Visiting North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is great any time of the year, but the fall months provide some of the best and driest weather. The average temperatures from September to December range from 60 degrees to 85 degrees. These mild temps make activities of any kind ideal for your next getaway.
From festivals to golf courses to delicious food to family-friendly events, there’s something for everyone’s next North Myrtle Beach vacation. So, whether you’re a resident or a visitor, staying in a vacation rental on Pawleys Island or an oceanfront condo, or simply winging it, below is your comprehensive list of North Myrtle Beach Things To Do in Fall.
Dolphin Adventure Cruise
The Month of October, 1:30 pm
The Hurricane Fleet is the first to offer this two-hour Dolphin Cruise along the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of beaches including Cherry Grove and Little River.
During the exciting voyage, guests experience critters from the sea, right on the deck, guided by an onboard naturalist. With a team of multi-generational captains and crew members, it’s family-friendly fun like no other.
At $25/adult and $19/kid, it’s a steal.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Every Friday and Saturday in October, 3 pm – 11 pm
Open to ages 8 and up, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is frightening fun for the whole family. Near the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, this terrifying mansion features live actors creeping around every corner to “welcome” guests to their home.
Music on Main 2021 Concert Series
Thursday, October 7th, and Thursday, October 14th, 6 pm – 8 pm
There are a couple of dates left for the Music on Main 2021 Concert Series. Enjoy live music on Main Street after a long day. Kick back in your beach chair or dance the night away.
16th Annual Little River ShrimpFest
Saturday, October 9th – Sunday, October 10th, 9 am – 5 pm
Held at the Historic Little River Waterfront, festival-goers will enjoy two stages of live music. In addition to the musical entertainment, there will be more than 100 different merchants, including everything from arts and crafts vendors to community organizations.
Shrimp and fresh local seafood will be served by local waterfront restaurants, including Buzz’s Roost and Crab Catchers. There will also be stilt walkers, balloon artists, face painting, and a kids’ zone – fun for the whole family!
It’s $5 per person at the gate and children 12 and under are free.
La Belle Amie Vineyard’s Wine Wednesdays
From 12 pm – 4 pm on Wednesdays, La Belle Amie Vineyard hosts a rain or shine afternoon of live music. For $3 online or $5 at the gate, enjoy entertainment, outdoor cooking, and, of course, wine. It’s $10 if guests wish to include a wine tasting with the experience.
St. John’s Greek Festival
Thursday, October 14th – Saturday, October 16th, 11 am – 7 pm
St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hosts this annual event. Because of Covid, the fall festival will be a drive-thru with food and pastries to go.
North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market
Every Friday through October 29th, 10 am – 3 pm
Located at 925 1st Avenue South, the North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market is coordinated and managed by The Waccamaw Market Cooperative (WMC). Take a stroll in the open air as local farmers, bakers, and artisans sell and showcase their goods. Available offerings include fruits and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, seafood, jellies and jams, and crafts.
OktoberFest! at Barefoot Landing
Friday, October 15th, 4 pm – 8 pm, and Saturday, October 16th, 12 pm – 8 pm
$10 general admission tickets are good for both days of OktoberFest!. The $20 VIP wristband will get you a 17oz Exclusive Crooked Hammock OktoberFest! plastic stein and the first fill free. In addition, all attendees receive a swag bag and complimentary entertainment.
Wristbands can be purchased here in advance or at the Crooked Hammock Brewery during the days of the event. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Humane Society of North Beach.
Barefoot Landing Pumpkin Patch
Every Friday, 4 pm – 8 pm and every Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm – 8 pm
What’s October without a pumpkin patch? What’s Halloween without pumpkin carving? This fall and family-friendly event takes place every weekend in October. Featuring great live music, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and more, the Barefoot Landing Pumpkin Patch is sure to be a gourd time!
Pumpkins are available in a variety of sizes and range in price from $3-$15. Cash only.
42nd Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival
Saturday, October 16th, 9 am – 9 pm
What began in 1980 as a chicken bog cook-off has evolved into a huge event. While the chicken bog contest is considered the main focus, the festival is now accompanied by over 200 vendors, two stages of entertainment, a car show, and a large children’s area.
Held on Main Street in Loris, this Horry County event draws attendees from both North and South Carolina.
ONE The Show
Showing through October 25th, 7 pm
Consistently voted the #1 Live Entertainment Theatre by Myrtle Beach locals and visitors, Alabama Theatre has revamped its production of ONE The Show. The show delivers an evening of song, dance, and laughter, featuring songs from some of your favorites, including Lady Gaga and Disney’s The Lion King. So get your tickets before the curtains close!
Haints, Haunts, and a Gothic Goodnight at Brookgreen Gardens
Saturday, October 30th, 6 pm
Relax under the stars, enjoying a Lowcountry buffet-style dinner followed by Gullah Geechee ghost tales told by Ron Daise. Gothic fiction will be performed by actor and Georgetown county native, Bill Oberst Jr., all under a waning crescent moon and the moss-covered trees in Brookgreen Garden’s Arboretum. Tickets are $50 for members and $55 for non-members.
Halloween Bash On The Avenue at Broadway at The Beach
Saturday, October 30th (Rain Date is Saturday, November 6th), 7 pm
This event will feature a costume contest with prizes, a DJ, and so much more fun for residents and visitors of the Myrtle Beach area.
Barefoot Queen Riverboat Halloween Bash and Costume Contest
Friday, October 29th, 8pm – 10pm
The 1st Annual Halloween Bash and Costume Contest Cruise aboard the Barefoot Queen Riverboat includes two specialty drink tickets, dancing, and Halloween-themed appetizers. The 21+ event is $70/person. Costumed guests will enter a contest to win up to $200 and two sightseeing cruise tickets.
Saturday, October 30th, 4 pm – 9 pm
The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex transforms into a spooktacular site for the thrill-seeking ghosts, goblins, and ghouls of all ages. There will be an array of activities for family fun, including hayrides, marshmallow roasting, festival food, games, trick-or-treating, and so much more.
Free Outdoor Showing of Hocus Pocus
Saturday, October 30th, 7 pm
It doesn’t get much better than free North Myrtle Beach things to do in the fall. Don’t forget to grab popcorn at Colette’s Popcorn before you enjoy the Anderson Sisters stirring up some brew-ha-ha in Hocus Pocus. The showing will be on the Dockside Village Amphitheater lawn. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair!
Day of the Dead Celebration at Taco Mundo
Tuesday, November 2nd
An ode to The Grateful Dead and the Mexican holiday, Taco Mundo‘s Day of the Dead celebration is the place to be on November 2nd. Whether you’re looking for a way to honor your dead relatives and/or into the hippie rock band, known for their iconic tie-dyed t-shirts, Día de Muertos wouldn’t be complete without some live music and face painting.
Carolina Beach Music Awards
Sunday, November 14, 2021, 3pm – 5pm
The Carolina Beach Music Awards (CBMA) began in 1995, a festive fall event aimed at promoting Carolina Beach Music. Entertainers perform at beach clubs on both Friday and Saturday nights before the “Band Fair” held prior to the awards show on Sunday.
Held at the iconic Alabama Theatre, ticket prices range from $40 to $70.
Visit Waties Island
A trip to one of North Myrtle Beach’s best-kept secrets, Waties Island, is definitely for the outdoor enthusiast. Once inhabited by the Waccamaw Indians before the arrival of Europeans, Waties Island is, for the most part, untouched by human development. However, the wildlife and history are abundant; many American Indian artifacts remain, including burial grounds.
Take a guided horseback tour or a kayak tour through salty marshes to reach the island. With more than 1,000 acres, this nature lover’s paradise is guaranteed to be worth the trip.
Music in the Courtyard
On most nights of the week, visitors can listen to live music on Duplin Winery‘s picturesque patio. From 12 pm to 6:30 pm, they feature a couple of musicians a day. Known for their sweet, unique flavors, like cotton candy, and creatively named wines, like Pum’kin, Duplin Winery is more than a winery – it’s an experience.
And if you just can’t get enough of Duplin’s wines, sign up for one of their Fudge & Wine Pairing events held on October 8th, October 29th, or December 17th.
Art in the Park
Saturday, October 9th – Sunday, October 10th, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, November 13th – Sunday, November 14th, 10 am – 4 pm
The Grand Strand’s premier outdoor art show hosts artists from around the country at Valor Park at The Market Common.
Typical art includes paintings, woodwork, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery, and stone. The event is free to the public as well as child and pet-friendly.