The Grand Strand is ready for tourist season – the venerable seaside Family Kingdom amusement park is already open (through Oct. 4; www.familykingdomfun.com); its Splashes Water Park follows suit May 24-Sept. 1.
The Broadway at the Beach retail/dining/entertainment complex offers free nightly street entertainment June 2-Aug. 31, with fireworks most Tuesday and Friday nights), and the Corvettes at the Beach car show ( www.myrtlebeachcorvetteclub.com) will be staged there June 7. More cars? Mustang Week is July 14-20. June 27, the Great Race rally of vintage cars stops en route to Florida. Independence Day events will stretch July 1 through July 6.
If you’re into motorcycles, Atlantic Beach Bikefest ( www.myrtlebeachharley.com) is May 23-26.
Down the coast at Murrells Inlet, Brookgreen Gardens ( www.brookgreen.org) has opened the Children’s Nature and Sensory Trail, an outdoor area for 6 and older that has 12 hands-on learning stations. June 11-Aug. 8, the garden’s Cool Summer Evenings program resumes with outdoor theater, concerts and after the sun goes down.
Myrtle Beach holds the all-May Military Appreciation Days ( www.militaryappreciationdays.com); it culminates Memorial Day with a parade May 24 on Ocean Boulevard. Pawleys Island and Surfside Beach both offer Fourth of July parades.
Seeking live music, arts/crafts and food vendors in a festival setting?
May 3 brings the Rivertown Music & Craft Beer to downtown Conway ( www.conwayalive.com), with Conway’s Riverfest following on June 28.
In North Myrtle Beach, Mayfest on Main (May 10; http://bit.ly/1iGm4Yn) offers live music, arts/crafts and more on Main Street, from Hillside Drive to Ocean Boulevard.
Another biggie? Little River’s Blue Crab Festival (May 17-18; www.bluecrabfestival.org) usually draws upward of 50,000 attendees.
Aug. 29-30 is when the summer-ending Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival holds forth at Myrtle Beach’s Market Common ( http://bit.ly/1gfuceP) John Bordsen
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