MAY 24-27 Wilmington
Memorial Day weekend on the coast
Wilmington and its beaches have a busy lineup for Memorial Day weekend. May 24 (Friday) events include a free 5:30 p.m. concert downtown at Riverfront Park by a Pearl Jam tribute band, and music and fireworks (6:30 and 9 p.m., respectively) on the boardwalk at Carolina Beach. May 25-26 offers the Orange Street ArtsFest in downtown Wilmington with more than 55 artists. Memorial Day (May 27) there will be a patriotic remembrance ceremony on Battleship North Carolina. The no-cost observance includes military musical arrangements and a 21-gun salute. Area info: www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com.
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STARTING MAY 28 Myrtle Beach
Fireworks return to Broadway at the Beach
The Broadway at the Beach entertainment/shopping complex in Myrtle Beach will resume evening fireworks May 28 with an expanded schedule. May 28-Aug. 27, a fireworks show will be offered over its Lake Broadway at 10 p.m. Tuesdays. New: fireworks at 10 p.m. Fridays, June 21-Aug. 16 (excluding July 5). Details: www.BroadwayAtTheBeach.com.
JUNE 1 Salem, Va.
Country stars play at festival
The Blue Ridge Music Festival, held on the outskirts of Roanoke, Va., in the Salem Civic Center on June 1, will feature recent CMA Award-winners Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes as headliners. The lineup also includes Nashville, Tenn., recording artists Gloriana, Colt Ford, Greg Bates, Will Hoge, Sweetwater Rain plus Virginia’s Skip Castro Band. The all-day music begins at 11 a.m. Tickets start at $35. Tickets: 800-745-3000. Area info: www.visitroanokeva.com.
JUNE 1 Carolina Beach
Seaside festival for beach music
The 28th annual Carolina Beach Festival, June 1 at Carolina Beach, is an outdoor celebration of shag music and dancing on the strand near the town’s boardwalk. From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., you can hear Jim Quick & Coastline, the Craig Woolard Band and Spare Change. Bring your chairs and coolers (but no pets; no glass). Admission: $15/advance, $20/gate.
The Thursday (May 30) warm-up for it is a free concert on the boardwalk (Radio Flyer’s ’70s rock) followed by fireworks.
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