Best 15 Events for 2022 in Myrtle Beach

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Best 15 Events for 2022 in Myrtle Beach

South Carolina residents are in for a treat! Home to the best beaches, golf courses, and restaurants in the area, this destination has it all! Myrtle Beach, one of the state's hotspots for festivals and other fun events loved by residents and tourists alike.  

With so many things to do in Myrtle Beach, how do you choose which events to make sure you don't miss? We pulled together a list of what we know will be the top Myrtle Beach events for 2022. Get ready to have some fantastic times at the beach! 

#1- ​​Restaurant Week South Carolina 

What better way to start 2022 than Restaurant Week South Carolina? The organizers have made the event an 11-day celebration with some of the most exciting restaurants in the state participating.  

In Pawleys Island, a short 35-minute drive from Myrtle Beach, the staff at Local invite you to dine on American cuisine and listen to smooth jazz or some sultry blues performed live. Start your meal off with boiled peanuts in a rich Parmigiano Reggiano and roasted garlic broth. Follow with a Local shrimp or oyster basket, and end the experience with a slice of Coconut Carrot Cake. Local offers an extensive menu sure to please any taste.

Choose from the three-course brunch ($20 per person) or a three-course dinner ($30 per person). 

Visit Local at 10880 Ocean Hwy Unit 21, Hammock Shops Village Pawleys Island, SC 29585. This year's Restaurant Week runs from Jan 13-Jan 23, 2022. Reservations are not required but recommended. Phone: (843) 314-0474.

Are you looking for more destinations? Search the Restaurant Week website to find venues in the Grand Strand and greater South Carolina.

#2- Myrtle Beach Marathon 

Dust off your running shoes and register for the annual Myrtle Beach Marathon. This year's race takes place on March 5, 2022. The race starts on Robert Grissom Parkway just south of the intersection of Grissom Parkway and Monticello Drive and ends in the parking lot of Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Registration fees and start times vary by race:

  • Myrtle Beach Marathon - $109.00
  • Half-Marathon - $89.00
  • Virtual 10k - $40.00
  • 5k - $35.00
  • Family Fun Run - $20.00

Wheelchair and Crankchair at 6:25 am.

Marathon first corral starts at 6:30 am.

Half-Marathon first corral will start at approximately 6:45 am.

5K first corral will start at 7:40 am.

Registration is open now!

#3- Run to Sun Car Show 

From March 17-March 19, 2022, the Pee Dee Street Rodders will host the Run to Sun Car Show at the Old Myrtle Square Mall site, 2501 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. As one of the largest car shows in the Southeast, this car show brings thousands of pre-1989 cars and trucks from across North America for a weekend-long event.

Showtimes for the event are 8 am-5 pm. If you plan to show a car, you'll pay a $45 registration fee the day of the show.

#4- Monday After the Masters Golf Tournament 

What do Hootie & the Blowfish and golf have in common? The Hootie & the Blowfish' Monday after the Golf Tournament! Fondly known as MAM, this annual fundraising event is designed to support hundreds of charities worldwide chosen by the band's members.

One of their favorite philanthropy projects is the support of public education issues in South Carolina. Ongoing projects include:

  • Building community learning centers.
  • Outfitting school marching bands.
  • Helping educators get the tools needed to help nurture children's talents.

Most of the funding for their non-profit comes from MAM, a celebrity Pro-am golf tournament held each year. 

Mark April 11, 2022, on your calendar and get ready to travel to Myrtle Beach, where you can enjoy golf along with all the exciting activities this part of the state of South Carolina has to offer. More details to come for the 2022 tournament.

#5- SOS Spring Safari 

Timeless music. Nightlife. Shag dancing. It comes together April 21-May 1, 2022, on the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach. If you're looking for an excuse to get your feet wet, then look no further than the annual SOS Spring Safari. The event draws shaggers thrilled to welcome spring, do a little dancing, and connect with friends old and new.

One of South Carolina's most famous traditions, the Shag, is a form of Southern swing with roots dating back to as early as the 1920s. In 1984, the state designated the Carolina Shag as the official state dance. The gliding steps are said to have begun so people wouldn't kick up sand. It also limited their movement, which prevented them from spilling drinks all over themselves!

Don't miss the Spring Safari Parade held on the last Saturday of the event. The SOS Spring Safari is a highlight of spring events in Myrtle Beach.

#6- Horry County Fair

Everybody missed the fair in 2021, but the Horry County Fair returns April 23- May 3, 2022, at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane. 

In the past, the fair offered a petting zoo, carnival rides, NASCAR races, and the famous Robinson's Racing Pigs. The 2022 edition promises not to disappoint with the usual fair favorites. On the fairway, you'll likely have your choice of funnel cakes, turkey legs, and fried Oreos to eat! 

The fair is always popular and one of the must-attend events in Myrtle Beach! Generally, daily admission is around $5 and $3 for seniors and military (with ID). Kids ages four and younger get in free. An unlimited ride wristband is about $20.

#7- Ocean Drive Music Festival

Music and Myrtle Beach go so well together that a festival dedicated to both was created five years ago. The Ocean Drive Music Festival is coming back in 2022!

Get out your flip flops, throw the beach chairs in the trunk, and to the 1st Ave South Parking Lot in North Myrtle Beach.  

The festival takes place on May 7, 2022. Gates generally open at 10 am. Check the event website for updates on the lineup and ticket prices. In 2021, performances included Too Much Sylvia, Jim Quick & Coastline, and Band of Oz.

#8- Myrtle Beach Bike Week 

If you love the coast and motorcycles, you won't want to miss Myrtle Beach Bike Week. It's the 83rd Anniversary of Bike Week on the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, running from May 13-22, 2022.

Event organizers fill the week with rides, tours, and entertainment. Whether you plan to spend one day or the full ten, you'll find plenty to keep you busy. All motorcycles, riders, and spectators are welcome! Local restaurants and hotels open their doors and hearts as well.

Another rally will take place September 26-October 2, 2022.

#9- Little River Blue Crab Festival 

Once again, visitors to Little River, South Carolina, can bask in the scenic waterfront, warm spring weather, and fantastic festival food. Make sure you leave the weekend after Mother's Day free to attend the Little River Blue Crab Festival.

Located at the Historic Little River Waterfront, 4468 Mineola Avenue, the festival has earned the Best Annual Event on the Grand Strand by readers of the Sun-News for over eight consecutive years. If you love seafood, festival food, and beach music, this is the place to be May 14-15, 2022.  

Festival hours are 9 am-5 pm. Ticket prices are generally around $5. Children 12 and under are free! 

#10- Carolina Country Music Fest 

How do four days of fun on the beach and country music sound? Would performances by Luke Bryan, Riley Green, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and many other artists sweeten the deal? Then you can't miss the Carolina Country Music Fest in 2022! 

June 9-12, 2022, the festival takes place at 812 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach. A four-day general admission pass costs $189 for access to four music stages, free activities, vendors, and unlimited re-entry for the entire weekend. The general admission pass also includes the McDonald's Thursday Night Kick-Off Concert! Parking passes cost $69 and include a parking space and shuttle.

Thursday, June 12, 2022, gates open at 6 pm and close at 11:30 pm. Friday through Sunday, gates open at 1 pm and close at 11:30 pm.

#11- 4th of July at Myrtle Beach

All along the Grand Strand from the north end to the south, visitors to Myrtle Beach can take in the grandeur of Fourth of July fireworks displays and a day full of family-friendly summer holiday events.

Don't miss one of our unique annual beach events—the Salute from the Shore. It's a flyover parade that starts in North Carolina, heads down the coast, and ends in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. 

Last year, the flyover featured a civilian-owned vintage P51 Mustang, a single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft used during WWII and the Korean War. Visitors also enjoyed F-16s from the Shaw Air Force Base and a Military C-17 from the Charleston Air Force Base. 

Another annual July 4 event visitors look forward to is the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade. Boats decked out in red, white, and blue float from Garden City Point, the Murrells Inlet, and end at Morse Park Landing. Each year, the event has a unique theme—last year, it was Stars, Stripes, and Fireworks. Usually, the boat parade starts around 3 pm.

#12- Little River Shrimpfest 

If you miss the Blue Crab Festival, you'll have another opportunity to head over to Little River and participate in the 17th Annual Little River Shrimpfest

The Shrimpfest takes place October 8-9, 2022, from 9 am-5 pm. Like the blue crab event, this one happens at the historic Little River waterfront. 

Be ready for plenty of shrimp and fresh local seafood, plus your favorite festival fried treats. There will be live music, art and craft vendors, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and more than 100 vendors from the local community. It's a fun event for the whole family!

Tickets usually cost $5 per person. Children ages 12 and under attend for free.

#13- Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam

Another fun fall event looked forward to by Myrtle Beech residents and visitors is the Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam. Attendees enjoyed beach crawls, proving grounds, and all sorts of Jeep and demonstrations and products available from off-road related vendors.

Last year's event happened over Halloween Weekend at 2501 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Generally, tickets cost around $10. Children under 12 years old get in free. Plans for the 2022 event are still in the works. 

#14- Myrtle Beach Truck Show

If Jeeps aren't your jam (and even if they are), why not attend the Myrtle Beach Truck Show in November. 

The event features indoor and outdoor events for all kinds of trucks. If you'd like to have your truck included, the event website has an application and rules. Of course, if you'd prefer to attend as a spectator, there's plenty to see with custom builds that include lifted, slammed, powdered suspensions, and billet wheels, custom audio, and custom paint jobs.  

Last year's event took place November 19-20 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Spectator tickets generally cost $10.

#15- Intracoastal Christmas Regatta

If you're looking for a fun way to welcome the holiday season, the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta is the place to do it! Each year on Saturday after Thanksgiving, locals, and visitors head to the waterfront for a maritime parade.  

The flotilla starts at the Little River Inlet around 5 pm. The band of boats then travel south and arrive at Dock Holidays Marina around 7 pm. 

While viewing the regatta is free, why not make the holidays brighter for a child and bring a new, unwrapped toy to support Yachts for Tots? The North Myrtle Beach Humane Society also welcomes donations of pet food and cat litter during the event.

Enjoy All the Myrtle Beach Events in 2022

We hope we've piqued your interest in the best of what Myrtle Beach has to offer. Whatever your idea of fun is, there are plenty of Myrtle Beach events in 2022 for you to enjoy.

There is always something happening in Myrtle Beach. To find out more about all these fantastic events—and many more—feel free to visit our EZ Home Search.

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