The Grand Strand is renowned for its fresh-caught seafood, and there are few better places to find it along our 60-mile stretch of Atlantic Ocean coastline than in the quaint, shrimping- and fishing-focused town of Little River, SC. Located about 30 minutes north of downtown Myrtle Beach (and just south of the North Carolina state line), this scenic and laid-back town is a great destination any time of year — especially for visitors looking to dine on the fruits of the sea.
But for those in the area in mid-October, an especially unique treat awaits in Little River — the annual ShrimpFest celebration. Marking its 14th year and set for Oct. 13-14 in 2018, the Little River ShrimpFest attracts approximately 25,00 visitors to the Little River waterfront each year for fresh local seafood from area restaurants, vendors serving an array of festival foods, two stages of live music, and roughly 150 different vendor booths (including arts & crafts vendors, community organizations and local businesses). For the younger set, kid-geared activities and attractions include face painting, stilt walkers and balloon artists, all set up in a special children’s area at the festival.
Participating restaurants located within the street festival’s grounds include:
Capt. Juel’s Hurricane Restaurant
Key West Crazy
Patio’s Tiki Bar & Grill
The Pilot House
The ShrimpFest 2018 entertainment lineup includes:
Saturday, Oct. 13
Main Stage: 11 a.m. — TBA; 11:45 a.m. — If Birds Could Fly; 2 p.m. — Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Cha’s; 4:30 p.m. — Painted Man
Side Stage: 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. — Brian Ernst
Entrance Gate: 11 a.m. — Timmy Pierce; 2 p.m. — Shaun Brown
Sunday, Oct. 14
Main Stage: 11:30 p.m. — Wet Nose Dogs; 1 p.m. — Gal Friday; 3 p.m. — Bibis Ellison Band
Side Stage: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. — Brian Ernst
Entrance Gate: 11 a.m. — Jimmy Mowery; 1:45 p.m. — Alex Austin
For more information on the Little River ShrimpFest, visit littlerivershrimpfest.org. And when you’re ready to plan your fall getaway on the Grand Strand, book a stay The Cottages at North Beach Plantation. With our wide-ranging amenities and luxurious accommodations, we’ve got everything you’ll need to make some unforgettable memories on the Carolina coast.