We’ve ripped through schedules and planners to find some of the best things to do in May along the Grand Strand and in Myrtle Beach.
31st annual Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 6 on Laurel Street and Third Avenue in downtown Conway, including bands, and Chicora Car Club classic car show with Palmetto Chevrolet, for which registration is 9 a.m.-noon. (www.chicoracarclub.com). Free admission. 843-248-6260 or conwayalive.com.
Fifth annual “Totally Turtles!” – with variety of programs – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Myrtle Beach State Park, on U.S. 17 Business, one mile south of Farrow Parkway/Ocean Boulevard. Free with park admission: $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. 843-238-0874 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.
21st annual “Blessing of the Inlet,” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 6 – including formal ceremony, 11:30 a.m.-noon – at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, 4183 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Free, also with shuttles available from Inlet Square parking lot, on east side, behind Applebee’s, off U.S. 17 Business. 843-450-4235 or www.blessingoftheinlet.com.
12th annual “Mayfest on Main,” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13 on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, including concerts in “Horseshoe,” at Ocean Boulevard, with Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics at 12:30 p.m., Blue Monday 2 p.m., and Great White 4 p.m.; and on stage at Hillside Drive, with Bounce Party Band at 10 a.m., and Special Blend 2 p.m. 843-280-5570 or mayfestonmain.com.
“BBQ Cookoff on BBQ Road,” for Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue, 6-8 p.m. May 12 (free admission) and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 13 ($5, including three taste tickets), at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. 910-287-2800 or www.silvercoastwinery.com.
“Campus Salvage,” Coastal Carolina University’s annual yard sale, for “sustainability scholarship fund,” 8 a.m. May 13 at 370 Allied Drive in Conway, in PODS company parking lot in Atlantic Center across U.S. 501. 7 a.m. early bird entry fee $5. 843-349-6954, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myrtle Beach Car Club’s “Back to Summer Car Show,” 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13, at Broadway at the Beach, on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Free to see, and $20 car registration, 9 a.m.-noon. 843-742-9802 or www.myrtlebeachcarclub.com.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ fourth annual “Military Appreciation Night” and Military Card Set Giveaway (for first 1,000 fans receiving a card set of 36 local veterans to be honored during game), and with fireworks afterward, at 7:05 p.m. May 13 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach (Enter parking lot from Robert Grissom Parkway). $9, $11 or $13 advance – and $2 more on game day. Also, with ID at box office, discounts of $3 for military for all games, and $3 “Locals Appreciation Saturday” for residents of Horry and Georgetown counties. 843-918-6000, 877-918-8499 (TIXX) or www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com.
36th annual “World Famous Blue Crab Festival,” 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20-21 on Little River waterfront. Daily: $4 advance or $5 at gate, for ages 13 and older, and free ages 12 and younger. 843-249-6604 or www.bluecrabfestival.org.
Annual “Pawleys Pavilion Reunion,” benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County – Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band – 6-11 p.m. May 20 at Pawleys Island Nature Park, on North Causeway. $30 advance or $35 at site for ages 13 and older, $10 ages 3-12, free ages 2 and younger. 843-546-5685, ext. 6; or www.habitatgeorgetown.com/events.html.
North Myrtle Beach Community Band’s third annual “Pops in the Park: A Salute to America,” 5:30 p.m. May 20 – starting with Stardusters big band – at North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway – or, if raining, inside North Myrtle Beach’s J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road. Free. 843-488-6742 or www.nmbcommunityband.com.
10th annual “XCon World” – by Palmetto Studios Arts Alliance, based at 807 Main St., Myrtle Beach – May 19-21 at Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North. Advance: three-day badge $20, VIP package $90. 843-839-4840 or www.xconworld.com.
“Conway Summerfest,” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 27, downtown on Third Avenue and on Elm and Laurel streets, including concerts by Carolina Midnight at 11 a.m., Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot 1:30 p.m., and Part-Time Party-time Band” 4 p.m. Free admission. 843-488-1950 or www.conwayparksandrecreation.com/summerfest.html. Also, Myrtle Beach Car Club show, for which registration is 9 a.m.-noon, for $20 (843-742-9802 or www.myrtlebeachcarclub.com).
Memorial Day weekend parade, 10:30 a.m. May 27 on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, with Army National Guard Spc. Alek Skarlatos of Oregon – recipient of United States Army Soldier’s Medal and France’s Legion of Honour✔ for his role in helping disarm a gunman on a Paris-bound train, and third-place finisher with Lindsay Arnold on 21st season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” –as grand marshal. Family Picnic – with activities, military exhibits, and music – noon-2 p.m. May 27 in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common.
Memorial Day Veterans March with Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, 9 a.m. May 29, south on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard between 16th and Ninth avenues North, with brief ceremony at former Pavilion site.
Memorial Day ceremony, with Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance, 11 a.m. May 29 at Myrtle Beach Convention Center Plaza, on Oak Street at 21st Avenue North.
Memorial Day tribute film, 2 p.m. May 29 at Grand 14 Cinema, at The Market Common.