As vacation season begins, if you live near or plan to visit the Myrtle Beach area, you are in luck! The summer calendar is filled with a variety of exciting events to keep you entertained.
In addition to the gorgeous 60-mile coastline, you’ll find plenty of live music, culinary delights, and opportunities to let your hair down and soak up the South Carolina vibes.
Here are the top summer activities happening in Myrtle Beach in 2022 that we are most excited about!
1. Carolina Country Music Fest (9-12 June)
Historic Pavilion Site, 321 9th Ave, North Myrtle Beach
Country music fans won’t want to miss the annual festival with headlines including Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean. This four-day festival takes place on the oceanfront, so you can relax on the sand after enjoying the mega-stars and up-and-comers on the program.
2. The Landing at the Boathouse Summer Concert Series (June-August)
The Boathouse, 201 Fantasy Harbor Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Every Sunday from May to September, the Boathouse offers live music and other fun activities in the evening from about 5 pm onwards. They claim to be the best backyard in town and draw some big-name national bands. The headline act performs in the garden until sunset, when DJs and hot local bands take over inside.
The events are all free, and open to everyone, until 8 pm, when it becomes over 21s only. You can see the full calendar of upcoming bands here.
3. Brookgreen Gardens Summer Light: Art by Night (June-August)
Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet
Every Wednesday and Saturday from May to August, Brookgreen Gardens is hosting ten light installations that show off the landscapes, sculptures, and galleries of the property. The evening starts at 6 pm and features specialist food trucks (including Surf Dogs, Kona Ice, and Stu’s Q) and a variety of different live music performances.
The artist program includes Draucker, ReggaeInfinity, Greg Rowles, Mystic Vibrations, and the Paul Grimshaw Band. Check out the full program here.
4. Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival (5-7 August)
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach
Over this long weekend, artists and craftspeople from around the country will descend on Myrtle Beach not only to show and sell their work but also to share some of the processes behind their pieces. Having won the Sunshine Artists’ Best event award on multiple occasions, you are in for an amazing time at this extraordinary craft festival.
You can get a taste of what to expect on their Facebook page. You’ll see original paintings and prints, handcrafted jewelry, unusual homewares, glassworks, mosaics, and basketry, plus plenty of tasty treats to energize you through the day.
5. Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach (June-August)
Broadway Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach.
Throughout June, July, and August, there will be spectacular firework shows at Broadway Beach every Tuesday and Friday starting at 10 pm (including on the 4th of July).
Most of the bars in the area will be offering outdoor seating and special deals for punters who decide to spend a few hours in the area soaking up the atmosphere. Bar Louie will be offering live music.
6. Tribute Acts at Various Myrtle Beach Theaters (June-August)
Throughout the summer, there will be various tribute acts happening at venues around the area. At the Carolina Opry Theater, you can expect a Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute (July 9), a Bon Jovi tribute (July 24), an Abba tribute (August 6), a Fleetwood Mac tribute (August 7), a Beach Boys tribute (August 12), and an Eagles tribute (August 14).
The Alabama Theater will be hosting a series of tribute acts for some of the greatest artists of all time. The artists celebrated include Billy Joel (July 3), the Beatles (July 30), and Eddie Miles (August 7). The House of Blues will also be hosting various tribute acts, including Guns N’ Roses (June 11), Prince (June 24), and Bon Jovi (July 1).
All of these theaters have full programs planned for the summer months.
7. 21st Annual Mustang Weekend (25-31 July)
Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach will dedicate an entire week to the iconic mustang in July. There will be plenty of events for Mustang owners and lovers to rev up their engines and show off their cars, but there will also be opportunities for other enthusiasts to come along and see the powerful machines in action.
The main car show will happen on Friday and Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Mall. If you are a Mustang owner, don’t forget to register your vehicle.
8. Family Golf Week (10-16 July)
Barefoot Resort, 2051 Gold Academy Way, North Myrtle Beach
Golfing enthusiasts will want to sign up for Family Golf Week, where intergenerational family members are encouraged to form teams and make their way around some of the area’s best courses. Everyone is welcome, from juniors to masters.
The courses on the list include Arcadian Shores, Barefoot Resort, Crow Creek, The Pearl, Pine Lakes, Prestwick, Shaftesbury Glen, and Wachesaw Plantation East. Don’t forget to register your team in advance and secure accommodation.
9. Surfside Beach Farmers’ Market (June-August)
Corner of Surfside Drive and Willow Drive North, Surfside Beach
Don’t forget to visit the Surfside Beach Farmers’ Market every Tuesday over the summer between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., though arrive early for the best produce and deals! As well as fresh food, you’ll find homemade crafts, second-hand sales, and delicious snacks, including homemade Kombucha.
There are other great markets in the area, including the North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market on Fridays and the Market Common Farmers Market on Saturdays. You can find information about all the local farmers’ markets here.
10. World Champion Chili Cook-Off (23-25 September)
Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, 205 9th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
It is right at the end of the summer season, but this International Chili Society Cook-Off is unmissable for fans of the dish. It has been running since 1967, and the 54th annual World Championship will take place in Myrtle Beach!
Participate in the People’s Choice segment of the competition by tasting five of the many excellent chilis offered, as well as the workshops where you can learn some of the secrets of the chili experts.
Other Popular Myrtle Beach Attractions
In addition to the previously mentioned events, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Myrtle Beach including…
- Myrtle Beach Boardwalk – A palm-lined beach promenade with restaurants, cafes, and specialty shops
- Myrtle Beach SkyWheel – A 20 story Ferris wheel offering excellent views
- Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center – pose with your favorite celebrities such as Bill Murray and The Rock
- Ripley’s Aquarium – Explore 87,000 square feet of underwater exhibits
- WonderWorks – A science center with more than 100 interactive exhibits.
- Pirate’s Voyage Dinner & Show – Celebrate Captain Blackbeard and the notorious pirate history of the area.
- Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum – Spend some time exploring the world of retro gaming and seeing if you are still as good as you remember.
- Myrtle Beach Speedway – Watch the races yourself or get behind the wheel with expert drivers.
- La Belle Amie Vineyard – A tobacco plantation turned vineyard with 200 years of history and many good wines to sample.
There is always something to do in Myrtle Beach, so come on down and enjoy the fun!