Spring into a Myrtle Beach vacation with a plethora of family-friendly events throughout the Grand Strand, including amusements, carnival rides, entertainment and mouth-watering food festivals. From fairs to live entertainment and performances, there are so many things to do this spring in Myrtle Beach! And you won’t have to travel too far to enjoy these family fun events when staying at Dunes Village, our family-friendly resort in Myrtle Beach.
Enjoy family-friendly spring events in Myrtle Beach!
Marshi Gras on the MarshWalk| March 1st | 5:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. This year's Marshi Gras event
will feature food and drink specials inspired by Louisiana
, a costume contest with $1,000 in cash and prizes being awarded and the traditional Mardi Gras parade led by the King and Queen of the MarshWalk. Food and drink specials will be available at each of the eight restaurants all evening long along with live music. Registration for the costume contest will be at the Wicked Tuna from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the parade at 7:00 p.m. starting the Wicked Tuna. Winners of the costume contest will be announced at 9:00 p.m. in the parking lot between Wahoo's and Drunken Jack's.
Myrtle Beach Marathon | March 5th | 7:00 a.m.
Join the 25th annual Myrtle Beach Marathon and experience Myrtle Beach in a whole way. The marathon offers several options for runners – a 5K run, a half-marathon and a full marathon.
From Pirates Voyage to the Market Common, runners will be led through the streets of the city, cheered on by local supporters, families and friends. The race starts and ends at the Pelicans ballpark no matter which distance is chosen. All runners will receive a race day T-shirt, finisher medal and finisher gift after the race. Register online today.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | March 12th | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For 32 years, the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival
has brought thousands of people to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. This family-friendly spring event offers free admission and features three stages of live music, more than 120 local vendors, Shepherd's
pie-eating contest, children’s rides, leprechaun contest and much more! The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. on Ocean Boulevard but parade-goers are encouraged to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to reserve their spot. The St. Patrick's Day Festival immediately follows the parade along Main Street in NMB.
Luck of the MarshWalk | March 17th | 5:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Head south to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk for the 7th Annual Luck of the Marshwalk
St. Patrick's Day celebration. Enjoy Irish-inspired dishes at each of the eight restaurants on the MarshWalk along with great drink specials and live entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best green attire or their favorite holiday-themed costume for a chance to win one of four prizes totaling $10,000. Final judging will take place at The Claw House at 9:00 p.m. and participants must be present to win.
Run To The Sun Car Show | March 17th - 19th | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Annual Run to the Sun Car Show
returns for its 33rd edition. For three full days, the lot of the old Myrtle Square Mall (on Hwy 17 Bus. between 21st and 27th Avenues) is filled with classic and customized pre-1989 cars and trucks. Participants in the event compete for the title of Car and Truck of the Year along with cash prizes and giveaways. Spectators enjoy viewing the thousands of classic rides. This year's event will also include a special appearance by Butch Patrick aka Eddie Munster from the CBS comedy television series The Munsters.
Family Spring Fest | March 26th | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Market Common presents the inaugural Family Spring Fest
this March. This kid-focused event will present inflatables, spring crafts, face painting, balloon art and much more for you and your little ones to enjoy! There will also be food and drink vendors on-site with sweet treats and drinks. The Family Spring Fest will take place along Deville Street in the Market Common.
Food Truck Festival | April 1st - 3rd | Various Times
Admission is free for all at this food-filled spring event in Myrtle Beach! The annual Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival returns the first weekend of April to the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place. Attendees will discover food trucks from around the country slinging delectable bites, sweet treats and homemade brews. The festival will also include merch vendors and live entertainment all weekend long. Check the website for this year's list of vendors and entertainment
. Hours throughout the weekend are as follows:
- Friday, April 1st - 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 2nd - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, April 3rd - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Barefoot Bunny Hop | April 9th | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Grab the kids and head out for an Easter celebration at Barefoot Landing, located less than 10 miles north of Dunes Village Resort. The Barefoot Bunny Hop
is a kid-focused spring event that will include a live DJ, a scavenger hunt and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Festivities will take place on the lawn in Dockside Village near the Crooked Hammock Brewery.
Art In Common Spring Festival | April 9th & 10th | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Seacoast Artists Guild announces the return of the annual Art in Common Spring Festival
this April. Attendees may admire and purchase beautiful works of art from local artists and craftsmen during the two-day event. Mediums include paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, pottery, decorative stone, glass items, drawings, homemade crafts, metal lawn art, woodwork and more. This art-centric festival will take place in Valor Memorial Garden in the Market Common. Admission is free, and pets are welcome.
Smoke On The Beach BBQ Festival | April 15th & 16th | Various Times
The Myrtle Beach Shrine Club will host the annual Smoke on the Beach BBQ Festival
at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place. This spring event will feature family-friendly fun and loads of delicious food. Throughout the two-day event, visitors will enjoy sampling BBQ and ribs plus heaps of other delectable bites. You'll also find local brews, live music from local band Southern Kind and kids activities including inflatables, face painting and more. Event times are as follows:
- Friday, April 15th - 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 16th - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Competition Winners announced Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Dragon Boat Festival | April 30th | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The 14th annual Dragon Boat Festival returns to The Market Common at Grand Park
. Watch as teams of 20 paddle fiercely in their dragon boats to make the best time for a chance to win awards and prizes for their fundraiser of choice. Festival-goers can enjoy food and drink vendors throughout the event, vote in the drummer costume contest, listen to live entertainment and have a blast
at the Family Fun Zone. Don't miss out on this FREE spring event in Myrtle Beach!
Sun Fun Festival | May 6th - 8th | Various Times
The Sun Fun Festival is the unofficial event that marks the end of spring and kicks off the beginning of summer. This festival is FREE to the public and features a Saturday-morning parade down Ocean Blvd, loads of live entertainment, a sandcastle building contest and much more. Event organizers have even made mention of a special appearance by the US Army's Golden Knights at this year's event. Festivities will be found at Plyler Park, along Ocean Blvd and on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Don't miss the 66th annual Sun Fun Festival
, expected to be bigger and better than ever!
Fiesta 5K Walk/Run | May 7th | 7:00 a.m.
Barefoot Landing will host the 2nd annual Fiesta 5K. The race is welcome to walkers, runners, strollers and four-legged friends. Participants will receive a custom T-shirt and finisher medal. To be eligible for additional prizes, runners are encouraged to dress in festive Cinco de Mayo attire. The race will begin at 7:00 a.m. followed by an awards ceremony and goodies for the runners. Sign up online today.
World Famous Blue Crab Festival | May 14th & 15th | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The World Famous Blue Crab Festival
has brought thousands of blue crab connoisseurs, seafood lovers, and families to the waterfront in Little River for 40 years. This foodie fest features arts and crafts vendors, specialty food items, a kids zone, live music, local seafood, and plenty of delicious blue crab! Tickets are $5 per adult and children 12 and under are free. You won't want to miss this beloved event –
one of the largest in the southeast.
Memorial Day Weekend Run | May 29th | 6:00 p.m.
Brookgreen Gardens hosts the 9th annual Memorial Day Weekend Run. The 5K race is open to strollers, runners and walkers and takes participants through the breathtaking sculpture gardens of Brookgreen, the Lowcountry Zoo and nature reserves on the property. Metals will be awarded in multiple categories. Register for the race online today
and also receive a voucher to return to Brookgreen Gardens at another time.
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