meets Scotland in this eclectic mashup of food, fitness and fun. The weekend after St. Patrick’s day, the festival celebrates Scottish heritage with some of the best athletes, musicians and entertainers in the Southeast. Watch strongman-style competitions like the Heavy Hammer Throw, enjoy Scottish whiskey tastings, parades and even Border Collie exhibitions. The games are held by The Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe Band, a non-profit whose cause is to honor Celtic, Scottish and Gaelic heritage and customs through events like this.
March 26: Local Brews Local Grooves
The Myrtle Beach House of Blues is bringing back their craft beer and music festival, featuring local bands like the Paul Grimshaw Band and Jebb Mac and homegrown brews from Southbound Brewing Company, Fatty’s Beer Works, Henry’s Hard Soda and more. All ages are allowed to attend, 21 and up with an ID to sample.
March is the perfect time to visit Myrtle Beach. The warm weather is ideal for being out and about and exploring all the area has to offer. In addition to the events going on, be sure and check out local hotspots like Broadway at the Beach and The Market Common for even more food, shopping and fun!