What to do in Myrtle Beach in May? Best outdoor activities.


It’s springtime in Myrtle Beach, and we’ve had nearly a full month of great, sunny weather.

Now is a great time to go out or just get out of the house, so we’ve put together a list of festivals and other events coming up in May.

Whether you need something for the kids, need a glass – or three – of wine, or want to see a gig after a year of pandemic, this list should * hopefully * have something on it. for everyone. The biggest event will be Myrtle Beach Bike Week, May 7-16, but there’s so much going on in town this month for the rest of us.

For those who are already tired of tourist traffic, use this list to mark your calendars for when not leave the house.

This list is by no means exhaustive. Did we miss something? Email Chase Karacostas at [email protected] Entrance to many events and festivals is free. Check with the event provider before going.

Upcoming festivals

Carnival 1 at Tanger Outlets: An “electrifying halfway” with rides, games and fair cuisine. Free entry except Saturday evening.

4635 Factory Stores Blvd., Myrtle Beach

May 5-9.

Carolina Food Truck Rodeo: Prepare to eat and hatchback (does that matter if it’s not your truck?) At this two-day event in Florence. Dozens of food trucks across the Carolinas and Georgia will have a barbecue, breakfast, cookies – you name it – amidst live music and a beer garden.

Radio 3300 W Dr Florence

May 7-8

Myrtle Beach Bike Week: One of the Grand Strand’s biggest automotive events, Myrtle Beach Bike Week centers around Murrells Inlet’s Suck, Bang, Blow restaurant, but is celebrated across the region with live music, food, drink and more. Again.

Murrells Inlet, along with other events around Grand Strand

May 7-17

NASCAR’s Official Return Weekend: NASCAR Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Cup Series return to Darlington Raceway this month. Tickets available for all three races or you can watch it on Fox Sports 1.

1301 Harry Byrd Road, Darlington

May 7-9

Annual Craft Beer Festival: Breweries and craft beer bars from across the region come together in Conway for a festival of drinks and live music. New South Brewing, Olde Hickory Brewing, and Crooked Oak Tavern are some of the businesses that should be there.

Blackwater Market Alley, Downtown Conway

May 8

5K Party: This race is a chance for the residents of North Myrtle Beach to have “their own Cinco de Mayo tradition” at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

Barefoot landing, 4898 highway. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach

May 8

Grand Strand Comic Con: Special guests, cosplay contests, vendors, and performers gather in the former JC Penney at Myrtle Beach Mall for an event that will be a hit with any comic book fanatic. $ 5 entry.

10177 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach

May 8-9

Spring Wine Festival in the Gardens: Brookgreen Gardens will host hundreds of people for wine tastings and live music for its inaugural food and wine event. $ 30 per person for 10 tastings, additional wine tickets available.

1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet

May 8

3rd annual edition of MoveIt! Myrtle Beach Walk: The Parkinson Association of the Carolina’s is hosting this virtual event to help raise awareness and fundraise for the fight against Parkinson’s disease. Donations welcome.

May 8

Florence Greek Food Festival: This southern European inspired festival is driving this year with “all the usual Greek dinners and pastries”. Drive-thru menu and details available online.

2990 S. Cashua Dr., Florence

May 13-15

Sale of plants from May 1st and opening of the garden: Moore Farms Botanical Garden has its largest plant sale to date with locally grown plants for sale alongside other nurseries. Eligible attendees can also receive their free COVID-19 vaccine at the event.

100 New Zion Road, Lake City

May 15

39th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival: Local fresh seafood in Little River with restaurant and festival food tour in town. Live music offered throughout the weekend. $ 5 entry.

Little River Historic Waterfront, 4468 Mineola Ave., Little River

May 15-16.

Military Appreciation Days parade, picnic and exhibits: The Town of Myrtle Beach will decorate the Common Market Area in red, white and blue to celebrate Memorial Day with food, a parade along Farrow Parkway and entertainment.

Farrow Parkway, the common market

May 29

Brookgreen Gardens Memorial Day 5K: Eighth annual race around the historic Grand Strand Sculpture Garden, and all participants receive a free voucher to visit Brookgreen Gardens again at a later date.

1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet

May 30

Veterans March: The City of Myrtle Beach says this event is a chance to solemnly commemorate America’s lost heroes and a chance to observe Memorial Day. Members of the public are welcome.

Ocean Boulevard, 16th to 9th Avenues North

May 31st

Caroline Country Music Festival 2021: No, that won’t happen in May, but you’ll want to mark your calendars, and maybe even buy tickets now, to one of the biggest country music festivals in the South. The lineup includes Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini and dozens more. Various ticketing and parking options available.

812 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach

June 10-13

Recurring events

Groovin ‘on the Green: This Friday night concert series will have a new band every week in May for free. Take-out food and drinks available at restaurants near downtown Conway.

200 Laurel Street, Conway

Weekly on Fridays from May 7 to 21.

The musicology of Gullah Geechee culture: Brookgreen Gardens offers weekly interactive presentations on Gullah Geechee culture, heritage and music starting May 5. Virtual options available.

1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet

Weekly Wednesday, May-September.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans: The Grand Strand minor league baseball team returns in May for their first games in nearly two years. They will play all summer long, with a six-game series Tuesday through Sunday each week. The first home series is against the Augusta GreenJackets and begins May 11. Full calendar available online.

1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

May 11-16 against Augusta GreenJackets. No more games until September.

This story was originally published May 4, 2021 6:58 am.

Chase Karacostas writes about tourism in Myrtle Beach and across South Carolina for McClatchy. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 with degrees in journalism and political communication. He started working for McClatchy in 2020 after growing up in Texas, where he has signatures in three of the state’s largest print media as well as the Texas Tribune covering state policy, environment, housing. and the LGBTQ + community.


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