Signature Events

There are some events that both locals and guests plan their calendars around every year. This is a partial listing of those spanning every season of the year. Keep checking back – we never know what will become the next beloved tradition!

Plantation Tour of Homes – Georgetown

Usually held the last weekend in March

Pre-Revolutionary and antebellum churches, townhouses and plantations are included in this once a year event. By the mid-1800’s the Georgetown District was home to almost 200 rice plantations and had become the most prosperous district in North America. Most of the remaining plantations and homes are privately owned. Those owners graciously share with the Diocesan Church Women of Prince George Winyah Parish.

Murrells Inlet Boat Parade

July 4, 2018

An Independence Day Parade Inlet Style. For over 30 years the folks in Murrells Inlet have been decorating their boats and docks to celebrate. Come down to the Marshwalk and enjoy all the fun!

Pawleys Island July 4th Parade

July 4, 2018

Now this is a classic small town patriotic parade! Locals and visitors all get involved in decorating anything that can move down the street. Families also decorate their yards to vie for the trophy for “best spectators.” With prizes for floats like “Best Kids”, “Best Music”, “Funniest” and “Most Original” you are likely to see a wide array of themes, and lots of fun.

Indigo Choral Society July 4th Concert

July 4, 2018

Georgetown’s premier Choral Society presents a concert of patriotic standards on the lawn of the historic Kaminski House Museum. Beginning at 7:00 pm, it’s a great prelude to the city sponsored fireworks show over Winyah Bay. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music in this historic riverside town.

Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival

September (usually held the 4th weekend in September)

Artists and artisans from all over the Southeast vie to be included in this juried show on the grounds of Atalaya, the beachfront Moorish style “castle” built by Archer Huntington in the 1930’s. Besides the wonderful art to view (and purchase!) there is live music and wonderful local food to enjoy.

Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art

September – October

Each fall the Pawleys Island area comes to life with music thanks to the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art. Past performers include such great performers as, Peabo Bryson, Aaron Neville, A.J. Croce, The Manhattan Transfer, The Company Men, and Barrett Barber, Watch for the 2017 lineup to be announced in late Spring. Beginning the last weekend in September and running for two more weekends, it’s a great event to plan your fall getaway around.

Bridge to Bridge Run

Usually held the 2nd weekend in October.

Join 700+ runners and walkers on this lovely race course that winds through the Historic District of Georgetown and across three bridges over the Pee Dee, Wacammaw and Sampit rivers. There is a course for every level. A 13.1 mile half marathon, a 12K run, a 5K run/walk, and a kids fun run. Runners come from all over the country to participate and many say this is one of their favorite places to run. Join us the second weekend of October each year.

crowd at wooden boat show

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

October (Usually held the 3rd weekend in October)

One of South Carolina’s premier events and recognized as a Top 20 event by the Southeastern Tourism Society, the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show is a fun weekend for the entire family. Music, food, artisans and of course, wooden boats. The streets and harbor of Georgetown are lined with exhibits of wooden boats of all sizes and types. Walk around and pick your favorite to win the People’s Choice award. Or, head into the competition tent and watch teams of two compete in the wooden boat challenge – to build a rowing skiff within 4 hours, and then test their boats in a rowing relay across the Sampit River. Don’t miss it!

Halloween on the Marshwalk

October 31

Want to see some of the most elaborate Halloween costumes ever? Then head down to the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk for Halloween. Find a seat overlooking the Inlet and watch the promenade of costumes down the Marshwalk or get creative and join in!

Harvest Home Weekend Festival

Usually held the first weekend in October

An old fashioned fall festival at Brookgreen Gardens includes hay rides, scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, entertainment, special events in the Lowcountry Zoo and food served under a big tent. It’s all about making great family memories!

Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast

November – Usually held the 3rd weekend in November

When the weather cools off, the oysters get plump and sweet! Come to Murrells Inlet in November for the annual oyster roast – all you can eat oysters, live music and the best view of the Inlet on a perfect fall day. Count us in!! Don’t like oysters? Don’t worry, the restaurants along the Marshwalk will have plenty of other yummy options to purchase.

Nights of a Thousand Candles – Brookgreen Gardens

Various Nights throughout December

Imagine strolling through a gorgeous sculpture garden, lit by over 5,500 candles and other lights, warm cider in your hand and coming upon a hand bell choir ringing out beautiful music. It doesn’t have to be in your imagination, just make your plans and get your tickets early! There is also an 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights that will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every evening. This is truly a not-to-be-missed holiday event.