Myrtle Beach in the Fall is Still Packed with Fun Festivals

Primetime vacation time for Myrtle Beach is heating up now. Soon, the beach will be packed with families enjoying the sand and surf, Ocean Avenue will be packed with vacationers, and temperatures will hover around 90 everyday. It’s a happening spot, and it’s no surprise that the Myrtle Beach area, including Surfside Beach and Murrells Inlet, are some of our most popular destinations.

If prime time travel to the area doesn’t match your style of vacationing, we want you to know that the shoulder season in Myrtle Beach is still full of activities, just at a slower pace, with less traffic and crowds, and cooler temperatures. (The air temperature averages 77 degrees in October, with water temps averaging 72 degrees.) Festiva Adventure Club members, consider a trip to the beach this fall if you want to change it up a bit and experience something new. (It’s also a great time for golfing.) It’s a lovely time to visit, and here are some of the events going on.

Friday Flashlight and Firework Nights at Thompson Farm | Friday Nights in October
Sit under the stars and enjoy a drive-in movie at Thompson Farm & Nursery. Toast some marshmallows, drink hot cider and relax with family and friends at Flashlight Friday, every Friday night throughout the month of October starting at 7:30 pm.

Drink Pink | October 3
Sip some wine for a great cause at Duplin Winery in North Myrtle Beach for the 2nd Annual Drink Pink event. All visitors will receive two glasses of wine, delicious hor d’oeuvres, door prizes, live music, and fellowship. A portion of proceeds will benefit individuals affected by breast cancer in Horry and Georgetown through the non-profit Caring in Our Lifetime.

7th Annual Grand Strand Mustang Stampede and Classic Ford Car Show | October 7
Come look at some of the fastest hot rods on the Grand Strand at the 7th Annual Grand Strand Mustang Stampede. From 8 am to 4 pm you can view some of the biggest and baddest Mustangs at Broadway at the Beach, with over 200 trophies awarded to owners, including Best in Show.

Harvest Home Weekend Festival | October 7 – 8
Kick-off fall just right at Brookgreen Gardens for the Harvest Home Weekend Festival, with hayrides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, food and entertainment for everyone. Visitors can enjoy gourmet food samplings, book signings, artisan potters, sweetgrass basket-makers, and exciting events in the Lowcountry Zoo including special crafts, take-home activities for kids, wool spinning demonstrations, and new butterflies just for fall, and a “Not So Spooky” boat ride.

9th Annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest | October 13 – 14
For mouth-watering food and flowing Oktoberfest beer, head to The Market Common for the 9th Annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest. This family-friendly festival will serve up plenty of delicious eats from various vendors and a fantastic beer selection, along with live entertainment! There will also be a pumpkin patch and kid’s area, including inflatables, face-painting and much more.

13th Annual Little River ShrimpFest | October 14 – 16
Enjoy fresh, local seafood at the 13th Annual Little River ShrimpFest, with local waterfront restaurants and 150 different vendors from arts and crafts, community organizations, and festival food favorites. With two stages of live music, balloon artists, face painting and a children’s area, there’s tons of excellent activities and fun for all ages.

Taste of the Town | October 17
Taste of the Town is a popular event for locals and visitors every year, with many of the Grand Strand’s finest eateries participating in this local food festival.

Endless Summer Festival | October 28
If you’re still not willing to see summer go, then enjoying the Endless Summer Festival in downtown North Myrtle Beach is the perfect place for you to keep fall away one day longer. With plenty of specialty craft and food vendors, along with a children’s area and carnival rides, there’s plenty of fun and excitement to enjoy.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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