Spring Break in Myrtle Beach

Spring Break in Myrtle Beach means the weather is heating up, the days are getting longer, and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Plus, with more than 60 miles of beautiful coastline and a plethora of family-friendly activities on tap, the Grand Strand is your ideal spring break destination for 2023. 

Whether you’re planning ahead or just thinking about visiting Myrtle Beach for Spring Break, we have you covered with vacation tips and plenty of things to do during your stay. Our advice begins with booking oceanfront accommodations at Dayton House Resort. We can comfortably accommodate any size group for your next Myrtle Beach vacation. Our amenities include one of the largest oceanfront lawns for tanning and lounging, a pool deck located steps from your door, and a FREE hot deluxe breakfast that satisfies any appetite.

Calendars are beginning to fill with loads of new and returning events and festivals along the Grand Strand, so plan your stay with our complete list of Myrtle Beach Spring Break festivals, parties, and other things to do to make your vacation unforgettable. 

Plan Your Spring Break in Myrtle Beach

Are you ready to plan your spring getaway?  Use these tips to plan your best Myrtle Beach Spring Break yet: 

  • Book Early: Choose from a variety of Dayton House Resort suites early so you’ll get the picture-worthy view and room style you desire.
  • Pack for the Beach: Even if it is wintry where you are, the spring temperatures in Myrtle Beach climb fast and average around 70℉, so be prepared to treat your winter-weary body to some sun, sand, and surf.
  • Purchase Advance Tickets: Preorder tickets for festivals, events, or shows, and register early for spring marathons or activities you know you’ll want to enjoy while visiting Myrtle Beach. Purchasing early offers you time to secure some early bird discounts, too.
  • Research What’s Nearby: There is so much to do within a few miles of our Myrtle Beach resort. From countless attractions, to golf courses, restaurants, and souvenir shops, you’ll want to get a jump on researching it all so you don’t waste precious vacation time surfing the web. 

A family enjoying a vacation on spring break in Myrtle Beach.

Things To Do in Myrtle Beach in March

With more than 55 years of experience serving the area, we’ve got insider wisdom on area events and festivities in Myrtle Beach. Check out these seasonal Myrtle Beach events to add to your March itinerary.


The Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon will take place on Saturday, March 4th. This year’s event will feature a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 5K. There will also be a virtual 10K option. Participants may register online and will receive a finisher medal, a tank top, and a participant shirt. Whichever distance you choose, the race is slated to begin and end at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans stadium with an after-race party featuring refreshments. As the Myrtle Beach Marathon nears, participants are encouraged to check race information for final plans.


The 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival returns to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach in 2023. This beloved event includes a fun and festive parade starting at 9:00 a.m. followed by a family-friendly festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festival will include three stages with live entertainment, loads of local vendors and food trucks, a shepherd’s pie-eating contest, a leprechaun costume contest, and so much more! Admission and parking are free at this spring break event. 


Car enthusiasts must add the Run to the Sun Car Show to their can’t-miss spring events in Myrtle Beach. Now in its 34th year, this show always offers the best turnout of cars, trucks, and spectators. In addition to the thousands of vintage cars and trucks, attendees will have the opportunity to meet motorsports celebrities in the all-new Gasoline Alley entertainment area. Will Cronkite, a NASCAR legend and author, and Linda Vaughn, the First Lady of Motorsports, will be available for photos. The event takes place at the Old Myrtle Square Mall location between 21st and 29th Avenue in Myrtle Beach. 


The city of Conway will host the Waccamaw Sportsmen’s Expo on Friday, March 24th, and Saturday, March 25th. Friday’s first event begins at noon, and Saturday’s starts at 11:00 a.m. Events include several Big Air dock jumping events, an Extreme Vertical Competition, plus a Speed Retrieve. The finals are on Saturday for Pro, Semi Pro, Contender, and Amateur fields. Come out and enjoy the great outdoors at this FREE Grand Strand event. Find the full schedule on the Waccamaw Sportsmen’s Expo page. 

Things To Do in Myrtle Beach in April

April in Myrtle Beach means even warmer weather, longer days, and loads of family-friendly things to do in spring. The area is brimming with live performances, outdoor events, and fantastic festivals, and the beaches are primed for lounging.

If you’re heading to our beautiful beaches this April, be sure to keep an eye out for some of these Myrtle Beach events, Spring Break festivals, and things to do while you’re in town:


Hands-down one of the most satisfying Spring Break festivals of 2023 returns: The Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival promises even more scrumptious bites and local brews than before. This FREE family event at Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place will include live music, hundreds of food trucks, local breweries, and so much more! Watch for bands and other announcements on the Food Truck Festival page.   

Daily festival hours:

  • Friday, March 31st, 2023 | 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1st, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Stay tuned for this family-friendly Spring Break event at the Thompson Farm in Conway. Kids will love the innovative Easter egg hunt, but there are lots of other things to do, too. Snap photos with the Easter bunny, blow off steam in the six-acre play area, check out the petting zoo, take a wagon ride, and more. If you’re looking for things to do in spring in Myrtle Beach, this event has it all. Due to increased popularity, Thompson Farm expanded last year’s event to two weekends, but 2023 plans are still being finalized. Check the Thompson Farm upcoming events page for details when they are released. 


It’s official—spring baseball is back! The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will kick off their home debut for the 2023 season this spring with a game against the Augusta Green Jackets. Spending an evening at the ballpark is one of the best things to do in spring in Myrtle Beach. As always, the TicketReturn.com Field will offer weekly promos, which include discounted food and beverages in addition to kid-friendly activities. Find the full schedule online and easily purchase your tickets in advance.


A much-anticipated Myrtle Beach spring event is the Singing in the Sun music festival. The Myrtle Beach Convention Center is proud to host the festival in this 25th year. At one of the largest Gospel music festivals in the world, attendees will enjoy six days of praise, worship music, and world renowned speakers. Reserve your tickets online and find a full event schedule. 

Dayton House Resort has a limited-time offer for event-goers with a special nightly rate available. Simply call our reservation line by March 18 and mention you are attending the Singing in the Sun festival for a discount.  


In true Spring Break style, the end of April in Myrtle Beach attracts thousands of shag dancers from all over the East Coast for the Society of Stranders Spring Safari. The annual North Myrtle Beach event includes tea parties, shag dancing, dance lessons, live music and mingling with friends, plus a parade on April 22nd. As the sun goes down, all the local lounges light up with activity, including spots like Duck’s, Fat Harold’s, Pirate’s Cove, and the OD Lounge, becoming the center of nightlife and fun. Find more details about the 2023 Spring Safari on their event page. 


If you’re looking for Spring Break festivals in 2023, the Socastee Heritage Festival is a fun – and free – event. This takes place in the heart of the town along old Hwy 544 and across the Socastee Swing Bridge. Festival-goers will enjoy live music on multiple stages, hundreds of local arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, booths advertising local businesses and organizations, and kid-friendly activities. Check out the Socastee Heritage Foundation Facebook page for more details about attending this spring.

Things To Do in Myrtle Beach in May

May sunshine makes it difficult o step away from the surf and sand at Dayton House Resort, but there’s so much worth checking out this month in Myrtle Beach. Here’s our roundup of things to do in May in Myrtle Beach:


The City of Myrtle Beach has a number of Memorial Day events and activities for the month of May to honor the men, women, and families of our armed forces. Here are a few of the spring events the city has on the schedule so far: 

  • Junior ROTC Drill Meet
  • Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ Military Appreciation Game Night 
  • Military Appreciation Days Parade
  • Memorial Day Veterans’ March

Find a full list of city-hosted events honoring our troops on the Military Appreciation calendar


If enjoying live music is something you like to do, visit Conway for Groovin’ on the Green, a FREE, family-friendly concert series this spring. The spring weather is great for this event—just bring a chair or blanket and choose your spot near the stage. The music happens at the Town Green at 200 Laurel Street from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on three Friday evenings. You can find additional details on the Groovin’ on the Green event page.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Barefoot Landing with the Fiesta 5K race on Saturday, May 6th. This USATF-certified course takes runners and walkers up, down, and around the Barefoot Landing complex with beautiful views of Prices Swamp Run and the Intracoastal Waterway. Participants will receive a custom-designed T-shirt, plus a “Made in the USA” finisher medal! Runners, walkers, and strollers are welcome. Register online for the 5K today!


One of Myrtle Beach’s most revered spring festivals is Blessing of the Inlet. The 27th annual Blessing of the Inlet is hosted by Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. The festival centers around the “Blessing of the Inlet” ceremony held on the church’s Creekside at 10:00 a.m., but the day will be filled with loads of family-friendly fun from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Discover 100-plus arts and crafts vendors selling their handmade goods, a children’s area sure to keep the kids entertained, and a collection of Murrells Inlet’s top restaurants offering up their specialties during the celebration. This free spring event is a favorite of all ages.


Motorcycles will flood the Grand Strand for the annual Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally from May 12th through the 21st. All types of exciting events happen up and down the Grand Strand for both bikers and enthusiasts. Some of the spring events include riding tours through beach towns and area landmarks, games, racing, and entertainment – all planned to help motorcyclists to enjoy their vacation. Find event details on the Myrtle Beach Bike Week website. 


Hosted on the historic Little River waterfront and attracting nearly 50,000 attendees each year, this annual spring festival is one of the Southeast’s largest. While the fresh seafood and area cuisine are the top draws, other attractions include live beach music, around 300 arts and crafts vendors, and a children’s activity area to keep the little ones entertained. Come see why locals award this event the Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand year after year. Admission to the World Famous Blue Crab Festival is $5 per person. 


Experience Brookgreen Gardens like never before at the 10th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Run. This 5K race is held in the evening and is open to runners and walkers of all ages. The 10th annual race path will lead participants in and out of the sculpture gardens, through the Lowcountry Zoo, and around several ecosystems in nature reserves found on the property. Sign up today and receive a participant shirt and a finisher medal on the day of the event. 


The 40th Annual National Retired Military Golf Classic is set to hit the links May 30th through June 3rd. The three-day event registration begins on Tuesday, May 30th or is available online. Veterans enjoy a day on the greens while forming new friendships with fellow retired military members. Competition includes teams and singles, plus putting contests. Participating courses include six of Myrtle Beach’s finest: Myrtle Beach National, Pine Lakes, Wild Wing Plantation, River Hills, Burning Ridge, and Long Bay. Find a full schedule of events for the Military Golf Classic online.

A group of kids enjoying ice cream on spring break in myrtle beach.

Top Reasons To Visit Myrtle Beach for Spring Break

Myrtle Beach’s oceanfront accommodations, plus tons of things to do, make the destination a top choice among beachgoers, families, and friends looking for a Spring Break destination. If the 60 miles of coastline aren’t enough to convince you, consider these top five reasons Myrtle Beach is a go-to location for Spring Break:

  1. The Weather: The Carolina coast welcomes bright sunshine and warm temperatures during spring; enjoy the high-50s in March, 60s in April, and 70s by May.
  2. Fewer Crowds: The stores, attractions, and beaches are less crowded so your vacation crew can visit landmarks, shows, and restaurants with shorter waiting times. Plus, beachgoers will have more room to spread out along the shore.  
  3. Lower Room Rates: Book a spring vacation at the Dayton House Resort to take advantage of our best rate guarantee and enjoy special offers on top poolside and oceanfront accommodations.
  4. Heated Pools: You won’t miss out on pool time just because our resort is on the ocean. Dayton House’s heated pools and water attractions make sure you soak in comfort during Spring Break.
  5. Spring Events in Myrtle Beach: Dayton House is conveniently located less than a mile from the boardwalk and less than two miles from Broadway at the Beach, putting you in a prime spot to join in on any Spring Break party or festival.

Myrtle Beach Spring Break FAQs

When is Spring Break 2023?

Families, couples, and friends may choose anytime in the spring months—March to May—to enjoy a Spring Break in Myrtle Beach. Most US colleges observe Spring Break during March or April, with many choosing the Grand Strand for its warm weather, oceanfront resorts, and Spring Break festivals and parties. 

What is the weather like in spring in Myrtle Beach?

The warm weather in Myrtle Beach in the spring is mild and the mid to high 50 degree March days quickly give way to the high 70s by May. The warmth and low precipitation provide ideal conditions for outdoor activities, Spring Break events, and festivals. 

Where is the best place to stay for Spring Break in Myrtle Beach?

Dayton House Resort is the best place to stay to enjoy oceanfront amenities that make your Spring Break truly feel like a vacation. The FREE hot deluxe breakfast each morning is a rare find along the Grand Strand, and if you’re busy soaking up the sun, the Yella Umbrella Poolside Bar & Grill offers quick bites and refreshing drinks nearby. The oceanfront lawn is always open and offers guests a variety of chairs and picnic tables for lounging, relaxing, and taking in the fresh breezes. Book your stay at our oceanfront Myrtle Beach hotel today. 

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