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2017 Current Events in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand!
2017 Myrtle Beach and Festivals & Free Stuff!
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What's happening right now? Festivals and Events

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Everyone loves the beach, but what else can you do for free or almost free in Myrtle Beach? Spend some time at our area Public Parks. Feed the ducks at Broadway at the Beach and enjoy many Grand Strand events! Savannah's Playground is open in The Market Common. Here's a short Gallery of photos from Savannah's Playground.

To find a COMPLETE LIST of things to do Myrtle Beach look HERE!

Here are current events, happenings and events in Myrtle Beach RIGHT NOW
Free! Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Pawleys Island and Murrells Inley, Festiva,s and Events listed below.

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Free Wi-Fi service in Myrtle Beach is available at the Base Recreation Center Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. until 9:00 PM. (Bring your ownb laptop.)



2017 Free Event Calendar For Myrtle Beach And North Myrtle Beach Calendar of Current Events!

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For Current Free Movie Schedule, please scroll to the bottom of this page.


Barefoot Landing activities! Be sure to check this Calendar of Events for details by date and time.


North Myrtle Beach Recreation Current and Upcoming Events


The Market Common
Calendar, Events and Happenings are listed here

March 2-4, 2017 (Thursday through Saturday 20th) FIRST® Robotics Regional Competition – Volunteers welcome. Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak St.. More than 60 teams of high school students from South Carolina, the East Coast and Hawaii will build their own robots to compete in this fast-paced event.  Team Warm up March 2, with robot inspections and practice rounds, followed by the high-energy tournament on Friday and Saturday.  Admission is free. The public is invited to watch talented students put their match, science and engineering skills to work.  All local high schools are expected to field a team.  The name of this year's challenge is STEAMWORKS and has a “steampunk” flair.  Participants get robotic kits on Saturday, January 7, and have six weeks to build a competitive robot from scratch. 

March 2 - 4, 2017 - Thursday through Saturday - 20th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon and accompanying events, to be held March 2-4, 2017!  The marathon itself is Saturday, March 4, 2017.  For more information about this popular race weekend, which includes a full marathon, a half marathon, a marathon team relay, a 5k and a one-mile fun run, visit Myrtle Beach Marathon's web page.

March 11- The 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will be held in North Myrtle Beach on Main Street on Saturday, March 11, 2017. This one-day, rain or shine event brings approximately 30,000 to celebrate being Irish and welcome the coming of spring. A parade begins the day at 9:00 a.m., followed by three stages of live music and a children’s area with rides and amusements from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Along Main Street approximately 150 vendors will display their crafts, services, information, products, or serve a variety of treats

March 16-18 (Thursday through Saturday) 29th Anniversary Pee Dee Street Rodders’ “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show The Pee Dee Rodders and the City of Myrtle Beach present the annual “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show, Thursday through Saturday, March 16 - 18 at the former Myrtle Square Mall site.  The annual “Run to the Sun” has been described as the “largest independent car and truck show on the East Coast,” with 3,000-plus cars and trucks from all over the United States.

March 24 and 2017 Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe Band Highland Games. The second annual Myrtle Beach Highland Games & Heritage Festival is Friday and Saturday March 24 and 25, at Grand Park Athletic Complex. Highland Games are popular throughout the Carolinas and are renowned for their outstanding entertainment, top Scottish musicians, professional athletes, and champion bagpipe and drum bands from all over the Southeast. A variety of authentic food, merchandise, souvenirs and beverages from Scotland and Great Britain will be available for purchase. From kilts to contests and clans to cabers, you’ll find it at the Myrtle Beach Highland Games. Opening ceremonies will feature a Mass Pipe Band Performance, a Parade of Tartans, March of the Clans andSocieties, as well as the national anthems of Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States. This is a “rain or shine” event, so come prepared.
For more information
Tickets needed for some events

March 25th ALS Walk, Grand Park (The Market Common)

Saturday, April 1 The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach will partner with the City of North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand Running Club to host the fourth annual “Run for the Shelter” 5k and 1 mile Dog Walk, as well as The Doggie Bone Hunt. Race starts at 9 A.M. More Details

Saturday, April 1 Pavilion Site, Ocean Boulevard - Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 1. Myrtle Beach and the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation are excited to announce the Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival, a new culinary event, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the former Pavilion site on Ocean Blvd.  The festival is free to attend and features live entertainment, delicious food trucks, restaurant booths, kids’ activities, vendors and more!  For more information, visit the Food and Truck Festival

April 8, 2017 - MS Walk, Grand Park, The Market Common (more info coming soon)

April 24 - May 1 - Annual Dragon Boat Festival, Grand Park, The Market Common (more info coming soon)

Summer Schedule 2017 Journey to downtown North Myrtle Beach to delight in the sounds of a live band on Main Street.  Families are encouraged to come downtown after work or after a long day on the beach to experience the many restaurants of Main St., listen to live music, shop, and dance til’ you drop.  Kick back and unwind with us in your beach chair on Main St. All Concerts are from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Admission: FREE Bring a Beach Chair All Ages
Thursday, May 18 – Horseshoe – The Entertainers (Beach)
Thursday, May 25 – Main Street – Ntranze (Motown/Variety)
Thursday, June 1 – Horseshoe – Envision (Beach/Motown)
Thursday, June 8 –  Main Street – Atwater (Country/Variety)
Thursday, June 15 – Horseshoe – The Fantastic Shakers (Beach)
Thursday, June 22 – Main Street – PaperWork (Rock/Pop)
Thursday, June 29 – Horseshoe – Too Much Sylvia (Variety)
Thursday, July 6 – Main Street – The Davidson Brothers (Country)
Thursday, July 13 – Horseshoe – The Catalinas (Beach)
Thursday, July 20 – Main Street – Tru Sol (Motown/Variety)
Thursday, July 27 – Horseshoe – Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot (Beach/Variety)
Thursday, August 3 – Main Street – Black Glass Band  (Rock)
Thursday, August 10 – Horseshoe – Midnight Allie (Beach/Variety)
Thursday, August 17 – Main Street – Painted Main (R&B/Variety)
Thursday, August 24 –  Horseshoe – The Holiday Band (Beach/Variety)
Thursday, August 31 – Main Street – Brick House Band (Variety)
Thursday, September 7 – Horseshoe – The Embers ft. Craig Woolard (Beach)
Thursday, September 14 – Main Street – CC & Co (Motown/Top 40)
Thursday, September 21 – Horseshoe – Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band (Beach/Blues)
Thursday, September 28 – Main Street – Jim Quick & Coastline Band (Variety)

October 6 and 7 - Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival, (more info coming soon)

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - in the Exhibit Hall. South Carolina's Largest Garage Sale returns to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on On-line registration for vendor spaces begins at 9:00 a.m., Monday, June 12. For more information contact Nicki Stoddard at 843-918-1235 or

Nov.4 American Heart Association Beach Ride (more info coming soon)


Free Movie Schedule at the Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane
Enjoy a free movie for adults and seniors every Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Base Recreation Center. Soft drinks and popcorn are available to movie attendees for $1 each.

February 24 – Sully (PG-13), Tom Hanks
March 3 – Capsule (Not Rated), Edmund Kingslev
March 10 – Central Intelligence (PG-13), Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart
March 17 – The Magnificent Seven (PG-13), Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt
March 24 – Coming Through The Rye (PG-13), Alex Wolff, Stefania Owen
March 31 – Ben-Hur (PG-13), Jack Houston, Toby Kebbell
April 7 – The Sea of Trees (PG-13), Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts
April 14 – Independence Day: Resurgence (PG-13), Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum
April 21 – Mr. Church (PG-13), Eddie Murphy
April 28 – The Legend of Tarzan (PG-13), Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Jackson

Free Movie Schedule for Chapin Memorial Library Join the cinematic fun from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the first floor meeting room. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Popcorn will be served, and you may bring your own non alcoholic beverage.

1:30 p.m., Friday, February 24 – The Girl on the Train (2016)
1:30 p.m., Friday, March 3 – Inferno (2016)
1:30 p.m., Friday, March 10 – The Queen of Katwe (2016)
1:30 p.m., Friday, March 17 – Jack Reacher:  Never Go Back (2016)
1:30 p.m., Friday, March 24 – Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)
1:30 p.m., Friday, March 31 – Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Myrtle Beach Area Fireworks (scheduled so far)
2nd Ave. Pier, 2017. Fireworks schedule
Barefoot Landing 2017 Fireworks Schedule
Broadway at the Beach, 2017 Fireworks Schedule


Grand Strand Calendar of Events Grand Strand Events


Surfside Beach Upcoming events in Surfside Beach - Surfside Beach  Calendar!
Farmer's Market weekly at Passive Park, Surfside Beach, Sunday Serenades schedule and much more listed on the Surfside Beach Events Calendar.

Look here for 100+ Best Things To Do when you visit Myrtle Beach


Head down to Garden City Beach! Here you can walk the FREE Garden City Pier. I think this is the only pier left in the Grand Strand where you can still walk the pier without a fee. You'll find free parking at the bottom of the pier, and under it as well.

While you're at Garden City Beach, don't miss the smaller public pier where you can enjoy the free Children's Park, see some lovely scenery, and even go crabbing. It is named Sanford D Cox, Sr. Commuinity Park.
Garden City Beach Pier 1.
Garden City Beach Pier 2,
Directions: Take17 Bus. 17 south, toward Garden City Beach. You'll see two overhead signs - one says Garden City Connector, and the other says Pine Ave. - both signs point left. Turn left here and go about half a mile to the dead end at Ellizabeth. The park is straight ahead, at the dead end. Pull in, and you can park free.

My tips to help you find seashells   Beachcombing is fun and free for your entire family, and all ages love this activity!

Public Parks and recreation areas are always free. See the list on this link and find a public park near your vacation rental!

Walk the Marshwalk at Murrells Inlet. In my opinion, this is one of the best free things you can do! Don't forget your camera! The Veterans' Pier provides beautiful views of Garden City Beach and Murrells Inlet.

If bikes are your thing, check out Bike the Waccamaw Neck. This flat paved trail parallels US 17 from Murrell’s Inlet to Sandy Island Road near Huntington Beach State Park.By using completed sections of the trail and roads with Share the Road signs, you can ride or walk from Murrell’s Inlet to Pawley’s Island. Map of Bike the Neck. Another suggestion for biking is the Pawleys Island Loop


South Carolina Hall of Fame
Located inside the Myrtle Beach Convention
Center, the Hall of Famerecognizes
outstanding citizens. Free!
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B.
Chapin Art Museum

3100 South Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach.
Seethe website for schedules.
Donations accepted
The Boardwalk, located in Downtown Myrtle Beach
Located in Downtown Myrtle Beach, you can walk the Boardwalk and the beach for free. Events are held year 'round.
Warbird Park in Market Common, Myrtle Beach
Farrow Parkway just west of Highway 17. A-10 Thunderbolt, A-7 Corsair II , F-100 Super Sabre. At Warbird Park you will also find the Wall of Serivce. Free!
Barefoot Landing
Enjoy the lovely views from the boardwalk and the dock! Stroll around the 27-acre lake. There's also a FREE AREA on the bridge tthat leads to Alligator Adventure.
Free fireworks and other seasonal free events
Broadway at the Beach. Go to the Imformation Center and ask for a map which contains arts

. Remember to take some bread to feed the ducks and the fish! And don't forget the FREE FIREWORKS, May through December!

The Market Common
Walk around the 1-mi. lake, play inter-active games, enjoy the free children's park as well as nearby Savannah's Playground. All Free!
Planning to bring your dog?
These two Dog Parks (Barc Parks) are free to the public. (1.) Locatred at Mallard Lake Dr. and (2.) 67th Ave. N.

Source for some of the above information: Thanks to the city of Myrtle Beach, WMBF News, The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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