14th Annual
Irish Italian International
Festival

Main Street,
North Myrtle Beach, SC

Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The City of North Myrtle Beach will host the 14th Annual Irish Italian International Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2017. This one day rain or shine event brings approximately 15,000 to celebrate different cultures. The festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and continues until 4:00 p.m. on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach; featuring food from local restaurants, two stages of live entertainment, street performers, art & craft vendors, and dance groups all surrounding an Irish Italian International theme. Restaurants will compete for the title of Best Entrée, Best Decorated, and Best Dessert. Festival goers can also join in a friendly spaghetti eating competition (see below)!

A children’s area will offer a variety of entertainment that suits all ages; magic, balloon art and inflatables (nominal fee).

Festival admission & parking are FREE.

Applications

Coming in May 2017.

Entertainment Schedule

Two stages of Live Entertainment! Schedule to be announced.

Claudio’s Spaghetti Eating Contest

Sponsored by Villa Romana

Think you have what it takes? Enter into Claudio’s Spaghetti Eating Contest, sponsored by Villa Romana, at this year’s Irish Italian International Festival. First to clear their plate (without using their hands) wins bragging rights and a stylish plaque designed by Coastal Engravers.

Individuals may sign up at the Info Booth or the CIAO booth between 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. at the festival. No entry fee. Once registered, participants should arrive at the Hillside Drive Stage by 2 p.m.

Contest begins at about 2:15 p.m. at the Hillside Drive Stage (400 Main Street – in front of Hope Taylor & Co.).

Directions

405 Main Street
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Driving South on Hwy 17:
Take Hwy 17 South to 2nd Avenue North, turn left continue until stop sign intersection at corner of Hillside Dr. and 2nd Avenue North.  Park in the open dirt lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue North & Hillside Dr.  Walk two blocks south to Main Street.

Driving North on Hwy 17:
Take Hwy 17 North to 6th Avenue South, turn right and continue until stop sign at intersection of 6th Avenue South and Ocean Blvd., turn left onto Ocean Blvd.  At 1st Avenue South there will be a dirt lot on your left.  Park here.  Walk one block north and one block west to get to festival area.

Or

Take Hwy 17 North to 6th Avenue South, turn right, turn left onto Hillside Dr., turn left onto 2nd Avenue South to park at McLean Park.  Walk one block west to Main Street.

Driving Hwy 31:
Take Robert Edge Parkway exit, at bottom of ramp:
-if coming from south turn right towards North Myrtle Beach
-if coming from north turn left towards North Myrtle Beach
Cross over Hwy 17 to enter onto Main St..  Turn left onto Ash St., turn right onto 2nd Avenue North and continue until stop sign intersection at corner of Hillside Dr. and 2nd Avenue North.  Park in the open dirt lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue North & Hillside Dr.  Walk two blocks south to Main Street.

Parking

Handicap Parking

  • Public Parking lot beside Convenience Store & More: 250 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
  • North Myrtle Beach Family Practice (Dr. Ramsbottom’s office) Parking Lot: 86 Cedar Avenue, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Public Parking

  • McLean Park: 93 Oak Drive, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
  • Open Grass Lot between Barefoot Church and BB&T: 601 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
  • Grass parking lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard
  • Dirt parking lot on the corner of 1st Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard

Off-site Parking/Pick-ups
(free shuttle bus will run from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm)

  • Ocean Drive Elementary School- 901 11th Ave N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
  • Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church – 410 6th Avenue South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
  • Beach access lot at 8th Avenue North & Ocean Blvd.

*Provided buses are not wheelchair accessible. Please use the provided Handicap parking areas for wheelchair accessible parking.

Volunteers Needed!

Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
Day/Time volunteers are needed: Saturday, September 24, 2016; 6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Volunteers Needed: 30+, Ambassadors, Leaders, Setup, and Clean up
Contact:  Gregg Barnhill, dgbarnhill@nmb.us, (843) 280-5673
For a list of volunteer position descriptions, please click here.