The World Famous Blue Crab Festival, May 18-19

Get your fill May 18th & 19th

people eating BBQ

For three decades, seafood lovers from all over the country have planned their summer vacations around the World Famous Blue Crab Festival – a Myrtle Beach community tradition that has stretched far beyond the Grand Strand. Make your plans to join them for this year’s 38th annual event on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As always, the festival takes place along the historic Little River waterfront, an authentic fishing town just a short drive north of North Myrtle Beach.

Here’s just a taste of what you can expect to find when you visit one of the largest and longest running festivals in the Southeast – and the winner of Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand for eight years running!

Fresh, delicious local seafood

people eating crab

No question, seafood is the main attraction here. Grab your bibs and mallets and treat yourself to delicious blue crab delicacies and a full variety of local seafood specialties prepared by Little River’s many waterfront restaurants. Be sure to check out what’s cooking from the kitchens of Buzz’s RoostCapt. Juel’s Hurricane RestaurantCrab CatchersKey West CrazyPatio’s Tiki Bar & Grill and the Pilot House. All seafood is served up fresh with a side of spectacular views.

A feast for your ears

The World Famous Blue Crab Festival keeps visitors grooving all weekend long with live beach music and other genres from well-known local and national bands. Get ready to shag and shimmy along to all your favorites performed by Carolina Soul Band, RiverMist Band, Jim Quick & Coastline and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot.

Find a hidden treasure

making a glass color bulbTake a stroll under the gorgeous shady oak trees where the festival began many years ago and you’ll find close to 300 vendors offering unique wares, special souvenirs and handmade arts and crafts. You’ll meet artisans of all kinds, including local painters, woodworkers, metalworkers, glass blowers and jewelry makers, all waiting to share their gifts. And don’t forget to find the booth where you can purchase this year’s Blue Crab Festival commemorative t-shirt.

Enter the Kids Zone

You won’t find any crabby kids around here. There’s an entire kids zone at the World Famous Blue Crab Festival featuring entertainment tailored to the younger crowd. The kids zone buzzes with games and activities, face painting, balloons – the list goes on. It’s so much fun, you may have trouble getting your kids to leave!

Getting in and getting around

girl getting face paintedThe World Famous Blue Crab Festival weekend is open to everyone, with attendees ages 13 and up paying just $4 admission in advance or $5 at the door. Online ticket purchases are available until May 16.

There are several locations for satellite parking, with buses circulating from designated lots to the festival throughout each day. Or, for the true Little River waterfront experience, take advantage of the Sea Screamer water taxi leaving out of Harbourgate Marina frequently on both days.

Book your Blue Crab Festival vacation today

You can see why this is one of the most popular festivals in the Southeast – and a perfect way to kick off the summer. Vacation rentals go fast for this very reason. Vantage will help you find the right accommodations in North Myrtle Beach so you don’t miss a thing. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist at (888) 303-4110 to make your plans. You can also browse and book direct at Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.


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