North Myrtle Beach’s 19th Annual Irish-Italian International Festival: A Celebration of Cultures

Experience the Best of Two Worlds in One Festive Day!

North Myrtle Beach, a coastal city known for its sandy shores and vibrant community, is again set to host its much-anticipated event of the year on September 30, 2023: The 19th Annual Irish-Italian International Festival. This unique celebration brings together the rich traditions of the Irish and Italian cultures in a day filled with food, music, and merriment.

Irish-Italian Festival- North Myrtle Beach

A Tapestry of Traditions

The Irish-Italian International Festival is a testament to the melting pot of cultures that North Myrtle Beach has become. The event showcases the best of both Irish and Italian heritages:

  • Gastronomic Delights: From hearty Irish stews and soda bread to aromatic Italian pastas and pizzas, the festival is a food lover’s paradise. Local restaurants will set up booths, offering festivalgoers a chance to sample authentic dishes from both cultures.
  • Live Performances: The air will be filled with the soulful melodies of Irish ballads and the lively beats of Italian folk songs. Local bands and dance troupes will take to the stage.

Irish Stage

10am-11am Brendan O’Conner

11am-11:30am Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes and Drums

11:30am – 1:30pm The Byrne Brothers

1:30pm–2:00pm Accordionist Gene Kirschbaum

2:00pm-4:00pm 1916

Italian Stage

10am-11:30am Mariah Faith

11:30am – 12:00pm Accordionist Gene Kirschbaum

12:00pm – 1:30pm Chocolate Chip & Co.

1:30pm Spaghetti Eating Contest

2:00pm – 4:00pm Julio and the Saltines

  • Crafts and Merchandise: Artisans will display their crafts, ranging from handcrafted Irish jewelry to Italian ceramics. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique souvenir or gift.

Fun for All Ages

The festival is designed to be a family-friendly event:

  • Kids’ Zone: A dedicated area for children will feature games, face painting, and interactive activities introducing them to Irish and Italian cultures.
  • Competitions: Join in the fun with the spaghetti-eating contest or try your luck in the treasure hunt. There’s something for everyone!
  • Parades: Colorful parades showcasing the traditional costumes, music, and dance of both cultures will wind their way through the festival, a highlight that’s not to be missed.

A Meeting of Communities

More than just a celebration of Irish and Italian cultures, the festival is a gathering of the larger North Myrtle Beach community. It’s a day where locals and visitors celebrate diversity, unity, and the shared love for good food, music, and company.

Plan Your Visit

  • Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
  • Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

The 19th Annual Irish-Italian International Festival in North Myrtle Beach is celebrates community, culture, and the joy of coming together. Whether you’re of Irish or Italian descent or just someone looking to soak in the festivities, this festival promises a day filled with unforgettable memories. Mark your calendars and be a part of this grand celebration! For more details visit the City of North Myrtle Beach website.