Saturday, October 6, 2012

North Myrtle Beach has the Best Fall Festivals

After the vacationers head home at the end of summer and schools are back in session, you’d expect a tourist town like North Myrtle Beach to keep a low profile until summer comes around again. The truth is that the Grand Strand stays alive and kicking with the best fall festivals and events in the Carolinas. Some of these festivals have been around for years and keep the locals looking forward to autumn. Everyone is welcome to join the fun of these offseason activities, and we welcome anyone looking for a great weekend adventure or a full scale vacation to come down and get involved.

If you are lucky enough to be staying in North Myrtle Beach this fall, don’t make the beach the only thing on your to-do list. Fall Bike Week is going on right now, and sounds of pipes and burnouts fill the streets of Myrtle Beach. Most of the activity happens in Myrtle Beach and Murrell’s Inlet’s biker bars and clubs, but plenty of Harleys and other motorcycles can be seen cruising Ocean Blvd and Highway 17 up in North Myrtle. If you like live music and lots of cold beer, don’t miss Oktoberfest on Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach, by the Boardwalk. It’s a party of epic proportions, happening October 6th starting at noon. A family-friendly alternative to Oktoberfest happens down in Surfside Beach, where the Surfside Beach Family Festival offers fun for kids and parents alike. Also on October 6th, this festival will feature a petting zoo, dunking booth, face painting, inflatables, rides, games, and vendor booths.

The annual Taste of the Town will be at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on October 9th. Ever popular with locals, this event showcases one of the best parts of the Myrtle Beach area: the food. Dozens of restaurants participate with vendor booths, offering samples of gourmet food and beverage. Kids’ activities and music are great additions to the celebration of local dining. Also celebrating a special type of food is Little River, with their Little River Shrimpfest. This quaint little town north of Myrtle Beach is the perfect spot to sample various shrimp dishes and hear local bands perform. Kids’ activities and arts & crafts vendors will be available as well. This event is too big for one day, so it will be held on October 13th and 14th. Other food festivals include the Chili cook-off at Crazy Sister Marina in Murrell’s Inlet on October 14th, Myrtle Beach Wine Fest on October 20th at Market Common’s Valor Park, and the Loris Bog-Off Festival in downtown Loris, SC. Chicken bog is a traditional South Carolina dish and will be featured.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals will participate in the Endless Summer Festival on Main St in North Myrtle Beach on October 27th. This street festival will feature vendor booths, local seafood and crafts, and live music. Come by and say hello as we celebrate our happy little beach town! Finally, The SC State Bluegrass Festival will take place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center November 22 – 24. The state’s best musicians will come together and delight listeners with southern-flavored bluegrass and country music. If you are interested in one of these events, call us for more info. We’ll even take care of the accommodations if you’re from out of town!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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