Many would argue that St. Patrick’s Day is the brightest spot on the March calendar— and for those who visit the Grand Strand over the March 17 holiday (or the preceding weekend) this year, there will be plenty of green-tinted celebrations on tap honoring Irish culture and the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. But there are many more good reasons to visit the Myrtle Beach area during the spring-welcoming third month of the year, and the draws on the events calendar range from live entertainment like concerts and shows to annual events like festivals and sports tournaments.
If you’re looking to brighten your March with a visit to the Carolina coast, consider these Myrtle Beach area happenings than could add some fun to your beach vacation:
Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show — March 2, 4, 6-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28, and 30-31, Pirates Voyage, Myrtle Beach
Catch a live show featuring the excitement of high-diving pirates waging a thrilling battle on land, on deck, in a lagoon and high above a pair of full-sized pirate ships, complete with mermaids, acrobats, live animals, cannons, singing and dancing — all while you enjoy a delicious four-course meal.
Hollywood the Promoter Presents Rod Wave — March 4, House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach
Florida-based rapper, singer and songwriter Rod Wave brigs his Ghetto Gospel to the House of Blues stage.
Brown Bradley Promenade Concert Series Presents Paul Huang — March 5, First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach
Violinist Paul Huang, hailed by The Washington Post after his Kennedy Center debut as “definitely an artist with the goods for a significant career,” is a recipient of the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. This March, he’ll bring his his intensely expressive music-making and effortless virtuosity to the Grand Strand.
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes — March 6, House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach
This Jersey Shore band has been rocking since the 1970s and has close associations with Bruce Springsteen’s The E Street Band, with many past collaborations and even shared members.
Skillet — March 7, House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach
This Grammy-nominated Christian rock band hailing from Memphis promises to get the crowd moving with its House of Blues tour stop.
Gladys Knight — March 8, The Carolina Opry, Myrtle Beach
Named as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stonemagazine, seven-time Grammy-winning artist Gladys Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in the Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary genres. She’ll bring all-time favorites like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Every Beat of My Heart” to the Grand Strand for this live performance.
The Oak Ridge Boys — March 14, Alabama Theatre, North Myrtle Beach
This long-running Country Music Hall of Fame band serves up distinctive four-part harmonies that have earned them a long list of Grammys, Doves and Country Music Awards. Hits like “Elvira,” Bobbie Sue” and “American made” will be on tap during this night to remember.
Brown Bradley Promenade Concert Series Presents Great Revivals — March 19, First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach
Broadway artists and guest performers serve up Broadway favorites by the likes of Jerry Herman, Irving Berlin, and Lernes & Loewe.
Blue October — March 20, House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach
This alternative rock band hailing from Houston has notched 11 top-40 singles over its past seven studio albums. The hits on tap at this show are likely to include “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean.”
One Vision: The Music of Queen — March 21, MBHS Music & Arts Center, Myrtle Beach
Join the royal ride as the Long Bay Symphony and the rock band from Jeans ’n Classics celebrate the music of rock and roll legends Queen.
Rich Little — March 21, Alabama Theatre, North Myrtle Beach
Get ready to laugh as “The Man of 1,000 Voices” delivers a long list of spot-on impressions including the likes of Jimmy Stewart, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin and more.
Morgan Wallen’s Whiskey Glasses Road Show — March 21-22, House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach
Tennessee native Morgan Wallen will bring country hits like “The Way I Talk,” “Up Down,” “Whiskey Glasses” and “Chasin’ You” for this two-night Grand Strand run. Support act Ashland Craft will open.
Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson — March 22, Carolina Opry Theater, Myrtle Beach
Hailed as the world’s top Michael Jackson tribute show, this celebration of the King of Pop features an amazing array of impersonators who can replicate the legend’s dance moves so convincingly, you’ll feel like you’re back in the 1980s at one of the renowned performer’s signature shows.
That Arena Rock Show — March 27, House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach
This Cincinnati-based quintet will bring its high-energy tribute to the classic rock of the ’70s and ’80s. Expect excellent covers of hard-rocking favorites like AC/DC, Guns n’ Roses, Led Zeppelin and more.
Little River Band — March 28, Alabama Theatre, North Myrtle Beach
This chart-topping band of the ’70s and ’80s is set to bring its biggest hits and most beloved harmonies to the Alabama Theatre stage, including favorites like “Lonesome Loser,” “Cool Change,” “Reminiscing,” “Lady” and more.
Eric Johnson Classics: Present and Past — March 28, House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach
Texas-born guitarist Eric Johnson, renowned (and Grammy-awarded) for his jaw-dropping skills on the electric guitar, will shred the six strings in this one-night-only appearance at House of Blues.
Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship — Feb. 28-March 1, TPC Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet
Take in all the action at this fifth annual event featuring 90 of the world’s best junior golfers (boys and girls ages 13-18) competing for the top scores. Pro golfer Dustin Johnson, a South Carolina native and CCU alum who was ranked No. 1 in the world for two years, hosts the tournament.
Make Way for Butterflies! — March 3, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet
At this Learning Lab event, Brookgreen Gardens Butterfly Keeper Tara Johns-Berry will teach attendees about the life cycle of these beautiful insects, plus share some tips on attracting them to your garden with host plants and nectar plants.
26th Annual Quilt Gala — March 3-27, Horry County Museum, Conway
The 2020 Quilt Gala will feature an array of quilts, special programs and demonstrations. Quilters will exhibit their best works throughout the month, and attendees can vote on their favorites — with winners announced on March 21.
Shorebirds at Sunset — March 6, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Georgetown
Sharpen your shorebird identification skills while enjoying a colorful sunset over North Inlet at this free event.
2020 Myrtle Beach Marathon — March 7, Myrtle Beach
Featuring one of the flattest courses on the East Coast, the 23rd annual edition of this race will offer a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K and a family fun run, plus the Health & Wellness Expo and a pair of post-race celebrations
First Saturday Glass-Blowing Demo — March 7, Conway Glass in Conway
Catch an up-close glimpse as glass artists create colorful bowls, vases and sculptures with 2,000-degree-plus molten glass.
Myrtle Beach March Championship — March 7-10, Myrtle Beach area golf courses
Catch all the drives, approach shots, chips and putts at the world’s largest amateur golf tournament, which attracts a 200-player field that competes over 54 area holes for over $10,000 in prizes. Participating courses include Litchfield Country Club, River Oaks, The Wizard, Caledonia, Wild Wing and Barefoot’s Love Course.
National Shag Dance Championship Finals — March 12-14, The Spanish Galleon at the OD Beach & Golf Resort, North Myrtle Beach
Love to watch first-class dancers cut a rug? Catch all the excitement on the dance floor as this 37th annual competition focused on the locally rooted Carolina Shag will crown its winners over a long weekend in March.
Coastal Carolina Invitational — March 13-14, Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, Myrtle Beach
This track & field event brings college athletes from far and wide to participate in competitive events like 100- to 10,000-meter races, hammer throw, javelin throw, long jump, pole vault and more.
32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival — March 14, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
Paint the town green at this annual tradition that attracts nearly 40,000 revelers to the streets of downtown North Myrtle Beach. The fun kicks off with a morning parade, followed by a festival featuring three stages of live music, contests, a children’s area with rides and amusements, plus roughly 150 vendors selling their crafts and tasty treats.
Surfside Beach BBQ Festival — March 14, Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach
Get ready to slather on the sauce as the slow-smoked meats take center stage during this hotly anticipated event.
60th Annual Can-Am Days — March 14-22, throughout the Myrtle Beach area
This celebration of our neighbors to the north is the Grand Strand’s way of honoring the Canadian snowbirds who serve as regular seasonal residents of the Carolina coast during the winter months.
32nd Annual Run to the Sun Car Show — March 19-21, old Myrtle Square mall site, Myrtle Beach- RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 24TH-26TH, 2020
Continuing a decades-long tradition, thousands of classic cars — along with their owners and plenty of enthusiasts — will descend upon the Grand Strand for one of the Southeast’s largest car shows.
Illuminate Myrtle Beach — March 21, Horry Georgetown Technical College, Myrtle Beach
This festival focused on holistic wellness practitioners, products and artisans will feature mini-sessions, readings and workshops encompassing a range of disciplines, including Reiki, astrology, Tarot and more.
Phytoplankton Palooza — March 26, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Georgetown
Live the life of a scientist for a day as you help deploy and tow a plankton net, then review your catch under a microscope back at the lab while learning about these tiny inhabitants of the sea.
This, of course, isn’t a full listing of the events and activities set for March in the Myrtle Beach area — with a little digging, visitors can find plenty more to do here. To spice up your March with a well-deserved getaway, book an oceanfront stay at The Strand Resort today. With our comfortable and luxurious accommodations and the wide range of amenities found on-site, we’ve got everything you’ll need to roll into spring in style.