Irish Italian International Festival is September 28 in North Myrtle Beach

The 16th Annual Irish Italian International Festival is Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Admission is free.

The one-day rain or shine event attracts about 15,000 people.

“We like to celebrate all cultures that day, so it’s not just about being Irish or Italian,” said North Myrtle Beach Special Events Director Tina McCrackin. “It’s a great way to kick off the fall season.”

Over 100 vendors offer food, arts and crafts, gifts, and more. Vendors will compete for Best Entrée, Best Decorated, and Best Dessert.

Festival-goers can participate in a friendly Spaghetti Eating Contest without using their hands.

A children’s area offers a variety of entertainment including rides, inflatables and more. A nominal fee is charged.

The festival includes street performers and two stages of entertainment.

The Irish Stage features Irish pop star Brendan O’Connor, Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes & Drums, acoustic trio Mark McKinney & Co., and the energetic Irish duo, House of Hamill.

The Italian Stage offers Rat Pack-style singer Dave Mosher, and Larry Tanelli and Friends.

Rounding out the musical entertainment is the American beach music band, The Catalinas.

Irish Stage

10:00 AM -- Brendan O’Connor
10:30 AM -- Opening Ceremonies
10:45 AM -- Brendan O’Connor
11:30 AM -- Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes & Drums
11:45 AM -- Mark McKinney Band
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM -- House of Hamill

Italian / International Stage

10:00 AM -- Dale Mosher
10:30 AM -- Opening Ceremonies
10:45 AM -- Dale Mosher
11:30 AM -- Larry Tanelli & Friends
1:00 PM -- The Catalina’s
2:16 PM -- Spaghetti Eating Contest
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM -- The Catalina’s

Festival sponsors include the City of North Myrtle Beach, Easy 105.9, Flynn’s Irish Tavern, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and WFXB Fox TV.

For more information on this festival and other events happening in North Myrtle Beach visit

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