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As the weather cools down in Myrtle Beach, events heat up for the fall festival season. It's kind of our last blast before winter sets in and we have to put jackets on to go outside. It's also an "R" month, which means shellfish harvesting. Expect to eat your fill of shrimp, oysters, scallops and other mollusks at this time of year. They're fresh and plentiful.
The North Carolina Oyster Festival and the Little River ShrimpFest are two long running seafood festivals that feature, well, oysters and shrimp. They also have live music, arts and crafts and children's activities, which make them very family-friendly. We also have art, culture, and a Renaissance festival just for fun. So dive in and take your pick of the season's best happenings.
Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival
Date: October 6 & 7, 2017
Where: Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Park, 812 N. Ocean Blvd., downtown Myrtle Beach
Cost: Free Admission but food and individual events may cost
More Information: Call (843) 855-0527 or visit Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival
Overlooking the blue Atlantic Ocean, this two-day festival of food and fun is hosted by the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and the City of Myrtle Beach. Family-friendly with both kids activities and grown-up fun, there'll be live music, a beer and wine garden and lots of fresh seafood.
13th Annual Little River ShrimpFest
Date: October 14 & 15, 2017
Hours: Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM
Where: The Waterfront, 4460 Mineola Avenue, Little River
Cost: Admission per day $5 for adults, children 12 and under free
More Information: Call (843) 249-6604 or visit their website at Little River ShrimpFest
This popular fall festival draws over 22,000 shrimp lovers each year to the Little River waterfront to indulge in the season's favorite shellfish. There's live music, a shrimp cook-off, kids activities, and arts and crafts vendors.
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43rd Annual Art in the Park
Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM each day
Where: Chapin Park, 1400 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Cost: Admission per day $1 per person
More Information: Call (843) 446-3830
Presented by the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild, this two-day event features more than 40 artists displaying and selling their creations. There’ll be jewelry makers, woodworkers, glass artists, photographers, potters and much more. This is a fine art and craft show only, no food vendors, so you can stroll up the street and check out the Oktoberfest for food and drink.
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38th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival
Date: October 21, 2017
Hours: 9 AM to 9 PM
Where: Downtown Loris (about 32 miles from downtown Myrtle Beach at the corner of SC Highway 9 and US Highway 701)
More Information: Call Loris Chamber of Commerce (843) 756-6030 or visit Loris Bog-Off
One of the longest running fall festivals in the area, the Loris Bog-Off Festival is all about a local delicacy - Chicken Bog. What is chicken bog, you ask? Chicken bog is a pilaf dish made of rice, chicken, onion, spices, and sausage, and local bog chefs will be out to win the prize of Best Bog. There'll be live entertainment, arts and crafts, fireworks, and over 200 craft, retail and food vendors. Join 35,000 of your friends for this popular event, and don't miss the free concert by national acclaimed country artists "Native Run".
37th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival
Date: October 21 & 22, 2017 Hours: Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: Ocean Isle Beach, Brunswick Islands, North Carolina
Cost: Admission per day $5 for adults, children under 10 free
More Information: Call (910) 754-6644 or visit North Carolina Oyster Festival
If you love oysters you won't want to miss one of North Carolina's longest running seafood festivals, where you can eat your weight in steamed or fried oysters. There's also bar-b-cue, pizza and crab cakes, but let's focus here. More than 30,000 oyster lovers make their way each year to this barrier island off the coast of North Carolina to enjoy beach music, arts and crafts, kids activities and lots and lots of oysters. Ocean Isle Beach is located in the Brunswick Islands, about 41 miles from downtown Myrtle Beach.
Conway Ghost Walk; Spirits of the Lowcountry
Date: October 22 - 24, 2015
Hours: 7 PM to 8:30 PM each evening
Where: Conway Visitors Center, 903 Third Avenue, Conway
Cost: $15 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under
More Information: Call (843) 248-6260 or visit their website here
Seven professional storytellers weave tales of mystery and the supernatural, as you walk the dark and haunted streets of Conway in this once a year event. Reservations are highly recommended as is your sense of fun and adventure, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Tours last one hour and are approximately one mile long.
For a complete list of all the happenings across the Grand Strand visit the Myrtle Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau website.
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