Myrtle Beach events

The Grand Strand is ready for tourist season – the venerable seaside Family Kingdom amusement park is already open (through Oct. 4;; 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 ( 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 ( is May 23-26.

Down the coast at Murrells Inlet, Brookgreen Gardens ( 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 (; 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 (, with Conway’s Riverfest following on June 28.

In North Myrtle Beach, Mayfest on Main (May 10; 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; 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 ( John Bordsen