Fine Arts

August 2018
Written By: 
Julie Flanagan

The Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival celebrates its 43rd year at Huntington Beach State Park

IMAGE: The three-day Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival will celebrate its 43rd year in 2018, running from September 28 to 30 at Huntington Beach State Park.

Set with the backdrop of beautiful Atalaya at Huntington Beach State Park, this three-day festival is an area favorite and will celebrate its 43rd year in 2018. Atalaya is the former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. The abode was built in Moorish style as the pair’s winter home and plays a fitting host for an arts and crafts festival, as Anna Hyatt Huntington was a sculptor and had a studio on premise. The Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival will feature more than 100 of the finest artisans selling their goods in all sorts of mediums, along with great live music provided by accomplished local musicians taking to a courtyard stage. There will also be a food court with delicious eats, such as seafood and barbecue.

While attending the festival, you can also take the chance to see all that the impressive Huntington Beach State Park has to offer. Full of natural beauty and amenities like access to pristine beaches and great bird watching, the park hosts several hundred thousand visitors each year.

You have an entire weekend to check out the festival with hours running from noon–6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. Daily admission is just $10 and once you purchase a ticket, you may return throughout the weekend. Visitors 15 years old and younger will be admitted free and park admission is waived during the festival weekend. If you are a Park Passport Plus holder, you will receive free festival admission for yourself and three guests. Please keep in mind that dogs are not allowed and that stroller and wheelchair access may be limited due to crowds, stairs, narrow hallways and uneven surfaces. Head to the website to see vendor info and plan to get out and support the arts!

Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

September 28–30
Friday, noon–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Huntington Beach State Park, 16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet
$10 for adults; 15 and under free
(843) 237-4400,


Photograph Courtesy of South Carolina State Parks