NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – One of the Grand Strand’s largest celebrations, the Irish Italian International Festival, returns to North Myrtle Beach’s iconic Main Street for its 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual celebration of Irish and Italian culture draws approximately 15,000 attendees from near and far each year, shutting down Main Street for an unforgettable time of fun and festivities for all.

“The Irish Italian International Festival is one of our favorite celebrations every year and we’re excited to welcome it back for its 13th year,” said George DuRant, Vice President of Tourism Development for the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB. “This festival is an exciting commemoration of cultural traditions in North Myrtle Beach, and it is a fantastic way to bring both locals and visitors together to share delicious food and live entertainment.”

The festival will feature the always entertaining Claudio’s Spaghetti Eating Contest, sponsored by Villa Romana, along with two stages of live entertainment, food from local restaurants, arts and crafts vendors, street performers and more, all exemplifying the rich Irish and Italian cultures rooted in the Grand Strand. Restaurants will compete for the title of Best Entrée, Best Decorated and Best Dessert while serving up tasty and unique creations to festival attendees. There will also be a designated children’s area featuring balloon art, inflatables, magic shows and more.

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About the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau

The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), an accredited five-star Chamber/CVB founded in 1999, continues to lead by example as an exemplary local business advocate and supporter, as well as a champion of North Myrtle Beach as a top travel destination within the Southeast. Since its founding, the Chamber/CVB has been whole-heartedly committed to advancing the welfare and prosperity of North Myrtle Beach while achieving a thriving, diverse and sustainable economy. In addition, the Chamber/CVB is committed to growing the North Myrtle Beach visitor and destination market by distinguishing the coastal beach town as a premiere travel destination. North Myrtle Beach welcomes millions of visitors to its pristine beaches each year, representing an economic impact of $956,134,761 on the town and its surrounding area in the summer months of 2015. For additional information about the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB and the area of North Myrtle Beach, visit and, like the chamber’s Facebook page and follow them on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest.