North Myrtle Beach will be hosting the 19th Annual Irish-Italian International Festival on Saturday, September 30th. Main Street will be full of music, food and activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so bring the whole family for some international fun! Admission is free in this rain or shine event.
The Irish Stage
There are two stages that will have live music being performed all throughout the festival. The Irish Stage will start with a performance by Brendan O’Connor and then opening ceremonies are at 10:00 a.m.
Coastal Carolina Shields and Pipes will play from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. followed immediately by the Byrne Brothers until 1:30 p.m. Accordionist Gene Kirshbaum will play from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 1916 will close the day from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Italian International Stage
Mariah Faith, an Horry County local, who performed on American Idol will perform live from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Accordionist Gene Kirshbaum will play from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Chocolate Chip & Co. will follow from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Spaghetti Eating contest will start at 1:30 PM.
Julio and the Saltines will close out the stage shows from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Local restaurants will have food available at the Irish Italian Festival and will compete for Best Entrée, Best Decorated and Best Dessert while you compete in the spaghetti eating competition! Be the first to clear your plate, without using your hands, and win a plaque and ultimate bragging rights…at least until the 19th annual festival. You can stop by for an Irish pint at Flynn’s Paddy Wagon and then start exploring!
If you’re into arts & crafts then you will love walking around visiting the different booths from vendor applicants. Bring the kids and let them enjoy the children’s area with rides, inflatables, and magicians! There will also be street performers and dance groups following the international theme throughout the festival.
The public parking lot beside the Convenience Store & More at 250 Main Street is a good place for handicap parking. The North Myrtle Beach Family Practice at 86 Cedar Avenue is also available for wheelchair accessible parking. Additional public parking is available near McLean Park and in the BiLo Shopping Center on Main Street.
Condos Near the Event
If you want to be close to the festival so you don’t have far to go once it’s over, The AshWorth is a perfect choice! Located on Ocean Drive, this resort offers 2, 3, and 4-bedroom condos with access to oceanfront pools, a lazy river and hot tub. Spend all day at the Irish Italian Festival and then come back here to relax and enjoy the luxuries of the beach.
Ocean Bay Club
Located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, Ocean Bay Club offers 1 to 4-bedroom condos and is not far from Main Street as well! This resort offers plenty of amenities to keep the whole family busy, especially the little ones. Enjoy a drink on a large oceanfront balcony after the Italian International Festival and start planning your next trip to North Myrtle Beach!