March: Myrtle Beach

Spring is right around the corner, and Myrtle Beach is ready to come alive again!  March in Myrtle Beach is always full of fun and excitement as families and young people venture out for spring break and to enjoy the water, beach and sun that Myrtle has to offer.  As always there is so much to do in Myrtle Beach, and below are a few of the highlights.

10) If you are like me, the golf course may not only be intimidating, but also one of the only places where trying hard can sometimes make you play worse.  If you are like me, you probably enjoy the simpler, and less stressful game of mini golf.  Why not put your mini golf skill to the test and enter the Myrtle Beach Mini-Golf Tournament at the NASCAR SpeedPark course on March 26. Not only is this tournament a blast, but this event is also an annual fundraiser for the American Red Cross.  The price of admission is $25 per player or $65 for a foursome which also includes lunch, snacks, rounds of mini-golf.

9) The 50th annual Canadian-American Days Festival is a fun celebration of the  flock of  “snow birds” that descend upon Myrtle Beach from our favorite neighbors to the North.  This really fun festival kicks off March 14-15 with an outdoor concert series at Inlet Square and Myrtle Beach malls, followed by a Battle of the Beach golf tournament between us North Americans, and our fellow North North Americans.  The Can-Am Days party runs all week and is tons of fun.

8) If you like cars, especially old cars, the Run to the Sun XXIII Car and Truck Show on March 17-19 features thousands of vintage vehicles cruising the streets of Myrtle Beach and parking at the vacant lot of the old Myrtle Beach Mall site. It’s one of the most incredible showcases of american vehicle history.

7)  I personally love food.  Whether it is typical american bar food, or tasty treats from around the globe I am always on the look out for places where I can sample delicious food from different regions of the country.  The Taste of the Coast has become the Grand Strand’s closest food festival to touching Myrtle Beach Taste of the Town in terms of crowd and restaurant participation. Food vendors  from far and wide serve up hungry crowds their best samples at Barefoot Landing while live music and games entertain patrons as they stuff their faces with some of Restaurant Row’s top offerings.  You may ask what the price of admission is. Its simple; just one can of food that will go to the North Strand Helping Hand.  They feed you and you help feed someone else.  I love it.

The 4th Annual Taste of the Coast at Barefoot Landing will be from 11:00am to 4:00pm on March 19th.

6) If you enjoy the sounds of gunfire, and the screams of militia men running towards the fight, I highly recommend you head over to the annual Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel Civil War Re-enactment in nearby Mars Bluff. Locals may better know this site as The Columns, the lovely antebellum estate on Old Marion Highway, the short cut to Interstate 95. Visitors can catch actors in period dress reliving the small but memorable battle and tour the old plantation.

5) Who likes to Shag?!  I know I do. Come and join in on the fun  and throw on your shagging shoes and slip step to the 28th annual National Shag Dance Championships in North Myrtle Beach on March 10-12.   This dance was created in South Carolina, and is the official state dance.  Made famous at its many local beaches, this  annual event is held at the Spanish Galleon on Ocean Drive, the birthplace of Shagging from way back in the 1950s by kids listening to beach music on the deck of Fat Harold’s. The best part of the event is that many of those kids in the 50’s that founded the dance style are always in attendance!
4) There is nothing like a game of Baseball to kick off the Spring Season. Come watch the AL Champion  Texas Rangers take on the Coastal Carolina University baseball team at BB&T Coastal Field on March 29.

3) Last year was the inaugural Ocean Boulevard St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. This year,  the second annual event on March 12 will be the place for the green to go wild.  You can look forward to food and beer vendors serve up their best Irish stew and brews. The city of Myrtle Beach pulls out all the stops, bringing in  top musical acts to the street. We are excited to announce that this year’s lineup includes Sister Hazel, Days of the New and the Delta Saints and a fireworks show nightcap.

2)  The Ocean Boulevard St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is held five days before the actual holiday, but in usual Myrtle Beach fashion, March 17 will feature plenty of St. Paddy’s Day parties up and down the Grand Strand.   If you are looking for great fun and awesome places to go, look no further than Finn McCool’s, Flynn’s Tavern, Molly Darcy’s and Blarney Stones. Don’t forget to wear green!

1)  Some of us just come to Myrtle Beach for the Sunshine, wide sandy beaches and the crisp ocean water.  I personally like to dolphin watch.  Whether it is from the window of your oceanfront condo, or from your favorite folding chair on the sand, take in all the beauty that is the Myrtle Beach Coastline.  There is nothing like the sound of waves crashing on the sand, and the look on your kids faces as they play in the water.  Life is good.  Myrtle is great.  Enjoy it.