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.
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