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St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most festive days of the year in North Myrtle Beach – full of parades, parties, and lots of green and shamrock things!

This year, the historic holiday falls on a Tuesday, and the celebratory festivities will take place just a few days before on Saturday, March 14. This means it’s the perfect time to plan your mid-March trip to North Myrtle Beach for an Irish party here on the coast.

North Myrtle Beach is the place to be for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, from the classic parade to Irish pubs that really know how to throw a party and embrace the culture of Erin go Bragh.

The 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will be held rain or shine along Main Street. Each year, the parade brings about 40,000 people to the center of North Myrtle Beach to celebrate Irish history and welcome the spring season. The family-friendly parade includes over 100 vendors and organizations displaying artistic creations   and inspiring floats. Afterward, enjoy a full day of festivities including live music, children’s activities, vendor booths, rides, and amusements.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade North Myrtle Beach - Thomas Beach Vacations float

Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Parade: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Festivities: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

While you’re in town for the big parade, check out some of the great places to continue the Irish celebration throughout the weekend.

Molly Darcy’s


Molly Darcy’s North Myrtle Beach

A great place to take the day’s festivities late into the night, this Irish pub is the perfect place to enjoy a meal while overlooking the ocean and drinking a few cold beers. The menu includes authentic Irish meals like corned beef & cabbage and shepherd’s pie. You’ll also find authentic Irish spirits, craft beers, and cocktails.

Flynn’s Irish Tavern


Flynn’s Irish Tavern

You won’t experience authentic Irish atmosphere until you pay a visit to Flynn’s. Tucked into the corner at the old North Myrtle Beach Jail building, the pub is owned by Irish native Marty Flynn. You’ll find sounds of Irish music, an old country feel, and all the authentic Irish drinks and food you’d imagine. This bar has it all for your weekend beach trip this St. Patrick’s Day. The dining room opens at 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and special jail tours are available upon request!

Once you’ve enjoyed the daytime St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and delved into the Irish pub life, you may want to experience a little more our city has to offer. One evening while you’re in town, catch some of the Grand Strands most popular entertainment shows at the Alabama Theatre, House of Blues, or the Carolina Opry.

For daytime fun for the whole family, check out our recommendations below.

Barefoot Landing


Barefoot Landing - North Myrtle Beach

Shopping, food, and live entertainment at one of the beach’s most popular strip mall!

T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station

While enjoying all the fun Barefoot Landing has to offer, make sure to make a stop at the cutest place on the strip. When you visit the station, all your dreams can come true as you get to interact, engage, and even hold and pose with some of nature’s wildest animals. Have you ever fed a bottle to a baby tiger? After your visit to North Myrtle Beach, you can check that adorable item off your bucket list.



WonderWorks North Myrtle Beach

Offering the most innovative and engaging ‘edutainment’ for children and adults alike, WonderWorks is the perfect example of a science museum meets amusement park. With more than 100 hands-on activities and displays, your visit to the park is sure to ‘challenge the mind and spark the imagination.’

If you can’t wait to party like the Irish and visit all of the exciting places above, contact Thomas Beach Vacations now to book your dream North Myrtle Beach Vacation.

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The Southeast Coast isn’t known for white Christmases or freezing and rainy climates, but we certainly see our fair share of cold temperatures in North Myrtle Beach. Although there are plenty of warm days in the winter months, it’s always nice to hang up the coats for good in anticipation of the March equinox.

In addition to observing more daylight, springtime in North Myrtle Beach brings bright sunshine, perfect temperatures, and warm water to our ocean shores. While the beauty of our city may begin where the sea meets the sand, it certainly doesn’t end there. North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas offer year-round attractions and activities for locals and visitors alike.

When you stay at one of our properties in the spring, check out the experiences below.


32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: Parade – 9 a.m., Festival – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

Rain or shine, the show goes on, and this Main Street parade brings about 40,000 people to the center of North Myrtle Beach each year. More than 100 vendors participate in the float parade. Afterward, enjoy a full day of festivities including live music, children’s activities, vendor booths, rides, and amusements.


Can-Am Days

Can-Am Days

Dates: March 17 –20
Location: Downtown Conway
For 60 years, the City of Conway has celebrated our neighbors to the North by hosting Can-Am days – expressing our love and appreciation for our Canadian friends. Experience Southern Hospitality–at its finest–as you spend a few days getting to know Conway and Myrtle Beach through walking tours, river tours, and unique exhibits at the Horry County Museum.


Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival

Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival

Dates: April 3 –  5
Location: Oceanfront Boardwalk District between 8th & 9th Avenues North, Myrtle Beach
Honestly, who doesn’t look forward to the annual Food Truck Festival? With so many different local restaurants’ menus right at your fingertips, it’s literally foodie heaven. There’s also a beer garden, activities for children and families, and vendors. This festival is the perfect spring outing to indulge in shopping a little – and eating a lot.


Divas Half Marathon & 5K in North Myrtle Beach

Divas Half Marathon & 5K in North Myrtle Beach

Date: Sunday, April 5
Time: 7  – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Ocean Blvd. between 1st & 2nd Avenues North, North Myrtle Beach
If you’re a running enthusiast and visiting North Myrtle Beach in early April, make sure to sign up for this annual half marathon, which draws women from near and far. Many participants dress in full diva attire and running gear. With both a 5K and half marathon, this is an opportunity for beginners and experienced long-distance runners to enjoy running the beautiful historic communities of North Myrtle Beach.


SOS Spring Safari

SOS Spring Safari

Dates: April 16 – 25
Location: Varies
Each year, this 10-day Society of Stranders event consists of various activities including ‘tea parties,’ local bands, and special Shag dance classes. Nightlife across the Grand Strand is lit up with the Spring Safari attendees cutting a rug down Main Street and the famous OD Pavilion. Join the thousands of Shaggers from the East Coast as they come together for a springtime reunion.


Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

Dates: April 21 – 25
Location: Stone Theaters at the Market Common, Myrtle Beach
A local twist on an international award show, seven judges will watch some of the best independent films and award the greatest contenders. The festival is full of networking, food, and special events for all movie buffs to enjoy.


12th Annual Ground Zero Dragon Boat Festival

12th Annual Ground Zero Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Grand Park at Market Common, Myrtle Beach
The Annual Dragon Boat Festival isn’t just any old boat race. The organization that hosts the event, Ground Zero, is dedicated to changing teenagers’ lives. Through fundraising and life-changing experiences, it offers resources and services to help Myrtle Beach teenagers find faith and friendship. Each year, teams of paddlers must raise funds to compete in the boat race. Watching the race is free for spectators, and also featured are vendors, food, live music, and an award ceremony for different divisions of paddlers.


5th Annual Horry County Fair at Myrtle Beach Speedway

5th Annual Horry County Fair at Myrtle Beach Speedway

Date: April 24 – May 3
Location: Myrtle Beach Speedway
Everybody loves a local fair! And each spring, Horry County hosts its annual county fair at the Speedway. Admission is $5; kids 4 and under are free.


Bike Week – Spring Rally

Bike Week – Spring Rally

Dates: May 8 –  17
Location: Varies
Celebrating 81 years in 2020, Myrtle Beach Bike Week® is 10 days chock-full of ride-togethers, city tours, entertainment, and all things motorcycle. If you’re an avid biker and the beach has been calling your name, there’s truly no better time to visit North Myrtle Beach than May during the Bike Week spring Rally.


39th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival

39th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival

Dates: May 16 – 17
Location: Waterfront, Little River
The only thing better than fresh crab, is fresh crab alongside a festival! The World Famous Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast and has won numerous awards across the Grand Strand for its fantastic array of music, vendors, kid’s activities, and of course – fresh seafood!

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When you’re here enjoying your vacation, it can be overwhelming to try and fit in all the fun activities and attractions North Myrtle Beach has to offer. Fortunately, there are a ton of options for events and festivals that, by nature, are meant to be dropped in and out of at your leisure. In addition to not worrying about arriving on time (many of our recommendations are all-day events), its always nice to take a step down from arenas and major venues and enjoy local vendors, live areal music, and traditional, savory Southern food.
Here are the Fall festivals that should be on your to-do list while staying with Thomas Beach Vacations:

Irish Italian International Festival


Irish Italian Festival

This late September festival brings the best cultural music and food celebrating all things Irish/ Italian! For 16 years, the City of North Myrtle Beach has hosted this festival, attracting about 15,000 people.
There’s music, dancing, inflatables and entertainment for kids, vendors/merchants, and a spaghetti eating competition. There’s no excuse for missing this one since admission and parking are free.

Music on Main Concert Series


Music on Main

Every Thursday in September, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Horse Shoe on North Myrtle Beach’s Main Street, offers free concerts by a wide range of legendary bands. Spend time with the locals–dancing, shopping at boutiques, and enjoying diverse Southern cuisine.

Shag Festival


Shag Dance North Myrtle Beach

The Shag is the official dance of South Carolina, which is why North Myrtle Beach hosts a 10-day festival in honor of the swinging past time! Each day comes with a different itinerary to celebrate the famous Shag; the SOS Fall Migration is more than a week chock full of dancing, fun, food and more.

La Belle Amie Vineyard


La Belle Amie Vineyard North Myrtle Beach

One of the most unique and often underrated activities to enjoy on a vacation is a visit to a vineyard. A perfect idea for the Fall season, as the weather cools, is strolling among La Belle Amie Vineyard.
Besides wine tastings and live music five days a week, the vineyard offers Saturday events every weekend through the Fall, each with all things active and cheerful: outdoor cooking, gift shopping, friendly faces, music, wine, and dancing.

Different themes this Fall for the Saturday events include Oldies Day, Blues & Jazz Fest, Aloha to Autumn, Halloween Bonfire, and Island Fever. These folks really know how to throw a shindig and keep it fresh for returning visitors; its a promising new experience every time! For schedule details, visit https://labelleamie.com/festival-schedule-2019/.

Duplin Winery


Duplin Winery North Myrtle Beach

Another one of our favorite places to relax and have some wine: the Duplin Winery!
Voted Best Wine Tasting Bar in Myrtle Beach, the Duplin Winery is one of the oldest and largest in the South. Six days a week, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., you can drop in and experience both amusement and learning as you taste various wines, and view the wine bottling process.

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Many believe the onset of Fall means its time to ditch the Summer clothes and sunglasses, and set beach dreams aside until the next year.

The good news is Summer time is not the only season or reason to head to North Myrtle Beach! The Grand Strand offers a plethora of reasons to visit the beach during the Fall, and Thomas Beach Vacations is here to guide you.

When you’re staying at one of our vacation properties, you’re only minutes away from family-fun entertainment suited for the Fall seasons shorter days and cooler nights. With seemingly endless activities and entertainment, North Myrtle Beach is your family-friendly seaside destination that truly goes beyond the beach and Summer sun.

Below are some of the most raved about entertainment venues and shows the Grand Strand has to offer for the whole family:

Alabama Theatre


Alabama Theater

Since the early 90s, Alabama Theatre has been a fundamental part of millions of visitors agendas. Its wide variety of live music entertainment shows caters to everybody’s musical taste, making it a must-see.

February through October, the theatre offers regular showings of ONE the Show, a collection of the Grand Strands hottest artists performing greatest hits. The best part about the signature ONE show? Kids 16 and under get in free!

Pirates Voyage:


Pirates Voyage

This place is an absolute must for families with young children!

With over 6,500 reviews and a 4.7/5 star rating on Google, its a no-brainer to bring friends and family to this live-action entertainment in which you get a virtual front-row seat to a real pirates journey ARRRRR!

Filled with stunts, action, comedy, and all the things that make live entertainment vital on a vacation, Pirates Voyage offers an exciting twist on your evening out for dinner. Enjoy a full-course meal while you revel in fun, feast, and entertainment.

The Carolina Opry


The Carolina Opry

Much like the Alabama Theatre, the Carolina Opry offers live music entertainment only this one is the oldest in the Grand Strand and voted Most Outstanding Attraction by the state of South Carolina.

The Carolina Opry doesn’t just offer live music performers its definitely also worth checking out the Laser Light Show, which includes themes like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.

Other shows from the Opry include Time Warp, a walk down memory lane; a Kiss Tribute, a fantastic tribute to the one and only timeless band; and Pure Magic, a comedic illusionary show fun for the whole family.

Legends in Concert


Legends in Concert

Across the nation, Legends in Concert has been bringing fans their favorite performers live and on demand, and visitors to Myrtle Beach can enjoy cover artists across musical genres: Bob Marley, Luke Bryan, Elvis, and Lady Gaga, just to name a few.

Special effects, lights, and impeccable performances by these artists make you really feel like you’re face to face with the superstars themselves.

Medieval Times


Medieval Times

Much like Pirates Voyage, the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is one of the most popular dinner attractions featuring a full-course meal during a high-energy action thriller.

Heroic knights and thrilling swordplay set the stage for this show; and you’ll need to hang on to your seat as you watch knights battle on their majestic horses with fierce strength and medieval weaponry.

The show offers various packages to purchase while booking your trip; different packages include access to the Royal castle, a personal shout out during the show, and, of course VIP seating!

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A classic family past time for both young and old, bowling always has been an enjoyable staple in American culture. Leave it to the Grand Strand to boast some of the best bowling and entertainment varieties for families, friends and couples to enjoy during vacations to North Myrtle Beach.

Little River Lanes

From the bowling shoe rental at the front desk, to selecting the ideal bowling ball from the rack, the nostalgic memories made also include the roars of pins falling and endless laughter among friends and family. Many of the area bowling centers feature state-of-the-art arcades, adjoining movie theaters, and some places even offer live music. Full-service snack bars and lounges provide everything from burgers and soda to upscale meals and craft beers.

Whether its a rainy afternoon or an evening itching for game night, local bowling alleys promise top-level fun. Management and staff also are happy to help plan for birthday parties or large groups, and make sure to watch for special events when the bowling centers are transformed into exciting club-style venues featuring high-energy music and light displays to accompany your game.

810 Bowling

810 Bowling North Myrtle Beach

With three locations – in Market Common, in North Myrtle Beach, and in Conway near Coastal Carolina University – 810 Bowling is the Grand Strands newest bowling entertainment center. Guests here will enjoy bowling in a modern atmosphere as well as special black-light bowling lanes!

810 has much more to offer than bowling! Guests can enjoy a full bar with craft beers and unique drinks, enjoy a full meal at the 810 restaurant and arcade, and play other games like Bocce, Table Tennis, Billiards, Shuffleboard, and Air Hockey. Also available is unlimited free play of Darts, Foosball, Checkers, Chess, Backgammon and Scrabble!

Visit their web site: www.810bowling.com

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Just west of the Intracoastal Waterway along U.S. Hwy. 501, Myrtle Beach Bowl is open seven days a week for family fun. Featuring more than 20 lanes in a smoke-free environment, Myrtle Beach Bowl is just the place for kids and adults to bring their best game. This bowling alley has been a familiar fun place for families across the Grand Strand for decades. Numerous birthday packages, group rates and competitive leagues make it the perfect place to bowl the occasional game or start a tradition.

Visit their web site: www.myrtlebeachbowl.com

Little River Lanes

Bowling North Myrtle Beach

Little River Lanes appropriately located on Bowling Lane in Little River is part of a larger family of bowling alleys found across the East Coast. Families can enjoy playing games over some signature fried appetizers, or enjoy a full meal from the grill or pizza from the oven. Cosmic Bowling is available Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. until midnight. The bowling alley also offers fun tournaments throughout the year for the more competitive players.

Visit their web site: www.littleriverbowling.com

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