2018 Blue Crab Festival: Everything You Need To Know!

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Little River, South Carolina is home to the annual Blue Crab Festival that will be celebrating its 37th year this May. Located on the Historic Little River Waterfront, this festival hosts about 50,000 people every year and provides local seafood, live music, and fun for the entire family.

Dates Of The 2018 Blue Crab Festival

The Blue Crab Festival kicks off bright at early at 9 am and lasts until 6 pm on Saturday, May 19th. Can’t make it on Saturday or want to go back for more? The Blue Crab Festival also runs on Sunday, May 20th from 9 am to 6 pm.

Tickets For The Blue Crab Festival

The Blue Crab Festival offers an affordable and fun all day experience. Not only is it a good idea to book your vacation rental ahead of time for this popular festival, but you can also get your tickets to the festival early for a discounted price. If you are close to Little River, pick up an advanced ticket for just $4. Tickets sales are at the Little River Chamber of Commerce, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CresCom Bank in Little River, First Palmetto Bank in Little River, or any Coastal Carolina Bank location.

Traveling a little bit of a longer distance for a vacation to Little River? You can also get an advanced ticket for $5 at this EventBrite page.

If you prefer to be a little more spontaneous on your vacation, tickets are also available at the gate the day of the festival for $5.

Whether you purchase tickets online or in person, kids 12 and under get in for free! Considering all of the fun activities available for kids and adults, the Blue Crab Festival is a great deal.

Location And Transportation

The Blue Crab Festival is located at the Historic Little River Waterfront, a beautiful spot to try some local restaurants and take in the beautiful Carolina seaside. Parking is available near the festival at the Harbour Style Salon and Spa, Hope Willard, River Hills Medical Plaza, Collision Masters/River Hills Medical Plaza, Pizzeli’s (for handicap, volunteers, and vendors only), and the South Brunswick Island Center.

Busses will also be circulating between the festival and the parking lots from 9 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

A water taxi is a great way to get to the festival as well. For just $15 per person, you can get a round trip ticket on the Sea Screamer, admission into the festival, and parking at Harbourgate Marina. Water taxis leave out of the Harbourgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach and are available every hour from 9 am to 6 pm (on the hour at Harbourgate and on the half hour at the festival).

Things To Do Near North Myrtle Beach & Little River

There are plenty of things to do at the Blue Crab Festival to keep you busy the entire weekend. Within the festival itself, you can walk around the waterfront and enjoy live beach music, specialty food, and visiting local stores or vendor for a unique souvenir or gift. Kids will also love the Kid’s Zone and arts and crafts stations located throughout the festival.

Live music starts at 11:30 am on Saturday, May 19th with Gary Lowder and the Smokin’ Hot, a soul and R&B party band from North Myrtle Beach. The Carolina Soul Band kicks off their show at 3 pm, so be sure to also catch them to enjoy throwbacks of your favorite soul songs from the 1950s all the way to the 1990s.

Music on Sunday, May 20th starts with Craig Woolard and the Embers at 11:30 pm. This group has been around since 1958 and was inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues and South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fames. The festival’s music events close out at 3 pm with Jim Quick and Coastline.

If you love riding or even just looking at motorcycles, the Little River United Methodist Church is hosting the Blessing of the Bikes Event. This free and family friendly event runs from 10 am to 12 pm on Sunday, May 20th where all motorcycles receive a blessing.

The Blue Crab Festival is just around the corner, and we hope you consider a vacation rental with us for this wonderful event. More information about the Blue Crab Festival can be found at http://www.bluecrabfestival.org/ or on their Facebook event page. We hope to see you there!

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