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Some say Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer tourism season. But on the Grand Strand and at North Beach Plantation, we say it signals the start of the fall festival season - a time of cooler temperatures, smaller crowds and lots of fun events to attend.
Located a short drive to the downtown districts of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, the two hottest spots for fall festivals, North Beach Plantation is the perfect place for your autumn getaway. Relax at the Four Diamond resort or head out to events that celebrate local food, music, culture and arts, as well as international-themed festivals.
The highlight of the autumn festival lineup in North Myrtle Beach is the Sept. 18-27 SOS Fall Migration, a 10-day tribute to the South Carolina state dance, the Carolina shag. Started on the beaches of the Grand Strand back in the mid-1900s, the shag brings thousands of dancers to the Ocean Drive district to take a rhythmic stroll down memory lane. New generations of shaggers have made this a family friendly event as the weekend events feature live beach music on the main stage in the Horseshoe and people dancing in the streets (or sitting in their lawn chairs) to enjoy the festivities. Food and beverage booths, arts and crafts vendors and kids' activities are part of the festival lineup.
Just a little farther north in the tiny fishing village of Little River, the 11th Annual Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival comes to the waterfront district on Oct. 10-11. Pay tribute to one of the town's chief exports with dishes like Shrimp & Grits, Calabash-style Fried Shrimp and the famous Shrimp Cocktails fresh from the sea. The two-day event has live music, and not just jazz. Rock, pop, country and funk are on the lineup before the jazz headliners. A Kids Zone has lots of activities to keep the little ones entertained, while the grownups can enjoy shopping at the vendor booths and sampling food and drinks from some of Little River's most popular waterfront restaurants and bars.
Here's a list of other fall festivals scheduled for September, October, and November on the Strand:
9/4-5, 10th Annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival, Horry Georgetown Technical College's Market Common Campus
9/4-6, Fifth Annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival, Broadway at the Beach, Celebrity Square
9/18-27, SOS Fall Migration, North Myrtle Beach, Avista Resort
9/24-27, 24th Annual St. Johns Greek Festival, St. John's Greek Orthodox Church
9/25-27, 40th Annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival, Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park
9/25-10/17, 25th Annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music, Pawleys Island
9/26, 12th Annual Irish Italian International Festival, North Myrtle Beach, Horseshoe
9/26-27, Seacoast Artists Guild Arts and Crafts Festival, Market Common, Valor Park
10/1, 16th Annual Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala, Pawleys Island
10/2-3, Seventh Annual Oktoberfest, Market Common, Valor Park
10/3, Fifth Annual Grand Strand Mustang Stampede & Ford Car Show, Broadway at the Beach
10/9-10, Gaither Fest, Myrtle Beach Convention Center
10/10-11, 11th Annual Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival, Little River Waterfront
10/10-11, Downtown Oktoberfest, Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Plyler Park
10/15, Cruisin' the Beach, Broadway at the Beach, Celebrity Square
10/17-18, Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon, Coastal Grand Mall
10/17, Sixth Annual Myrtle Beach Wine Fest and Taste of Market Common, Valor Park
10/23, 27th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, Pawleys Island
10/24, 12th Annual Murrells Inlet 2020 Oyster Roast, Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
10/31, Endless Summer Festival, North Myrtle Beach, Horseshoe
11/4-11/25, Park Jeopardy, Myrtle Beach State Park
11/5, 32nd Annual Taste of the Town, MB Convention Center
11/5, Taste of the Boardwalk & The Boardwalk Crawl, MB Boardwalk
11/6-12/31, Festival of Trees, Ripley’s Aquarium
11/7, Free Family Day, Franklin B Burroughs – Simeon B Chapin Art Museum
11/7-11/8, Mythical & Medieval Festival, 3809 Socastee Blvd Myrtle Beach
11/7-11/21 (Saturdays Only), Market Common Music in the Streets, Market Common
11/8, Pumpkin Smash Day, Thompson Farm
11/11, Myrtle Beach Veterans Day Service, Convention Center
11/12-11/15, 34th Annual Dickens Christmas Show and Festival, Convention Center
11/14, Fireworks, Broadway at the Beach
11/22, Thanks-for-Giving, Children’s Museum of South Carolina
11/24, 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Market Common, Market Common
11/26-12/31, Christmas Wonderland, North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex
11/27-11/29, 46th Annual SC State Bluegrass Festival, Convention Center
After a full day of festival fun, come back and relax at North Beach Plantation’s luxurious accommodations, award-winning pool bar and other amazing amenities. Make your next fall getaway to N. Myrtle Beach a memorable one by playing at the festivals and staying at North Beach Plantation.