The end of summer certainly doesn't mean the end of good times in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Quite the contrary. Following the hustle and bustle of the busy summer season, the Grand Strand likes to relax in the autumn by throwing some of the best beach parties of the year.
From arts and crafts shows to food and beverage festivals, guests at The Breakers Resort are in the perfect position to hit them all. Here's a list of the top 10 festivals you don't want to miss this fall:
* Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival (Sept. 1-2): This Labor Day weekend tradition features a championship barbecue cook-off, live music and dancing, arts and crafts vendors, a car show, a cornhole tournament, and a kids’ zone. Patrons can purchase tickets to sample award-winning barbecue and microbrews at the HGTC Conference Center near The Market Common.
* Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival (Sept. 1-3): Eat, drink and be merry at this culinary showcase at Broadway at the Beach. Enjoy sweets treats and moonshine drinks on Friday, the Brews 'N the Beach craft beer party on Saturday, and the Grand Wine Tasting event on Sunday.
* Myrtle Beach Mustang Week (Sept. 4-10): Vintage car lovers flock to the beach every year for this gathering of fans of Ford's most famous muscle car, but this is the first time the event will be held in September. See classic cars cruise The Strip and look under the hoods at the car show, which is held only four blocks from The Breakers Resort at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
* Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival (Sept. 22-24): Huntington Beach State Park is always a popular spot for nature lovers, but this event also attracts some of the top arts and crafts vendors from all over the East Coast. Held on the grounds of the Spanish-style Atalaya Castle, this event is worth the 20-mile drive to Murrells Inlet.
* St. John’s Greek Festival (Sept. 28-Oct. 1): This popular cultural event is held at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church off the Highway 17 Bypass, just a few miles from The Breakers Resort. Enjoy great food, music, dancing, games and shopping as several arts and crafts vendors display their wares.
* Irish Italian International Festival (Sept. 30): This shindig is like two festivals in one, allowing patrons to experience Irish and Italian culture at the same time and place. Feast on Italian sausages or Bangers and Mash, sip fine wine or cold beers, and hear music inspired by both countries on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach.
* Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally (Oct. 2-8): Rev up your engines for this annual fall migration of motorcycle enthusiasts. The little-sister event to the much larger Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally, the fall version features fewer folks, lighter traffic and milder weather — perfect for cruising the Carolina coast.
* Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival (Oct. 6-7): Autumn is the peak harvest time for local fishermen, shrimpers and crabbers, and the fresh seafood is on full display for folks to enjoy at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place in the heart of Myrtle Beach’s downtown district. Live beach music, shag dancing, cornhole and a kids’ zone are also among the many festivities.
* Art in the Park (Oct. 7-8): Take the short, six-block stroll from The Breakers to Chapin Park for this annual arts and crafts show. Featuring more than 40 top artists and crafts vendors spread out on the lawn, Art in the Park provides great shopping for the grown-ups and a large playground to entertain the little ones.
* Taste of the Town (Oct. 17): The culinary event of the year is held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center as a fundraiser for St. Andrew Catholic School. More than 50 restaurants serve their best dishes to compete for bragging rights, but the patrons are the real winners. Sample a wide selection of food and drinks, and walk it off on the short stroll back to The Breakers Resort.
Pick your favorite fall festivals and make your reservations at The Breakers Resort Myrtle Beach today to experience the magic of Myrtle Beach in the autumn.