Welcomed back for the 42nd time, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival will be held in Little River, SC, on May 18th and 19th, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Little River pays homage to its rich, coastal culture through this annual celebration featuring live beach music, local seafood and festival bites, scenic views, and over 250 local crafters. You don’t want to miss out on this event, named Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand by Sun News newspaper readers for over eight years.

This seafood extravaganza will be held at the Historic Little River Waterfront on 4468 Mineola Avenue. Tickets can be purchased beforehand online or on the day of the event for $10. Children twelve and under can enter at no charge. Shuttle services are available from local parking locations, or hop on the Sea Screamer water taxi for a fun ride to the festival.

Take in the picturesque view of the Intracoastal Waterway while indulging in perfectly steamed blue crabs, crab cakes, crab dip, and other delicious seafood options. While you’re there, sip on a cold beverage as you browse artisans and vendors from around the country offering custom art, jewelry, and home goods.

This two-day festival offers something for the entire family with a variety of kid-friendly activities and entertainment options. The children’s area is full of games and crafts to amuse blue crab enthusiasts of all ages.

Explore the surrounding area’s many seafood-centric restaurants to keep the festival energy going! Crab Catchers and Hurricane Juel’s are fresh seafood spots that conveniently line the Intracoastal Waterway.

Located approximately ten minutes from North Myrtle Beach, this is the perfect opportunity to explore all that the area has to offer. Rent a beach house or condo in NMB and immerse yourself in the area’s attractions and entertainment options while staying close to the festival grounds. Browse the many accommodation options for the perfect place to stay, from hotels, motels, campgrounds, and luxury resorts!

While you’re in town, check out all of the exciting entertainment options around North Myrtle Beach. Have an action-packed day jet skiing, surfing, and banana boating, or relax on the beach with your favorite book. With over nine miles of shoreline, vibrant restaurants, shops, and attractions, there’s no shortage of opportunities to create an unforgettable vacation experience.

Check out Barefoot Landing for stylish shopping and local boutiques to grab a one-of-a-kind souvenir! If you’re feeling brave, head down to Alligator Adventure to encounter real-life reptiles and native wildlife up close. Duplin Winery is the perfect place to sip and unwind with its many wine flavors and styles. For an exciting night, the Alabama Theatre is home to spectacular world-class shows and unlimited entertainment options!

Whether you’re in town for the World Famous Blue Crab Festival or you’re visiting North Myrtle Beach on vacation, we hope to see you at the celebration! This highly anticipated event lives up to the hype and never fails to impress year after year!

Please note that the festival requests that pets and motorcycles not be inside the festival grounds. Motorcycles are welcome to park in any of the suggested parking lots. For additional details and location information, visit the festival event page to learn more.

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