When March rolls around in Myrtle Beach it means golf’s spring season is about to be in full swing and spring break is here. But most importantly, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations all along the Grand Strand are about to be in full effect.

When it comes to having the luck of the Irish, there’s plenty to go around along the Grand Strand.  From up in North Myrtle Beach to down in Myrtle Beach on the Boardwalk, celebrating St. Patty’s Day is a big deal.

The 27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will be held on Main Street, Saturday, March 14, in North Myrtle Beach.

Rain or shine, this one-day event brings approximately 30,000 people into North Myrtle Beach to celebrate being Irish and to welcome the coming of Spring. As in years past, the parade begins the day’s festivities at 9 a.m. As soon as the parade wraps up, there are two stages of live music and a children’s area with rides and amusements open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

It’s not just all parades and amusements though. Main Street will be loaded with more than 150 vendors providing crafts, services, information, products and treats for sale.

But we realize parades aren’t for everyone. And if you’re one of these, in the heart of Myrtle Beach you’ll find the world famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

What is quite possibly the biggest one day event held yearly in Myrtle Beach, it has something for everyone. And it’s all jammed within three city blocks!

For those who are of Irish decent (or just playing Irish for a few days) the celebration is two solid days of entertainment, live bands and food and retail vendors. There will also be an EXTRA-LARGE Irish Beer Garden for adults.

Bands performing this year include:  The Delta Saints, The Craig Sorrells Project, A Nickel Bag of Funk, The Paul Grimshaw Band,  The Reggie Sullivan Band and Dino Capone’s School of Rock

If you’re looking to make it a family affair, there will again be a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, inflatable bounce houses carnival rides, games and age appropriate on-stage entertainment for children. But, rest easy parents. The children’s area is totally separated from the beer garden and more mature audience, allowing you to better enjoy this time with your children.

In addition, there will also be sidewalk sales at select area businesses throughout the weekend.

What’s the best thing about the festivals though? It’s without a doubt the FREE admission!  Yes, it is absolutely free to enter. However, food, drinks and vendor-specific items are subject to individual purchase prices.

If you’re on the fence about coming down to enjoy the Irish fun, you should make a long weekend of it. Check out our current specials.