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Your Complete Guide to the Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo

Are you driven by a sense of adventure? Do you love to spend time in the great outdoors? If you answered yes to these questions, then there’s an event that you don’t want to miss. It’s the Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo! Aquatic vehicles may be the primary focus of this event, but it’s so much more than a Myrtle Beach boat show. Boat lovers, anglers, hunters, and hikers alike can all find something of interest here. It takes place in early January for three days at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and has been attracting fans of the outdoors for over 35 years. 

So, let’s not waste any time — read on and find out what you need to know before you attend. Just make sure you browse our collection of excellent vacation rentals in the North Myrtle Beach area so that you can stay in comfort nearby!

Step Aboard for the Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo

What Will You See?

It might be easier to explain what you won’t see at this expo and boat show in Myrtle Beach, but we’ll try our best! Dozens of vendors from a variety of related industries line up each year to showcase their products. You’ll find everything from fishing lures to pontoon boats and hunting gear as you stroll throughout the venue. Some of the past vendors have included Boats Unlimited, Waccamaw River Outfitters, Unfair Lures, and even companies like Graham Golf Cars and Whiskey in a Week. The list goes on and on!

Where Is It?

Of course, you can’t enjoy all of the fun times and pick up some new gear if you don’t know where to find it! The Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo takes place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center at 2101 North Oak Street. It’s the ideal setting for such an incredible and expansive event since the venue has over 250,000 square feet of meeting space. Plus, it’s in a convenient location near some of the best attractions in the Myrtle Beach area. Feel free to check out Broadway at the Beach, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, or play a round of putt-putt at Captain Hooks Adventure Golf after the expo!

Where Should You Stay?

Reserve your property for the Grand Strand Boat Show and Sportsman Expo in January.

If you plan on attending this remarkable Myrtle Beach boat show and expo, you’ve already made an excellent choice. The next step is to decide where you’ll stay nearby. Luckily, Vantage Vacation Rentals has plenty of fantastic options for you to choose from in the North Myrtle Beach area. We have a wide variety of properties, with rentals to suit all preferences and group sizes. Best of all, they’re in beautiful locations that allow you to enjoy all the excitement and events of downtown Myrtle Beach while offering a serene place to relax away from it all when it’s time to unwind. 

Don’t wait any longer to reserve your property for the Grand Strand Boat Show and Sportsman Expo in January. Browse our vacation rentals and secure your favorite today!

Find Winter Fun in Myrtle Beach, SC

Winter months in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, are some of the best months to take in the Grand Strand. Not only do you get relatively warm weather and smaller crowds, you have your pick of special events, holiday festivities and great deals.  

Whether you travel during the lead up to the festivities or decide to spend your holidays here with an ocean view, there’s something for the whole family in Myrtle Beach, SC, every weekend. We’ve listed a few of our favorite picks below to help you plan.

You’ll want a rental property close to all the festivities. Vantage has cozy condos and larger homes at great offseason rates ready for you to book now.  

Shop like the Dickens

The Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals: 11/14 – 11/17

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year,” Charles Dickens famously wrote in his classic A Christmas Carol. Tipping its hat to the beloved writer, The Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals is a national award-winning event offering a delightful blend of shopping and entertainment options.

Do a little time-travelling in the Victorian Holiday Marketplace held in the massive exhibit hall of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. You won’t find any Scrooges in here, just hundreds of spirited vendors in Victorian garb selling jewelry, gifts, toys, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, holiday décor and more.

Light up the night

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Broadway at the Beach: 11/16

This year, Broadway at the Beach is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual tree lighting. The celebration will include live entertainment, music performances and a special visit from Santa. Be sure to take advantage of the great deals at all the restaurants and shops that make this a favorite destination all year round!

Lighting of the Landing: 11/23

Barefoot Landing is also starting off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony. But they’re adding a different kind of illumination too—fireworks. Bring the family for live entertainment from local performers and an appearance from the big elf himself as the countdown to Christmas begins.

North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting: 12/3

Take advantage of the warm winter weather and enjoy the fun at McLean Park—playgrounds, a meditation garden, tennis courts, a gazebo overlooking a 2-acre lake—and then stay for the lighting of North Myrtle Beach’s official Christmas tree. Kids of all ages will love the themed activities, entertainment and yummy refreshments.

Nights of a Thousand Candles: 12/5 – 12/22

Brookgreen Gardens is a jewel of South Carolina’s coastal community, and it’s most magical during the Nights of a Thousand Candles. Come see the Gardens shine with the glow from 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Stroll the winding paths with wine, or cider and cocoa for the kids, and listen to holiday music and carolers. You’ll understand why Nights of a Thousand Candles was named the “Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina” by Travel + Leisure magazine. While you’re at Brookgreen, check out the rest of the property, featuring over 9,000 acres of natural and cultivated landscape.

Holidays on the move

Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot: 11/28

Before you sit down for a feast, shed some calories in the Turkey Trot at The Market Common. More than 1,200 runners will pound the pavement before heading home to carve the bird. You’ll run through some of Myrtle Beach’s best spots, including the historic Air Force Base. There are multiple races to join—a 5K, a mile and a free tot trot for kids.

North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade: 12/7

Head to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, SC, and join the locals for the annual Christmas Parade. Marching bands, dignitaries, special guests and illuminated floats will spread holiday cheer to your whole group.  

Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade: 12/8

Join the Murrells Inlet community for the staple event of the season and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. While you’re in Murrells Inlet, treat yourself to the amazing waterfront dining on the MarshWalk, including fresh seafood, wood-fired pizzas and all the oysters you can eat at The Claw House.  

Make Myrtle Beach your winter wonderland

Call our friendly reservationists at 888-303-4110 with any questions.

There’s nothing like leaving the frigid air behind and visiting Myrtle Beach in the winter. This time of year is ideal for getting into the holiday spirit without the stress.

Vantage has a variety of properties perfect for your winter stay, including some that offer access to indoor pools and are short drives from golf courses, Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing.

Book direct online for the absolute lowest offseason rates. And feel free to call our friendly reservationists at 888-303-4110 with any questions.

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Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.comEasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.  

Things to Do in Myrtle Beach at Christmas Time

Are you a snowbird looking to flock south for the winter? You don’t need to miss out on the holiday festivities just because you’re escaping the cold Northern weather! Rest assured, there are several fun things to do in Myrtle Beach at Christmas time. From tree-lighting festivals to holiday concerts, there’s something for everyone. You can even cross off everything on your holiday shopping list while you’re here! Check out everything you have to look forward to this winter, and don’t forget to secure one of our vacation rentals in the area. (We have some incredible off-season rates and monthly rentals available!)

The Best Things to Do in Myrtle Beach at Christmas Time

Holiday Shopping Spots

  • Barefoot Landing

One of the best places to search for gifts is Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC. It’s full of charm and scenery along the Intracoastal Waterway that you can enjoy as you explore the stores. When hunger strikes, you’re also only a short walk away from all the fantastic restaurants woven throughout the area. Don’t forget to kick off the holiday season with the Lighting of the Landing at the end of November!

  • Broadway at the Beach

The list of the top places to shop in the Myrtle Beach area isn’t complete without including Broadway at the Beach as well. It’s home to fun attractions for the whole family, with stores, restaurants, bars, and even a miniature golf course with a shimmering lake in the heart of it all. Make sure you mark your calendar for A Very Broadway Christmas Parade in December!

Entertainment and Events

  • The South’s Grandest Christmas Show

The Alabama Theatre is an incredible venue that hosts so many must-see events throughout the year, including The South’s Grandest Christmas Show from November through December. Best of all, it’s located adjacent to Barefoot Landing, so you can spend an afternoon shopping for gifts then catch a showing at the theater!

  • The Christmas Show of the South

Alternatively — or additionally — you can head over to The Carolina Opry Theater in Myrtle Beach to enjoy The Christmas Show of the South. This remarkable event showcases over 30 talented singers and musicians that are sure to get you in the spirit of the holidays. The theater even transforms into a stunning winter wonderland with holiday decor!

  • Nights of a Thousand Candles

Travel a little further south along the Grand Strand, and you’re rewarded with one of the most spectacular holiday displays in the region. Of course, we’re talking about Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. This botanical garden is gorgeous in the spring, summer, and fall, and it comes to life with different beauty in the wintertime. Secure your tickets in advance for this popular event so that you can stroll through the scenery and see everything lit up with twinkling lights and special Christmas exhibits!

  • North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade

If parades are more your style, North Myrtle Beach has you covered with the annual Christmas Parade along Main Street. Bundle up in some warm clothes, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and arrive early to secure a prime viewing spot. It’s truly a sight to see as the lighted floats, marching bands, and festive participants travel past. 

Enjoy the Holiday Season in a Cozy Vacation Rental

We have so many unique options for all travelers!

The Grand Strand is an incredible destination to spend the holiday season, and it’s even more incredible when you stay in one of our vacation rentals in the North Myrtle Beach area. We have so many unique options for all travelers, offering comfortable accommodations, exclusive amenities, and convenient locations near all these things to do in Myrtle Beach during Christmas time. Browse our full list of properties to enjoy great off-season rates and monthly rentals — consider it our Christmas gift to you! 

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com. 


Experience Weird and Wild Myrtle Beach for Halloween

Whether you’re looking for a spine-chilling scare, a ghost tour that’s creeping it real, family-friendly pumpkin patches or places to eat, drink and be scary, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has something bewitching for you this Halloween season.

You can’t go wrong combining mild autumn temperatures with the deep ghost-filled history of South Carolina.

Take a look below at some of our favorite Myrtle Beach haunted attractions and Halloween events. And book your stay with Vantage so you never have to fear choosing the wrong rental. Check out our whole selection now.

Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle: October 25, 26, 6–9 p.m.

Pack up the family and head to Huntington Beach State Park the weekend before Halloween for a family-friendly spooktacular. Make your way through the not-so-scary maze and haunted castle, then roast marshmallows and listen to ghost stories around the bonfire.

BooFest!October 26, 12–4 p.m.

Barefoot Landing’s annual bash features a costume contest for kids and one for your furry friends, along with face painting, stilt walkers and balloon artists. Make a day of it and enjoy the restaurants and attractions at Barefoot Landing before capping off your night with a free showing of the Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” in front of the amphitheater.

Alice Flagg’s Grave: All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery

Locals say the ghost of Alice Flagg haunts the Pawleys Island area, around the historic Hermitage and nearby graveyard. In the early 19th century, Alice was forbidden to marry her true love, but secretly wore his engagement ring on a ribbon around her neck, hidden under her dress. As she was dying of malaria, her brother found the ring and threw it in the nearby marsh. Legend has it that if you visit her grave, you’ll feel a tug on your wedding ring, or you might spot her searching for her own ring.

Wine Tasting and Halloween Bonfire: October 26, 12–5 p.m.

Consider it trick-or-treating for the big kids. La Belle Amie Vineyard, home of Twisted Sisters wines, welcomes you for an afternoon of sipping vintages, listening to live music and relaxing by the fire.

Local Ghosts, Historic Folk & Pirates Trolley Tour: October 29, 2–4 p.m.

Learn the lore of local ghosts without all the legwork! During this two-hour narrated trolley ride from Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet, you’ll hear spirited ghost stories and pirate legends while taking in the historic past of the area. Attractions include Atalaya, Brookgreen Gardens and Murrells Inlet’s historic waterfront.

Trick-or-Treating: October 31

Broadway at the Beach 4:30–6:30 p.m.

The Market Common 5–7 p.m.

Put on your best costume and head out on a quest for candy in two Myrtle Beach hotspots. Market Common offers free carriage rides around the complex plus music and entertainment in front of the movie theater. Broadway at the Beach will host a fireworks extravaganza beginning at 8 p.m.

Nightmare Haunted House: Open daily 12 p.m. until late

Think you can handle a good scare? How about 4,000-square-feet of terror? (You can go first, we’ll just wait here.) This North Myrtle Beach staple, in operation since the 1980s, knows how to make your blood curdle. And now there’s a new zombie zone undead adventure which includes a biohazard escape room. There’s no time like Halloween to see if you can make it all the way through!

Thompson Farm: Weekends

Bring your family to enjoy wholesome fall fun down on the farm. Make your way through the 6.5-acre corn maze in daytime or in the dark. Wind down the day with hot cider, S’mores, kids’ movies and a fire pit. Be sure to buy a pumpkin to carve for your front porch.

Spend Halloween in Myrtle Beach, SC

Make this your most memorable fall season ever!

Make this your most memorable fall season ever and celebrate Halloween in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Vantage has plenty of options with low fall rates. Our reservation specialists are standing by to help you find your Halloween happy place.  

You can also browse all options and book at www.vantagemb.com. Remember to book direct through Vantage so you get the lowest possible rates and the best possible selection.  

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Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com. 

ESPN Myrtle Beach Invitational — College Basketball, Nov. 2019

You’re invited!

ESPN is hosting its second annual Myrtle Beach Invitational on November 21, 22 and 24. Come catch eight men’s college basketball teams over three action-packed days compete to crown the king of hardwood in Myrtle Beach, SC. This early-season tournament is hosted at Coastal Carolina University’s HTC Center.

These teams will vie for Myrtle Beach bragging rights:

  • Villanova University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Tulane University
  • Ohio University
  • Baylor University
  • University of Utah
  • Coastal Carolina University

Each team plays a game every day, regardless of the outcomes of the previous games—so you’re guaranteed a full slate of hoops.

Last year’s inaugural event concluded with a final matchup between the University of Central Florida Knights and the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers. Who knows who will come out on top this year! Come see for yourself—check out Vantage’s Myrtle Beach, SC, listings for a rental that’s front row to all the excitement.

Game 1: Villanova University vs. Middle Tennessee State University — 11/21, 11:30 am

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders take on the Villanova Wildcats.

In this year’s first matchup, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders take on the Villanova Wildcats. ESPN ranked Villanova ninth in its most recent preseason predictions, making them the highest-ranked team in the Big East Conference.

After the Wildcats secured their second and third national championship titles in 2016 and 2018, there’s no sign of them slowing down in the upcoming season. Can the Blue Raiders shock them and upset the favorites?

Game 2: Mississippi State University vs. Tulane University — 11/21, 1:30 or 2 pm


The Mississippi State Bulldogs will face off against Tulane’s Green Wave.

Shortly after the final buzzer sounds on Villanova-Middle Tennessee State, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will face off against Tulane’s Green Wave. The Bulldogs were the fifth seed in the East division of last year’s NCAA tournament, but they’re looking to rebound from a first-round elimination.

Game 3: Ohio University vs. Baylor University — 11/21, 4:30 pm

The Ohio Bobcats match up against the Baylor Bears.

For the day’s third game, the Ohio Bobcats match up against the Baylor Bears. The Bears hold the 17th spot in ESPN’s preseason rankings and defeated Syracuse in last season’s national tournament.

Game 4: University of Utah vs. Coastal Carolina University — 11/21, 7 pm

Plan your game strategy!

The Utah Utes play the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the final first-day game. Not only were the Chanticleers semifinalists in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational, they will have homecourt advantage.

Remaining games

Be sure to check out the bracketfor a full list of matchups.

On the tournament’s second day, 11/22, the winning teams from games one and two will challenge each other in the semifinals, while the winners of games three and four face off. The teams who didn’t score a victory on the first day will also compete, with the winners of those games playing against one another on the final day.

Be sure to check out the bracket for a full list of matchups.

After taking a break on Saturday—a perfect opportunity to explore all the attractions of Myrtle Beach, SC—the excitement continues on 11/24 with the final games of the tournament.

Get a courtside seat for the action

Contact our friendly reservation specialists at 888-303-4110 today!

When you’re not at the HTC Center watching all the men’s basketball exciting games, you’ll want to kick back in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Helping you find your perfect vacation rental is a slam dunk for our team. 

Contact our friendly reservation specialists at 888-303-4110 today to secure your spot for all the action. It’s also easy to browse and book direct at www.VantageMyrtleBeach.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates and the best selection.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Carolina Country Music Fest (6/6 – 6/9)

Carolina Country Music Fest
Carolina Country Music Fest

More than 30 of country music’s hottest stars. Beach, boardwalk and sun. Giveaways, surprise artist Q&As and autograph sessions. Oh yeah, and a zip line. The countdown is on for the East Coast’s largest three-day outdoor country music festival. And you don’t want to miss a single second.  

From Thursday evening June 6 to Sunday June 9, Carolina Country Music Fest will bring together fans of all ages on 18 acres of beautiful coastal area along North Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The only requirement? Having fun. In fact, attendees spotted smiling or being kind have the chance to win VIP access, including meet-and-greets and private backstage shows. Here’s just a sampling of what you can expect to find at CCMF 2019:

The biggest names in country music

The biggest names in country music!

CCMF 2019 boasts four stages with back-to-back country music greatness—from CMA Award winners to American Idol finalists to newcomers chosen by you.

Alabama kicks off the party Thursday night with a 50th anniversary performance. Before amassing over 40 number-one singles and seven multi-platinum albums, before taking their place in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the boys from Alabama were low-country legends who started their journey right here in Myrtle Beach.

Winner of Billboard’s first-ever Trailblazer Award, Florida Georgia Line will take the stage as one of two headliners for the weekend. If you’re looking to hear a live version of their most recent hit “Simple” or maybe something new, CCMF 2019 is the place to be.

Here’s a fact about headliner Thomas Rhett you may not know: He received a CMA Triple Play award for writing three number-one country songs in a year. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear what Rolling Stone called his “detailed style of songwriting” live.

Witness firsthand the intimacy of a Dierks Bentley’s performance, which features a mix of modern and classic country, bluegrass and rock.  A member of the Grand Ole Opry, his albums have earned him 11 Grammy Award nominations. Let Brothers Osborne bring out your rock and roll side, while country radio favorites Dan + Shay  show you why they’re just the sixth artists in history to hold the top two spots on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart at the same time.

Other fan favorites appearing at CCMF include:

  • Accomplished country singer and songwriter Rhett Akins
  • The newly formed Gone West with pop radio sensation Colbie Caillat
  • The always-candid Cam
  • Platinum-certified superstar Dustin Lynch
  • Rootsy chart-topper Randy Houser
  • Breakout trio Midland

And that’s just the beginning. You’ll also see the three winners chosen by fans for CCMF’s Battle of the Bands representing Myrtle Beach, Raleigh and Charlotte.

Beyond the music

Explore local restaurants

While you’re here, make sure you visit one of the exclusive festival merchandise booths, offering CCMF t-shirts, hats and other concert essentials.

Cool off and fill up at the many concession areas throughout the venue. You can also take a break and explore local restaurants close to N. Ocean Blvd, including Rip Tydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar, The Chemist Bar and the historic Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge .

Outside the festival gates, you’ll find a zip line [to quench your thirst for adventure between sets. Download the CCMF 2019 app  for plenty more restaurant and activity suggestions.

Don’t miss the 2019 Carolina Country Music Fest Golf Classic.

If you can, extend your vacation weekend to Monday and take part in the 2019 Carolina Country Music Fest Golf Classic. Proceeds benefit the Horry County School music programs. There’s even an after-party at Dead Dog Saloon with Randy Houser and friends!

It’s all in the wrist

Party without worry with a cashless wristband

CCMF 2019 lets you party without worry, thanks to a cashless wristband. Load it up with cash beforehand and use it to pay for on-site festival expenses, which speeds up transaction times, cuts down on waits and allows you to leave your wallet at home.

Kick off your boots and stay

Rest and recharge with Vantage

After a long day of singing, dancing and celebrating, you’ll want a home base where the whole gang can rest and recharge. That’s where we come in. Vantage helps you find a comfortable and roomy vacation rental that strikes the right chord with everyone. Get in touch with our friendly Vantage reservation specialists at (888) 303-4110 to help you book the very best spot for your CCMF retreat. You can also browse and book direct at www.VantageMyrtleBeach.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates and the best selection.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

The Hottest Myrtle Beach Summer Events

Live It up at the Hottest Myrtle Beach Summer Events

Don’t miss out on Myrtle Beach Summer events!

When the weather heats up in South Carolina, so do the celebrations! This year’s calendar is full of must-see Myrtle Beach summer events, and we don’t want you missing out. When you’re not lounging at the beach, add some excitement to your stay with thrilling air shows, dazzling fireworks displays, and electrifying concerts. And, that’s just a small taste of the events coming to the Grand Strand. Explore the possibilities and book your North Myrtle Beach vacation rental to make this summer one you’ll remember for years to come.

Mark Your Calendars for These Myrtle Beach Summer Events

Art in the Park | June 29 – 30

Art in the Park Myrtle Beach
Art in the Park, Myrtle Beach, going on June 29-30

Soak up some sun and immerse yourself in the world of visual arts at this summer’s Art in the Park show! It’s a lovely way to kick off the season and pair the summer scenery with original artwork. This celebration of creativity takes place at Chapin Park and Valor Park from June 29th to June 30th. You’re welcome to browse the booths featuring a variety of mediums and purchase your favorites. They make excellent souvenirs and even better gifts!

Salute from the Shore | July 4

There’s no better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than with a spectacular air show over the Grand Strand. July 4th, 2019, marks the 10th annual Salute from the Shore, and it’s easy to see why it has become such a popular summer event in Myrtle Beach. Each year, vintage aircrafts soar over the South Carolina coastline to delight beachgoers and commemorate Independence Day. Don your favorite red, white, and blue clothing and head to the shore this July!

Independence Day Fireworks | July 4

It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks, and there are plenty of opportunities to see them in the Myrtle Beach area. Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach are two excellent options. Arrive early and spend a full day exploring shops and tasting delicious foods, then gaze upward at 10:00 p.m. to watch the fireworks illuminate the sky. It’s a fantastic way to turn family fun into family memories!

Local tip: See if you can make late-night dinner reservations at a restaurant with outdoor seating. You might be able to pair your meal with remarkable views of the fireworks!

1964: The Tribute | July 19

Have you ever dreamed of seeing The Beatles live in concert? Grab your tickets for 1964: The Tribute and enjoy the next best thing! This talented tribute band is known for putting on spectacular performances, earning them a spot in Rolling Stone Magazine as the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.” Check them out at the Alabama Theatre on July 19th, and enjoy the legendary tunes of the 1960s!

Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival | August 2 – 4

Stay for all three days of the festival

When the calendar flips to August, it’s time for another award-winning summer event in Myrtle Beach! Featured as one of the top shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival showcases the talents of people from all across the country. You can peruse a variety of crafts and get a behind-the-scenes look at how they’re made via fascinating demonstrations. Check out all three days of the festival for the price of one ticket!

The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Golf Tournament | August 26 – 30

Take a swing at the Myrtle Beach World Amateur

Take a swing and test your skills at the summer’s premier golf competition for up-and-coming athletes! The Myrtle Beach World Amateur attracts over 3,000 participants each year for a one-of-a-kind tournament at several courses throughout the area. The wide range of handicaps allows people of all skill levels to compete in a friendly environment. Even if you don’t win any prizes, you can always count on having a great time at the 19th Hole with live music, food, and fun each evening!

Mustang Week | September 2 – 8

Don’t miss Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach.

Start your engines and buckle in for a full week of American muscle. If you’re driven by a fascination for classic cars, you won’t want to miss Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach. You can chat with other drivers at the Meet and Greet, see your favorite Mustang models at the car show, and even check out fun challenges like the Burn-out Contest at the Myrtle Beach Speedway!

Jay Leno: Live at the Alabama Theatre | September 21

You’ve seen him on late-night television, and now Jay Leno is headed to the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach! Purchase your tickets and get ready for a full night of laughs on September 21st. The summer may be coming to an end, but Jay Leno’s hilarious performance is sure to put a smile on your face.

Find Your Happy Place for the Summertime!

Ocean Creek K2

Ocean Creek K2

Make this summer the best one yet with a wonderful vacation rental in North Myrtle Beach! Our properties allow you to enjoy the beauty of the beach while being only a short drive away from your favorite Myrtle Beach attractions. It’s the best of both worlds! After all of the excitement of these summer events, you can unwind by the shore and watch the sun slowly set over the coastline.

Are you ready to enjoy an unforgettable vacation this year? The first step is finding your ideal property, and Vantage Vacation Rentals makes it as easy as a few clicks of your mouse. Explore our portfolio of properties now and find your happy place!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

The World Famous Blue Crab Festival, May 18-19

Get your fill May 18th & 19th

Little River Blue Crab Festival

For three decades, seafood lovers from all over the country have planned their summer vacations around the World Famous Blue Crab Festival – a Myrtle Beach community tradition that has stretched far beyond the Grand Strand. Make your plans to join them for this year’s 38th annual event on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As always, the festival takes place along the historic Little River waterfront, an authentic fishing town just a short drive north of North Myrtle Beach.

Here’s just a taste of what you can expect to find when you visit one of the largest and longest running festivals in the Southeast – and the winner of Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand for eight years running!

Fresh, delicious local seafood

Crab Fest

No question, seafood is the main attraction here. Grab your bibs and mallets and treat yourself to delicious blue crab delicacies and a full variety of local seafood specialties prepared by Little River’s many waterfront restaurants. Be sure to check out what’s cooking from the kitchens of Buzz’s Roost, Capt. Juel’s Hurricane Restaurant, Crab Catchers, Key West Crazy, Patio’s Tiki Bar & Grill and the Pilot House. All seafood is served up fresh with a side of spectacular views.

A feast for your ears

The World Famous Blue Crab Festival keeps visitors grooving all weekend long with live beach music and other genres from well-known local and national bands. Get ready to shag and shimmy along to all your favorites performed by Carolina Soul Band, RiverMist Band, Jim Quick & Coastline and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot.

Find a hidden treasure

Glass blower

Take a stroll under the gorgeous shady oak trees where the festival began many years ago and you’ll find close to 300 vendors offering unique wares, special souvenirs and handmade arts and crafts. You’ll meet artisans of all kinds, including local painters, woodworkers, metalworkers, glass blowers and jewelry makers, all waiting to share their gifts. And don’t forget to find the booth where you can purchase this year’s Blue Crab Festival commemorative t-shirt.

Enter the Kids Zone

You won’t find any crabby kids around here. There’s an entire kids zone at the World Famous Blue Crab Festival featuring entertainment tailored to the younger crowd. The kids zone buzzes with games and activities, face painting, balloons – the list goes on. It’s so much fun, you may have trouble getting your kids to leave!

Getting in and getting around

Kids Face Painting

The World Famous Blue Crab Festival weekend is open to everyone, with attendees ages 13 and up paying just $4 admission in advance or $5 at the door. Online ticket purchases are available until May 16.

There are several locations for satellite parking, with buses circulating from designated lots to the festival throughout each day. Or, for the true Little River waterfront experience, take advantage of the Sea Screamer water taxi leaving out of Harbourgate Marina frequently on both days.

Book your Blue Crab Festival vacation today

You can see why this is one of the most popular festivals in the Southeast – and a perfect way to kick off the summer. Vacation rentals go fast for this very reason. Vantage will help you find the right accommodations in North Myrtle Beach so you don’t miss a thing. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist at (888) 303-4110 to make your plans. You can also browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Visit Myrtle Beach for St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Looking for festive, family-friendly activities to fill your St. Patrick’s Day weekend? You’re in luck: Myrtle Beach, SC, is the place to be for parades, live music and authentic celebrations galore. You certainly don’t have to be Irish to take part in all the traditions that make the Grand Strand such a perfect St. Patty’s Day destination.

We’ve put together a handy guide to some of the big events and attractions that draw more and more people to town every year.

Shamrock N’ Roll 5K

Friday, March 15, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.
Broadway at the Beach

Kick the St. Patrick’s Day weekend off on the right foot, or feet, by joining hundreds of fellow runners for the cheerful Shamrock N’ Roll 5K evening race. You’ll wind your way through all the lights, sights, sounds and stores of Broadway at the Beach. After you cross the finish line, keep moving straight to Dave & Buster’s for a rocking after-race awards ceremony offering up cold beer, live music and fun prizes.

The 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

Ready to experience a springtime tradition like no other? The St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade attracts approximately 30,000 people to Main Street North Myrtle Beach, SC, every year. You’ll want to get here early to secure a spot with a clear view for this rain-or-shine event.

When the last of the lavish floats reaches the end of the parade route, pack up your crew and head to the three stages featuring live music and authentic Irish entertainment, such as bagpipes and clog dancing. Take the kids to the children’s area for rides and amusements. This year’s event will also have nearly 150 vendors on hand selling arts and crafts and delicious festival fare. Parking and admission for the festival is free.

If you’re really feeling in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, sign up to participate in the famous Leprechaun Contest, where entries are judged on qualities ranging from creativity to enthusiasm. The grand prize-winning leprechaun will receive a $100 Wal-Mart gift card, souvenirs from the event and, of course, bragging rights for an entire year.

What would a festival be without a pie eating contest? In this case, given the occasion, it’s a Shepherd’s Pie eating contest. All you have to do to win this feat of feasting is be the first contestant to clear your plate. Did we mention you’re not allowed to use your hands? Again, the bragging rights alone are worth it, but the winner here also gets a handsome plaque to commemorate the noble victory forever.

9th Annual Myrtle Beach Irish Fest

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Park at The Market Common

Since 2010, families and friends have gathered at Grand Park for the Myrtle Beach Irish Fest extravaganza. This year, Irish Fest is featuring a whole lineup of live music and original family entertainment, along with a kids’ zone and delicious food and craft beer.

4th Annual Luck of the MarshWalk

Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
MarshWalk at Murrells Inlet

You may have heard there’s a pot of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow. Actually, at Murrells Inlet, there are three pots of gold waiting for the winners of Luck of the MarshWalk. Here’s how it works: Come dressed in your best St. Patty’s Day getup and spend the afternoon visiting locations along the MarshWalk. You’ll collect stamps for your contest card while enjoying live music, Irish-inspired dishes and drink specials at each location. At the end, three contestants will be selected to win cash prizes, $100 MarshWalk gift cards and $500 off a trip to Ireland!

Where to stay for St. Patrick’s Day

With so much excitement throughout the weekend, you’ll want to find a comfortable home base where you can relax and recharge. That’s where we come in. Call one of our friendly Vantage reservation specialists today at (888) 303-4110 to book accommodations for you and all of your guests. Or browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

(Lead photo credit: Myrtle Beach TheDigitel)

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Top Spring Events in Myrtle Beach, SC

The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, music fills the air – it must be the start of another rejuvenating spring in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As always, the full calendar of spring events in Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. Whether you’re into classic cars or country music, or you just love spending time with sand between your toes, you’ll find a reason to visit Myrtle Beach with your family this spring.

We’ve put together a quick guide to some of the most popular spring events in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand to help you plan your spring break getaway.

Get your motor running

Car Show

Myrtle Beach hosts several events every spring just for car and motorcycle enthusiasts. On March 21, thousands of classic cars will make their way into town for the 31st Run to the Sun Car Show – the East Coast’s largest independent car show.

From April 5 to April 7, the 2019 Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam will build on the huge success of last year’s inaugural event. Show your love for all things Jeep during this three-day gathering featuring an obstacle course, Jeep exhibitions, live music and delicious food – all just a block away from the beach!

The two-wheelers come roaring in for the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally, May 10 through 19. The event grows bigger each year, with over 275,000 people coming to enjoy the bike shows, special merchandise and day trips down south to Charleston or up north to Wilmington, North Carolina. There’s plenty of hangouts in downtown Myrtle Beach for you to connect with old and new friends alike.

Golf with the pros

Golf Myrtle Beach

Sure, Augusta is home to the PGA Masters Tournament. But Myrtle Beach, SC, has the Monday After the Masters – one of the country’s most popular Celebrity Pro-Am tournaments.

It all started in 1994 as a charity event organized by members of the band Hootie & the Blowfish. They’ve since raised millions for the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation and the South Carolina junior golf program. You never know who may show up to Monday After the Masters. In past years, actors, athletes, comedians and musicians have joined golf icons like John Daly and Tiger Woods on the links. From April 13 through 15, participants will enjoy exclusive parties, practice rounds and a Hootie & the Blowfish and Friends concert.

Dance the night away

Carolina Shag

The Grand Strand is home to the shag dance craze that caught the South by storm around the 1940s and has grown in popularity ever since. From April 10 through May 4, thousands of shaggers will do their thing in North Myrtle Beach, SC, during the Society of Stranders Spring Safari.

This event attracts lovers of beach music and shaggers from all over for 10 days of dancing, friendship and nightlife in the area’s most beloved local hotspots. The event culminates with a massive parade featuring floats from the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs.

Run with the Divas

Run with the Divas

In a stunning display of girl power, the popular Divas running series comes to North Myrtle Beach on May 5. The 8th Annual Divas Half Marathon and 5K is a unifying event for women (and men) of all ages with courses that direct runners through sites and scenery of North Myrtle Beach. All participants receive pink tutus, boas and tiaras, fit-tech shirts and priceless memories.

Ring in spring at Mayfest

For one day, approximately 15,000 people flock to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach to honor the month of May and celebrate the start of another summer. This year’s 14th Annual Mayfest on Main Festival happens Saturday, May 11. Come enjoy live entertainment, food and craft vendors, shopping and special activities for the kids.

Crack into some crabs

Crab Fest

Seafood lovers rejoice: The 38th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival returns to Little River, SC, May 18 and 19. Little River is less than 15 minutes from North Myrtle Beach and worth every second of the drive. As the name implies, the Festival offers fresh, local seafood, along with treats from other vendors. Both days are jam packed with live entertainment and beach music to set the mood.

Party with your favorite stars

Carolina Country Music Fest

Some of the biggest names in country music are scheduled to perform live during the 5th annual Carolina Country Music Fest taking place at the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion site from June 6 through 9. This year’s headliners include local favorites from the Myrtle Beach area along with country legends Alabama and contemporary chart-topper Dierks Bentley.

The star-studded lineup at the Carolina Country Music Fest also includes performances by Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Midland and Randy Houser. Food and beverage vendors on-site have everything you need to keep the party going. This event looks to be a sellout, so you’ll want to get your tickets as soon as possible. You may even want to treat yourself with VIP access, which gives you premium positioning near the stage.

Book your spring break today

This preview of spring events in Myrtle Beach, SC, is really just a sampling of what’s happening along the Grand Strand. You can always find something fun and exciting here – or you can simply relax and enjoy the warm weather and soothing waves.

Once you’re ready to schedule your trip, contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (888) 404-3110 to book accommodations for you and all of your guests. Or browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.