The Emerald Isle is ever present in the Grand Strand, especially as St. Patrick’s Day nears. With an array of festivals on tap around the beach, you don’t have to be Irish or lucky to join in the revelry. Whether you’re seeking to sip some green beer, chow down on corn beef and cabbage, or partake in some bawdy Irish fun, these festivals happening around the Grand Strand will have you seeing green.
Saturday - 2nd Annual Irish Fest at The Market Common
Valor Park, Market Common, Myrtle Beach
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Amid the lush setting of Valor Park, attendees can enjoy a full day of activities, food, and drink. This family-friendly event will feature a kid’s area with activities and inflatable rides, while adults can enjoy a delicious selection of food and Irish beer including Smithwick’s, Guinness, Curim Celtic Wheat, Wrassler Porter XX, Harpoon Celtic Cider, and more. Along with a variety of craft and local business vendors, live music from the Paul Grimshaw Band and the Ghosts of Erin will round out the day. For more information, call 712-2618, or visit www.myrtlebeachbeerfest.com.
Saturday - 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This yearly local tradition will kick off at 9 a.m., with a parade beginning on Main Street filled with local celebrities, vibrant green floats, and fun for the whole family. Afterwards, stroll through more than 100 food, craft, and business vendors peddling authentic Irish food and drink, gifts, and more. Along with interactive street performers, attendees can enjoy live music throughout the festival at two staged areas. Join the fun and listen to the sounds of Ceol na Gael Irish Pipe Band, Gaelstorm, Blackwater, Kellee, and many more. For more information, call 249-6041, or visit www.stpatnmb.com.
Saturday - Ocean Boulevard’s 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Ocean Boulevard (between 8th Avenue and Mr. Joe White Avenue), Myrtle Beach
2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Travel to Ocean Boulevard to revel in some St. Patrick’s Day fun with the whole family. A variety of food and beer vendors will be on tap serving up authentic Irish chow and brews, while wee ones can enjoy a Kidz Zone packed with fun activities. Attendees can also enjoy games, contests, and a day filled with free concerts. Enjoy live music from N’tranze, Machine Gun, Pure Cult, Days of the New, Sister Hazel, and many more throughout the festival. For more information, call 997-6695, or visit www.mbdowntownstpats.com.
Thursday - Inaugural Gathering of the Green in Conway
Laurel Street & Black Water Market, Conway
6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
$15 per person in advance, $20 at the door
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day among the historic setting of downtown Conway with an evening full of family fun. Along with live music, take a taste of Conway with food from a bevy of local restaurants and enjoy a bounty of green beer. Entertainment from stilt walkers, as well as a host of live and silent auctions will also be on tap for partygoers who are encouraged to wear green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 248-6260, or visit www.conwaymainstreet.com.