Dates announced for expanded Myrtle Beach Seafood Fest

Dates announced for expanded Myrtle Beach Seafood Fest

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Dates for the 2017 Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival were announced Tuesday, along with the news that the event will now be held over two days, rather than just one.

In its second year, the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival will take place over the first weekend in October next year. While its inaugural year took place on just one day, the 2017 festival will be held on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7.

Hosted by the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and the City of Myrtle Beach, the Seafood Festival will "celebrate the multitude of local seafood restaurants and eateries along the Grand Strand" according to its website.

The free event will feature live music, a beer and wine garden, and kid-friendly activities. It takes place at the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place on North Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach, and seafood will be available for purchase from the vendors there.

Proceeds from the 2016 Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival went to local organizations. According to the event's website, $5,000 was donated to the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund, which supports local relief efforts in Horry and Georgetown Counties, and $1,500 was donated to the Horry County Special Olympics of South Carolina.

Organizers say they also collected dozens of cases of water and hundreds of canned food and toiletries, which were donated to the Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach.

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