Myrtle Beach Area News & Events

9th Annual Mayfest on Main® in North Myrtle Beach

Mayfest on Main® is an exciting day of family fun in North Myrtle Beach. Locals and visitors alike come out to take advantage of the warm, beautiful weather and long sunny days. The fun happens on Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Main Street will be closed to car traffic during the day, but there will be shuttles running from several area churches so getting to Mayfest will be a breeze!

Expect to see a variety of food, beverage, and arts and craft vendors throughout the area. Usual cuisine offerings at Mayfest include fried chicken, seafood, and other local or southern themed items. There will also be a free concert where Main Street meets Ocean Boulevard, more commonly known as “The Horseshoe”, with artists from several different genres, including shag music, surf music, alternative rock, country and more. Participating musical acts include The Legends of Surf Music, Surf City Allstars, Blue Monday and Ross Coppley as well as local school choirs and band students. Feel free to bring a chair and sit back and enjoy the show.

General admission to this event is completely free. More information regarding parking and shuttles to the event can be found at the City of North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation website.

If you are planning on visiting over the weekend of May 10, 2014, be sure to take a look at the variety of North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals available through Oceana Resorts. Guests of Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort are just about a mile away, while guests of Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center are just a quick five minute drive down the Boulevard.

Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals does not make any representations regarding the availability of or endorse any of the products, services or activities provided by third parties.

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f.l.a.v.o.r. Culinary Tasting Event

Enjoy a sampling of local cuisine at the 4th annual f.l.a.v.o.r. Culinary Tasting Event in Myrtle Beach

The Fourth Annual f.l.a.v.o.r. Culinary Tasting Event is back at the beach! This mouthwatering event takes place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, April 8, from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM. F.l.a.v.o.r. (which stands for Fresh, Local, Appetizing, Valuable, Original Restaurants) is a great place to sample different dishes from many of the Grand Strand’s best restaurants. This culinary extravaganza is not only family-friendly, but admission is free and open to the public.

Food samples range in price from one to three tickets depending on the quantity purchased. In addition to all of the extraordinary cuisine available for sampling, there will be a beer and wine garden selling first class beverages for those over 21.

F.l.a.v.o.r. supports Horry-Georgetown Technical College culinary students who are competing for scholarship money during the event’s restaurant judging contest.

Look forward to seeing booths by these participants (and many more):

  • Drunken Jack’s
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Pier House Restaurant
  • Coccadotts Cake Shop
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College Culinary Department
  • American Culinary Foundation
  • Horry County Academy for Technology and Academics
  • Benjamin’s Bagel
  • Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
  • Sweet Carolinas BBQ
  • Capriz Italian Feast
  • Crossroads at House of Blues

Make sure to plan a visit and enjoy some of the local Myrtle Beach flavor, as well as support our future culinary artisans. For affordable oceanfront accommodations and vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals!

Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals does not make any representations regarding the availability of or endorse any of the products, services or activities provided by third parties.

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What activities are going on for Easter weekend in Myrtle Beach?

Easter Bunny Meet & Greet

Do you have your plans for Easter weekend? You can count on Easter weekend to draw thousands to Myrtle Beach every year. It is one of the many time honored signals that the beach is heating up and summer is just around the corner. Every year Oceana Resorts offers fun family events at select properties for guests visiting over the holiday, as well as special brunch and lunch menus at our on-site restaurants.

Whether your family tradition is to spend your Easter weekend at the beach with us, or you are simply looking for a new way to celebrate this year, below you will find a little information about what Oceana Resorts has planned for Easter 2014 in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach.

Oceanfront Easter Brunch at The Patricia Grand in Myrtle Beach

Every year Grand Central Station Restaurant, located in the oceanfront Patricia Grand in Myrtle Beach, provides an Easter Brunch buffet featuring a wide selection of sweet and savory items. Diners can relax with family and friends while enjoying a stunning ocean view and the delicious specialties carefully prepared by our own Chef Michael.

This year’s Easter Brunch at Grand Central Station Restaurant will be available April 20, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and includes items such as Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb, Blackened White Fish, Prime Rib, a Waffle Station and more with assorted sides and desserts.* Adults can enjoy all-you-can-eat for $22.95* which includes coffee, soft drink, or ice tea. Children 12 and under can dine for only $12.95!*

Easter Lunch at Bay Watch Resort in North Myrtle Beach

For guests further north, the oceanfront Bay Watch Resort in North Myrtle Beach will be hosting an Easter Lunch buffet at their newly renovated on-site restaurant, Blue Room Café. This relaxing oceanfront restaurant has recently received several upgrades including larger seating and buffet areas, an updated look, and even a brand new chef!

Easter Lunch at Blue Room Café will be available April 20, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM and will feature a wide selection of carefully prepared items including Pit Smoked Ham, Slow Roasted Beef, Apple Sage Pork and more as well as variety of hot and cold sides and desserts.* Adults can enjoy all-you-can-eat for $21.95* which includes coffee, soft drink, or ice tea. Children 12 and under can dine for only $11.95!*

Easter Egg Hunt at Lost Mine Miniature Golf

Easter Egg Hunt at Lost Mine Mini Golf

Join us for the annual Oceana Resorts Easter Egg Hunt that will be held at Lost Mine Miniature Golf in downtown Myrtle Beach on Saturday April 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. You can be sure that the Easter Bunny, and maybe a few of his friends too, will be in attendance to help the kids find hidden eggs, take photographs and spread Easter cheer!*

Easter Egg Hunts will be separated into two sessions. Children ages 6 and under will hunt during the first session, followed by a short break and then children 7 and over will finish during the second session. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite Easter baskets to collect eggs, and best of all the event is completely FREE for Oceana Resorts guests!

Easter Bunny Dance Party and Magic Show

Families are invited to join us at Bay Watch Resort in North Myrtle Beach on Friday April 18, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a fun filled morning with the Easter Bunny. Children will participate in fun Easter themed activities, as well as get a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny himself, and maybe a few of his friends too!* Plus, enjoy a kid friendly magic show that is sure to amaze and, of course, it is all FREE for Oceana Resorts guests!

We look forward to celebrating the Easter holiday with all of our guests visiting over the weekend. If you would like to participate in any of the festivities shown above but have not made a reservation for Easter weekend yet, be sure to check out the selection of oceanfront Myrtle Beach hotels and vacation rentals available with Oceana Resorts!

*Menu, pricing, and event details may be subject to change.

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Divas® Half Marathon Returns to North Myrtle Beach

Divas® Half Marathon North Myrtle Beach

Ladies, start your engines! The Divas® Half Marathon returns to North Myrtle Beach for the third time on April 27th, 2014. Last year’s races had over 5,500 participants between the half marathon and the Girl’s 5k, which takes place the same morning. The popular half marathon series also hosts the flashy races in other amazing cities like Honolulu, Long Island, San Juan and San Francisco. These races are all about encouraging women to celebrate fitness and athleticism (and to look cool while doing it!). Spectators can watch the ladies run while decked out in feather boas and all sorts of pink clothing.

The North Myrtle Beach Divas® Half Marathon starts near Main Street, where runners will race alongside the Atlantic, following Ocean Boulevard to Bay Watch Resort. From there, it’s back up to Main Street, this time through scenic neighborhoods full of beachy homes. The second half of the race will go north of Main Street around Robber’s Roost golf course, then back to Ocean Boulevard for some more oceanfront running.

Divas® Half Marathon Participants

One of the most unique parts of the Divas® series is that all finishers not only get a medal, but are rewarded with a red rose and a glass of champagne! Now that’s what we call a reward for a job well done! Runners registered a month or more in advance will receive a personalized bib, not to mention plenty of time to pick out the perfect race-day attire. For those who don’t come decked out but have a change of heart, there will be booths offering tiaras and boas along the route.

The Divas® Marathon series contributes to the Forever Young Foundation of Florida, a group that helps support less fortunate people with a strong work ethic but lack the financial support to further their education. The races also support local and national charities that help make a difference in women’s lives, like the Hewlett House in New York City – a place where people with cancer and their families can find out ways of receiving support from others with similar experiences.

Divas® Half Marathon Medals

The races both take place Sunday morning, around 7:00 a.m. On the preceding Friday and Saturday, runners can pick up their t-shirts, diva backpacks, and information packets at the Health and Fitness boutique. The boutique will also have vendors offering samples and showcasing racing and fitness apparel and accessories, and will be open to the public as well. Like last year, there will be an after party at Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center at 2701 S. Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach, and begins at 2:00 p.m. Last year’s party was a blast for many of the 3,600 half marathon and 1,100 5k finishers who saved enough energy to enjoy the great food and drink specials (that will be abundant once again!) and the fun party atmosphere provided by DJ Honey Loquacious.

If you plan to participate in all of the Divas® festivities, be sure check out Oceana Resorts selection of oceanfront North Myrtle Beach hotels and vacation rentals located right near all of the action!

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Sneak Peek: Coastal Uncorked 2014

The Grand Strand’s biggest food and wine festival will return in 2014 after being absent last year. Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival has been a staple of Myrtle Beach ever since the first time the event was held in May of 2010. After a year of planning the first festival, over 4,000 hungry folks came out to sample food and drink donated from the best of the area’s over 1700 restaurants. For the second annual festival in 2011, appearances from Paula Deen and the Lee Brothers made the event even more successful. More elements were added that year and the next, like an oyster roast, mixology competition, and even an Iron Chef-style cooking contest. Coastal Uncorked became a full week of delicious goodness.

Coastal Uncorked Tasting Trolly

Not all of the details have been released yet, but this year’s festival is scheduled to take place at the oceanfront Plyler Park during the week of June 2nd. One notable addition is the new craft beer festival slated for Friday, June 6th. One of the favorite parts for many of the festival-goers are the “Tasting Trollies” which are scheduled for a comeback.

The Tasting Trollies are street-car style shuttles that will be transporting participants around eight different stops from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 7th. Some of the stops include The Sea Captain’s House (a highly acclaimed local seafood establishment), a winery event hosted at Plyler Park, and a Beer Garden on the Boardwalk near the 2nd Avenue Pier. Each stop will have different themes, dishes, and drinks, and the all-inclusive Trolley Pass will give passengers unlimited access.

The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association helps organize the annual festival, which is also sponsored by US Foods, the Oceanfront Merchants Association, Boar’s Head, Southern Wine and Spirits, and many others.

We will be sure to provide updated details with everything you need to know about this year’s Coastal Uncorked as they become available. And, of course, if you are in need a place to stay while attending this fantastic event; check out Oceana Resorts’ oceanfront Myrtle Beach hotels and vacation rentals available in downtown Myrtle Beach.

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SOS Spring Safari Carolina Shag Celebration

Carolina Shag

The Society of Stranders (SOS) is a group that celebrates the “Shag” not only as a dance, but as a way of life. The Shag is a partner dance, formally known as the Carolina Shag, done primarily to beach music. It is thought to have originated between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina. Friends come together to shag and celebrate the beach culture of the Carolinas at many annual events in North Myrtle Beach.

The SOS puts together events that keep folks coming back every year. There are midwinter events in January, a fall migration every September, and the ever popular Spring Safari – the highly anticipated, ten day long event, from April 4th through the 13th, 2014; where shaggers kick off the last of the winter ice and head to the beach to warm up.

Classic Shag is more than a dance; it's a lifestyle!

At the Spring Safari, you will find popular bands playing shows along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, shag instructors offering classes, lounges scheduling “tea parties” for SOS club members, and of course the biggest attraction – the nightlife. Safari-goers flock to Fat Harold’s, Duck’s, the OD Arcade, and many other local SOS lounges to dance the night away with friends, old and new.

The last Saturday of the Spring Safari features a parade hosted by the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs (ACSC). The ACSC members design and build floats for the parade, which draws a huge crowd. Locals and non-shagging visitors show up at this parade to check out the incredible amount of effort put into the floats and to learn more about the shag lifestyle.

To learn more about the SOS and the shag lifestyle, visit Here you can find information on clubs, venues, lessons, and much more.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Festival in Myrtle Beach

5th annual Myrtle Beach Saint Patrick's Day Festival and Celebration

What would be a better way to spend Saint Patrick’s Day than watching a full day of musical performances (including Elise Testone) oceanfront in Myrtle Beach?

Check out the 5th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Festival and Celebration along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Featuring live music, great food, an awesome Kidz Zone and exciting Midway carnival rides, the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is an exciting event for all ages. It’s a great day for everyone to be Irish, and visitors and locals alike come together in the many shades of green to celebrate Irish American culture. Although if you really are Irish, don’t forget to bring some sunscreen.

Elise Testone will perform at the 5th annual Myrtle Beach Saint Patrick's Day Festival

The annual festival will host ten different musical performances, beginning at noon. The lineup includes Gravy and the Asheville Horns, Bullfrog, Paul Grimshaw Band, Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans, Mike O’Donnel and more. Elise Testone will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in designated areas around the festival.

There will be plenty of fun, games, and activities for the entire family. New this year, and probably the festival’s biggest attraction for the little ones, are the Midway Carnival Rides: The Mega Obstacle Course, Jurassic Adventure, Turbo Tubs, Musical Chair Swings, TC’s Choppers, Rapid Slide and The Tempest. Kids are sure to find just as much entertainment and enjoyment as their parents.

Green SkyWheel celebrating the Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Festival

The fun takes place Saturday, March 15 from noon to midnight at the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion property. Located between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North at Plyler Park, the area will be filled with strolling entertainers. Ocean Boulevard will be closed to traffic from Eighth Avenue North to Mr. Joe White Avenue from 1 a.m. March 15 to 4 a.m. on March 16.

Special Olympics of South Carolina

A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits the Special Olympics of South Carolina, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Your participation helps to provide them with opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Enjoying the festivities at the Myrtle Beach Saint Patrick's Day Festival

Oceana Resorts is excited to offer an exclusive St. Patrick’s Day VIP Package that includes oceanfront accommodations, a souvenir t-shirt, and a VIP pass to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival for each guest in the party. The VIP passes will grant you access to a special, roped off area near the stage with a great view of all of the musical acts, as well as complimentary food and drink. Resorts offering accommodations with this package include Camelot by the Sea, BEST WESTERN PLUS Carolinian Oceanfront Inn & Suites, Patricia Grand and Ocean Park Resort. Those who stay at Camelot by the Sea are within walking distance of the festival, which is only about 10 blocks away!

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26th Annual Run To The Sun Car Show in Myrtle Beach

26th annual Run To The Sun Car Show

If you love classic, antique, and exotic cars, then you should be in Myrtle Beach for South Carolina’s largest car and truck show – the 26th annual Run To The Sun, organized by the Pee Dee Street Rodders. The show returns to the old Myrtle Square Mall site between 21st and 29th avenues north in Myrtle Beach, where last year’s show reached over 3,200 participants.

The Run To The Sun dates back to 1985 when the Pee Dee Street Rodders held small shows in Florence, SC, where the club is based. Their first show had only 88 participants, but the Run to the Sun eventually moved to the beach and participation increased, with over 3,000 participants expected again this year. The show features classics like 1932 Fords, 1957 Chevrolets and some vintage Ferraris. Vehicles manufactured after 1989 are not permitted. There is no charge for spectators to view the vehicles, and there will be vendors serving food and selling classic auto accessories and memorabilia. There are also drawings for cash and door prizes.

Children's Miracle NetworkNational Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Run To The Sun car show hopes to raise $100,000 for The Children’s Miracle Network and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. They beat that goal last year by raising about $102,000, and have raised over a million dollars for these charities over the life of the event. After the cost of the show is covered, all remaining proceeds are donated.

This year’s show will take place Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 22, 2014. The shows run daily from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. After 5:00 PM, be prepared to cruise Ocean Boulevard in style! There will also be nightlife events held at participating businesses within the Broadway at the Beach entertainment complex. Shuttles will be available for travel between Broadway and the show site.

Guests staying at the Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, BEST WESTERN PLUS Carolinian Oceanfront Inn & Suites and Camelot by the Sea in Myrtle Beach are lucky enough to be within walking distance of the event! A quick side note – don’t take a scooter or golf cart to view the show, as you will not be permitted due to the possibility of damaging these classic vehicles. Come be a part of this great charity event that draws thousands of people to the Grand Strand every year!

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Great Valentine’s Day Specials at Myrtle Beach Restaurants

Spending Valentine’s Day in Myrtle Beach provides plenty of opportunities for showing your special someone how much you love them. Be sure to check out our list of Ten Unique Ideas For An Unforgettable Valentine’s Day in Myrtle Beach for fun and unique ways to spend your day.

After a long, activity filled day in the Grand Strand, you may be ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. With hundreds of restaurants in the area, picking the right dinner can be a daunting task. Let us help you decide which one is best for you, as we shine the spotlight on a few of our favorite places.

TBonz Gill & Grill Meal and Drink Specials

T-Bonz’ Valentine’s Day special is a 10 ounce New York strip and a 4 ounce lobster tail, served with asparagus, Charleston rice, and a side of Béarnaise. Drink specials offered include Champagne Sangria with a chocolate-dipped strawberry, candy bar martini and strawberry kiss martini.

When: 4:00 PM to close, February 14th only
Price: $30 per person; Drinks additional
Reservations: Call 843.272.7111
Located: 4732 Barefoot Resort Bridge Rd, North Myrtle Beach

Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern Meal for Two

This meal for two includes an appetizer of coconut shrimp or bruschetta, two entrees with choice of filet mignon and lobster tail with baked potato, glazed salmon with saffron rice, or chicken Piccata with saffron rice. Then share a dessert – either chocolate obsession cake or tiramisu. The meal also includes Champagne and a rose.

When: February 13 for dinner only, and all day on February 14 and 15
Price: $52 per couple
Reservations: Call 843.903.3150
Located: 1004 Glenforest Rd, Myrtle Beach

Castano’s Italian Steakhouse

Castano’s will be offering a three course meal. The first course is arugula and radicchio salad with fire-roasted tomatoes, Gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and golden figs served with fig balsamic vinaigrette. Next up is a surf and turf for two with potatoes dauphinoise and grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. Finally, share a heart-shaped mixed berry and Grand Marnier shortcake. For an additional cost, guests can enjoy Valentine martinis and chocolate cups filled with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Grand Marnier or Godiva liqueur.

When: February 14-15
Price: $99 per couple
Reservations: Call 843.361.2000
Located: 4926 Hwy 17 (Barefoot Landing), North Myrtle Beach

Landry’s Seafood

Chef’s specials offered for Valentine’s Day weekend include crab-stuffed Mahi-Mahi with crab orzo and asparagus, Snapper Amore with rice pilaf and fresh vegetables, and Ribeye Oscar with a baked potato.

When: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM, Valentine’s Day weekend
Price: $28-$31 per person
Reservations: Call 843.444.1010
Located: 1312 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach

Grand Central Station Restaurant

Grand Central Station Restaurant is hosting a special dinner from 5:00-9:00 PM on the days before and after Valentine’s Day. Menu options include low country broiled Lobster Tail Thermidor (yum!) and braised, stuffed rack of lamb with pomegranate sauce. The pasta buffet, while all are invited, is suited toward folks who will be running the marathon that need to load up on carbs the night before. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner for couples who will be running together on Saturday. And unlike many of the romantic dinners in the area, kids are welcome at the Grand Central Station pasta buffet, and eat for just $9.95!

When: Special menu available February 13th and 15th; Pasta buffet only on February 14th
Price: Thursday and Saturday, prices per person $23-35; Friday Pasta buffet $14.95
Reservations: Walk-ins welcome. Reservations will not be taken.
Located: 2710 N. Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach (Patricia Grand Resort)

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Blue Room Café Renovations On Schedule; New Menu Announcement Soon

Located oceanfront in the center tower of Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center is the Blue Room Café. Here, patrons can take in a beautiful oceanfront sunrise while enjoying a fully loaded breakfast buffet. The café is open for dinner seasonally, and has been known to serve a typical menu of chicken, steak, and seafood.

Recently, the Blue Room closed its doors for an extensive remodel. For those familiar with the restaurant, the center divider has been removed, as well as the entire bar area. The resulting look is fresh and spacious. Add new paint and carpet and the outcome is a bright, clean, open and inviting space. A private dining area has also been added that seats up to 24, and is perfect for meetings and private events.

Not all of the changes are purely cosmetic. The remodeled buffet line, now wider and more spacious, allows for a better flow when guests line up to fill their plates, and provides additional counter space for more breakfast items. A self-serve waffle station has also been added to the breakfast buffet. Alongside these changes, announcements of a new executive chef and revamped dinner menu are expected, but not yet confirmed. Bay Watch Resort General Manager, Alan Peterson, and Food and Beverage Director, Michael Lackey, are remaining tight-lipped in regards to the possibility of a new concept, allowing suspense to build in the meantime.

If you are interested in reserving this brand new dining space for your meeting or group function, you can call Oceana Resorts Group Sales Department at 866.270.2263.

Blue Room Café will open for dinner service in March 2014 and continue through summer. Keep tabs on the Oceana Resorts blog for breaking news on the new Blue Room Café concept.

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