You don’t want to miss the World-Famous Blue Crab Festival in Little River, South Carolina! May 18th and 19th is the 38th anniversary of this delicious event. This is the largest and longest-running street festival in the Southeast and the best annual event in the Grand Strand for the past 8+ years, according the Sun News. Come enjoy food and entertainment from 9AM-5PM and make memories you will never forget!
Tickets are $4 if they’re purchased in-person before the event. If you purchase your ticket in advance online or the day of the event, you’ll pay $5. That’s a good reason to give yourself an extra days’ vacation. Children 12 and under are free so bring all your family and friends and be part of a popular tradition in SC.
Fresh, local seafood is sold by the waterfront restaurants and within the festival as well. Some restaurants will even sell food outside to shorten wait times for those dining in. Make sure to visit Buzz’s Roost, Capt. Juel’s Hurricane Restaurant, Crab Catcher’s, Karma Grill & Bar, Key West Crazy, Patio’s Tiki Bar & Grill and Pilot House while you’re here. Also be on the lookout for seafood vendor booths like Brentwood Wine Bistro and Snooky’s on the Water.
For Your Entertainment
Enjoy the scenic views while you listen to live beach music throughout the day. On Saturday, the RiverMist Band will go on at 10:30AM and then Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot will perform at 2PM. Start a little later on Sunday and listen for the Carolina Soul Band at 11AM. The last live band you’ll get to see here is Jim Quick & Coastline at 3PM on Sunday.
There are tons of vendor booths offering everything from food, souvenirs, hand-made items from Crafters (some are made right in front of you!), information from local businesses, opportunities to help non-profit organizations, photo boards for your festival #selfies and don’t forget to pick up your commemorative t-shirt to show off back home! You can view pictures of the 2018 festival here!
Don’t leave the kids with a sitter, bring them along for a fun family weekend! The Kid Zone has plenty of activities for the little ones throughout the day! Children will enjoy face painting, balloon shapes, games and so much more. Even if your kids aren’t big fans of seafood, they’ll still have fun!
Parking Near the Festival
There are 5 parking areas available near the festival. Look for the open grass lot behind the Harbour Style Salon & Spa located at 695 US-17, at Hope Willard located at 701 Hwy 17, at River Hills Medical Plaza located at 4237 River Hills Dr and at South Brunswick Islands Center located at 9400 Oceans Hwy W. Handicap parking is available in the grass lot behind Pizzeli’s Italian Oven located at 1698 US-17.
There will be buses transporting patrons from the parking areas to the festival for free from 9AM-7PM on Saturday and 9AM-6PM on Sunday. This year there will also a Water Taxi available out of Harbourgate Marina. The Water Taxi will be available both days from 9AM-6PM and they run as often as possible. For $15 per person, the Water Taxi will bring you to and from the festival on the Sea Screamer. That price also includes admission into the festival and grants you access to park at the Harbourgate Marina. Try to get there early to make sure you get a ride on the boat as they don’t take reservations.
However, you can make reservations at one of Condo World’s vacation rentals near the festival.
AshWorth Resort, located in the Ocean Drive Beach area, is perfect for families, couples, and groups of friends. Between the pools, lazy river and hot tubs, everyone in your party will be able to relax after the festival is over for the day. You will also be in walking distance to summer concerts on Main Street Thursday and Friday night if you’re not ready to wind down just yet. Booking a 2, 3 or 4-bedroom condo at AshWorth Resort is a great idea if you want to be entertained throughout the whole weekend!
Tilghman Beach & Golf Resort, located in the Cherry Grove area, is a new resort that is unparalleled to any other. Enjoy a martini at the poolside bar or a cup of coffee on your balcony between the festival, while you look at the ocean. Here, you also have golf course views that you can enjoy from your designer condo. If you want a resort to escape to throughout the weekend that has tons of amenities and scenic views, book at Tilghman today!