Art in the Park in Myrtle Beach — Photo courtesy of The Market Common Myrtle Beach
The summertime in Myrtle Beach is all about the sun, surf and sand. But when the summer beach party starts to wind down and the crowds and temperatures begin to drop, the focal turns from searching for seashells to shopping for deals.
Not only do local shops hold their end-of-summer sales, but the fall social calendar is filled with arts and crafts events and internationally themed festivals, too.
Here are our picks for five of these events that you won't want to miss:
St. John's Greek Festival
Held at St. John's Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach, this four-day festivals pays tribute to Greek food, wine, music, dancing and culture.
But perhaps the biggest draw is shopping at the indoor and outdoor arts and crafts booths. Featuring a wide selection of jewelry, clothing, artwork, home furnishings and more, the Greek Fest attracts thousands of vendors and bargain-shoppers.
Dates: Sept. 24 to 27, 2015
Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
Set in the scenic setting of Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, this long-running festival is a favorite among shoppers and vendors.
The event takes place in the Spanish-style castle that overlooks the ocean, and the courtyard is lined with great works of art, unique crafts and more.
Dates: Sept. 25 to 27, 2015
Seacoast Artists Guild Arts and Crafts Festival
This popular event also signals the start of the autumn arts and crafts show lineup. Held at Market Common's Valor Park, this show brings in top artists and craftsmen from all over the East Coast.
Shoppers can not only find, unique, one-of-a-kind items on display, but they can also talk to the artists themselves and learn about what inspired them to create their wares.
Dates: Sept. 26 to 27, 2015
Art in the Park
Various dates in the fall see Chapin Park and Valor Park transform into a huge outdoor arts and crafts show. Vendor tents line the grounds of these downtown Myrtle Beach parks, while children can burn off some energy at the adjoining playground.
Locally, regionally and nationally known artists make the annual trek to Myrtle Beach for this event to sell paintings, woodwork, glass and other media. Food vendors also make this a great opportunity for a family picnic.
Dates: Oct. 10 to 11; Nov. 7 to 8; and Nov. 14 to 15, 2015
Pawleys Island Arts and Crafts Festival
The fall is always a great time to visit the historic town of Pawleys Island, especially on this weekend. Held at the popular Hammocks Shops, this event features upscale arts and crafts and Southern folk art from around the region.
Take a break and relax in the scenic courtyard with some live music in the bandshell and some excellent Lowcountry cuisine from Nosh.
Date: Oct. 23, 2015