Family-Friendly Spring Events in Myrtle Beach
Plan your spring 2023 Myrtle Beach vacation using this list of family-friendly events throughout the Grand Strand. Whether you have young kids or teenagers, Myrtle Beach features activities to suit all ages. The area is known for its holiday parades, festivals, car shows, and mouth-watering food festivals, and 2023 is no exception. The best part? When you stay at Dunes Village Resort, you won’t have to travel too far to enjoy all of the spring events in Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach Marathon | March 4 | 7:00 a.m.
Registration for the 2023 Myrtle Beach Marathon is open now! This race event includes a 5K, a half-marathon, and a full marathon on March 4th. Spectators, families, and friends are welcome to cheer on runners as they race to the finish. All distances start and finish at the Pelicans ballpark. Runners will receive a race day T-shirt, finisher medal, and finisher gift after the race.
A family fun run is also held on March 3rd at 5:30 p.m. for young runners to get a taste of the chase. This one-mile run is not a timed event and is intended for children from 5 to 12 years old. Registered participants will receive a race bib, shirt, and finisher medal. A virtual 10K is also available and can be completed from anywhere by March 3rd. See the Myrtle Beach Marathon registration for pricing and more details.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | March 12th | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival will bring thousands of people to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. This family-friendly spring event is free to attend and features three stages of live music, more than 120 local vendors, a shepherd's pie-eating contest, children’s rides, a 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 spots. The St. Patrick's Day Festival follows at 11:00 a.m. on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach.
Run To The Sun Car Show | March 16th–18th | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The annual Run to the Sun Car Show returns in 2023 for its 34th 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 or Truck of the Year, plus have chances at other giveaways and drawings. Grand prize winners are awarded a plaque and a winner’s jacket, and each vehicle is featured on the 2024 T-shirt.
Food Truck Festival | March 31st–April 2nd | Various Times
Admission is free for all at this food-filled spring event in Myrtle Beach! The 2023 Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival returns to the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place. Bring the entire family anytime during this three-day festival to discover food trucks slinging delectable bites and sweet treats. A selection of craft brews, wine, and soda will also be available. The event includes live entertainment all weekend long. Check the website for this year's lineup.
2023 festival hours:
- Friday, March 31st: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 1st: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, April 2nd: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Barefoot Bunny Hop | April 1st | 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
You’re invited to an Easter celebration at Barefoot Landing, located less than 10 miles north of Dunes Village Resort. The Barefoot Bunny Hop is a family event that will include kids’ activities and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Stick around for live music on the Pepsi Stage in Dockside Village afterwards.
Dragon Boat Festival | April 29th | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The 15th annual Dragon Boat Festival is set for this spring. This event takes place at Grand Park at The Market Common. Watch as teams of 20 paddlers plus one drummer fiercely compete to bring their dragon boats across the finish first. Teams win awards and prizes for their race results as well as their fundraising efforts. Festival-goers enjoy food and drink from vendors throughout the event, vote in the drummer costume contest, listen to live entertainment, and have a blast at the Family Fun Zone.
Fiesta 5K Walk/Run | May 6th | 7:00 a.m.
The 3rd annual Fiesta 5K Walk/Run is coming to the Grand Strand for 2023. The race is open to walkers, runners, strollers, and four-legged friends, so your entire family can participate. Runners 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. Meet at Crooked Hammock at Barefoot Landing prior to the 7:00 a.m. start. The race is followed by an awards ceremony and goodies for the runners; 21+ participants also receive a free pour from Crooked Hammock. A free 50-yard Taco Dash for kids begins at 8:00 a.m. Registration is available online only.
World Famous Blue Crab Festival | May 20th–21st | 9:00 a.m. to 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 for children over 12; admission is free for children 12 and under. You won't want to miss this beloved event— it’s one of the largest in the Southeast.
Memorial Day 5K | May 28th | 6:00 p.m.
In its 10th year, the annual Memorial Day 5K is one of the most scenic runs you’ll find. The 5K race is open to runners, walkers, and strollers so all ages can attend. Take in the breathtaking sculpture gardens at Brookgreen Gardens, the Lowcountry Zoo, and nature reserves on the property as you work your way to the finish. Metals will be awarded in multiple categories. Family discounts are available. Register for the race online today.
Ready to book your spring vacation to Myrtle Beach?
When you’ve decided which spring events in Myrtle Beach you’ll attend, check out Dunes Village Resort for lodging your entire family will love. Our family-friendly Myrtle Beach oceanfront suites include oceanfront resort suites and condos, and a long list of on-site amenities, including an indoor heated water park.