Local Festivals Are A Sure Sign of Autumn

It’s not too hard to tell that Autumn is fast approaching. You’ve only to look around at the thinning crowds on the beach, temperatures falling back into the delightful 80s and many local festivals cropping up, to convince you the next season is nearly here. Vacationers and locals alike look forward to the return of the following local festivals taking place each year. Stop by any or all of them while you’re vacationing with us at Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts and you’ll surely see why!


These Local Festivals Are a Sure Sign of Autumn
St. John’s Greek Festival
This Greek festival is a four day event is sponsored by a held in the Fellowship Hall at St. John’s Orthodox Church of Myrtle Beach, 3301 33rd Ave., Ext. N, Myrtle Beach. The festival lasts from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day Thursday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 27.


These Local Festivals Are a Sure Sign of Autumn
Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art
This annual festival features musical performances and art throughout the town of Pawleys Island from Friday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 27. A wide assortment of events make up this festival of music and art including Chalk Under the Oaks, Food & Wine Gala, musical performances and more. Many free events and others with varying ticket prices.


These Local Festivals Are a Sure Sign of Autumn
Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
You can’t come to Myrtle Beach this time of the year and not attend the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. This annual event is held at the Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet. Beginning Friday, Sept. 25 at noon it runs until 6 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 26, the event is held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features over 100 of the finest artisans and provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts and food, along with the offerings of several of the area’s finest musicians. Daily festival admission fee is $8 for adults. A multi-day pass is available for $10. Visitors 15 years old and younger are admitted free with an adult. Admission to the park during the festival is also free. Free festival admission to Park Passport Plus holders, and three guests. No dogs or other pets are permitted at the festival.


These Local Festivals Are a Sure Sign of Autumn
Irish Italian International Festival
This year come out to the 12th Annual Irish Italian International Festival being held at 421 Main St., in North Myrtle Beach. This is a free event taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will be held rain or shine. This one-day event is fun for the whole family and includes food, live music, street performers, vendors, dance groups and plenty more. There will be a contest for best entree, best dessert and best decorated. One of the favorites of the day is the spaghetti-eating contest! This festival is free for the whole family!

Society of Stranders Fall Shag Dance Migration

If you’re local to the Carolina’s you’ve likely heard of shag dancing but if you’re a vacationer it may be new to you. The Carolina Shag is a partner dance and, around these parts, it’s mostly done to beach music. You can see a tutorial on How to Shag Dance on the wikiHow.com website if you’re curious. You’ll want to learn the dance because the Society of Stranders Fall Shag Migration (also known as SOS Fall Migration) is starting this weekend!

Society of Stranders Fall Shag Migration

10-Day Shagging Event
This yearly shag dancing event runs from Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 27 and is held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. It draws shag dancers from all over the country. On the first Sunday and Monday of the event there is a block party with live music to shag to, food and vendors. Throughout the rest of the meet, shagging will take place at various lounges where dancers can mingle, meet and have fun!


Shag Event Venues
This 10-day period offers the largest adult dance party on the Eastern coastline, held at the famous SOS lounges in the area. The SOS lounges include Fat Harold’s, Ducks, Duck’s II, the OD Arcade, the Pirate’s Cove and the clubs at the OD Beach & Golf Resort.

Society of Stranders Fall Shag Migration

Tea Parties for Shaggers
Many member clubs in the area will schedule “tea parties” in the local lounges as well as the lounges themselves announcing special parties during the 10 day period. Popular bands show up along Main Street playing crowd favorites. Shag dance instructors will offer classes to the masses who wish to improve their skill or increase their moves.

Society of Stranders Fall Shag Migration

Don’t Miss Fun Sunday & Fun Monday
On the first Sunday and only Monday of the Fall Migration everyone meets in the street for two of the biggest block parties ever. On Fun Sunday the party is in the street beside the OD Arcade. Some of the best names in beach and shag music will help you rock the day away with a few thousand of your closest friends. Don’t worry if you can’t get enough fun in one day, because on Monday it happens all over again. For Fun Monday Main Street will be packed from OD to Hillside with every smooth dancing fun lovin’ friend we can find. There will be great music, dancing in the street, and fun galore. We will also have merchandise vendors, food and drink vendors, and displays set up by the SOS sponsors.


How to Shag Dance
The basic step in Shag is a six-count, eight-step pattern danced in a slot. The rhythm is similar to six-count Swing in that it is triple step, triple step, rock step. It’s counted as one-and-two, three-and-four, five, six. There are a total of eight shag dance steps.